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  • Board Of Ed Receives Update On SERV Grant

    The Board of Education was updated on the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant efforts by Melissa Brymer, the district’s mental health advisor, during its meeting on Tuesday, September 16. Dr Brymer has been in Newtown for the last 20 months. “We just completed our last immediate services grant and are working on the extended services, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to say where we are at and where we are going to go for the next year and a half,” said Dr Brymer. For the last immediate services grant, Dr Brymer said about two dozen staff were hired, “to really foster the recovery efforts,” and those efforts extended to each of Newtown’s public schools, St Rose of Lima School, and Fraser Woods Montessori School.

  • Design Elements Presented: School Board Updated On SHS Progress

    Blues, greens, tans, and grays made up the primary colors of the proposed interior and exterior materials for use in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School that were presented to the Board of Education at its meeting September 16. Geralyn Hoerauf from Diversified Project Management reminded the school board that the last time the board was updated on the project was at the end of June, when the school board approved Phase 3 of the project, which includes site work. “Since that time the project team has successfully marshaled the project through the local review process,” Ms Hoerauf said. Adding later, “and then we were able to take that packet of information back to the state to the office of school facilities and received their approval to proceed to bid on Phase 3.” Aaron Krueger, project manager for Consigli Construction, reported that bids for the third phase of the project came in earlier that day.

  • School Board Approves NMS-Based Health Clinic

    After hearing several presentations and visiting site locations, the Board of Education unanimously approved a grant-funded school-based health clinic for Newtown Middle School. After two earlier presentations, and mentioning a few measures they would like to see happen before the clinic is implemented, the board gave Superintendent of Schols Dr Joseph Erardi the go-ahead vote during its September 16 meeting.

  • First Time This Season— NHS Marching Band & Guard Perform ‘Arachne’

    Lightening and heavy rain forced the Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard indoors for the past two Saturday afternoons, but last Saturday, September 13, the band finally had the opportunity to perform their new show “Arachne,” a tale of black widow spiders spinning their web of intrigue. Under a steady drizzle that got heavier as the band performed, the 129 NHS Band and Guard members thrilled the assembled audience that packed the stands at Brookfield High School for the first adjudicated Musical Arts Conference (MAC) competition of the season.

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Available

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program. Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Available

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program. Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.

  • Head O’ Meadow Unveils A Friendship Bench

    Head O’ Meadow Elementary School had a visitor on Monday, September 8, who helped unveil the school’s Friendship Bench. Acacia “Tiny” Woodley of Palm Bay, Fla.,, was introduced during a morning assembly by school Principal Barbara Gasparine, and before Acacia explained why she was at the school, she shared a story. Acacia told a story about a baby hippopotamus who befriends an old tortoise, despite having very little in common with each other at the start of their friendship.

  • Rose Ceremony Marks 25th Year At Waldorf School

    A traditional Rose Ceremony marked the start of the 25th academic year at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School on Wednesday, September 3. During the ceremony eighth grade students act as mentors for first grade students and present the first graders with a rose for the first day of school. Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra spoke during this year’s ceremony and delivered a proclamation from the town for the school. Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Pedagogical Resource teacher Marleen De Grande welcomed all in attendance at the event, reminding everyone it was the school’s silver anniversary year.

  • Cub Scout Pack 170 To Host Ice Cream Social And Registration Event

    Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to host an Ice Cream Social/Pack Registration event on Monday, September 15, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 6:45 until 8 pm. The event will be an opportunity for parents and kids to enjoy treats and learn more about the year-round opportunities Cub Scouts provides. In addition to registering new Scouts, current Scouts will be able to reregister for the 2014-15 Scout year.

  • Parent Community Forum Slated For September 18

    On Thursday, September 18, at 7 pm, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, will be facilitating an hour conversation focusing on the following question: What must take place for your son/daughter to have their absolute best school year? The Parent Community Forum will be held in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall. The conversation will include curriculum, instruction, safety, parent partnership, and school communication, according to the district.