8th Grade End of Year Fun!!!
Lake Compounce Trip - Thursday, June 6th
Bagel Breakfast/Window Decorating/Yearbook Distribution - Wednesday, June 12th
Dinner/Dance - Thursday, June 13th 6:30 to 9pm
Promotion Practice/Picnic/Pep Rally - Monday, June 17th (Rain Date 6/18)
Promotion Practice at NCHS - Tuesday, June 18th
Promotion Ceremony at NCHS - Wednesday, June 19th 9:45 to 11am
Details -- times, etc. -- will be added as they become available.
Recommended for 8th graders and their Parents: NC Cares Presents: Family Conversations: Helping Youth Make Healthy Decisions Wednesday May 8th at 7pm in the NCHS Choral Room Flyer
Appeals update: The high school has informed us that they will be mailing out the results of 8th grade student appeals in mid-May. Departments may be mailing separately, so if you are appealing for more than one subject you may receive notification on different days. Good luck!
Firm Deadline: Appeals must be submitted and Class Registration completed by April 1st. The appeals link is below and the Class Registration link can be accessed on the left side of the page when a student logs into PowerSchool. Please be sure to double check World Language Choice when completing registration. We strongly encourage parents to review Course Registration with their children prior to April 2nd. Please contact your Saxe counselor with any questions or concerns.
The NCHS Appeals Link can be found on the left side the NCHS home page under "Forms": NCHS 8th Grade Appeals There is a firm deadline of April 1st to submit appeals.
On Friday March 8th at 3pm The PowerSchool portal opened to 8th grade families so that course recommendations could be viewed. Students need to log into PowerSchool with their own username and password and then click on the "Class Registration" link to the left of the page. Saxe Counselors and NCHS Student Advocates will be visiting LA classes between March 12th and March 14th to explain to students how to register for their classes -- including electives -- and give specific instructions on how to appeal a class recommendation. Appeals are due no later than April 1st. Changes to class registration can also be made up until April 1st at which time the portal will close. It you need assistance don't hesitate to contact your Saxe School Counselor. We're here to help!
Here is the presentation shown in classrooms the week of March 11th which includes a video explaining how to register for classes and how to file an appeal: NCHS Registration Lesson 2019
Save the date: Thursday February 28th at 7pm at New Canaan High School = NCHS Orientation for students and parents. (Snow Date Thursday March 7th). Participation is not required but is highly recommended. Here is the agenda for the evening: 8th Grade Orientation Agenda
Saxe Counselors will be presenting NCHS Electives choices to 8th graders on Wednesday, February 27th. (Snow Date Friday March 1st).
Here is a list of electives available to NCHS freshman next year: Electives Options for NCHS Freshmen
Description of all electives classes can be found in the NCHS Program of Study in two sections: Visual & Performing Arts and Career and Technical Education: NCHS Program of Study
Here is the Google Slideshow for the Electives presentation: Electives Lesson 2019
Make-Ups for all three NCHS Placement tests will be right after school in the Saxe Cafeteria on the following days: Wednesday, February 6th & Friday, February 8th. Students may attend either or both days.
NCHS AP Honors Testing: Performance Tasks (also known as Placement Tests):
Monday, January 28th 2:15pm to 3:15pm in the Saxe Cafeteria = AP World History*
Wednesday, January 30th 2:15 to 3:15pm in the Saxe Cafeteria = Honors English*
Monday, February 4th from 2:15 to 3:00pm in the Saxe Cafeteria = Honors Science*
Click here for Test Registration
*There will be an email blast with a Registration Link to sign students up for the tests approximately a week before the first test takes place.
Please click on this link to read about the AP/Honors testing in more detail: AP/Honors Testing: What You Need to Know
Click here for the slideshow of the 2019 Parent Transition Coffee.
Click here to view the NCHS Overview Presentation which Saxe Counselors shared with your children in early January: NCHS Counselor Overview
8th Grade Transition Parent Coffee:
Wednesday, January 9th 9:15 to 10:15am in the Wagner Room at NCHS. We will videotape the event and post it on our Saxe 8th Grade Transition Website for viewing by anyone who is unable to attend.
Magnet School Assembly Email to Parents (Dec. 4th)
Dear 8th Grade Families,
Tomorrow will mark the official launch of our 8th grade transition process with our annual High School Choice Assembly. Attached you will find information about each of the magnet schools presenting.
We understand that any transition can be filled with excitement and anxiety, and we will do our best to keep you informed and make the process transparent. Beginning in January, we will be posting all transition event dates and times to our website. You can also expect to receive information via regular emails and through the PTC newsletter. On Friday, January 4th, our school counselors will be visiting 8th grade classrooms to give an introductory overview of 9th grade and the high school. Our first parent event, the 8th grade Transition Parent Coffee Hour, will occur on Wednesday, January 9th, from 9:15am - 10:15am in the Wagner Room at NCHS. This will be an opportunity for parents to receive an introduction to the transition process by the Saxe and NCHS administration and school counselors. For parents unable to attend the coffee hour, we will record the presentation and Q & A to post to our website. We look forward to helping both you and our 8th graders navigate the transition experience!
Warmest regards,Steve Bedard8th Grade Assistant Principal
Information on Applying to Private School
If your son/daughter will be applying to private school, the link below will explain our process. We have also attached the two forms that you will need (the school record release form and the supplemental information sheet). Please do not hesitate to contact Lin Benware (Lin.Benware@ncps-k12.org), the 8th grade secretary, or your child's school counselor, if you have any questions.
PROCESS FOR APPLYING TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL
SCHOOL RECORD RELEASE FORM
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION SHEET