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Originally delivered on 1/30/2022 8:06 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, February 2022

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

Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear NCHS Family,

With midterms wrapped up, we are enthusiastic about new beginnings as we shift into the second semester. The start of a new semester is exciting and an opportunity to start fresh and set new goals for the remainder of the year. Feel free to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns about their progress for the semester.  

February is a short month with our winter break right in the middle but still a busy one. The course selection process will soon be underway. Teachers will be making placement recommendations, students will be making important academic decisions, and counselors and students will be meeting to discuss options. The 2022-2023 Program of Studies will be available for viewing during the week of February 3rd. It is always a good idea to review the Program of Studies with your child to better understand course offerings.

The NCHS Scholarship Foundation has been in existence for 53 years! The ultimate goal of the NCSF is to help as many students as possible with financial assistance for their undergraduate education. Seniors planning on enrolling as full-time students in a college or university (including technical and vocational schools) may apply. Eligible students may qualify to receive aid for a maximum of four undergraduate years. The College Scholarship Service assesses each applicant’s financial status. The basis for the Foundation’s decision is the information reported in the financial aid form and analyzed by the Service. The Foundation uses the same data that colleges employ in making their awards. All decisions are based solely on need alone. We hope the entire community will participate on March 26, 2022, in the NC Color Drop which will benefit the NCSF. 

For more information on how you may apply for a scholarship, please visit the NCSF website at Please be aware that applications must be submitted by May 6, 2022. If you need further information or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your school counselor or Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling Department.

Thank you to our parent community for always giving their time continually making the school a better place for our students. I look forward to seeing you at one of the many NCHS sporting events, VPA productions, or PFA events.

All the best,

Bill Egan, Principal

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

Shared Appreciation and Gratitude at NCHS!

Thanks to the generous support of our members, last month the PFA was able to provide a Teacher Appreciation Lunch to the entire NCHS faculty as well as a breakfast for our hard-working nurses.  

We received some wonderful thank you notes from the staff:

  • "Thank you everyone for lunch today! Means a lot to be valued in such a great district!" 
  • "Just a short note of thanks to all of you for the Staff Lunch today!  As a new staff member, it made me feel very welcomed and appreciated :)" 
  • "Thank you so much for lunch today.  I really appreciate the gesture and the way our community comes together!" 
  • "Good Afternoon Everyone, Thank you so much for the lunch you all provided today. It certainly couldn't have been an easy feat to coordinate and it was such a special treat for the end of the semester. Thank you for always making us feel ever so appreciated."
Post Prom 2022

Valentine Sweet Treat Bake Sale!

The 2022 Post Prom Committee is selling Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day!

Surprise your special someone, or treat yourself, and support the 2022 NCHS Post Prom at the same time. All proceeds will go to this year's event.

Pre-orders will be available for pick-up at Patisserie Salzburg (25 Elm Street, New Canaan) between February 10th - 14th.

Click Here to Order!
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 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.

College Essay Writing Workshop

The NCHS PFA and the NCHS Writing Center have organized a virtual two-part college essay workshop for all students. The workshop will run in the evenings on March 22 and March 29 from 7:00-8:30 pm.  

The first workshop will help students generate ideas for their college essays, and the second will help students select an organizational structure that will best develop their ideas. Once students have a draft of their essay, they are encouraged to bring it to the Writing Center for additional feedback. All students are welcome to join!

EVENT LOCATION: Click HERE for Zoom link.

Creating a College Testing Plan

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

Thursday, Feb 3 | 9:30 am

The School Counselors host this program for sophomore parents that focuses on creating an appropriate testing plan for junior year. The program will review the formats of the SAT and the PSAT, comparing them to the ACT to enable parents help their children in deciding which option makes the most sense. 

Our speaker will be Whitney Longworth from Summit Educational Group. This will be a virtual event and we will record it. Look for the zoom link prior to the day.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

NCHS School Day SAT for Juniors

NCHS School Day SAT for juniors is confirmed for March 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.

