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           A Newsletter for Northwest Catholic’s Parent Community




                           Minutes from the January Parents Club Meeting
Mrs. Williamson began our meeting with a prayer used in response to the school’s theme for the week, “Respect for Life.”

In her Principal’s Report, she noted that the second semester is now under way. Grades for the last marking period have
been posted, and the course selection process for next year has begun. Each grade met with its primary guidance counselor
for that grade, and students have submitted their courses via Edline. The staff development day that was canceled in January
due to snow has been rescheduled for Mon., Feb. 25 -– extending students’ vacation by one day. The final school day of the
year will be determined in April (after snow season!); tentatively, it’s June 17. NWC teachers and staff continue to use the
Professional Learning Community model.

A schoolwide Mass was held on Jan. 7. Archbishop Mansell will celebrate Mass at NWC on Feb. 29. Volunteer opportunities
for our students abound, from tutoring students to providing and serving meals in nearby soup kitchens. The juniors have
chosen their class charity, Y-US, and will collect school supplies for needy students.

Mrs. Williamson cited several activities scheduled for Catholic Schools Week (marking the end of Catholic Schools Month).
Students are preparing a musical tribute for Black History Month; it will be performed for parents on Feb. 14 at 7pm.

This year’s spring musical is “Anything Goes;” rehearsals are under way, and the show will be Apr. 4–6. Spectators are
always welcome and appreciated at any school sporting event.

NWC will host West Hartford’s Relay for Life, supporting the American Cancer Society, on June 13-14, 2008.

The school’s web site was relaunched on Dec. 17; though still a work in progress, it is much more user friendly.

Planning is under way for NWC’s annual golf tournament, which will be held on Monday, June 2. Many parent volunteers,
golfers, and sponsors are needed! Please contact Jane Leary, jleary@nwcath.org or x131.

Saturday Night Live resulted in a profit of $37,000! This number has doubled in the past 5 years. Co-chairs Carol Ciotto and
Gail Riley have expressed their thanks for the team effort that made this year’s event such a huge success. The next SNL --
the “Silver Jubilee,” celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event – will be held on Nov. 22, 2008.

Set aside Tuesday, Mar. 18, for our next Parents Club meeting, featuring the President’s Report from School President
Matthew Fitzsimons.

We adjourned for refreshments before reconvening in the auditorium to hear from our guest speaker, best-selling author and
psychologist Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.




                                                Mark Your Calendars!
        Next Parents Club meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 7:30pm: School President Matthew Fitzsimons will
         deliver a “state of the school” address. Come and learn more about the myriad things that are                         1
                              happening in (and are planned for) Northwest Catholic!
              A hearty thank you to the Parents Club Hospitality Committee…

… for hosting Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day on January 30. As always, this was a great success with lots of
delicious food and treats. The faculty and staff were very grateful! Hospitality Chairs Cindy Gworek, Marie
West and Susan Pelton would like to thank the following people for their assistance and/or amazing
contributions of tasty desserts:

Paul Banville                               Patrina Kelly                               Maureen Pepin
Kim Bowen                                   Kim Kent                                    Liz Scalise
Annmarie Butler                             Noreen Knortz                               Kelly Skalski
Susan Duncan                                Linda Krikawa                               Laurie St. Jacques
Chris Golic                                 Kathy Lawton                                Debbie Sullivan
Betty Ann Grady                             Ellen Leuenberger                           Barbara Tanguay
Dori Grimshaw                               Kathy Looney                                Sherri Thompson
Sheila Houlihan                             Diane McAndrews                             Lynne Tuohy
Glynis Huffman                              Marcella Mendes                             Patty Visintainer
Mary Lou Kachnowski                         Jennifer Merrill                            Linda Winterbottom
Kathy Ryan-Kearney                          Maribeth Mortillaro

                          We could not have made this such a success without your help!



                        Wow! NWC Students Are Making Headlines!

