March 2019
Dear NCHS Family, 

March is a busy month at NCHS. AP Exams online registration is available through March 7th. The NCHS Visual and Performing Arts Program will show their 7th annual “Through Our Eyes VI” Art Exhibition on March 11th at the Carriage Barn @ 5:00pm, as well as performing the NCHS Winter Musical, “Anything Goes” opening Thursday, March 14th, 15th and 16th @ 7:00pm in our auditorium. 

Students have the opportunity to attend the PFA’s popular, biennial Career Night on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:00-9:00pm (snow date of March 20th), for an evening of engaging career exploration including 50+ speakers and 10 all-new career panels. Parents, please join the PFA for a Career Night Preview on March 5th at 9:30am in the Wagner Room and hear Steve Greene of Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation discuss the science behind aptitudes and learn how these can help students make better-educated decisions about careers, plus get a sneak peek of the Career Night panels and speakers.

The Connecticut School Day SAT takes place on March 27th. The SAT test is for all juniors and will start at our usual time (7:30am). Freshmen and sophomores will have late arrivals on this day. Seniors participating in the Senior Internship Program will be attending a mandatory training day beginning at 8:00am. Emails will be sent with more detailed information. A schedule for the day will be coming out soon. 

Our first annual RAM JAM is scheduled for March 29th @ 7:00pm in the auditorium. Join us in supporting our senior class Lip Sync, perform live music and strut the catwalk. I am sure it will be an evening that we will not forget!

I look forward to seeing you at our many school events throughout the remainder of the year. As always, thank you for making New Canaan High School an amazing place! 

All the best, 
Bill Egan
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.
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 Parent Preview
Steve Greene, Director
Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation
Tuesday, March 5th
9:30am, Wagner Room

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a sneak peek of Career Night – including our new, streamlined panels and speakers – before the student-only event on March 19th. Hear Steve Greene explain the proven science behind aptitudes and their important correlation to successful and fulfilling careers. Learn how aptitudes can inform and empower our students to make better educated decisions about career paths and how students can capitalize on their own natural talents.
 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 important aptitudes and skill sets necessary to excel in a myriad of professions. The program kicks off with a presentation by Steve Greene, Director of Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, followed by the opportunity for students to attend 2 of 10 new panel sessions featuring 50+ speakers discussing careers in:  Business; Finance; Communications; Advertising & Marketing; Law & Order; Medicine & Healthcare; STEM; Social Sciences; Creative & Performing Arts; and Hands On. Click here for the Career Night Website and more information.


  • New focus on aptitudes and how these impact successful careers!
  • New format with 10 streamlined panels to provide maximum exposure to many careers!
  • Keynote speaker Steve Greene from Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation!
  • 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 .
We need your help! Click here to be a volunteer on Career Night.
Safe Driving Week
April 1st-5th

With a special focus on keeping our teen drivers safe, this week-long initiative will include motivational assemblies for all grades, featuring Tim Hollister, a CT resident and safe driving advocate, plus daily interactive activities for students that will drive home safety messages to help prevent the riskiest of teen driving behaviors.  Parents – if you missed Tim’s powerful presentation last year, you are welcome to sit in on the student assemblies. Stay tuned for details.
NCHS Scholarship Foundatio n
Color Run
Saturday, April 27th
Kid's Color Dash: 9:00am (.8 miles)
NC Color Run/Walk: 9:30am (5k)
Run (or walk) and celebrate the third annual NC Color Run. Register here by April 26th. The cost to register is $35 per individual; the family maximum is $130. Day of registration opens at 8:00am and will be an additional $10 per individual. Children 5 and under are free!

By participating in the Color Run you will help support the New Canaan High School Scholarship foundation. This foundation is critical to many of our high school graduates who hope to pursue higher education at the undergraduate level. To volunteer, please click here !
Make a difference in a student's life --please make an end-of-the-school-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...
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 further programming

Networking Chairs: Lauren Corbett & Susie Caitlin
11th Grade, Juniors
PFA 11th Grade Networking
No programming until April

Networking Chairs: Alexandra DeMarino & Kim Gilbert


Counseling Event for Juniors
There will be a college interviewing workshop held in the College and Career Center on April 10th during the lunch block. For students to reserve a space, email Mrs. Carroll (susan.carroll@ncps-k12.org) and let her know what lunch you have that day. We will be talking about the interviewing process and conducting mock interviews as well. 
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
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 !

Pop Up Trunk Show
Thursday, March 14th
10:00am-2:00pm, Home of Kara Homan: 24 Whiffle Tree Lane

Representatives from Beauty Counter, hipV Modern Vintage Jewelry, and India Hicks will all be toghether for your shopping pleasure. Every purchase made will benefit the 2019 NCHS Post Prom! Click here for flyer.

