Head O’ Meadow Elementary School physical education teacher Steven “Coach” Dreger welcomed the entire student body and educators inside the school’s cafetorium on Wednesday, May 6.
“We are doing Project ACES [All Children Exercise Simultaneously],” Coach Dreger said. Later he said, “That means that children across our great nation are standing up and exercising with us.”
Before fully beginning the workout for the morning, Coach Dreger called a number of students up to the stage with him to demonstrate moves he would later lead the assembled students and educators through while music played.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., named Sarah Lynch and Hannah Grant as the Newtown High School Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Sarah plans to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs, as an undecided business major. Sarah said she is thinking of choosing between “multiple directions” in the field when she begins classes there in the fall. Hannah has decided to attend Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., to study chemical engineering. She is also thinking about studying international relations for her minor.
The fourth grade classrooms at Middle Gate Elementary School were filled with visiting students, parents, and district community members on Friday, May 1, as the fourth graders transformed into historical figures for a few hours.
Students in Heidi Beauty, John Sullivan, Katie Mauro, and Linda Baron’s classes all participated in the project, which is an annual one for fourth graders at the school. This year, Ms Mauro said, students began with writing essays about their chosen Connecticut historical figure before they converted the essays into speeches. Those speeches were then shared with the visitors on Friday, when each fourth grader represented his or her chosen figure.
Fraser Woods Montessori School elementary students rehearsed on Thursday, May 7, ahead of performing an original play, written and directed by Fraser Wood’s Dean of the Middle School Wendy Musk.
Ms Musk centered All the World’s A Stage on William Shakespeare, sharing a story about his life, starting from childhood, and his ideas for his plays. Scenes from the Shakespeare’s iconic plays are incorporated into All the World’s A Stage.
“It’s a teaching play because it teaches the story of Shakespeare’s life,” said Ms Musk, as the elementary school students were readying their costumes on Thursday.
A joint effort by the Newtown Middle School’s Interact Club and its Student Council collected food items from March 23 to April 30 at the school to donate to the FAITH Food Pantry, located at St John’s Church in Sandy Hook.
The Interact Club also visited the FAITH Food Pantry on May 6 to donate the collection, tour the facility with food pantry Co-Chair Barbara Krell, and help sort the donated items.
As Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine told her assembled students on Thursday, April 30, the fourth grade students had worked had for their Spring Concert.
Ms Gasparine continued to welcome the students to the assembly and explained it was being held ahead of the school’s Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, for family and friends.
Head O’ Meadow music teacher Cynthia Holberg led her students through playing songs on recorders and singing.
The 16th Annual Newtown Night Of Jazz brought the district’s four jazz ensembles together to perform for the community during the evening of Thursday, May 7, at Newtown High School. The Reed Intermediate School’s Jazz Ensemble performed under the guidance of Directors Robert Nolte and Phil Beierle, the Newtown Middle School Jazz Band performed under the guidance of Director Mark Mahoney, and the Newtown High School Gold and Blue Bands were directed by Kurt Eckhardt.
Storyteller Eshu Bumpus visited with students at Reed Intermediate School on Monday, May 4, sharing stories and storytelling advice.
During one of his presentations of the day, Mr Bumpus was introduced by Reed media specialist Pia Ledina to students gathered in the school’s Library Media Center.
Ms Ledina told the students that Mr Bumpus is a professional storyteller who performs at festivals and more and he was there to work with the students during a workshop about storytelling.
Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to hold a registration event for boys entering first to fourth grade on Wednesday, May 20, in the pavilion of Treadwell Park. The event will run from 6 to 8 pm. In addition to registering new scouts, the pack will also be re-registering scouts for the 2015-16 school year, and seeking parent volunteers to help during the year.
Currently celebrating its 25th year, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School of Newtown is set to host its Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit on May 16, at the Parish Hall of St Francis of Assisi in Weston. The evening will include dinner and wine, a live auction of projects created by students in each HVWS class, and dancing. As part of the benefit, an online silent auction has also opened. Dozens of items are available to bid on until May 17.