Students attending the Newtown High School Senior Prom tonight are invited to share some of their favorite photos with The Newtown Bee for publication in a future print edition and/or for an online photo slideshow. Send photos to Education Reporter Eliza Hallabeck by Tuesday, April 28, at 10 am. When sending photos, please include the first and last names of anyone people shown in the picture along with a brief description of what is happening in the photo.
The Board of Education celebrated three Newtown Middle School students during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, for earning awards in the state level of the PTA-sponsored Reflections Program.
“It’s extraordinary to have a local winner. It is extra extraordinary to have three,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, before he introduced the three students, eighth graders Stephanie Cobb and Ashley Solomon and seventh grader Julie Hess.
This year the Reflections Program, an art competition, asked entrants to interpret the theme, “The World Would Be A Better Place If” in one of six categories: literature, visual art, video production, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition.
With the annual Two Coyotes Family Fun Day coming up, and registration for the local wilderness school’s summer camps now open, Two Coyotes Wilderness School Executive Director Justin Pegnataro expressed his excitement for the two seasons of offerings at the school this week.
The annual Two Coyotes Family Fun Day is slated for Sunday, April 26, from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Hunting town Road.
Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers kids aged 5 to 16 unique, ongoing, year-round outdoor programs, as well as summer camps. The school’s philosophy is derived from the book Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.
Sixth grade students in Michelle Holda-Vaccaro and Lil Martenson’s cluster were situated throughout the school’s cafetorium on Tuesday, March 31, dressed as “wax museum” characters.
As a reading project, Ms Holda-Vaccaro explained, the students read and researched famous people who had made a positive influence on the world. While working on the projects, Ms Holda-Vaccaro said the students learned about credible sources and how to write a speech.
The students also spent many hours in the school’s library/media center with library/media specialist Pia Ledina researching their person of interest.
The Newtown Public Schools Music Department has released the dates for its scheduled upcoming concerts.
All concerts are free to the public.
The first concert, set for April 22 at 7 pm in the NHS cafetorium, will continue the Newtown High School Music Department’s tradition of presenting a NHS Composers Concert. This is the second annual Composers Concert held by the school, and it will feature student work from the school’s music theory and music technology programs.
With students reading to one another, Middle Gate Loves To Read Week came to a close on Friday, April 10.
The week began on Monday, April 6, with a presentation shared by third grade students in teacher Clair DeSisto’s class with the entire school, during to assemblies.
As Middle Gate reading specialist Lina Silveira explained before the presentation, the week is a celebration of all the reading activities students do daily and promotes a continued love of literacy.
On Saturday, April 11, the NHS Varsity Winter Guard, performed a nearly flawless routine of their show “Blu” show at the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Winter Guard Championships, held at Trumbull High School, and came away from the event proudly wearing silver medals in the Scholastic Open division.
It is rare to have winter guard members participate in the full possible eight years, but three Newtown High School Varsity Guard members — Sarah Braga, Courtney Datin, and captain Kelsea Morshuk-Allen — have that distinction, and reflected on their practicing and performing experiences before departing with the 18-member team, including nine other seniors, for the Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships held in Dayton, Ohio, from April 16 to 19.
Fraser Woods Montessori School will host its April open house for parents of prospective students at 10 am on Saturday, April 18, at the school, 173 South Main Street. Faculty, administrative staff, and the director of admissions will be available to conduct guided tours and provide information about the school’s parent/child class, four-day or five-day toddler and preschool programs, as well as full-day kindergarten through middle school programs.
In preparation for a week of reading and ahead of an author’s visit in May, third grade students in teacher Claire DeSisto’s class gave a presentation on Monday, April 6, to kick-off Middle Gate Loves To Read Week.
Two assemblies were held during the day for Ms DeSisto’s students to share their presentation with the full school.
“We hope you enjoy Middle Gate Loves To Read Week,” the students all said together at the end of their first presentation.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda in partnership with elementary school principals will hold a one-hour parent forum on Monday, April 27, starting at 7 pm, in Reed Intermediate School’s cafetorium.
The design of the gathering, according to a release from the district, is to share information with all incoming kindergarten parents on student readiness, parent partnerships, and teacher expectations.