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Originally delivered on 9/3/2023 8:03 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, September 2023

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Principal Bill Egan NCHS
Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

Dear NCHS families,

Welcome back to another exciting year at New Canaan High School, home of the Rams! We are thrilled to begin a new school year filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and memorable experiences. September marks the beginning of our collective journey toward excellence, and we couldn't be more excited to have every one of you back with us.

To our returning students, welcome back home! We hope your summer was filled with joy and relaxation, and we are eager to hear about your adventures. As you step into the familiar halls of NCHS, we encourage you to embrace the sense of community that makes our school unique. Reconnect with your friends, make new friends, and meet new teachers as we continue to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for you to thrive.

To our new students, a heartfelt welcome! We understand that starting at a new school can be exciting and nerve-wracking, but you are now a part of the NCHS family. Our doors are open, ready to embrace your unique talents, perspectives, and aspirations. NCHS is where you will be encouraged to explore, grow, and discover the best version of yourself.

As September unfolds, we are eager to witness the school come alive with an array of activities and events. This first month will set the tone for an engaging and fulfilling year ahead, from academic pursuits to sports competitions, artistic performances, and community service initiatives. We encourage you to actively participate in the various clubs and organizations NCHS offers throughout the year. Embrace the spirit of camaraderie as you collaborate with your peers, teachers, and community members. Together, we will create cherished memories and forge lasting connections.

Here's to an exceptional September and an inspiring academic year at NCHS! Go Rams!


Bill Egan

Mark Your Calendars!
Wednesday, September 6
9:30a PFA General Meeting: Welcome Back Coffee
Wednesday, September 13
9:00a Applying to UK Schools
6:30p Open House: Freshmen Parent Orientation
7:00p Open House: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Thursday, September 14
9:30a Senior Year Overview
Tuesday, September 19
9:30a 9th Grade Parent Education: Welcome to High School
Tuesday, September 26
9:30a 12th Grade Parent Education: The College Process & Senior Year Essentials
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Welcome Back PFA Meeting with Principal Bill Egan
Wednesday, Sept 6 | 9:30 AM

Please join us for the first NCHS PFA meeting of the 2023-2024 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 NCHS Principal Bill Egan and NCPS Superintendant Dr. Bryan Luizzi! Coffee and refreshments will be served.


NCHS Open House Food Donations
Wednesday, Sept 13 | 5:00 PM`

New Canaan High School is looking for help with food for the upcoming Open House on Wednesday, Sept 13. We typically have between 800 to 1,000 people attend who enjoy our refreshments, food, and desserts as the event occurs during the dinner hour. We need donations to supplement the food our budget doesn't cover. 

Please drop off on the day of the event (Sept 13) between 5:00-6:00 PM at the NCHS gymnasium as the event starts at 6:30. Thank you! 

Click HERE for the Sign Up Genius.

9th Grade Parent Education: Welcome to High School
Tuesday, Sept 19 | 9:30 AM

We encourage parents of freshmen to attend the first 9th Grade/Freshman PFA Parent Education meeting Welcome to High School! Our 2027 Grade Level Advisor, Assistant Principal Larry Sullivan, and NCHS Counseling Chair, Cynthia Rivera, will discuss and answer questions about the freshman transition. Please contact 9th Grade Parent Education Chairs, Erin Gershey and Tamara White Smedley, with any questions. 


12th Grade Parent Education: The College Process and Senior Year Essentials
Tuesday, Sept 26 | 9:30 AM

Please join Sue Carroll, Coordinator of the College and Career Center, and Cynthia Rivera, from the Guidance Counselor Department, to hear about a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your child with post-high school plans. You won't want to miss this important and informative meeting. Please contact the 12th Grade Parent Education Chairs, Mary Lydon and Kristin Reed with any questions.   


NCHS Library Volunteers Needed!

Calling all book lovers! The NCHS Library is looking for volunteers to help with shelving, signing out materials to students, and other creative projects. 

The shifts are 90 minutes long every other week. Past experience is not necessary. Please contact Liz Orelup if you are interested in volunteering in the library.

Welcoming Our Freshmen to NCHS

The PFA continued a long-standing tradition of welcoming incoming freshmen to NCHS with a small gift on the first day of school. This year, freshmen received NC-branded phone wallets and NC stickers that they can put on a folder, a water bottle, etc.. Thanks to Welcome Gift Chair Meredith Woerz for coordinating and packaging over 300 gifts, and to volunteer Susan Welch for lending a hand with the gifting! If your freshman did not receive a gift, please have them stop by the Front Office and let Mrs. Pescatello know.

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.

Applying to UK Schools
Tuesday, Sept 13 | 9:00 AM

Is your student interested in exploring school in the UK? Representatives from UK schools will speak about the admissions ins and outs of going to university in England. Information will be shared about the UCAS application as well as the differences and similarities of attending university in the UK. 

We encourage juniors and seniors, as well as parents, to attend this valuable session. Students must ask their teachers for permission to attend. Attendance will be taken.


