• NEASC Kickoff Dinner At The High School

    A dinner was held in the Newtown High School cafetorium on Monday, April 29, as a kickoff for the high school’s preparation for its New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) scheduled 2015 visit. Before that visit, which could come at a...

  • NHS Assistant Principal Jason Hiruo To Be ECA Principal

    Newtown High School staff were notified on Tuesday, April 30, that NHS Assistant Principal Jason Hiruo will take on the duties of principal/director of the Area Cooperative Educational Services’ Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven. “And that e-mail was pretty hard for me to write,” said Mr Hiruo on Friday, May 3. While Mr Hiruo said he is excited for the next step in his career, he will also have many people to miss in Newtown...

  • NHS Musicians And Singers To Perform World Premiere Of ‘Glorificare’

    The Newtown High School wind ensemble, orchestra, and choruses will perform the world premiere of Samuel R. Hazo’s Glorificare on May 22 at 7 pm, for all residents who wish to attend. The time and space at NHS was originally set for the NHS orchestra’s concert, and that time will now include the presentation of a special memorial celebrating the lives and spirits of the people lost at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. The entire NHS music department, along with teachers from across the district, community musicians, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Voce Singers will perform Mr Hazo’s Glorificare...

  • Cub Scout Packs To Hold Registration Events

    Sandy Hook Cub Scout Pack 170 is inviting all boys entering first through fourth grade to join their Pack. Registration will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at Rauner Hall in Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Newtown Pack 70 is also planning its annual Ice Cream Social, to be combined with a recruiting event, while St Rose Pack 570 is inviting anyone interested in learning about its activities to attend its annual Bike Rodio on June 22.

  • Welcoming Spring At Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

    Housatonic Valley Waldorf School students, faculty, staff, families, and school friends welcomed spring on Friday, May 3, with traditional Maypole and Morris & Sword dances.“May Fairs all over the world are very joyous celebrations,” said Patricia Campbell, who directed the students throughout the event. “It is a time for waking up the earth after winter so that crops will grow, the flowers will come out.” Ms Campbell explained the different Morris & Sword dances performed by students on Friday, “go back to Shakespeare’s time.”

  • NHS To Present ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ This Weekend

    Newtown High School’s Black Box production of Starting Here, Starting Now is set to open for performances this Thursday, May 2, and run through Sunday, May 5. Performances on Thursday and Friday are 7 pm, and the Saturday and Sunday performa...

  • Hawley Kindergarteners Learn About ‘Fine Gardening’

    Stephanie Fagan, the art director of Fine Gardening, published by The Taunton Press, visited with Hawley Elementary School kindergarten students on Friday, April 26. In math/science specialist Jenna Connors’s room, the kindergarteners learne...

  • Environmental Lessons Take Root

    Across the district, students received blue spruce saplings last week, thanks to volunteer work and donations. Now in its 26th year, the program began with an anonymous donor known as the Tree Lady. Through the October Hill Foundation grant, many trees hav...

  • PTSA Award Honors Dawn Hochsprung

    At this year’s annual Awards Dinner, held at Cascade, a banquet hall in Hamden, on April 25, the Connecticut PTSA not only named Dawn Hochsprung, one of the six adult victims on 12/14, its Elementary Principal of the Year, but also renamed the award after her. Connecticut PTSA President Jim Accomando said the annual Awards Dinner was well attended, and most of the night was directed at the Sandy Hook representatives in attendance. Ms Hochsprung’s family members were also invited to the event. A number of special moments occurred during the evening, according to Mr Accomando.

  • Local Fire Companies Ready To Grill For Great Newtown Reunion

    Agreements have been reached among members of the Great Newtown Reunion Committee, Hook & Ladder Fire Company No. 1, and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, with each of the fire companies heading up separate catering responsibilities for the gathering July 27 at Fairfield Hills. Members of Newtown Hook & Ladder will be hard at work when The Great Newtown Reunion kicks off on July 27, preparing thousands of burgers and hot dogs to be sold to reunion guests. As the late afternoon approaches, Hook & Ladder personnel will switch places with their Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue counterparts, who will then prepare lobsters and steak for the second phase of the day-long event.