January 2021
Dear NCHS Family,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful break, enjoyed the holidays, and time spent with family. I’m excited for 2021 and all of the beginnings a new year brings. No year has been more deserving of a goodbye than 2020, and I am thrilled to put it behind us.

While this year seems especially hard, there are silver linings. Quarantine gave us more time with family, we became more creative, and 2020 taught us to adapt. It has become our strength and what we are good at. We have become stronger, more resilient, and more supportive as a learning community because of it. Our staff and students clearly showed their strengths throughout the difficulties of 2020, adjusting and adapting to new learning strategies and creatively learning while being physically distant but remaining socially connected. Like many of us, I am hopeful and optimistic for a happier and healthier new year. I look forward to a school year where our classrooms are full, our hallways are once again filled with energy and excitement, and we can return to celebrating our school traditions without restrictions.

What the future holds for 2021 is unknown. However, we will focus on what we do know - our will to adapt, adjust, and forge ahead. We will enter 2021 with more knowledge, understanding, and hard lessons learned.

May the new year bring you good health, peace, and joy.

All the Best,

Bill Egan
PFA General Meeting
NCHS PFA and Saxe PTC Joint Meeting:
Update from Superintendent Bryan Luizzi
Wednesday, January 13th
9:30am, Zoom link to follow

Join us for the first PFA General Meeting of 2021 on Jan 13th at 9:30am. Superintendent Bryan Luizzi will be our guest speaker to give an update of the current school year as well as to discuss the 2021-22 budgeting process and answer general questions from the group.
PFA Nominating
The Nominating Committee will be meeting to fill positions for next year's 2021-2022 PFA Board and Board Committees. We would love to see more people get involved! Please email the PFA at NCHSpfa@gmail.com to let us know how you want to help! Include the positions you would be interested in or any specific interests you have.  Click here to see a description of the chair positions.
NCHS Scholarship Foundation

In light of these unusual times, we are changing the NCHS Scholarship Foundation's 2021 fundraiser from the NC COLOR RUN to the NC COLOR DROP! Like many other things this pandemic has done, it has taught us to be more creative, caring, patient, resilient and generous with our time, our loved ones, and our community.


  • Visit NCHS-SF.org to donate now and get your tax deduction in 2020.  
  • While the NC COLOR DROP will raise awareness and funds this spring, we need the New Canaan community's support now.  
  • NCHS graduates will have more financial need than ever when they attend college next fall. 
  • 100% of donations go directly to scholarships for NCHS graduates. Let's all help where we can! 
  • NCHS Scholarship Foundation is a 501c3, registered at NCHS 11 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT 06840, FEIN 23-7102732.


  • March 31, 2021 at Waveny Park.
  • The participant whose golf ball drops from the helicopter and lands closest to the bullseye wins one of several great prizes, including the grand prize, a Peloton Tread!
  • Purchase a golf ball for $25 and your chance to win! Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1.
  • Dream of flying in a helicopter? Bid in the online auction for four seats in the helicopter, and experience the thrill of a lifetime as you watch the balls dropping from the sky! Auction opens Feb. 1. 

Grade Level Parent Meetings and Information
9th Grade, Freshmen
PFA Networking: Midyear Check-in
New Date to be determined for February or March

Given the change in midterm testing, we will be adjusting our upcoming 9th grade parent meeting to instead discuss the class selection process for next year and to answer any questions freshmen parents may have for counselors. Stay tuned as we work out the details!

Networking Chairs: Kristin Reed & Mary Lydon
10th Grade, Sophomores
Save the date!
NCHS Sophomore Parent Program*
Creating a College Testing Plan
Thursday, February 4th
8:00am, Zoom Link to follow

Learn the differences between the ACT and the SAT and how to plan for either. Look for more information soon on this informative meeting which will be done via Zoom.

*Denotes Guidance Counseling Program
11th Grade, Juniors
NCHS Junior Parents College Planning Program*
Thursday, January 7th
7:00pm, Zoom link to follow 

Counselors will meet virtually with the parents of juniors to speak about the college admissions process and what to expect in the coming months. Check your email for more information and links to your counselor’s meeting. Packet of materials will be sent prior to the meeting.

