When Katherine Jennings learned her ceramic and glass “Kat,” a cat-shaped pitcher, earned her a Gold Medal award from the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards she was excited.
Katherine, a junior at Newtown High School, said this week, “I was just so surprised that I won… It was very exciting.”
She first learned about her accomplishment through an e-mail from her art teacher Carol Pelligra.
In January Katherine also earned a Gold Key award and the title of “Best in Ceramics” for her piece in the 2014 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards show, which was on display at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, in West Hartford.
After attending the University of Connecticut’s Spring PeaceJam event, held March 15-16, Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) Founder and Newtown High School senior Sarah Clements said her group’s members thought this year’s PeaceJam was better than last year. Eleven NHS students attended the event, which including a keynote address by former Costa Rica President Oscar Arias. She and other members of Jr NAA are now looking forward to their youth leadership summit, a day-long event being planned for May 24 at Newtown High School.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will offer a children’s storytelling event with Joan Almon on Thursday, March 27. The program will begin at 3:15 and is recommended for children ages 5 and up. The program had originally been planned for a 4:15 start. Stephanie Cinque, founder and director of the center, announced the change on Friday, March 21. The decision to start the program early was made in part due to an early dismissal of Newtown’s public schools, she said.
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.
Around Sandy Hook School on Friday, March 14, were clues to this year’s One School One Read book.
During multiple presentations for different grade levels, Sandy Hook School library/media specialist Yvonne Cech and reading consultant Cynthia McArthur unveiled this year’s One School One Read title.
As Ms Cech explained to one group on Friday, the program has the entire school community — including students, staff, and parents — read the same book at once.
Newtown High School’s musical production of Peter Pan is set for showings this weekend, March 20 to 23.
Peter Pan is the story of a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up; he spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, but visits the Darling home in London hoping to entice the daughter Wendy to become a mother to his boys..
Performances will be Thursday to Saturday, March 20 to 22, at 7 pm; and Sunday, March 23, at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $16 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors, and tickets will be available at the door...
The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will take place at four of the town's public schools. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and then again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Each forum runs for one hour.
Workshops are filling quickly for the 5th Parent Empowerment University (PEU) set for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Newtown Parent Connection, in partnership with Brookfield CARES, is once again offering the day of education for parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strategies for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, will present “How to Empower Your Children & Yourselves.” In a change from previous years, parents will then head to just one afternoon session of their choice instead of two. Children are welcome at the event, which will again include Kids University.
The Newtown Middle School’s musical production of Grease: School Version is set to run this Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 16.
Students continued to work after school for the production this week, and a free Senior Tea was held Thursday afternoon for senior citizens.
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.
The Jr Newtown Action Alliance will hold a one-day youth leadership summit on gun violence prevention on Saturday, May 24, at Newtown High School for students middle school through college age.
The summit will explore issues surrounding the epidemic of gun violence, encourage youth to find their voices and use the power of their voices to inspire change, according to Jr NAA.
“#HonorWithAction Connecticut” will be a full-day event bringing together youth from all areas of Connecticut to investigate the many issues that contribute to gun violence in America through workshops on mental health, urban violence, writing for publication, healing through the arts, and more.