November 2018
Parent Resources
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Dear New Canaan High School Families,
There is so much to celebrate at NCHS. Our Visual and Performing Arts Program just completed another outstanding performance of The Addams Family. Kudos to our talented students for a job well done! We are also just completing a fall athletic season. While I certainly am impressed with how well our teams do on the athletic fields, I am more impressed with how they compete and the sportsmanship they show throughout the year. 
It is hard to believe that we are already into November and the first quarter is ending. You can anticipate grades being published on November 7th. Please remember to continue to discuss grades and to encourage continued success in the second marking period. If you have any questions about a specific class, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.  Please remember that comments are only required for students who receive under an 80. However, we encourage parents to reach out to teachers if they would like specific feedback in a class.
A special thank you to the staff, parents, and students. We are thankful to have a wonderful staff that motivates, inspires and supports your children. The PFA and all of the parents always work collaboratively to improve students’ lives and make NCHS a special place by providing excellent programming that continually enhances the culture for our students. I am honored to lead a school with such kind, motivated and smart students and supportive parents.
Finally, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and hopefully disconnect a little from the grind of daily life. For me, it is an opportunity to reconnect with friends that I have not seen in a long time, focus on my family and on what is important.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all the best, 

Bill Egan
November PFA General Meeting
Coffee with the Principals
Wednesday, November 14th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
You have questions? We have answers! Join Principal Bill Egan and all the Assistant Principals for an informal chat and Q&A about NCHS. 
Mid-Term Staff Appreciation Lunch
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: Midterm Prep
Save the Date!
Tuesday, December 4th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room

Networking Chairs: Kate Licata & Stefania Bopp
10th Grade, Sophomores
PFA 10th Grade Networking: The Academic Roadmap - Understanding the GPA and Naviance
Tuesday, November 13th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
Please join us to get all of your sophomore year questions answered! Guidance Counselors, Cynthia Rivera and Nick Willett, will discuss many topics such as the mysterious Power School GPA and how it converts to a 4.0 scale; how Honors and AP classes are weighted; what GPA colleges see and care about; and, how many AP classes should a student take? They will also show us a roadmap to our students' academic pursuits and will introduce Naviance which you will use during your student’s college search. Join us for this not to be missed meeting!

Networking Chairs: Susie Caitlin & Lauren Corbett
11th Grade, Juniors
PFA 11th Grade Networking: The College Road Trip!
Thursday, November 8th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
Please join us to hear Sue Carroll, College and Career Center Coordinator, talk about how to make the most of your upcoming college trips with your junior, including tips for making them productive, fun, and (relatively) stress-free.

Networking Chairs: Alexandra DeMarino & Kim Gilbert
12th Grade, Seniors
PFA 12th Grade Networking: Coping with College Acceptance & Rejection/NCHS Senior Internships
Thursday, November 15th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
Speakers: Tracey Masella, LCSW, Adolescent Mental Health Specialist & Heather Bianco, NCHS Internship Coordinato r
As our seniors begin to submit college applications, now what? How will they cope with acceptance, rejection, and decisions? Tracey Masella, an expert in adolescent mental health affiliated with Silver Hill Hospital, will engage us in a conversation on how to help our seniors cope with the college decision process. Bring your questions! Q&A notecards will be provided. 

Heather Bianco will also explain the Senior Internship process and what you need to know now.

Networking Chairs: Sue Holland & Michelle Crookenden
Senior Internship Program (SIP)

The NCHS Senior Internship Program is in need of host companies/organizations who can provide meaningful internships to our Seniors. The Internship Program runs from May 21st to June 13th, 2019. If you have an internship to offer, please email Heather Bianco .

Registration will be available for the Senior Internship Program on November 19th via email. Seniors will be emailed a link to register. The internships will be within a 15 mile radius of New Canaan and run from May 21st 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. The forms for designing internships are on the SIP website. SIP is accepting the forms now through December 19th. 
Every Senior will be e-mailed a website link to apply for the Senior Internship Program on November 19th. The Senior Internship is not mandatory. If a Senior student does not want to participate in the program, he/she can decline on the website link.
Click here for more information.
All forms must be emailed to Heather Bianco

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NCHS RAM JAM is Coming!
Friday, March 29th, 2019
7:00pm, NCHS Auditorium
Seniors & NCHS Families – Please Save The Date!
Ram Jam is a senior class variety show which will include lip synch performances, live bands, karaoke, and a fashion show for all of the school to enjoy.
All proceeds will go to the 2019 Post Prom!
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars!
Colleges Visiting NCHS
Seniors are encouraged to come and hear firsthand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. Students who are unable to attend the info session should come into the CCC beforehand and fill out a regret form indicating their interest in the school. The schedule is available on Naviance and on the New Canaan High School website. The visits are geared towards seniors but juniors may attend if they have a free period during the visit time. 

