List of 70 news stories.

  • NCCS’s Rebecca Comizio Named Connecticut School Psychologist of the Year

    Rebecca Comizio, school psychologist at New Canaan Country School, has been selected to be the 2018-2019 “Connecticut School Psychologist of the Year” by the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists, based on nominations and recommendations from supervisors and colleagues. (Read more about her work in the Spring 2019 Bulletin, "What is Social-Emotional Learning? And Why Does it Matter?"
  • New Canaan Country School Holds Closing Exercises

    At New Canaan Country School’s Closing Exercises Wednesday, June 12, Head of School Aaron Cooper encouraged the 38 ninth grade graduates of the Class of 2019 to be brave. View photos.
  • Artists Featured in the 2019 Alumni Art Show

    The artwort of Alex Golden ‘94 and Victoria Manganiello ‘04 were featured in the Alumni Art Show and will hang in the Grace House lobby through June 14.
  • Country School Breaks Ground on New Athletics and Wellness Center

    New Canaan Country School broke ground on an Athletics and Wellness Center at its Memorial Day assembly held May 24. View photos.
  • Alumni Council President Tucker Golden ’90, Alumni Award winner Allison Kessler Vear ’00 and Head of School Aaron Cooper

    Allison Kessler Vear ’00 Receives New Canaan Country School Alumni Award

    Allison Kessler Vear ’00 was presented with the 2019 New Canaan Country School Alumni Award on the school’s campus May 17. Allison is an attending physician at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a leading rehabilitation hospital in Chicago, where she specializes in spinal cord injury medicine. Paralyzed from the waist down since the age of 15, Allison is also an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. View video presentation. 
     
  • Country School Eighth Graders Tackle World Issues

    Country School eighth graders presented at the school’s annual World Congress, a hallmark event of their year-long study of world cultures.

  • Parents Beautify Campus with Plantings

    by the Parents' Association
    Have you noticed all the beautiful planters around campus? Parents Brennen Strine and Julie Aliapoulios, our beautification committee chairs, have spent countless hours planning, planting and taking care of our planters to make our campus more enjoyable for us all. 
  • French Winners

    Country School Students Win Recognition on World Language Exams

    Country School students in the Upper School division (grades 7-9) made a strong showing in the recent 2019 national World Languages exams. Of particular note, the following students earned the highest possible prize in their respective languages: Ninth grader Seth Yoo of Pound Ridge, NY received a perfect score on his French exam. Eighth grader Ben Herdeg of New Canaan placed in the top one percent of the country on the National Spanish Exam. Finally, eighth grader Sofie Petricone of Rowayton earned a gold medal on the National Latin Exam, and seventh grader Elsa Franks of Stamford earned the highest possible prize on the Introductory Latin Exam.
  • Kindergarteners Explore Identity Through Body Maps

    Over the past few months, Kindergarteners at New Canaan Country School have been immersed in an interdisciplinary study of identity culminating with a Body Map Exhibit last week. Through read alouds, discussions, scientific experiments, art, music, movement, theater and play, students built a vocabulary with which to discuss themselves and others.
  • May Baskets Deliver Spring Cheer to Country School Campus

    This past week, kindness was sprinkled across the New Canaan Country School campus in the form of May Baskets delivered by students ages 4 and 5. The students, called “Beginners” at the Pre-K through Grade 9 school, decorated small, paper baskets, filled them with flowers and hung them on doorknobs throughout the school’s buildings. Recipients were delighted to receive the annual harbingers of spring.
  • Author Janet Wong Shares Love of Poetry at Country School

    On Friday, April 26, author and poet Janet Wong visited Country School, presenting to all students in Grades 1 through 6.
  • Family Fun Night & Deal Days - A Success!

    by Parents' Association
    Sideways rain couldn't stop the fun at Family Fun Night last Friday, April 25. Relocated into Grace House, the night was a whirlwind of magicians, raffle tickets, stilt walkers, glow sticks and carnival games - even a surprise visit from the one and only NCCS Cougar. (View Family Fun Night & Deal Days photos)
  • Slogan winners