                                                Congratulations to …

       Jessica Gioia, Hannah Pelton, Kenneth Rousseau, and Carolyn Spalluto, all seniors, who have been named
        Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program – the largest number in school history. Qualification as a
        Finalist is based on the scores the students earned on the PSAT/NMSQT taken in October of junior year. About
        1.4 million students took the test at that time, and about 15,000 have been named Finalists.
       The NWC Advanced Jazz Band, for winning an Honorable Mention on Feb. 9 at the Berklee Jazz Festival in
        Boston, which attracts national competition. This is the first time in school history that a NWC jazz band or choir
        has won an award at this prestigious festival. In addition, Judges’ Choice awards were awarded to Chris Brown
        ’08 (for vocal and instrumental solos – he plays the vibes) and Brian Flanagan ’08 (for a trombone solo).
       Michael Davis ‘08, who won a $300 savings bond and a certificate of appreciation from the American Legion
        Hayes-Velhage Post 96 for his participation in a Constitutional oratorical contest held in January. Michael tied as
        a runner-up in the contest with a student from Conard High School.



                      Northwest Catholic Prepares to Host “Relay for Life”

Northwest Catholic is proud to be hosting West Hartford’s “Relay for Life 2008,” supporting the American Cancer
Society. Beginning at 4pm on Friday, June 13 and ending at 10am on Saturday, June 14, the Relay will attract dozens of
fundraising teams who will walk our track to raise money for cancer research. Kaela Paternoster ’09 is the coordinator of
the Northwest Catholic team; for more information, contact Kaela at theartful3@yahoo.com, or visit
http://main.acsevents.org/rflctwesthartford. Please become part of this great opportunity to display the legendary
Northwest Catholic hospitality while supporting an excellent cause at the same time!


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


                                     Anything Goes!
                                          Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

                                                   Rice Auditorium
                                                Friday, April 4 7:30pm
                                               Saturday, April 5 7:30pm
                                                Sunday, April 6 2:00pm

This charming and funny “boy-meets-girl” story is wrapped around a magical Cole Porter score that includes such
wonderful songs as It's De-Lovely; I Get A Kick Out Of You; All Through The Night; Let’s Misbehave; and Anything Goes.
The cast includes the following actors (but the entire production involves dozens of other students in a wide array of
behind-the-scenes roles):

      Reno Sweeney: Grace Andruszkiewicz ‘08
            Billy Crocker: Chris Brown ‘08                                                 Angels
           Hope Harcourt: Megan Dees ‘08                                         Chastity: Nicole Poirier ‘11
       Sir Evelyn Oakleigh: Nathan Hunter ‘09                                   Charity: Stephanie Frazao ‘08
         Moonface Martin: Sacha Brooks ‘10                                         Purity: Erin Neagle ‘08
             Bonnie: Caroline Garger ‘10                                          Virtue: Kate Wagner ‘08
    Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt: Jessica Gioia ‘08
        Elisha J. Whitney: John Fitzpatrick ‘11                             Dance Captain: Kate Williamson ‘08
            Captain: Brandon Marshall ‘08
              Purser: Brian Flanagan ‘08

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

                                    Watch Edline for ticket sales information.


            And what could be better than a great show AND a great dinner?!

 If you’re coming to the Saturday night performance of “Anything Goes,” why not plan to come for dinner, too? Get out of
    the kitchen and support the NWC Drama and Music Departments at the same time! Reserve your seats for the third
                                                         annual

                                                Family Pasta Dinner
                                      Sat. Apr. 5, 5:15-6:45pm, Johnson Gym
                                    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 available in the school
office from Tues., Mar. 25-Tues., Apr. 1. And, to make this fundraiser a success, we seek donations of food and paper
goods and volunteers to work that night. To offer your time or to donate needed items, please contact Cindy Gworek at
529-0005 or at gworek@sbcglobal.net. Thanks in advance for your support!
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                                                   Staff Changes
Northwest Catholic welcome Mrs. Joanne Martorelli as a long-term substitute for two sophomore English classes that had
been taught by Sarah Desroches, who departed NWC at the end of the first semester. Other NWC teachers are taking
over Mrs. Desroches’ other classes. We also welcome Mrs. Katie Rose (krose@nwcath.org), who will be Mrs. Williamson’s
new assistant, and we wish all the best to Mrs. Karen Tyler, who will now be working at the Office of Catholic Schools.