Chipotle Post Prom Fundraiser!
Saturday, March 30th
4:00-8:00pm, Chipotle in Darien
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support New Canaan High School Post Prom. Come in to the Chipotle at 71 Boston Post Road in Darien on Saturday, March 30th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to New Canaan High School Post Prom. Click here for flyer. Only eligible in store.

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
NCHS 2019 RAM JAM
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 it! Click here for tickets!
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!
Course Selection
The course selection process has begun for the 2019/2020 school year. All students can now go into his/her portal through their own account (not the parent account) to view the courses that they have been recommended for, and select their schedule for next year. School Counselors will be working with students personally to help them through the process during the first two weeks in March, but they should go in and make a first round of choices by March 1st and hit submit to save. Changes can be made through March. Find a tutorial on the School Counseling website or click the link here.
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  

March 9 .....SAT
March 27 ... In school SAT for Juniors
April 13 .......ACT *
May 4 .........SAT *
June 1 ........SAT *
June 8 ........ACT 
*Offered at NCHS 

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, 2019. 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 by March 7th at 11:59pm. To register, please go here or access the link through the NCHS Homepage. 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.

Please note that it is NCHS policy that underclassmen must take the AP exam to receive the GPA weight for the year. Seniors receive the weighted grade only for first semester if they do not take the exam. If students and parents want to see which colleges offer credit for AP exams, access the information directly by clicking here
 
If you have any questions, please contact the AP Coordinators, Susan Lenci and Linda McGann .
Two College Admissions Events in April – Save the Dates!

Explore England
Wednesday, April 3rd
7:00pm, NCHS Cafeteria

Join the School Counselors for an informational session on the differences between UK and US universities. A number of universities will be on hand to discuss the application and admission process and give you a brief overview of their schools.

College Admissions Evening
Thursday, April 11th
7:00pm, Wagner Room 
 
For 10th and 11th grade parents and students. Understand the many parts of a college application and how to approach the admissions process. Ann Fleming Brown from Union College will join the School Counselors in an interactive and comprehensive discussion.
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.
Summer jobs will be posted this month in the College and Career Center. The early bird catches the worm! 
School News & Notices
NCHS Library News
Check out NCHS Library's latest blog post . And be sure to follow them on s ocial media .
NCHS Creative & Performing Arts
Through Our Eyes VII
7th Annual NCHS Exhibition
Monday, March 11th
5:00-7:00pm, Carriage Barn, Waveny Park
The community is invited to view and celebrate the work of New Canaan High School art students whose work was selected for inclusion in “Through Our Eyes VII” at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park. An opening reception will be held on Monday, March 11th from 5:00-7:00pm, and the exhibit will be on view through Saturday, March 30th. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-5:00pm. This is the seventh year the Carriage Barn Arts Center has partnered with the New Canaan High School art department to showcase student artwork in the gallery. The work of 117 students will be showcased and include photography, original paintings, drawings and jewelry as well as video and installations. The selected works represent students in introductory level courses up to AP level art classes. In addition, the exhibit will include 23 pieces that were recently selected for the 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards, featuring 8 Gold Keys, 9 Silver Keys and 6 Honorable Mentions. New Canaan High School was presented the most awards at the high school level this year. 

New Canaan High School performing arts students will also be showcased during the exhibit, with live music performed at the opening reception by NCHS electric ensemble the Blue Orcas. More details can be found at www.CarriageBarn.org . This year’s exhibit is generously sponsored by HTG Investment Advisors and William Raveis, with support from the Fritz Eager Foundation for Arts Education.
New Canaan High School Theatre Presents:
The Classical Musical Comedy:
Anything Goes
March 14th, 15th, and 16th at 7:00pm
New Canaan High School Auditorium
The musical takes place in the 1930s and includes Cole Porter’s legendary music such as “De-Lovely”, “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “You’re the Top”, “Blow Gabriel Blow” and “Anything Goes”. Rousing dance routines and slapstick humor abound as the characters throw etiquette and convention out to sea in this farcical comedy that the whole family will enjoy.

The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful cast of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and the second-rate con-man, Moonface Martin. With the help of some elaborate disguises and tap-dancing sailors, Reno and Moonface join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

Visit NewCanaanHighSchoolTheatre.org to purchase tickets.
New Canaan High School Choir
Carnegie Hall Performance
Sunday, April 28th
8:30pm, Carnegie Hall

Members of the New Canaan High School Concert Choir and Madrigal Ensemble have been selected to perform  The Music of Eric Whitacre on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. They will perform on Sunday, April 28th in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Grammy-award winning Composer/Conductor Eric Whitacre. Our student musicians will join an auditioned chorus from around the world to rehearse and perform with Mr. Whitacre, who will serve as clinician for the 3-day residency presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).
Please join the New Canaan High School Choir musicians at Carnegie Hall for an incredible concert experience! Tickets are currently on sale through the Carnegie Hall Box office: Carnegiecharge - (212) 247-7800 www.carnegiehall.org
Please use our NCHS code CAN30825 when purchasing tickets, as the Choral Program receives a percentage of the cost to defray travel and performance expenses.
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
Congratulations to Girls Ice Hockey, our 2019 FCIAC Champions! The girls beat the Greenwich Cardinals, 3-1, to win their first FCIAC ice hockey championship since 2012. Jess Eccleston was named MVP of the game. Huge congratulations to Rich Bulan, named Coach of the Year. The team will play in the CIAC Playoff on Saturday, March 2nd at 5:00pm at Darien Ice.