2022 SAT and ACT Testing Dates

Students may register for the SAT test at and for the ACT test at

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

*NCHS is a test site 

CONNect Virtual College Fair

Hosted by CCSU, ECSU, SCSU, WCSU, and UConn

Wednesday, Feb 16 | 6:30 pm

Juniors, are you interested in attending a CT State University? Check out this college fair on Feb16! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from representatives at each of Connecticut's four state universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western) and the University of Connecticut.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Click HERE to register.

2022 - 2023 Course Selection

NCHS teachers will be making course recommendations for next year just prior to the upcoming February break. Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will then have access through the school portal to make preliminary selections. 

During a Connections meeting, students will review the steps for choosing their schedule and a tutorial will be forwarded as a refresher. Counselors will meet with each of their students through March to review their selections and answer questions.

NCHS Band + Choir + Orchestra Collaborative Concert
Tuesday, Feb 8 | 7:00 PM

The New Canaan High School band, choir and orchestra programs will perform a collaborative concert in the NCHS auditorium on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00pm. NCHS Music teachers Scott Cranston, Leo Ficks and Sarah Gleason have been working with their students during the past month preparing for this concert that will feature over 100 of our high school musicians. Although each group performs regularly throughout each school year, they always look forward to joining forces in this annual celebration of collaborative music-making.

This year, they will present together an arrangement of Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu, the theme song for the video game Civilization IV and the first to be nominated for and win a Grammy award (2011). Also featured is a collaboration lead by Mr. Ficks with the orchestra and band students in “Arith-metric”,  a modern composition that is minimalist and structured in a round.


Media Portrayal of Relationships
Wednesday, Feb 2 | 7:00 PM

Media often romanticizes and normalizes unhealthy, toxic relationship behaviors. In this workshop, parents will learn how to analyze relationships in popular tv shows, movies, and music that teens are exposed to and recognize behaviors such as manipulation and possessiveness. Parents will leave with tips for starting the conversation with their children. Register for this event at


3rd Annual SOUPer Bowl Challenge

Back by popular demand, Filling in the Blanks will be holding its third annual SOUPerBowl Challenge. A Weekend Meal Bag staple, let's help them restock their inventory of kid-favorite soups for local kids in need. 

Who will win this year? Returning champion Chicken Noodle or underdog Tomato?  

Click HERE to visit the FIB virtual food drive and to support your community and your favorite soup! The donation deadline is February 14.

First-Ever Winter Hiking Challenge

Hosted by the New Canaan Land Trust

We invite you and your families to participate in the first-ever New Canaan Land Trust Winter Hiking Challenge! Bundle up and explore the trails at our seven open-to-the-public preserves. The Challenge runs through the end of winter (March 20th).

Take in the beautiful scenery as you traverse through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows right here in New Canaan. Share proof of your hike by snapping a selfie next to a trail marker and post it to social media using special hash tags. 

Submit your information to the Land Trust and be entered into a raffle to win a handcrafted walking stick. Click HERE for more information.

NCSF Announces 2nd Annual NC Color Drop

The NCHS Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) will hold its second NC Color Drop on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at 10:00am. After a successful event last year, a sleek Bell407 helicopter, courtesy of HeliNY, will once again fly over the skies of New Canaan and hover over Waveny Park, safely releasing more than 1500 colored golf balls over a designated target.  Each golf ball will have an assigned number.  

The lucky person whose ball lands closest to the target will win a fabulous prize, such as a Momentum Transend Electric Bike, a Pet Portrait by Emma Sims, Mayfair Tickets, and an 84 Sports NC Gift Basket. The winning balls will be announced immediately. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the NCSF for need-based scholarships given to NCHS graduates.

Enjoy Winter Break!
Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, February 3
9:30a 10th Gr: Creating a College Testing Plan
Friday, February 18
No School (Professional Development Day)
Monday, February 21
No School (Presidents' Day)
Tuesday, February 22
No School (Winter Recess)
Wednesday, February 23
No School (Winter Recess)
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