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SEPTEMBER 2021
A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL EGAN
Principal Bill Egan NCHS
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

Dear NCHS,

Welcome, NCHS families, to the 2021-2022 school year!  We are thrilled to begin a new year of teaching and learning at New Canaan High School. To the Class of 2025, welcome to the family. We look forward to seeing your academic and personal growth over the next four years.

We are excited to return to five full days of in-person instruction. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, all students and staff are required to wear masks while indoors and on buses, to maintain a social distance of at least three (3) feet where possible, and to use hand sanitizers and wash hands regularly. We will continue to update mitigation measures as Superintendent Dr. Luizzi determines what is needed to prioritize our staff and students’ safety and well-being.

I hope you had the opportunity to browse and familiarize yourself with our school website. It is constantly updated with important information with links to Announcements, Calendars, Daily Schedule, PFA news, PowerSchool, Staff Directory, and so much more.

Please take a moment to review our attendance policy which can be found on page 19 in the student handbook on our school website. You can email nchsattendance@ncps-k12.org or call 203-594-4672 to report an absence or if you have any questions.

Seniors and juniors driving to school must purchase a parking pass through the School Cash system (please bring in the payment receipt with a parent signature to the attendance office) and fill out the NCHS Parking Registration Form and the NCHS Off-Campus Policy Form online. Click here for the parking letter that was shared earlier in August. Parking passes can be picked up in the attendance office. Open House will be held virtually on the evening of Thursday, September 9th - more information to follow.

Finally, we will continue to communicate regularly with our NCHS school community. We look forward to a very positive and productive year together. I welcome you to involve yourself in our school in various ways and to regularly visit the PFA webpage for valuable information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to answer any questions or further assist you and your family. Together, we will make this school year a success!

Best,

Bill Egan
NCHS Principal

See Principal Egan's Weekly Updates
A LOOK AHEAD
Mark Your Calendars!
Monday, September 6
Labor Day (No School)
Tuesday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah (No School)
Wednesday, September 8
9:30a PFA General Meeting
Thursday, September 9
6:30p Open House - 9th Grade
7:00p Open House - 10th, 11th, 12th
Wednesday, September 15
8:00a Senior Year Overview
Friday, September 17
11:30a New to New Canaan Pizza Lunch - TENTATIVE
Tuesday, September 21
9:30a 9th Grade: Welcome to High School
Thursday, September 23
9:30a 12th Grade: The College Process & Senior Year Essentials
7:00p Explore England
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PFA NEWS + EVENTS
Welcome Back PFA Meeting with Principal Bill Egan
Wednesday, Sep 8 | 9:30 am

Please join us for the first NCHS PFA meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. This meeting is the first of six general meetings that we host in conjunction with the administration and faculty.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

9th Grade PFA Networking: Welcome to High School
Tuesday, Sep 21 | 9:30 am

We encourage parents of freshmen to attend the first 9th Grade/Freshmen PFA Networking meeting - Welcome to High School! Please contact 9th Grade Networking Chairs Meg Saunders & Patty Zoccolillo with any questions.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow. 

The College Process and Senior Year Essentials
Thursday, Sep 23 | 9:30 am

Yes, it’s actually happening! Log on to hear Sue Carroll and Linda McGann talk about the college process/timeline. We will also cover Senior Year Book Pages and the Post Prom. You will not want to miss this meeting! Please contact 12th Grade Networking Chairs Stefania Bopp & Kate Licata with any questions. 

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

COUNSELING EVENTS
Counseling News

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.

Seniors
Senior Parent Program
Wednesday, Sep 15 | 8:00 am

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 event will be virtual.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

Colleges Visiting NCHS

Seniors who wish to attend college visits and hear first-hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested 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 conducted in person or via  Zoom. 

The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the School Counseling page of the NCHS website. 

SAT and ACT Test Dates

Fall 2021 Schedule

SATACT
October 2*
September 11*
November 6*December 11*
December 4

* Denotes NCHS as testing location

Juniors
PSAT Registration & Test Dates

The PSAT will be offered at New Canaan High School on Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Juniors must register for the test online between Sep 8 - Sep 17, 2021. Click HERE to visit the registration site. The fee is $40.00. 

Any student registering after Sep 17, 2021, will be charged a late fee of $10 in addition to the $40.00 fee. No registration will be accepted after Sep 20, 2021.

