February 2019
PFA Nominating

The Nominating Committee will be meeting to fill positions for next year's 2019-2020 PFA Board and Board Committees. Please email the PFA at pfa@ncps-k12.org to let us know how you want to help! Include the positions you would be interested in. Click here to see a description of the chair positions.
Dear NCHS Family,

I hope that everyone did their best on exams and ended the first semester on a positive note. Second semester marks a new beginning and an opportunity to have a fresh start, set new goals and accomplish great things. I am so proud of our student body. Our students work hard in and out of the classroom and represent the New Canaan community well.   

I hope everyone had an opportunity to participate in our second Annual Wellness and Enrichment activities. During exams, there were many opportunities for our kids to participate in. Balance is important in life. We all want our students to get the most out of their time at NCHS. I hope that the extra time in between exams was well used; whether students participated in the activities or used the time to study, I hope the time was meaningful for them.

The course selection process will soon be underway. Teachers will be making placement recommendations, students will be making important academic decisions, and counselors and students will be meeting to discuss options. The 2019-2020 Program of Studies will be available for viewing the week of February 8th. It is always a good idea to review the Program of Studies with your child so that they have a better understanding of course offerings.

The New Canaan community will be invited to participate in the third Annual NC Color Run on April 27th benefiting the NCHS Scholarship Foundation. Please see below for more information or visit our website at www.nchs-sf.org .

A special thank you goes out to the PFA and NCHS parents for all their efforts to make New Canaan High School a special place. Our parent community is so giving of their time, continually making the school better for your children. I hope to see you at one of the many NCHS sporting events, VPA productions or PFA events.

All the best,

Bill Egan
March PFA General Meeting
Managing your Child's Mental Health
Wednesday, March 13th
9:30am, Wagner Room

Please join us for an informative meeting with Dr. Anthony Puliafico, Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, an outpatient clinic in Columbia University's Child and Adolescent Division that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Puliafico specializes in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood and externalizing disorders. Dr. Puliafico will speak to parents about different teen mental health issues and how to recognize early warning signs. 
Career Night Preview for Parents
Steve Greene, Director of Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation
Tuesday, March 5th
9:30am, Wagner Room

How did you figure out what you wanted to be when you were in high school? To help enlighten and inspire our students, the PFA has invited Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation to inform parents about the science of aptitudes and the important correlation between aptitudes and successful careers. Come hear Steve Greene explain the proven science behind aptitudes and learn how these can inform and empower students to make better educated decisions about careers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a sneak peek at the all-new Career Night – including our 11 new career panels and 50+ speakers – before our kids attend the student-only event on March 19th.
 Career Night 2019
Tuesday, March 19th (snow date March 20th)
6:00-9:00pm, NCHS
What are Your Kids Doing for the Rest of Their Lives? We Have 50 Bright Ideas!

The PFA’s popular biennial Career Night is back with an ALL-NEW educational and engaging evening of career exploration for all NCHS students. Career Night provides students with an impactful introduction to a wide variety of careers along with the aptitudes and skill sets necessary to excel in a myriad of professions. The program kicks off with a presentation by Steve Greene from Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation followed by the opportunity for students to attend two of 11 new panel discussions featuring 50+ speakers discussing careers in: Business; Finance; Communications; Advertising & Marketing; Law & Order; Medicine; STEM; Social Sciences; Creative & Performing Arts; Hands On; and What Are My Aptitudes?.

  • New focus on aptitudes and how these impact successes in school and in work!
  • Keynote speaker Steve Greene from Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation!
  • New format with 11 streamlined panels to provide maximum exposure to many careers!
  • Geared towards ALL students in grades 9-12!
  • Sandwiches and snacks to keep students fueled and focused!
Please donate food and drink items for Career Night 2019 here .
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!
Grade Level Parent Meetings & Information
9th Grade, Freshmen
PFA 9th Grade Networking
No programming until April

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

Networking Chairs: Lauren Corbett & Susie Caitlin

ACT and SAT Informational Seminar for Sophomore Parents*
Thursday, February 7th
8:00am, NCHS Wagner Room
The School Counselors will hold an informational seminar that focuses on creating an appropriate testing plan for junior year. This program will review the formats of the SAT and the PSAT and how it compares to the ACT so that parents can make an appropriate plan for their child. Our speaker will be Charlie O'Hearn, a graduate of Yale University and New Canaan High School and an expert in the field of test preparation.

*Denotes Guidance Counseling Program
11th Grade, Juniors
PFA 11th Grade Networking
No programming until April

Networking Chairs: Alexandra DeMarino & Kim Gilbert
12th Grade, Seniors
PFA 12th Grade Networking
No programming until April

Networking Chairs: Sue Holland & Michelle Crookenden
NCHS 2019 Post Prom Party
Friday, May 17th, 2019
11:59pm, Waveny House

DONATE TODAY!! We are already booking entertainment, gathering prizes, and reserving tents. Please make your Post Prom donation now so we have sufficient funds to continue planning for this amazing event for your senior!

Make your Post Prom donation now! Click here

Desperately Seeking Senior Photos!

Needed for the Post Prom Senior Video:
  • Candid Group Shots of 3+ Seniors
  • Any High School Event
  • From Any Grade
  • JPG Format with Good resolution
  • Please Identify Students with Names in the Email
  • Email to: nchs19seniorvideo@gmail.com

Questions? Contact Senior Video Chairperson, Nicole Ahrens
Save the Date
Friday, March 29th
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
Parents We Need Your Help!

