All three divisions of Newtown Winter Guard, Juniors, Junior Varsity and Varsity, came home last Saturday night, March 28, proudly wearing championship medals. Competing in the Southwest Conference Championships and USBands Winter Guard/Winter Percussion Regional held at Bunnell High School in Stratford, the Newtown units all claimed first place, much to the delight of their cheering families, friends, and coaches. The biggest upset of the event was when Newtown’s JV guard defeated Bunnell, a varsity level guard that normally competes in a higher division than Newtown during regular season Musical Arts Conference shows.
Each year, eighth grade students at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School are asked to choose a yearlong project to study. This year’s class, under the guidance of teacher Leslie Lew, has now completed its culminating presentations.
Students in the class chose to study a range of topics this year. Each student worked with one or two mentors to complete their projects.
Bayley Storrier studied criminal profiling because she saw it “on TV show called Criminal Minds and I thought it was cool.” With her mentor, Bayley said she completed “a lot of research” and watched videos and documentaries.
With kindergarten registrations happening locally in the coming weeks, Town Clerk Debbie Halstead is reminding parents that if they resided in Newtown at the birth of their child they do not have to go to the hospital or town where the child was delivered to obtain a required birth certificate for registration.
Newtown students and jazz bands earned recognition while attending and participating in the University of New Hampshire’s Clark Terry Jazz Festival on March 14.
The Newtown Middle School Jazz Band earned honorable mention, the Newtown High School Blue Band also earned honorable mention and its musicians Cameron Mitchell and Robbie Laporta earned Outstanding Musician Awards, and the high school’s Gold Band was one of three bands named as “Outstanding” during the festival and its musicians Aimee Alexander, Danny Toby, and Richie Sadlon earned Outstanding Musician Awards.
“You’re the first to ever win an award,” said Newtown Middle School music teacher Jazz Band Director Mark Mahoney, addressing the students on Wednesday, March 25.
Newtown High School and members of the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) welcomed 23 students and two teachers visiting with a delegation from Lycée Alain, Newtown’s sister school in France, on Wednesday, March 25.
The delegation arrived in the country just a few hours before entering the high school’s cafetorium, where host families through NICE, NICE members, and NHS teachers were waiting to greet the students and teachers.
As Reed Intermediate School students entered their school’s cafetorium on Thursday, March 12, many discovered a table with an offering of “Color Burst Salad” on it.
As Chartwells School Dining Services Resident Dietitian Jill Patterson explained, the salad offering was one of the ways Chartwells decided to celebrate March as National Nutrition Month. The monthlong celebration was also promoted by the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition Dietetics.
Newtown Middle School students will take the stage to perform "Shrek The Musical Jr" this weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. The show is a family-friendly musical comedy that follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon; however, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle different obstacles, including learning how to believe in himself.
Continuing the undefeated streak in the Juniors Division, the youngest level of Newtown’s Winter Guard program, the group once again took home the first place trophy on Saturday, March 14, at the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) competition held at Shelton High School.
Breaking a 70 for the first time with a solid 72.2, the Newtown juniors, made up of fifth and sixth graders from Reed Intermediate School, handily defeated rival Bethel with a performance that included an equipment exchange during which two guard members traded catches, a level of skill uncommon for the junior category.
To kick off its One School, One Read three-week event, Sandy Hook Elementary School hosted Danny Rodrigue, stage name Danny Magic, on Friday, March 13.
According to Sandy Hook School language arts consultant Cynthia McArthur, a One School, One Read committee read about 20 books before selecting this year’s book, which will be read by the entire school community over the next three weeks.
One School, One Read is a yearly reading event for Sandy Hook School.