Students and family members gathered in Newtown High School’s cafetorium on Tuesday, February 3, to celebrate 23 students who have completed graduation requirements.
A reception, with food provided by the high school’s culinary department, was held along with the ceremony.
NHS Guidance Director Cathy Ostar introduced the event and thanked everyone who helped make the evening possible, including the parents of the graduates.
Yale University’s Whiffenpoofs, a male a cappella group, performed for Newtown High School students during two assemblies on Wednesday, February 4.
NHS Principal Laurie Rodrigue said when introducing the group, the Whiffenpoofs are the most well-known and celebrated collegiate a cappella group.
Middle Gate Elementary School students and their family members were huddled in line in Edmond Town Hall’s lobby, just before a special private showing of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." The event was the school’s Middle Gate Family Movie Night, as a handout from the Movie Night Committee for the event explained, but it was the first showing at Edmond Town Hall for the program. Past movie nights, according to event coordinator Elvia Burke, were shown at the school and included Despicable Me and Frozen. The movie nights are fundraisers for the school’s PTA.
The three Newtown Winter Guard divisions, comprised of fifth and sixth grade juniors from Reed Intermediate School, the Newtown Middle School and Newtown High School junior varsity, and Newtown High School’s varsity guard, kicked off the 2015 Musical Arts Conference (MAC) winter guard season with strong performances at Masuk High School in Monroe on Saturday, February 7, for the Masuk Classic event.
The juniors took home the first place trophy, besting second place Bethel juniors by nearly 6 full points. Scoring a 57 to Bethel’s 51.1, the eight-girl unit was thrilled to defeat the much larger Bethel team with their performance of “Winter Playground.”
St Rose of Lima School Principal Sister Colleen Therese Smith opened the Academic Olympics event at her school on Friday, January 30.
Behind her students stood in groups of five to face off in an event that would challenge them with questions on science, social studies, math, religion, and language arts. The groups were arranged by grade level.
A day before participating in the regional event in a National Basketball Association competition, Hawley Elementary School fourth grade students Alex Moore and Bella Gerace shared their excitement. Both students had participated in the schoolwide competition of the NBA-sponsored FIT Dribble Swish & Dish program, in December, and had qualified for the regional event by earning the best performances at the school.
Girl Scouts in Troop 50113 are set to host an event on Monday, February 23, at 7 pm, for children in third through sixth grade to participate in making Hearts of Hope. Participants will paint clay hearts that will be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown. Members of the local Girl Scout troop are working through their Girl Scout Gold Award requirements.
With her family and friends in the audience, Newtown High School junior Mackenzie Page was honored by the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, February 3. The board has a practice of highlighting individuals and groups during celebrations of excellence at its meetings. Mackenzie, who has brought The Great Pumpkin Challenge to Main Street for four years, was the latest to be honored.