A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL EGAN
Dear NCHS Family,
Hello, April! Spring is here and we are excited for the warm weather and sunshine! With the fourth quarter beginning, days getting longer, and spring getting into full swing, many students and families begin to think about the end of the school year. This is the time of year when schedules get hectic with all the spring sports, school performances, testing, assemblies, and end-of-year celebrations that pack the calendar. Now is the time to continue to stay motivated, focused, and organized to finish the year strong.
The NCHS April calendar is full of activities, events, and celebrations. We begin with our Spring Break on Friday, April 8th, and return on Monday, April 18th. The April break should be homework-free. The only caveat is the occasional AP class with some required materials, but this will be the exception and not the rule. We hope everyone enjoys the break.
Poetry Fest, the Senior Art Show, Senior Music Showcase, Safe Driving Program, and Junior Prom are just a few exciting events in April. Thank you to our dedicated staff for making these events possible, to the PFA for continuing to bring valuable programs to our students, to our parent community for their commitment and support, and, last but not least, to our students for their hard work and dedication.
I look forward to seeing you at the many school events!
All the best,
Bill Egan, Principal
To view upcoming PFA events, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter or view the full calendar on the PFA website.
NCHS PFA Board of Directors Slate 2022-2023
We are pleased to announce the proposed slate for the 2022-2023 NCHS school year:
Co-Presidents: Geri Mohr and Sarah Wrede
Treasurer: Stacey O'Malley
Asst Treasurer: Stacey Harmon
Secretary: Stacy Murphy
VP Gifts & Grants: Patricia Mee
VP Communications: Amy Fields
VP Education: Patty Zoccolillo
VP Hospitality: Emily Hanlon
We thank all of our committee and board members for their involvement this year, and we'll be voting on the new slate at our May 11th General Meeting. We hope to see you there!
9th Grade PFA Networking:
High School: What's Next... A Look Ahead!
Tuesday, Apr 19 | 9:30am
Please join us (Yes, IN PERSON!!) as we hear from 9th grade principal Ari Rothman along with Lindsay Reihl and Lori Keen from the school counseling department. They will give a review of freshman year and what to expect in the years to come. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions during this informal session.
Questions? Contact 9th Grade Networking Chairs: Meg Saunders and Patty Zoccolillo
EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Wagner Room
12th Grade PFA Networking:
College Ready? What to Expect and Tips for the Transition
Tuesday, Apr 26 | 9:30am
Gregg Sloane, Teen Talk Counselor at NCHS, will share advice on how to prepare our seniors for independent living as well as prepare parents for the upcoming transition. Gerald Gjertsen of Lampert, Toohey, and Rucci will also discuss all the legal documents employed when a child turns 18 and enters college.
EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Wagner Room
NCHS Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Friday, Apr 29
We are excited to be hosting an in-person Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 29th! Please consider signing up to cook, provide drinks, volunteer your time or donate for this event.
Click HERE to volunteer for the day of and/or click HERE to provide food and drinks.
Thank you in advance for helping make all the employees at NCHS feel our deep appreciation for all they do for our children!
Post Prom 2022
We need to secure Post Prom Prizes. Please reach out if you can help!
The Post Prom Committee is seeking multiple donations for prizes to give out at this special event for our seniors. The wish list is really anything that would appeal to a teenager getting ready to head off to college! Items include:
- Electronics (e.g. wireless speakers, iPads, video games)
- Gift cards to local shops and restaurants
- Airline tickets
Please contact Michele Sloan, Tara Carlberg and Roxanne Mitchell if you have items to donate. Thank you!
Countdown to Post Prom
THANK YOU to those families who have contributed to Post Prom. To date, we have 55% participation. If you haven't yet, please donate TODAY to keep our kids safe on this special night. Our goal is 100% participation!
We Need Volunteers!
The Volunteer Coordinators need parents to help with the Event Day Setup (8 AM), the Night Shift (11 PM-4 AM), and the Cleanup Shift (4:30 AM). Please email Lisa Brawn directly to sign up.
2022 SAT and ACT Testing Dates
SAT makeup exams for 11th graders who missed the 3/29 testing date will be held from 4/26 - 4/28 at NCHS. Please contact Larry Sullivan with any questions.
Students may register for the SAT test at www.collegeboard.org and for the ACT test at www.actstudent.org.
*Offered at NCHS
Inside College Admissions Panel
Tuesday, April 5 | 7:00 PM
Join the school counselors and admissions representatives from Boston College, Rhodes College, Texas Christian University and University of California, Los Angeles. Get an inside look of an admissions committee at work!
During the session we will review three fictitious applicants to an equally fictitious college and reveal how an applicant is considered during an admissions cycle. This program is geared to juniors and sophomores and it will be recorded.