    Country School Celebrates Earth Day with Sustainability Slogans & Book Recycling

    Country School has been celebrating Earth Day all month long with a variety of initiatives that encourage environmental sustainability on campus and in the community at-large. Some, like the Lower School Book Recycling project, are decades-old traditions, while others are brand new, including an environmental sustainability slogan contest.
  • School Counselors Share Advice on ‘The Art and Science of Transitions’ at Latest PA Parent Talk

    School Psychologist Rebecca Comizio and School Counselor Nora Goddard spoke about “The Art and Science of Transitions: How to Stay Present while Preparing for Change” at an April 18 Parents’ Association Parent Talk. They offered practical tips to the approximately 50 parents in attendance on how to help children of all ages manage small daily transitions, for example, between school and home, as well as larger transitions such as moves or family changes.
  • Visit Saturn! Third Graders Create Planet Commercials

    Did you know that Saturn is called the “jewel planet” and that you can see it during the day and night? Third graders Berkley and Marin share this information and more in their lively planet commercial. This year, the third grade solar system unit became a multimedia project incorporating STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math. View the commercial.
  • Parents Gather for Spring Coffee

    Last Friday parents of students in all divisions gathered for coffee and conversation in the Carver Commons. This casual social event offered parents the opportunity to connect and catch up with friends, both old and new. The Parents’ Association hopes that you’ll join in future PA Coffees so please stay tuned! 
  • Country School Holds Fifth Annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service

    Members of the ninth grade class led nearly 300 New Canaan Country School and Horizons at NCCS students and their families to serve the wide-ranging needs of 13 local non-profit organizations this weekend. They were participating in the fifth annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service in honor of an NCCS classmate who passed away in 2013. The day-long event was held April 6 throughout Fairfield County and also on the school’s campus, in New Canaan. View photos.

  • The Starfish Story: Making a Difference

    by Head of Lower School Meaghan Mallin
    At a recent assembly, I shared The Starfish Story with your children. For anyone unfamiliar, the story (adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley), goes like this:
     
  • Third Graders Recreate a Turn of the Century Ellis Island Experience

    Third Graders at New Canaan Country School experienced what it might have been like to immigrate to America at the turn of the century. The hands-on learning simulation is part of the third grade’s cultural identity study on the “Peopling of America.”
  • Allison Kessler Vear ’00, MD, MSc to receive 2019 Alumni Award

    The New Canaan Country School Alumni Council will present the 2019 Alumni Award to Allison Kessler Vear ’00. Allison will return to campus on May 17 to accept the honor and to share with students, alumni and guests her work as a top physical rehabilitation physician. This event kicks off Alumni Weekend 2019.
  • Athletic Trainer Discusses Muscle and Skeletal Systems with 5th Science Students

    Fifth grade science students were treated to a guest speaker today. Resident skeletal and muscular expert, NCCS Athletic Trainer Melissa Ryan-Knowlton, spoke to the students about common injuries experienced by different athletes such as sled hockey players (ice hockey for people with disabilities) and sprinters. With the assistance of an app, students were then able to identify various major muscles and bones. All part of their study of the human skeletal system.
     
  • Middle School Students Visit New Canaan Inn

    by Parents' Association
    On Wednesday, students from the Middle School visited residents at The New Canaan Inn. 
  • Mothers at Work Gather for Potluck

    by Parents' Association
    A warm gathering was held at the home of Elizabeth Sosnow for the Mothers at Work Resource Group last Thursday, February 28. 
  • Students Learn about KAM Day Volunteer Opportunities

    On Wednesday, March 6 we hosted a KAM Day informational fair in the Carver Commons. All thirteen of the KAM Day partner organizations were represented. 

  • On Stage and On Netflix: Mary Birnbaum ‘99 and Flora Birnbaum ‘04

    by Holly Donaldson Casella ‘04
    There is no shortage of artistic talent in the Birnbaum family. As someone who spent quite some time at their house growing up, I can attest that music and performance have always been at the center of life for the Birnbaums, both in formal and informal settings. As girls, Mary ‘99 and Flora ‘04, sang in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and our playdates often consisted of elaborate performances, usually with full costume and set design!
     
