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  • Winter Guards Compete At Musical Arts Conference

    For the first time this season, the Newtown Junior Winter Guard beat the Bethel Junior guard to bring home gold at the Saturday, March 8, Musical Arts Conference (MAC) competition at Shelton High School. Scoring a 66.3, the fifth and sixth graders from Reed Intermediate School improved their score by more than two points from the previous competition to best Bethel by 0.2 points. Instructor Bob Findley, along with Juniors coaches and Varsity members Nina Bonvini, Makenzie Casey and Kayleigh Granville, were all smiles after their performance of “Groovin’ Girls,” a 1960s/1970s themed show that features dance along with flag and rifle work.

  • Schools And Chartwells Marking National Nutrition Month

    To mark National Nutrition Month, celebrated throughout March, Chartwells School Dining Services is offering educational tools and differing food options at Newtown’s schools. According to Chartwells Resident Dietitian Jill Patterson, to mark National Nutrition Month this year, Chartwells is “promoting the health benefits of yogurt.” At Head O’ Meadow Elementary School on Thursday, March 6, students Emma Hall and Eric Clarke both selected a frozen yogurt cup with their lunches. The cups were filled with frozen strawberry yogurt, and the students were also given “Make Your Own Yogurt Quizzer” handouts, interactive paper fortune tellers.

  • ‘Peter Pan’ Soaring Toward Next Weekend’s Showings

    Newtown High School junior Victoria Madden was practicing her “flying” techniques after school on Monday, March 10. Victoria is set to play the lead in the high school’s upcoming production of Peter Pan in the March 20 to 23 showings of the musical. Peter Pan tells the story of a boy who lives in a land called Neverland and never grows up. Performances will be Thursday to Saturday, March 20 to 22, at 7 pm; and Sunday, March 23, at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $16 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors, and tickets will be available at the door.

  • Newtown High School Second Quarter Honor Roll Released

    The following are the students who made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second quarter marking period at Newtown High School this school year. Students earn recognition on the High Honor Roll by being enrolled in five or more classes with a minimum of four courses in areas of study other than independent study and related work experience, have an overall average of 90 or more for the marking period and the student must receive a grade of 85 or higher in each course. To make the Honor Roll, NHS students must meet the same requirements, but their overall grade average must be more than 85, and the student must receive a grade of 80 or higher in each course.

  • Newtown High School’s Winter Extravaganza Hosted 30 Winter Guards

    The three divisions of the Newtown High School Winter Guard hosted 30 other color guards competing at the Winter Extravaganza Saturday, March 1, at NHS. The event was kicked off with an exhibition of the 28-member Newtown Winter Percussion and its show “Stress.” Band Director Kurt Eckhardt had nothing but praise for the parents who came together to put the Winter Extravaganza together and ran the event smoothly, from check in to staging to food prep and service to sales and escorting. He especially thanked Event Chairperson Cheryl Engels, whose daughter Lauren is on Varsity, saying, “Enough thank you cannot come your way!”

  • Newtown Middle School Students Preparing For ‘Grease’

    The Newtown Middle School’s musical production of Grease: School Version is set to run March 14 through 16. Students continued to work after school for the production this week. The school version is an abridged version with content suitable for younger audiences of the musical, which follows the story of teenagers in 1959 through romances and high school. Grease: School Version is set to be performed on March 14 at 7 pm, March 15 at 7 pm, and March 16 at 2 pm.

  • ‘Peter Pan’ Flies Toward March 20–23 Showings

    Newtown High School students involved in the high school’s upcoming production of Peter Pan have been rehearsing for the March 20 to 23 showings of the musical. Peter Pan tells the story of a boy who lives in a land called Neverland and never grows up. Performances will be Thursday to Saturday, March 20 to 22, at 7 pm; and Sunday, March 23, at 2 pm. Ticket prices are TBA.

  • Sandy Hook Cub Scout Ventures To DC To Report To The Nation

    Edwin Tout, a fourth grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a Pack 170 Webelos Den 5 member, was one of nine scouts chosen from across the country that represented the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, DC, February 22 to 27, to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation to top US officials. The report is designated in the Boy Scouts of America’s congressional charter and highlighted the organization’s achievements in 2013, according to the Boy Scouts of America.

  • NMS Students Learn How Reed Project Created A Well In Liberia

    When roughly 100 students made their way into the Newtown Middle School auditorium on Thursday, February 20, their former Reed Intermediate School teachers were waiting for them to deliver a message: children in Liberia are drinking clean water thanks to them. As the students entered, many shared hugs with their former teachers — Valerie Pagano-Hepburn, Georgia Smith, Petrice DiVanno, and Lil Martenson — before sitting down for a presentation. “We brought you here because we have something very exciting to share with you,” said Ms Pagano-Hepburn.

  • Head O’ Meadow Students Study The Olympics

    Head O’ Meadow students in Carol Howard’s first grade class recently studied the Olympics, and thanks to school security guard Mike Kaylor, the students were introduced to a piece of Olympic history. When studying the Olympics, Ms Howard said the students wrote about what sport they would chose to practice, who they would practice with, and what healthy foods they would eat. Student Rachael Albrecht said she wrote about snowboarding and would “eat a lot of good food” to stay healthy for it.to school security guard Mike Kaylor, the students were introduced to a piece of Olympic history. When studying the Olympics, Ms Howard said t...