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  • Hawley Sing-Along Promotes Community

    Hawley Elementary School Student Council members were ready on Friday, December 13, to hold doors and welcome fellow students to the school’s gymnasium for a special all-school sing-along. For a month before the event, the entire school spread kindness through an initiative launched on November 14, according to Principal Jo-Ann Peters-Edmondson. In a letter sent home to parents, Ms Peters-Edmondson explained students read the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today, by Carol McCloud...

  • Schools Participate In ‘An Hour Of Code’

    During Computer Science Education Week, observed December 9 to 15, Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School, and Reed Intermediate School students have been writing code. “The movement across the nation is to get 10 million students to do an hour of code during that week,” explained NHS’s computer technology teacher Kristin Violette on Friday, December 6...

  • Dance China New York Performers Visit Head O’ Meadow

    Dance China New York performers presented two shows on Monday, November 25, during an assembly for Head O’ Meadow students. Amy Fralley, co-chair of the PTA Cultural Arts Committee and mother of a third grade student, explained she had been researching different assemblies to come to the school. Her goal for bringing Dance China New York to the students was, “to offer diversity to their learning...

  • Sandy Hook Students Dance With Joffrey Ballet School Visitors

    Representatives of the Joffrey Ballet School visited with Sandy Hook School students on Monday, December 2. During multiple presentations in Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School’s gymnasium, students danced along with the visitors as they presented Giles Andreae book Giraffes Can’t Dance...

  • Song Of Kindness Resonates With RIS Singers

    Reed Intermediate School sixth grade chorus and concert choir members crowded onto risers in the practice room at their school on November 26, for the first of multiple sessions of music teacher Michelle Tenenbaum’s fifth and sixth graders to meet with the Connecticut-based indie rock band Alternate Routes. Led by founding band members Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly, the band was at the school for a run-through of their original song, “Nothing More,”...

  • Music Mentoring Program Kicks Off Second Year At NHS

    During the first day of this year’s High School Elementary Musicianship Mentoring Association (HEMMA) program, founder and Newtown High school senior Grace Clark said the program has grown since it began last year. “We had, I believe, 113 last year, and this year we have over 200 [students],” said Ms Clark. Grace explained HEMMA connects elementary students with high school-aged music mentors. Each of the high school students involved with HEMMA receives community service hours in return for mentoring elementary musicians...

  • Newtown Schools Announce Winter Concert Dates

    Students in the Newtown Public School’s Music Department are tightening strings, tuning instruments, and readying vocal chords for soon-to-be performed Winter Concerts scheduled for each school. The following is a listing, released recently by the school district, of the 2013 Winter Concert dates. The concerts will begin this week with Hawley School's Third & Fourth Grade Concert, and continue through the first week of February, concluding with Reed School's Fifth Grade Band Concert on February 5. All concerts are free, and residents are welcome to join proud parents for the performances.

  • Newtown Connections In A Hawaiian Classroom

    Elizabeth O’Brien, a former Newtown resident who now lives and works in Hawaii, received an email from a co-worker on Tuesday, November 19. The co-worker had attended a conference over the previous weekend, and met Scarlett Lewis, the mother of 12/14 victim Jesse Lewis. Ms Lewis recently published a book, "Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope & Forgiveness" based on an unexpected journey, inspired by a simple three-word message the had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he was killed. Ms O'Brien, who had planned to teaching her students about what happened in her former hometown, was "floored," she said, when she learned that Ms Lewis had agreed to visit her school to speak to students. The concept of choosing love, she said, has inspired her career.

  • Elementary Schools Win Healthier US School Awards

    Newtown’s four elementary schools recently earned national recognition through the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), as announced by Chartwells School Dining Services. According to Chartwells School Dining Services Resident Dietitian Jill Patterson, Middle Gate Elementary School, Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, Hawley Elementary School, and Sandy Hook Elementary School were recognized for working to support and improve the health of children and the community with the USDA HealthierUS School Bronze Level awards. As part of the effort, healthy items are featured on school menus and physical education and activity are emphasized. Those efforts are part of HUSSC...

  • Annual KLAP Walk for Dogs

    The Third Annual Kids Lend A Paw (KLAP) dog walk was held under clear skies Saturday, November 16, at Fairfield Hills. Reed intermediate School sixth grader Maddie Stites started the walk three years ago to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The organization is near and dear to Maddie since the ASPCA rescued her family’s three dogs — Merry, Sunny, and Chloe...