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Originally delivered on 9/1/2022 6:03 am

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, September 2022

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Principal Bill Egan NCHS
Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

Dear NCHS,

I am excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year!   We are thrilled to begin a new year of teaching and learning at New Canaan High School. To the Class of 2026, welcome to the family. We look forward to your academic and personal growth over the next four years.

A few important details to share...

  • Please take a moment to review our attendance policy which can be found on page 22 in the Student Handbook on our school website. You can email or call 203-594-4672 to report an absence or have any questions.  
  • Seniors and juniors’ parking passes are available! You can purchase a pass through the MySchoolBucks system or by check. Complete the NCHS Parking Registration Form and the NCHS Off-Campus Policy Form online - click “forms” in the parent PowerSchool portal.  Click here to view the parking letter shared earlier in August. Parking passes can be picked up in the attendance office. 
  • Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 8th, beginning at 6:30 pm for 9th-grade families and 7:00 pm for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade families. More information to follow. 

I look forward to celebrating school traditions, old and new, Marking students’ academic accomplishments, cheering on our athletic teams, outstanding concerts, art and film festivals, entertaining theater productions, and so much more.  I am excited about this school year!

I encourage you to become active members of the PFA. Visit their website for important calendar dates, events, newsletters, and how you can join and volunteer.  

Please contact me with questions or how I can further assist you and your family. I look forward to seeing you on campus for the many school wide events. 

Together, we will make this school year a success!  


Bill Egan, Principal

Mark Your Calendars!
Monday, September 5
Labor Day (No School)
Wednesday, September 7
9:30a PFA General Meeting
Thursday, September 8
6:30p Open House - Freshmen Parent Orientation
7:00p Open House - 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Thursday, September 15
9:30a Senior Year Overview
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2022-2023 PFA Annual Fundraiser Starts Now!
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Welcome Back PFA Meeting with Principal Bill Egan
Wednesday, Sep 7 | 9:30 am

Please join us for the first NCHS PFA meeting of the 2022-2023 school year. This meeting is the first of six general meetings that we host in conjunction with the administration and faculty. Don't miss this opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet new friends and visit with Principal Bill Egan! Coffee and refreshments will be served.


9th Grade Networking: Welcome to High School
Tuesday, Sep 20 | 9:30 am

We encourage parents of freshmen to attend the first 9th Grade Networking meeting - Welcome to High School!  Assistant Principal Kristi Carriero and NCHS Counseling Chair Cynthia Rivera will discuss and answer questions about the freshman transition. Please contact 9th Grade Networking Chairs Jayne Benton and Lori McLaughlin with any questions.The event will be recorded.


12th Grade Networking: The College Process and Senior Year Essentials
Tuesday, Sep 27 | 9:30 am

Please join Sue Carroll, coordinator of the College and Career Center, and Cynthia Rivera, from the Guidance Counselor department, to hear a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans. You don't want to miss this important and informative meeting which will be recorded. Please contact 12th Grade Networking Chairs Jenn Hladick and Amy Ravenisi with any questions.


11th Grade Networking: The College Roadtrip
Tuesday, Sep 29 | 9:30 am

Please join us as we hear from the College and Career Center Coordinator and one of the NCHS guidance counselors. They will speak about the various ways to research colleges and plan your upcoming road trips.  Additionally, they will discuss what is new in the college admissions landscape and the college admissions timeline. Q&A will be addressed at the end. Please contact 11th Grade Networking Chairs Mary Lydon and Kristin Reed with any questions.


NCHS Library Volunteers Needed!

Please consider volunteering in the HS Library/Media Center this year! It's a great way to interact with students and get a feel for what's going on at NCHS.

The shifts are 95 minutes long every two weeks. The shift entails assisting at the circulation desk and shelving materials.  Past experience is not necessary. 

Please contact Liz Orelup if you are interested in volunteering in the library.

Counseling News

The College and Career Center is up and running for the new school year! Please visit our School Counseling page and follow the College and Career Center on Twitter (@nchscolcar) and Facebook (@NCHS College and Career Center) for the latest news on college admissions, financial aid and youth employment.

Senior Parent Program
Thursday, Sep 15 | 9:30 am

Please join the School Counselors to hear a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans.


Colleges Visiting NCHS

College visits begin the week of September 12. Seniors who wish to attend college visits and hear first-hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested must register for the visits on Naviance and ask for permission from the faculty to miss class. 

Students 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 will be conducted in person or via  Zoom. 

