Reed Intermediate School fifth graders were silently assembled around the school’s gymnasium as three wolves, lead by handlers, entered on Monday, October 13. Mission: Wolf is a nonprofit educational wolf sanctuary in Colorado, and its traveling ambassadors have provided its outreach program worldwide. Before the wolves entered the gymnasium, Mission: Wolf Co-Founder and Executive Director Kent Weber and Reed fifth grade teacher Karen King prepared the students. If the students jumped or behaved disrespectfully, Mr Weber warned, the wolves would run out of the gymnasium. Mr Weber also told the students he would show them how wild animals communicate, and he described some techniques to interact with wolves that can also be used with dogs.
Newtown Middle School students set up entries in this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest over this past weekend, and they are on display now through this Sunday, October 26, on the Queen Street School’s front lawn.
Each year, prior to Halloween, groups of eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a “larger than life” scarecrow not only with a theme, but also with the durability to survive inclement weather.
An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015. The Board of Education unanimously approved in September a grant-funded school-based health clinic for the middle school last month.
Entries in this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest began appearing on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School yesterday afternoon. Officially, however, the contest opens today, when additional student groups will put of their sculptures on view at 11 Queen Street. Each year, prior to Halloween, groups of eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a “larger than life” scarecrow not only with a theme, but also with the durability to survive inclement weather. The students are given a $30 spending limit on their projects, and each scarecrow is voted on by students and community members, for $1 per vote. Money generated by the votes is split among the three top vote-getters and donated to the charity of the winners’ choice.
Tightly gripping the First Place Class V Open trophy, Newtown High School drum major Rachael Fuchs was beaming after the NHS marching band and guard’s win at Cheshire High School on Saturday, October 11.
“This is great!” the Rachael said, as she and fellow drum major Humza Hashmi congratulated the 136 musicians and guard members.
Competing against formidable rivals Southington and Wethersfield high schools, Newtown scored 83.9, besting Southington by 1.15 points and winning captions for best Guard, Music, Visual and Effect at the USBands event.
Continuing its practice of highlighting excellence, the Board of Education honored Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong at its meeting on Tuesday, October 7.
Ashley was announced as one of this year’s National Student Poetry Ambassadors during a visit to Washington DC, between September 17 to 20, during which First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reading, which was the first event that all five of the National Student Poetry Ambassadors took part in together.
According to Ashley, being named a National Student Poetry Ambassador requires entering and winning either a national gold or silver medal in poetry from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. From there, a pool of 35 semifinalists are chosen, and a panel of judges then chooses five finalists from that pool of contenders.
Applications for elementary students to participate in this year’s High School Elementary Musicianship Mentoring Association (HEMMA) program are now being accepted.
HEMMA President Richie Sadlon said the deadline for elementary students to apply to the program is November 7.
HEMMA connects elementary students with high school-aged music mentors. Each of the high school students involved in HEMMA receive community service hours in return for mentoring the elementary school-aged musicians.
Parents with college-bound children gathered in Newtown High School’s cafetorium on October 8, to hear a presentation by Valark Financial Services advisor and registered principal Charles Wareham, hosted by the high school’s counseling office.
Valark Financial Services is a team of financial advisors who help their clients with any economic problems. However, the firm specialize in helping families figure how to pay for their children’s college tuition, according to Mr Wareham. Valark Financial Services gives an average of 60 presentations per year.
The Newtown Marching Band & Guard will honor all 32 of its graduating seniors this Saturday, October 18, when the school hosts the 18th Annual Joseph P. Grasso Music Festival at the high school’s Blue & Gold Stadium.
Featuring Newtown’s performance of its show “Arachne,” the Grasso Festival also offers seven Connecticut high school marching bands vying for top scores in the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) competition.
The NHS “Home Show” will begin at 6 pm, with gates opening at 5 pm.
One therapy dog that has been continuously offering support at Reed Intermediate School since students returned to school following the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in 2012, was honored recently by being nominated for an online competition.
Kona, a therapy dog owned by Sandy Cornell, was announced as the winner of a Pets Best Insurance’s online “Books and Barks” contest on September 29. Kona received the most votes out of eight contenders.
By garnering the most votes, Kona earned $1,000 for Reed Intermediate School fifth grade teacher Karen King’s class and $500 for an animal nonprofit of her owner’s choosing.