HARTFORD—Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, today announced the awardees of a new Arts in Education grant program designed to strengthen arts instruction by facilitating partnerships between schools and artists and arts organizations.
Governor Malloy announced the grant program, making a total of $250,000 available with individual awards up to a maximum of $50,000, in August.
Newtown was one of eight communities that will receive a grant through the program.
Students under the direction of Newtown High School Art Portfolio teacher Carol Skolas worked on Friday, December 12, at C.H. Booth Library to prepare for an exhibit.
The artwork, entirely created by the NHS students, went on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, on Saturday, December 13, and will remain on view for the public in The Olga Knoepke Memorial Meeting Room until Friday, December 19.
Newtown High School teacher Carol Skolas’s Art Portfolio students had tape in hand and many of their works before them on Wednesday, December 10, as they prepared the pieces for exhibit at C.H. Booth Library.
The artwork, entirely created by NHS students, will be on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, during library hours in the building’s meeting room from Saturday, December 13, to Friday, December 19.
A formal reception will be held the night before the artwork is set to come down, on Thursday, December 18, from 4 to 6 pm.
Middle Gate Elementary School’s PTA’s 2nd Annual Snowflake Festival was underway with people milling between vendors, shopping for used ornaments, and children participating in crafts and events in the school’s cafeteria by noon on Saturday, December 6. The event ran from 10 am to 3 pm and included vendors, crafters, raffles, treats, baked goods, and the used ornament sale. Guest vendors for the event included A Bead of Roses, Newtown MediSpa, and Ben’s Bells Newtown.
Before the Thursday, December 4, evening Winter Concert performance by Sandy Hook School’s fourth grade students kicked off at Newtown High School, the students rehearsed earlier in the day.
Standing on different rows of risers inside NHS’s auditorium, the fourth graders listened as Sandy Hook School music teacher Maryrose Kristopik gave them advice or praised them for their efforts. The students rehearsed the songs they would sing that evening and practiced entering the auditorium from the high school’s chorus room, where they would gather before the main event that evening.
With their final presentations due to be given over the course of three evenings in January, students in this semester’s Newtown High School Junior/Senior Project course practiced for their upcoming presentations.
The Junior/Senior Project Program at NHS is designed to enable students to build on existing strengths and to provide an opportunity for further study not available in the traditional classroom. The program provides motivated and responsible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a subject/career that they are passionate about and develop a career-oriented relationship with a community professional as a mentor in the student’s area of chosen interest.
Students in this semester’s Junior/Senior Project course worked on a range of different projects.
After performing during a school assembly on Monday, December 1, Hawley Elementary School third and fourth grade students ventured to Reed Intermediate School on Tuesday, December 2, for their final rehearsal before the school’s December 3 concert for friends and family.
“My goal was to create a fun, upbeat, and warming winter concert that blended traditional winter songs with some new ones,” said Hawley music teacher Brian Kowalsky on Tuesday.