Robert E. Fitch High School
101 Groton Long Point Rd.
Groton, CT 06340
December 2011 Newsletter
Our mission at Robert E. Fitch High School is to educate our students to become outstanding citizens equipped with
21st century learning skills. The faculty and staff collaborate with home and community to promote academic
excellence, personal wellness, and social awareness. We guide students into deeper cognitive awareness and
increased levels of understanding, and we encourage our students to use their individual talents to their fullest
potential. Our graduates are informed, responsible adults who respect diversity and value life-long learning.
Dear Fitch Community: THE FHS WEB SITE
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all FHS students,
Please visit the FHS web site for up-to-date information on
families, faculty and staff a happy, healthy holiday season.
what’s happening at our school. The web site offers links
During this time of year, we have our annual coin drive for the that provide information about all that Fitch has to offer,
Groton Food Locker. There are cans throughout the building including the PowerSchool parent portal and information on
into which you can deposit your spare change—pennies
conunt!!!! Also, all advisors will accept donated, spare change.
how to contact faculty and staff.
So please, please take a few minutes to collect all that spare
change around your home (or car) and donate it to our coin
drive. Each year, FHS is proud to make a donation to the
Groton Food Locker; as many of you can imagine, there are ********************
people in need who greatly appreciate the good work of our FHS Faculty
local Food Locker.
As we enter the month of December, we approach the half-way In most cases use the teacher’s first initial and last
mark of the school year. Students, it’s important to do your name followed by @groton.k12.ct.us
best, save ALL of your work, and remember that mid-year Example: email@example.com
exams are just around the corner. Parents and guardians, it’s There are exceptions to this. If you have any questions
important to encourage your students to do their best, to keep on an email address, please call the school at 860-499-
track of performance on PowerSchool, and to communicate
directly with teachers.
Once again, I wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season and
a great new year!
Joseph Arcarese SUBMISSIONS
Please email submissions by 12/19/11 to
Sean McKenna, Assistant Principal
Test Dates Test U.S. Registration Deadlines THE FITCH PARENT
(a fee Please join us at a meeting!
applies) •All meetings are held in the Fitch Library at 6:30•
December 3, SAT & November 8, November 20,
2011 Subject 2011 2011
Tests Thursday, December 15: TBA
Thursday, January 26: Preparing you for
January 28, SAT & December 30, January 13, College admission process--Freshman through Senior
2012 Subject 2011 2012 years.
Thursday, February 23: TBA
March 10, SAT only February 10, February 24, Thursday, March 22: What is the CAPT test
2012 2012 2012
and why is it important? Look at district to federal
Thursday, April 26: Open; Coordinator
May 5, 2012 SAT & April 6, 2012 April 20, 2012
Thursday, May 24: End of year SRBI study;
June 2, 2012 SAT & May 8, 2012 May 22, 2012
Tests Please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or
to suggest a topic for discussion.
THE FHS SCHOOL
Please consider joining the FHS School
Improvement Team or attending a
meeting. To learn more, contact the chair,
Alex Smith at
Black College Tour April 8 –
14, 2012 – Open to all students
in high school
Program cost is $310 – (Includes transportation and hotel accommodations.) Schools
include Virginia Union University, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse
College, Clark Atlanta University, NC A & T State University, Winston Salem State
University and Saint Augustine’s College. Information and applications are available in
the Career Center.
Juniors – Do you have a passion for
The Marine Scholars Program (UCONN-Avery Point) may be for you. There is no cost to the student to participate in
the Marine Scholars Program. The program will provide high school juniors from the region with unique opportunities
to strengthen their interests in Marine Science and/or Maritime Studies through faculty mentoring and exposure to the
college learning environment. Up to ten qualified high school juniors are selected for participation. Interested juniors
should ask a teacher or counselor to nominate them. Nomination forms are available in the Guidance Office and
Career Center. The deadline to apply is December 9th. Students must have a “B” average or better.
SENIORS Senior Night at Three Rivers
Community College –
You should be working on scholarships now. The December 12, 2011
Career Center has a booklet with scholarships.
Students may pick up a booklet, highlight the ones Annual Open House at 6 pm.
they qualify for and go online and apply. This same Pizza and soft drinks will be
booklet is on the Fitch High School web site. Go to served.
