December 2018
Parent Resources
Click the links below to find out about upcoming community events:

Dear NCHS Family,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed some time off. The month of December is upon us and we are in the midst of the holiday season.

My hope is that you have the ability to spend time with your family and friends during this holiday season. My wish for each of you is that you also have the time to allow yourself to rest, rejuvenate your spirit, and focus on those who mean the most to you. 

I consider myself privileged to work with such an amazing group of young people. We have such a kind and caring student body, and whether it be in or out of the classroom I truly feel our kids are remarkable in every way.

We are so fortunate to have teachers and staff that work tirelessly to meet the needs of our students and to have parents that are so invested in the education of their children. Our PFA is consistently working to provide great programming for families and enhance the school culture for our kids. We all work together to make New Canaan High School the special place it is. 

I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

All the best,

Bill Egan 
NCHS Scholarship Foundatio n
Make a difference in a student's life - please make an end of the year gift to the NCHS Scholarship Foundation.

NCHS Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) represents a broad-based community effort to provide financial aid to deserving NCHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate level. There are several ways and levels to give, please visit NCSF for more information...

SAVE THE DATE for our annual fundraiser, the NC Color Run - to be held on April 27th, 2019. Stay tuned for more details!
Mid-Term Staff Appreciation Lunch
Volunteers Needed to Donate Food
Food Donations & Volunteers Needed!
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
9:00-10:00am, NCHS Wagner Room
Let's give a big "THANK YOU!" to the faculty, administration, and staff for all they do (...and maybe put the teachers in a good mood for grading those mid-terms too!)
We'll need salads, side dishes, desserts and drinks. Please click here to help out.

Questions? Contact: Meghan Cioffi or Marnie Zaffino
Grade Level Parent Meetings & Information
9th Grade, Freshmen
PFA 9th Grade Networking:
Make a Plan...Don't Cram! Great advice on how to prepare for Mid-Term Exams!
Tuesday, December 4th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
This is the first time your student will have to study for important exams in every subject over a short period of time. Come and hear some great advice from our 9th Grade Principal, Ari Rothman, and teachers from each department. There will be some great tips on how your child can be successful and how you can support them during this stressful time.

Networking Chairs: Stefania Bopp & Kate Licata
10th Grade, Sophomores
PFA 10th Grade Networking:
No PFA programming until March.

Networking Chairs: Lauren Corbett & Susie Caitlin
11th Grade, Juniors
PFA 11th Grade Networking:
No PFA programming this month.

Networking Chairs: Alexandra DeMarino & Kim Gilbert
Save The Date!
NCHS Junior Parents College Planning Program*
Thursday, January 10th, 2019
7:30pm, NCHS Classrooms
Guidance counselors will meet with the parents of Juniors to speak about the college admission process and what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information.
Junior Parent Naviance Training*
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
More information to come in January ROG.

*Denotes Guidance Counseling Programs
12th Grade, Seniors
PFA 12th Grade Networking:
No PFA programming until April.

Networking Chairs: Sue Holland & Michelle Crookenden
Senior Internship Program (SIP)
Registration is open for the Senior Internship Program (SIP). The hard deadline to enter this program is December 14th. Seniors have been emailed a link to register. The internships will be in the greater New Canaan area and run from May 20th to June 13th, 2019. (End date remains flexible, depending on the weather.) Students will be expected to work 25 hours a week in lieu of attending classes. Their grades will be frozen before the internship begins and they can still participate in all after school activities such as athletics and theater.

Students can design their own internship. Click here to access the forms for designing internships. SIP is accepting the forms now through January 4th, 2019. All forms must be emailed to Heather Bianco.