                               ~ New Uniform Option This Spring ~

     Girls have the option of trying something new with their uniform this spring: a white, short-sleeved
overblouse with the Northwest Catholic logo (item #45080AZ1N119; school code WB00NW). This is just a trial
 run – the decision about whether to add this item permanently to the dress code for next year will be made
   after assessing its success. Thus, it is not being offered to incoming freshmen at this time. Also, since the
  material for the grey herringbone kilt is no longer available, the fabric for that skirt has been changed to a
heather grey poly-gabardine. Girls who own the wool kilt may still wear that. Look for more details about the
  NWC uniform at dennisuniform.com (800-854-6951); order forms will also be available in the school office.



                          Attention ClAss of ’08 PArents:
                         Believe it or not, it’s time -- 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 April ll. 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!




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                                Come one, come all, to the first-ever
                               Northwest Catholic Jazz Cabaret Night
                             Saturday, May 10, 6:30pm NWC Cafeteria
            Note: This date is correct and reflects a change from the one originally published.


 Please support this exciting new event – a fundraiser for the Music Department

   Tickets – which are $15/person – entitle you to performances by the award-winning jazz
ensemble, jazz combo, jazz choir, and solo vocalists, as well as delicious desserts, coffee and
espresso. We’ll have a raffle, too (featuring a fantastic guitar). For more information, to buy a
  ticket, and/or to donate a dessert or an item for our awesome raffle, please contact Ray
                                 Sinclair at rsinclair@nwcath.org.

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                      31st Annual Northwest Catholic Golf Tournament: June 2, 2008
                            Wampanoag Country Club, 9- and 18-Hole Rounds

                                    Golf Planning Meeting
                                  Wed., Mar. 26, 2008, 7:00pm
                                         Navin Room
                                      Please come for a glass of wine
                                         (and a free raffle ticket!)
                     as we divvy up assignments for this fun and important fundraiser

             Not a golfer? Not a problem! We have something for everyone on this committee …
           Get to know other NWC parents while enjoying the satisfaction of helping a great cause

                            RSVP Jane Leary, Director of Constituent Relations
                                 (jleary@nwcath.org or 236-4221, x131)




                                         Mark your calendar!

                            NWC Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
                                Induction and Dinner
                                    Saturday, March 29, 2008
                                         6pm Cocktails
                               7pm Dinner and Induction Ceremony

                                               Honoring
                                         Michael Cobb ‘77
                                        Chuck Harding ‘71
                                       Patricia Knighton ‘76
                                      Karen Rodgers Miller ‘81
                                         Honorary Member
                                             John Shukie


For tickets ($45/person) or for more information, contact Jane Leary (jleary@nwcath.org, 236-4221, x131)
                                    or visit www.northwestcatholic.org.




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                            Northwest Catholic High School Honor Roll
                                      First Semester, 2007-08
                                            First Honors
                                                Grade 12
Grace Andruszkiewicz       Brianne Gilbert            Michael Lathrop              Benjamin Pluta
Grant Arzumanov            Jessica Gioia              Lindsey LeDuc                Stacie Provencher
Catherine Barton           Rachel Godbout             Travis Lynch                 Genevieve Quinn
Caleb Battersby            Michael Golic              Brandon Marshall             Kenneth Rousseau
Natalie Bell               Emma Higgins               Julianne McAndrews           Meghan Sanders
Francis Bruskey            Rebecca Hopkins            Keating McKeon               Carolyn Spalluto
Melissa Cartagena          Patrice Hubert             Ryan Mead                    Katherine Spano
Diana Chin                 James Jordan               Adam Mortillaro              Anna Szczubelek
Denis Cronin               Mary Kate Kearney          Jonathan Olszewski           Kathleen Williamson
Brian Flanagan             Taylor Knortz              Hannah Pelton
Stephanie Frazao           Kristina Krupa             Gregory Peterson

