January 2019
Dear NCHS Family,

As we mark the beginning of the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on all that New Canaan High School has to be happy for. We have truly talented educators who care about the success of each and every student and we have parents that are involved and committed to making sure not only their children, but all of our students, have an amazing school. I am humbled everyday by the commitment the entire community makes to making NCHS such an amazing school.

The true measure of success of any school is the students. Our students are kind and truly have a stake in New Canaan High School. They want it to be a school that inspires them to be the best they can be, as well as a place where they feel comfortable spending their day. NCHS students participate in a strong academic program and are involved in so many varied extracurricular activities. Most important to me is the sense of kindness that radiates from our kids. Each and every day I see students going out of their way to help each other and treat each other with respect and empathy. This is a testament not only to the school, but the entire community. The students at New Canaan High School are amazing students and wonderful people.

We will continually reflect and make improvements, and we have an awesome school that I am honored to lead.

Happy New Year!
Wishing you the best,

Bill Egan

January PFA General
Bryan, Budget, & Bagels

Wednesday, January 16th
9:30pm, NCHS Wagner Room
Come and grab a cup of coffee and a bagel and hear NCPS Superintendent Bryan Luizzi speak about the 2019-2020 school budget and how it impacts our schools. After the budget presentation, you will have the opportunity to reconvene with Principal Bill Egan and ask questions. This presentation is in conjunction with the Saxe PTC.
NCHS PFA Amendment to Bylaws
Amended Wording for Assistant Treasurer

The nine officer positions of the PFA shall be two Co-Presidents, Vice President of Gifts and Grants, Vice President of Education, Vice President of Hospitality, Vice President of Communications, Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, and Treasurer, who shall be elected as hereinafter set forth, and shall hold office for a term of one year. The Co-Presidents shall have been a prior member of the Executive Board or a PFA Committee Chair. 

The  Assistant Treasurer and  Treasurer shall receive all monies due the PFA; shall pay all appropriations authorized by the budget and/or approved by the Executive Board; shall keep an accurate record of all receipts and expenditures; and shall present a report at each meeting of the PFA and Executive Board and at the Annual Meeting of the PFA. 
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
Teachers Like to Nibble Too! Please Donate Food!
Food Drop-Off
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 will need salads, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Please click here to volunteer.

Questions? Contact: Meghan Cioffi or Marnie Zaffino
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
11th Grade, Juniors
PFA 11th Grade Networking: Prom-Posals
No programming unti April

Networking Chairs: Alexandra DeMarino& Kim Gilbert
Junior Parents College Planning Program*
Thursday, January 10th
7:30pm, NCHS
Counselors will meet with the parents of juniors to speak about the college admissions process and what to expect in the coming months. The meetings will be held in classrooms. More information to come.

Junior Parents Naviance Training*
Wednesday, January 30th
8:00am, NCHS Wagner Room
Naviance training for junior parents. Learn about all the tools available in college search and analysis through an in depth look at Naviance.

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

Networking Chairs: Sue Holland& Michelle Crookenden
NCHS 2018 Post Prom Party
Friday, May 17th, 2019
11:59pm, Waveny House

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 of the 4 Years of High School
  • 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
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars!
Winter & Spring Testing Dates  
February 19th .....ACT
March 9th ...........SAT
March 27th .........In School SAT for Juniors *

*Denotes NCHS as testing location

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. 

Gap Year Fair 
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 
7:00-9:00pm, Horace Greeley High School.
For more information and to register please click here.
School News & Notices
NCHS Library News
Check out NCHS Library's latest blog post. And be sure to follow them on social media.
New Canaan High School Theatre Presents:

NCHS 29th Annual Drama Festival - "Wake Up and Dream"
Friday, January 25th, 2019
Saturday, January 26th, 2019
7:00pm, NCHS Auditorium

NCHS Theatre's Annual Drama Festival features one-act plays written by students who enter a theme-based play. Winners are selected to be produced and students are in charge of all aspects of the production: writing, directing, casting, costumes, lighting, sound, etc... 

This year's winners are:
1st Place - "Iridescent" by Fiona Stevens
2nd Place - "Mindful Meditation Though Exploring Your Dreamscape" by Helen Culpepper
3rd Place - "The Adventures of Nebraska Nick" by Jackson LaMorte
4th Place - "A Winter Wonderland" by Zach Jones
Honorable Mention - "Trophy Wives" by Lynaea Pace
Honorable Mention - "The Classroom Part 2" by Emma Turner

Tickets will be sold at the door only starting at 6:30pm (Cash or Check please) 
$12- General Admission. Lobby Box Office opens at 6:30pm

For ticket inquiries please email nchsboxoffice@gmail.com
NCHS Music Students Selected!

