The C.H. Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer a course on Mysteries & Adventure Thrillers, Monday evenings, starting April 21. The group will be led by author, teacher, and Newtown resident Wally Wood, with assistance from one of the library’s adult writer volunteers, and teen mentor Kevin Arther. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing stories in progress, as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people. Sharing is an important part of the writing group. The class will meet from 6 to 8 pm, on consecutive Monday evenings, until May 19.
Cole Morelli was named Reed Intermediate School’s National Geographic Geography Bee champion after multiple rounds of the competition at the school in January.
Now the sixth grader has learned he passed a test to place him in the semifinals of the 2014 Connecticut State Geographic Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, April 4.
After taking the test Cole said this week, “I felt pretty confident that I was going to pass.”
It was a busy weekend for the Winter Guard Program, with the Varsity Winter Guard traveling to West Long Branch, N.J., for a Winter Guard International (WGI) Eastern Championships Power Regional, and the Junior and Junior Varsity guards heading to a double competition on Saturday, March 22, in Stratford and Milford.
Competing first at the USBands Connecticut States show at Bunnell High School, the Juniors and Junior Varsity both earned season-high scores, with the ten Juniors from Reed Intermediate School score capturing gold with a score of 84.7. Despite having lost two members to injury, the 17 Junior Varsity members won the Southwest Conference Championship Class A title with a score of 83.9, and earned silver overall. The Junior Varsity show also received the “Best Effect” caption for their portrayal of the Indiana Jones movie The Crystal Skull.
When Katherine Jennings learned her ceramic and glass “Kat,” a cat-shaped pitcher, earned her a Gold Medal award from the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards she was excited.
Katherine, a junior at Newtown High School, said this week, “I was just so surprised that I won… It was very exciting.”
She first learned about her accomplishment through an e-mail from her art teacher Carol Pelligra.
In January Katherine also earned a Gold Key award and the title of “Best in Ceramics” for her piece in the 2014 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards show, which was on display at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, in West Hartford.
Newtown High School’s annual College & Post-Secondary Options Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, in the school’s gymnasium.
A preliminary list of participating colleges is available online at sites.google.com/a/newtown.k12.ct.us/school-counseling-office under “College Fair.”
After attending the University of Connecticut’s Spring PeaceJam event, held March 15-16, Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) Founder and Newtown High School senior Sarah Clements said her group’s members thought this year’s PeaceJam was better than last year. Eleven NHS students attended the event, which including a keynote address by former Costa Rica President Oscar Arias. She and other members of Jr NAA are now looking forward to their youth leadership summit, a day-long event being planned for May 24 at Newtown High School.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will offer a children’s storytelling event with Joan Almon on Thursday, March 27. The program will begin at 3:15 and is recommended for children ages 5 and up. The program had originally been planned for a 4:15 start. Stephanie Cinque, founder and director of the center, announced the change on Friday, March 21. The decision to start the program early was made in part due to an early dismissal of Newtown’s public schools, she said.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
Around Sandy Hook School on Friday, March 14, were clues to this year’s One School One Read book.
During multiple presentations for different grade levels, Sandy Hook School library/media specialist Yvonne Cech and reading consultant Cynthia McArthur unveiled this year’s One School One Read title.
As Ms Cech explained to one group on Friday, the program has the entire school community — including students, staff, and parents — read the same book at once.
Newtown High School’s musical production of Peter Pan is set for showings this weekend, March 20 to 23.
Peter Pan is the story of a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up; he spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, but visits the Darling home in London hoping to entice the daughter Wendy to become a mother to his boys..
Performances will be Thursday to Saturday, March 20 to 22, at 7 pm; and Sunday, March 23, at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $16 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors, and tickets will be available at the door...