In wrestling news, Tyler Sung and Justin Mastroianni won the State Open Wrestling Championships! Mastroianni, the No. 2 seed at 138 pounds, defeated No. 1 Sean Johnson of Ellis Tech, 4-3. Sung, the No. 1 seed at 145 pounds, clinched the title when he closed out Berlin’s Daniel Valeas 5-0 in the final. Congrats also to Nate Sibbett, who split four matches and placed sixth in his weight class. V Wrestling will head to New England’s this weekend.
 
While Boys Basketball lost to Ridgefield (51-44) last week in the FCIAC's, they are enjoying their best season in 10 years. They completed the regular season with a 16-4 record. They are ranked 4th in the CIAC Division 4 tournament and begin tournament play on March 6th with a home game.
 
Boys Ice Hockey also had a very strong season (13-7-1), with an unfortunate loss to Greenwich in the postseason (3-2) at the FCIAC boys ice hockey championship. The team will begin play in the CIAC Division I tournament on March 4th at the Darien Ice.

Boys Swim and Dive had a successful trials meet on Tuesday and will be competing for the FCIAC Championship on Thursday, February 28th. 
 
Congratulations to all our athletes and coaches for an outstanding season!
 
GO RAMS!

Jay Egan
Athletic Director
Board Of Education
News
February 4th, 2019 BOE Meeting:

Mr. Karl presented to the Board a plan that the New Canaan Athletic Foundation is looking to put into place to create a sustainable way of funding for Dunning Stadium and the athletic fields (NCAF – New Canaan Athletic Fields). Currently, Dunning is privately funded and they are looking to create a partnership between the public and private sectors.

Mr. Salvestrini gave an update on the Schoology pilot (LMS Pilot Program). Teachers are creating courses while being supported by the Technology Integrators and curriculum coordinators.

For more information regarding the 2019-20 NCPS School budget and town board meeting dates, click here.

To view the BOE letter to parents regarding school regionalization, click here.

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

Upcoming BOE meetings:
March 4th and 18th @ 7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room. Public comment is available during allotted time.
Community Events

New Canaan CARES
Mind-Body Connection
Presented by Laurie Findeisen and Ellen Brezovsky
March 12th, 7:00-8:30pm
New Canaan Historical Society – Lindstrom Room

This energizing and fun workshop will incorporate educational and participatory activities around the Mind-Body Connection. Learn how our most powerful muscle, the brain, influences our body in many ways. We will illustrate how mini-workouts in your busy week can fuel your body and soul keeping you energized to finish your To-Do lists! You will have the opportunity to practice simple Mindfulness techniques to keep you feeling centered even in the midst of chaos! (Wear comfortable clothes!)
Please pre-register at newcanaancares.org


Hidden in Plain Sight: Presented by Denique Lewis of Positive Directions
Tuesday, March 26th, 9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
and 7:00pm, NCHS Cafeteria
Understand the types of inexpensive, easily accessible products available to youth to hide drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight. Adults will be able to walk through and experience a hands-on search for clues of high risk behavior “hidden in plain sight” in a mock teenage bedroom. Hidden in Plain Sight is not intended to scare adults, but to enlighten them and provide them with support and local resources for dealing with teens’ risky behavior. Please pre-register at newcanaancares.org


The Panini Generation
Wednesday, March 27th
7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room
New Canaan CARES and Staying Put in New Canaan invite you to attend a panel discussion on the challenges of being a caregiver for an older family member while raising your own children. Visit newcanaancares.org for more info.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention
Tuesday Evenings March 5th - April 2nd
6:00-8:30pm at Grace Farms

A free five-week class taught by certified instructors, with lectures and physical resistance technique training. "Defense education increases awareness and provides a deeper understanding of one's potential." Open to females ages 14 and older. Class size is limited: advanced registration is required by clicking here .
Interview and Conversation Skills Workshop
with Jim Foley, Assistant Head of School for Leadership & Innovation at St. Luke’s School
Tuesday Evenings March 5th-April 2nd
6:00-8:30pm at Grace Farms
This interactive workshop, put on by the YMCA Teen Board Members and New Canaan High School Seniors: Luke Crowley and Solomeya Marynovych, and lead by Jim Foley, will help you perfect your conversation and interview skills. Great for students' future college and job interviews! The event is free and will be held Wednesday, March 6th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the New Canaan YMCA. Sign up by going to Eventbrite.com and searching “interactive interview skills."
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