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									            Parent Press
             A Newsletter for Northwest Catholic’s Parent Community

                             Minutes from the January Parents’ Club Meeting
Mrs. Williamson opened the meeting – held on Inauguration Night -- with an adaptation of the prayer composed by
Archbishop John Carroll for the inauguration of George Washington in 1789.

In academic news, she reminded parents that grades for midterms (being given this week) would be posted on Edline and
that 2009-10 course selection would begin Jan. 28. Teacher signatures are required for most courses, and students must post
their choices through their Edline account.

Bishop Rosazza celebrated Mass here in December, and Fr. McHugh from St. Ann’s in Avon said Mass in January. Service
activities continue, and sophomores should be starting their service projects if they have not yet done so. Charitable
collections were extremely successful, with record dollars collected for Food Share and a wonderful selection of toys for
CCMC. We are working on establishing a chapter of the Knights of Columbus Squires; the Pro-Life Club is going well and
the Be You to the Fullest club has also had strong interest. Weekly Mass continues each Tuesday after school, and we had
Mass for the winter athletes.

The Fall drama productions were well done and well attended. The Christmas activities -- art show, dance recital and concert
– were also well done and well received. The “Godspell” cast has been selected and rehearsals have started. The musical will
be April 3, 4, 5, with another Dramateurs pasta supper on Sat., Apr. 4. Model UN and Mock Trial are in full swing; this is
their season for regional activities and competitions. Syncopate, the NWC dance team, had a wonderful time performing in
the halftime show of the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day and will compete regionally in February. The music students will
compete in the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston on Jan. 31. The History and World Languages trip to Spain is over Feb. break.

All winter sports are doing well; the indoor track teams participated in the final meet for the Northwest Conference
yesterday. The girls and boys each finished 3rd out of 8 teams. It was a wonderful meet; many students had personal bests
and we had several conference champions as well as many students who qualified to compete in the state competition. Other
sports are at about the midpoint of the season with solid performances so far and good expectations of things to come –
check the schedule and try to catch a game!

A thousand thank yous to all who participated in Saturday Night Live, and especially those who worked so hard on the committee. Co-
chairs Carol Ciotto and Gail Riley deserve credit and thanks but everyone did their part. Even in tough economic times we netted well
over $30,000, which is fantastic. We look forward to next year!!

More than 300 students have taken our Entrance Exam, and we are reviewing files so we can send acceptance letters. There is a mini
Open House on Thursday, Jan. 29 and the Exam will be given again on January 31.

The Archdiocese of Hartford is hosting a job fair for prospective Catholic educators here at NWC on Jan. 29 from 4-7pm.
The West Hartford Relay for Life will be held at NWC on June 26-27.

Our guest speaker is Deacon Arthur Miller, the Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Black Catholics and a veteran of the civil rights

                                                    Mark Your Calendars!
      Next Parents’ Club meeting: Thursday, Mar. 19, 7:00pm: Guest speaker, Kim Crabbe, Director, Career                                  1
         Center, Drew University (NJ): “How to Help Your Teens Narrow Down Their Career Options”
                A hearty thank you from the Parents’ Club Hospitality Committee…
Cindy Gworek offers her sincere thanks to the following people who helped to make the Jan. 30 Teacher/Staff Appreciation
Luncheon an incredible success: Kristin Tomaiuolo, Betty Ann Grady, Annmarie Butler, Lucie DiBella, Kathy Fitzpatrick, Dori
Grimshaw, Camille Kilgore, Susan Banks, Mary Beth Greenwood, Patty Visintainer, Carrie Herron, Edith Di Francesco, Diane
McAndrews, Debbie Soucier, Cindy Farrell, Lori Oleasz, Ann Strid, Gail Baker, Betsy Volg, Mary Lou Kachnowski, Camille Kilgore,
Mary Beth White, Virginia Gilmore, Claire Daly, Gigi Frailey, Maureen Pepin, Bonnie Richards, Sheila Houlihan, Mary
Leuenberger, Kelly Skalski, Kathy Looney, Bet Gailor, Kim Kent, Gail Riley, Michelle M. Kuhlberg, Olive Tronchin, Laura
Verrengia Foto, Patty Meehan, Loretta Whiting, and Andrea Seldon. The guests of honor enjoyed sandwiches, salads and an
unbelievable assortment of desserts. (The dessert table looked like a bakery!) Thank you to all who donated their time and
talents--your efforts were appreciated by all.

