Fraser Woods Montessori School eighth graders graduated during commencement exercises held at the Newtown Meeting House on Tuesday, June 9. Head of School Myriam Woods welcomed all in attendance before the school's chorus sang "Simple Gifts," which, according to Ms Woods, is a Montessori graduation tradition. Middle School teachers and graduates spoke during the ceremony, before the diplomas were handed out by Ms Woods and Montessori School Board President Kate O'Leary.
Middle Gate Elementary School music teacher Tina Jones has been selected by the district as the 2015-16 Newtown Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. A music educator at Middle Gate for the past eight years, Mrs Jones is a master teacher and one who is held in high regard by students, peers, and the Newtown community.
Newtown Middle School Principal Tom Einhorn said the school's Moving Up Ceremony on Monday, June 15, was being held to "congratulate and recognize our students." Mr Einhorn was joined on the stage at the O'Neill Center by NMS Assistant Principal James Ross, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, school board Secretary Kathy Hamilton, school board member Michelle Ku. and Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue. Students Jacquelyn Matthews, Baxter Page, Todd Petersen, Grace Howgego and Jenny Wadhwa all spoke as representatives of their different clusters to share memories of their time at NMS and their advice for the future.
Music played over the loudspeakers at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School on Wednesday, June 17, just moments before the last bell rang for the 2014-15 school year. And that was when some of the school’s fourth grade students began to dance. According to staff, students danced in their classrooms while the song “Happy” played. By the time “Uptown Funk” was being played, the fourth graders formed a dance line. “We’re no longer fourth graders!” one student said.
The rain held off and brief moments of sun shone on the next round of Newtown High School graduates on Tuesday, June 16, as they waited to enter Western Connecticut State University's O'Neill Center in Danbury. When welcoming all in attendance for the event Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue singled out "most importantly ... the outstanding students in Newtown High School's graduating Class of 2015." Everyone surrounding her for the event, Dr Rodgrigue said, "played a role in getting our seniors to this milestone, a sentimental finale to their high school career, but a new chapter in what will certainly be a lifelong memoir." Dr Rodrigue spoke about motivation's many forms, and told the students that their drive and determination was "tangibly evident" in countless touchdowns and field goals, home runs, swim meets, concerts, curtain calls, essays choices, and on in the brushstrokes across canvases. The students in the Class of 2015, Dr Rodrigue said, were "steadfast" in their inspiration to succeed.
Reed Intermediate School’s Library/Media Center was taken over for a period of time on Wednesday, June 3, by a Renaissance Faire.
Sixth grade students in Michael Corvello and Ellen Buckley’s cluster had projects on display during the faire. Other clusters at the school were welcomed to venture through the library to learn about the projects, and parents and family members were also invited for the event.
With the entire student body assembled in the school’s gymnasium before him like a rainbow, with different grade levels wearing specific colors, Hawley Elementary School Principal Christopher Moretti said the mission on Friday, May 29, for the school’s Field Day was to have “a fun, safe, wonderful day.” Outside on the school’s grounds, different stations were set up for classes to make their way through.
The back doors to Head O’ Meadow Elementary School opened Friday morning, May 29, and a rainbow of teams poured out onto the field, where the fun of Spirit Day awaited Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue Teams from grades kindergarten through four. After gathering for brief remarks by the “Spirit of Spirit Day” (parent volunteer Doug Ballard), Coach Steve Dreger gave the signal and teams spread out to pit their skills against each other in activities from a soccer dribble to a sack race to a water balloon toss and more. The challenge that teams accepted from Coach Dreger, as they put forth their best efforts, was one in keeping with the theme of the day.
With their final presentations due either during the evening of June 1 or June 2, students in this semester’s Newtown High School Junior/Senior Project course practiced on Tuesday, May 26.
The Junior/Senior Project program at NHS is designed to enable students to build on existing strengths and to provide an opportunity for further study not available in the traditional classroom. The program provides motivated and responsible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a subject/career that they are passionate about and develop a career-oriented relationship with a community professional as a mentor in the student’s area of chosen interest.
In flowing skirts and sequins, young women were beautifully dressed for the Newtown High School Best Buddies prom on Saturday, June 6. Young men, many in suits and dress shirts, also spent the evening under flashing lights and moved to a DJ’s music. In keeping with the night’s Mardi Gras theme, many tables were covered with masks and beads. The group was also celebrating the Newtown High School Best Buddy chapter, which recently won the Most Outstanding Chapter in the state for a second school year in a row.