New Milford High School News Blast

October 2019


PSAT testing will take place in school on Wednesday, October 16th for all freshmen, sophomore, and junior students. Registration for the PSAT is not required. PSAT practice booklets for sophomores and juniors were distributed during in Advisory in September. If you didn't receive one, stop in the Career Center to pick one up.

What to Bring:

What NOT to Bring:

  • Any devices, including cellphones and smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content are not allowed at the testing site - this includes in hallways and lavatories during breaks. Therefore, students should place all electronic devices in their locker before reporting to their testing location.
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind
  • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
  • Food and drinks—including bottled water—unless your school has approved these as a testing accommodation for a disability. Learn more about testing with accommodations.

During the test you will be allowed to have only these items on your desk:

  • A test book
  • An answer sheet
  • No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An approved calculator (see above) —during one of the math sections only


If a student is seen with a device at any time, including during breaks, he/she will be dismissed immediately, his/her scores will be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected by the College Board.

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SENIORS & Parents: Senior Planning Night is Wednesday, 10/2 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Theater.

Senior year is an exciting time but can also be stressful for students and parents balancing schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the college application process. You are invited to join the counselors as they present information on helping you and your student navigate your way through the process.

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ALL GRADES & Parents: Financial Aid Night is Thursday, 10/10 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Theater. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be filed beginning October 1st for any student entering their freshman year of college next fall. NMHS welcomes Jamal Ford-Bey, a leading expert on college funding strategies to show options and offer insights to help you and your student navigate your way through the Financial Aid process. Students (in all grades, but especially SENIORS!) and parents are encouraged to attend. DISCOVER:

◾ The most effective way to save and invest for college

◾ Best loans in today’s economy and types you should avoid

◾ How to make the most of the financial aid system

◾ How to negotiate your financial aid package

◾ Resources for scholarships and when to apply

◾ Top myths about who qualifies for financial aid

AP Students: Register & Pay for Exams by 10/10

All students taking an AP course for the 2019-2020 school year must register and pay for the May exams by 10/10. Click the button below to register and pay your $95 exam fee.

* See your School Counselor should AP Testing Fees present a financial hardship for your family.

Marine ROTC Info Session 10/23

The Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) offers a scholarship worth over $180,000 for college bound students who are interested in entering the military. Marine SSG Metz will be in the College & Career Center on Wednesday, 10/23 at 11:45 am to talk about the NROTC Scholarship.The talk will comprehensively cover what the scholarship entails, basic eligibility requirements, lifestyle expectations, and commitment obligations for students who accept the award. Sign up in Naviance or the Career Center.
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SENIORS: Instant Decision Week is 12/2 - 12/6

Seniors, if you're planning on applying to any one of the schools listed below, don't wait weeks for an acceptance decision! Admissions Reps from all five schools will be on-site at NMHS for Instant Decision Week - 12/2 to 12/6. Find out immediately if you've been accepted!

  • Mon. 12/2 - Western Connecticut State University
  • Tues. 12/3 - University of New Haven
  • Wed. 12/4 - Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Thurs. 12/5 - Southern Connecticut State University
  • Fri. 12/6 - Central Connecticut State University

Participation requires pre-registration in the Career Center, and students must apply (and pay the application fee) to the universities by 11/25 via the Common App, or directly to the schools. See Mrs. Shaffer in 1101 for more information.

SENIORS & Parents: FREE FAFSA Workshops & Resources

Beginning Oct. 1, college-bound NMHS seniors can apply for financial aid for fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using your 2018 tax information. Click on this link to file your FAFSA, or, use one of the resources listed below.


  1. College Goal Sunday is a free, on-site program which utilizes financial aid professionals and community-based service providers to assist students and their families with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Offered on 10/6, The workshop is presented by Naugatuck Valley Community College. Click on the button below for information.
  2. Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA) offers FAFSA DAY CONNECTICUT. Their free events (10/3, 10/19, 10/20, 11/2, 11/3, & 11/6) are held throughout the state to help students/families complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Click on the second button below to see locations, event details, and register.