                                  Mark Your Calendars – Way Ahead!
The 2009-10 school calendar is starting to take shape … though of course there are many holes to be filled! For your
planning purposes, here are some key dates that are set:

       Sep. 2, 2009: First day for Class of ‘13                              Apr. 19-23, 2010: Spring break
       Sep. 3, 2009: First day for Classes of ’11 and ‘12                    Jun 9, 2010: Graduation
       Sep. 4, 2009: First day for Class of ‘10                              Jun 23, 2010: Tentative last day for grades 9, 10, 11
       Feb. 15-19, 2010: Winter break

                                   Show Your NWC Pride with a School Ring!
Chris Bruff ’03, a sales rep for new NWC school ring vendor Herff-Jones, will be showing samples and taking ring orders at
lunchtime on Mar. 3, 4, and 5 in the NWC cafeteria. Samples are also available on (although it’s
cheaper to order the rings in person vs. on-line). A $50 deposit is required when the ring is ordered but the balance may be paid
over time. Class of ’09 rings will be delivered within 4 weeks; rings for the Class of ’10 and ’11 will arrive in September.
Questions? Contact Chris Bruff at 673-8806 or

              Northwest Catholic Prepares to Host “Relay for Life” in June 2009
West Hartford’s “Relay for Life,” supporting the American Cancer Society, will be held again this year at Northwest
Catholic. The event will begin at 4pm on June 26 and end at 10am on June 27. We expect to see hundreds of people from
many different fundraising teams walking our track to raise money for cancer research. Luke Pelton ‘10 is coordinating
the Northwest Catholic team; for more information, contact Luke at Please become part of this
great opportunity to display the legendary Northwest Catholic hospitality while supporting an excellent cause!

                             New Tuition-Payment System for 2009-10
Beginning in the 2009-10 school year, NWC families will pay tuition through the FACTS Management direct
debit program, rather than directly to Northwest Catholic. With this system, families authorize automatic
bank payments from their bank accounts for their monthly tuition bill. This is a pre-authorized bank-to-
bank transfer of funds. Douglas Solomon of FACTS Management will be at school to answer any
questions you may have on Monday, Apr. 6, during the Chemical Policy/Spring Sports meeting.

                                       Join us as the curtain parts for another
                                      Northwest Catholic musical spectacular …

                                                  Rice Auditorium
                                              Friday, April 3    7:30pm
                                              Saturday, April 4 7:30pm
                                              Sunday, April 5 2:00pm
                                       Watch Edline for ticket sales information.

Jesus                       Nathan Hunter                              Abigaile (Peggy)              Abigaile Sands
John the Baptist/Judas      Michael Conway                             Laura (Sonia)                 Laura Hannifan
Stephen (Jeffrey)           Stephen Lenczewski                         Kristin (Gilmer)              Kristin Tomaiuolo
John (Lamar)                John Fitzpatrick                           Saralynne                     Saralynne Brown
Patrick (Herb)              Patrick Kearney                            Claire                        Claire Gostyla
Jessica (Robin)             Jessica DiFrancesco                        Andrew                        Andrew Hull
Caroline (Joanne)           Caroline Garger                            Lance                         Lance Morgan

                        Dance Captain Caitlin Kearns          Assistant Dance Captain Nicole Poirier

                                                        Featured Dancers
     Shannon Allen, Caroline Davenport, Maura Eagan, Caitlin Kearns, Kara Moras, Nicole Poirier, Abigaile Sands, Cara Seward

                                                       Ensemble Dancers
                  Darci Hughes, Bridget Daly, Jessica DiFrancesco, Alexandra McKenzie, Kate Molloy, Katie Sitaro

                                                       Chorus Captains
                                                Angelica Badillo and Molly Bissell

  Angelica Badillo, Molly Bissell, Haleigh Beckerman, Mary Beckerman, Rachel Bournique, Shannon Crawford, Roz Gilbert, Morgan
 Green, Gretchen Kelly, Meghan Kelly, Kayla Kilgore, Miranda King, Maddie Livingston, Chris Lynch, Teddie Mucha, Kathleen O’Hara,
                  Leanne Oleasz, Rosa Park, Alex Richards, Nicole Rook, Kate Schuppe, Olivia Skalski, Amy West