EVENT LOCATION: The Zoom link will be available before the event.
College Interviewing Workshop for Juniors
Tuesday, April 5 | Lunch block
There will be a college interviewing workshop on Tuesday, April 5 during the lunch block. To reserve a space, please encourage your student to email Mrs. Carroll (email@example.com) and let her know what lunch your child has that day.
Virtual Offering: April 3, 2022
The next NACAC College Fair will be held online on April 3 from 1-6pm. This is a great opportunity for sophomores and juniors to interact with college admissions officers and learn more about colleges as they consider their list. Click HERE to register.
In Person: April 12, 2022
The 8th Annual Southern Connecticut College & Gap Year Fair will be Tuesday, April 12 from 4:00-7:30 PM at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT. With over 200 college admission counselors on hand, this is one of the largest college events in our area. The event is free and is open to all high school students and their families.
Careers in Trades and Public Safety Expo
Thursday, April 28 | 7:00 PM
This career event offers an opportunity for students to learn more about career paths that do not require a traditional 4-year degree. Come meet with employers and learn about trades and public safety jobs.
EVENT LOCATION: Wakeman Girls & Boys Club, Fairfield, CT
Please remind your students that there are lots of jobs posted on the job board in the College and Career Center. Students must be at least 16 years old for most of them. We encourage your kids to check out the job board. The early bird catches the worm!
March BOE Meeting Highlights
Please refer to the NCPS website for complete Board of Education meeting minutes. The following action items occurred during the March meetings (3/7 & 3/21):
- Motion approved to adjust the 2021-2022 school district calendar to modify the number of student days to 180, with the current last day of school on Friday, June 17, 2022.
- Motion approved to schedule Thursday, June 16, 2022 as the NCHS Graduation Date, with Friday, June 17,2022 as the rain date.
- Motion approved to approve the overnight field trip request for the NCHS Model UN Club from April 21,2022 through April 24,2022 for participation in the annual Cornell Model United Nations Conference.
Next BOE meetings: 04/04/22 and 04/18/2022
16 NCHS Music Students Selected for the CT All-State Choir and Band
The NCHS Music Department is celebrating the achievement of fourteen singers and two instrumentalists this month, who were selected to perform with the Connecticut All-State Mixed Choir, All-State Treble Choir and All-State Band.
These students were chosen through two levels of auditions from over 2,000 high school musicians. They will be rehearsing and performing at the CT Convention Center in Hartford during the annual CMEA Convention from March 31- April 2.
Congratulations to these talented performers!
Pictured, left to right. Back Row: Tahela Denu (alto), Avery Russey (soprano), Ellie Parkhill (soprano), Peyton Zaletsky (alto), Annabelle Murphy (soprano), Julia Dunn (alto), Charlotte Jensen (soprano), Henry Tate (bass), Alex Hsu (bass), Matt Doka (bass)
Front Row: Nicole Talamo (soprano), Clara Bloom (soprano), Amanda Robertson (soprano), Radea Raleva (soprano). Not pictured: Michael Mank (trumpet), Daryl Lavin (trumpet)
NC Cares Presents Chasing Childhood
Conversation with Silver Hill Hospital and Tracey Masella, LCSW
Wednesday, Apr 6 | 10:00am
Chasing Childhood is a feature-length documentary that explores how free play and independence have all-but-disappeared from our kids' lives, which are supplemented by relentless perfectionism and record-high anxiety and depression. This film offers potential solutions to letting go and empowering our children. The film will be available from March 30th – April 6th to view in the comfort of your home. Click HERE for more information.
EVENT LOCATION: Common Room, First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan
Teaching Kids About Alcohol
With Dr. Rob Turrisi, from the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University
Wednesday, Apr 20 | 7:00 PM
What do we teach our kids, when do we teach them, and why? Dr. Turrisi will refer to his research and recent study to answer these questions. He will also provide practical tips for implementing best practices in everyday situations. This discussion is being presented by NC Cares in partnership with Health and Human Services, Silver Hill Hospital & RAM Council.
EVENT LOCATION: Saxe Middle School Auditorium
Filling in the Blanks Earth Day Event
In partnership with Lesley's Recycling for Earth Day 2022!
Saturday, April 30 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join this initiative by collecting recyclables (bottles & cans only) to be cashed in. Proceeds will be used to purchase foods for Filling in the Blanks' Weekend Meal Bag Program!
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Collect: Now through April 29th! Please collect, sort, and count bottles and cans with the cashback recycling symbol.
2. Recycle: Saturday, April 30th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (rain date, Sunday, May 1st) 158 Longhill Drive, Stamford, CT 06902.
3. Feed Hungry Kids! For full event details, visit Fillingintheblanks.org/events.
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