Fall Testing Dates
12/8  ACT*
*Denotes NCHS as testing location

SAT/Subject Tests may be registered for at

ACT may be registered for at

Mark Your Calendars:
There will be a GAP Year fair: January 9th, 2019 at Horace Greeley High School
70 Roaring Brook Rd., Chappaqua, NY 10514
For more information and to register, please visit:
School News & Notices
Yearbook Information
To order a yearbook please go to the following link  here.

Seniors: To submit your senior quote, baby picture or Lambs to Rams pictures go here. To place an Ad for your child click  here.*
*Senior parents, keep those photos handy for the Post Prom Senior video!
NCHS Scholarship Foundation
The New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) is critical to many of our graduates who hope to pursue higher education at the undergraduate level. In 2018, 59 deserving NCHS graduates qualified for scholarships through the NCSF. Because the need for help has been increasing every year, the average scholarship is less than $2,000.
We have an immediate need to increase the dollar amount of each scholarship and hope to build our endowment in order to do better in the years to come. The NCSF relies on the community’s support to ensure that every qualified student will have the opportunity to receive financial aid and continue their education.
• Donate to our Annual Appeal!
• Create a Named Scholarship (full details are outlined the NCSF website)
• Support the NC Color Run scheduled for April 27th, 2019.  Be a sponsor or a participant!
• Purchase a lawn sign honoring the NCHS graduates (available this spring)
New Canaan High School Theatre Presents:
"Letters to Sala"
November 15th, 16th, & 17th
7:00pm, NCHS Auditorium
Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredible history through 350 letters hidden in a box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter. 
Click here to Purchase Tickets | Get Season Info | Advertise in our Programs | Get Audition Details
Time for Auditions!

Anything Goes
Monday, November 26th, 27th & 28th
Please prepare classic musical comedy type song.
Bring music. No rapping!
Bring Dance Attire/Tap & Character shoes for Dance Audition: Wednesday, November 28th.
Callbacks: Thursday, November 29th, 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Performances will be March 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2019 at 7:00pm

The Drama Festival, Wake Up and Dream
Friday, November 30th
One-act plays written and produced by students. 
Performances will be January 25th and 26th, 2019 at 7:00pm
All-media Student Art Exhibition
"Abstract Reality"
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8th
5:00-7:00pm, NCHS Main Lobby Art Gallery
Exhibition Dates: November 8th - January 11th
Annual Grapefruit Fundraiser
Benefiting the NCHS Choral Program and our local food banks

The NCHS Choral Program’s annual GRAPEFRUIT FUNDRAISER has begun! This fundraiser has been a staple during the holidays in New Canaan for decades, benefitting the NCHS choirs and our local food banks. This year, the sales will directly help fund the Concert Choir’s performance at Carnegie Hall in April!

Each box contains between 16-20 delicious “Ruby Red” grapefruits and the cost is $24.00 per box. Pickup in the NCHS Choral Room, December 5th-20th from 8:00am-3:30pm. The sooner you pick it up, the fresher it will be!
Want to help, but don’t know what to do with a whole box of grapefruit?
We’d love to DONATE a box on your behalf to a food bank in Fairfield or Westchester County. We’ll be making deliveries in person to various food banks and would love to include your box as a donation. Last year, we provided over 90 boxes to organizations in CT and NY. It’s a great opportunity to help our extended community and our Choral Program at the same time!

Order and pay online from the NCHS Choir Website.

**When you order, if there is a specific choir student to whom the sales credit should be given, please select their name on the website order form. We will make sure they get the credit!**
Come and hear the student performances you are supporting!
Please join us for our winter performance on Wednesday December 12th, 7:00 pm at the beautiful St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan. The Concert Choir and Madrigal Ensemble will showcase the music of Eric Whitacre and Moses Hogan in preparation for our Carnegie Hall performance, as well as feature solo performances by members of our program.

If you have any questions, please email us @
NCHS Library News
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NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
It’s hard to believe that the Fall Sports season is winding down. Our JV and freshman teams finished their last competitions mid-October. The FCIAC championship season for varsity teams will run October 25th through November 3rd, followed by the CIAC playoff series from November 5th-17th. It looks like most of our fall teams will be participating in at least one of these championships.

The Turkey Bowl will be held on Thanksgiving Day at Boyle Stadium in Stamford at 10:30am. Booster member tickets are included in your membership! Individual tickets to the game can be purchased online at - click on Turkey Bowl Tickets. Please download your GoFan app and tickets at home or print prior to arrival! This is imperative to enter the stadium in a timely manner.

Not able to make it to the game? You can watch online for $25 with our new video streaming software, Pixellot. Go to - click on Turkey Bowl Live to purchase.

Please note these important Winter Sports dates:
  • November 26th is the first day of practice for Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Boys Ice Hockey.
  • November 29th is the first day of Boys Basketball, Boys Swimming, Indoor Track, and Gymnastics.
  • December 6th is the Mandatory Winter Sports Parent Meeting.

