Weekly Update 4/23/2021

Dear NCHS Family,

Last April marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Mr. Harvey, a Latin teacher who retired from NCHS last June, reached out to the faculty in the fall of 2019 to plan a building-wide Earth Day celebration. Many teachers signed up to honor the day with lessons and activities that focused on environmental conservation. Then, April turned into something altogether unexpected and all of our Earth Day plans were abandoned. On this 51st Earth Day anniversary, we are thinking of Mr. Harvey and sharing this podcast featuring an interview with Denis Hayes, the young activist who was recruited to rally the nation to celebrate the first Earth Day back in 1970, and all of those that followed. Please visit nchs library.info to listen to the podcast. Many thanks to Mrs. Luhtala for sharing.

This week, NCHS celebrated Earth Week with planned events and daily announcements led by the efforts of our Student Coalition. We began the week with signs posted around the school as a reminder to recycle and its importance. Staff and students were asked to bring a reusable water bottle on Tuesday for Reusable Water Bottle Day. Wednesday was school-wide Paperless Day. Thursday was the official annual worldwide Earth Day; this year’s theme is Restore Our Earth. Today, students and staff wore green or blue to celebrate the week! Let’s continue to stay informed and aware to do our part to help Restore Our Earth.


The results from this year’s national TSA/TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition are in and New Canaan High School’s Team A earned the top spot in the State of Connecticut and a #4 ranking in the nation! Twenty AP Physics students competed in the event in teams of four. In this unusual year, all team members were required to collaborate from home, over zoom, making it even more challenging than usual. The competition consists of three parts, and this year’s theme was “Engineering Solutions in a Pandemic”.

In part 1 each team prepared an engineering proposal to use robotics to decrease the imbalance between supply and demand for materials during a pandemic. It took about 4 weeks to prepare the proposal and it was submitted just before competition day.

Part 2 was a series of questions about four different topics related to engineering challenges during the pandemic.

Part 3, was a design and build portion where teams were given a limited amount of materials and were told to build a device to move materials for building masks from one part of a table to a delivery box, without touching the materials.

The 4 other New Canaan teams also fared well in the state with Team C finishing 4th, Team D, 7th, Team B, 10th, and Team D, 14th. Congratulations to all participants!


Starting top left and clockwise, Andy Liang, George Radaslavov, Team Captain Mark Levin, and Sara Kaiser.


Check out this weeks tip about AP Tests here http://nchstips.com/tip-of-the-week/


This week’s deserving recipients of bouquets are the Custodial Staff for Custodial Appreciation Day, Tyler Clay, and Laura Luchette. Congratulations to all!


5/01 – Drama Festival “Beyond The Mask” – 7:00 pm

5/03 – BOE Meeting – 7:00 pm

5/08 – SAT = 7:30 AM



April is national poetry month! Unfortunately, we aren’t able to do the time honors tradition of poetry fest at NCHS, but that doesn’t mean our aspiring poets can’t still watch a poetry jam. The American Academy of Poets is hosting a webinar titled “Poetry and the Creative Mind” on April 29th. — registration is free.

It was gingham day in the English department… check it out:)


The NCHS Math Team tied for second place in the large school division of the Connecticut State Association of Math Leagues competition. Seniors Yikuan Zhou, George Radoslavov, and Nick Stiles, juniors Andy Liang, Victor Ralev, and Julie Song, sophomore Peyton Zaletsky, and freshman Luke Huang gave up an afternoon during their April break to represent New Canaan High School. Yikuan and Luke were two of only 19 students from the 45 schools in the entire competition who achieved perfect scores. Congratulations to Ms. Lee and the entire team!

A special congratulations goes out to Luke Huang who was one of only twenty-four students in the country to be invited to partake in the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Luke qualified for the USAJMO by being a top scorer on three rounds of increasingly more challenging math exams. Good luck Luke on the USAJMO!


Seniors: Please click here for Senior Scholarship Information.

Sophomores will meet with their counselors on Wednesday, April 28th at 11am. This is a very important meeting as it is the kickoff to post high school planning. At this virtual meeting students will understand the tools available to them as they do a career interest inventory and then link that to the college search and post high school planning process. Look for a zoom link next week. Parents will have their own meeting on May 21st.


Art Club Group Project Ready for Viewing

Pictured above are Brin McLevey, Ryan Whitman, Eve Lindberg, Natalie Minckler and Claudia Zhu (missing is Marina Mallozzi).

The Art Club has just completed their group project, a mixed media painting of the “Notorious RBG”. Their artwork is a tribute to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. She was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve in that office. Ginsburg spent much of her legal career as an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Her work directly led to the end of gender discrimination in many areas of the law.

The art club meets every Thursday after school in room #123 and works on group projects like the one here or independent artwork. All are welcome to join. The Art Club moderator is art teacher Jeanne McDonagh.


The photography classes are PAINTING WITH LIGHT! This is a technique where they slow their shutter speed, utilize a tripod and their flashlights to effectively ‘draw on camera with light’.


Have you been working on a movie project? Maybe an animation or a music video? Made a Public Service Announcement for another class? Or even a documentary? How about a news segment? All of these are types of entries for the New Age Film Festival!

SUBMIT BY FRIDAY APRIL 30th by submitting your film online!



The 32nd Annual Drama Festival

Beyond the Mask

Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 pm

Purchase tickets here


Please click here to see what’s new at New Canaan High School Library! The link is also on our webpage at nchs library.info.