For a few hours on Friday, April 25, Middle Gate Elementary School fourth grade students transformed into historical figures.
When visitors to the school’s four fourth grade classrooms tapped a waiting fourth grader on the shoulder, the student started sharing a prepared speech created for the school’s Living Biographies project.
Students in Heidi Beauty, John Sullivan, Katie Mauro, and Linda Baron’s classes all participated in the project. Family members and other Middle Gate students were invited to the classrooms for the event. Middle Gate Principal Christopher Geissler also stopped by to hear the students and see the projects performed.
The Jr Newtown Action Alliance is set to host a statewide #HonorWithAction Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, May 24, at Newtown High School. The event is for students middle school through college age, and will discuss issues surrounding the epidemic of gun violence, encourage youth to find their voices and use the power of their voices to inspire change, according to Jr NAA.#HonorWithAction Connecticut will be a full-day event bringing together youth from all areas of Connecticut to investigate the many issues that contribute to gun violence in America through workshops on mental health, urban violence, writing for publication, healing through the arts, and more, according to a release from Jr NAA.
The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Reed Intermediate School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Programs last for one hour. The Sandy Hook program, "Summer Planning," has been rescheduled from last week; the Reed forum will describe different forms of bullying, and offer suggestions to help kids and parents manage such situations.
While the Board of Education interviewed Christopher Moretti for the position of principal of Hawley Elementary School in an executive session on April 29, a group of district personnel, Hawley staff members, and current principal Jo-Ann Peters Edmondson waited outside the Council Chambers at Newtown Municipal Center. When the school board returned and opened its session to the public, it unanimously voted to hired Mr Moretti for the position. He will begin his tenure at Hawley on July 1. His salary will be set by the existing administrator’s contract, according to the board’s motion.
During “Hawley Loves To Read Week” author Sara Pennypacker stopped by on Tuesday, April 8, to speak to students about writing, her books, and her inspirations.
Ms Pennypacker’s published works include her Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Dumbstruck, The Amazing World of Stuart, Sparrow Girl, and Pierre in Love.
She also visited Middle Gate Elementary School during that school’s “Middle Gate Loves To Read Week,” on Monday, April 7.
The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Middle Gate Elementary School, and Newtown Middle School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. The Sandy Hook School Parent Forum, “Summer Planning To Sustain Your Child’s Progress,” will be held on Monday, April 28; Middle Gate will host "Parenting In Tough Times" on April 29; and the middle school will host "How To Parent In A Challenging World" on April 30.
Head O’ Meadow students cast their votes Monday, April 21, on which category of books they would like purchased for the school’s library.
The event is a yearly one at the school, and library/media specialist Bev Bjorklund said she prepared the students to cast their ballots by speaking to them about the importance of voting.
Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton and Sharon Kish were on hand for the day, along with a voting machine. Head O’ Meadow PTA volunteers were also in the school’s library, where the machine was set up, to help students through the voting process.
The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Reed Intermediate School and Hawley Elementary School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Forums run for one hour. The Reed Parent Forum, “Springtime Stress Management,” is set for Wednesday, April 23. The Hawley Parent Forum, “Video Game Addiction,” will be on Thursday, April 24.
Newtown Middle School will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts at the school on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 pm. The event will include a visual arts exhibition, a technology education open house, a slide show and photo gallery from the Project Adventure program, and other presentations. This year's edition of the NMS literary magazine will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a book fair.
The fourth annual Bunny Watch is underway near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus Friday, April 18, from 10 am until 4 pm, and Saturday, April 19, 10 am until 4 pm.This is the fourth year Newtown High School Odyssey of the Mind team members have gathered to offer the Bunny Watch as a fundraiser for the group to attend the World Finals of the problem-solving competition.Odyssey of the Mind is the largest intellectual competition in the world. Teams of up to seven students select and solve one of five long-term problems that they present at the annual state competitions. The top 30 teams in each competing state then head to World Finals, where teams from more than 30 countries come together in the spirit of international competition. This year’s Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will be held at the end of May in Ames, Iowa.