  • Tapping into Learning at Country School

    Every winter, New Canaan Country School students in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade collect maple sap and boil it down to syrup in the school’s Sugar Shack. The students tap the maple trees all over the school’s 75-acre campus, collect the sap, boil it down, then sample it.
  • Country School Students & Parents Show Love for Teachers

    by Maya Frey and Lindsay Murawski, Teacher Appreciation Day Chair and Vice Chair
    What a terrific day—we were thrilled to be able to acknowledge our amazing faculty and staff with a day that kicked off with posters and lots of 9th grade enthusiasm.
  • First Graders Cap China Study with Lunar New Year Celebration

    First graders have been studying China throughout the year, so they were brimming with excitement last Friday at a special Lunar New Year Assembly, complete with a traditional dragon parade, handmade noisemakers, and the banging of a gong, to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig. View photos

  • Middle & Upper School Screens Mr. Rogers Documentary

    by School Counselor Nora Goddard & US English & History Teacher Will McDonough
    As a continuation of our community conversations on social and emotional well-being, diversity and inclusion, Middle and Upper School students watched select scenes from the film Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary on Fred Rogers and his television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
  • The Power and Purpose of Play to be Held March 12

    “The Power and Purpose of Play,” a New Canaan CARES parent program featuring Beth O’Brien, Head of Early Childhood of New Canaan Country School, will be held at 10 a.m. on March 12 at the New Canaan Library’s Lamb Room.
  • Do Birds Prefer Music? NCCS Student Experiment Wins National Challenge

    The scientific experiment of Jane Walsh, a Country School 7th grade student, has been selected as the National Challenge Grand Prize Winner of Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s K-12 annual magazine, Birdsleuth Investigator.

  • Internet Safety Expert Shares Tips

    Parents' Association
    Scott Driscoll, President of Internet Safety Concepts, visited the Country School campus on Feb. 11 and met with a large group of parents and Middle and Upper School students. Mr. Driscoll discussed making smart and safe choices while using the internet, social media, and other technologies. He offered tools, strategies, and safety tips for parents to share with their child(ren).
  • Country School Parents Teach History and Culture Lessons About Their Native Countries

    Last Friday, Tatyana and Eral Gokgol-Kline visited Mrs. Balasuriya’s first grade classroom to teach students about their native countries of Ukraine and Turkey. Their son, Kai, helped teach his classmates to count in Turkish, Russian and Ukranian as well.
  • PA Community Service: Valentine’s Day Cards for Meals on Wheels

    Parents' Association
    On Wednesday afternoon, 30 students from all divisions gathered for a good cause in the Thacher Motor Room. 

  • Country School Community Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Country School celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with gatherings throughout the school Jan. 18.

  • Second Graders Sparkle at Prospector Theater

    On Jan. 15, Country School second graders visited the unique and inspirational Prospector Theater in Ridgefield whose mission is to provide meaningful employment to people with disabilities.


  • US Students Provide Dinner at Inspirica

    Parents' Association
    For the second year, Upper School students and parents gathered Saturday evening to provide dinner at Inspirica’s Women’s Shelter in Stamford.
  • Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey Wins Upland Championship

    New Canaan Country School’s boys’ varsity ice hockey team won the 45th annual Upland Invitational Tournament held in Kennett Square, PA, Jan. 12 and 13. The seventh, eighth and ninth graders went 3-0-1, beating The Rectory School, Upland Country Day School and Greenwich Country Day School, and tying a strong Rumsey Hall School team 3-3 in the final game to capture the Championship Cup.
  • NCCS Buddies Take STEAM Challenge

    The one-hour STEAM challenge was on! Students spread across classrooms, common spaces and hallways to make a three-tiered, freestanding snowperson with tissue paper, straws, cotton balls, pipe cleaners and tape. Working in buddy pairs, students designed and built their creations during a vibrant hour of collaboration and connection. View video>> photos>>
  • Lower School Singers Provide Holiday Cheer

    New Canaan Country School third and fourth grade students brought holiday cheer to the residents at The Village at Waveny, an assisted living facility in New Canaan, Wed., Dec. 12.
  • Service Learning in Lower School

    Lower School students continued to explore the idea of a “giving heart” by participating in two, donation service projects this December: a toy and gift drive for ELM/Camp Amerikids and a warm, comfort food drive for the Person-to-Person Mobile Food Truck. 
  • Students Take Center Stage in LS Arts Assembly

