A number of stations were set up in Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Monday, May 19, for the school’s Differences Day.
The day has been held at the school before to highlight differences people may have from one another. The event has been an annual one at the school, typically hosted by the school’s RRD Club (Responsibility, Respect, Diversity).
This year fourth grade students at the school made their way through the stations set up for Differences Day in two sessions.
At one station students navigated through cones while wearing a blindfold and using a cane before attempting to write their names on a wall to sense what it would be like not to see. At another station students tested their fine motor skills by attempting to do certain tasks while using their nondominant hand. Another station had students try to use a wheel chair to again navigate between cones. At an allergy station students had food allergies explained to them and learned about EpiPens, an auto-injector used to treat anaphylaxis.
Study tour chaperones for the recent Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) delegation visits to China, France, and Spain resoundingly said this week the trips all were wonderful experiences.
Some of the students who traveled to the three countries also chimed in to share their favorite parts of the experiences.
Students and teachers traveled to the three countries during the district’s break in April. The group that went to China traveled over April 10 to April 21, the group that went to Spain, April 8 to 19, and the group that went to France went from April 8 to 16.
The following are the students who made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third quarter marking period at Newtown High School this school year. Students earn recognition on the High Honor Roll by being enrolled in five or more classes with a minimum of four courses in areas of study other than independent study and related work experience, have an overall average of 90 or more for the marking period and the student must receive a grade of 85 or higher in each course. To make the Honor Roll, NHS students must meet the same requirements, but their overall grade average must be more than 85, and the student must receive a grade of 80 or higher in each course.
The Newtown High School Peer Leadership group is set to host a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive on Thursday, May 29, from 8 am until 2 pm in the school’s auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road. The event is open to the public. The drive will be offered through the Be The Match Donor Registry, the largest registry in the world providing a means for thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases or leukemia to find a match.
Head O’ Meadow Elementary School joined other schools and organizations around the world on Wednesday, May 7, when staff, students, and administrators at the school gathered in the school’s cafetorium to exercise.
“Is everybody ready to move today?” asked physical education teacher Steve “Coach” Dreger before leading the gathered school community, with the help of a few chosen students, through exercises.
“It was an amazing, amazing experience,” said Cat Fedorchek, Girl Scout Troop 50651 leader, recently about her troop’s trek across Europe during the school district’s April break.
Yet the trip was more than one experience: it represented years of effort. The trip came about thanks to years of fundraisers and participating in the community, according to Ms Fedorchek, and each Girl Scout Troop 50651 member had a moment during the trip to revel in all that planning.
After traveling to places like Boston and New York City, Ms Fedorchek said her troop members decided when they were freshmen in high school that they wanted to “cross the pond… to headquarters in London.”
St Rose of Lima School community members learned through a letter on April 28 that Colleen Therese Smith has been named as the school’s new principal. She will officially start July 1. Mary Maloney, the current principal of the school, said said she believes Sister Colleen “will be an excellent principal for many reasons.” Prior to being asked to assume her vocation ministry, Sr Colleen served as a high school principal at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and as an elementary principal at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic School in Greenwich Village, N.Y. She also served as a teacher of elementary, middle, and high school students. She currently serves as the vocations director of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden. Mrs Maloney is set to step into the role of president of Immaculate High School in Danbury.
Inside Hawley’s multipurpose room on Thursday, April 24, a colorful bench was placed before the room’s stage. The bench, multicolored and covered in words, is called The Friendship Bench.
In Hawley Elementary School’s most recent PTA newsletter, Hawley lead teacher Roxanne Melaragno wrote an explanation of how the bench came to the school.
“Recently Hawley School received a unique gift from a young girl with big dreams,” Ms Melaragno wrote. “At the end of March, Acaia Woodley, a seventh grade girl from Palm Bay, Florida, delivered a Friendship Bench to Hawley School that represents her mission of spreading friendship and kindness to schools throughout the United States and Canada. Acaia presented the Friendship Bench to Hawley School’s Student Council.”
The Reed Intermediate School Drama Club will perform its upcoming musical production of Willy Wonka this Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10.
The Friday performance is at 7 pm, and the Saturday is at 6 pm.
The play will be performed at the school, 3 Trades Lane.
Tickets are $8 for general seating and will be available at the door prior to each performance.