NHS News Update - 12/10/2021

Good afternoon everyone,

As we head towards the Holiday break we would like to share some of the great things happening at our school!  Christmas Tree Lightings - We would like to express our thanks to all who participated in and attended the Woodbury and Bethlehem Christmas festivals last weekend. The events are traditions that bring the members of our communities together and we are grateful to everyone who took-part in the festivities.

FFA Wreath and Plant Sale - thank you to everyone who supported our students by purchasing a wreath or a plant this past weekend at our annual Agriscience Wreath and Plant Sale. The sale was completely sold out and the beautiful wreaths and plants are adorning homes throughout the towns! 

Honor Society Inductions - Last week, we honored new inductees to the National Math Honor Society and National Science Honor Society.  We cannot wait to see how our students grow their knowledge in these fields and share their interest in serving others. 

NHS School wide food drive - Monday, December 13 through Friday, December 17, all Nonnewaug Advisory classes will be running a competitive “Stuff a Bus” Holiday Food Drive!  Did you know that if EVERY faculty member, staff member, and student brought in one item, we would be donating 788 items to the Woodbury and Bethlehem food banks?  Please help us “Stuff a Bus” and give back to our community.  Students can bring donations to their Advisory teacher’s classroom.  The final day for donation collection will be Friday, December 17 in which the totals will be tallied and a winning Advisory will be named.  All families can also participate by bringing donations to sporting events for free admission on Thursday, December 16.  Please visit the Woodbury/Bethlehem Food Bank sites for more information about what items are needed: https://www.ctreg14.org/studentsparents/food-services/food-banks 

After School Homework and Study in LMC daily - The Library Media Center will be open daily after school until 4:30pm.  Students are invited to do homework or work in small groups on projects. Student waiting for sports to begin should use the LMC to get work done while they wait for their sport to begin.  Any student in the building after 2:30 is expected to report to the LMC unless the are with another teacher, advisor or coach.  We are pleased be able to offer this as a resource for students.

Class Assemblies - This week, the administrators held assemblies with each of the classes at Nonnewaug to address concerns in relation to photo taking, social media posts, and mask-wearing. Please review and reinforce these expectations with your students and note the additional ways you can help. Thank you, in advance, for assisting in keeping Nonnewaug a safe and orderly environment where we can focus on teaching and learning:

  • Taking Photos During School - Students should not be taking photos of others during the school day, especially without the other students’ consent. Taking photographs and sharing images without consent is a form of cyberbullying and will have consequences. It is important to note that the person whose photo is being taken or shared is who determines if it is cyberbullying, not the intent of the student taking the picture.
  • Social Media Posts - We have been fortunate to have avoided the more destructive, school-based TikTok trends; however, a newer trend has emerged encouraging students to create Instagram accounts utilizing their school’s name and logo and posting pictures of unknowing students. The accounts are not traceable by the school and Instagram does not have any special policies to help schools remove these accounts. While some of the Nonnewaug account creators have since deleted their content, parents, you can help us by reporting any of these accounts as bullying and harassment and having your students report them as well. Here is a link to instructions on how to do so. The more people who report the account within a short period of time, the faster it is removed by Instagram. 
  • Mask Wearing - We understand that there are varying opinions on the effectiveness of wearing masks. We discussed with the students today that though they may not agree with the need to wear them, it is a Board policy that was put into place based on the CT Addendum 5 document. As such, the expectation is that all students wear masks while in the school building. When indoors, only while eating in the cafeteria or during a supervised mask break should students not be wearing a mask or have their mask not covering their nose and mouth. 

Midterm Exams - The scheduled dates for Midterm Exams are January 27th - February 1st. Barring any significant loss of school days due to emergency closings, these dates will remain the same. Should we need to move the exam dates further into February, we will notify parents as soon as the decision is made.

Program of Studies for 2022-2023 School Year - The Program of Studies for the 2022-2023 school year will be released for viewing in the middle of January. Students will have the opportunity to view the Program of Studies in advisory and ask their advisors, teachers, and counselors questions about course selection for next year. Please keep an eye out for the link on the mid-January news update so you can review course options with your student.

School Counseling  - NHS school counselors will be meeting with the freshmen on Monday and Tuesday in their history classes.  Topics critical to high school success will be discussed as well as an introduction to post-secondary planning. 

  • Past Nonnewaug graduates will be visiting on December 21st to speak with seniors about their transition to college.  This program gives students insight into the challenges and opportunities of freshman year.
  • Western Connecticut State University admissions representatives will be at NHS on December 15th to interview students for acceptance to the university.  Interested seniors should see Mrs. Green for an appointment. 

Athletics -  It is that time of year again when we open up our gym and welcome our fans inside to see our athletes compete.  Please make sure that you are following state mandated guidelines and that you bring and wear a mask at all times in any school.  
Next week, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishable food items at all of the basketball games to support the Bethlehem and Woodbury Food Banks.  Admission for basketball games will be $5 for adults and $2 for students.  We will be selling season parent and student passes.  The season passes will cost $40 for adults and $20 for students.  Admission will be FREE for the 12/16 game if you bring canned goods or non-perishable food items!  

Sports Schedule

  • 12/13: Girls basketball vs Terryville @ 6:00
  • 12/14: Girls basketball vs Brookfield @ 5:30
  • 12/15: Wrestling vs Northwestern @ 6:00
  • 12/15: Ice Hockey (at Frederick Gunn School) vs. Masuk @ 6:00
  • 12/16: Swimming and Diving at Kennedy High School @ 7:00
  • 12/16: Boys basketball vs Gilbert @ 6:00 (free admission with canned goods/non-perishable food items)
  • 12/17: Ice Hockey (at Frederick Gunn School) vs. Byram Hills @ 6:00

Drama production - On Saturday, Dec. 11th the NHS Drama Club will be performing the 2000 play The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman. The play draws on the hundreds of interviews conducted by the theater company with inhabitants of the town, company members' own journal entries, and published news reports from 1998. It is divided into three acts, and eight actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes with mature themes. The play will be performed on Saturday December 11th at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium. Admission to the play is free with a suggested donation of 5.00 to the Drama Club.
Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, 12/11 - Drama production - The Laramie Project - 7:00 pm NHS auditorium
  • Wednesday, 12/22 - Class of 2024 Movie Night - 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, 12/23 - Early Dismissal
  • Friday, 12/24 - Friday, 12/31 - Winter Break - No School
  • Wednesday, 1/5 - Tri-M, English & Rho Kappa Honor Societies Induction - 6 pm  

Have a great weekend and as always we appreciate your support. 

Pam Sordi, Principal Taryn Fernandez, Assistant Principal Declan Curtin, Dean/Athletic Director