*Denotes Guidance Counseling Program
Junior Parent Naviance Training
Wednesday, January 27th

There will be a virtual program for parents of current juniors only who would like to learn more about Naviance. The date is January 27, 2021.
12th Grade, Seniors
2021 New Canaan Senior Internship Program

Seniors who would like to find their own internship (self design), the due date to self design is February 3rd. Please complete the forms for self design that can be found here.

Upcoming dates
  • 1/7/21 Student interviews with SIP committee begins
  • 2/3/21 SIP deadline for self-design (find your own) internship proposal
  • 2/12/21 Student interviews with SIP committee ends
  • 2/12/21 Last Day to pick 15 internships in SIP Program, for non self-design students.
  • 3/24/21 Mandatory meeting for SIP students
  • 5/17/21 Mandatory meeting for SIP students
  • 5/18/21 Internship begins
  • 6/11/21 Internship ends (end date will most likely change due to snow days)
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars Now!
Test dates:
March 13th - SAT
Feb 6th - ACT
April 17th* - ACT
May 8th* -SAT
June 5th* - SAT
June 12th - ACT
*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

Date for Juniors SAT:
The School Day SAT for juniors is April 13th, 2021. We highly encourage all juniors to take this test. The scores from this test can also be sent to colleges for admissions purposes. The in-school SAT does not include the optional essay portion. Registration will be handled through the school at no cost to families.
School News & Notices

NCHS Athletics Department
A Letter from our Athletics Director
Our strength and conditioning coaches have been conducting virtual conditioning sessions three times a week during the month of December. We think it is important to engage the winter athletes and help them prepare for the upcoming season. CIAC had delayed the start of winter sports until January 19th. We are expecting to receive new guidance by January 7th.

Dunning Field and both Water Tower turf fields will remain open during the winter months for recreation and exercise. Thank you to The Town of New Canaan for clearing the fields after last week's snow storm and understanding the importance of providing space for outdoor activities.

We are excited to move the Hall of Fame plaques from inside our trophy cases to the wall outside the athletics office. We want our HOF recipients to be visible to our student body. There are presently 92 members who have been honored every other year since 1996. Bill Tomey who won the 1968 Olympic Decathlon is one of many impressive NCHS Athletics Alumni.

Jay Egan
Athletics Director
Board Of Education
December 8, 2020 Board of Education Meeting

Dr. Luizzi provided the latest updates on COVID-19. The Board moved to approve, as a second reading, the 2021-2022 Budget Assumptions and related priorities. The board also moved to approve, as a first reading, the 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 District Calendars.

For BOE meeting minutes click here. For BOE video click here.

December 21, 2020 Board of Education Meeting

The BOE moved to approve, as a second reading, the 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 District Calendars. Additionally, the Board moved to approve the letter of recognition of the New Canaan Public Schools Staff.

For BOE Meeting Minutes click here. For BOE video click here.

Upcoming BOE meetings: January 11th and 25th via zoom.

Community Events
NC Cares presents:
The Social Dilemma Screening
Tuesday, January 26th
7:00pm, Virtual

Discussion on Film 
Wednesday, January 27th. AM and PM sessions

“A handful of engineers in Silicon Valley aren’t just programming code. They are programming human civilization. The only question that remains is, what are we going to do about it?” – Jeff Orlowski, Director

Log on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00pm for a virtual screening or watch the movie when it works best for you. Then join us on Wednesday, January 27th to discuss the film. AM and PM sessions.
Service League of Boys (SLOBs)

General Meeting 
Saturday, January 16th
2:30pm, via Zoom

The link will be sent closer to the meeting date.
All SLOBs should plan on attending our first meeting of the new year. Members must attend 4 of 5 meetings and January 16th will be our 3rd meeting.
NC Parent Support Group
Weed, Inc: The Science Behind Today’s Marijuana 
Wednesday, January 13th
7:00pm, Virtual Event on Zoom

Join us for a conversation about today’s marijuana and its impact on developing brains with Ben Cort, author, TEDx Talk speaker, and treatment & recovery advocate. Teens are welcome, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.
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