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NOVEMBER 2021
A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL EGAN
Feeling Grateful This November
Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear NCHS Families,

November is the perfect balance of fall and winter. You get to break out your favorite sweaters, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, and eat pumpkin-flavored everything. As we enter our second Covid Autumn, let’s continue with wellness protocols that keep us healthy and safe.

November brings falling temperatures, making for a perfect opportunity to keep warm indoors and attend the fall musical  “Freaky Friday,” with performances on Friday, November 19th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 20th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.

We are also finishing a very successful fall athletic season. Congratulations to all of our athletes on their accomplishments, hard work, and commitment on and off the field. While I certainly am impressed with how well our teams do on the fields, I'm more impressed with how they compete and the great sportsmanship they show all year. 

The first quarter ends on November 5th, with grades available to view in PowerSchool on the afternoon of the 15th. If you have any questions about a specific class, please contact your child’s teacher. Remember that comments are only required for students who receive under 80, however we encourage parents to reach out to teachers if they would like specific feedback in a class.

November reminds us to be thankful, and I am grateful for our outstanding faculty and staff that motivates, inspires, and supports our students. We work collaboratively with the PFA and parents to improve students’ lives and make NCHS a special place by providing excellent programming that continually enhances the culture of our students. I am honored and thankful to lead a school with kind, motivated, intelligent students and supportive parents.

Arguably the most incredible thing about November is Thanksgiving. It has the three Fs: family, friends, and food. It’s nice to gather, give thanks for the little (and big) things and fill your plate with deliciousness. Every day should start with a parade and end with a pie!

I hope you get the chance to enjoy time with family and friends and disconnect a little from the grind of daily life.  I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best,

Bill Egan

Principal

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PFA NEWS + EVENTS

To view upcoming PFA events, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter or view the full calendar on the PFA website.

11th Gr Networking: Managing Junior Year Stress
Thursday, Nov 4 | 9:30 AM

Whether this is your first or third child in their junior year, please join us virtually to find useful strategies and tips to help your student cope with the pressures of this important year. Learn about the potential stressors - including academics, standardized testing, virtual college visits and social life - and understand ways to manage them all.

Our panel of experts will be Cynthia Rivera, Chair of NCHS Counseling Department; Eileen Donellan, Social Worker; Susan Bliss, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Student Support Coordinator for NCPS; and Kristi Carriera, 11th Grade Assistant Vice Principal.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via zoom. Link to follow.

10th Gr Networking: The Academic Roadmap

Understanding GPA and Naviance

Tuesday, Nov 9 | 9:30 AM

Please join us so we can answer all of your sophomore-related questions! 

Guidance counselors Cynthia Rivera and Nick Willett will discuss many topics, including: the 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 a child should take. They will also show us a roadmap to our students' academic pursuits and introduce Naviance, which you will use during your child's college search. 

This meeting is not to be missed, but if you do, it will be recorded!

EVENT LOCATION:  Virtual via zoom. Link to follow.

PFA November General Mtg: Coffee with the Principals
Wednesday, Nov 10 | 9:30 AM

Join Principal Bill Egan and the Assistant Principals for an informal Q&A session to get caught up on everything that's happening around school.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

Senior Networking: College & Other Decisions

Plus Information on the Senior Internship Program

Tuesday, Nov 16 | 9:30 AM

As our seniors begin to submit college applications, now what? How will they cope with acceptances, rejections and make other important decisions? Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz-Schwartz, an Adolescent Health Specialist affiliated with Silver Hill Hospital, will engage us in a conversation on how to help our seniors manage the decisions process. All questions welcome!

Heather Bianco, NCHS Senior Internship Coordinator, will also be on hand to explain the Senior Internship Program.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

COUNSELING NEWS
SAT and ACT Testing Dates
Fall Testing Dates

11/6     SAT*

12/4     SAT 

12/11   ACT* 

* Denotes NCHS as a testing location 

Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org

Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org

Making Sense of College Admissions: A Conversation with Jeff Selingo
Thursday, Dec 2 | 7:00 PM

Mark your calendar for a special college admissions event for NCHS students and parents. 

