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.
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.
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.
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.
In support of Country School’s ongoing relationship with the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, the Lower School held its annual spring food drive from May 8-17. All four grades kicked off the drive with a hands on, age appropriate lesson, which focused on the importance of the Food Bank and how it serves our neighbors in need.
New Canaan Country School’s Middle School Robotics Team participated in the eighth annual ROBOnanza!, a competition for Westchester and Fairfield County independent schools held in Greenwich, May 13. The “Cougar Bots,” (robots built completely out of LEGOs® and programmed by the fifth and sixth graders), contended against robots from other schools in three levels of challenges.
Maddie Barto ran around the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island followed by her classmates. She was scanning the 700,000 names inscribed looking for the name of her great grandfather, Vincenzo Biocca, an Italian Immigrant. Success – Maddie was thrilled!
We are pleased to welcome Holly Donaldson Casella ’04 to the position of Director of Alumni Affairs, beginning July 1. Holly has stayed connected since graduating from Country School, having served as a reunion class chair and a panelist on several alumni networking events.
Head of School Robert Macrae has been meeting with students from across all grades to share exciting news – in age appropriate ways – about the upcoming construction projects on campus, including the renovation of the Lower School and the construction of the new Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall and Commons, both of which will begin this summer.
This past weekend, more than 500 people attended Family Fun Night and more than 150 parents, faculty and staff volunteered to make an important difference in our community. Together, we raised critical funds for NCCS financial aid, recycled items for the tag sale and helped others in our community in the process. VIEW PHOTOS.
In celebration of Earth Day, Country School families donated several thousands of used books to a popular recycling program in the Lower School library. This week, Lower School and Kindergarten students were given coupons to go shopping and “buy” these books in the library.