Administrators Formalize New NCHS Student Requirements for Popular ‘Ramstock’ Music Festival

The New Canaan High School Student Coalition and administrators this year formalized a rule requiring that at least one-half of the players in bands participating in an annual music festival be current NCHS students. The rule, now appearing on flyers and informational emails for Ramstock, existed on an ad hoc basis for years. It has opened a rift between some students and teachers, according to NCHS Student Coalition leader Priscilla Schulz. “The participants should go to New Canaan High School,” Schulz said. “I’m sure that those students that are in bands with others not going to the high school don’t like the rule, but I definitely understand why the rule was put in place.”

Advocates for the policy say that Ramstock is meant to showcase the talents and passions of NCHS students only.

NCHS Community Honors Kay Timmis with a Tree Planted in Her Memory

Teachers, students, family and friends of Kay Timmis gathered Thursday afternoon for a tree planting ceremony in her honor, after the longtime New Canaan High School substitute teacher passed away suddenly in January. The ceremony was held outside the NCHS Library, and those who attended took a moment to remember Timmis as a substitute teacher and how she touched the lives of the NCHS community. Priscilla Schulz, NCHS Physical Education teacher, coach, and longtime friend of Timmis, organized the ceremony along with six other speakers. NCHS seniors Carly Risom, this year’s recipient of the Kay Timmis Award, and Sean Davidson had kind words to say about Timmis, along with NCHS faculty Lynda Pescatello, Michelle Luhtala, and Lenore Schneider. Timmis’ daughter, Kim, closed the ceremony with a speech.

‘It’s Not Only a Teacher Everyone Loved, It Will Go To a School’: NCHS Book Drive in Memory of Kay Timmis

Charles Sosnick, a University of Pennsylvania-bound New Canaan High School senior who serves as president of the student body, remembers Kay Timmis as one of the nicest, most respectful educators he’s ever had. The longtime, beloved New Canaan Public Schools substitute teacher’s sudden passing in January at age 82 “left a pretty big hole in the community,” Sosnick recalled from outside the main office at NCHS Thursday afternoon. “It was pretty amazing, the level of emotion that kids had for her,” Sosnick said. At his feet lay scattered boxes and bags filled with books that are being collected in Timmis’s memory. The Student Coalition’s book drive will benefit the classroom libraries at Edison Elementary School in Bridgeport—an effort dedicated to Timmis because she was a champion of literacy and education who was “very charitable and loved to read,” Sosnick said. Athlete of the Week: Lauren Capone

The Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins, Connecticut Sandwich Co., Joe’s Pizza and Mackenzie’s. Congratulations to Lauren Capone,’s Athlete of the Week. The freshman golfer, 14, hit the first hole-in-one in varsity match play that anyone can remember. Using a pitching wedge from 105 yards, Capone on the 7th hole at Silvermine Golf Club hit the hole-in-one April 28 versus Wilton. New Canaan Rams girls’ golf head coach Priscilla Schulz said she has never seen a hole-in-one from a member of the team in her three years coaching the team, and spoke to past coaches who said the same thing.