A Look Inside College Admissions

4/3/2022 7:13 am

Join the school counselors and admissions representatives from Boston College, Rhodes College, Texas Christian University, and University of California, Los Angeles. Get an inside look at an admissions committee at work! 


During the session we will review three fictitious applicants to an equally fictitious college and reveal how an applicant is considered during an admissions cycle.


This program is geared to juniors and sophomores and it will be recorded.  


EVENT LOCATION: The Zoom link will be made available before the event.


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College Essay Workshop featuring Mindi Trimble of The College Essay Guy

3/13/2022 1:56 pm


The NCHS PFA and the NCHS Writing Center have organized a virtual two-part college essay workshop for all students.  The workshop will run in the evenings on March 22 and March 29 from 7:00-8:30 pm.  


The first workshop will help students generate ideas for their college essays, and the second will help students select an organizational structure that will best develop their ideas. Once students have a draft of their essay, they are encouraged to bring it to the Writing Center for additional feedback.


All students are welcome to join!


EVENT LOCATION: Click HERE for Zoom link.


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11th Gr Networking: Planning the Spring College Search

3/4/2022 1:41 pm


Calling all parents of juniors!


Please join us to hear our NCHS Counselors discuss what juniors and their parents should be considering for their college search this spring. They will discuss how Naviance can be used as a tool in this process and how planning your student’s summer can help smooth the transition into the senior year phase of their college search.


We look forward to seeing you for our first in person 11th grade networking meeting this year!




Download the College Visit Checklist (PDF)

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March General Mtg: A Parent's Guide to Modern Teen Dating, with New Canaan CARES

3/2/2022 5:14 pm


Join Emma Kate Freatman, LPC at Silver Hill Hospital, for an open and honest conversation about modern teen dating. Learn what teens are saying and leave with tips to start the conversation and keep it going. Bring your questions!




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NCHS Talk & Tour for Parents

2/26/2022 1:20 pm


NCHS Parents!


Join Principal Egan and his team for an in-person Meet and Greet. There will also be a Q & A session followed by a tour of NCHS. All questions must be submitted in advance of the meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to see our kids and teachers in action! 


Event Location: NCHS Wagner Room


RSVP here


(RSVP requested to help plan the building tour)

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Winter Break: No School Feb 18 - 25

2/17/2022 12:00 am


FEB 18: No School - Professional Development Day

FEB 21 - 25: No School - Winter Break

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Brownie Cake Pops On Sale Feb 10th

2/10/2022 9:26 am


Epic-Sized Brownie Cake Pops will be on sale for $10 each in the NCHS Lobby from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM on the following days:


February 10th

February 11th - DATE CANCELLED

February 14th - DATE CANCELLED


Cash or Venmo Only

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Last Chance to Purchase Sweet Treats

2/9/2022 12:00 am


Surprise your special someone, or treat yourself, and support the 2022 NCHS Post Prom at the same time. All proceeds will go to this year's event. 


Click the image above to go to the order form.

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PFA General Meeting with Saxe PTC

1/6/2022 5:04 pm


Join us for the first PFA General Meeting of 2022 on January 12th at 9:30am. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi will be our guest speaker to give an update on the current school year as well as to discuss the 2022-23 budgeting process and answer general questions from the group.


EVENT LOCATION: https://ncps-k12-org.zoom.us/j/94799779300

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Happy Holidays!

12/22/2021 10:51 am

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Alumni Roundtable Brunch for Seniors

12/15/2021 1:28 pm

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9th Gr Networking: Midterm Prep

12/3/2021 9:30 am


Watch the meeting video: https://youtu.be/1RxdjCHyBVA


View the 9th Grade Parent exam preparation handout


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 2022 General Mtg: Coffee with Principal Egan

11/2/2021 7:27 pm


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



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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


Please join us to learn some useful tips and strategies to help your students cope 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.


Click here for meeting notes.




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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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Financial Aid Night

10/8/2021 11:17 am


The School Counselors invite you to join them at Financial Aid Night. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially if your child is a member of the Class of 2022. 


For more information, please contact NCHS School Counselor Lori Keen.


EVENT LOCATION: Via Zoom, click the link below.


https://ncps-k12-org.zoom.us/ j/96103269687?pwd= c3hxVndFQVpKcWwzZk00V2lVcjg2QT 09
Passcode: 636827


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New Canaan Cares & NCHS PFA Present: Reflecting, Revising and Reviving with Dr. Michelle Albright, PhD

10/8/2021 10:38 am


New Canaan CARES and NCHS PFA present "Reflecting, Reviving and Revising" with Dr. Michelle Albright. As a new school year begins, parents and teens may want to make up for lost time, while others may be cautious to re-engage. Join Dr. Albright for an interactive discussion that will touch on the importance of maintaining family time and connections, remembering the lessons we've learned over the past year, and setting the pace for fall with tips and strategies to keep your family dynamics on the right path.


EVENT LOCATION: Via Zoom. Click HERE to join the Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 879 9699 0082 | Passcode: 812557

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New to New Canaan Coffee

10/6/2021 2:00 pm


Please join us at a gathering for families new to the NCPS district and/or who have recently moved to New Canaan. Meet other new parents and members of the PFA Board. We look forward to seeing you there!


EVENT LOCATION: The Carriage Barn @ Waveny Park

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11th Gr Networking: The College Roadtrip

9/27/2021 10:34 am


Please join us over Zoom to hear Sue Carroll, NCHS College and Career Center Coordinator, and Ann Vernon, NCHS Guidance Counselor, talk about the various ways to research colleges and plan your upcoming college road trips. Also, they will discuss what is new on the college admission landscape and the college admissions timeline. Q&A will be addressed at the end of the discussion.

Passcode: 608603


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