9th Gr Networking: Midterm Prep

12/3/2021 9:30 am


This is the first time your student will have to study for important exams in every subject over a short period of time. Join us to hear some great advice from our 9th Grade Principal Ari Rothman, School Counseling Department Chair Cynthia Rivera, as well as a panel of our very own NCHS teachers. Don't miss these valuable tips on how your child can successfully navigate midterms and how you can support them at home.   


EVENT LOCATION: Click HERE for Zoom link.

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College Admissions Event for Juniors & Seniors

11/30/2021 4:31 pm




If you missed the event and would like to view a recording, click HERE.

(Please note that this link will expire on 12/10/21 @ 11:59pm.)


New Canaan, Darien and Staples High School are pleased to host a webinar about college admissions with best-selling author Jeff Selingo. Please join us on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 PM for Mr. Selingo's latest insights on college admissions trends. 


Click HERE to pre-register for the webinar.  Pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Jeff Selingo is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, College (Un)BoundThere Is Life After College and his newest book published last year, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. For more than twenty years, his in-depth reporting and powerful storytelling has provided insight about the inner workings of universities and a practical roadmap for higher ed’s future to students, parents, college leaders, and business executives. 


Mr. Selingo’s newest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, takes readers on a journey through the selection process from inside three admissions offices, Emory, Davidson and U Washington, revealing what really matters to the gatekeepers of highly selective institutions and how the ultimate decisions are made.


Please click HERE if you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of Mr. Selingo's latest book.

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Thanksgiving Break

11/4/2021 5:12 pm

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Sr Networking: College & Other Decisions

11/2/2021 7:28 pm


As our seniors begin to submit college applications, now what? How will they cope with acceptances, rejections and make other important decisions? Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz-Schwartz, an Adolescent Health Specialist affiliated with Silver Hill Hospital, will engage us in a conversation on how to help our seniors manage the decisions process. All questions welcome!


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


EVENT LOCATION: Click HERE for Zoom meeting link.

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PFA Nov 2021 General Mtg: Coffee with the Principals

11/2/2021 7:27 pm


Join Principal Bill Egan and the Assistant Principals for an informal Q&A session to get caught up on everything that's happening around school.


EVENT LOCATION: Click HERE for Zoom link.

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10th Gr: The Academic Roadmap - Intro to Understanding GPA & Naviance

10/27/2021 2:54 pm


Please join us so we can answer all of your sophomore-related questions! 


Guidance Counselors Cynthia Rivera 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. 


This meeting is not to be missed, but if you do, it will be recorded!


EVENT LOCATION:  Zoom. https://ncps-k12-org.zoom.us/j/94068118812

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11th Gr: Managing Junior Year Stress

10/27/2021 2:20 pm


Whether this is your first or third child in their junior year, please join us virtually to find useful strategies and tips to help your student cope with the pressures of this important year. Learn about the potential stressors -- including academics, standardized testing, virtual college visits and social life -- and understand ways to manage them all.


Our panel of experts will be Cynthia Rivera, Chair of NCHS Counseling Department; Eileen Donellan, Social Worker; Susan Bliss, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Student Support Coordinator for NCPS; and Kristi Carriera, 11th Grade Assistant Vice Principal.


EVENT LOCATION: Click link below for meeting on Zoom


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No School on Election Day, Tue Nov 02

10/25/2021 9:12 am

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10 Gr Networking: Teen Driving - Roadmap to Safe Driving

10/15/2021 10:17 am


Grab your 10th grader and tune in for an instructive webinar that features an important panel discussion on teen driving. Our experienced panel includes Marie Trant from Lewis School of Driving, Officer George Caponera from the New Canaan Police Department, and Tim Brown from Brown, Thayer and Shedd Insurance Company. We will discuss how to be successful on the driving test, safety on the roads, tips on keeping your insurance rates down, what to do in the event of an accident, and more. 


Please contact 10th Grade Networking Chairs Mary Lydon and Kristin Reed with any questions.


EVENT VIA ZOOM: https://ncps-k12-org.zoom.us/j/95669175087

HANDOUT:  Requirements for 16- and 17-Year-Old Drivers Learner's Permit



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9th Gr Networking: Freshman Parent FAQs

10/13/2021 4:52 pm


Calling all parents of the Class of 2025! Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for an outdoor, IN PERSON coffee (and some light bites!) while enjoying the fall colors on the gorgeous Waveny Patio.


After over a year of virtual meetings, it will be great to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones! Members of the NCHS Administration as well as veteran PFA members will also be on hand to field questions about life at NCHS. You won't want to miss this special event.


Questions? Contact Meg Saunders or Patty Zoccolillo, 9th Grade Networking Co-Chairs


EVENT LOCATION: Waveny House, Back Patio

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