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.
Students in different grade levels were matched up in small groups or pairs to read their favorite fall or Halloween stories at Hawley Elementary School on Friday, October 30, by flashlight, with the lights turned off in the classrooms.
The reading event was the first at the school, according to Hawley lead teacher Keri Snowden.
“We wanted a way to celebrate, but in a way that supports what we are doing in the school,” said Ms Snowden.
Newtown Middle School eighth grade students Aliya Hafiz and Jack Wojtowicz have been selected as winners in the sixth to eighth grade category in a Connecticut School Transportation Association (COSTA) poster contest that was held in conjunction with National Bus Safety Week, recognized October 19 to 23.
The students were challenged to create posters to promote school bus safety, and this year’s theme was “Bully-Free Zone!” Three winners are announced for each of the three divisions of the contest.
Newtown High School students are gearing up to present the school’s fall drama, The Great Gatsby, next Thursday through Sunday, November 12 to 15.
The production is student directed with NHS teachers Janice Gabriel and Brian Tenney acting as advisers.
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.
The Newtown High School Nighthawks Marching Band & Guard took fourth place in its division at the USBands New England States Championship in New Britain on Saturday, October 31.
The competition judges commended the band and guard performance of their program “Pharaoh’s Legacy,” citing “the mood you set throughout,” and the “clear connection with your story.”
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, introduced Newtown Middle School student Guy Bacon to the Board of Education during its meeting on Wednesday, November 4, for what he said would be a "very special celebration." Guy's parents, Joel and JoAnn Bacon, were also in attendance for the event, along with other supports and family members. Guy recently published a book called, "The Dogs of Newtown."
Roughly 30 Newtown High School architectural design students and their chaperons met Town Historian Dan Cruson on Thursday, October 22, to tour Main Street.
The tour began at Edmond Town Hall, where Mr Cruson’ s office is located.
Business Education and Applied Tech Department Chair and architectural design teacher Erik Holst-Grubbe introduced Mr Cruson to the students.
Members of this year’s Student Council at Newtown Middle School spent time after school on Monday, October 26, to rake, plant mums, and set up decorations as part of the group’s annual Fall Beautification Day.
Nearly 30 students joined in the effort on Monday, and Student Council advisors oversaw the after school event.
One group of students worked to put lettering in one of the school’s signs to read, “Fall into a good book, bring a friend.”