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Child Development’s dedicated students push the program to the top


Campbell Armstrong, Reporter @carmcourant During the crazy school year, parents scurry around looking for a preschool that will allow their children to obtain a great education, while having a fun experience doing so. Here at NCHS, there is a unique Child Development Preschool Program that allows for an interaction between high schoolers and preschoolers. This program is run by Donna Sapienza, with the help of the high school students enrolled in the class and has been around for numerous years. These students practice their creativity, management, and leadership skills on a day-to-day basis while planning their team taught lesson that…

Stress tips the scales – students struggle to balance AP classes and personal time


Caroline Castle, Reporter @ccastlecourant As students, we are surrounded by the stress of AP classes, extracurricular activities, and school in general. If you think of yourself for a moment, you could probably come up with a considerate amount of stressors.  A couple weeks ago, NCHS took part in an activity that reflected students’ stress in their Connections classes. They wrote down what they struggled with, created a paper airplane, and threw it across the room to represent a release of the stress they felt. For some people, they wrote down a few points that created tension in their mind, but…

Teacher Profile: Megan McCauley


Gwynne Tenney, Reporter @gtenneycourant As the trumpets begin to blare their rehearsed melody, a young Megan McCauley hurls a color guard rifle into the air, concentrating vigorously on catching it when it comes back down to meet her. At that time, she didn’t know that less than ten years later, she would be concentrating just as hard on grading five-paragraph essays and symbolic analyses. For many students at NCHS Ms. McCauley is a new face and name. This is not only her first year teaching at NCHS as one of the new english teachers, but it’s her first time teaching…

NCHS students reveal a day in the life of a volunteer EMT


Joelle Anselmo, Reporter @janselmoCourant While most students at New Canaan High School choose to spend their leisure time attending sports games and hanging out with their friends, seniors Danny Fairchild and Teddy Holappa dedicate themselves to maintaining the wellbeing of the citizens of New Canaan. Danny and Teddy trained to be Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) through the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps over the past two years. Danny and Teddy dedicate hours of service a week as well as balance their school work and curriculars, while still finding time to relax. Teddy didn’t necessarily know that being an EMT was…

Humans of NCHS: Emma Smith mission trip experience


Caroline Castle @ccastlecourant “I traveled with Putney, an international community service program, to Tanzania over the summer. It’s located in Eastern Africa, right below Kenya. We stayed for five weeks in the small agricultural village of Maji Moto. There, we built a house, repainted the school, and helped the people with their harvest. Initially, I decided to embark on the trip solely for the community service aspect, however it became so much more. The place where we were staying was a completely different universe, and I experienced a completely different lifestyle than what I was accustomed to. I think the biggest…

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