14 March 2019


Dear NWC Community,


Last night I had the pleasure of watching the boys hockey team battle it out in the Division 1 Semifinals. With great courage and spirit, this powerful team of young athletes made all of us at Northwest proud. Win or lose, we bled green and shared in their season of enormous success.


Congratulations to all our winter sports teams. You gave us a beacon to rally around these long, dark months, and you demonstrated again and again what it means when we say NWC provides an education of the whole person -- mind, body, spirit, and imagination. 


Prayers to all as we end our first full week of Lent. The spiritual power Jesus teaches is a radical faith and trust in the providence of the Spirit and a giving over of all worldly control. May the Spirit give each of us the faith and radical trust we need to navigate this Lent, always mindful that God's ways are not our ways, and that Christ walks with us on our pilgrim journey of life. 


Peace and prayers,

Christian J. Cashman





Come to the Fish Fry!


Looking for a great meatless Friday Lenten dinner for the family? On Fri., March 22, the NWC Athletics Booster Club invites you a FISH FRY!

Come to the Navin Family Dining Room from 6-7:30pm and enjoy crispy fish and fries, coleslaw, beverages, and dessert. (Beer, wine, and soda will be available for purchase.) THE PUBLIC IS INVITED so bring a friend and spread the word!


All  proceeds benefit the NWC ATHLETICS PROGRAM!


Register by Wed., March 20 (reservations are required — space is limited) at


Adults:  $10 

Children (10 and under): $5

Family Maximum (parents and children):  $50


An added bonus — come at 5:15pm when Campus Ministry will offer the Stations of the Cross in the chapel. And if all this weren't enough, March Madness games will be on in the dining hall!



Yearbooks on SALE!


Sales will be open until June, but don't wait – numbers are limited! Go to to place an order or see Ms. Marquis in the art room. Questions? Contact Ms. Marquis at

Coaching Position at St. Timothy's


The St. Timothy's Middle School girls softball team is looking for a coach for this season.



Please contact Athletic Director Ryan Martin at if you're interested. A stipend is offered.

Administrative Assistant Position at St. Thomas the Apostle School


STA is seeking a part-time administrative assistant. Send resume to The candidate will work with the present administrative assistant in the coming months to allow for a transition before the new job begins on July 1.


Thura Saw was surprised by the University of Hartford today when they arrived on campus to announce that he earned a full, four-year scholarship to U of H! Thura is one of only 10 students across the country to earn this special honor at U of H for fall 2019. Congratulations, Thura!



In the news

Author Steve Rushin Visits Northwest News Staff
Steve Rushin with Northwest Catholic newspaper staff
Northwest Catholic’s newspaper club recently welcomed a special guest. Journalist, novelist, memoirist, and all-around great guy, Steve Rushin, came to the West Hartford school to share his insights on journalism, podcasting, and the writer’s life.

Read full stories about Academics & College Prep HERE.

Paid Internship for Juniors/Seniors/College Freshmen in Bloomfield


The Town of Bloomfield is offering a paid internship for students entering junior/senior year of high school or 1st year of college for the fall of 2019. The internship is open to Bloomfield residents only.  Click HERE to learn more.

Service Academy Night


On Wednesday, April 24, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation will be holding its annual Academy Night for students and recent graduates who are interested in attending one of our nation's preeminent military academies – U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy.  This is a great opportunity for students to meet with representatives and cadets/midshipmen from each of the academies. 


This event will also give students a chance to meet with the service academy coordinators from each of our congressional offices to learn more about our individual nomination processes.  In addition, we hope to have representatives from several collegiate ROTC programs, the National Guard, and the Military Reserves who will be able to discuss other paths to military service and commissioning programs for aspiring military officers. 


The program is scheduled to begin promptly at 5pm at the MG Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center, 375 Smith Street, Middletown, CT. Click HERE for more information.

Pi Day Celebration!