2019 New Canaan Senior Internship Program
Support a Senior Intern!
Do you have a local business or organization?
Do you have a project you have not been able to get to?
Do you enjoy mentoring young adults?
Do you want an opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life?
Become part of the MANY businesses and organizations who take part in the NCHS Senior Internship Program each year.
DATES: MAY 21st – JUNE 13th, 2019
To participate, please email Heather Bianco or call 203-594-4752
NCHS 2019 Post Prom Party
Friday, May 17th, 2019
11:59pm, Waveny House

Take it off of your to-do list and make your Post Prom donation now! Click here.
Save The Date:
Friday, March 29th, 2019
7:00pm, NCHS Auditorium
Get ready to shake it up this year with the first annual RAM JAM!! See our Seniors Lip sync, perform live music and yes- strut the catwalk too. You won't want to miss...mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

Get your Christmas shopping done & give back to Post Prom 2019
Click here to shop at Boon Supply!
Christmas is
22 days
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars!
Fall & Winter Testing Dates  
12/8 .... ACT*
2/19 .... ACT
*Denotes NCHS as testing location

SAT/Subject Tests may be registered for at
ACT may be registered for at

PSAT results are expected electronically by mid-December and students will be able to access them online. Students who took the PSAT will have their test booklet returned to them. Please review the results and the suggestions for improvement with your child. This is a valuable tool in creating a testing prep plan and it is used as baseline data as the counselors begin to discuss an appropriate college list. Your child will also have the ability to link his/her results to Khan Academy and receive free, personalized SAT practice recommendations based on their performance.

Gap Year Fair 
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 
7:00pm-9:00pm, Horace Greeley School,
70 Roaring Brook Rd, Chappaqua, NY 10514
For more information and to register please visit;
Visual and Performing Arts
Connecticut Music Education Association
CONGRATULATIONS to the following NCHS music students who were selected this past weekend for the CMEA Western Region Music Ensembles:

Kaleigh McCarthy, soprano
Kate Murphy, soprano
Mia Konidaris, alto
Lynaea Pace, alto
Sadie Seelert, alto
Daniel Assis, tenor
William Dantini, bass
Zach Jones, bass
Max Koon, bass
Alessio Pantaleo, bass
Alex Rashad, jazz tenor sax
Bart Codd, violin
Siyuan Feng, violin
Lillian Gray, violin
Cella Kove, viola
Noah Dorfsman, cello

Students will perform in the Region Music Festival in January 2019 and compete with high school students from across Connecticut in February for selection to the All-State Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra.
School News & Notices
NCHS Library News
Check out NCHS Library's latest blog post. And be sure to follow them on social media.
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
As we finish Fall sports, congrats to Varsity Football for a big win vs. Darien in last week’s Turkey Bowl. With that win the team earned a spot in the Class LL CIAC Playoffs. This marks the 14th consecutive year that NCHS Football has qualified for the State Playoffs. Seeded 8th, we had another huge win in the quarterfinal (42-34) vs. No. 1 Shelton. The CIAC semifinal vs. Fairfield Prep will be played on Sunday, December 2nd at 12:30pm at Fairfield University. 

Girls Soccer finished the season 11-4-1. They earned a spot in the FCIAC Soccer Finals with a semifinal victory over Darien (5-0) before losing a hard-fought game to Ridgefield in the finals (2-1). In the CIAC tournament, the girls beat Conard High School before losing another very close game to Staples, who eventually lost to Ridgefield in the Class LL Championship game. 

Congratulations to Girls Cross Country for their 10-5 record and for winning the FCIAC Eastern Division title! Girls Swim & Dive and Boys Cross Country both finished 2nd in the FCIAC Eastern Division. 

HUGE congrats to Andrew Malling, FCIAC champ in Boys Cross Country. He is the first New Canaan athlete to place first in 42 years! 
HUGE congrats to Quintin O’Connell, who broke three New Canaan football records: career TD’s, career receptions, and career receiving yards. His 172 yards against Shelton gives him 2,592 career receiving yards, breaking Pete Demmerle’s (’71) 48-year old mark of 2,550.

Our winter season opens December 10th, with V Boys Ice Hockey v. Notre Dame-West Haven at Darien Ice at 8:00pm. Mark your calendars - December 6th is the Mandatory Winter Sports Parent Meeting. Please go to for all winter sport schedules.

One new policy - We will now be charging admission to all home Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games. Students are free and Booster Members have tickets included in their membership. Can’t make it to the game? All winter sports held in the NCHS Main Gym can be viewed online. Cost is $9.99 per month, $40 for the season, or $60 for the year. Go to - click on Live Streaming to purchase.