Thanks to the generous support of our PFA, author Jeff Selingo will return for a virtual conversation about the current college admissions landscape. Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020 and named among the 100 Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast, FutureU. 

Families from Staples and Darien High Schools will also be joining us for this webinar.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual webinar link will be sent on Dec 2.

Financial Aid Update

If you missed the counselor presentation on October 14th regarding Financial Aid, you can view it on the NCHS School Counseling page under video presentations or by clicking HERE.

College Visits for Seniors

Seniors may attend college visits and hear the latest news first-hand from schools in which they may be interested. Students must register for the visits on Naviance and ask for permission from the faculty to miss class. 

Those 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 are either in person or via Zoom. 

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

NCHS Senior Internship Program Needs Hosts

The NCHS Senior Internship Program is looking for organizations and companies to host our seniors from May 17th to June 10th during school hours. Seniors report to their internships during the school day and for approximately 25 hours per week. Students can browse our SIP portal in December and start to create their list of desired internships, which may be remote, in person, or hybrid. 

If you would like to host an intern at your business/organization, please email Heather Bianco for more information.

SCHOOL NEWS + NOTICES
Athletics
November Update

Winter registration is open for all sports on Family ID. Please register now at https://www.ncrams.com/.

*Congratulations to Coach Bill Brown and NCHS Varsity Boys Golf, our FCIAC and  CIAC D1 State Champions! This is the first time NCHS boys golf has been played in the fall season, and they crushed it!

*Boys and Girls Cross Country had a very good showing at last week's FCIAC Championship meet. Girls Varsity finished 3rd overall out of 16 and were only 1 point away from a 2nd place finish. Freshman Radea Ralev finished 12th overall. Freshman Boys and Freshman Girls each won the team championships, with Ryan Boulanger and Jackie Doherty winning their races!

*Congratulations to our undefeated Varsity Field Hockey team, currently 15-0, as of October 24th. The girls will be the #1 seed in the FCIAC playoffs which begin October 30th.

*Girls Soccer is also having a strong season and will be the 4th or 5th seed in the FCIAC Tournament!

*Turkey Bowl ticket information will be sent to all NCHS students and parents on or around November 5th, with more details coming next week. The game will stream via NCTV’s YouTube channel. Click HERE to access the game coverage.

NCHS Booster Club Store Open!

Click HERE to place your orders. Deadline is November 7. Don't delay!

PERFORMING ARTS
NCHS Choir Annual Grapefruit Fundraiser

The New Canaan High School Choral Program's traditional GRAPEFRUIT FUNDRAISER will take place again this fall. 

The grapefruit sale has been a staple during the holidays in New Canaan for decades and, in addition to aiding our choral program, also helps local food banks and service organizations. In the past 5 years, we've provided over 850 boxes to charities in CT and NY for those in need. Each box contains 20lbs. of delicious “Ruby Red” grapefruits from the Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Pricing and pre-orders will begin the second week of November. Check the NCHS Choral Program website for updates or email nchschoir@ncps-k12.org.

Freaky Friday, the Musical!!!
Friday, Nov 19 | 7:00 PM; Saturday, Nov 20 | 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Bring the whole family to see New Canaan High School’s production of Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. 

It is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again, and chaos ensues. Don’t miss our incredibly talented students as they share the stage with special guest, Principal Egan, who will make his NCHS Theatre debut! 

Tickets and more information can be found on the NCHS Theatre Department website. See you there!

EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Auditorium

BOARD OF EDUCATION
October Meeting Highlights

At the October 4th BOE meeting, a CABE (Connecticut Association of Board of Education) representative was present. CABE helps with the legislative process at the state level and is the voice/advocate for local school boards. 

Dr. Jill Correnty, Deputy Superintendent, presented on Curriculum: Design and Purpose:

  • She introduced a majority of the K-12 Curriculum leaders who have 512 years of total experience.
  • She walked attendees through the curriculum shaping process, including UbD (Understanding by Design).
  • Communication to parents is a priority, and an outline of curriculum by grade and subject is available on the district website.
  • Presentations throughout the year will be held on various topics.


