- Friday, January 2, 2015
For Newtown’s public schools 2014 was an eventful year. Students raised money for causes and charities, completed projects, and demonstrated a range of abilities throughout the year.
The start of 2014 had Newtown Middle School students testing their knowledge in the school’s final round of the National Geographic Geography Bee, on January 9. After a number of rounds, student Michael Arena was named as the school’s winner.
- Wednesday, December 31, 2014
As students, staff, and a few parents filed into the gymnasium for a Kindness Assembly at Hawley Elementary School, Tuesday, December 23, a slide show of artwork by various students in grades K through 4 flashed on the screen set up on the stage. Colorful drawings depicted each student’s vision of what kindness means to him or her.
“Kindness looks like friends playing,” was scrawled across one drawing. “Kindness is sharing,” another child wrote, an expression that was echoed by many of the other artists.
- Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hawley Elementary School physical education teacher Doug Michlovitz explained what students would be challenged to do for a National Basketball Association competition on Tuesday, December 16.
It was the second day that Mr Michlovitz was showing students the NBA-sponsored FIT Dribble Swish & Dish competition.
- Thursday, December 18, 2014
During a report from Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) Executive Council members, the Board of Education learned of a new strategic plan for the program at its meeting on December 16.
NICE Executive Council members Tim DeJulio, Liz Ward-Toller, and Jen Davidson explained goals and objectives for the program along with presenting the strategic plan.
- Thursday, December 4, 2014
After performing during a school assembly on Monday, December 1, Hawley Elementary School third and fourth grade students ventured to Reed Intermediate School on Tuesday, December 2, for their final rehearsal before the school’s December 3 concert for friends and family.
“My goal was to create a fun, upbeat, and warming winter concert that blended traditional winter songs with some new ones,” said Hawley music teacher Brian Kowalsky on Tuesday.
- Thursday, November 13, 2014
Each of Newtown’s four elementary schools held Veterans Day ceremonies or events on Tuesday, November 11.
Before a flag ceremony was conducted at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, Principal Barbara Gasparine announced her gratitude over the school’s loudspeaker for all who joined the school for their celebration of Veterans Day.
- Thursday, August 28, 2014
Kindergarten students across the district had a taste of the school year on Friday, August, 22, when they experienced riding on a school bus for the first time in their public school careers.
At Hawley Elementary School, students were greeted by their teachers, parent volunteers, and Principal Christopher Moretti. The children visited their classrooms, where they could color and make themselves familiar with the spaces.
- Thursday, August 28, 2014
With burgers and hot dogs on the grill and sporting an “If you barbeque, they will come” apron, new Hawley Elementary School Principal Christopher Moretti was surprised by his school staff on Monday, August 25, during a staff barbeque.
The theme song to Rocky played, staff members wearing green T-shirts began to walk out of the school to form a large circle around Mr Moretti.
When the circle was full, each staff member jump-turned in place to show “Ready 4 Moretti” on the back of the shirt.
- Friday, August 22, 2014
Rising Hawley Elementary School fourth grade student Conrad Chapman attended the International Plastic Modelers Society USA 2014 National Convention in Hampton, Va., from August 6 to 9, and brought home a first place title.
Conrad took first place in the pre-teen junior category for his model diorama titled, “BTR-70 Wrecked,” according to his father, Chris Chapman, who also had his own entries at the convention.
- Thursday, June 19, 2014
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.