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Originally delivered on 9/11/2022 8:03 pm

SUBJECT: The Weekly Ram, Sep 12 - 16

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Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, September 15
9:30a Senior Year Overview
Friday, September 16
11:00a New to NC Student Lunch
Tuesday, September 20
9:30a 9th Grade Networking: Welcome to High School
Monday, September 26
Rosh Hashanah (No School)
Tuesday, September 27
9:30a 12th Grade Networking: The College Process & Senior Year Essentials
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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.


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.

Thank You to Our Volunteers!

It’s been a pleasure seeing so many parents at our Back-To-School events these past two weeks.  The PFA would like to thank the following committee chairs for helping to make the transition, or return, to NCHS both more enjoyable and manageable!

  • To Susan Cushman and Dana Marchiony, our New to New Canaan High School Chairs, for providing such a warm welcome to our new families.
  • To Tracy Goldman, Freshman Orientation Chair, and Jayne Benton and Kristie Breed, Freshman T-Shirt Chairs, for ensuring the Class of 2026 got off to a great start.
  • To Jodi Azzopardi, General Meeting Refreshments Chair, and Jayne Benton and Jen Gallagher, Open House Chairs, for providing refreshments and treats for our Welcome Back Events.  
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.


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

The Service League of Boys (SLOBs)
New Members Orientation and First General Meeting
Wednesday, Sep 21 | 6:30 pm

The Service League of Boys (SLOBs), a parent/son community organization at New Canaan High School, will be holding its annual New Members Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, Sep 21 at 6:30 PM in the NCHS cafeteria. Please join us that evening with your parent to learn how you can be a part of the largest club at NCHS while making a difference in your community. 

To learn more about SLOBs and its mission, we invite you to visit the club’s website where you can read about the various types of volunteer opportunities available and the membership requirements. On the homepage you’ll find a “Member Registration” link where you can click to join. (Shortcut to membership registration here.) 

The first general meeting will be held on Saturday, Sep 24 at 2:30 PM in the NCHS cafeteria. All current members and any boys interested in joining SLOBs should attend. 

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 ten towns in Connecticut and New York. 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 28. Click HERE for more information on FITB.

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