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New Cultural Anthropology course brings diversity to history department


Allie Neugeboren, Editor-in-Chief @alneugiecourant Dr. Jonathan Schwartz has just completed his first year of teaching history at NCHS and is already introducing a new, diverse sociology course to the history department. Previously teaching this Cultural Anthropology course for seven years at Bard High School Early College, Dr. Schwartz is excited to bring a college atmosphere class in the form of a history elective to NCHS. Through his past field works, Dr. Schwartz has gained perspective for the basis of his new course. “The idea of cultural anthropology is we focus on living cultures, I’m a symbolic anthropologist in terms of…

De-stressing finals; the how, what and where that works for you


Jillian Augustine, Senior Editor @jillaugcourant As we approach the last couple of weeks of the school year, the minds of every student and teacher at New Canaan High School seem to revolve around one thing: finals. Finals make up that dreaded week at the end of every school year; the one that you know you’ve survived before and most likely will survive again…but, how? The answer, unfortunately, is simple: studying. Everyone knows that you can’t make it through this week of final exams without putting in some work. Even now, with about two weeks to go until we sit down…

Junior Prom 2017 Superlatives


Allie Neugeboren, Features Editor @alneugiecourant As the usual coveted Junior Prom location of the Italian Center of Stamford became unavailable due to smoke damage from a recent fire, Paul Gallo and other prom committee members scrambled to find a replacement in just 3 days. Luckily, the Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien was able to host the high school tradition. While it may have been cold, juniors surely didn’t look fazed, here are some of the best dressed students!

LiveGirl connects girls across Fairfield County


Ellen Ludtke, Editor-in-Chief @eludtkecourant For many people, middle school is or was a time of maturation and figuring out their niche within their school and community. Middle school is often called one of the toughest stages of youth as all the pressures and responsibilities of growing up add onto each other: School gets harder, sports and extracurriculars become increasingly competitive, and friend groups encounter problems; meanwhile, the omnipresence of social media magnifies these adolescent pressures. In navigating these challenges, many kids, especially girls, find it helpful to talk through their thoughts and feelings and get advice on how to find…

Literature of the Holocaust: the class that analyzes and looks beyond cultural tragedies


Abby Weiss @aweisscourant In English class, many students feel that analyzing stories such as Holden Caulfield’s or Odysseus’s has no significance on their everyday lives. But in the elective Literature of the Holocaust, students read stories written by survivors of this brutal event and find it easier to connect these books to our current lives. This one-semester senior course combines this genocide’s both historical and literary elements while stressing the relevance it has to modern global conflicts. In 2009, English Teacher, Christine Bonarrigo, introduced this course to the high school after noticing how interested students were in the book Night…

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