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Originally delivered on 12/1/2021 6:03 am

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, December 2021

POST PROM IS BACK! Please donate to support this special event for our seniors!

DECEMBER 2021
A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL EGAN
December: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear NCHS Family,

December is an incredible time of year not only for all the holidays we celebrate but for being the season of giving, showing appreciation, and helping those in need. I feel very fortunate to lead a school where our students come together with a commitment to help those experiencing hardships. The participation is astounding, and each year I have watched our charitable clubs grow and contribute substantially to local organizations. Our students have shown a high level of engagement through service and giving back to the community. Thank you to our students for their leadership, caring, and sharing kindness.  

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to partner with families and faculty at New Canaan High School. As the Principal, I am thankful for students who work hard to learn, parents who encourage, and dedicated teachers who genuinely care about each student. Thank you for your help, support, and sense of community.  There is no other place I would rather be!

As a reminder, there will not be any assignments due upon return from the holiday break or any tests at least for two days upon return. This is a great time to regroup and get ready for the busy weeks ahead. However, our college-level courses may require some homework. Additionally, if students are given study guides or other work assigned over an extended period, they may wish to take advantage of the time to catch up or complete this work.

I wish you a very happy, safe, and peaceful holiday season. I hope you enjoy spending time with your family and friends, and I look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Bill Egan, Principal

Read Principal Egan's Weekly Updates
PFA NEWS + EVENTS

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

9th Gr Networking: Make a Plan...Don't Cram!

Great advice on how to prepare for mid-term exams

Thursday, Dec 9 | 9:30 AM

This is the first time your student will have to study for important exams in every subject over a short period of time. Join us to hear some great advice from our 9th Grade Principal Ari Rothman, School Counseling Department Chair Cynthia Rivera, as well as a panel of our very own NCHS teachers. Don't miss these valuable tips on how your child can successfully navigate midterms and how you can support them at home.  

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

Post Prom is Back!

Did you know that NCHS Post Prom dates back to 1959?!

Post Prom Co-Chairs Ally Dunlap and Meg Mehos need your help hosting this all-night party that is open to all seniors.

How can you help?

1. Click HERE to donate early and help us to manage and establish the event budget. We rely on parent donations to fund this event. 

2. Click HERE to fill out a short survey with your volunteer interests. 

3. Click HERE to send pictures for the Post Prom video! We want photos of groups of three or more from middle school years through high school. Please use JPEG format.

4. Email Post Prom Co-Chairs Ally and Meg with questions and suggestions! 

COUNSELING NEWS
SAT and ACT Testing Dates
Please Note These Upcoming Testing Dates

12/4    SAT 

12/11   ACT* 

2/5      ACT

3/12    SAT

* Denotes NCHS as a testing location 

Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org.

Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org.

Upcoming FAFSA Workshops
Wednesday, Dec 1 and Tuesday, Dec 14 | 6:00 PM

FAFSA Workshops are designed to assist Seniors and their families in the completion of the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Please encourage your student to visit FAFSAct.org, or click HERE to register for one of the free virtual workshops, listed below. 

  • Wednesday, December 1 at 6:00 pm (Solo en Español)
  • Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm.

For more information, please visit FAFSAct.org.

Trends In College Admissions: NCHS Counselors Welcome Jeff Selingo for a Webinar
Thursday, Dec 2 | 7:00 PM

New Canaan, Darien and Staples High School are pleased to host a webinar about college admissions with best-selling author Jeff Selingo. Please join us on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 PM for Mr. Selingo’s latest insights on college admissions trends. 

Click HERE to pre- register for the webinar. Pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Jeff Selingo is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, College (Un)Bound, There Is Life After College and his newest book published last year, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. For more than twenty years, his in-depth reporting and powerful storytelling has provided insight about the inner workings of universities and a practical roadmap for higher ed’s future to students, parents, college leaders, and business executives. 

Mr. Selingo’s newest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, takes readers on a journey through the selection process from inside three admissions offices, Emory, Davidson and U Washington, revealing what really matters to the gatekeepers of highly selective institutions and how the ultimate decisions are made.

Please click HERE if you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of Mr. Selingo's latest book.

Financial Aid Update

If you missed the counselor presentation in October 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. Students intern 25 hours per week/5 hours a day during school hours.

If you would like to host an intern at your business/organization or for more information, please email Heather Bianco. We will accept in-person, remote, or hybrid internships.