Go Rams!
Jay Egan
Director of NCHS Athletics 
Board Of Education
October 8th, 2018 Board of Ed meeting:
Mr. Egan gave an overview of the NCHS philosophy on assessment, their school mission and the dates of standardized testing. For the 2018 ACT Test, most of the scores went up with the exception of a slight dip in the math section. College level courses have been growing and 80% of seniors have taken at least one college level class. For the SAT, New Canaan does well in their DRG with averages well above the state average. Special Education SAT results are also high with NCHS coming in the top for Math scores and second overall in Language Arts.

October 22nd, 2018 Board of Ed meeting:
Dr. Jill Correnty presented the NCPS 2018 Student Assessment Review. This year, the district earned consistently high marks and increased overall numbers in virtually all achievement levels. NCPS earned the highest achievement levels in the state in ELA and second highest in Math. Annual State testing is required by federal and state law in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in grades 3 – 8 and once in high school annually. Students in grade 5, 8 and once in high school must be assessed in Science as well. This year, the Next Generation Science Assessment will be given in grades 5, 8 and 11. 

For detailed minute links, click here .
For video Links, click here.

The Next BOE meeting will be Monday, November 5th, 7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room. Public comment is welcome during allotted times. 
Community Events
YWL Empowering Women Series
Healthy Meals in a Busy Lifestyle
Thursday, November 29th 
9:30-11:00am, NC Historical Society, Lindstrom Room
Speaker: Laurie Findeisen, Certified Wellness Advisor
This workshop will focus on a time-tested approach to healthy eating for the entire family (even picky eaters). Learn how to get the biggest bang for your buck for optimal health without spending hours in the kitchen. Register @ New Canaan Cares .
NCHS Alumni Ice Hockey Games
 Friday, November 23rd
Darien Ice House
Please join us at the 39th Annual Alumni Ice Hockey Game on Friday, November 23rd at Darien Ice House. It’s a great way to entertain out of town guests. In a similar format to last year, the girls and boys alumni games will be played back to back. The event kicks off with the girls alumni game beginning at 3:30pm. The boys alumni game will begin at 5:00pm.

Tickets are $10.00 each (kids under 12 free). All proceeds from this event will be used to support the high school hockey program. Tickets and donations may be made on our new website . Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
'Next Generation Leaders' Forum
Join LiveGirl’s “Next Generation Leaders” Forum
Saturday, November 3rd, 1:00-2:30pm at UConn Stamford
Join us for pizza, networking and a roundtable discussion on issues affecting young women today facilitated by Dr. Vida Samuel, Professor Women’s Studies. Also learn more about becoming a LiveGirl mentor.
Register/Learn more at and connect @goLiveGirl

High School Mentors needed for Election Day (November 6th, 10:00am-2:00pm) “Girl Powerful” Middle School Leadership Summit at Grace Farms. RSVP to
Service League of Boys (SLOBs)

Service League of Boys Still Accepting New Members
I t’s not too late to join SLOBs — New Canaan High School’s service organization for boys. Register today or join us at our next General Meeting on Saturday, November 3rd, 2:30pm in the NCHS cafeteria. All members please remember to bring donations of pancake mix and syrup for Filling In the Blanks and a package or two of new socks for the Family & Children’s Agency - earn 1/2 credit per donation. 
Filling in the Blanks
Holiday Backpacks - Food Donations Needed

Filling in the Blanks feeds 1400 hungry kids in need on the weekends and during the holidays. This has made a huge difference in their attendance, behavior, focus and confidence. A special thing we do for every child is give them each a brand new backpack in December filled with goodies. Often, this is the only gift they receive during the holidays. 

We'd like to ask the NCHS community to help us provide:
- boxes of pancake mix (add-water-only mix (many families don’t have access to eggs and milk for other mixes).
- bottles of plastic syrup.
We will have a box in the NCHS lobby.  Please donate by November 12th. Thank you for helping us to provide breakfast to local hungry families over the Holiday break!
New Canaan 5K Turkey Trot
Sunday, November 18th
Waveny Park, New Canaan 
11:30am, Check-in Begins at 10:30am

Give thanks and make a difference at the New Canaan Turkey Trot. The 15th annual 5K run/walk begins and ends at Waveny Park on South Avenue in New Canaan. Proceeds from the race benefit Open Doors. Open Doors provides supportive housing and emergency shelter to those in need in the area, and their kitchen and food pantry provide over 30,000 meals every month to people struggling to make ends meet.

The event registration fee is $30 in advance. Students are selling Turkey Trot shirts and hats, and any small donations are also welcome. The walk and run will take place rain or shine. Students can use this event to earn community service hours. Clothing donations are also being accepted, including adults’ and children’s coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets. To register online for this year’s New Canaan Turkey Trot, click here.

So arrive early with your families and dogs, stretch, visit with friends and watch as the pre-race excitement builds. We look forward to seeing you at this fun-filled, philanthropic family town favorite!
Interview and Conversation Skills Workshop
with Jim Foley, Assistant Head of School for Leadership & Innovation at St. Luke’s School
Monday, November 12th 
6:30-8:30pm, New Canaan Community YMCA

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 your future college and job interviews! Sign up here but do so quickly as space is limited for this unique opportunity. 
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