Christopher Fray

Good afternoon everyone,

As we prepare to transition to the Hybrid Learning Model on Monday, I wanted to share with you an updated calendar of Cohort Days for the remainder of Q2 and for Q3. Please note that the final day of Q2 will now be Friday, January 22nd. Laura will follow up with an email with the updated quarter and semester end dates.

As you know, we will not be administering mid-term exams so we will not run the four early release days. However, we will have two early release days to allow for professional development on Wednesday, January 20th and Thursday, January 21st. These dates will allow for one early release for Cohort A and one for Cohort B. We also have an early release day scheduled for Friday, February 12th for professional development. The Professional Development Committee will send out information about the plans which will focus on PDLP’s and opportunities for department specific work.

Thank you,


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News from the Hill


Snow Day and Changes to our Schedule


As a result of the traditional snow day, we have made the following changes to our day and color rotation prior to break:

  • Friday, December 18th: Gray Day/Even (Periods 2,4,6,8) 
  • Monday, December 21st: Gray Day/Odd (Periods 1,3,5,7) 
  • Tuesday, December 22nd: Red Day/Even (Periods 2,4,6,8)
  • Wednesday, December 23rd-Early Release: Red Day/Odd (Periods 1,3,5,7)







30 DL-Odd

1 DL-Even


3 DL-Odd

4 DL-Even

7 DL-Odd

8 DL-Even


10 DL-Odd

11 DL-Even


15 DL-Even


No School-Snow Day

18 DL-Even

21 DL-Odd

22 DL-Even

23 DL-Odd

Early Release

24 No School

25 No School

28 No School

29 No School

30 No School

31 No School









1 No School

4 DL-Odd

5 DL-Even


7 DL-Odd

8 DL-Even


No Midterm Exams

NWR7 will NOT have midterm exams this year.  The days that were originally scheduled for midterms (January 15, 19, 20, 21) will now be instructional days for Semester One classes.  We will share more information about the schedule for these days in the near future. 


Additional Senior Portrait Dates


We have added two additional Senior Portrait dates in order to accommodate Seniors who have not made an appointment to have their picture taken for the yearbook.  The additional dates are:


  • Monday, January 4th from 2:00-8:00 (Little Theater)
  • Tuesday, January 5th from 2:00-8:00 (Little Theater)

These are the final dates that we are able to offer and still be able to finalize our yearbook on time!  


We ask that each student uses their unique Confirmation Code to schedule and confirm an appointment online.  

Students MUST “confirm” their appointment date & time at www.prestigeportraits.com which is available to them 24/7 for their convenience. 


If you have any questions, please contact Robin Wilson at rwilson@nwr7.org.



Senior Yearbook Deadlines


Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the transition to our Distance Learning Model, we have extended the deadline for seniors to submit their Senior blurbs and Senior Candids to January 15, 2021.  Please submit these items through the Class of 2021 Google Classroom page.  If you have any questions, please contact Robin Wilson at rwilson@nwr7.org


School Pictures and Red Army Shirts


School pictures and Red Army shirts have been delivered to the school.   If you would like these items before the holiday break, please email Denise Melanson (dmelanson@nwr7.org) or Donna Williams (dwilliams@nwr7.org) and come to the Main Entrance of the school next Monday, December 21st between 5:30-6:30 p.m.  to pick them up.  Otherwise, we will distribute these items to students when they return to school on Monday, January 11th.



Model UN News


Congratulations to all of our Model UN delegates on a job well-done at the CT World Affairs Model UN Conference.  A special congratulations goes to Olivia Koch and Allison Guion for getting our first sponsored resolution passed!   And, another first...Not only did we get our first Best Delegate Award at the CT World Affairs Council, but we won it on the prestigious Security Council.  Emma Cameron and Natalie Williams did a fantastic job and will be remembered in the annals of Northwestern's Model UN Club.  We are very proud of everyone.  Thank you for representing Northwestern Regional High School in such a positive manner!


Class Ring Information

Please see the following video for information on class rings: https://herffjones.wistia.com/medias/ey9jlbx8r5

If you have any questions, please contact our Herff Jones representative, Michelle Kozak, at mkkozak@herffjones.com

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School Closure Update

December 8th, 2020

During school closures, Food Services has changed the days and times of distribution of meals. We still will provide one breakfast and one lunch per child per day at no charge. Sign up is not required and meals are available through a safe drive thru process.

Drive thru Remote Meal Pick Up will take place at Northwestern Regional 7 High School in the front bus loop, as follows:

Tuesday: Breakfast & Lunch meals for 3 days will be provided: 8:00 – 8:30 am & 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday: Breakfast & Lunch meals for 4 days will be provided: 8:00 – 8:30 am & 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Who qualifies for these meals?  All children age 18 and under, including Pre-K students & toddlers, Full Remote Learners, students out of school due to temporary school shutdown.

Questions related to Free Meals may be directed to Becky Tyrrell, Food Service Director at EdAdvance at Tyrrell@EdAdvance.org or 860-567-0863 ext. 1148.

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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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SSP 2005-2006 District
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SSP 2004-2005 High School
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CAPSS A Look to the Future:  Personalized Learning in Connecticut


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