Weekly Update 5/21/2021

Dear NCHS Family,

We said goodbye to over 350 seniors on Monday as they embarked on their Senior Internship Experience/Senior Project. The Senior Internship Experience allows seniors to explore career interests and observe a professional setting.  The Senior Project allows students to explore whatever interests them through experiential learning.  Senior project ideas include everything from future careers to unique talents to community service projects.  Congratulations, seniors – learn, grow and enjoy the experience!

FRONT PORCH PHOTOGRAPHY IS BACK!  

We are happy to share that the “Front Porch Photography” internship is back! Two of our Senior students Ed Gentner and Connor Webster, are taking photos of Seniors outside of their homes.  Last year, student Pablo Villa developed the idea of “Front Porch Photography” to celebrate the senior class.  We are thrilled that Ed and Connor, who both enjoy taking photos, will continue the new tradition. Thank you to Ed and Connor for keeping the tradition alive!  Anyone interested in signing up for “Front Porch Photography,” please click here!

This week’s featured Seniors are –

HANNAH MOORE

NICK STILES

OLIVIA LICATA

SAM MARSH AND HIS PROUD MOM!

CONNOR WEBSTER

EDWARD GENTNER

VALERIE O’NEILL

OLIVER ARRIX

ROSTYSLAV OLIYNYK

A MENTALITY BOOST:

Please join New Canaan YMCA Teen Board Members Jackie Siegel and Nicholas Lambrinos for “A Mentality Boost” on Tuesday, May 25th, from 6:00-7:30 pm in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month! They will be hosting a discussion at the YMCA with special guest speaker, Superintendent  Dr. Bryan Luizzi.  Local middle and high school teens are invited to the discussion about resiliency and positive psychology.  Please click here to register.

The 2020-2021 edition of Spectator, New Canaan High School’s literary magazine, is now available digitally on the club’s website!  Please enjoy this celebration of student writing and visual art!  Great thanks to all who contributed!  To those interested in joining the club or contributing to the magazine next school year, please explore Spectator’s website for more information. Here’s to sunny days and happy reading!

Spectator Student Editors 

LET’S CELEBRATE THE CLASS OF 2021! 

Graduation lawn signs have become a tradition at NCHS, and we are excited to announce that they are now available for purchase!  Celebrate the seniors and congratulate them on their achievements – purchase your lawn sign today!  

The SLOBs will plant the sign on your lawn. Graduates’ signs are $40 and include the stand.  To order, please click here.

Please note: Please email  william.egan@ncps-k12.org or mary.cognetta@ncps-k12.org

if a member of the Class of 2021 is not able to attend graduation. 

NCTV Weekly Broadcast

Congratulations to Nate Moor selected once again to represent Connecticut (https://www.chessct.org/csca/cscamain.php) and NCHS at the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions (https://new.uschess.org/denker) scheduled for late July in Cherry Hill, NJ. The Denker champion qualifies to represent the USA at the World Youth Championships in Romania.  

Last weekend, Nate also came in clear second place at the Annual Bluebird tournament held at Yale University, losing only to the International Grandmaster winner, a former Denker champion.

CLUB NEWS:

Charity Link Club is holding a fundraiser with the Building Homes for Heroes organization to raise money for injured veterans in need. For every $5.00 donated, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of two prize baskets worth $150 each. The fundraiser ends May 31st. Just scan the QR code to donate. Please help us reach our goal to fund Army Specialist Craig Hall!

BOUQUET BUDDIES:

Due to the continued generosity of Trader Joe’s Neighborhood Shares program, the Bouquet Buddies were able to give extra bouquets out this week.  This week’s nominees are Darcy Smith, Tammy Ruffin, Juli Sellars, Kat Munson, Jess Cullen, and Stephanie Kremer.  Candy bouquet recipients are Paul Gallo and  David Wannagott

TIPS OF THE WEEK!

Check out the end-of-year activities for juniors and seniors here! http://nchstips.com/tip-of-the-week/

UPCOMING EVENTS:

5/21 – Junior Prom – Italian Center – 7:00 PM

5/31 – Memorial Day – No School

6/02 – NCHS Film Festival – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

6/03-6/05 – NCHS Spring Musical – Godspell 

Have a great weekend!

Bill

DEPARTMENT NEWS:

ENGLISH: 

Shakespeare is in the air!  At least for many senior AP classes that have been performing scenes from Hamlet.  This week many seniors completed their group performances of crucial scenes in Hamlet that provided insight into some of the “big questions” that Hamlet proposes.  When asked how he felt his performance went, senior Denis Mulcahy quipped, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

The seniors don’t get to have all the fun — Ms. Fitzpatrick’s freshmen classes are reading and performing Romeo and Juliet. Students are finishing Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird and completing character monologues in many freshmen classes. Students in Ms. Cullen’s junior English classes are working on college essays.

Finally, students in all freshmen and sophomore classes will be completing and submitting summative portfolios — these are compilations of their writing throughout the year and a reflection that details their growth during this time. 

MATH: 

This week, Mr. Hansell will be attending the UCONN ECE Statistics Workshop. ECE UCONN Courses (Early College Experience) offers students the opportunity to earn non-degree college credit at a fraction of the cost of an on-campus course. ECE teachers are considered adjunct faculty. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to our students for the upcoming school year! To learn more about ECE, check out the website

SCHOOL COUNSELING:

Counselors met with juniors via zoom to register them with the CommonApp and advise on the next steps to prepare for college applications in the fall. Juniors are invited to make appointments with their counselor before the end of school to discuss their progress to date in researching schools, building a list, and asking teachers for recommendations.

Counselors have also been working with seniors as they finish their high school careers. We’ve talked to college reps about waitlisted students and begun to analyze the trends we saw this year in admissions. 

Counselors are also meeting with students to discuss recent progress report comments. 

VPA:

NCHS Film Presents

The 7th Annual New Age Film Festival

Please click on the links below to watch student entries from each category:

NARRATIVE

DOCUMENTARY

PSA

ANIMATION

OPEN ENTRY

FESTIVAL AWARDS | WED, JUNE 2

All films are being adjudicated by filmmaking professionals! Stay tuned for our presentation of awards that is set to release on Wednesday, June 2nd

MEET OUR JURORS!

MICHAEL COVINO

Michael Covino is a filmmaker, director, writer, producer, actor, and a graduate of New Canaan High School. Most recently, Mike wrote, acted, and directed in his film titled, The Climb, released by Sony Pictures and recognized by many film festivals worldwide. The Climb received the “coup de cour’” award at the Cannes Film Festival. Check out his IMDB to learn more about his various projects, roles, and productions by clicking here.

ALEX COCO

Alex Coco is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. After graduating from USC film school, he started as director Sean Baker’s assistant and post-production coordinator on THE FLORIDA PROJEC. He recently produced Baker’s latest feature film, RED ROCKET, acquired by A24. Additional producing credits include a fashion film for the brand Khaite directed by Baker and COLOURS, Brooklynn Prince’s directorial debut, which premiered at the Cannes Lions Film Festival in 2019. His next project will be serving as the first assistant director on a horror film starring Kit Harington and Noémie Merlant.

LIBRARY:

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