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

Juniors & Sophomores
PSAT Registration & Test Dates

The PSAT will be offered at New Canaan High School on Saturday, Oct 15, 2022. Juniors must register for the test online between Sep 7 - Sep 16, 2022. Click HERE to visit the registration site. The fee is $40.00. 

Any student registering after Sep 16, 2022, will be charged a late fee of $10 in addition to the $40.00 fee. No registration will be accepted after Sep 19, 2022.

This is the only date that the PSAT is offered at NCHS this fall.

School Counselors recommend that all members of the JUNIOR class take the PSAT as preparation for the SAT that is taken the following spring. This is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program for juniors.

Please contact your school counselor for help determining if your SOPHOMORE is ready to take the PSAT. Sophomores who are ready and interested in taking an initial PSAT can sit for the test being offered at New Canaan High School on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Sophomores may register for the test by visiting the above registration site.

Welcome to NCHS!

Our door is open! If you have any questions or concerns at the start of the school year, please stop by the counseling suite. See Mrs. Poccia, the Guidance receptionist to sign in and she will direct you to your counselor’s office. Remember that during the lunch periods, you can drop in without an appointment.

NC Rams All Sports Booster Club

The NC Rams All Sports Booster Club supports all New Canaan High School athletic programs. We raise and distribute funds to provide necessary athletic program components which are above and beyond those provided by the NCHS athletic budget and assures equity of resources for all CIAC-recognized sports. Each year, the Club funds additional coaches for every team, raising the skillset and abilities of all athletes.

More than 70% of all NCHS students participate in school athletics in any given year. For these students, athletics are an integral part of the educational process. Through athletic participation, students learn teamwork, work ethic, time management and a responsibility to others.


Performing Arts
Auditions for the Fall Musical!
Wednesday, Sep 7 - Friday, Sep 9 | 3:00pm

NCHS's Fall Musical is going to be Tuck Everlasting.

Auditions will be held from Wednesday, Sep 7 through Friday, Sep 9. Please arrive early to fill out your audition form (know your conflicts) and stretch. 

Wednesday will be the dance call from 3:00 - 6:00pm. You need to be dressed and ready to dance by 3:00pm. Thursday we will sing from 3:00 -6:00pm in the auditorium! Please prepare 1-2 minutes (a verse and chorus) of a contemporary musical theatre song and bring your sheet music with you in a binder. 

Friday callbacks will be from 3:00 - 7:00pm. This production is reserved for our 9th and 10th grade students. You should plan to be at all three days of auditions. See you there!  


Auditions for the Fall Play!
Thursday, Sep 1 & Friday, Sep 2 | 3:00pm

Come audition for our fall play, Take Her, She's Mine. Auditions are Thursday Sep 1 from 3:00 - 6:00pm in the NCHS Auditorium with callbacks on Friday Sep 2 from 3:00 - 7:00pm. 

Please come early to fill out your audition form (bring your calendar with conflicts) and prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary, comedic monologue. This production is directed by Broadway's Jodi Stevens!!!


New Canaan Cares
Join Us for Author Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids
Wednesday, Sep 14 | 7:00pm

After her newspaper column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” landed her on NPR, Fox News and everywhere in between, Lenore Skenazy wrote Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-movement. Lenore has been profiled in The New Yorker, hosted the reality show “World’s Worst Mom,” and has lectured everywhere from Disney to Microsoft to schools across the country. She will join us in New Canaan to share, through her unique lens, why and how we can let our kids go and help them grow. 

Please click the link to register for the event:

EVENT LOCATION: Saxe Auditorium

Filling in the Blanks
Support Filling in the Blanks’ Holiday Backpack Program!

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends; supporting 87 schools across 10 towns in CT & NY. Every year they deliver a new gift-filled backpack to the kids in their program. Kids use this backpack year-round to transport their Weekend Meal Bags home. 

How you can help: 

1. Host a Holiday Backpack Drive and/or purchase an item from Filling in the Blanks’ Amazon Wishlist. 

2. Host a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting our Amazon Wishlist most needed items. 

Donation Deadline: October 28th, 2022 For more information on FITB, please visit:  

Addiction Awareness
Annual Community Vigil Takes Place Sept 1 at 7 PM

Join us for the 6th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil in downtown New Canaan, complete with our Remembrance and Resource Walls, authentic speakers, and a candlelight vigil with local faith leaders.

EVENT LOCATION: 6 South Avenue, New Canaan

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