    The Lower School Arts Assembly is a quintessential Country School event, a kind of creative rite of passage for students. In this annual tradition, first and second grade students create the set and choreograph all of the dances themselves for a one-hour performance they perform first for peers and younger students during a dress rehearsal and then for parents during the school's annual Parent Visiting Day. Art teachers Liz Ferran and Performing Arts teacher Jake Alrich guide the students, but the work is very much an expression of the students' collective creativity. View photos & video >>
  • The Gift is in the Giving

    Head of Lower School Meaghan Mallin
    I wanted to share our latest Lower School community project with you, as we will be carrying it out in these weeks before break. If you have been to LS assembly, you have likely noticed that we always open our gathering with important messaging of community. We talk overtly about what it means to be kind, how we can practice gratitude, and what it means to be our best selves.
  • Life Beyond Country School

    One of our favorite events, a panel of recent graduates and parents of recent graduates returned to campus Dec. 10 to answer questions and share with current parents their perspective of the transition through and beyond Country School.
  • Kindergarteners Learn to Skate

    Country School kindergarten students took to the ice Dec. 3 for their first learn to skate class of the season. Guided by professional instructors, students in the school’s lower grades are learning how to glide, stop and skate backwards. VIEW PHOTOS >>

  • Ninth Graders Attend National Diversity Conference

    Six Country School 9th graders traveled to Nashville for the annual Student Diversity Leadership (SDLC) conference Nov. 28-Dec. 1. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this multi-racial, multicultural student gathering which focuses on self-reflection and building community.

  • Parenting Forum Addresses Communication with Children

    School Psychologist Rebecca Comizio shared strategies for parents at the Fall Early Childhood and Lower School Parenting Forum, The Art and Science of Communication: How to Nurture Effective Communication with our Children. Head of Early Childhood. Beth O’Brien opened the forum with the quote: “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice” by Peggy O’Mara, and then Mrs. Comizio guided a discussion based on the book, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. View slides.
     
  • Country School Learns More about Horizons

    Head of School Aaron Cooper kicked off the informal gathering expressing his excitement about the opportunities that exist to bring these communities together. Attendees took a Horizons quiz and Executive Director Nancy von Euler led them through the answers which highlighted not only the K-8 Summer and School Year Programming that takes place right here at NCCS, as well as the multiple ways NCCS families can get involved in Horizons.
  • French Students Compete in Mousse-Off

    The results are in! The winners of the 2018 French Mousse-Off are seventh grader Tanvi Debnath of Stamford, eighth grader Maeve Baker of New Canaan and ninth grader Alex Almeida, also of New Canaan. Scoring for the annual culinary contest is based on taste and execution as well as overall presentation of the delicious dessert often associated with haute cuisine. 
  • Country School Supports Local Food Bank

    Country School
    The Country School community, including students, faculty and staff from Early Childhood through Grade 9, collected 2,369 pounds of canned and dry food over the past two weeks in support of The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
     
  • 5th Grade Science Students Interview Weather Channel’s Carl Parker

    Fifth grade science students interviewed Atlanta-based meteorologist Carl Parker via teleconference Wednesday. The interview, led by Middle School Science Teacher Lindsay Frey, was part of a larger study on the forces that drive weather patterns.
  • NCCS Graduate and Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s Film “A Private War” Now In Theaters

    New Canaan Country School graduate Matthew Heineman ʼ98 is the director and producer of a new film, “A Private War” hitting theaters nationwide today. A biopic about Marie Colvin, the legendary, eye-patch-wearing Sunday Times correspondent, the film has been receiving rave reviews since it first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
  • Former Apprentice Video Chats with Lower School from Greenland

    Earlier this fall former apprentice and assistant science teacher Hannah James teleconferenced with the entire Lower School from her current base at Summit Station (atop a 2-mile deep ice sheet!). The Lower School community gathered in the new Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall and Commons to hear about her work as a research scientist and life in the Arctic.
  • Mrs. Porter’s 5th grade class is on a scavenger hunt to find six different kinds of first sentences in the library collection.