Senior Parent Program
Thursday, Sept 14 | 9:30 AM

Please join the Guidance Counselors to hear a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your student as they make their post high school plans. Learn about volunteer opportunities for Post Prom and more! 


Colleges Visiting NCHS

College visits begin the week of September 11. 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
Testing Dates

ACT 9/9* 

SAT 10/7* 

PSAT 10/10* (Juniors and Sophmores, no registration needed) 

ACT 10/28 

SAT 11/4* 

SAT 12/2 

ACT 12/9 

* NCHS is a test 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.

Student Enrichment
Call for Game Donations

NCHS is looking for new or like-new games to supplement the supply available to ALL students at NCHS. Please see the below list of specific requests: 

All games should contain all pieces. You or your student may drop off your donation in the NCHS Main Office. Please label your donation with either “Arri Weeks” or “Darcy Smith.” Please do not leave items on the table in the lobby breezeway. Thank you for your generosity! 

Visual & Performing Arts
Auditions for Mean Girls the Musical
Sept 6 and 7, 3:00-6:00 PM

Auditions for Mean Girls the Musical will be Wednesday, Sept 6 (dance) and Thursday, Sept 7 (sing) from 3:00-6:00 PM with callbacks on Friday Sept 8 from 3:00-6:30 PM. Rehearsals begin the following week with three performances Nov 16-18. For more info, contact Chris Myers.


NCHS Summer Art Show
On display starting Sept 18

The Art Show is open to the public during school hours in the Main Lobby Gallery beginning Sept 18 and will be on display through October. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate by submitting their matted/mounted artwork to an art teacher no later than Sept 11. If they need help preparing their artwork for display, please see an art teacher for help in advance. All media types are accepted and encouraged. The show is a display of student and staff artwork and creations that are recent and have been made over this summer (can be an original artwork, 2D, 3D ceramic work/pottery/sculpture or 4D films, a digital creation or a craft). Any incoming senior who received a Bernice Dobkin Hall Summer Art scholarship at the end of their junior year must submit the artwork that represents their completed coursework and should check in with their art teacher as soon as possible.


Service League of Boys (SLOBs) New Member Meeting

Sept 20, 6:00 PM

Come learn about opportunities for community service at NCHS Service League of Boys new member meeting. This meeting is for those who are new or not yet members and are interested in learning more.


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.

Click HERE to join now.

The Carriage Barn
Weekly After-School Drawing Class

Tuesdays from Sept 5 through Oct 3, 3:00 PM

Teens in grades 7 and up will learn and practice techniques such as shading, tone/value, perspective, proportions and contour line drawing. Vanessa Curri leads this class which is accessible for all skill levels, including beginners. Materials provided. Click HERE for more information.

Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy Workshops

 Sept 9 and 23, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Allison Costlow of The Poppy Pen returns with a two-session workshop. Learn the steps to create beautiful copperplate calligraphy and personalize almost anything! Materials included, plus video recordings to practice your skills. Click HERE for more information.

New Canaan Rotary Club
Annual Lobsterfest Takes Place on Sept 29 and 30

Sept 29 and 30, 4:00-8:00 PM

Enjoy steamed lobsters, lobster rolls, salmon or fried chicken dinners (seafood by Fjord Fish Market, chicken by Walter Stewarts) at the New Canaan Rotary Club's 38th Annual LobsterFest. Dinners will be available at the Steve Benko Pool at Waveny for curbside pickup, dining poolside or home delivery for orders of eight or more. Orders placed through Sept. 8 will receive a 10% discount. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

LobsterFest proceeds support the annual grants we donate to dozens of local non-profits. Gift cards available online and you can donate a meal to thank a first responder. Join us!

EVENT LOCATION: Steve Benko Pool at Waveny Park

New Canaan Crew
Register for Fall Learn to Row Programs

Learn to row with New Canaan High School Crew at Maritime Rowing Boathouse! The Fall programs at New Canaan Crew helps rowers improve in all aspects of rowing—including fitness, strength, flexibility, mental toughness, and discipline. Using facilities both on and off the water, NCC works to develop proper rowing technique, good boat-handling skills, and water safety. This is an Under 14 program, but Under 15 and Under 16 athletes may start here as well before moving into the appropriate age groups.

Regular Fall Season Rowing begins on Sept. 5. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Any questions about programs please call (203) 854-5492 or email

New Canaan CARES
Fireside Chat with author of Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic —And What We Can Do About It

Thursday, Oct 5 at 7:00 PM

In Never Enough, award-winning reporter Jennifer Breheny Wallace investigates the deep roots of toxic achievement culture and discovers what we must do to fight back. Through deep research and interviews with today's leading child psychologist, Wallace shows what kids need from the adults in the room is not more pressure but to feel like they matter and have intrinsic self-worth not contingent upon external achievements. This special event hosted by New Canaan CARES will be moderated by NCPS Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

EVENT LOCATION: New Canaan Library, Jim and Dede Bartlett Auditorium

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