List of 70 news stories.

  • 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.
  • Country School Recognizes Excellence in Teaching through Endowed Chairs

    New Canaan Country School celebrated excellence in teaching by naming three faculty chairs at the school’s Annual Meeting & Dinner on Sept. 13. Middle School Spanish teacher Abby Cali, Kindergarten teacher Darby Webber and Upper School science teacher Scott Lilley were presented the awards by Head of School Aaron Cooper in front of a large gathering of parents, faculty and staff members.

    Awarded every two years, faculty chairs have been endowed by three former Country School families: the Holmes Familythe Laverack Family, and the Williams Family. The chairs recognize exceptional full-time faculty who demonstrate a commitment to engaging and inspiring students, creating curriculum to reach all learners, and seeking ongoing professional development. They also provide financial support for growth in academic research, teaching or service.
  • Head of School Aaron Cooper Honors Faculty and Staff Service Anniversaries

    The following remarks by Head of School Aaron Cooper were delivered the night of the Annual Meeting & Dinner on Sept. 13:

  • NCCS Alumni Named "Teens to Watch"

    Congratulations to Alexandra Truwit '15 and Cam Raker '16 for being named "Teens to Watch" by New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton MagazineRead more.

  • Country School Dedicates New Dining Hall in Honor of Alumna Susan Haigh Carver ’51

    Head of School Aaron Cooper officially kicked off the 2018-2019 school year Sept. 6 at an assembly which included the dedication of the Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall & Commons. VIEW PHOTOS >   VIEW VIDEO>
  • Country School Welcomes New Faculty

    New Canaan Country School welcomes several new faculty and staff members this year. In addition, 16 new apprentice teachers have joined the community. “We have attracted a very talented group of educators with an impressive array of professional experiences who are passionate about children’s growth and development,” said Head of School Aaron Cooper, who also joined the school in July. View the announcement.
  • New Canaan Country School Names Horizons Scholar

    New Canaan Country School has named Samantha Flores as the 2018-2019 Horizons Scholar. She will attend New Canaan Country School this fall as a fourth grader and has been a participant in the Horizons Program at New Canaan Country School for several years.
  • Service Learning in Costa Rica

    A day after graduation, 16 recent ninth grade graduates boarded a plane for a weeklong trip to Costa Rica to immerse themselves in Central American culture and Spanish language.

  • Horizons Summer Program Celebrates Individuality

    Inspired by the children’s book by Linda Kranz, the Horizons summer program theme is Only One You. Two-hundred and sixty-three students, primarily from Norwalk and Stamford, are celebrating their individuality through art, academics and personal stories. Now in its 54th year, the Horizons program’s curriculum is designed to reverse the “summer slide” in students’ academic progress, as well as instill confidence, resilience and optimism through our supportive community.
  • Horizons at New Canaan Country School Graduates Achieve 100% College Placement

    Thirty high school seniors from five towns were honored during the Horizons at New Canaan Country School graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 6. In addition, 26 alumni were inducted into a new Horizons Alumni Association.
  • Student-Athlete Alex Byrne Reflects on Lacrosse Season

    “We all know sports are important because they teach you teamwork, respect, determination, resilience, work ethic and the importance of being a part of something bigger than yourself, but I think one of the most underrated aspects of sports is to just have fun,” said New Canaan Country School ninth grader Alex Byrne of Darien during remarks he made at the end-of-term Upper School sports assembly, held on campus May 31.
  • Student-Athlete Katherine Scarborough Reflects on Softball; Overcoming Challenges

    “Falling in love with softball was easy,” said New Canaan Country School ninth grader and New Canaan resident Katherine Scarborough during remarks she made at the end-of-term Upper School sports assembly, held on campus May 31. “It has a competitive nature deep to its roots, with crazy chants designed just to distract the other team, or to hype up your own. You become a family with your team. It’s bound to happen when you throw eleven girls together, regardless of friend groups, grades, or style.”
  • New Canaan Country School Holds Closing Exercises

    New Canaan Country School held its Closing Exercises on Thursday, June 14. Head of School Dr. Robert P. Macrae encouraged the 32 ninth grade graduates of the Class of 2018 to continue to take ownership for their learning. VIEW PHOTOS
  • Country School Boys' Lacrosse Score Undefeated Season

    New Canaan Country School boys’ varsity lacrosse delivered their second, consecutive, undefeated season, with a 12- 0 final record. The team, consisting of Upper School students (grades 7, 8 and 9), netted 116 goals versus just 39 allowed.
  • Students Present Parting Gift to Dr. Macrae at Memorial Day Assembly

    Students, faculty and staff gathered for the annual All-School Memorial Day Assembly on May 25 to honor those who have served our country. It was also an opportunity for students to offer thanks and a fond farewell to Head of School Robert Macrae.
  • Barry Levinson & Bob Schieffer Inspire Horizons Supporters

    On Tuesday, May 15 over 150 guests entered the New Canaan Country School auditorium to the smell of movie theater popcorn and the soundtrack from Levinson’s The Natural playing. The crowd assembled to support Horizons and hear stories from two legends and current NCCS grandparents: Academy Award winner, Barry Levinson and Emmy Award winner, Bob Schieffer. 
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