The Newtown Middle School Jazz Band traveled to New Hampshire on Friday, March 7, to participate in the University of New Hampshire’s Clark Terry Jazz Festival with the Newtown High School Gold and Blue Jazz Bands, kicking off a busy month for jazz students at the middle school.
This was the third year the middle school Jazz Band participated in the festival, and the Blue Band and Gold Band participated in the festival for the second time this year.
After a multiyear hiatus from competition, the Newtown High School Winter Percussion reemerged this year and scored an impressive 90.1 at last Saturday’s Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Championships held at Stamford’s Westhill High School to take fourth place in a field of seven of the best Percussion Marching A ensembles in the tri-state area.
For the first time since being moved up to the Scholastic Open class level from National Scholastic A, the Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard tossed, spun and danced their way into the semifinals of the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships held over a three-day competition in Dayton, Ohio, last week.
The 16-member Varsity team departed just after midnight on Wednesday, April 2, for the WGI championships.
The Board of Education unanimously voted to have “reduction in force” notifications shared with nontenured staff in the district who may or may not have their positions renewed for the 2014-15 school year, during its meeting on Tuesday, April 8.
According Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda, a state statute requires that school district staff be notified by May 1 if their contract will not be or will potentially not be renewed for the following school year.
Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members visited Newtown High School on Friday, March 28, to offer a demonstration of what the volunteer group does and the types of equipment it uses.
NUSAR Chief Mike McCarthy said the high school students were offered a tour of one of NUSAR’s rescue vehicles, learned safety precautions followed by NUSAR, and learned the different types of tools and gear used for underwater searches.
As the dates for multiple trips through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) program approach, both Newtown High School students and NICE program instructors are preparing.
Students and teachers will be traveling to China, Spain, and France during the school’s break in April. The group going to China will be traveling April 10 to April 21, the group traveling to Spain, April 8 to 19, and the group going to France will be traveling April 8 to 16.
Before voting to schedule Newtown High School’s graduation ceremony for June 17 and Newtown Middle School’s moving up ceremony for June 16 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center, the Board of Education discussed recommendations at its April 1 meeting that will be passed on to the Legislative Council for a Charter Revision Commission.
What a wonderful experience! Newtown can be proud of its young people.
We as senior citizens were delighted to be invited to the dress rehearsal of Peter Pan at the high school and the lovely dinner that preceded it.
We were met at the door by several young people from the student government, eager to talk with us and escort us to the cafeteria for our dinner sponsored by the PTSA. We sincerely wish to thank our hosts.