                                                Grade 11
Kristen Bachteler          Ryan Dowd                   Victoria Mansolillo          Na Rae Shin
Hanna Bertoldi             Boris Garcia                Nicole Milewski              Mary Sopelak
Nicole Boucher             Mara Gauger                 Michael Murray               Kylie Steadman
Sarah Chambers             Maura Graham                Kaela Paternoster            Margaret Tuite
Julie Cleary               John Hug                    Lester Primus                Katherine Ulrich
Brooke Denver              Caitlin Kearns              Emily Schwartz               John Whiting
Jessica Di Francesco       Bridget Kiley               Chloe Scobee

                                                Grade 10

Joel Adifon                Caroline Garger              Merideth Lathrop             Emily Peters
Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz   Faith Gilbert                Madeleine Livingston         Alex Picciano
Nicholas Calitri           Morgan Green                 Nathaniel Lombard Poirot     Grace Quinn
Caileen Christina          Kathryn Hagen                Kathleen Lynch               William Reed
Connor Deneen              Nia Harris                   Kelsey Marakovits            Lauren Rosano
Michael Deneen, Jr.        John Healey                  Joseph McAndrews             Devon Soucier
Meghan Feeney              Daniel Huehner               Emily McDonough              Justin Strid
Colleen Fitzgerald         James Italia                 Meghan McGuire               Ryan Thompson
Mary Frailey               Katherine Krikawa            Chelsea Mencio
Michael Freund             Nicole Lacouture             Luke Pelton

                                                Grade 9
Molly Berning                        Sharon Grimshaw                         Theodora Mucha
Scotty Blackburn                     Danté Jeanfelix                         Thomas Noll
Rachel Bournique                     Abigail Johnson                         Kathleen O'Hara
Dillon Bowen                         Daniel Kowalczyk                        Sung Yun Park
Francis Butler                       Christopher Kuhlberg                    Meghan Peterson
Katherine Butler                     Robert Kunkel                           Mark Powojski
Matthew Carlson                      Carolyn Kuzmin                          Sarah Purple
David Chen                           Michael Laffin                          Ryan Ragalis
Shannon Crawford                     Alessandra Lamari                       Pawel Rybka
John Fitzpatrick                     Claire Looney                           Kathleen Schuppe
John Gailor                          Brendan McCormick                       Cara Seward
Mika Gauger                          Brian McGoldrick                        Brynn Stoecklin
Ryan Gilmour                         Alexandra McKenzie                      John Sullivan
Tommy Gollenberg                     Sean Morris                             Kelly Yorio

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                                            Second Honors
                                             Grade 12
Nicholas Balkun        Shannon Fitzpatrick         Ashley Mara               Katryn Sandsmark
Michael Bercowetz      Danielle Gilmour            Gregory Marakovits        Lauren Shea
Sydney Brown           Justin Green                Celina Marquis            Lukas Walsh
Emelie Buell           Christopher Kevorkian       Diego Mas                 Kristen Wieber
Jasmine Clayton        Jessica Lane                Christopher Parmanand
Dylan Connor           Rachael Lathrop             Nora Regan

                                                 Grade 11
Kathleen Baldassarre   Claire Gostyla                  Sean Murphy           John Shevchuk
Kevin Boya             Joseph Harris                   Cara Oleasz           John Spignesi
Isabel Chavarro        Brittney Huffman                Uzoma Orchingwa       Nina Varney
Matthew Collins        Richard Jakiel Jr.              Drew Pelletier        Andrew Vicki
Kayleigh Donnelly      Codie Landsman                  Adam Powojski         James Williams
James Duncan           Rebecca Masciocchi              Abigaile Sands        Elizabeth Winland
Madelyn Filomeno       Margaret Mullane                Jillian Sands