Western Region Music Festival
Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Greenwich High School
NCHS music students were selected for the Connecticut Music Educators Association Western Region Music Ensembles. For their auditions at New Fairfield High School, students performed prepared solos and scales and also sight read new music before a panel of judges. Our students will perform in the Western Region Music Festival on January 12th at Greenwich High School and are eligible to audition for All-State Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra respectively.
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
Welcome back! Winter sports are off to a fantastic start and I hope you will come and cheer on the Rams during the season. Here are a few upcoming games:

1/7 5:30pm V Girls Basketball vs. Bridgeport Central, NCHS Gym
1/9 6:30pm Boys Ice Hockey vs. St. Joseph, Darien Ice Rink
1/9 7:00pm Wrestling, NCHS Gym
1/10 7:00pm V Boys Basketball vs. Stamford, NCHS Gym

Admission will now be charged for all home Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball Games. Adults are $5.00/seniors (age 65+) and non-NCHS students are $3.00. NCHS students are free and NC Rams booster members have 1-6 tickets included in their membership. Ticket download instructions will be sent in an email. As always, NC Rams booster members have tickets for home Varsity Hockey games at Darien Ice Rink.

Can’t make it to the game? All NCHS games played in the Main Gym will be streamed live! Go to   ncrams.com  and click on “Live Streaming” to access these games. You can purchase monthly, season, or annual passes.

The NC Rams All Sports Booster Club   supports  every NCHS athlete   in every season . We could not maintain the quality of our athletic programs without your support! Please go to  ncrams.com  and join today.

Thank you for supporting NCHS Winter Sports. Please come out and support the Rams!

Thank you for your generosity! Go Rams!

Jay Egan
Athletic Director
Board Of Education
December 3rd, 2018 BOE Meeting:
School Start Time - Dr. Luizzi gave an overview of research collected and meetings that have transpired regarding school start times. Dr. Luizzi is looking to develop a solution that works for all students and continues working with the administration to keep looking for and thinking of different options. Some possibilities include scheduling options at the high school, different transportation options including a traffic study, and a student survey about how they use their time from 2:05pm to 7:30am the next morning. For BOE minutes click here.

For video Links click here.
December 10th, 2018 BOE Meeting:
The board reviewed budget assumptions for 2019-2020. For BOE minutes click here .

December 17th, 2018 BOE Meeting:
The board and administration received an update on school start times. Dr. Keating gave a statement of accounts. For BOE minutes  click here.

Next BOE Meeting: January 7th, 2019. Proposed items: Superintendent's Proposed 2019-2020 Budget
Thank You for All of Your Hard Work!
The PFA's sincerest gratitude goes to:
Courtney Grigsby, Pam Capone, and Karen Wilson for a wonderful Alumni Breakfast which gave our Seniors a chance to hear from recent graduates about their experiences at college. Through a moderator, alumni shared with current students how prepared they felt for the transition to college. They offered tips about life as a new undergraduate. It was a nice homecoming and a great opportunity for all to learn.
Community Events
New Caanaan CARES

LIKE Documentary
Wednesday, January 23rd
7:00pm, Saxe Auditorium

 "LIKE" explores the impact of social media on our lives and how we can learn to navigate it more safely together. There will be a panel discussion after the movie.
Link to register click here.

Service League of Boys (SLOBs)

Become a Member Now!
General Meeting
Saturday, January 12th, 2019
2:00pm, NCHS Cafeteria
We are still accepting new members up until the January 12th meeting. Please go to the SLOBs website at slobs.clubexpress.com and register. All members must attend 4 of the 5 meetings offered during the year. The January 12th meeting will be our 3rd meeting.

Interested in being on the SLOBS board next year? Login to the SLOBs website and go to the documents tab for your nomination form
Campus Relationships and the Law of Affirmative Consent
Thursday, January 10th
6:30-7:30pm, 125 Elm Street

Navigating Romance and Risk when Only “Yes Means Yes”. Attorney Maddox will speak about what the Affirmative Consent law means for high school and college students, parents and administrators. He will discuss Title IX and give an overview of campus sexual assault policies from various colleges and universities. This presentation will provide balanced information and instruction so that students can understand how to prevent being either victimized or accused while they still seek safe, respectful and meaningful interactions with their fellow students.

For more information on The Maddox Law Firm, interested parties can visit themaddoxlawfirm.com or call (203) 972-5861.
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