With her family and friends in the audience, Newtown High School junior Mackenzie Page was honored by the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, February 3. The board has a practice of highlighting individuals and groups during celebrations of excellence at its meetings. Mackenzie, who has brought The Great Pumpkin Challenge to Main Street for four years, was the latest to be honored.
Newtown High School student artists have work on view until February 18 in the Jerry’s Artarama-sponsored “Teen Visions 2015, A Connecticut High School Art Exhibit,” hosted at Sacred Heart University’s Art & Design Gallery.
Students who have art in the exhibit are Zoe Brodskey, Haley Kean, Courtney MacDonald, Catherine Menousek, Emily Radatovich, Helena Rezikoff, Brandon Rodriguez, Rory Staack, and Michael Triantafilidis, according to the school.
Members of the Newtown High School Blue Blaze basketball team, part of the state’s Unified Sports program which provides competitive sports opportunities for special needs students, displayed their teamwork, skills, and athleticism in a game against the visiting Bunnell of Stratford Bulldogs on January 29. The athletes brought out their competitive edge for a fun-filled and action packed 40-minute game.
Assisted by partners, some of whom are traditional high school athletes, the Unified Sports participants dribble, pass, shoot, and score during basketball practices and games throughout the winter. The partners can rebound, pass, and give pointers to their peers, but it is up to the athletes to score the baskets. During games, there are three athletes and two partners on the floor at all times.
Newtown Public Schools will be closed Monday, February 2, due to the anticipated weather. The announcement was made around 4 pm on Sunday, February 1. The district also announced that all district offices will be closed on Monday, and all afternoon activities have been cancelled.
Reed Intermediate School students were dressed less casually than normal on Friday, January 23, in honor of a Bay State boy the students learned about through a video online. According to a video created by ESPN’s SportsCenter, Danny Keefe of Bridgewater, Mass., has apraxia, a motor speech disorder, and a flair for style. The Newtown students recently responded with their own fashions.
A number of Newtown High School students have earned honors for their works submitted for the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit and Awards Ceremony.
As announced by the Connecticut Art Education Association, Inc, and the Hartford Art Schools, the 26th Annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit and Awards Ceremony features award-winning works from students in seventh through twelfth grades from throughout the state, according to a release from the Connecticut Art Education Association. The exhibit is on view at Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery in Taub Hall through February 6.
The Connecticut Regional Art Awards, an affiliate of The Alliance For Young Artists & Writers, recognizes the achievements of talented young artists, according to the release.
Newtown High School has scheduled an evening orientation event for eighth grade students and their parents for Wednesday, February 11. The event will begin at 5, when tours will be offered by NHS HAWKS Honor Society members. Tours will run every 15 minutes and will last approximately 45 minutes. The evening will also include an electives fair, showcasing electives available to freshment; and presentations by the school's athletic director, faculty members and department heads.