PERFORMING ARTS
NCHS Choir Annual Grapefruit Fundraiser

The New Canaan High School Choral Program is wrapping their annual Grapefruit Fundraiser with 1000 boxes being delivered the first week in December and over 200 being donated to local food banks! 

There are boxes of fruit still available if you weren’t able to pre-order. Please visit the NCHS Choir website for more information about the fundraiser and about our program and student achievements.

NCHS Choral Program Winter Performance
Wednesday, Dec 15 | 7:00 PM

The New Canaan community is invited to join the NCHS Concert Choir, Madrigal Ensemble and Bella Voce this holiday season to celebrate the work of our student musicians in a program entitled Celebrating Latin American Composers. This annual concert is free, open to the public, and will feature all three choral ensembles and student soloists in this one-hour performance. 

Ensembles will perform works by 20th-century choral composers, arrangers and poets from Latin American countries, celebrating their unique voice and musical influence. Pieces include a Mexican folk song (Dos Corazones), a Puerto Rican traditional Christmas aguinaldos (Abreme La Puerta), poems of love and protest from Argentina (Te Quiero & Indianas Suite), a Brazilian Ave Maria paired with songs from the indigenous Kraó tribe (Tres Cantos Nativos) and selections from the Broadway musical In The Heights

EVENT LOCATION: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Canaan

BOARD OF EDUCATION
November BOE Meeting Highlights

At the November 1, 2021 BOE meeting, departing board members were thanked for their years of service.

Mr. Egan, Mr. Remley and Mr. Stevenson, of New Canaan High School, presented on a state-mandated Mastery Based Credit Assessment that will be implemented for the graduating class of 2023:

This additional one credit will focus on theory of knowledge, interdisciplinary thinking, reflection and metacognition, and will provide students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning and growth. Students will draw from their portfolio of high school work and receive support in various ways including via the Writing Center. More information is to come.

Darlene Pianka presented on district enrollment:

  • The total K-12 enrollment as of October 1, 2021 was 4133, 101 less than last year. This includes 14 out of district, and 50 Pre-K and P-K speech students.
  • At the high school, enrollment is 1289, 60 less than last year and 28 under projected. The high school is at 99% for class size guidelines. 
  • District projections for next year are an increase of .72%.

Dr. Luizzi presented a COVID update:

Vaccinations will be offered to students ages 5-11 on November 11. Boosters for staff recommended to receive them are available November 10. The vaccination rate for faculty is at 97% and for non-certified staff is 94%. Non-vaccinated staff submit negative tests each Sunday.

The Dattco Bus Company Contract 5-year extension was approved by vote.

The November 22 meeting began with a call for nominations for BOE Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.  Katrina Parkhill was approved as Chair, Brendan Hayes as Vice-Chair and Dan Bennett as Secretary.

Dr. Luizzi presented another COVID Update:

The CIAC and CT DPH announced that after December 23, 2021 masks are no longer required for vaccinated athletes in basketball, ice hockey, indoor track, swimming, cheerleading, wrestling and other winter sports. Students who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated must still wear masks.

Upcoming BOE meetings are scheduled for December 6, 13 and 20. For complete minutes click here, and for video click here.

COMMUNITY NEWS
Deck The Walls at the Carriage Barn Arts Center Holiday Party & Fundraiser!
Thursday, Dec 2 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Catch the holiday spirit at the Carriage Barn Arts Center's annual "Deck the Walls!" holiday party on Thursday, December 2 from 7-10pm. Enjoy live music by "Bad Dog Buddy" whilst sipping on cocktails, champagne or craft beer.

Unique one-of-a-kind wreaths will be available to buy or bid on via an online auction, along with a selection of original artwork priced at $250 or less. Bidding ends on Sunday, December 5.

For more details and to buy tickets, click HERE.

New Canaan CARES Presents: How to "Slay" Together with author Katherine Wintsch
Tuesday, Dec 7 | 7:00 PM

Katherine Wintsch is the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex. She has been featured in the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and more. Join a virtual conversation to find out how to make peace with our imperfections and learn to celebrate ourselves!

Register for this event at www.NewCanaanCARES.org.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom.

A LOOK AHEAD
Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, December 2
7:00p College Admissions Event for Juniors + Seniors
Thursday, December 9
9:30a 9th Grade: Mid-Term Prep: Study Strategies & Helpful Hints
Wednesday, December 22
9:15a Alumni Roundtable Brunch (Seniors Only)
Thursday, January 6
7:00p 11th Grade: Junior Parents College Planning
Wednesday, January 12
9:30a PFA General Meeting w/ Saxe PTC
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