• Please click here to see the presentation about choosing 9th grade classes:  NCHS 2020 Course Request Slideshow

    8 Blue, 8 Red, and 8 Green (8 Purple received the lesson in person):  Please click here to see the lesson posted in LA GoogleClassrooms about how to register for 9th grade classes:  9th Grade Course Request Lesson

     Your counselors are here to help so don't hesitate to reach out.  We miss seeing you!

    8 Blue:

    8 Red:

    8 Green & 8 Purple:

  • Due to our temporary move to E-Learning, the Blue, Red, and Green Teams will not be able to experience their NCHS Registration Lesson in person from Saxe counselors this week. Don't worry! We have a Plan B and will be sending an email blast to explain it shortly.  The deadline to register for classes and to submit appeals is April 1st so there is time.  Between now and then Saxe Counselors will be checking our email regularly during school hours. If you have already reviewed the information we will be sending and have questions please don't hesitate to email us.  We are here to help!

    Mrs. Beltran - 8 Blue:

    Mrs. Nettleton - 8 Green & 8 Purple:

    Mr. Lepisto - 8 Red:

  • Please click here to see the Electives Presentation which Saxe 8th graders viewed on February 27th with their Saxe counselor:  Electives Lesson 2020

    Please click here to see the elective options available to incoming freshmen:  Freshman Electives Options 2020

    Please click here to see the NCHS Program of Studies which has a description of every course offered at the high school:  NCHS Program of Studies   If students want more information about an elective - or any other class - they will find it in the on-line NCHS Program of Studies.

    Students will be registering for their high school classes on Tuesday, March 10th (Purple Team), Thursday, March 12th (Blue Team & Red Team) and Friday, March 13th (Green Team).  They should come to school prepared with their top choice elective(s):  Either one full year elective or two half year electives.  In addition they will need to list 6 "back-up" electives in order of priority.  


    Please contact your child's Saxe counselor with any questions or concerns.  

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NCHS Orientation Thursday March 5th 7pm & Portal Opening

  • 8th to 9th Grade Transition Reminders/Updates:
    1)  Incoming 9th Grade Student & Parent Orientation:  This Thursday, March 5th  beginning at 7PM in the auditorium, you and your child will have the opportunity to learn more about programming at New Canaan High School.  Five 12 minute sessions have been set up to allow you to visit a number of different instructional disciplines together. You may visit any of the particular academic subjects where a staff member will share information on course expectations. Do not feel that you need to see every subject, but rather focus on areas that you and your child have questions about. 
    We also hope you will spend at least 1 and perhaps 2 sessions visiting the many elective options in the halls and around the circular staircase and speaking with the teachers and students about these courses. 
    The NCHS school counselors are available outside the counseling suite to answer questions about schedules, graduation requirements and planning a balanced program of study that is appropriately demanding and maintains the ability for students to discover new interests and activities. 
    2)  The PowerSchool portal will open for 8th graders at the end of the day this Friday March 6th.  You will be able to click on "Course Registration" to see the classes recommended for your child.  There will also be links for appealing placements.  All appeals are due on April 1st.  Registration will close on April 1st so changes can be made up until that date.  During the week of March 9th, students will be registering for their classes in school with Saxe counselors and high school student advocates.
    Updates will be posted to our Saxe 8th to 9th Transition Website:  8th to 9th Transition Website.  If you don't find the answer to your questions don't hesitate to contact your child's school counselor.

  • Please see attachment below for upcoming key dates in our Transition process.  If you have concerns, questions, or suggestions to improve our Transition process we would like to hear from you.  Please contact your child's school counselor. 

    Key Dates February/March


  • Please click on this link to register for the NCHS Honors Tests:  NCHS Honors Testing Registration

    Detailed information about the tests are posted on the website below.

  • Please see below for a description of the upcoming NCHS Honors Performance Tasks provided by NCHS department chairs.  The tests will take place immediately after school in the Saxe cafeteria as follows:

    Tuesday, January 28th:  Honors English (one hour)

    Monday, February 3rd:  Honors Science. Same 40 minute test for all three advanced levels:  Honors Geophysical Science, Biology, Honors Biology

    Approximately one week before the first test an registration link will appear on this page and there will also be an email blast to parents with the link.

NCHS Honors Testing Information

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Performance Task info Slides

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Counselor NCHS Overview Slideshow

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8th to 9th Grade Parent Transition Coffee

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    8th to 9th Grade Parent Transition Coffee -

    8th to 9th Grade Parent Transition Coffee

    If you were not able to attend our Transition Coffee please feel free to make your own cup of coffee and watch our video at your leisure.  The video runs about 50 minutes and includes a Q&A session at the end.

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Parent Transition Coffee Slideshow

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  • Magnet School Assembly Email to Parents (Nov. 22nd)



    Dear 8th Grade Families,

    Next Monday, November 25th, 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 Monday January 6th, 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 Thursday, January 9th, from 9:15am - 10:15am in the Wagner Room at NCHS. (Snow Date:  January 14th) 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,
    Julie Ferreira
    8th Grade Assistant Principal