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Originally delivered on 1/2/2022 8:03 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, January 2022

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

JANUARY 2022
A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL EGAN
Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear NCHS Family,

Let me begin by wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with many successes and continued progress. During the break, I hope you had the chance to catch up with family and friends and enjoy some downtime.

As we ring in the new year, we see this as an opportunity to check in with students and families to ensure that our students are on-track, prepared, and ready for the second half of the year.

January is always about fresh beginnings and positive change. I love the promise of the new year and all the possibilities that it offers for our students and the potential for great achievement that each new year holds for their future.

We’re not out of the woods yet!  Just a friendly reminder, with Covid-19 and flu cases spiking, students should stay home if they are sick. And they should not return or gather with others until they are fever-free without fever-reducing medications. This is a basic principle to prevent the spread of illness. As our nurses mentioned in their health reminder email, they have seen a rise in community transmission of Covid-19 and Influenza.  Please continue to practice preventative measures that include physical distancing, proper mask-wearing, and hand hygiene.  Pandemic fatigue is real - let’s stay focused on our mitigation strategies to remain healthy and safe. 

I am hopeful that 2022 will be a better year and return to the normalcy we are yearning for. 

All the best in this new year!

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.

NCHS PFA and Saxe PTC Joint Meeting

Update from Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi

Wednesday, Jan 12 | 9:30 AM

Join us for the first PFA General Meeting of 2022 on January 12th at 9:30am. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi will be our guest speaker to give an update on the current school year as well as to discuss the 2022-23 budgeting process and answer general questions from the group.


EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

Midterm Staff Appreciation Lunch
Friday, Jan 14 | 11:30 AM

Thanks to the support of our members, the PFA will be treating our faculty and staff to lunch during the hectic mid-term week.  As we continue to cope with the challenges of the pandemic, this is one more way NCHS parents are able to show teachers how much we appreciate the difference they make each and every day in the lives of their students.  Thank you NCHS faculty and staff for all that you do!

EVENT LOCATION: The Wagner Room, NCHS

Midterm Snacks for Students

As in years past, the PFA will provide students with snacks to keep up their energy during the exam dates. Due to the ever-changing Covid situation, snacks this year will be grab-n-go. More details to follow.

Please click HERE for the 2022 Midterm Exam Schedule.   

PFA Nominations for 2022-2023 School Year

The Nominating Committee will be meeting to fill positions for next year's 2022-2023 PFA Board and Board Committees. We would love to see more people get involved! 

Please email NCHSpfa@gmail.com to let us know how you want to help! Include the positions you would be interested in or any specific interests you have. Click HERE to see the current board and committee chair positions.

Post Prom 2022

Did you know that RAM JAM is the major fundraiser for Post Prom?

Save The Date for RAM JAM!

Don't miss the second annual RAM JAM on Friday, Mar 27 at 7:00pm! See our Seniors lip sync, perform live music and yes — strut the catwalk too. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details! 

We are already booking entertainment, gathering prizes, and reserving tents for Post Prom on May 13. 

Click HERE to make your Post Prom donation now!


COUNSELING NEWS
2022 SAT and ACT Testing Dates

Students may register for the SAT test at www.collegeboard.org and for the ACT test at www.actstudent.org.

ACT Dates
SAT Dates
February 12March 12
April 2May 7*
June 11*June 4*

*NCHS is a test site 

Please note: The NCHS School Day SAT for juniors is either March 29 or 30, 2022. We highly encourage all juniors to take this test. The scores from this test can also be sent to colleges for admissions purposes. Registration will be handled through the school at no cost to families.  

College Admissions Process

Junior parents: Don't miss this important information session!

Thursday, Jan 6 | 7:00 PM

NHCS Counselors will meet virtually with the parents of juniors to speak about the college admissions process and what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

Gap Year Fair
Thursday, Jan 13 | 6:00 PM

Come to Fairfield Ludlowe High School to meet with gap year program providers and get the inside scoop on taking a gap year in 2022 & beyond! This fair can answer questions like:

  • Who takes a gap year?
  • What gap year experiences might be the right fit for me?
  • When should I start planning my gap year?
  • Where can I actually go during my gap year?
  • Why are so many students taking gap time during COVID?

Click HERE to register.

NCHS Senior Internship Program Interviews

The NCHS Senior Internship Program interviews with the SIP Committee start January 10th. Please make sure your senior student signs up for a 15 minute interview.  

Please note: The sign up link was sent to all seniors on December 16, 2021.

PERFORMING ARTS
DramaFest 2022: Welcome Back!
Friday, Jan 28 and Saturday, Jan 29 | 7:00 PM

Come see DramaFest 2022: Welcome Back!! It's NCHS Theatre's student produced one-act festival. These plays are student written, directed, designed, and performed! It's a hilarious evening of theatre. Performances are January 28 and 29 at 7:00 PM. Check our website for tickets! www.newcanaanhighschooltheatre.com   

EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Auditorium

BOARD OF EDUCATION
December BOE Meeting Highlights

NCHS Assessments: Mr. Bill Egan (12/6/21)

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) scores have improved in the few years they have data for since the NGSS standards have been embedded in the curriculum. 
  • In 2020-2021, NCHS students sent 3190 transcripts to 367 different colleges. Of those students, 88% attended schools that were very competitive (11%), highly competitive (42%) and most competitive (35%). 
  • Due to the pandemic and certain pre-pandemic policies at certain colleges and universities, many colleges did not require students to submit SAT/ACT scores with their application. 40% of NCHS students did not submit SAT/ACT scores to the school they attended. 

Healthier Start Times: Dr. Bryan Lzuizzi (12/21/21)

  • Dr Luizzi proposed the Board convene for an early January discussion of a new potential revised school start time schedule (Scenario B) as well as the previously discussed one (Scenario A). 

Covid Update: Dr. Bryan Luizzi (12/21/21)

  • Dr. Luizzi reassured that mitigation strategies are still in place and make schools one of the safest places for kids. He plans on opening things up for students in a measured way while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

The Board observed a pause of silence for Claudia Monaco.

 

Please refer to the NCPS website for complete Board of Education meeting minutes and videos.

Next BOE meetings: 1/10/22 and 1/24/22

COMMUNITY NEWS
Generation Vape: From Mods to Pods
Wednesday, Jan 12 | 7:00 PM

Recommended for ages 10+ and will include the perspective of young adults. Presented by Culture of Change.

This interactive and engaging evening will explore trends in youth vaping. From the introduction of electronic cigarettes to the social media influence of disposables. Participants will learn about youth vaping abuse, paraphernalia, accessibility, concealment, and how to talk to your young people about the dangers of ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems).

Register for this event at www.NewCanaanCARES.org.

EVENT LOCATION: Saxe Auditorium

A LOOK AHEAD
Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, January 6
7:00p 11th Grade: Junior Parents College Planning
Wednesday, January 12
9:30a PFA General Meeting w/ Saxe PTC
Thursday, January 13
Mid-Term Exams: Day 1
Friday, January 14
Mid-Term Exams: Day 2
12:00p Midterm Staff Lunch
See the Full Calendar
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