List of 70 news stories.

  • 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.
  • Dribbers 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.
  • Student Athlete Profile: Audrey Magnusen

    Ninth grader Audrey Magnusen led the NCCS Varsity Girls’ Soccer team to an undefeated season this fall—a season characterized by Coach Sean Robb as “delirious and deluge-ional!” 
  • Country School Supports Local Food Bank

    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.
  • Student Athlete Profile: Jack Johnson

    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. 
  • Construction is underway for the Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall & Commons

    ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Marks Progress on New Dining Hall & Commons

    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. 


  • Country School Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey Net Undefeated Seasons

    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. 



  • Festival of Books and PJs & Pizza - A Celebration of Literacy

    Parents' Association
    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.
  • Award-winning Author Shares Writing Tips with Lower School Students

    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 Prep for PA Community Service Fall Food Drive

    Parents' Association
    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. 
  • Country School Lights the Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    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 Hosted Social Media Wellness Author

    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.
  • Parents' Association Beautifies Campus

    Parents' Association
    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.
     
  • Global Citizens Group Hosts Chopped Chef

    The Global Citizens Resource Group hosted a culinary showcase on Wednesday afternoon in the kitchen of the Stevens Building, featuring renown chef, Silvia Baldini.


  • Mothers at Work Hosts Book Talk with CNN Anchor

    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. 
  • Only One You Project Rocks Lower School

    Meaghan Mallin, Head of Lower School

    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.

  • Upper School Stages 'Of Mice and Men' as Trial

    Eighth graders took on the roles of characters from John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, holding a mock trial to argue the fate of George Milton, accused of murdering his best friend, Lennie Small.
     
  • Horizons at New Canaan Country School Hires New Executive Director

    Nancy von Euler will join Horizons at New Canaan Country School as Executive Director. 
     
  • Ninth graders getting ready for their Outdoor Action Trip

    8th & 9th Grade Trips Build Teamwork and Resilience

    Alex Wellman, Head of Upper School
    Eighth and ninth grade students spent the week of Sept. 11 on grade-level trips to Camp Dudley and the Appalachian Trail. 

  • A History of Dining at New Canaan Country School

    Mark Macrides
    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. 
  • Community Gathers for Flag Raising

    New Canaan Country School students, faculty and staff gathered together around the flagpole Sept. 9 to officially celebrate the start of the school year.



  • "New Building, Same Heart," Lower School Celebrates Re-Opening 

    The Lower School officially re-opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the morning of the first day of school.
  • Parents of Students of Color Start Year with Barbeque

    Parents' Association
    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. 
  • Country School Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

    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.
  • Country School Students Explore the Galapagos Islands

    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. 
  • The team was hard at work this summer.

    Campus Improvements Completed During Summer 2017

    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.
     
  • Country School Names Horizons Scholars

    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.
  • Familiar Faces at Horizons

    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.

  • Getting to Know Head of Upper School Alex Wellman

    Recently, we had the opportunity to meet and interview Alex Wellman who joined us as Head of Upper School in July.

    What drew you to Country School?
    Aside from a longstanding awareness of and respect for the quality of education that Country School provides, the people drew me here.
  • Country School Holds Closing Exercises

    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.
  • Country School Varsity Lacrosse Finishes Season Undefeated

    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.
  • Country School Students Earn National Recognition on World Language Exams

    New Canaan Country School students in the Upper School division (grades 7-9) made a strong showing in the recent 2017 national World Languages exams.
  • Country School Breaks Ground on New Dining Hall

    New Canaan Country School held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Susan Haigh Carver '51 Dining Hall and Commons at its Memorial Day assembly May 26. 
  • New Canaan Country School to Commence Search for Next Head of School

     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.
     
  • Country School Eighth Graders Tackle Global Issues at World Congress

    On May 24 and 25, New Canaan Country School eighth graders presented at the school’s annual World Congress, a hallmark event of their year-long study of world cultures.
  • Second Graders Host States Expo

    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.
  • Seventh Graders Focus on Environmental Science

    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. 
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