Southern Connecticut State University's Office of Student Financial Literacy & Advising run by Lewis DeLuca, M. Ed., is rated as one of the top ten financial literacy programs in the country among Stanford, Duke, and other distinguished universities. Mr. DeLuca is available Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm on the SCSU campus to meet and discuss paying for college and financial literacy needs with any Connecticut student/family, regardless of SCSU application. For appointments, contact Mr. DeLuca at

Additional online FAFSA resources:

Parent Guide to the FAFSA

FAFSA Basics: Parent Income

FAFSA Basics: Parent Assets

Net Price vs. Cost of College: Huge differences

How Can You Afford College from NPR

4 Things About Money Not Learned in School

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Seniors Participate in Senior Seminar for College & Career Planning

On 9/13 NMHS Seniors students attended their Senior Seminar during Advisory. Offered by the School Counseling Department, the presentation kicks off the first of the College & Career Planning sequence of programs created to assist NMHS seniors in their transition from high school into the post-secondary option of their choice. All senior students were presented with the NMHS Student Guide to College & Career Planning. Senior parents also received a PDF copy of the guide via email. If you're the parent of senior student and did not receive a PDF of the guide, please contact the Career Center at Click on the button below to view the PowerPoint from the seminar.

Home Premier of the NMHS Band Show is Truly "a Dimension of Sound, Sight, & Mind"

The New Milford High School Band and Color Guard hosted its annual USBands home competition on Saturday, September 21st. As the hosting school, NMHS did not compete. However, the audience was captivated by the first home performance of "The Twilight Zone" from our award winning NMHS Marching Band. You can see the show and follow their "journey into a wondrous land of imagination" at any Varsity home football game this season. Next stop, the Twilight Zone! Photo credit: Kris Stewart

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Spirit Week Illuminates the Heart of the Green Wave

Homecoming 2019 came to a close over NMHS as Saturday night's dance wound down in a whirlwind of music and celebration. Victory on the football field at Friday night's Varsity game with a 30-29 win over Hamden only added to revelry. The NMHS student body wholeheartedly embraced the 2019 Spirit Week festivities, right up through Friday afternoon's Pep Rally. Check out the pictures from each of the themed days, and a short Pep Rally video - including a clip of the seniors dominating the faculty in the tug-of-war. Go Green Wave!

2019 Pep Rally

SENIORS & JUNIORS: Naviance Video Tutorials Now Available!

Having trouble figuring out how to do something in Naviance? Click on the button below to see our NMHS showcase of how-to videos and learn how to navigate a Naviance task in three minutes or less. Topics include:

  • How to search for a college using the SuperMatch tool
  • How to sign up for a college rep visit in Naviance
  • How to do teacher/counselor letter of recommendation requests in Naviance
  • And more!
Coming soon:
  • How to sign your FERPA in the Common App
  • How to match your Common App with Naviance
  • How to create a resume in Naviance
  • How to add colleges of interest in Naviance
  • How to request transcripts in Naviance
  • Where to find the NMHS Counselor Recommendation Questionaire in Naviance

ALL GRADES: Fall College Fairs

It's never too early to start exploring college options!

  • Sunday, 10/13 - STEM College & Career Fair - Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY - 1:00-4:00 p.m. Register/view the list of attending colleges.
  • Tuesday, 10/15 - New England Association of College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Fall College Fair - William Pitt Recreation Center, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT - 9:00-11:30 a.m. List of attending colleges.
  • Monday, 10/21 - Danbury College Fair - Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury, CT - 5:00-8:30 p.m. The list of attending colleges will be posted three weeks before the fair at Danbury College Fair.

ALL GRADES: Upcoming SAT & ACT Test Dates

In spring 2020, all junior students will be participating in the Connecticut SAT School Day here at NMHS (date to be annouced). However, any student (not just juniors!) can register online to take the SAT and/or to take the ACT throughout the year - as many times as you choose. Additional testing dates are listed below. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you'll get!
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ALL GRADES: Career Exploration

How many times have you heard the question, "What do you think you'd like to do when you get out of high school?" or, "What do you think you'd like to study in college?" For many students, the question can cause some understandable anxiety. The good news: it's okay if you're unsure about the answers to those questions - you're in good company!