This is the only date that the PSAT is offered at NCHS this fall.

School Counselors recommend that all members of the JUNIOR class take the PSAT as preparation for the SAT that is taken the following spring. This is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program for juniors.

The PSAT will not be offered to sophomores at NCHS this year, however please watch for information from Summit Educational Group. Summit will offer a virtual PSAT for sophomores who are interested.

SCHOOL NEWS + NOTICES
Athletics
A Note from Director Egan

CIAC COVID Guidance for Fall Sports

In alignment with current executive orders from the CT State Department of Education and Health, the CIAC issued new recommendations pertaining to mask requirements and quarantining for athletes.

In school buildings, athletes, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks for all indoor activities including active competition, practice, and all events around active play. If practices/training sessions/games occur outdoors, no masks are necessary. Masks will be worn on all bus rides and food and drink are not permitted. 

Fully vaccinated athletes and staff do not have to quarantine or test after a known exposure to COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic. They must, however, wear a mask until receiving a negative COVID-19 test (taken between days 3 and 5 from the date of contact) or for 14 days without a test. Unvaccinated asymptomatic students who are a close contact of a known COVID-19 case will quarantine for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test. 

Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who experience COVID-19 symptoms after close contact with a known COVID-19 case will quarantine for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.

Best,

Jay Egan
Athletics Director

NC Rams All Sports Booster Club

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.

More than 70% of all NCHS students participate in school athletics in any given year. For these students, athletics are an integral part of the educational process. Through athletic participation, students learn teamwork, work ethic, time management and a responsibility to others.

JOIN NOW
https://www.ncrams.com/boosterclub

Spirit Wear Store Open!

The NC Rams All Sports Booster Club Spirit Wear Store is now open! Shop now for back to school, homecoming, and black/red/white-out games! Orders must be placed by September 12. Items will be delivered by October 18.

Click HERE to shop now!

Performing Arts
Calling All Theater People!
Wednesday, Sep 1 | 5:00pm

Please join us TODAY if you are interested in getting involved in NCHS's Theatre Department! Find out about the shows we will be producing this year and all the different ways you can participate (acting, stage management, tech, directing, writing, marketing, and volunteering). 

We will also announce new student leadership positions as well as expectations, audition dates, and more! Students and Parents are welcome to attend!!! 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions to Chris Myers, Theatre Coordinator at christopher.myers@ncps-k12.org. Thanks!

EVENT LOCATION: 

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 920 3727 2563 | Passcode: Qs80RD

Auditions for the Fall Musical!
Wednesday, Sep 8 & Thursday, Sep 9 | 3:00pm

NCHS's Fall Musical is going to be Freaky Friday!!!

Auditions will be held on Sep 8 and 9 from 3:00-6:00 pm. Our fall musical is generally reserved for Freshmen and Sophomore student participation. This approach allows our younger actors to have an opportunity to step into a leading role early in their high school career. 

Please arrive early either Sep 8 OR Sep 9! Please prepare a verse and a chorus of a contemporary musical theatre song (bring sheet music in a binder) and wear clothes to dance in. 

Callbacks will be held Sep10 from 3:00-6:30 pm. No cuts are made for this production, all students are welcome!  

EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Auditorium

Auditions for the Fall Play!
Wednesday, Sep 8 & Thursday, Sep 9 | 3:00pm

NCHS's Fall Play this year will be Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

This production is reserved for Junior and Senior actors. Initial auditions will be Sep 8 and Sep 9 from 3:00-6:00 pm. Please prepare one of the monologues provided and be familiar with a second (neither need to be memorized). Click HERE to access the monologues.

Callbacks will be held Sep 10 from 3:00-6:00 pm. The size of this cast is flexible and will depend on the number of students auditioning. See you there!

EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Choir Room (Audition and Callbacks)

COMMUNITY NEWS
New Canaan Cares
Keepin' It Real! Setting Expectations for the School Year
Tuesday, Sep 14 | 7:00pm

Emotions may be running high as the school year begins. This interactive workshop will help you create a reasonable plan as a family.  Are some expectations too high, too low, or unrealistic? Join us to find out! Click HERE to register.

With Dr. Frank Bartolomeo, PhD, LCSW and Tracey Masella, LCSW

EVENT LOCATION: TBA

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