October 2019
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our THE FUTURE BEGINS HERE fundraising campaign. Please go to the PFA home page if you would still like to donate.
Click here to see the amazing topics & speakers at our Networking and Counselor meetings!
Dear New Canaan High School Families,

It’s hard to believe that the first month of school is over. By now students have settled into their daily schedule and hopefully into a good routine. We had wonderful turnouts at the PFA meetings, school counseling presentations, and Open House. I am always impressed by how committed our parent community is to their children’s education. It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience at NCHS. I am looking forward to an exciting year.

The following is a brief reminder of several new procedures that are in place at NCHS this year:

Schoology -
  • Semester I: Students will find their course syllabus, test and quiz dates for each class in Schoology. Schoology is meant to be a “one-stop-shop” for students where they can find all of the information, resources, and tools related to all of their courses. Some teachers used Schoology a bit last year, while others used Google Classroom or Moodle. This semester students can expect to see more teachers transitioning into using the program.
  • Semester II: All teachers will deliver at least one class using Schoology. Students may see a course or two delivered in Schoology, with the increased use of Schoology to deliver content, facilitate collaboration, and to gather assessment information.
  • 2020-2021: Schoology will be used by all teachers for instructional purposes.
  • We encourage parents to ask for their child’s log-in information so that they can accurately see what’s on Schoology.

Cell phones - 
  • Should be kept in phone cradles during class times.
  • Students can use phones in hallways, cafeteria, library. 

Homework -
  • Should be posted no later than 3:00pm if due the next day (change from 2:30pm)
  • Assignments should be handed in by 11:00pm electronically - Only if this is an electronic assignment.
  • Teachers will include how long work SHOULD take.
  • Expect 20-25 min. a night (average) 
  • Please have conversations with your teacher if it exceeds this time frame.

October is going to be a busy month at NCHS. Our annual Club Fair is scheduled for Friday, October 4th. This showcases the many clubs, activities and volunteer opportunities for our students. Sign up for those in which you have an interest. The organizations will offer information about how students can make a difference not only to NCHS but in the town as well.  

We have an activity-filled Spirit Week scheduled from October 14-18th, ending with a pep-rally and bonfire on Friday and the homecoming game and dance on Saturday, October 19th. Thank you to our parent volunteers for, once again, taking on the fun-filled homecoming preparations. I’m sure it will be a huge success! 

As always, I look forward to seeing you at the many PFA or extracurricular events that will take place throughout the year.

Wishing you all the best,

Bill Egan
October PFA General Meeting
Understanding the Teenage Brain:
The Keys to a Positive Relationship
Wednesday, October 16th
9:30am and 7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room
Presented by Cristina Young, LCSW
Parents will learn to anticipate and understand the typical conflicts that arise with teens based on recent brain research. We will discuss how to manage the emotions teens trigger in their parents and learn tools to leave feeling better equipped to handle the highs and lows of the adolescent years.
In partnership with New Canaan CARES.  

For those parents who cannot attend the morning PFA meeting, Cristina Young will be presenting again in the evening thanks to New Canaan CARES.
Yearbook Information
Click on this link to PURCHASE a yearbook.

Click on this link for all SENIOR yearbook information like senior pictures, baby photo submissions, Lambs to Rams submissions and senior quotes.
Homecoming Dance 2019
Saturday, October 19th
7:00-10:00pm, NCHS

It's that time of year again!!!

Sadie Hawkins - Girls ask a date or come with friends..... JUST COME and have a great time!!! Tickets are already on sale on School Cash online for $15.

Click here to help make this night a success!
Grade Level Parent Meetings & Information
9th Grade, Freshmen
PFA Networking: NCHS 101: FAQs Answered
Tuesday, October 8th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room

Please join Assistant Principal Kristi Carriero, other members of the NCHS faculty and administration, as well as an experienced parent panel, to answer frequently asked questions and to learn about the significant resources our high school has to offer our students. Whether you want to learn more about a triple-lunch, academic and special interest clubs, balancing homework and activities, the Writing and Math Centers, the Library, assistance from the athletic trainer, or technological assistance, they will be here to guide us. Even if you have an older child who has gone through the school, programs and policies have changed, so there will be new information to learn. 

Networking Chairs:  Caryn Kelly & Claire Tiscornia
10th Grade, Sophomores 
PFA Networking: Teen Driving: A Roadmap to Safe Driving
Thursday, October 3rd
7:00pm, NCHS Wagner Room

GRAB YOUR TEENAGER and come to this important panel discussion! We are lucky to have a very informative panel with representatives from Lewis School of Driving, New Canaan Police Department, and Brown, Thayer and Shed Insurance Company. We will discuss everything from how to be successful on the driving tests, safety on the road, tips to keep your insurance rates down, to what to do in the event of an accident. We look forward to seeing you there!