Surveys estimate that 20-50% of all college students will start college with an 'undecided' or 'undeclared' major. And, according to the U.S. Department of Education, 30% of students who initially do declare a major will change their major at least once before graduation - some more than once! More good news: most colleges/universities don't require students to declare a major before the second semester of their sophomore year. But what if you're not considering college? That's okay, too - you have lots of options: the military, a trade/technical school, a gap year program, or employment. So, while it can feel a bit unsettling to be unsure about you career path, you're not alone in your uncertainty.

The great news: there are many resources and tools available to help you identify/define your interests, and offer you a wealth of career cluster options and information. These tools can help you discover what type of training/education is required for a specific profession, what the future job market looks like in a particular industry, what the salary might be for that job, what types of career paths you might pursue with a specific college major, and much more.

  • CollegeBoard offers Big Future - click on "Explore Careers", and choose a drop down option
  • Naviance has multiple tools: 'Career Cluster Finder', 'Career Interest Profiler', and 'Road Trip Nation'
  • O*NET Interest Profiler is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor which has compiled a wealth of real-world data to help you "find out what your interests are, and how it relates to the world of work."
  • Do a general 'career interest survey' search in Google and try any one of the many free interest assessment tools available on reputable websites
  • Talk to your NMHS School Counselor
  • Ask questions! If someone has an interesting job, ask them about it! How did they come to choose that profession? What type of training/education was required? What advice would they give you? Are there part-time employment opportunities you could pursue in that industry, so you can get a better idea of whether you'd like it?
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Students Find Out What it Takes to Become a Nursing Major

On 9/18, students listened to a presentation on Nursing and Allied Health programs given by Naugatuck Valley Community College Assistant Director of Admissions Scott Farrell, and put on by the NMHS School Counseling Department. NVCC's Nursing Program was ranked among the top four Nursing programs in the state of Connecticut, behind UCONN - Avery Point, Yale, and Sacred Heart. The September visit discussed the competitiveness of acceptance into a college nursing program, including at NVCC where their program will receive over 1000 applications for 100 available seats. Mr. Farrell advised sophomores and juniors on the types of courses that these competitive nursing programs like to see on a transcript, and those that will potentially qualify as pre-requisites for college courses, thereby reducing both the length of time in the program as well as tuition cost expenditures. For more information about Nursing programs in Connecticut, visit

SENIORS: Workshops for College Planning

Senior Workshops are now being offered every A-day during Advisory in the College & Career Center. For help with:

  • College Applications
  • Naviance
  • College/Career Search
  • Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Sign up in Naviance (click HERE). From your Home Page: Go to the "Colleges" tab, then scroll down under "Visits".

SENIORS: College Essay Assistance

Once again, the Literacy Volunteers of New Milford will be available to assist our seniors with college essay writing. Complete this parental permission form and return it to Mrs. Shaffer in the College & Career Center in order to set up an appointment to work with a volunteer.

SENIORS: College Application Tips!

  1. Do complete your resume in Naviance. Your Letter of Recommendation teachers will use it as a guide to your high school achievements (& you can use the resume later for scholarship applications!)
  2. Do create an appropriate personal email address to use for your Common App.
  3. Do keep an eye on those application deadlines!

SENIORS & Parents: Sign Up for REMIND Updates

Be in the know and get the latest information about admission rep visits, college deadlines, local scholarships, college/career field trips, Instant Decision Days, workshops, and so much more! Sign up for REMIND text updates from the Career Center. Click on the button for instructions on how to register.

Attention PARENTS: The 2020 Grad Party Needs Your Help!

The 2020 Grad Party Committee invites you to join them. Planning meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the teacher’s lounge at NMHS. Volunteers are always welcome!!! The October meeting will be held at Harrybrooke Park on 10/10 at 6 pm. It will be a working meeting to help set up for help set up for the Haunted Trail.

