A Note from the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations on the successful completion of another school year! Here at NWC it was a terrific year filled with hard work and many, many wonderful student accomplishments. It is our hope that all students experienced different types of growth this year and after a good restful summer, they will return to continue their journey toward personal fulfillment.
Congratulations to the class of 2010 – those who graduated from NWC and those who completed middle school or junior high and will join us as the class of 2014. We wish you all the best!
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Sincerely, Margaret Williamson
Minutes from Parents' Club Meeting, May 17th
Mrs. Williamson gave her Principal's Report: A Knights of Columbus Squires chapter has formed at NWC. The group was inducted at the end of April vacation. Mr. Laffin, religion teacher, decided to help an orphanage in Ghana due to Lukas Walsh’s ‘08 connection, Lukas volunteered in Ghana during the past school year. The sophomores raised $7,400 towards a brand new orphanage. The 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian are Michael Deneen and Devon Soucier. Father Frascadore will be the keynote speaker at graduation. The Fine Arts dept. has had wonderful success in the past few months. The Band and individual members have earned honors at the various Music Festivals. Jazz Night at NWC was a success. The one act play, How to Succeed in High School, will be performed on May 21st at 7:30pm. The next Parent Club meeting will be on June 15th on the new senior patio. The meeting will be a picnic for current and incoming parents. The renovation of the senior patio was funded by generous donations made by the parents of the Senior Class. NWC owes a debt of gratitude to these parents.
Next, Mr. Cusson spoke about the NEASC accreditation process. NWC is looking to the NEASC evaluation process for quality assurance, school improvement and a meet or exceeds standards rating. Prior to the evaluation there is self-study involved. Each dept.. will look at the syllabi and how it relates to the curriculum. Athletics, Fine Arts, and Inter-Student Programs are included in the self-study. There are fifteen standards with indicators used to evaluate the school, including program of studies and the experience of the students and faculty. Review/approval of the Mission Statement and Statement of Values is underway. The visit will take place in Oct. 2011. The roles of parents include survey responses and availability to be present at dinner during the evaluation. Accreditation takes place every 10 years.
Next, a group of former NWC graduates took the floor to take questions from attendees in regard to college life and how it compares to life at NWC, as well as how the students selected their individual colleges and what the challenges have been. The students on the panel were enrolled in the following schools: Notre Dame, Columbia, Georgetown, Penn State, UCONN, Yale, Emerson, and Syracuse. AP courses were discussed. All but one of the students had taken AP courses which begin at the start of junior year at NWC. The AP courses count as college credits, thus they are a help to finishing college in four years. How did the students decide on what schools? By college visits, researching on the web, discussions with parents, teachers, and counselors.
What has helped with your success in college? Developing good study habits, hard work, talking and establish relationships with teachers/professors. What lessons have you learned either in the application process or in your years in college? Volunteer work matters and you should get involved. Work experience may provide a good topic to write about when preparing college application essays. Self discipline is a must. Take your core requirements as soon as you can to get them over with. In high school you have the feeling of working for other people, in college you are working for yourself.
Pat Walsh, Dir. of Advancement, addressed the group in regard to the NWC Golf Tournament on June 7. Parents can help by suggesting to friends to play and/or volunteer time at the tournament or dinner. Pat also discussed that NWC's fiscal year ends June 30 and asked parents to consider making a gift to the annual fund to help the school meet its annual goal. Lastly, Pat discussed Viridian Energy as a green alternative to CL&P or UI. Viridian will make a payment to the Northwest Catholic Fund for every NWC customer who joins.
Respectfully submitted, Melinda S. Lefebvre
Mark Your Calendars
Please note the change in the winter vacation. The Feb. Break in 2011 will be a 4 day weekend.
- Sept. 1, 2010: First day of Class, grade 9 only
- Sept. 2, 2010: First day of Class, grade 10 & 11 only
- Sept. 3, 2010: First day of Class, grade 12 only
- Feb. 18 & 21, 2011: Winter Break
- Apr. 18-25, 2011: Spring Break (includes Easter Monday)
- June 8, 2011: Graduation
- June 15, 2011: Last day of school (includes 3 snow days)
Watch the home page of the NWC web site for the comprehensive school calendar, available in mid-August.
Second Semester Honor Roll
For a list of academically outstanding students who earned honors during the second-semester of the year, click here.
How You Can Help This Summer
New and returning NWC students (and their parents) are invited to help out with the monthly meal at Manna Community Meals sponsored by the NWC Social Action Club. The date is Mon., Aug. 2; volunteers should meet at Manna Community Meals on Church St. in Hartford at 5pm, and the meal is generally finished by 6:45pm. Volunteers are also asked to contribute a portion of the menu. Contact Mrs. Gillespie at email@example.com and/or sign up on our wiki at http://nwccampusministry.wikispaces.com/.
