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Christopher Fray

NWR7 will be participating in the ski, snowboard, and lesson program at Ski Sundown once again this year! 

All 7-12th grade students are welcome to participate.

Click here for more details!

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Judy Palmer

Northwestern High School is Participating in Amazon's Future Engineer Program

I am pleased to announce that we have been selected to participate in the Amazon Future Engineer Program that will be offered in the 2019-20 school year in partnership with Amazon and Edhesive. This program allows free access to Introduction to Computer Science (Python) online curriculum and AP Computer Science A (Java) online curriculum. The curriculum includes instructional videos, practice problems and assessments that provide students immediate feedback.  Further, Mr. Mitesser will be provided with 40 hours of professional development to run these courses.  He will also be participating in an online forum as part of a network offered to students and teachers.  Students will also have access to scholarships and internships through Amazon.  Mr. Mitesser will pilot the program for the rest of this year in his Introduction to Computer Science class.  

This is a no-cost effort to increase Northwestern's STEM offerings.  We are very grateful to Mr. Mitesser for leading the way in the area of computer science.  

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Judy Palmer

It looks like the weather might impact our first day of high school exams on Friday!  If a  2-hour delay is necessary we will be in school until 2:07 p.m.  There will not be an early dismissal.  Exam Block 1 will be held from 9:40 to 11:40 a.m.  The second Exam Block will take place from 12:05-2:07 p.m.  There will be a break in between exams.  Please note that lunch will not be served, so be sure to bring something to eat.  Now, we shall wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us!

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Regional School District No. 7 is composed of four rural-suburban towns: Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford and Norfolk. The district, consisting of 157 square miles, is located twenty miles west of Hartford and has a population of approximately 12,700.

Northwestern Regional High School is a comprehensive public school which operated under a house plan. Opened in September, 1958, the school is accredited by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. The school campus of 42 acres includes two 9-12 Houses. Enrollment in grades 9-12 is currently 749. Ninety five percent of the professional staff have a masters degree or equivalent.The average class size in the academic program is 20. Students in grade ten in Connecticut public schools participate in a mastery test (Connecticut Academic Performance Test)developed by the State Department of Education.

The school curriculum is both flexible and encompassing, offering numerous one-semester, as well as full-year courses at intriductory through advanced levels. The school operates on a fully rotating schedule which includes a 67 minute period for each class once every seven days, with the remaining periods being 43 minutes in duration. Classes meet five times weekly for thirty-six weeks per one credit course: 1/2 credit is given for a one-semester subject and a 1/4 credit for each year of physical education/health. Marking periods are every 9 weeks. Laboratory work is required in the college preparatory sciences as well as in German, French, and Spanish. The school also has an Agricultural Education Program.

The staff at Northwestern Middle School is comprised of dedicated professionals, many with long tenure at the school. We are complimented by a high-quality student body that works hard to achieve in the classroom and are also known for their exceptional level of community service. We participate in programs that provide Turkey Baskets for families at Thanksgiving, Holiday Angels at Christmas, and support programs for our troops. Northwestern Middle School is dedicated to an outstanding academic and student activity program. Please stop in for one of our programs or call us with any questions you may have.


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