Networking Chairs: Stefania Bopp & Kate Licata
11th Grade, Juniors
PFA Networking: The College Road Trip
Tuesday, October 1st
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room

Please join us to hear Sue Carroll, College and Career Center Coordinator, and Susan Lenci, guidance counselor, 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: Taylor Benevento & Clare Caione
12th Grade, Seniors
The next senior networking meeting will be on November 19th

Networking Chair:  Michaela Nelson
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars Now!
Fall Testing Dates
October 5th - SAT & SUBJECT TESTS*
October 19th - PSAT*
October 26th - ACT
November 2nd - SAT & SUBJECT TESTS*
December 7th - SAT & SUBJECT TESTS
December 14th - 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

College Fair
The National Association for College Counseling is hosting a STEM college fair on October 13th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Javitts Center, NYC. For more info, please click here.

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. 

Financial Aid Night
The School Counselors invite you to join them at Financial Aid Night on October 10th at 7:00pm in the NCHS Wagner Room. All are welcome to attend, especially if your child is a member of the Class of 2020. For more information, please contact school counselor Lori Keen.
School News & Notices
New Canaan High School Theatre
 Freshman-Sophomore Musical:
Shrek The Musical Jr.
November 1st, 7:00pm
November 2nd, 2:00pm and 7:00pm 

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. ... Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. 
• Purchase Tickets
• Get Season Info
• Advertise in our Programs 
• Get Audition Details
New Canaan Rams All Sports Booster Club
Support NCHS Athletics and Join Today!
Get ready for the first home game! Have your Booster passes in hand — passes will give you access to the fast pass line for Booster members only! Booster Members will also receive a Booster lawn sign and many other benefits. Click here to join now!

The New Canaan Rams All Sports Booster Club supports NCHS Athletics by providing an additional coach for every (participating FCIAC) team at New Canaan High School. This year, you will have access to every home game for football, basketball, hockey and lacrosse. All members receive NC Rams All Sports Booster Club lawn signs and depending on your level of support, you may receive additional benefits including VIP parking at NCHS Dunning Stadium!
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
First, I would like to send my deepest condolences to the Griffiths family. Kaleigh was a member of the high school community and a strong athlete, participating in youth soccer and lacrosse. The thoughts and prayers of the NCHS family are with the Griffiths family.

The Fall sports season is underway and we have over 700 students participating this season. Congratulations to Field Hockey which started out incredibly strong with a record of 5-0 as of September 20th. Girls soccer is 3-0 with four games to come in the next few weeks. Girls Cross Country had a strong showing vs. Ridgefield, losing by only 1 to a top-ranked team. The girls won the Winding Trails Invitational on Saturday in convincing fashion. Many of the top cross country teams in CT competed. Football had a formidable win vs. New London, winning 32-6.

We have exciting department news! We have recently invested in new HUDL equipment and their online platform. Our coaches will be trained during October to learn how to utilize their Assist program for game stats, to store and access videos, and to use clips for recruiting purposes. Once implemented, parents and students will also have access to these videos. This is an incredibly important tool for our coaches, parents and students. More information on HUDL will be released soon.

Please come out and support our teams! Go Rams!

Jay Egan

Director, NCHS Athletics
Board Of Education
September 3rd, 2019 Board of Ed meeting:
The NCHS has made some important changes for student wellness. The first is
that no cell phones will be allowed during the day in classrooms. Also, homework
will be posted by 3:00pm if the assignment is due the next day. All electronic
assignments must be turned in by 11:00pm. All homework should take between
20 and 25 minutes per subject, and teachers will post how long homework should
be taking students. They are also working on updating the Honor Code for
students. In addition, Dr. Keating gave an overview of the unaudited statement of
accounts as of June 20, 2019. For more details click here.

September 16th, 2019 Board of Ed meeting:
Mr. Dan Clarke gave a Summer Facilities update and Ms. Santelli provided a Food
Services update. Lastly, Dr. Luizzi updated the BOE on School Start and End
Times. For more details click here.

For video Links -  click here.

The Next BOE meeting will be Monday, October 7th, 7:00pm, NCHS Wagner
Room. Public comment is welcome during allotted times.
Thanks to the Following People for All of Their Hard Work!
The PFA's sincerest gratitude goes to:
Jennifer Murphy for ordering and coordinating the delicious spread for the Open House evening. It was enjoyed by so many.

Shazeen Mirza and Susan Cushman for coordinating the New to New Canaan orientation, pizza lunch and parent coffee. These events go a long way to make new families feel welcome to the NCHS community and help new students get oriented, meet a few kids, and tour the school before classes start.

Thank you to our wonderful "alum" moms who pitched in and helped with Open House evening so current parents could meet their kids' teachers. Appreciation goes to Renee Fill, Kristen O'Connor, Lesley Crowley and Monica Granito.

Thank you to Michaela Nelson for offering her expertise and knowledge with our directory sales and supporting those efforts at Open House and PFA meetings.
Community Event
5K Run/Walk to Eat
Sunday, October 6th
9:00am, New Canaan High School

Participants can partake in the kids 1/2 mile fun run or take on the 5K course at their own pace. Morning will include a prize ceremony, finish line activities, music, allergy-friendly snacks and giveaways. Proceeds will help fund food allergy research. 
Click here for more information.
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