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Originally delivered on 11/6/2022 8:05 pm

SUBJECT: The Weekly Ram - November 7-11

Mark Your Calendars!
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
Thursday, November 17
9:30a 10th Grade Networking: The Academic Roadmap - Understanding GPA and Naviance
Wednesday, November 23
Thanksgiving Holiday (Early Dismissal)
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Building Resilience in Our Children

Tuesday, Nov 8 | 7:00 pm

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is an associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of several books including Changeable and Collaborative Problem Solving. Dr. Ablon will discuss his work this Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm in the New Canaan High School Auditorium. He believes we are all able to change as long as we recognize behavior is a matter of skill not will. He teaches how skills can be practiced and built in our homes, classrooms and offices. For more about Dr. Ablon, click HERE.


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 GPA & Naviance
Thursday, Nov 17 | 9:30 am

NCHS 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.


Stop By to Learn About Oxbridge Academic Programs
Friday, Nov 11 | during lunch block

A rep from Oxbridge Academic Programs (an academic summer school) will visit NCHS on Friday, Nov 11 during the lunch block. If your student is interested in an academic travel program, please encourage them to stop by the table, pick up a brochure and chat with the rep. Click HERE for more information,


Want to Learn More About the Naval Academy?
Monday, Nov 21 | 11:45 am

A midshipman from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis will be visiting NCHS to talk about Academy life, academics, and applying to the Academy. Normally these visits are open to seniors only, but as the application process to U.S. military schools begins earlier, we invite interested juniors to attend the info session. If you are interested, please email

EVENT LOCATION: College and Career Center

Fall Testing Dates
  • 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 and 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.

Tutors Needed for NCPS

NCPS is looking for per diem tutors to work with students who are unable to attend school, usually for a medical reason. This is a wonderful, flexible opportunity for New Canaan parents.


  • BA or BS degree (teaching certification not required). The tutoring is under the direction of our NCPS teachers. You will be using the NCPS curriculum and materials provided by the teacher / guidance counselor
  • a caring helpful nature 
  • an understanding of confidentiality

Hourly rate is $58.00. You may make your own schedule with the student’s family. Click HERE to apply on the NCPS Website under Human Resources, employment opportunities. Please contact Janet Reed, District Nursing Supervisor, with any questions. 

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

This Wednesday is the last chance to support the NCHS Music Department with Dine Out to Donate! 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 partnered with local restaurants to raise funds for our performers, as well as bring business to their establishments. Our final Dine Out evening is at New Canaan staple Gates! 

Scan the QR code on the flyer to check out the details.

Get Your Tickets to Tuck Everlasting!
Fri, Nov 18 & Sat, Nov 19 | 7:00 pm; Sat, 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.


New Canaan Parent Support Group Presentation on ADHD
Wednesday, Nov 16 | 7:00 pm

Dr. Ned Hallowell, renowned expert and author on ADHD, will present on why ADHD is not a disorder but, in fact, an asset that just needs to be managed. This Pathway Session will take place over Zoom. Click HERE to register.

Edward McKey Hallowell is an American psychiatrist, speaker, New York Times best-selling author and podcast host. He specializes in ADHD and is the founder of the Hallowell ADHD Centers. Hallowell is the author of 20 books, including the Distraction series, co-authored with Dr. John Ratey, as well as his most recent book ADHD 2.0.

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