September 2020
Dear NCHS Family,

The start of school always brings excitement and enthusiasm, and one of the great thrills for me is to watch students and teachers arriving rejuvenated and eager for the new school year. This year may not be starting off the way we wanted and hoped for but we are looking forward to a fulfilling, academically challenging, enriching experience for our students. We want our students to flourish, pursue their passions, discover new interests, enjoy their time at NCHS, and do it all safely.

We are eager to get the year started and navigate this new normal together. What is the new normal? This - we will have to create together. Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students with many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. We will communicate frequently and thoroughly with parents, staff, and students, and we will make adjustments as needed.

As always, NCHS will remain positive, supportive, and caring. We will look out for each other and take pride in being a RAM. We will work tirelessly to ensure that NCHS continues to be a school that makes the community justifiably proud.

I can speak for the entire staff that we are fortunate and thankful to have such a strong partnership with our wonderful PFA and our New Canaan High School families.

I am thrilled to welcome you all back, NCHS!

All my best,

William D. Egan
Return Last Year's Books!
Please have your child return all books from last year to the main office when they return to school.
PFA 2020-2021 Planning Calendar
Click Here to See the Amazing Topics & Speakers at our Networking & Counselor Meetings
2020 PFA Kick-Off Meeting
Welcome Back Virtual Coffee
The Plan for 2020-2021
Wednesday, September 9th
9:30am, Zoom link to follow

The PFA will discuss upcoming education and networking events to help you stay connected and informed. Principal Bill Egan will give an overview of 2020-2021.

Click here to let us know if you would be willing to help as volunteer opportunities arise.
NCHS Virtual Open House
Thursday, September 10th
6:30pm for Grade 9
7:00pm for Grades 10-12
Zoom link to follow

Open House is a wonderful time to hear from your children's teachers and to learn what will be happening in the classrooms at NCHS.

Grade 9
Welcome to the high school! We look forward to working with you over the next four years. One of the first opportunities to meet your child’s counselor will be during Open House. On that evening, counselors will meet with you to talk about our programs and plans. Please look for more information to come about that virtual evening.
Grade Level Parent Meetings & Information
9th Grade, Freshmen
PFA Networking: Welcome to High School
Thursday, September 17th
9:30am, Zoom link to follow

Networking Chairs: Kristin Reed & Mary Lydon
12th Grade, Seniors
Counseling: Senior Year Overview
Tuesday, September 15th
8:00am, Zoom link to follow

Please join the School Counselors to hear a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans. This will be a virtual event and more information will be provided very soon.
PFA Networking: The College Process Follow-Up & Sr. Year Essentials
Tuesday, September 22nd
9:30am, Zoom link to follow

Senior Year - Yes it's Actually Happening! Come hear from our panel of experts and parent volunteers about the College Process/Timeline, Senior Yearbook Pages and The Post Prom. You will not want to miss this meeting!

Networking Chairs: Taylor Benevento & Clare Caione
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars Now!
The School Counseling Office is open but we ask that students please make appointments to see their counselors via email. Please contact Should a student need to see their counselor immediately, they can come in and we will of course respond.

The College and Career Center is up and running for the new school year. Please visit our School Counseling page and follow the College and Career Center on Twitter (@nchscolcar) and Facebook (NCHS College and Career Center) for the latest news on college admissions, financial aid and internships.

NCHS will be offering an in-school SAT test (without the writing component) on October 14th for SENIORS ONLY. All seniors will be able to take this test at no cost and registration will be done by NCHS. 

If students are planning to additionally test during the fall, it is preferable to register early in order to select the nearest test center. The web addresses are and for the most accurate testing calendar and to register for a test.

Colleges Visiting NCHS
Seniors may attend college visits and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They must register for the visits on Naviance and ask for permission from the faculty to miss class. Students who are unable to meet with the reps should stop by the CCC BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school. Attendance is taken at these sessions which will be done via Zoom. The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS website (School Counseling page).

Mark your calendars now 

The PSAT will be offered at New Canaan High School on Saturday, October17th. The test will only be offered to Juniors this year due to COVID 19 testing restrictions. Juniors will register for the test online by visiting from September 9-18. The fee is $40.00. Any student registering after 9/18 will be charged an additional $10.00 late penalty bringing the amount to $50.00. No registration will be accepted after 9/21.
School Counselors recommend that all members of the JUNIOR class take the PSAT as preparation for the SAT that is usually taken the following spring. This is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program for juniors.
This is the only date that the PSAT is offered.