Academic and Service Awards 2010
For the names of students who were honored during the Academic and Service Awards evening on June 3, 2010, click here.
Textbooks available on line
Visit the virtual bookstore www.ecampus.com/nwc for your summer and textbook needs for 2010-2011. Click "Shop by Course" and use the drop down menu to select books for summer reading assignments or next year's courses. The last day for free shipping is July 20. If you have a credit from the book buy back in June, be sure to visit Edline to view the directions on how to use your credit or click here. The book list is also available on Edline. Contact Katie Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Order Photos of NWC Events from ArtRich
Parents may order professional photos of graduation and other school events directly from ArtRich. Here's how: go to ArtRich and choose "order online", select NWC from the list of schools, our password is "indians". Choose your event and enjoy!
S.O.S. from the Communications Office
We send press releases and photos of NWC students to about two dozen media outlets, including many weekly papers throughout our 40-town enrollment area. But we don't always know when the stories run (if at all). Can you help? Please send in (to the attention of Michelle Murphy, Dir. of Communications) any clippings about NWC students, faculty, or alums that you see in any newspaper or magazine (once you've kept a copy for your own scrapbook, of course!) We will post them in the media case in the school lobby and/or make note of the achievement in Logos, the school magazine. Also please remember that we are always on the lookout for photos of students; please email digital images to email@example.com.
Practice and Tryouts for Fall '10 Sports
For dates, times and locations of end-of-summer practices and tryouts for Fall '10 sports, click here. Follow NWC Athletics on Twitter: "JREESENWC"
Spring Sports Awards
For the names of student-athletes who participated in NWC's Spring sports, as well as for special awards and/or records that were set during the season, click here.
Putting the NWC Web Site to Work for You
Follow NWC sports and all other events by utilizing three little buttons on the lower right-hand corner of our home page that are designed to make our site more useful to parents and students:
*Share This: Send a page from our site via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and many more e-tools.
*RSS Feed: Receive NWC web site headlines on Google or Yahoo home pages.
*Alerts: Sign up to get (via text or e-mail) news headlines from the home page or info about changes to games and/or events on the school calendar
Archdiocesan Youth Spectacular
The Archdiocese of Hartford's 2010 Catholic Youth Spectacular will be held at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield on Sun., Sep. 12, from 12:30-7pm. This year's theme is "Empowered by the Spirit: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives" and the keynote speaker is Jesse Manibusan. The NWC group will leave school at 1:30 and return to NWC at 7:30pm. We have a limited number of tickets still available at $25; download and complete the permission slip from the Campus Ministry page of Edline (look under News) and submit along with fee to Mrs. Gillespie in the Campus Ministry Office.
Northwest Catholic Fund Goal of $730,000 Achieved!
Thanks to its many generous supporters in our community of parents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff, and friends, the NWC Fund goal of $730,000 for the 2009-10 year was achieved by the end of our fiscal year on June 30. Thank you – we couldn’t have done it without you! We are so very grateful for your support of Northwest Catholic, its mission, and its students.
Of special note this year was the extraordinary accomplishment of the Class of 2010 Parents who raised the funds necessary to complete the Senior Parents’ Legacy Gift – the renovation of the Senior Patio – in time to enjoy it during Commencement festivities. A record-setting 54%% of senior parents contributed to the project! We are particularly grateful to Mrs. Sherri Thompson, Class of ’10 and ’13 parent, and Mr. John Begley ’81, CP, AP, who so capably guided the project to its successful completion.
We look forward to your continued generous support of the Northwest Catholic Fund in 2010-11.
Go REALLY Green for NWC!
Take 5 minutes to switch your energy supplier to Viridian Energy by clicking on the "Become a Customer" tab under "Energy Service" below with your electric bill in hand (you'll need information from your bill to complete the sign-up process). You'll save up to 20%% on the generation rate for your electricity usage and have the satisfaction of helping the environment in the process by using greener energy. Viridian will make a payment to the Northwest Catholic Fund for every NWC customer who joins through this site, helping to grow the NWC Fund which supports financial aid and improvements to ensure the excellent academic, athletic, and artistic environment of NWC continues to thrive.
- CL&P or UI will still be responsible for power reliability and repair, and will still send you just one bill per month.
- Switching to Viridian is free, and there are no strings attached; you can cancel at any time without penalty.
- Questions? Check out the "FAQ" or email NWC Viridian rep. Rick Berry '83 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Viridian is an energy supplier that has already met the 2020 Federal requirement of 20%% renewable energy. According to the Department of Public Utilities, switching your home is equivalent to planting 40 trees or not driving 775 miles. Thanks for your support!
How You Can Help NWC
One easy way to help our school is to recycle money you're already spending! Register your frequent shopper cards and earmark NWC for the contributions. Click here for Stop & Shop; click here for Big Y; and click here for Target.
Volume XV - Number Seven - July 2010