Producer and Director: Sara Avery           Set Designer/Technical Director: Rorie Fitzsimons      Choral Director/
Choreographer: Kate Morran                  Orchestra Conductor: Ray Sinclair                      Accompanist: Dan Avery
Costumier: Carol Flanagan                   Assistant Orchestra Conductor: Ray Sinclair

                        Dinner and a show … What could be better?
                                         Fourth Annual Family Pasta Dinner
                                               Sat. Apr. 4, 5:15-6:45pm
                                     Adults and students $8; children under 12 $5
So we can plan for the right amount of food, tickets must be purchased in advance; they will be sold in the school office
from Mar. 24-Apr. 1. The Music and Drama Depts, the sponsors of the dinner, seek volunteers and donations of food and
paper goods. Please contact Cindy Gworek (529-0005 or Thanks in advance for your support!

                                                    And of special note …
This will be Godspell’s third run at NWC, and the Alumni office is planning a reunion of the 1981 and 1991 casts! The group will meet
  at the Pasta Dinner on Saturday evening, and then stay to watch the performance as a group. For more information, contact Jane
                        Leary, Director of Constituent Relations, at or 860.236.4221, x131.

                   ~~ New NWC Book Vendor for 2009-10 ~~
Beginning in June 2009, Northwest Catholic will switch to a new book vendor: This virtual bookstore will sell not only the textbooks required for the
NWC curriculum, but also general reading books and supplies. What’s more, there will be a
quick and easy way to sell books back! Students and parents can click the “Sell Your Books”
button, enter the ISBN number, and receive a quote. Best of all, buyback shipping is free!
Print off the postage-paid mailing label and send the textbooks to eCampus. Books can also
be sold back during on-site buybacks at the end of the school year.

                                    Attention Class of ’09 Parents:
                              Believe it or not, it’s time to plan for graduation!
   Information and registration material about the post-graduation cruise on the Connecticut River will be coming soon.
  Payment will be due by Apr. 4. The cruise committee will be reaching out to all parents for donations of money and/or
 items that can will be raffled on the cruise. There will be lots of other ways to help, too – watch Edline for details. Please
   consider lending your support to this tradition of sending our seniors off to college in grand Northwest Catholic-style!

                                              Second Annual
  Northwest Catholic Jazz Cabaret Night
            A Fundraiser for the Music Department

                           Saturday, May 9, 6:30pm Johnson Gym

               If you were here last year, you know how spectacular it was;
                      if you missed it then, you won’t want to this year!

Come and hear our award-winning Thursday night/Monday night jazz band/jazz choir/jazz combo in
a 1940s cabaret-style setting featuring desserts, coffees, and a fantastic raffle. Tickets – which are $20
for adults, $10 for students and seniors – go on sale in late March, and will likely sell out fast (if last year
  was any indication!). Watch Edline for details, and contact Ray Sinclair to see how you can help.

      32nd Annual Northwest Catholic Golf Tournament: June 1, 2009
            Wampanoag Country Club, 9- and 18-Hole Rounds
                   9-Hole Planning Meeting – Especially for the Ladies
                                Tuesday, March 10, 7pm
                     RSVP Jane Leary, or 236-4221, x131

                                    18-Hole Planning Meeting
                            Looking for Golfers, Sponsors, Prize Donors
                                      Thurs, Mar. 26, 7:00pm
                     RSVP Tom Steen, or 236-4221, x138

                                        Mark your calendar!

                            NWC Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
                                Induction and Dinner

                                    Saturday, March 28, 2009
                                         6pm Cocktails
                               7pm Dinner and Induction Ceremony

                                        James Lynch ‘67
                                       Michael Klimas ‘73
                                     Maura Cavanagh Dick ‘86
                                       Brian Mathews ‘88
                                        Sarah Gaspar ‘93

                                     With special recognition of
                               The 1976 Boys’ Cross Country Team

For tickets ($45/person) or for more information, contact Jane Leary (, 236-4221, x131)

                        Northwest Catholic High School Honor Roll
                                  First Semester, 2008-09
                                        First Honors