Today we celebrated Pi Day! Students participated in a pi digit memorization contest. (The school record is 453 digits, set by Jenealle Miller in 2018.),  best original song or rap about Pi, and the best apple pie. Winners will be announced soon!




In the news

Joan H. Gibson, NAACP 1st VP, at Northwest Catholic.
NAACP President Maxien Robinson-Lewin and VP Joan H. Gibson spoke at Northwest Catholic in honor of Black History Month.

Read full stories about Faith & Service HERE.

Please SUPPORT Helping Hands

At Monday's Convocation, MaryCharlotte Barnes delivered a presentation on Helping Hands, a program from Catholic Relief Services that we as a school are taking on this Lent.


Helping Hands is a Catholic volunteer and formation event that allows participants to serve their brothers and sisters overseas in a tangible way. This is rooted in our call as Catholics to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Together volunteers work to address hunger in both the short term and the long term in Burkina Faso. 


Students will help collect weekly donations as well as help package meals to send to people who suffer from chronic hunger as a result of cyclical drought and flooding in Burkina Faso. If we raise the $5000 necessary to host our own food packing event, then the truck with the bags of rice and other ingredients will come to Northwest Catholic, and a large team of students and staff will work to fill the bags.


Please consider volunteering. This would include collecting money from an Advisory each Wednesday of Lent and helping at the Packing Event in May. Contact MaryCharlotte Barnes at if you have questions.

Sophomore Retreat TOMORROW


The Sophomore Retreat is this Friday, March 15. To be prepared to get the most out of the retreat, sophomores should: 1) Dress casual but nice….we are going to Mass, so you should be dressed appropriately reverent; 2) Bring an umbrella or a raincoat, and wear shoes for walking outside in the rain; 3) Eat breakfast; 4) Bring a lunch and a water bottle!

Pitch in at the Park Road Community Clean-up


April 27 at 8:45am. Meet at 244 Park Road. Part of the Beautification Committee's mission is to encourage a cleaner neighborhood. One way to do this is to bring a bag with you on your walks and pick up any trash you see. It's all about pitching in and helping out. 


Spring Blood Drive TOMORROW


The Student Council is hosting its biannual blood drive tomorrow in the Stosuy Gym. During a recent Advisory assembly, a Red Cross representative, Danielle Huntington, presented the juniors and seniors with a compelling personal account of how her own life was saved through emergency blood transfusions, as well the stories of a few young children in our area who need regular, weekly blood transfusions to survive. Her presentation was met with a generous outpouring of support from our students who signed up to donate blood. Within minutes, almost all of our available time slots were filled!


On behalf of the Student Council, thank you for your support!

Contribute to the Sharing Table on St. Joseph Day


St. Joseph Day is Tues., March 19. We are having a Sharing Table again this year, sponsored by the Religion 1 classes. Treats will be available outside the Campus Ministry office, and donations are welcome to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor's St. Joseph Residence for the elderly in Enfield. We are especially excited to hear from Sr. Frances of the Little Sisters of the Poor at Convocation on Monday. This year is extra special as our Archdiocese, under the patronage of St. Joseph, is celebrating our 175th Anniversary! 


A collection will be taken for the St. Joseph Residence. The following items are requested.


Denture Tablets

Mouth Wash

Lotion (Mild)

Body Wash (Liquid)

Toilet Paper

Cookies – Sugar Free & Regular

Coffee-Regular & Decaf Kcups

Tea Bags – Regular & Decaf

Cereal – Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies

Paper Towels


Plates – Dinner & Dessert

6 oz. or 8 oz. Hot Cups

Soup Bowls

Manna Meals April 1


Our next Manna Meal is Mon., April 1. Everyone is invited to participate -- current students, incoming students, parents, friends, alumni! If this is your first chance to volunteer, we welcome you! Students can catch a ride from NWC by meeting in Campus Ministry at 4pm and returning at 7:15pm. Or meet us at Christ Church Cathedral Parish Center on Church Street, Hartford at 5pm. We cook from 5-6pm, serve at 6pm, and are done by 7pm. Students must return the permission slip found HERE. Please sign up HERE with the item(s) you will donate if you are volunteering.


