Head O’ Meadow’s Math Olympiads, athletes, and geography program participants were among some of the students honored during the school’s awards assembly, held on Tuesday, June 17. “Congratulations boys and girls. That was an excellent, great accomplishment,” Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine said to the students who earned recognition in the school’s Math Olympiads program. When it was time for Head O’ Meadow parent Kristen Mattera, who oversees the school’s geography program, to announce the program’s participants, she named students who passed a number of the program’s tests, naming different countries, regions, and landmasses.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., will again be offering a week long program for children entering kindergarten called “Safety Town” in July. Safety Town is a national program that was developed in 1964 to teach young children important information on traffic safety, fire safety, water safety, bus safety, bicycle safety, awareness of medicine and poison, and awareness of strangers. All safety topics will be taught in collaboration with local community and health agencies. Cost is $25 per child for the one-week program, and financial assistance is available.
Newtown Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Summer History Camp. The camp will be hosted at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, the week of July 14-18. Registration is open for children between the ages of 8-10 and offers campers a week of interactive and exciting experiences of Colonial-era life. From lantern-making to butter churning, kids will engage in activities and experiences of a Colonial child living during the 1750s. Campers will learn the tasks they might have been expected to do at home, the types of games they would have played, and the kind of food they would have eaten during the mid-18th Century.
Retired Newtown Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore, Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski, and Sandy Hook School teacher Liesl Fressola traveled to Emporia, Kan., for the dedication ceremony, held on Thursday, June 12, of a Memorial to Fallen Educators.
The memorial was created by the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and will permanently recognize more than 100 United States educators who have lost their lives while fulfilling their educational duties, according to a release from the American Federation of Teachers.
When Jo-Ann Peters-Edmonson arrived in the district in mid-1998, Hawley Elementary School was still a kindergarten through fifth grade institution. Different areas of the building were used for classrooms at the time, like the multipurpose room and the lower level of the building’s 1921 section. The latest addition to the building had just been built and finished in 1997. A retirement party was held for her at Roberto’s Restaurant in Monroe on April 10. Her family, friends, family members, and Hawley community members attended. Members of the Hawley PTA were there along with former superintendents of schools John Reed and Evan Pitkoff, and Board of Education member John Vouros.
The Scholarship Committee of Newtown Visiting Nurse Association recently presented three scholarship checks to students who have met requirements for their respective honors. On June 5, members of the committee presented the final $4,000 Anna E. Clow Scholarship check to Abigail Blakeman. On June 10 Newtown VNA presented two more scholarship checks to students it had promised awards. Erin Begg received a $4,000 VNA Scholarship check, and Meredith Bridges received a $2,500 Janice Van Syckle Scholarship award.
It was Spirit Day at Head O’ Meadow School, Friday, June 6, and school pride was evident, from hair dyed to match class T-shirts, to painted faces and colorful wigs, and a hillside painted to read “There’s No Place Like HOM!”As grades kindergarten through four thronged the playing field behind the school, ready to take part in the ten fun events set up by dozens of parent volunteers, Coach Steve Dreger took a moment to explain the significance of the day.
Newtown High School World Language Department Chair Paula Greenfield has announced that host families are being sought for NHS Chinese guest teacher Amanda Zhang, who is set to arrive on August 1. Ms Zhang is 34 years old and has a master’s in education and a certificate in English proficiency, according to Ms Greenfield. Host families received a stipend of $150 a month to supplement spending on food. Host families are expected to provide room and board for a year or for part of a year.
Newtown Continuing Education has created a new science camp this summer called “Design It, Build It, Launch It! Engineering Your Own Machines, ” where students will be able to design, build, test, and modify their own machine projects. The camp is a hands-on science program developed for upper elementary and middle school students who enjoy both engineering and physics. Students will get to explore machines like catapults and trebuchets by building and testing them. Students will also explore modern inventions such as rockets and hovercraft and “egg drop” devices, according to Newtown Continuing Education. Rick Lowry, who currently teaches fifth grade in Fairfield, is the camp’s creator.
During its final meeting of the school year, on Monday, June 9, members of the Hawley Kids Care Club had a surprise for retiring Principal Jo-Ann Peters-Edmondson.
The Kids Care Club meets once a month before school, and it has spent the school year doing helpful activities for the community. According to co-advisor and Hawley parent Lisa Burbank and a number of the club’s students, projects this school year have included gathering donations for the town Social Services food bank, hosting a toy drive for daycare centers in need in Bridgeport, creating Hearts of Hope, and crafting butterflies as gifts for school teachers.