Guidance and click “Scholarships”. The same
scholarships are on Naviance. Go to “Colleges” and RSVP by calling 860-892-5750 – First 300
scroll down to the “Scholarship List”. You may search
by name, deadline or browse by category. Most
scholarships have an Internet link to the application
Come learn about: Student life, career
or if none, check the scholarship drawer in the Career
Center. Lots of scholarships are arriving, including and engineering technology programs,
the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of guaranteed transfer options, affordable
CT www.ctmayflower.org, Big Y Scholarships, Hood tuition, financial aid and admissions
Sportsmanship Scholarship www.Hood.com, Black
Engineering Council of EB, CASIA Scholarship Awards
for Children of Police and Fire Officials, and many,
SUPPORT THE FHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The FHS Music Department will give a concert on Thursday,
January 19, 2012, at 7pm in the auditorium. Selections from
the bands, choirs and orchestra will cover many styles and
time periods. The concert will end with all ensembles joining
forces to perform an arrangement of the Finale from
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The concert is free, so please
QUICK REFERENCES FOR GBOE POLICIES
If you would like to know more about the Groton Board of Education policies, you can visit
the district web page and link to the policy sites. Fitch High School will keep the Board of
Education’s harassment and bullying policies posted to our web site all year long.
NEWS FROM FHS’S COLLEGE AND CAREER
The annual New Haven College Trip will take place on
December 7th. Students will visit Southern Connecticut
State University and Albertus Magnus College. Seniors have
priority for permission slips, which are available in the
College & Career Center.
Students interested in electrical and plumbing careers
should see Mr. Medve in the Career Center.
DECEMBER 2011 2
ORDER YEARBOOKS THROUGH THE MAIL, ONLINE, OR BY PHONE
An Easy Method to Purchase Yearbooks
We understand how busy life can be, so we’d like to make your student’s yearbook purchase
as easy as possible. That’s why we have partnered with Jostens, our yearbook printer, to
create a home-ordering program. Ordering your yearbook from home is quick and convenient,
and eliminates the need for your student to bring any money to school. Watch for your
ordering envelope, go to Jostensyearbooks.com or call toll free (866) 282-1516 to place your
Special Pricing till February 6th
February 6th all books $85.00
Please note that books will not be sold in school.
(860) 449-7200 ext. 4815
Fitch High School Financial Aid Planning Night
December 7th at 7:00
On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the Guidance Department at Fitch High School will be
sponsoring a Financial Options Night at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. (Snow Date 12/14/11) The
program will be conducted by Mr. Craig Breitsprecher, Financial Advisor, LPL Financial in Hartford.
This is not a sales presentation, but high value information that will benefit you. Please join us and
learn the following:
How the financial aid system works and recent updates to the financial aid system
Instructions on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The primary sources of college funds
What to expect in education loans
Common pitfalls to watch out for
Creative strategies for funding college costs
How the Federal and State budget crisis will affect student aid
Current market outlook and where to invest for college.
All parents are encouraged to attend but especially junior and senior parents.
Please contact the Guidance Department at 860-449-7261 with any questions.
Support our December 3rd Pancake
The Fitch Robotics team has come along a great distance in the last year. The 2011 season was
the first year the Aluminum Falcons created a robot that was contender at all of the six
competitions we attended.
On December 3, the team will host its 2nd annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. This year it will
be at the Union Baptist Church in Mystic. A full buffet breakfast will be provided for only $8. There
will also be a silent auction and Basket Bonanza which will be an opportunity to pick up some
This year the team is stronger than ever with over 30 student members and growing support in the
local business community. This year we have gained two principal sponsors: Applied Physical
Sciences (APS), a national company headquartered in Groton, has become a Partner of the
Aluminum Falcons, providing major funding and technical assistance for this year’s competition.
Another new source of major funding this year is from the Coast Guard Academy, which has a
long history of hosting and supporting robotics teams in southeastern Connecticut. Support has
also been received from Groton Utilities/Thames Valley Communication, SAIC, the Eastern
Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, the Groton Education Foundation, The Hillery Company,
Race Rock Associates, JCPenney, and Dominion Millstone.
The 2012 season begins on January 7 when the new game will be revealed. The team will have six
weeks to design a build a 120 lb robot that must perform yet-unknown tasks. The Aluminum
Falcons will land in New York City in mid March for the first 3-day competition, and then in
Hartford two weeks later for another 3-day event. Anyone can follow the team’s progress at our
BLOOD DRIVE @ FHS
The Keyettes will be hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross on
December 7th. Give the gift of life this holiday season! For more
information, please contact advisor Karna Hopkins @
Please email submissions by 12/19/11 to Sean
McKenna, Assistant Principal