Weekly Update 4/01/2021

Dear NCHS Family,

It’s wonderful to hear students’ sounds during passing time in the hallways. It feels like a slight sense of normalcy is back in place. Keeping students safe in school is our goal, and to stay on course, we need your help. Please have a conversation with your child on the importance of mask-wearing and wearing it properly. The mask should cover the nose, mouth, and chin. As we all know, wearing a mask helps to prevent getting and spreading Covid. It is more critical now – that we are all in the building together – to keep our mitigation strategies going and keep us all safe. Thank you for respectfully following this essential protocol.

Our Spring Break begins Monday, April 5th, through Friday, April 10th. Once again, the April break should be homework-free. The only caveat is the occasional AP class with the required material. However, this should prove to be the exception and not the rule. Please refer to the travel guidelines outlined in Charting Our Course for current updates and information for those families traveling during the break.


Wednesday’s NC Color Drop was a great success! All 2,000 balls were sold, and the lucky grand prize winner was Katherine Megrue Smith, owner of a brand new Peloton Tread! The NC Sports gift basket went to John O’Rourke, and Rob Cioffi won the Kidzone Bumper Cars. Congrats to the winners!

The event was live-streamed for all residents to watch, it was an amazing NCHS production lead by Producer Emily Fox and Host Ian Nicholas. Behind the camera was the team of Cole Schubert, Harry Lee & Amelie L’Henaff, and Anav Sahay. Pippa Williams and Eleanor Lapin helped determine the winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser and showed their support for the NCHS Scholarship Foundation!

Me. Staffaroni’s US History class watching the NC Color Drop!


Look into these local scholarships:

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

The deadline is May 7th, 2021. Sapienza Application Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.

The New Canaan High School Scholarship:

New Canaan High School Scholarship Application

The deadline to apply is May 7th, 2021. This scholarship requires the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form (using Code 7929) be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship: Exchange Club Application

The deadline to apply is May 7th, 2021. Students must complete the CSS Profile for this scholarship using Code 7929 (this is the NCHS Scholarship Foundation code). If you have already applied for the NCHS Scholarship, you do not need to submit the CSS Profile again.

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements.



The school nurses have seen many students for complaints of headaches and fatigue. Could it be from staying up late “bingeing” a favorite Netflix show OR could it be from not drinking enough water throughout the day? As we are all doing our part during this pandemic and wearing masks these days, we are not keeping our bodies hydrated which could be the cause of headaches and fatigue, amongst other signs of dehydration. Wearing masks does not cause dehydration, we are not drinking enough water while wearing masks does! The nurses challenged students to find all of the water filling stations, NOT water fountains in the high school, and report back with the correct answer!

Congratulations to August Kelliher for being the first with the correct answer and winning the hydro flask! Stay hydrated NCHS!


Please email nchsattendance@ncps-k12.org or call 203-594-4672 to report a student as a temporary remote learner for the day by 7:15 am or to report an absence.


4/02 – No School – Good Friday

4/05-4/09 – No School – Spring Break

4/12 – BOE Meeting – 7:00 pm

I wish everyone a safe and restful break!

Bill Egan




Students – please have your lunch cards with you when making a food purchase. This would help expedite the process during the lunch waves. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Congratulations to the NCHS Girls Hockey and NCHS Boys Hockey Teams on winning the FCIAC Championships! Go Rams!!!!

The NCHS math team advances to state competition next week as one of 13 teams in the large school division. Wish them luck!

Students in Mrs. Marhefki’s M2 PreCalc transformed periodic functions so that marbles go through the stars on an interactive graph. Students tested their ideas by launching the marbles and were able to try out different strategies when one didn’t work.


A reminder to all students that Course Selection and Appeals for Reconsideration of Placement will close today, Thursday, April 1st at midnight. Please finalize your plans for next year and see your counselor if you have questions. Also, let your counselor know if you have made any changes in your selections since you met with them.


On Thursday, March 25, Ms. Core’s Painting class had a Visiting Artist, Heather Neilson, zoom to class for an Abstract Landscape Workshop. The workshop was a big hit! Students created two acrylic paintings in the one class period with excellent results. Below are photos from the workshop and some student examples of finished pieces:

Isabella Cimino
Isabella Cimino
Kailey Marti
Tema Wagner

ACDA National Student Leadership Academy

Four of our NCHS Choir students had the opportunity to participate in the American Choral Director’s Association leadership academy for high school music students on March 18-20.

Will Stallings, Alex Hsu, Clara Bloom, and Ellie Parkhill participated in online workshops with world-renowned speakers, conductors, and composers such as Brandon Boyd, Kelly Miller, Anton Armstrong, Lynne Gackle, and Eric Whitacre. Students left with a greater understanding of student leadership, preparations for auditions and performances, and tools for building unity through collective singing. We are proud of these students for their time and commitment to music and our Choral Program!

NCHS FILM | New Age Film Festival |Call for Entries

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