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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Family, the Laverack Family, and the WilliamsFamily. 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 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>
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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 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
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, 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.
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.
Juliana “Topsy” Post, was presented with the 2018 New Canaan Country School Alumni Award on the school’s campus May 18. Mrs. Post was a longstanding member of the school’s World Cultures faculty and a graduate from the school’s class of 1966. VIEW VIDEO
Second graders have been exploring the “fifty nifty UnitedStates” this spring. Working in small groups, they collected and presented research about the regions within the country, highlighting important landmarks and landforms.
There are birds in the science wing of the Middle School. To be more specific, there are 3D models and drawings of finches, hawks, bluebirds and flickers. They do come to life, however, as passersby hold an iPad in front of each one. A student-made video launches describing the bird through visuals and voice narration, thereby creating an Augmented Reality experience.
More than 300 New Canaan Country School parents, faculty and staff gathered forACountry Night Under the Starsbiennial dinner andauction, held on campus, April 28. Hay bales, burlap tablecloths and Western-themed decor set a comfortable, casually elegant tone in the party tent, while a mechanical bull ride and live music performed by Doug Allen and his band provided high-energy entertainment. VIEW PHOTOS. VIEW VIDEO.
Incoming Head of School Aaron Cooper visited New Canaan Country School on May 1 & 2. He spent two days on campus experiencing the Country School journey from Beginners through Grade 9 with students, faculty, staff, administrators and current parents. He began his visit in Early Childhood, then proceeded to Lower, Middle and Upper School, watching the curriculum in action. VIEW PHOTOS.
The Upper School classroom expanded to destinations all over the country. Ninth graders traveled to Florida to study marine biology, the American South to trace the Civil Rights movement and the Pacific Northwest to learn about ecology and environmental science.
Country School welcomed back to campus filmmaker and alumnus from the class of 1980, Lloyd Fales, who screened his film Return to Penguin City and answered questions at an assembly held for Middle and Upper School students, Monday, April 16.
Children’s poet Ted Scheu spent a day at New Canaan Country School on April 10, sharing the “magic” of poetry with students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Throughout the day, the sounds of children’s laughter, singing and enthusiastic participation wafted from the Lower School library.
Members of the ninth grade class led more than 300 New Canaan Country School students and their parents to serve the wide-ranging needs of 13 local non-profit organizations this weekend. They were participating in the fourth annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service in honor of a classmate who passed away in 2013. The day-long event was held April 7 throughout Fairfield County and also on the school’s campus, in New Canaan. VIEW PHOTOS.
Country School kindergarteners hosted a special exhibit in March 2018 as a culmination of their study on “How are we alike and different?” The students served as docents, sharing “body maps” they had created over the prior months.
Every winter, Country School students in Beginners through Grade 9 collect maple sap and boil it down to syrup in the school’s Sugar Shack. This year students helped collect a total of 300 gallons of sap from maple trees all over the school’s 75-acre campus.
Eighth graders at New Canaan Country School really know how to tell a story.
They also know how to tell fables, legends and tales. This is because they are a part of a long-standing school tradition of learning the art and craft of the well-told story. It’s not a skill left to chance; it’s taught, and practiced, and fine-tuned, and practiced some more, and perfected.
The New Canaan Country School Alumni Council will present the 2018 Alumni Award to Juliana “Topsy” Post ’66. Topsy will return to campus on May 17 to accept the honor and to share with students, alumni and guests highlights of her career as an educator. This event kicks off Alumni Weekend 2018.
Alumna Victoria Manganiello ’04, a contemporary textile artist and visual art professor based in New York City, will be the featured Artist in Residence at the Sara Kay Gallery located at 4 E. 42nd St. in Manhattan until March 15.
NCCS Dribblers wowed crowds at a halftime performance at a girls’ varsity basketball game and a faculty vs. varsity basketball team games at the end of February. The second and third grade girls showed off the skills they had learned at their 7-week afterschool program. VIEW THE VIDEO
“During my 12 years at Country School, I have participated in and played many different sports. However, of all of them, squash has been the most challenging,” said James Kontulis in remarks delivered at the school’s end-of-term sports assembly, Feb. 26. James, a ninth grader, was one of two student-athletes selected to speak at the event.
Students in Mr. Randolph’s sixth grade class delivered their speeches Thursday, Feb. 1. The speeches, an annual rite of passage at Country School, are part of an emphasis on developing the skills to be a confident and competent public speakers and advocates.
The New Canaan Country School girls’ basketball team earned second place honors at an invitational tournament held Jan. 20 at Greenwich Country Day School. The seventh, eighth and ninth grade NCCS girls played a total of five games, winning four.
The New Canaan Country School girls' squash team earned a fourth place national ranking following three days of hard-fought matches in the 2018 U.S. Middle School Team Squash Championship held at Yale University Jan. 19-21. Seeded in Division I, the seventh and eighth grade girls played a total of four matches, winning two.
Sixth graders visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday, Jan. 18 to view a historic exhibit “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” The New York Times has called the show of 133 drawings by the Renaissance artist, which runs through Feb. 12, “a tour de genius.”
The Country School community took time this week to reflect upon the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the enduring themes of his life’s work and the courage it takes to envision the way things could be.
Country School students participated in its first Hour of Maker. For the past two years, there was a similar event, Hour of Code, which focused on computer programming. However, this year the school decided to do a hands-on Maker project. Working with their buddies, every student built their own Car-Bot. View a video and photos of our students participating in this activity.
New Canaan Country School congratulates alumna Annie Leonard ’11 (Darien, CT), a member of Middlebury College’s field hockey team, for clinching the NCAA Championship on Nov. 19. The 4-0 win over top-ranked Messiah (22-1) is the second championship Middlebury has secured in three years. The second-ranked Panthers finish their season tying the school-record with 20 wins (20-2), and an NESCAC Championship.
First and second graders took to the stage on Nov. 29 for their annual Lower School Arts Assembly, titled “Emotion in Motion.” Dressed all in black with a colorful backdrop of sparkly paintings they made, children expressed themselves through dance and movement. VIEW PHOTOS & VIDEO.