Reed Intermediate School and St Rose of Lima School students took part in the first interscholastic chess tournament between the two schools Thursday, May 28 at the Reed School.
The tournament was organized by Reed fifth grade math and science teacher and chess club advisor Rich Neeb and Glenn Budzinski, who runs the after-school chess program at St Rose and coaches the Chess Team and Club for both St Rose and Danbury High School.
The matches were determined by the skill of the players, with the opponents switching as the games ended. There were 21 students in attendance from grades 5 to 8. But it wasn’t all competitive, as the players helped each other during their matches.
Student accomplishments made throughout the 2014-15 school year at Sandy Hook Elementary School were celebrated on Monday, June 15, during the school's annual awards assembly.
"We're going to celebrate some of our fourth graders," said Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos near the start of the event, "and everyone, and their really hard work."
The 2014-15 school year, Dr Gombos said, was a "great year" and the school community is ready for the summer.
Middle Gate Elementary School students were treated to a visit by crew and animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Wednesday, June 10, as a thank you to the school’s student body.
As part of the school’s Middle Gate Loves To Read Week, which ran April 6 to 10, the students participated in a coin drive that raised $747.06, all of which went to fund the Beardsley Zoo’s rehabilitating and sheltering of an injured bald eagle named Kodiak.
As a special thanks, Beardsley Zoo Education Curator Jim Knox and educator Jackie Westlein brought animals for the students to meet, including a hawk and a snake.
Head O' Meadow Elementary School Principal Barbara Gasparine welcomed all in attendance for the school's annual Awards Assembly on Tuesday, June 16.
Ms Gasparine said the event was held to celebrate the end of the school year and to celebrate student achievements from throughout the 2014-15 academic year.
Students were recognized during the ceremony for physical education, mathematic, and geography program participation and high marks.
As Middle Gate Elementary School lead teacher Peggy Kennedy thanked parents at the school's end of the year assembly, which was held on Tuesday, June 16, to celebrate the school's graduating fourth grade students, she said the school community is "so, so especially proud of their accomplishments."
Before the fourth grade students were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the school year — including participating in the school's Math Superstar program, the Math Olympiad program, the library/media awards, and the school's Recorder Karate program — a former Middle Gate graduate was introduced to the group.
During two assemblies ceremonies at Newtown Middle School on Tuesday, June 16, students were announced and honored with awards.
NMS Principal Tom Einhorn said during the assembly for eighth grade students that the event was an opportunity to highlight more students than had been highlighted the night before that the school’s Moving Up Ceremony, held Monday, June 15, at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury.
Retiring NMS educators were also recognized during the assemblies, and NMS School Resource Officer Lenny Penna, who will be taking on different duties next school year, was surprised with a frame filled with pictures of his time at the school and a plaque.
Five Newtown Middle School students recently presented gifts of their artwork to the NMS School-Based Health Center to decorate the center’s reception area.
The students also shared a letter about the work that explained the art was created to “inspire and lift the spirits of students.”
School-Based Health Center Medical Assistant Jacqueline George said, “We received a beautiful gift this morning: watercolors made especially for us by students in the art club. Some of the detail is lost in photographs, they’re even more beautiful in person.”
Newtown Youth & Family Services is bringing back Safety Town for its third summer, with the first session starting July 27. Safety Town is a weeklong program that is held daily for five two-hour classes. There will be two sessions: Week 1 will be held July 27-31, and Week 2 will run August 3-7. The free program is held at the NYFS office, at 15 Berkshire Road. Safety Town is a national program that was started in 1964 to teach young children about vital skills such as fire prevention, calling the police, and other emergency measures, according to Jennifer Brainard, NYFS program coordinator. It was introduced in Newtown three years ago by NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr.
Connecticut author Sarah Darer Littman is returning this summer for C.H. Booth Library’s Creative Writing Summer Camp for young adults, as part of the year-round peer group for passionate young writers at the library. This summer, camp will meet on Thursdays, June 25, July 9, 16, 23, and 30. Rising Grades 6 and 7 will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and rising Grades 8 and 9, from 6 to 8 pm.
The Newtown High School cafetorium was filled with parents and high school seniors as the REACH Mentor Hall of Fame Ceremony took place Thursday, June 4. REACH was founded in the fall of 2010 as a way to help support at-risk children in the greater Newtown and Danbury areas “at an individual level with a network that connects home, school, and community.