For more information about the schedule of meetings for the 2019-2020 school year, upcoming events, fundraising, and ways you can help, please visit their website at

2019 - 2020 Clubs & Activities at NMHS

Find out about all of the exciting opportunities available to NMHS students for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Click on the button below for the Clubs & Activities List.

What's Happening at NMHS in October?

Wed., 10/2 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Pomperaug - 6:30 p.m.

Wed., 10/2 - Senior Planning Night - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 10/3 - V Boys Soccer vs. Kolbe Cathedral - 4:30 p.m.

Fri., 10/4 - V Field Hockey vs. Weston - 5:45 p.m.

Fri., 10/4 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Bethel - 5:30 p.m.

Mon., 10/7 - V Boys Soccer vs. Brookfield - 6:00 p.m.

Mon., 10/7 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Newtown - 6:15 p.m.

Thu., 10/10 - V Field Hockey vs. Bethel - 5:30 p.m.

Thu., 10/10 - Financial Aid Night - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 10/11 - V Boys Soccer vs. Immaculate - 6:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/15 - V Girls Soccer vs. Joel Barlow - 6:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/15 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Immaculate/Bethel - 7:00 p.m.

Wed., 10/16 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield - 5:30 p.m.

Thu., 10/17 - V Boys Soccer vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield - 4:30 p.m.

Thu., 10/17 - V Field Hockey vs. Brookfield - 5:30 p.m.

Fri., 10/18 - V Football vs. Wilbur Cross - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 10/18 - V Girls Volleyball vs.Joel Barlow - 5:30 p.m.

Mon., 10/21 - National Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/22 - V Boys Soccer vs. Masuk - 6:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/22 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Joel Barlow - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 10/24 - V Girls Soccer vs. Pomperaug -

Thu., 10/24 - Advanced Chorus Concert - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 10/25 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Bunnell - 7:00 p.m.

Mon., 10/28 - V Boys Soccer vs. Bethel - 6:00 p.m.

Mon., 10/28 - V Girls Volleyball vs. New Fairfield - 6:30 p.m.

Mon., 10/28 - Math Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.

Wed., 10/30 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Immaculate - 6:15 p.m.

Important Dates to Remember

No School

10/9 - Yom Kippur

10/14 - Columbus Day

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College Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS

Admissions Reps from the following colleges and universities will be visiting the College & Career Center in October. Visit Naviance online to register to meet with a Rep, and/or check for additions and/or changes to the schedule.

