List of 70 news stories.

  • 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. 
  • Country School Students Earn National Recognition in World Languages

    Country School students made a strong showing in the recent 2018 National World Languages exams, held this spring.
  • Hundreds Attend Frogtown Fair!

    Parents' Association
    Last Sunday marked the 71st annual Frogtown Fair and despite a challenging weather scenario, it turned out to be a great afternoon filled with good, old-fashioned family fun! VIEW PHOTOS
  • Juliana “Topsy” Post ’66 Receives New Canaan Country School Alumni Award

    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 Host States Expo

    Second graders have been exploring the “fifty nifty United States” this spring. Working in small groups, they collected and presented research about the regions within the country, highlighting important landmarks and landforms.
  • Fifth Graders Create a Medieval Faire

    As part of their study of the Middles Ages, fifth grade students put on a re-creation of a Medieval Faire. VIEW PHOTOS

  • Fourth Graders Release Salmon in Connecticut River

    Country School fourth graders have been a part of a statewide environmental conservation effort to repopulate Atlantic salmon in the Connecticut River. VIEW PHOTOS.
  • Country School Boys Win 2018 Lacrosse Invitational

    New Canaan Country School Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse outscored four opponents with a total of 34-5 goals, winning the 2018 Greenwich Country Day School Lacrosse Invitational held in Greenwich, May 5. 
  • Birds Come to Life in Middle School

    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.
  • Community Gathers for A Country Night Under the Stars

    More than 300 New Canaan Country School parents, faculty and staff gathered for A Country Night Under the Stars biennial dinner and auction, 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 Visits Country School

    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.
  • Country School Delivers Books to Inspirica

    Parents' Association
    In conjunction with the annual Lower School Earth Day Book Recycling Project earlier this month, the Community Service team collected gently used books from all divisions.
  • Eighth Grade Explores World Cultures at Met and Mosque

    As part of their study of world cultures, eighth graders visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Islamic Cultural Center of New York in Manhattan on April 19.

  • Ninth Grade Expands Learning during Trips Week

    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. 

    View photo slideshows: Pacific NorthwestDeep SouthFlorida Keys

  • Country School Screens Alumni’s Penguin Documentary

    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.

  • Visiting Poet Ted Scheu Gets Kids Laughing, Learning and Creating Together

    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.
  • Country School Holds Fourth Annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service

    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.
  • Fourth Graders Visit Wolf Conservation Center

    Fourth graders visited the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY as part of their study of ecology in science class. They observed four ambassador wolves and learned about wolf behavior.
  • Kindergarteners Share "Body Maps"

    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.
  • Maple Sugaring, a Time-Honored Tradition at NCCS

    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.
  • Teacher Appreciation Day - Thank you from the PA

    Sharon Teles & Maya Frey, PA Teacher Appreciation Day co-chairs
    What an amazing day—thank you to each and every parent who helped make this day remarkable for our amazing faculty and staff.
  • The Art and Craft of the Well-Told Story

    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.
  • Juliana “Topsy” Post ’66 to Receive New Canaan Country School Alumni Award

    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.

  • Victoria Manganiello ’04 Artist in Residence at NYC Gallery

    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.
  • Dribblers Wow Crowds with Basketball Skills

    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
  • Student Athlete Profile: James Kontulis '18

    “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.

  • Student Athlete Profile: Nina Stoops '18

    Ninth grader Nina Stoops is not sure which came first, walking or skating. She does however know with certainty that her lifelong love for the game of ice hockey was established in the earliest years.

  • Beginners Explore Light and Shadows at Lantern Walk

    Country School Beginners put on their annual Lantern Walk celebration with shadow puppet plays and a lantern walk. The evening was a much-anticipated event which culminated a study of light and dark.

  • Fifth Graders Keep Track of Olympics

    For the past two weeks, fifth graders have come to school eager to update the Olympic medal count on the bulletin board outside of their classrooms.
  • First Graders Celebrate Lunar New Year

    Country School first graders celebrated the Lunar Year with a dragon parade, a peacock dance and song at their weekly Lower School Assembly. VIEW THE VIDEO.

  • PA Makes Valentine's for Meal on Wheels

    Parents' Association
    More than 20 students met in the Motor Room of Thacher last Wednesday to decorate and design Valentine’s cards for Meals on Wheels recipients. 
  • Mothers at Work Group Presents Career Development Panel

    Parents' Association
    The Parents’ Association Mothers at Work Resource Group facilitated a lively and frank discussion on career development on Feb. 8. 
  • Olympic Spirit Hits First and Second Grade!

    The Olympic spirit has hit first and second grade!  In gym class, students have enjoyed special versions of bobsledding, biathlon, ski jumping, curling, super-G skiing and the team ski.
  • 2nd Graders Make Valentine's with Waveny Residents

    As part of a year-long study on identity, second graders made valentine’s cards with residents at Waveny LifeCare Center, in connection with their unit on age identity.

  • Global Citizens Group Discuss Stereotypes at Book Read

    Global Citizens Resource Group
    On Sunday, Jan. 28, a group of students and parents met in the lobby of Grace House for a winter-time book read of "It Ain't So Awful Falafel."
  • Three Students Win Spelling Bee

    Three Country School students – ninth grader Aaron Watkins, eighth grader Mason Zea and fifth grader Daniel Marin –were named co-winners of the school’s 2018 Spelling Bee held Feb. 5
  • Sixth Graders Present Persuasive Speeches

    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.

  • Upper School Students Prepare Dinner at Inspirica

    Parents' Association
    On Saturday, Jan. 20, a group of Upper School students and parents prepared and served dinner at Inspirica in Stamford. 
  • Fifth Grade Performs Beowulf

    by Julie Porter, Fifth Grade Teacher
    As part of a study of the Anglo-Saxons in social studies, fifth grade classes read Robert Nye’s Beowulf: A New Telling and performed a play based on the book. View photos.
  • Country School Girls Place 2nd in Basketball Tournament

    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.
  • Country School Squash Teams Top 5 in Nation

    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 Grade Visits MET to Study Michelangelo

    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.” 

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

    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 Provide Holiday Cheer

    Ninth graders Alexis Rodgers, Deyanté McKinstry, Daly Baker and Audrey Magnusen, were among the 33 students who delivered “Dove bags” of food for 43 local families on Fri., Dec. 15. 

  • Country School "Buddies" Up During Hour of Maker

    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.
  • Country School Girls’ Varsity Hockey Wins Two

    Girls’ Varsity Hockey had a strong start to their season with two decisive wins; a 4-2 victory over Upland Country Day School and an 8-3 win against Choate.
  • Country School Grad Clinches NCAA Field Hockey Championship

    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. 
  • “Emotion in Motion” at the Lower School Arts Assembly

    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.

  • Middle School Watches Wonder on the Big Screen

    The entire fifth and sixth grades headed to a theater in downtown Wilton last week to see one of the first showings of Wonder, a movie based on the bestselling young adult novel by R.J. Palacio.
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