• Spring Concert Assembly At Head O’ Meadow

    As Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine told her assembled students on Thursday, April 30, the fourth grade students had worked had for their Spring Concert. Ms Gasparine continued to welcome the students to the assembly and explained it was being held ahead of the school’s Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, for family and friends. Head O’ Meadow music teacher Cynthia Holberg led her students through playing songs on recorders and singing.

  • Night Of Jazz Brings District Ensembles Together

    The 16th Annual Newtown Night Of Jazz brought the district’s four jazz ensembles together to perform for the community during the evening of Thursday, May 7, at Newtown High School. The Reed Intermediate School’s Jazz Ensemble performed under the guidance of Directors Robert Nolte and Phil Beierle, the Newtown Middle School Jazz Band performed under the guidance of Director Mark Mahoney, and the Newtown High School Gold and Blue Bands were directed by Kurt Eckhardt.

  • Storyteller Visits Reed School

    Storyteller Eshu Bumpus visited with students at Reed Intermediate School on Monday, May 4, sharing stories and storytelling advice. During one of his presentations of the day, Mr Bumpus was introduced by Reed media specialist Pia Ledina to students gathered in the school’s Library Media Center. Ms Ledina told the students that Mr Bumpus is a professional storyteller who performs at festivals and more and he was there to work with the students during a workshop about storytelling.

  • Cub Scout Pack 170 Holding Registration Event May 20

    Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to hold a registration event for boys entering first to fourth grade on Wednesday, May 20, in the pavilion of Treadwell Park. The event will run from 6 to 8 pm. In addition to registering new scouts, the pack will also be re-registering scouts for the 2015-16 school year, and seeking parent volunteers to help during the year.

  • Tickets Available For Waldorf School Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit; Silent Auction Already Open

    Currently celebrating its 25th year, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School of Newtown is set to host its Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit on May 16, at the Parish Hall of St Francis of Assisi in Weston. The evening will include dinner and wine, a live auction of projects created by students in each HVWS class, and dancing. As part of the benefit, an online silent auction has also opened. Dozens of items are available to bid on until May 17.

  • Zuzu African Acrobats Visit Middle Gate Elementary School

    Students inside Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Tuesday, April 28, cheered, clapped, and sometimes participated with the Zuzu African Acrobats performance, which was sponsored by the school’s PTA. Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler said at the start of the assembly that he was thrilled the school’s PTA was sponsoring the event, because, as he said, he first learned about the Zuzu African Acrobats through an e-mail. He said his first reaction was, “That’s pretty cool.” He shared the e-mail with PTA member Debbie DeBlasi, and Mr Geissler said she too responded with, “That’s pretty cool.”

  • Spring Concert Assembly Held At Middle Gate

    After first singing their school’s song, Middle Gate Elementary School fourth graders shared a number of songs during an assembly on Thursday, April 23, as a preview for their then-upcoming Spring Concert, which was held in the evening of April 27. Led by Middle Gate music teacher Tina Jones, the students sang songs like, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” “Pizza Love,” “Happy,” and “Nothing More.” When the group sang “Nothing More,” by the Alternate Routes, different students took turns holding up signs.

  • NICE Students And Teacher Delegates Reflect On Sister School Visits

    Over the district’s April vacation, three delegations through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) visited three different countries: Spain, France, and China. Members of the delegations recently reflected on those trips and on hosting delegates who visited Newtown during three separate times between February and the start of April. The first visiting delegates to Newtown came from Liaocheng, in the Shandong Province of China, and visited between February 23 and March 4. The Spanish delegation from I.E.S. Las Encinas School visited from March 15 to March 23, and the French delegation from Lycée Alain, Newtown’s sister school in France, visited from March 25 until April 1.

  • Teachers & District Community Members Honored With Profiles In Professionalism Award

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and the Board of Education honored 12 teachers at the start of the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, May 5, with the district’s 2014-15 Profiles in Professionalism Award. This is the first year the award honors local educators, school personnel, and parents. “It’s an opportunity this evening that the school board has a chance to witness 12 outstanding employees for the town Board of Education,” said Dr Erardi before he named each of the 12 honorees alphabetically. “And I am absolutely certain when I say the 12 employees represent so many others that could be standing with them this evening.”

  • ‘Annie Jr’ Being Staged Friday And Saturday At Reed

    With Reed Intermediate School’s musical production of "Annie Jr" set to take the stage this Friday, May 8, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm, Director Sharon Vetrano said earlier this week that students and everyone involved in the production are excited. “They are absolutely amazing,” said Ms Vetrano before a run-through rehearsal started on Tuesday. “They worked so incredibly hard.” The plot of "Annie Jr" follows a young orphan girl as she searches for a family.