We are looking forward to a fantastic winter season! Please come out and support the RAMS!
NCHS Varsity Basketball
vs Greenwich
Coach Don Usher Night
Friday, December 21st
6:30pm, NCHS Gym
Come and cheer on the Varsity Boys basketball team and help commemorate one of the highest acclaimed coaches at NCHS - Coach Don Usher.
Board Of Education
November 5th, 2018 Board of Education Meeting
Enrollment and Staffing Report
Gary Kass gave an overview of the district's current staffing and Enrollment. As of October 1, there are 4113 K-12 students which is a decrease of 69 students over last year. At NCHS, enrollment is at 1285 down 34 students and 27 under projection. Mr. Adams presented a Health Education update to the Board. The goal of the health curriculum is for students to be equipped with the skills necessary to improve their health literacy which will enable them the ability to make informed decisions to lead a healthy lifestyle.

November 19th, 2018 Board of Education Meeting
Officer elections
The BOE elected New Officers for the BOE - Brendan Hayers, Chair; Dionna Carlson, Vice Chair; and Jennifer Richardson, Secretary.

Public Hearing: School Start Times
Members of the audience spoke about the possible change in school start times. Parents who spoke shared the belief that later start times would help decrease the negative impacts of lack of sleep including depression, anxiety, stress, obesity, and an increase in car accidents. They asked the Board to act in a timely manner to support the change of time for students in grade 7-12 to 8:30am.

Transportation Consultant Presentation
Mr. Walsh was tasked with reviewing bell times and student transportation, to evaluate options and identify issues. He presented the Board with four different options and the approximate costs that would be incurred by each.

For more detailed information on above meetings, Click here for BOE Meeting Minutes

Upcoming BOE meetings: December 3rd, 10th, and 17th @ 7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room. Public comment is available during allotted times.
Community Events
New Canaan Care Presents
High School Risky Behaviors
Wednesday, December 5th
7:00pm, YMCA - Wagner Room
Speaker: Mike Topazio and CARES high school leadership students
Have a teen? Come talk about distracted driving, vaping, prescription medication abuse and risk taking - hear from our students on the most effective ways of communicating with your teen on these tough topics.

Please go to the New Canaan CARES website for more information.
Pura Vida

Order Your Holiday Mailbox Decor Now!
We are grateful that our “Mailbox Brigade” has become a community tradition in New Canaan and a display of caring. Pura Vida for Children and the Pura Vida Club of NCHS are partnering for the 10th year. All money raised helps pay for the food we will pack at our annual community ‘Feed My Starving Children’ food packing event in the Spring.

Make a donation and we will decorate your mailbox with fresh greenery, topped with a festive red bow as a "thank you" for joining the cause. These make beautiful gifts for friends and neighbors as well. We will include a gift note from your family.

$50 will buy 208 meals. $100 will feed a family of 4 for a month. $1,000 will feed a mother and her three children for a full year!

Please send your donation and order form to:
Lisa Ceci, 35 Charter Oak Lane, New Canaan, CT 06840

Or donate online ( and email Lisa your address(es).
6th Annual Santa Run
Saturday, December 22nd
Come run and have fun at the 6th Annual New Canaan Santa Run on December 22nd at the New Canaan High School. Rally family and friends to take a break from holiday busyness for a great morning to benefit the Men’s and Women’s Shelters at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Kids 8 & under won’t want to miss the Santa Dash at 8:30am with a super-cool 1st prize from Cuisinart and selifes with Santa. The 5K Run/1-Mile Walk starts promptly at 9:00am and begins and ends at New Canaan High School. Prizes will be awarded for 1st Place finishers for Men, Women and Teens.

Register by November 30th to be guaranteed a Santa Run t-shirt, and the first 150 registrants will receive a free t-shirt and Santa hat. Register at
Maddox Law Firm Hosts Free Seminar for Parents and Teens
As part of an ongoing effort to provide educational information to the community, Attorney Matthew Maddox of The Maddox Law Firm, LLC will present a series of three seminars. The seminars are free and will take place at the Maddox Law Firm offices at 125 Elm Street in New Canaan from 6:30-7:30 pm on the dates, below. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to

Wednesday, December 5th: Navigating the Law and Social Policy in the Cannabis Culture

Wednesday, December 12th: Beer, Basements & Cars: What Parents and Teens Need to Know about the Law
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