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Originally delivered on 10/30/2022 9:13 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, November 2022

Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear New Canaan High School Families,

It’s officially sweater weather—fall is here!  Believe it or not, the first quarter ends on November 2nd, and grades will be available in PowerSchool for viewing on November 11th. Don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have questions about a specific class. Please note that comments are only required for students who receive under 80. We encourage parents to reach out to teachers if they would like detailed feedback in a class.  

Falling temperatures make for a perfect opportunity to keep warm indoors and attend the opening of the Fall Art Show on Thursday, November 17th, in the NCHS Main Lobby and the opening performance of the fall musical  “Tuck Everlasting,” on Friday, November 18th, at 7:00 pm.  With additional performances on Saturday, November 19th, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.  I hope you get a chance to attend these fantastic, entertaining events. 

Our fall sports are well underway; participation in athletics has been exceptional! Best wishes to our athletes for a successful season!  Our numerous clubs are also up and running. We encourage our students to explore the many clubs offered to enhance their school experience. 

November is National Gratitude Month, and I am happy to share my gratitude for our outstanding faculty and staff that motivates, inspires, and supports our students. For our PFA and parents with whom we work collaboratively to help improve our students' academic journey with outstanding programming. I am truly humbled and honored to lead a school with such kind, motivated, thoughtful staff, students, and supportive parents.

Finally, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s one of my favorite holidays with family, friends, football, and delicious food. I hope you get the opportunity to disconnect a little from the grind of daily life and enjoy time with family and friends this holiday season.

All the best,

Bill Egan, Principal

Mark Your Calendars!
Wednesday, November 2
8:30a PFA Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, November 3
9:30a 11th Grade Networking: Managing Junior Year Stress
Tuesday, November 8
Election Day (No School)
Wednesday, November 9
9:30a PFA General Meeting
Tuesday, November 15
9:30a 12th Grade Networking: College Decisions and Senior Internship Information
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11th Grade Networking Event: Managing Junior Year Stress
Thursday, Nov 3 | 9:30 am

Please join us to learn some useful tips and strategies to help your students cope with the pressures of this important year. We will address potential stressors—including academics, standardized testing, virtual college visits and social life—and ways to manage them all. Be advised, this session will not be recorded for privacy purposes.


Building Resilience in Our Children

Tuesday, Nov 8 | 7:00 PM

PFA November General Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 9 | 9:30 am

Join Principal Egan and his team for a Parent Coffee. There will also be a Q & A session followed by a tour of NCHS. All questions must be submitted in advance of the meeting.


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12th Grade Networking Event: College Decisions and Senior Internships
Tuesday, Nov 15 | 9:30 am

Our seniors have started to submit their college applications—now what? NCHS is lucky to welcome Ann Fleming Brown, Director of Admissions for Evaluation at Union College, to provide us with an overview of the College Admissions process (i.e. what happens after you submit the application?) as well as advice for how to manage acceptances and rejections as they come in, and how to make the important decisions that brings. Ms. Brown is extremely knowledgeable and will provide invaluable advice so bring your questions!

Heather Bianco, NCHS Senior Internship Coordinator, will also be on hand to explain the Senior Internship Program.


10th Grade Networking Event: Academic Roadmap—Understanding GPS & Naviance
Thursday, Nov 17 | 9:30 am

Guidance counselors Sara Drexel and Nick Willett will discuss many topics, including: the Power School GPA and how it converts to a 4.0 scale; how Honors and AP classes are weighted; what GPA colleges see and care about; and how many AP classes a child should take. They will also show us a roadmap to our students' academic pursuits and introduce Naviance, which you will use during your child's college search.


Save the Date: Post Prom 2023!!!

Friday, May 12, 2023 | 11:59 PM

The NCHS PFA is happy to continue the tradition of giving our seniors a safe and fun venue in which to keep celebrating after Prom. The Post Prom party held at Waveny House is an enormous undertaking. We will host over 400 students from midnight until 4 AM. There will be food, games, entertainment, music and prizes. Everything is geared toward keeping our students safe on Prom Night. And every year the theme is a surprise!

Post Prom Co-Chairs Elizabeth Cosco and Jen Richardson need your help to create a night of incredible memories for our seniors. We are making it easy to get started! Just follow the Post Prom Parent Checklist for 12th grade families:

  1. Please make a Post Prom donation of $175 to fund our budget.

  2. Be a parent volunteer! It takes a village to put on this party!

  3. Email photos for the Post Prom video

  4. Save the date for Ram Jam 2023: Friday, March 31.


Donate Now!
Fall Testing Dates
  • Nov 5: SAT *
  • Dec 3: SAT
  • Dec 10: ACT*
    *Denotes NCHS as testing location

Click HERE to register for the SAT.
Click HERE to register for the ACT.

Seniors: Colleges Visiting NCHS

Seniors may attend college visits and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They 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 are either in person or via zoom. The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS website (School Counseling page).

