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  • Newtown High School’s Winter Extravaganza Hosted 30 Winter Guards

    The three divisions of the Newtown High School Winter Guard hosted 30 other color guards competing at the Winter Extravaganza Saturday, March 1, at NHS. The event was kicked off with an exhibition of the 28-member Newtown Winter Percussion and its show “Stress.” Band Director Kurt Eckhardt had nothing but praise for the parents who came together to put the Winter Extravaganza together and ran the event smoothly, from check in to staging to food prep and service to sales and escorting. He especially thanked Event Chairperson Cheryl Engels, whose daughter Lauren is on Varsity, saying, “Enough thank you cannot come your way!”

  • Newtown Middle School Students Preparing For ‘Grease’

    The Newtown Middle School’s musical production of Grease: School Version is set to run March 14 through 16. Students continued to work after school for the production this week. The school version is an abridged version with content suitable for younger audiences of the musical, which follows the story of teenagers in 1959 through romances and high school. Grease: School Version is set to be performed on March 14 at 7 pm, March 15 at 7 pm, and March 16 at 2 pm.

  • ‘Peter Pan’ Flies Toward March 20–23 Showings

    Newtown High School students involved in the high school’s upcoming production of Peter Pan have been rehearsing for the March 20 to 23 showings of the musical. Peter Pan tells the story of a boy who lives in a land called Neverland and never grows up. Performances will be Thursday to Saturday, March 20 to 22, at 7 pm; and Sunday, March 23, at 2 pm. Ticket prices are TBA.

  • Sandy Hook Cub Scout Ventures To DC To Report To The Nation

    Edwin Tout, a fourth grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a Pack 170 Webelos Den 5 member, was one of nine scouts chosen from across the country that represented the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, DC, February 22 to 27, to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation to top US officials. The report is designated in the Boy Scouts of America’s congressional charter and highlighted the organization’s achievements in 2013, according to the Boy Scouts of America.

  • NMS Students Learn How Reed Project Created A Well In Liberia

    When roughly 100 students made their way into the Newtown Middle School auditorium on Thursday, February 20, their former Reed Intermediate School teachers were waiting for them to deliver a message: children in Liberia are drinking clean water thanks to them. As the students entered, many shared hugs with their former teachers — Valerie Pagano-Hepburn, Georgia Smith, Petrice DiVanno, and Lil Martenson — before sitting down for a presentation. “We brought you here because we have something very exciting to share with you,” said Ms Pagano-Hepburn.

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Available

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.Zumba — Burn up to 500 calories in one hour while shaking the body to rhythms of merengue, salsa, hip/hop and more. Zumba is for all fitness levels and no dance experience is required. Zumba is for all fitness levels. The eight class course will be offered on Mondays, starting March 10, from 6 pm to 7 pm for a $94 fee.Piloxing — Piloxing is a fitness program that blends the Pilates, boxing, and dance into a high-energy interval workout. In a 55-minute class, experience the power, speed, and agility of boxing; and muscle-sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. The eight class course is offered on Mondays, starting March 10, from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm; $94...

  • Positive Discipline To Be Keynote Address For PEU 2014; Additional Workshop Topics Announced

    The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., in partnership with Brookfield CARES, announces the return of its popular, parent education day Parent Empowerment University (PEU). This year’s sessions will be offered Saturday, March 22, at Newtown Middle School. PEU is offered to parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strengths for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker is Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, noted author and accomplished educator in the field of Positive Discipline. Her topic is “How to Empower Your Children and Yourselves!” Among the guest speakers this year are Mary Ronan, Maggie Ronan Gavin and Charlie Manos; additional speakers and their topics will be announced.

  • TLE Honored For Community Service

    The Learning Experience (TLE), an early learning academy for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, announced that its TLE Newtown Center is the winner of its annual Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award. Danielle Van Riper, TLE Newtown franchise owner, was honored during TLE’s annual convention January 23 to 27, for her wide-ranging philanthropic events to benefit local community and charitable organizations.

  • NMS’s Literary Magazine Cited For Excellence

    Newtown Middle School’s literary magazine, Opus Optima, has been selected by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for the rank of “Highest Award” in the 2013 NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.The 2013 edition of Opus Optima is the first edition of the publication to earn the award since its 1996 edition.“This is just such a wonderful award,” said NMS art teacher Claudia Mitchell.Ms Mitchell, art teachers Arlene Spoonfeather and Ellen Diker, language arts teacher Abigail Olsen, and reading and writing teacher Karen Blasko recently gathered to discuss the award and the 2013 edition of Opus Optima. Ms Olsen received the announcement about the award from the NCTE. According to the announcement, “NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) cites students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines.

  • NHS Art Creations To Go On Display At National K–12 Ceramic Exhibition

    Two Newtown High School students will have their ceramic pieces displayed during the Annual National K–12 Ceramic Exhibition, which will be held in Wisconsin March 19 to 22. Hannah Godbout’s “Angler Fish” and Dawson Stout’s “Sea Tea” were both selected from submissions from around the country to be part of this year’s exhibit, which will be put on display at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. According to the National K–12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation, the exhibit is the premier juried ceramic competition for kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States and the exhibit takes place in a different city each year in conjunction with the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. More information is available at the exhibit’s website, k12clay.org/k12-ceramic-exhibition.