                                              Grade 12

Kristen Bachteler      Claire Gostyla                   Michael Murray           Kylie Steadman
Hanna Bertoldi         Maura Graham                     Cara Oleasz              Brianna Tomazic
Michael Bonfatto       Joseph Harris                    Uzoma Orchingwa          Margaret Tuite
Nicole Boucher         John Hug                         Kaela Paternoster        Nina Varney
Sarah Chambers         Caitlin Kearns                   Lester Primus            Andrew Vicki
Brooke Denver          Caroline Leuenberger             Ashley Reyes             John Whiting
Jessica Di Francesco   Rebecca Masciocchi               Emily Schwartz
Ryan Dowd              Nicole Milewski                  Chloe Scobee
Boris Garcia           Kara Moras                       Narae Shin
Mara Gauger            Sean Murphy                      Mary Sopelak

                                              Grade 11

Joel Adifon            Mary Frailey                 James Italia               Joseph McAndrews
Nicholas Calitri       Michael Freund               Ameet Katkar               Meghan McGuire
Yun Jei Cho            Caroline Garger              Eric Kennedy               Chelsea Morelli
Caileen Christina      Faith Gilbert                Katherine Krikawa          Luke Pelton
Maggie Clapis          Morgan Green                 Merideth Lathrop           Alex Picciano
Alexis Dahlem          Kathryn Hagen                Madeleine Livingston       William Reed
Connor Deneen          Nia Harris                   Nathaniel Lombard Poirot   Lauren Rosano
Michael Deneen, Jr.    John Healey                  Kayla Maciejewski          Devon Soucier
Meghan Feeney          Daniel Huehner               Kelsey Marakovits          Ryan Thompson

                                              Grade 10

Molly Berning          Ryan Gilmour               Alessandra Lamari             Mark Powojski
Rachel Bournique       Tommy Gollenberg           Claire Looney                 Sarah Purple
Dillon Bowen           Sharon Grimshaw            Melissa Martucci              Ryan Ragalis
Francis Butler         Emily Janusko              Haley Massie                  Pawel Rybka
Mara Case              Danté Jeanfelix            Dionne May                    Kathleen Schuppe
David Chen             Abigail Johnson            Alexandra McKenzie            Cara Seward
Shannon Crawford       Daniel Kowalczyk           Sean Morris                   Chris Sherer
Erin Drusedum          Christopher Kuhlberg       Thomas Noll                   Brynn Stoecklin
John Gailor            Robert Kunkel              Kathleen O'Hara               John Sullivan
Mika Gauger            Michael Laffin             Sung Yun Park                 Kelly Yorio

                                              Grade 9

Elizabeth Allen        Erin Dowd                    Cara Ledwidge              Olivia Rustic
Loren Baczewski        Jack Ferrell                 Brian McGowan              Taylor Selig
Kathryn Beaule         Stephanie Figueroa           Nathan McKenzie            Hannah Shea
Gina Bettencourt       Christopher Freund           Alexander Mortillaro       Caitlin Spalluto
Tyler Calitri          Christianna Gilbert          Emma Kate Mortillaro       Andrew Stephens
Kathleen Connelly      Brennan Graham               Mark Mossberg              Ryan Strid
Caroline Davenport     Grace Hallinan               Christian Murphy           Michael Varney
Mary Deneen            Agata Harabasz               Matthew Pranaitis          Tanner Vaughn
Allison Denton         Emily Kapral                 Colleen Riley              Sarah Visintainer
Emily Desmarais        Logan Lawson                 Samantha Russo

