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Originally delivered on 1/1/2023 8:03 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, January 2023

Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear NCHS Family,

Happy New Year! I would like to welcome everyone back and extend my warm wishes for a happy and healthy 2023!  I hope everyone had a restful break and enjoyed the holidays with family and friends. 

As we ring in the new year, it is an opportunity to check in with our NCHS families to ensure that our students are on-track, prepared for mid-year exams, and ready to begin the second semester.  Now is an excellent time for our students to check and ensure that all their assignments are completed and turned in. Students should contact their teacher for clarification if they have questions about an assignment. Here’s hoping for a smooth conclusion to the first semester!

Thank you to our faculty and staff for making our school an exciting and dynamic learning place. I wish you all personal, academic, and professional happiness, and I look forward to a rewarding year in 2023.

All the best in this new year!

Bill Egan, Principal

Mark Your Calendars!
Monday, January 2
New Year's Day Observance (No School)
Wednesday, January 4
8:30a PFA Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 11
9:30a PFA General Meeting w/ Saxe PTC
Thursday, January 12
7:00p 11th Grade Networking: Junior Parents College Planning
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
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NCHS PFA and Saxe PTC Joint Meeting
Wednesday, Jan 11 | 9:30 AM

Join us for the first PFA General Meeting of 2023 on January 11 at 9:30 AM. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi will be our guest speaker and will provide an update on the current school year as well as discuss the 2023-2024 budgeting process.


Midterm Exams and Exam Snacks
Thursday, Jan 11 through Thursday, January 19

Midterm exams begin the second week of January, with the first set of exams being held on Thursday, January 12. Click HERE for a link to the entire exam schedule. 

As in years past, the PFA will provide students with snacks to keep up their energy during the exam dates. More details to follow.

Midterm Staff Appreciation Lunch
Friday, Jan 20 | 11:30 AM

Thanks to the generous support of our members, the PFA will be treating our faculty and staff to lunch at the conclusion of Midterm exams. This is one more way NCHS parents are able to show teachers how much we appreciate the difference they make each and every day in the lives of their students.  Thank you NCHS faculty and staff for all that you do!


PFA Nominations for 2023-2024 School Year

The Nominating Committee will be meeting to fill positions for next year's 2023-2024 PFA Board and Board Committees. We would love to see more people get involved! 

Please email to let us know how you want to help! Include the positions you would be interested in or any specific interests you have. Click HERE to see the current board and committee chair positions.

Post Prom 2023

Did you know that RAM JAM is the major fundraiser for Post Prom? 

Save the Date for RAM JAM!

Don't miss RAM JAM on Friday, Mar 31 at 7:00pm! See our Seniors lip sync, perform live music and yes — strut the catwalk too. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details! 

We are already booking entertainment, gathering prizes, and reserving tents for Post Prom on May 12, 2023 at 11:59 PM. 

Click HERE to make your Post Prom donation now!

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Gap Year Fair
Thursday, Jan 12 | 6:00 PM

Get the inside scoop on taking a gap year in 2023 and beyond and meet with gap year program providers from all over the world!

EVENT LOCATION:  Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave Fairfield, CT

11th Grade Networking Event: College Planning (Parents Program)
Thursday, Jan 12 | 7:00 PM

Counselors will meet with the parents of juniors to speak about the college admissions process and what to expect in the coming months. Each counselor will meet with their students' parents in classrooms around the school.  Stay tuned for class assignments and location. 

Remaining ACT Testing Dates

Feb 11: ACT

Click HERE to register for the ACT. Registration deadline is Friday, January 6.

NCHS Senior Internship Program Needs Hosts

The NCHS Senior Internship Program (SIP) needs companies and organizations to host seniors from May 16 to June 9, 2023. Seniors intern for approximately 5 hours during the school day and receive school credit.  We will accept in-person, remote, or hybrid internships. 

The SIP is a mutually beneficial program for students and companies. The deadline to post an internship with us is January 3, 2023. Seniors will view available internships beginning in January. Please contact Heather Bianco via email or phone (203) 594-4752 for more information.

NCHS Alpine Ski Team

Calling All NCHS Downhill Skiers! Are you interested in alpine racing at the high school level? Come join the NCHS Alpine Ski Team! 

NCHS alpine racers work on athletic conditioning and race training with experienced coaches in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. If interested contact Ned Ravanesi.

Yoga and Sound Bath Series At The Carriage Barn
Starting Saturday, Jan 7 | 6:00 PM

Join us at the Carriage Barn Saturday mornings for an exciting new wellness collaboration with Grounded Meditation. This Gentle Yoga and Sound Bath series will engage both body and mind to help melt away the stresses of the week and start your weekend right! After a brief opening meditation, we’ll stretch and loosen up with a gentle yoga practice, accompanied by the soft sounds of Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, gongs, drums and more. Open to all levels; no experience needed. Please bring a mat and any other props you would like for comfort—blanket, bolster, pillow, eye covering, etc. $210 series of 6/$40 per class. Click HERE for more information and to register.

LOCATION: Carriage Barn Arts Center

iPhone Photography Workshop
Saturday, Jan 14 | 10:00 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 iPhone. Class is limited to 12 participants. Fee is $140 for current members or $160 for non-members. Click HERE for more information (including requirements) and to register.

LOCATION: Carriage Barn Arts Center

Kids Menu—The Substances Available to Our Kids These Days and the Effects on Their Lives
Thursday, Jan 19 | 7:00 PM

Please join New Canaan CARES and their partners in welcoming New Canaan High School Resource Officer Jeff Deak and Tricia Dahl, Research Assistant from Yale School of Medicine, in an eye-opening discussion about the common substances accessible to our children, how they affect the adolescent brain, and what we see in our community and schools. This program is intended for middle and high school families. Students are invited and encouraged to attend.

LOCATION: Saxe Auditorium

After School Drawing Series
Starting Tuesday, January 24 | 4:15 PM

Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to join this six-week sketching class led by teacher and artist, Vanessa Curri. Work on a different still life composition in pencil/charcoals each week, developing a variety of techniques. Sessions are accessible for all skill levels and no experience is necessary. Come learn and work with others in a relaxed and supportive environment. $150 for Carriage Barn Members/$165 for non members. All supplies will be provided. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

LOCATION: Carriage Barn Art Center

EMT Course: Save a Life!
Starting Monday, January 30 | 6:00 PM

New Canaan EMS (NCEMS) provides 911 emergency medical care and transport. The organization is 100% staffed by certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who volunteer their time to serve our community. If you are cool under pressure and want to learn how to save a life, you can become a volunteer EMT after getting certified. 

NCEMS’s winter EMT Course begins Monday, January 30 and runs through May. Learn from instructors Wendy Fog (EMT-I & EMT, NCEMS) and Harry Downs (EMT-I & Paramedic, Norwalk Hospital) on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00- 10:00 PM with some Saturday classes. The EMT Course costs $995 plus textbook. EMT applicants must be at least 16 years old. For more information click HERE or contact New Canaan EMS at (203) 594-3535,

LOCATION: NCEMS Headquarters at 182 South Avenue, New Canaan

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