Grade 10 News

Due to limited space and the need to social distance, we cannot offer the PSAT this year to sophomores. There will be multiple opportunities for students to take practice tests throughout the school year through online platforms as well as in local test prep organizations. Talk with your child’s counselor for more information.
School News & Notices
New Canaan High School Arts
NCHS Concert Choir Honors our 2020 Graduates
It takes a special group of teenagers to work collaboratively to create beauty and art in difficult times. The New Canaan High School Choral Program is full of these students who have not only formed a close-knit community of singers, but work together to find ways to reach out to others in song.
An Irish Blessing has been a long standing end of year tradition at final choir performances and the NCHS graduation ceremony. The choir students still wanted to pay tribute to our new alumni through recording the piece separately from home to be compiled into a collaborative project.
The Irish Blessing words seem not only poignant for saying goodbye to our graduates, but also for sending well wishes to our students, staff and our own families as we enter an unprecedented school year. Our New Canaan students are the reason we look forward to beginning this fall and we are excited to soon connect with them once again!

Introduction to our New Theater Manager!

I am so thrilled to be joining the Performing Arts Department of New Canaan High School as the new Theater Coordinator and Financial Manager. For the last five years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent my time teaching, directing, and choreographing all over Fairfield County at various professional theaters, theater schools, and public schools. During that time I was also the Company Manager for the Summer Theater of New Canaan. Before moving to CT in 2015, I was a proud cast member, swing, and dance captain of the Broadway and National Touring Companies of Mamma Mia! Prior to my five years with Mamma Mia! I performed regionally across the United States in a variety of shows as well as touring the world as a performer for Holland American Cruise Lines. I received my Bachelors of the Arts in Theater with a minor in Dance from Southwestern University only about 3 hours from where I grew up in Fort Worth, TX.

This year, while keeping the students’ health and safety our top priority, the process of creating theater at NCHS will look and feel very different (like so many other aspects of our lives). I plan on utilizing my 20+ years experience in the theater industry to bring in a diverse group of directors and choreographers to New Canaan that share a common goal of creating a safe environment for the students to explore as artists and grow as people while producing the high standard of theater that NCHS students deserve and have come to expect. I can’t wait to get to know these amazing students and continue to build upon the incredible work that has already been achieved at New Canaan High School. Please see the important dates below. Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we begin this journey together.

Chris Myers
Theater Coordinator & Financial Manager

“Be kind. Be flexible. Work hard.”

Meet and Greet for the students with Chris Myers:
Monday, August 31st (Cohort X) & Tuesday, September 1st (Cohort Y) at 3:00pm

Fall Musical:
Initial Audition: Monday, September 14th (Cohort X) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Callback: Tuesday, September 15th (Cohort X) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Initial Audition: Wednesday, September 16th (Cohort Y) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Callback: Thursday, September 17th (Cohort Y) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Rehearsal: Monday, September 21st - Friday, October 30th (6 weeks) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Tech Week: November 2nd-6th (potential Saturday, November 7th) Hours TBD
Recording Week: November 9th-14th Hours TBD
Performances Air: November 19th-21st Time TBD

Fall Play:
Initial Audition: Tuesday, September 8th (Cohort X) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Callback: Wednesday, September 9th (Cohort X) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Initial Audition: Thursday, September 10th (Cohort Y) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Callback: Friday, September 11th (Cohort Y) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Rehearsals: Monday, September 21st - Friday, October 16th (4 weeks) 2:30pm-5:30pm
Tech Week: October 19th-23rd (potential Saturday. October 24th) Hours TBD
Recording Week: October 26th-30th Hours TBD
Performances Air: November 6th & 7th Time TBD

*All dates are subject to change.
New Canaan Rams All Sports Booster Club
Support NCHS Athletics and Join Today!
The NC Rams All Sports Booster Club supports all New Canaan High School athletic programs. We raise and distribute funds to provide necessary athletic program components which are above and beyond those provided by the NCHS athletic budget and assures equity of resources for all CIAC-recognized sports. Each year, the Club funds additional coaches for every team, raising the skillset and abilities of all athletes. We need your support!

FOUR DAYS LEFT - New Back-to-School Online Store
Champion Sweatshirts/T-shirts, Girls Vintage Hoodies, and more! Items will be shipped within 3-4 weeks!
Show your school spirit! Go Rams!

Store name - NC Rams All Sports Booster Club
Access code - rams (all lower case)
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
Wednesday the CIAC released their updated version of Return To Play Guidelines for Fall 2020. This document has been updated to include CIAC’s most recent discussions with the Connecticut Department of Health (DOH). The following points are covered in greater detail throughout this updated document here.

The CIAC ruled that all fall sports (cross country, swimming, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and football) will begin on Saturday, August 29th. Activities are restricted to low risk conditioning and non-contact sport specific skill work, in cohorts no larger than 10, through September 20th. September 21st was determined to be the date at which most member schools will have been in session for approximately two weeks. The CIAC believes that a minimum of two weeks of COVID data is necessary to determine whether the return to on-campus instruction will impact extracurricular offerings; therefore, no full team practices will occur prior to September 21st. Games are expected to resume on October 1st if COVID metrics are met. The CIAC makes its determinations based on Connecticut Learning Indicators and guidance from the DOH.