                                               Second Honors

                                                  Grade 12
Jessica Belpedio         Janae Frazier                  Victoria Mansolillo      Kathryn Walsh
Jennifer Bonee           Sarah Geissler                 Stephanie Papillo        Sarah White
Kevin Boya               Alyssa Gualtieri               Drew Pelletier           James Williams
Julie Cleary             Richard Jakiel Jr.             Adam Powojski            Elizabeth Winland
Matthew Collins          Ann Ragan Kearns               Michael Ray
Michael Conway           Lauren Kent                    Hannah Rienow
Kayleigh Donnelly        Bridget Kiley                  Abigaile Sands
Madelyn Filomeno         Stephen Lenczewski             Katherine Ulrich
                                                  Grade 11
Andrew Beaule            Kaitlyn Giblin                 Kevin O'Toole            Ted Terrion
Mary Beckerman           Julian Harris                  George Platsis           Kristin Tomaiuolo
James Benanti            Ryan Juliano                   Grace Quinn              Matthew Visintainer
Elizabeth Collier        Patrick Kearney                Nicole Rook              Timothy Waltman
Bridget Daly             Katherine Kuzoian              Ryan Siegel              Lauren Walz
Erika Duenas             Nicole Lacouture               Katherine Sitaro         Sarah Wizner
Colleen Fitzgerald       Emily McDonough                Justin Strid
Samuel Frasco            John Moore                     Kelsey Sumple
                                                  Grade 10
Michael Budarz           Ryan Geelan                    Nicholas Melaragno       Olivia Skalski
Katherine Butler         Patrick Graham                 Katherine Molloy         Melissa Soutar
Matthew Carlson          Jordan Greenberg               Theodora Mucha           Amanda Tronchin
Jaclyn Diaz              Lyne-Saddlie Joseph            Patrick Nista            Brandon Xing
Jennifer Erickson        Julia Mansolillo               Meghan Peterson
John Fitzpatrick         Brendan McCormick              Nicole Poirier

                                                  Grade 9
Megan Baker              Cathleen Collins               Wesley Hopkins           Lance Morgan
Rachel Barrachina        Angela Di Francesco            Samuel Hug               Thomas Murphy
Haleigh Beckerman        Madeline Domingo               Nicholas Italia          Daniel Piette
Stephanie Boccuzzi       Melissa Donnelly               Ryan Kosha               Cassie Rocha
Brian Butler             Sydney Golic                   Stephen Kozak            Jessie Rocha
Caroline Carew           Matthew Greenwood              Christopher Laffin       Katherine Schwartz
Mariamma Chaluparambil   Conor Hardy                    Kathleen McCormack       Kathleen Tanguay
Yannick Chevannes        Cedric Henderson               E. Merritt McDonough

                                             Honorable Mention

                                                  Grade 12
Jennifer Braun           William Kinley                 John Shevchuk
Catherine Hijeck         Daniel Lynch                   Patrick Tanguay
Brittney Huffman         Jillian Sands

                                                  Grade 11
Zachary Boorman          Jordan Lewis                   Sean Polley
Camille Charles          Chelsea Mencio                 Ryan Wagner
Patrick Dornfried        Jonathan Moore                 Meredith West

                                                  Grade 10
Devin Daly               Stephanie Jackie                   Danielle Martin
Darci Hughes             Kimberly Kleszczynski              Taylor Waybright
Zachary Hunter           Alexander Lorenzo                  Amy West
                                                  Grade 9
Marcus Andersen-Pena     Stephanie Koldras                  Catherine Marshall     Christopher Volg
Cory Christina           Ariane Leuenberger                 John Peterson          Cara Watts
Daniel Errico            Zachary Lewis                      Kristen Reilly
Alexis Harris            Christopher Lynch                  Maebh Sheelan

Next Parents Club Meetings: Thursday, Mar. 19, 7:00pm (Guest speaker: Kim Crabbe, Dir. Career
                                                       Center, Drew University)
                              Monday, May 18, 7:30pm (Educational consultant Marcie Swift and a panel
                                                     of recent NWC grads share college tips)
                              June (TBD)              End-of-year barbecue

Thursday, Mar. 5: Student Council Blood Drive; Schoolwide Dance, 8-11pm
Friday, Mar. 6: NO SCHOOL (Faculty In-Service)
Tuesday, Mar. 10: 9-Hole Golf Committee Meeting, 7pm
Friday, Mar. 13: NO SCHOOL (Faculty Retreat)
Wednesday, Mar. 25: Winter Sports Awards, 7:30pm
Thursday, Mar. 26: 18-Hole Golf Committee Meeting, 7pm
Saturday, Mar. 28: NWC Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Fri. Apr. 3-Sun., Apr. 5: Spring Musical – “Godspell” (Rice Auditorium)
Monday, Apr. 6, 6:30-8pm: Mandatory Sports & Chemical Health Meeting (Spring Athletes)
Friday, Apr. 10: NO SCHOOL (Good Friday)
Monday, Apr. 13-Fri., Apr. 17: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
Saturday, May 2: Grand Reunion for classes ending in 4 or 9
      Please visit or Edline for full calendar and sports schedules.

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