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.
The Country School community, including students, faculty and staff from Early Childhood through Grade 9, recently collected 5,752 pounds (more than double last year’s collection!) of canned and dry food in support of The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
As luck would have it, Jack Johnson chose to try Cross Country in the 5th grade. “Really, it was a process of elimination. We were required to choose a competitive sport in Middle School,” explained Jack, now a ninth grader, during remarks he made at the Upper School Fall Sports Assembly on Nov. 13. “Football didn’t appeal, and I hadn’t played soccer since first grade when my parents said I spent most of the game talking to myself about the shapes of the clouds. I didn’t really consider myself an ‘athlete’.” That’s all changed now.
Faculty, staff and students gathered on Friday, Nov. 10 as the last beam was laid into place during a “topping off” ceremony for the Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall & Commons. During the previous few days, students, faculty and staff had signed their names and written some inspirational messages on the beam. As is tradition in this ceremony, a school flag, an American flag and a small evergreen tree – symbolizing new growth – were attached to the final beam before it was raised.
Two Upper School teams celebrated undefeated seasons this fall. Girls’ Field Hockey recorded a final tally of 9-0-1 against perennial powerhouse teams including Greenwich Academy and Sacred Heart of Greenwich.
This year’s Festival of Books was a three-day celebration of literacy including book signings, mystery readers and a faculty panel discussion. 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.
Author Ann Malaspina, an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens, gave Lower School students tips on tapping into characters’ authentic stories during a visit to Country School on Nov. 2.
Students and several parent volunteers gathered in the Lower School Library to help get ready for the upcoming all-school food drive. After a quick lunch on Wed. afternoon in Perrine Commons, a group of 15 got to work on designing posters to hang in all divisions and in Grace House over the next two weeks.
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 $5,500 (surpassing their goal of $5,000!) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
New Canaan Country School welcomed noted author and educator, Ana Homayoun, to campus Wed., Oct. 25 and Thurs., Oct 26 to share insights and discuss strategies for navigating an ever-changing social media world with parents, faculty and students of the pre-K through grade 9 school. The Wed. evening parent event, which was open to the public, drew over 100 in attendance.
Country School students from all divisions came together for a Campus Beautification project. Thirty-five students created artwork and planted flower bulbs for this Parents’ Association Community Service event, an annual tradition in its third year.
On Tuesday night, Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor of CNN’s New Day, spoke about her new book Amanda Wakes Up, how she balances a demanding morning anchor job and her family, journalistic integrity and fake news.
Lower School has engaged in an inspiring and dynamic community-building project that quite literally rocks. This project, stemmed from the book Only One You, by Linda Kranz, has culminated with the creation of a meaningful and child-centered Lower School rock garden, which has our mission at its heart.
As work commences on the new Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall and Commons, the Country School Archives presents a look back at the history of dining here at the school. The exhibit, displayed in the Grace House Lobby, will be open through January 2018.
A great time was had by all as new and returning families came together at the Parents of Students of Color Family Potluck to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. The air was filled with the laughter of children as they swam in the pool, swung on the swings and played games in the yard. The parents enjoyed themselves as they watched the children play, reconnected with old friends and established connections with new friends.
New Canaan Country School welcomes several new faculty members and staff members this year. They arrive at Country School with range of experience from a variety of schools. “Joining us this year are an immensely talented group who are passionate about educating children and transforming lives,” said Head of School Rob Macrae.
On the heels of Closing Exercises, 18 recent Country School graduates boarded a plane for the Galapagos Islands for the experience of a lifetime. They traveled to the volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean to view some the world’s most amazing wildlife, practice their Spanish and to immerse themselves in a different culture.
New Canaan Country School’s campus was bustling with activity this summer. In addition to the usual joyful noises of children participating in the six-week Horizons Summer Enrichment Program, several major campus improvement projects were also underway.
New Canaan Country School has named Christopher Santa, Maria Flores and Amira El Hattab as the 2017-2018 Horizons Scholars. They will attend New Canaan Country School this fall as fifth, sixth and eighth graders, respectively, and have been participants in the Horizons Program at New Canaan Country School for several years.
More than 30 Country School alumni, faculty and former faculty members have joined Horizons for the summer. "Horizons benefits greatly from the passion and talent of our NCCS teachers and assistants," says Executive Director Kerry Stevens.
New Canaan Country School held its Closing Exercises on Thursday, June 15. Head of School Dr. Robert P. Macrae encouraged the 45 ninth grade graduates of the Class of 2017 to develop an attitude of gratitude and practice positive habits of body and mind.
New Canaan Country School Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse scored an undefeated season with a 7-0 final record. The team, consisting of Upper School students (grades 7, 8 and 9), competed in the Fairchester Athletic League, made up of independent schools from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The Country School Cougars netted 103 goals scored versus just 27 allowed, showing their strength at both ends of the field.
On May 30, 2017, Head of School Dr. Robert P. Macrae and President of the Board of Trustees Steve Rodgers announced the school’s plans to begin a transition in leadership. A search will commence immediately for the next Head of School. Dr. Macrae will continue to serve as Head of School for the 2017-2018 school year.
The second grade took visitors on a road trip across the United States this week. For months, each second grader studied a particular state, learning about everything from topography to cuisine, traditions to native species. VIEW PHOTOS.
At Country School, igniting student’s curiosity can be as simple as taking a walk in the woods. Seventh grade science students do just that, spending their first trimester exploring the school’s 75-acre campus - much of it woods and trails - as part of their life science curriculum.