                                                 Grade 10
Kerri Alexander        Erika Duenas                    Timothy Lusardi       Kelsey Sumple
Andrew Beaule          Samuel Frasco                   Kayla Maciejewski     Ted Terrion
Mary Beckerman         Kaitlyn Giblin                  Chelsea Morelli       Kristin Tomaiuolo
James Benanti          Nicola Greco                    John Murphy           Matthew Visintainer
Molly Bissell          Julian Harris                   Emily Olszewski       Timothy Waltman
Ryan Buckley           Patrick Kearney                 Ashley Peters         Lauren Walz
Katherine Conlin       Eric Kennedy                    Jeanette Ramoya
Bridget Daly           Katherine Kuzoian               Nicole Rook
Hilary Dees            Brendan Lemp                    Christine Smith

                                                 Grade 9
Cynthia Ambrozej       Matthew Fox                    Emily Janusko          Kelly O'Brien
Mara Case              Ryan Geelan                    Julia Ann Mansolillo   Nicole Poirier
Devin Daly             Patrick Graham                 Melissa Martucci       Chris Sherer
Jaclyn Diaz            Jordan Greenberg               Nicholas Melaragno     Melissa Soutar
Erin Drusedum          Kevin Hancock                  Katherine Molloy       Amanda Tronchin
Jennifer Erickson      Zachary Hunter                 Patrick Nista          Jack Zangari

                                       Honorable Mention

                                                 Grade 12
Brittney Bouier        Stephanie Griebel               Alison O'Connor
Katherine Curtin       Brittney Kennedy                Meredith Pariano
Christopher Filomeno   Brittany Milliken               Jacob Pearsall

                                                 Grade 11
Michael Brickley       William Kinley                  Hannah Rienow
Nathan Hunter          Patty Valentina Pherson         Sarah White

                                                 Grade 10
Christopher Banville   Allison Davis                   Jason Moore           Spencer Young
Thomas Bourdon         Patrick Dornfried               Sean Polley
Kaitlyn Cannone        Rosalind Gilbert                Meredith West

                                                 Grade 9
Keith Chapman          Stephanie Jackie               Ashlie McGrath         Kathryn Vignati
Britney Grant          Lyne-Saddlie Joseph            Travis Minor           Amy West
Evan Herron            Kimberly Kleszczynski          Hannah Moller          Brandon Xing
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                                         Reminders
Next Parents Club Meetings: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 7:30pm (Guest speaker: President Fitzsimons)
                              Monday, May 19, 7:30pm (Panel of recent NWC grads share college
                                                        experiences and tips)
                              Tuesday, June 10, 6pm (end-of-year barbecue)

Friday, Mar. 7: NO SCHOOL (Faculty In-Service)
Friday, Mar. 14: NO SCHOOL (Faculty Retreat)
Friday, Mar. 21: NO SCHOOL (Good Friday)
Monday, Mar. 24: NO SCHOOL (Easter Monday)
Wednesday, Mar. 19: Winter Sports Awards, 7:30pm
Wednesday, Mar. 26: Golf Committee Meeting, 7pm
Thursday, Mar. 27: Parent/athlete substance abuse meeting for spring sports, 6:30pm
Saturday, Mar. 29: NWC Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Fri., Sat. & Sun., Apr. 4-6: Spring musical – “Anything Goes”
Saturday, Apr. 26: Reunion for classes ending in 3 or 8; check school web site for details

     Please visit www.northwestcatholic.org or Edline for full calendar and sports schedules.




           Northwest Catholic High School                                            Non-profit Org.
                                                                                      U.S. Postage
           29 Wampanoag Drive                                                            PAID
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