  • Please consider helping with the Post Prom Ram Jam and the actual Night of Post Prom. Contact Meghan Cioffi to volunteer.
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars!
Remember that you can "like" NCHS College and Career Center on Facebook and follow it on Twitter (@nchscolcar) for updates and information about college admissions, standardized testing and summer opportunities etc.!

Winter & Spring Testing Dates  
February 9th ...ACT
March 9th .......SAT
March 27th .....SAT** ..
April 13th ........ACT*
May 4th ..........SAT*
June 1st ..........SAT*
June 9th .........ACT

*Denotes NCHS as testing location
** In School SAT for Juniors

SAT/Subject Tests may be registered for at  www.collegeboard.org
ACT may be registered for at  www.actstudent.org

The Connecticut state SAT for all juniors will be given on Wednesday, March 27th, 2018. It will be administered in school at no charge and will NOT include the writing section. 
AP Exams
May 6th-May 17th
All students currently enrolled in AP courses should register for AP tests online through Total Registration, beginning on February 25th at 9:00am and ending on March 7th at 11:59pm. To register, please go here or access the link through the NCHS Homepage on February 25th.
The fee for each exam is $100 and payments may be made online with a credit card.

IMPORTANT - All students taking an AP exam are required to ATTEND one pre-administration session to fill out preliminary paperwork. These sessions are separate from the online signup and will be offered on April 23rd, 24th and 25th, immediately after school in the cafeteria. Please make arrangements with your after school commitments well in advance so that you can attend one of these MANDATORY 30 minute sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact the AP Coordinators, Susan Lenci and Linda McGann .
NACAC College Fair
Tuesday, April 2nd 9:00-11:30am and 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, April 3rd 9:00-11:30am
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Click here to learn more.
School News & Notices
NCHS Library News
Check out NCHS Library's latest blog post . And be sure to follow them on social media .
NCHS Photo Students Selected!

NCHS Photo Students have been accepted into the 39th Annual Photo Show, a highly selective regional juried Exhibition at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan. The show will be on display through February 15th. In addition, our NCHS art students received 23 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards: eight Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys and six Honorable Mention Keys) the most of any Connecticut High School!

Pictured here are the students and NCHS photo teacher Jeanne McDonagh at the opening reception. 
From left to right: William Besgen, Timothy Hardy, Skye Curren, Mrs. McDonagh, Emily Waser, Peter Harvey, Reid Dahill. Mary Joyce and Larson Riccoboni also in the show were not available for the photo. 
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
Our teams are at the halfway point of the winter season and already there have been many memorable games and accomplishments. 

Tyler Sung won his 100th career wrestling match as a Ram on December 18th and followed that up on January 16th, when he won the 145-pound championship at the Eastern States Classic. The team also had its third win of the season with a 54-24 decision over rival Darien.

The boys basketball team had a miracle finish vs. Stamford. They were down 3 points with .9 seconds to play. Aaron Fishman was fouled taking a thee-point shot. Aaron calmly sank all three foul shots to tie the game. Ryan Macleer then intercepted the inbound pass at mid-court and launched a last second attempt that banked in for the winning points. There were 6 points scored in .9 seconds making this a top 10 Sport Center minute! 

The girls hockey team is currently ranked 2nd in CT. 

Boys swim/dive won its last meet with a 102-84 victory against Darien. New Canaan led by 10 points before winning during the penultimate event, the 100 breaststroke. Jake Ritz, Michael Koltyar and Patrick Colwell each had four wins for the team. Ritz won the 200 freestyle (1:46.06) and 500 freestyle (4:49.18), Koltyar won the 50 freestyle (22.07) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.95), and Colwell won the 200 individual medley (2:02.55) and the 100 freestyle (48.65).


Jay Egan
Athletic Director
Board Of Education
January 7th, 2019 BOE Meeting:
School Start Time - Members of the public spoke regarding school start times. Dr. Luizzi discussed a draft of the traffic study that was done before the break. It found there is a need to manage the traffic flow at the high school during dismissal. For BOE minutes click here.

January 22nd, 2019 BOE Meeting:
The board was given an update on Health Insurance and future trends which enabled the Board to reduce their 2.55% budget request to the town down to a 2.03% increase from last year. The Board approved the 2019-20 NCPS Superintendents budget. To learn more about the budget and meeting dates - click here. The Board also approved the 2020-21 NCPS School Calendar.

Upcoming BOE meetings: February 4th, March 4th, and 18th @ 7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room. Public comment is available during allotted times.
Thank You for All of Your Hard Work!
The PFA's sincerest gratitude goes to:
Meghan Cioffi and Marnie Zaffino for their wonderful job organizing the Mid-Term Faculty Luncheon. The food was delicious and the faculty and staff really appreciated the event.

Jessica Dooley from the NCHS PFA and Michelle Bramwit and Jayne Benton from New Canaan CARES for providing our students with energy boosting refreshments during the midterm exams. The students really appreciate the special touches this time of year.

All the wonderful parents who donated food items for the Mid-Term Faculty Luncheon. More than 150 people were served and the event was a huge success! Thank you for supporting our wonderful faculty who work so hard for our kids.
Community Events
New Canaan CARES

Building Extraordinary Relationships with Your Kids through Daily Conversations
Wednesday, February 27th
7:00pm, Saxe Middle School Auditorium

Raising healthy children with an ability to sustain meaningful relationships is a challenge even in the most ideal situations. Add on hormones, attitude, personality, and technology - welcome to tween and teen years. Join Amy Alamar EdE, co-author of The Parenting Project, for this interactive workshop.
Link to register click here.
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