    Innovation Space Sparks Collaboration and Creativity

    If there is one word to describe the John Christophe Schlesinger ’89 Library since it reopened this fall, it is versatile. With the addition of the new Amicus Foundation Innovation Space, it has been a hub of inspiration and collaboration combining the best of traditional and cutting-edge resources. The space was designed to offer flexibility with moveable furniture, write-on tables, and a variety of seating (or standing) options, in addition to shelves stocked with books and robotics kits.
  • Student-Athlete Amitav Nott Goes the Extra Mile

    New Canaan Country School cross-country runner Amitav Nott finished the 2018 fall season with first place honors (9th grade division) following Fairchester League’s final race, Nov. 7. For Amitav, the blue ribbon represented three years’ of steady improvement, patience and dedication.
  • Student-Athlete Ava Gizzie Reflects on Soccer, Life Skills

    New Canaan Country School varsity soccer player Ava Gizzie attributes much of her success to a surprisingly non-athletic personal skill: time management.


  • Festival of Books - A Celebration of Literacy

    This year’s Festival of Books was a three-day celebration of literacy at Country School. For the first time, it was held in the recently renovated Schlesinger Library/Amicus Innovations Space. One of the Parents' Association's biggest fundraisers of the year, the Festival of Books also provided many opportunities to build community, as well as classroom libraries. VIEW PHOTOS.
  • Country School Lights the Night

    Members of the Country School community raised red, yellow and white lanterns at the annual Light the Night Walk on Oct. 28. More than 60 students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the event and raised $5,300 (surpassing their goal of $5,000!) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Composer Shares Inspiration with Middle & Upper School

    Middle and Upper School students met Jordan Plotner, a British/American award-winning composer and producer based in Los Angeles during the Community Time assembly on Monday, Oct. 22.
  • Fourth Graders Experience Native American Life


    Fourth graders learned about the lives of Native Americans at The Institute for American Indian Studies.

  • MAWs Gathers for Fall Brunch

    Parents' Association
    A hearty crew of 25+ moms and students gathered at the home of Jenny Harrington for wonderful conversation, great food and lively fall activities last weekend. 
  • Middle School Students Explore Interests During Clubs

    Middle School participated in their first round of “Clubs” last Friday, Oct. 19. Fifth and sixth grade students meet once every cycle (day 6) to participate in activities they have chosen. 

  • Parents' Association Plants 1,000 Fall Bulbs

    Parents' Association
    Country School continued its annual fall tradition of “Campus Beautification” on Wed., Oct. 17.
  • Country School Eighth Graders Hold Mock Trial

    New Canaan Country School eighth graders took on the roles of characters from John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, to argue the fate of George Milton, accused of murdering his best friend, Lennie Small, during a mock trial last week. 


  • Community Gathers for Cougar Run

    Parents' Association
    On Saturday, Sept. 28 the Country School community gathered for the Cougar Run on a beautiful, sunny fall morning. More than 120 registered runners completed the 5K on campus run and young children participated in an obstacle course and a Chase the Cougar Fun Run. Attendees showed their school spirit and purchased logo wear. Our very own NCCS Cross Country team helped design the course and led the way for the runners as did Head of School Aaron Cooper. VIEW PHOTOS.
  • Sixth Graders Design Electronic Music Makers

    One recent afternoon, in the innovation space in the Schlesinger Library a pair of sixth grade students were adding aluminum foil to rubber tiles to create a musical hopscotch pad. In another corner, a group carefully attached wires to a handful of gummy bears (snacking on a few at the same time), while a third furiously colored with pencil on a piece of plain copy paper.
  • Students Create Basquiat-Inspired Food Murals for Dining Hall

    Four large murals painted by the 8th and 9th grade Painting Elective and grades 1, 2, and 3 were recently hung in the Dining Hall. They depict a variety of food – fruit, vegetables and grains in vibrant colors.
  • Imagination at Play - Second Grade Roxaboxen Tradition

    Inspired by their reading of Roxaboxen, an award-winning children’s book written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, Country School second graders headed to the woods last week to build their own imaginary town.
  • Eighth Graders at Camp Dudley

    Will McDonough, Eighth Grade World Cultures Teacher & Dudley Chaperone
    The annual trip to Camp Dudley provided this year’s 8th grade class with time to unify, connect with teachers and classmates outside the classroom, and display fortitude, resilience, leadership, and teamwork through a variety of outdoor activities.
  • Outdoor Action Trip, a Ninth Grade Tradition

    On the Outdoor Action Trip (O.A.T.), Country School's 9th grade students broke up into four groups and spent three days hiking and camping on the Appalachian Trail in northwestern CT and southwestern MA.
More Stories