Department Updates
We have added Athletic Dept Updates to to keep you updated on changes to our programming. Please check our site frequently to stay updated on this fluid situation.

In order to keep our staff and students as safe as possible, we have implemented a daily COVID check prior to every practice and game, as well as stringent cleaning procedures for all equipment. If you have any questions, please email me at

Please remind your children to wear masks when six-foot social distancing is not possible. It is imperative that we do so in order to keep our schools open and children safe.

Go Rams!

Jay Egan
Athletic Director
Board Of Education
August 10, 2020 Board of Education Meeting

School Plans for 2020-21 
A “hybrid” model will be implemented for all NCPS students for the start of the school year, beginning with Phase 1(9/8-9/17). Assuming CT remains in a "low community spread" environment, each school will then phase into full-time in-person learning throughout September into October, starting with elementary schools (Phase 2: 9/21-9/25), Saxe (Phase 3: 9/29-10/2), and NCHS (phase 4: 10/5). Students will attend as follows: Cohort X will attend in-person Mondays and Tuesdays; Cohort Y will attend in-person Thursdays and Friday. Wednesdays will be half days and Cohorts X/Y will attend on alternate Wednesdays. Cohorts are grouped by last name: X is A - K and Y is L – Z. See Charting the Course on the NCPS website for further details.
For BOE meeting minutes click here.

August 24, 2020 Board of Education Meeting

District Update
Dr. Luizzi shared a school opening update and discussed the results of the parent survey about their families plans for the upcoming year (in-person/remote learning, transportation preferences) and COVID testing results. Dr. Correnty reviewed the professional learning plan and Ms. Pianka provided an enrollment update. Mr. Tesbir discussed plans for special education. Dr. Keating shared information about the non-lapsing account and other related COVID financials.
For BOE meeting minutes click here.

Upcoming BOE meetings: September 8th.
Thanks to the Following People for All of Their Hard Work!
The PFA's sincerest gratitude goes to:
Elizabeth Cosco and Leslie Bisesi for pulling off an amazing graduation parade. It was truly a day of joy for not only our graduates but the community as a whole.

Mimi Leahy for making our PFA Planning Calendar look great in record time!

Janet Lee and Julie Pasios for organizing a team to distribute Class of 2024 T-Shirts and information to our newest students to welcome them to high school.
Community Events
Service League of Boys (S.L.O.B.S.)
Got a Teenage Boy?
SLOBS Will Keep Him Busy!

The Service League of Boys (SLOBs) is one of New Canaan High School’s most
popular clubs. A parent-son community service organization, SLOBs serves over 30
philanthropies with numerous events throughout the school year (yes — even this one)!

If you’re interested in renewing your membership or joining for the first time, click here.

Please attend the following meetings via Zoom together with a parent:
New Member Meeting - Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00pm 
First General Meeting - Saturday, September 26th at 2:30pm

* Membership is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
NC Parent Support Group
4th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil
Wednesday, September 2nd
7:30pm-8:30pm, Livestream

Our community unites for an evening of understanding, healing and hope. Virtual event that will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Features: 4 local speakers sharing their lived experiences; candlelight vigil by faith community leaders; tributes to loved ones; and Community Pledge. Go to or facebook for more information. #helpingeachotherheal #newcanaancommunityfoundation
NC Cares
LGBTQIA+:Understanding the Terminology of Identity
Wednesday, September 23rd

Micaela Scully, LCSW
In partnership with New Canaan Library, Silver Hill Hospital and The Lighthouse, an LGBTQ Teen Program
Learn more about gender identity, sexual orientation and inclusion. Awareness of LGBTQIA+ specific struggles, concerns and insights. Bring your questions!

Filling in the Blanks
Filling in the Blanks is a local non-profit organization that fights childhood hunger by providing children who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program with meals on the weekends.

Since the onset of COVID-19, Connecticut's food insecurity rate has risen from 13.4% to 22.8%. Filling in the Blanks is currently feeding 3,200 food insecure children in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, New Canaan, CT and Bedford Hills, NY.

Through the Holiday Backpack Program, children in the FITB program will receive a new backpack filled with pancake mix, syrup, books, a toy and dental kits. The sturdy backpacks will not only provide a gift to the child but are a valuable means of transportation for their critical food packages. For many children this might be the only items they will receive for the holiday.

Order Deadline - October 12, 2020

Please consider donating an item by clicking on the Amazon link below. Donations will be delivered directly to the FITB warehouse. 

If you would like to make a CASH donation to the Holiday Backpack program,  

For information about FITB, please go to
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