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.
Reed Intermediate School sixth grade students who were named as the top students in the National Geographic Bee challenge for their clusters competed against each other in the school’s final competition on Thursday, January 15. After 11 rounds and a final championship round, Anika Ledina was named as the school’s champion. Students who participated in the geography bee final competition round at Reed with Anika were Zack Majeski, Lenie Urbina, Patrick Boyle, Katie Ballard, Jackson Morris, Christopher MacNamara, and T.J. O’Connell.
Newtown Middle School students competed in the final school round of the National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, January 13. After six rounds and a final championship round, Jackson Hebner was named as the school’s champion. To participate in the geography bee — which was held after school ended before family, friends, and teachers in the school’s auditorium — students competed in their clusters against their fellow students. As NMS social studies teacher Shari Oliver explained, the “ten amazing students” all competed against roughly 95 other students to be named as their cluster’s champion.