NCHS Senior Internship Program Needs Hosts

The NCHS Senior Internship Program is looking for companies/organizations to host Seniors in the spring from May 16 to June 9. The Senior Internship Program needs at least 300 hosts to offer internships this year. The deadline to register for our internship program is December. If you have an internship you can offer, please contact Heather Bianco.

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
Get Your Tickets to Tuck Everlasting!
Friday, Nov 18 and Sat, Nov 19 | 7:00 pm; Saturday, Nov 19 | 2:00 pm

Based on the American children’s novel "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbit, the musical follows the story of sheltered 11-year-old Winnie Foster, who runs away from home only to become entwined with a family with a long-kept secret, the Tucks. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life and her family or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey. This is an intriguing story for the whole family with incredibly playful music and dancing! Click HERE to learn more and purchase tickets.


Dine Out to Donate—NCHS Music's "Festival Disney" Fundraiser
Wednesday, Nov 2 & Wednesday, Nov 9

We invite you to step out of the kitchen for an evening and join our New Canaan community to support the NCHS Music Department! The band, choir, and orchestra ensembles will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, this March to perform and compete at Festival Disney. This weekend-long educational experience invites music ensembles from across the country to sing and play in Disney performance halls, receive a clinic from a collegiate conductor, and participate in activities alongside hundreds of other student musicians.

In order to allow every student in our program the opportunity to participate, we have partnered with local restaurants to raise funds for our performers, as well as bring business to their establishments. There are two nights remaining where you can Dine Out to Donate! Enjoy two NC family-owned restaurants—newly opened (Taco Tequila Cantina) and a cornerstone of our town (Gates). Scan the QR code on the flyer to check out the details for each restaurant night!

Introducing The Ram Reveal

Parents: Do you think you know everything there is to know about the incredible resources available to our NCHS students? If you answered “no," you’re not alone!

The PFA is pleased to introduce you to a new section of the Ram-O-Gram we’re calling The Ram Reveal. Each month, we’ll feature a different area of NCHS that we think you should know about. 

In this month’s “Reveal” debut, we take you inside the Media Center (aka “Library”). Over the summer, a team of district staff along with NCHS librarians, faculty and staff helped to transform the library into a place that emphasizes innovation and creativity—think  “makerspace” with podcasting room, green-screen room, 3D printers, and more—while still welcoming quiet study and reflection. 

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out what NCHS student, and editor-in-chief of The Courant, Serena Platt had to say about it in her library feature story.

Volunteer at the library

And if you want to get inside to see for yourself, the NCHS library needs volunteers to assist the librarians by tending the circulation desk and helping to shelve materials. Please contact Liz Orelup if you are interested in volunteering in the new and improved NCHS library!

Guided Tour: Storm King Art Center
Thursday, Nov 3 | 9:30 am

Join us for a guided visit to the Storm King Art Center. Explore the 500-acre outdoor museum and see the exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed artist Wangechi Mutu. 

$140 for members, $155 for non-members. Includes guided group tour with a Storm King curator, a bagged lunch, and round-trip coach transportation. Departure time is 9:30 am from the Carriage Barn; return time of 2:30 pm. Space is limited. Click HERE for more information.

iPhone Photography Workshop at the Carriage Barn
Saturday, Nov 5 | 9:00 am

Learn how to take stunning photographs and portraits using your iPhone with award-winning photographer and instructor Emily Kelting. Learn all about your iPhone’s in-camera options as well as several app choices, then head outside to practice your new skills. This class will cover the basics of composition, lighting, interest and editing on the 

Class is limited to 12 participants. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Music of The Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia at the Carriage Barn
Saturday, Nov 5 | 7:00 pm

Bandleader and guitarist Michael-Louis Smith and “Take A Step Back” return to the Carriage Barn to perform the music of The Grateful Dead. They will be joined by special guest David Gans, musician, journalist, and host/producer of The Grateful Dead Hour radio show. An evening of live music featuring uplifting rhythms and the gorgeous and often cryptic storytelling

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:00 p.m. $35 advance tix available through midnight Nov 4 / $40 at the door. Donations appreciated. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

New Canaan CARES Mini-Golf Fundraiser
Tuesday, Nov 9 | starting at 10:00 am

Join us on this day off of school for an 18-hole “par-tee." Fore CARES will be run “shotgun” style. At a particular tee time, each group of players start at the same time but at different holes. Each hole is limited to four players at a time. CARES may combine smaller groups to form a foursome.

This event is $20 per golfer, with the proceeds going directly towards CARES programming! The event will be held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable once purchased. Children under 12 must have supervision to attend.

Tee Times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

EVENT LOCATION: St. Mark’s Church lawn

New Canaan Chamber Music's 2022 Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec 4 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Tickets are on sale now for New Canaan Chamber Music's 2022 Holiday Concert. For those who think that harps and flutes belong at weddings and in the hands of angels, this concert will be a thrilling shock to the system! Demarre McGill (flute), Valerie Muzzolini (harp) and Edward Arron (cello) join NCCM's very own Andrew Armstrong at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan.Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

EVENT LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan

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