A new ASAP-Pilobolus program, this time inviting current RIS students to meet and learn with fifth and sixth graders from Regional District 15 (Southbury and Middlebury), and sponsored by Washington (Conn.)-based After School Arts Program (ASAP) begins December 2. Members of the world renowned dance company Pilobolus will join local students in grades 5-6 for the project. Classes will meet most Wednesdays until February 17, and will alternate between Newtown and Southbury. A pair of public performances are planned for February 19-20 in Southbury.
The Newtown High School’s annual induction ceremony for its National Honor Society was conducted November 10 at Edmond Town Hall.
The annual ceremony includes lighting candles to represent and highlight the four pillars of the National Honor Society— scholarship, service, leadership, and character, which are all character attributes the students are expected to have and continue to represent.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, welcomed all in attendance and NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue shared opening remarks before the school’s National Honor Society President Marissa Thill spoke.
Newtown resident Monica Sava Bruenn, PhD, learned recently that she is a recipient of a Presidential Award from the University of Maryland, where she teaches online. Dr Bruenn is the program chair for the master of science in management with specialization in health care administration, Department of Health Care for the University of Maryland University College. According to the university, the school's presidential awards are given annually to faculty and staff members in recognition of "extraordinary accomplishments and performance."
Jonathan Frederick presented a high-energy game show to kindergartners through second graders at Head O’Meadow Elementary School, Friday, October 30, followed by a second presentation for the upper grades, later in the morning. “The Brain Show” is based on the children’s grade level curriculums, Mr Frederick explained, prior to the start of the 9:30 am program. “I describe it as a cross between Jeopardy and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” he said.
Each program consisted of three rounds of 15 students each, broken into three teams of five.
A book drive by The Junior Newtown Action Alliance Club is underway to support the Newtown/Savoy Elementary School partnership. Savoy Elementary School is an underprivileged school in Washington, D.C. Books appropriate for elementary age school children are requested, and can be dropped off in the main office of Newtown High School until November 30.
In a crowded multistate field of 14 Class V marching bands, and with a mere fraction of one point separating the top three winners, the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard took top Connecticut honors, brought home the division’s coveted Best Music Award, placing third Saturday, November 7, at the USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Marching Band & Guard’s performance marks the first time Newtown has placed in the top three at the National Championships.
The Newtown Middle School held its Student Council elections on Friday, October 30, and by the end of the day the school's council president, vice president, treasurer, and spokesperson were announced.
Candidates for president were John Godino, Adam Guerin, Rylee Harrell, and Pam Lalli. Vice president candidates were Sawyer Findley, Jordan Gomes, Rushil Jerfy, Anna Romano, and Nate Wheeler. Treasurer candidates were Richie Gairing, Catie Gregory, Remi Pimentel, and Evan Wologodzew. Spokesperson candidates were Tyler DiMartino, Ava Schwartz, Mikey Sereday, and Lauren Yoder.
Newtown High School students have been busy working to prepare for the school’s fall drama, "The Great Gatsby," which will be presented on the school’s stage Thursday through Sunday, November 12 to 15. The production is student directed, with NHS teachers Janice Gabriel and Brian Tenney acting as advisors. "The Great Gatsby" tells the story of an aspiring writer who gets sucked into a life of luxury, decadence, and drama in the 1920s. The play is based on the book by the same title by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Veterans were welcomed into schools across the district on Wednesday, November 11, for celebrations and assemblies commemorating Veterans Day. At Newtown High School veterans enjoyed a lunch catered by the high school’s culinary students before an assembly in the school’s auditorium. Members of the NHS Chamber Choir and the NHS Band performed songs during the ceremony, like the “Star Spangled Banner,” and “American Salute.”
Members of the Board of Education, First Selectman Pat Llodra, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Jr, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jean M. Evans Davila, and State Senator Tony Hwang were in attendance along with the invited veterans and speakers, including former US Marines Jason Georgetti and Ray Corbo, who both spoke during the assembly.
On Veterans Day, Mr Corbo said, people gather to honor and share gratitude for the sacrifices made by veterans.
Veterans stood to be recognized for serving in different armed conflicts, starting with World War II.
Middle Gate Elementary School’s Community Circle assembly events held on Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, focused on diversity.
Middle Gate special education teacher Lola Aldrich, first grade teacher Shannon Pierce, and third grade teacher Claire DeSisto led the assembly on Thursday.
Mr DeSisto welcomed the assembled students and explained that the event would focus on diversity.