It has been roughly two years since Newtown High School 2008 graduate Shannon Seaman first landed in South Korea, and now she is looking forward to her third year as a teacher.
Ms Seaman graduated from Roger Williams University with a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing, and went on to learn about English Programming In Korea (EPIK) while looking into options for what she could do post-graduation. She earned a certificate and now, after applying through EPIK, works for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education at Maebong Elementary School teaching English to third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.
Sandy Hook Elementary School’s PTA Valentines For Troops committee had already made efforts to pack letters, toiletries, chocolate, and Girl Scout cookies provided by Newtown VFW Post 308 together in packages by the time students entered the school’s lecture hall on Tuesday, February 10. Students from across the school had participated in writing exercises to create the letters, and some of the school’s students were selected to help Newtown Post Office City Carrier Chris Myers and Customer Service Manager Richard Crowther on Tuesday to prepare the packages to be shipped to an Army Infantry Division in Afghanistan.
With 12 of the 18 Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard members seniors returning to the Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships in April for the very last time, the guard is working hard not only to perfect their performances, but to raise the $900 per girl needed to make the four-day trip to Dayton, Ohio.
A variety of fundraisers are underway, including the Fifth Annual NHS Varsity Winter Guard Pasta Supper and Silent Auction that will take place on Friday, February 20, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Newtown United Methodist Church. Tickets are $12 at the door, and children under five eat free. The menu includes pasta, meatballs (provided by Tambascio’s Restaurant), salad, rolls, beverage, and home-baked desserts. Gluten-free pasta will also be available, and the sauce will be offered meatless.
Head O’ Meadow third and fourth grade students and their family members participated in an evening event that highlighted STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities on Thursday, February 5.
The STEM night was a joint effort between the school, the Head O’ Meadow PTA, and the EverWonder Children’s Museum, which had staff members and volunteers attend the event.
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.