Tues., 10/1 - Western New England University - 8:00 am

Tues., 10/1 - Western Connecticut State University - 9:00 am

Tues., 10/1 - American University - 10:00 am

Tues., 10/1 - Johnson & Wales University - 10:30 am

Tues., 10/1 - Curry College - 11:00 am

Wed., 10/2 - Gettysburg College - 8:00 am

Wed., 10/2 - Marist College - 8:30 am

Wed., 10/2 - Hartwick College - 9:00 am

Wed., 10/2 - Colby-Sawyer College - 9:30 am

Thur., 10/3 - Dickinson College - 8:00 am

Thur., 10/3 - Mount Saint Mary College - 8:30 am

Thur., 10/3 - Salve Regina University - 9:00 am

Thur., 10/3 - Union College - 9:30 am

Thur., 10/3 - Saint Anselm College - 10:00 am

Thur., 10/3 - Saint Joseph's University - 10:30 am

Thur., 10/3 - Muhlenberg College - 11:00 am

Thur., 10/3 - Hamilton College - NY - 12:00 pm

Fri., 10/4 - Providence College - 8:00 am

Fri., 10/4 - University of New Hampshire - 9:30 am

Fri., 10/4 - Hofstra University - 10:30 am

Fri., 10/4 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - 11:30 am

Fri., 10/4 - Cedar Crest College - 12:00 pm

Mon., 10/7 - Syracuse University - 8:00 am

Mon., 10/7 - Boston University - 9:00 am

Mon., 10/7 - Siena College - 10:30 am

Mon., 10/7 - Mercy College - All Campuses - 12:00 pm

Tues, 10/8 - Lasell University - 8:30 am

Tues, 10/8 - DePauw University - 9:00 am

Tues, 10/8 - Southern Connecticut State University - 10:30 am

Tues, 10/8 - Merrimack College - 11:30 am

Tues, 10/8 - University of Saint Joseph - 12:00 pm

Thur., 10/10 - Bentley University - 8:00 am

Thur., 10/10 - Southern New Hampshire University - 9:00 am

Fri., 10/11 - Culinary Institute of America, NY (Main Campus) - 10:30 am

Fri., 10/11 - Keene State College - 11:30 am

Fri., 10/11 - Columbia University - 12:00 pm

Tues., 10/15 - Washington University in St. Louis - 8:00 am

Tues., 10/15 - Central Connecticut State University - 11:00 am

Tues., 10/15 - University of New Haven - 11:30 am

Tues., 10/15 - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA) - 12:00 pm

Wed., 10/16 - Bryant University - 8:00 am

Wed., 10/16 - Clarkson University - 8:30 am

Wed., 10/16 - SUNY Albany - 9:00 am

Wed., 10/16 - Johns Hopkins University - 9:30 am

Wed., 10/16 - Manhattanville College - 10:00 am

Wed., 10/16 - American International College - 11:00 am

Wed., 10/16 - Ramapo College of New Jersey - 11:30 am

Wed., 10/16 - Springfield College - 12:00 pm

Thur., 10/17 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 8:00 am

Thur., 10/17 - Rhode Island College - 8:30 am

Thur., 10/17 - The College of Saint Rose - 9:30 am

Thur., 10/17 - College of Charleston - 11:00 am

Thur., 10/17 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - 12:00 pm

Fri., 10/18 - Landmark College - 9:00 am

Fri., 10/18 - Pace University, Westchester - 10:00 am

Fri., 10/18 - Virginia Tech - 10:30 am

Fri., 10/18 - CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice - 12:00 pm

Mon., 10/21 - Northern Vermont University - 8:00 am

Mon., 10/21 - Dean College - 9:00 am

Mon., 10/21 - University of Hartford - 9:30 am

Mon., 10/21 - Roanoke College - 10:30 am

Mon., 10/21 - University of Tampa - 11:00 am

Mon., 10/21 - SUNY Oswego - 12:00 pm

Tues., 10/22 - Birmingham-Southern College - 8:30 am

Tues., 10/22 - Eastern Connecticut State University - 9:30 am

Tues., 10/22 - Manhattan College - 10:30 am

Tues., 10/22 - University of Connecticut - 11:30 am

Tues., 10/22 - University of Maine at Farmington - 12:00 pm

Wed., 10/23 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 12:00 pm

Thur., 10/24 - Wentworth Institute of Technology - 8:30 am

Thur., 10/24 - Montclair State University - 12:00 pm

Fri., 10/25 - Juniata College - 8:00 am

Fri., 10/25 - Temple University - 8:30 am

Fri., 10/25 - George Washington University - 11:00 am

Mon., 10/28 - Monmouth University - 9:00 am

Mon., 10/28 - University of Maine - 9:30 am

Mon., 10/28 - DePaul University - 11:00 am

Mon., 10/28 - University of Southern Maine - 11:30 am

Mon., 10/28 - St. John's University - Staten Island - 12:00 pm

Wed., 10/30 - Paul Smith's College - 8:30 am

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SENIORS: National Scholarship Links

The NMHS Career Center has activated its first national scholarship in Naviance, and will continue to add scholarships throughout the Fall and Winter. While the vast majority of local scholarships won't be available until late January, there are many national scholarships becoming available in the mean time. Check out these national scholarship sites online:

You can also use the national scholarship feature in Naviance - under the 'Colleges' tab, select 'Scholarships and Money', then select 'National Scholarship Search'.

NMHS Jobs Board is Now Online!

Employment opportunities for students can now be found online at, or by clicking on the button below. Looking to make some coin? Check it out!