Before the Newtown Middle School Moving-Up Ceremony began Monday evening, a crowd of soon-to-be alumni gathered behind a black screen at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center. Students gathered in groups, talking among friends, and marking when their teachers arrived for the event. By the time students entered to “Pomp & Circumstance” on June 16, parents, friends and family members had cameras in hand to record the event from the stands and seats. Some attendees yelled out names, while others simply waved or smiled at their graduates.
As students arrived at Middle Gate Elementary School on Wednesday, June 18, for the final day of the 2013-14 school year, music teacher Tina Jones stood waiting to greet students who were dropped off by parents.With her arms wide open, as if ready to hug each of the students, Ms Jones sang, “Happy last day of school.”For some students she had a cheer at the ready.“Give me an ‘L,’” she said, before asking for an “A,” “S,” and “T.” Other students bounced off their buses and entered the school.
Newtown High School students were inducted into a number of world language honor societies — the Chinese Honor Society, the Société Française, the Societa’ Onoraria Italica, the Societas Latina, and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica — during an evening program on Wednesday, May 21, at NHS.
“We are here to celebrate the accomplishments of our students who have excelled in learning the world languages, as shown by maintaining a 90-average grade in their classes,” said NHS World Language Department Chair Paula Greenfield. “These students are truly citizens of the 21st Century because of their ability to communicate with people around the world.”
While students performed music on the stage at Newtown High School during the evening of Saturday, June 7, attendees at the “Time To Taco ‘Bout Jazz” event ate dinner or listened.
The event was hosted by and held as a fundraiser for the NHS Gold Jazz Band. It helped raise money to cover the cost of NHS Gold Jazz band members recording a professional CD.
Food from Mexicali Rose was served during the night, and $15 was charged at the door, children 5 and under cost $5 to attend.
Newtown High School has announced, in accordance with state regulations, which address the retention and disposal of student records, it will be eliminating materials in the records of 2007 graduates that are not part of the permanent records.
Permanent records consist of academic transcripts, basic biographical information, and record of immunizations, according to the school.
Students who wish to gain possession of materials scheduled to be eliminated, for future use may send a signed request in writing by fax to 203-426-6573 highlighted with “Record Retention — Clare Francke” or mail to 12 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook CT 06482, attention “record retention” before July 18.
Newtown High School Interim Principal Jeffrey Jaslow was the first to congratulate the assembled students Wednesday, June 4, during the school’s Annual Awards Night for Seniors.
The high school annually holds two nights to highlight both seniors and underclassmen who earn awards and scholarships. During both nights, students were announced as award recipients by either representatives of the award or representatives of the school district or schools.
“Welcome to all of you,” Mr Jaslow said, before acknowledging Kitty Latowicki, the school’s Career Center coordinator, for her work in making the nights possible.
Masuk High School Class of 1974 graduates are being sought by reunion committee members.
The Class of 1974’s 40th reunion has been scheduled for Saturday, August 30, at Roberto’s Restaurant in Monroe, from 7 pm until 11 pm. The cost is $50 per person, and there will be a cash bar during the event. Checks should be made payble to the “MHS Class Reunion 1974,” and mailed to Bonnie Goldstein, 37 Flint Ridge Road, Monroe CT 06468.
Appetizers, a buffet dinner, deserts, and hot beverages will be served.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, announced during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 3, that Marlene Bucci, a paraprofessional at Middle Gate Elementary School, has been chosen as the district’s 2014-15 Paraprofessional of the Year. Mrs Bucci is now a nominee for the 2015 State of Connecticut Paraprofessional of the Year with the Connecticut State Department of Education and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council.
Students in eight classes at Hawley Elementary School were introduced to The Willow Reindeer Project last month, thanks to a two-day visit by the project’s founder. After the two-day visit, the students had created eight small-scale reindeer sculptures under the guidance of Willow Bill, who told each class that it was up to them to decide what to do with their reindeer. “Many teachers have their students sign their sculpture,” Willow Bill told Hawley School first grade teacher Jennifer Pirone on May 20. “Some teachers decide to put their reindeer outside their school, others keep them in their classrooms. It’s up to you,” he told Ms Pirone, “and your students."
Throughout the day on Thursday, May 29, people stopped by Newtown High School to participate in the school’s Peer Leadership-hosted Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive.
The event is an annual one for the group, and Peer Leadership co-advisor Vivian Sheen said people should “keep an eye out” for the group’s next drive.
The drive ran from 8 am until 2 pm and was open to the public. Ms Sheen said about 20 people registered during the drive.