Congratulations to Nick Howard, Nicola Scandiffio, Stuart Taylor and Nick Zanca who won the Grand Prize in a video contest sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). We will purchase iPads with the prize money ($3,000), which is awarded to the library featured in the video. The video, which features performances by Stewart Taylor, Katayoun Amir-Alslani, Ashley Feldman, and Isabelle Herde, will be shown at the Opening General Session of the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 24 in the auditorium of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ALA Annual Conference attendance usually nears 30,000. Please congratulate our students and Anna Mase, who supervised the music production.
New Canaan High School Core Values and Beliefs Statement
New Canaan High School is committed to preparing all students to meet the challenges of living in an increasingly global and diverse society. We believe that students learn best in an environment that fosters respect for themselves and others. This allows students to be active participants in their learning, to identify and solve authentic problems and to effectively share their learning with the appropriate audiences. In partnership with parents and the community, we strive to inspire students to the habits of mind and character that will make them lifelong learners.
It is summer reading time! That's when we get to catch up onwhat's new and exciting in publishing. Our summer reading list is primarilyrecreational. It's purpose is to connect our learners with resources they mayenjoy.
We generally keep the list relatively short – under onehundred books so as not to overwhelm. We are mindful of genre, "boybooks", "girl books", and themes in diversity. We focus oncontemporary publications - the last two years or so, but we also include a fewclassics. We aim for balance between young adult and adult literature.
Keeping in mind that our library users include young teensand adults, our list is thematically comprehensive. Not every book is for everylibrary user. Selection is part of the reading process and we encourage youngreaders to be reflective about their choices - to contextualize them with theirpersonal and family values - to read reviews and publisher notes, to makepredictions about whether a book will suit their interests, and also to switchto a different book when one falls short of their expectations. There are somany books to enjoy. Summer is not the time to slog through a book that holdslittle appeal.
As in previous years, New Canaan (town) Library runs adynamic Summer Reading Program. CherylCapitani, New Canaan Library’s Teen Librarian will facilitate that, and we sent our copies of the summer reading books to the town library so students may borrow them over the summer months.
We aggregate our summer reading list in GoodReads - which isa social book recommendation site. The entire NCHS learning community is invited toconnect, share what they are reading, rate books, and write reviews. Again, the list is here, and the tabs at the bottom of the sheet allowviewers to switch organization – title, author, genre, etc.