School Start Time Implementation Committee Update

The School Start Time implementation Committee is comprised of broad perspectives including BOE members, parents, before and after school program directors, administrators, transportation experts and more. Their input on an April vs September implementation was shared with the BOE.

  • At a recent meeting, the committee discussed pros and cons of an April ’22 vs September ’22 start date.
  • A school year September ’22 implementation date was preferred by the BOE in order to ensure the most successful transition. Considerations include before/after school programs, ongoing Covid-19 complications, staff and family transitions and more. Communication with families and the Town is paramount.


During the Covid-19 update by Dr. Luizzi, he explained that: 

  • 94% of district employees are vaccinated  
  • 6% undergo weekly testing 
  • Families are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines regarding travel 

This month's upcoming BOE meetings are scheduled for November 1 and November 15. Click HERE to access the BOE meeting minutes and videos.

COMMUNITY NEWS
Election Day Mini Golf FORECares
Tuesday, Nov 2 | 10AM, 11AM, 12PM and 1PM

New Canaan CARES is excited to announce our first annual Election Day event Fore CARES! 

Join us on this day off school for an 18 hole “par-tee” on the lawn of St. Mark’s Church on November 2nd from 10 am – 2 pm! Children under 12 must be supervised.  

Fore CARES will be running on a Shotgun Start – all players at an assigned tee-time slot will begin simultaneously, but at different holes. Choose your tee-time (10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm). Each hole is limited to four players at a time, and CARES may combine smaller groups to form a foursome.

This event is $20 per golfer, with  proceeds going directly towards CARES programming!

To purchase tickets visit www.newcanaancares.org/fore-cares.

EVENT LOCATION: St. Mark's Church

Under Pressure
Thursday, Nov 11 | 7:00 PM

Why are students in affluent communities considered at risk, and what role does adult self-care play in all of this? Join CARES for a conversation with Dr. Suniya Luthar. She addresses why the rates of depression, anxiety and rule-breaking in high-performing communities are higher than the national average and provides us with tools to change the culture.

Register for the event at www.NewCanaanCARES.org.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom

Check Up from the Neck Up with Dr. Chris Bogart
Monday, Nov 15 | 7:00 PM

We all know that mental health is just as important as physical health. Join us on November 15th for a conversation with Dr. Christopher Bogart, a licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Executive Director of the Sasco River Centers in Darien, Stamford and Wilton. Dr. Bogart has worked in both the private and public sectors for the past 25 years and will examine the impact emotions have on our lives and suggest strategies to help manage them.

Register for the event at www.NewCanaanCARES.org.

EVENT LOCATION: New Canaan Historical Society.

Shine A Light on Hunger
Wednesday, Nov 24 | 7:00 PM

Join us on November 24th to support Filling in the Blanks' 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐋𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭! 

At 7pm, residents across Fairfield County will place their lit luminaries outside to raise awareness for childhood hunger. The luminaries will shine as a symbol of hope and unity for kids struggling with food insecurity.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭? Buy for yourself and share with friends & family, and don't forget to make it social! Help @filling_blanks raise awareness by sharing photos on social media using hashtag #𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐅𝐈𝐓𝐁, and don't forget to tag FITB!

𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞? Click HERE to purchase your luminaries by the deadline of November 5th.

A LOOK AHEAD
Mark Your Calendars!
Tuesday, November 2
Election Day/No School
Thursday, November 4
9:30a 11th Grade: Managing Junior Year Stress
Tuesday, November 9
9:30a 10th Grade: The Academic Roadmap
Wednesday, November 10
9:30a PFA General Meeting
Tuesday, November 16
9:30a 12th Grade: College Decisions, Decisions!
Wednesday, November 24
7:30a Half-Day/Start of Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 25
No School/Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 26
No School/Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, December 9
9:30a 9th Grade: Mid-Term Prep: Study Strategies & Helpful Hints
See the Full Calendar
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