Bishop Peter Rosazza was our honored guest this week. Bishop Rosazza was escorted by seniors James Nicholas and Meghan Shea of ACTS and visited world language classes before enjoying lunch with a group of students.



In the news

Northwest Catholic will present Godspell March 28-31
Members of the cast of Godspell have some fun during rehearsal. Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will perform their annual sprin
On March 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30pm and March 31at 2pm, the Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will perform Godspell in the school’s Rice Auditorium on Wampanoag Drive in West Hartford. 

Read full stories about the Arts HERE.


Purchase your tickets to Godspell!


On March 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30pm and March 31at 2pm, the Dramateurs will perform Godspell in the school's Rice Auditorium. Go to today to purchase your tickets! Thank you for supporting this important, anniversary performance of Godspell, and please do TELL YOUR FRIENDS! 



In the news

Family ID Spring Sports Registration at Northwest Catholic.
Northwest Catholic Athletics is please to offer online registration for it student-athletes. Completion and submission of an online form must be received before the student-athlete may participate in any team-organized practice, scrimmage, or regularly scheduled game contest. ​​​​​​​

Read full stories about Athletics HERE.

Register for Spring Sports


Spring Sports Registration is now open. If your child is planning to play a spring sport at NWC, you will need to do the following:


1. Register your child online at Family ID.


2. Have an up-to-date physical turned into the school nurse or the athletic office. Physicals expire 13 months from the physical dates.


If you have any questions, please contact Keith Blum at in the Athletic Department or the school nurse at

Team Meetings TONIGHT at 6pm.


Room Assignments

Boys Lacrosse - Dining Hall

Girls Lacrosse - Johnson Gym

Baseball - Library

Softball - Navin Room

Boys Tennis - Library Conference Room

Girls Tennis - Room 502

Outdoor Track -Mortensen Theater

Boys Golf - Room 501

Girls Golf - Room 602


Tryouts for all teams will start on Saturday, March 16. All tryouts times will be given out at the meetings.


Spring ImPACT Concussion Management Testing Schedule


ImPACT Testing will take place from March 11-15 at 2:30pm in the resource room with our Trainer, Brian Elliott. Any freshman, junior, or transfer who has not taken the ImPACT test during the fall or winter seasons MUST take the test next week. If you have any questions please email Brian at


Monday 3/11 - Baseball

Tuesday 3/12 - Boys Lacrosse

Wednesday 3/13 - Girls Lacrosse & Softball

Thursday 3/14 - Outdoor Track & Girls Golf

Friday 3/15 - Boys/Girls Tennis & Boys Golf



Members of the girls lacrosse team spent Saturday morning at Miracle League, which provides opportunities for children with physical and cognitive challenges to participate in recreational, educational, and cultural activities.



In the news

Alumni Perform at NWC in Honor of Black History Month
Alex Murillo
Alex Murillo '15 and Brandon Couloute '10 after their performance with Studio 860.

Read full Alumni LEADS stories HERE.



Other ways to support NWC


Give back to Northwest Catholic while you shop! Register by following the links below, and NWC will win a portion of the proceeds. Thank you for helping make NWC strong.


Click HERE to register.


Click HERE to register.


Click HERE to register.




Sports Camps at NWC


Spread the word! NWC Summer Sports Camps are posted and filling up fast!


Go to to register your 4th-9th grader for the weeks of his or her choice.


All camps are coached by NWC's winning coaches!


Questions? Contact Keith Blum at

March - 2019
7:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Stosuy Gym

Northwest Catholic High School

29 Wampanoag Drive • West Hartford, CT 06117 • 860.226.4221

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