The after-school Unified Theater program at Newtown High School is set to perform an original show, written by the students involved, called "The Pages That Bind Us," this weekend. Students wrote scenes based on a fairy tale theme. Performances will be Saturday, May 30, at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 31, at 2 pm, at the high school. Admission is by donation.
Newtown High School has announced the students who made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third quarter marking period of the 2014-15 academic year. The honor roll listings were recently released by the school for publication. 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.
A sign was set up at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, May 14, welcoming Broadway and movie actress Lilla Crawford and Tony Award-winning producer Van Dean to the Trades Lane school. Mr Dean, who is also executive producer and co-founder of Broadway Records, said he arranged the meeting after learning that Reed students were then preparing to perform Annie Jr, and to continue his efforts of supporting students in the community following the events of 12/14. Before Lilla — who is a 14-year-old singer, dancer, and actress who most recently performed in Disney’s Into the Woods as Little Red Riding Hood — was introduced to Reed’s Annie Jr cast members, the students rehearsed songs from their recent production. As Lilla walked in, the Reed students were singing “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”
Artwork created by fourth grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary School was on display for the school’s Student Art Show on Thursday, May 7. According to Sandy Hook School art teacher Leslie Gunn, who oversaw the evening event, each fourth grade student at the school had a sculpture, a diorama made with a clay piece, an acrylic painting, and a printmaking piece on display for the event. Near the start of the Student Art Show, Ms Gunn, who was surrounded by her students and their parents, said there was a “marvelous turnout” and a “wonderful energy” for the event.
Hawley Elementary School Principal Christopher Moretti welcomed the assembled students on Monday, May 4, to the fourth grade’s Spring Concert.
The fourth graders, Mr Moretti told the rest of the student body, had worked hard for the performance, and would go on to present the Spring Concert for family and friends during the evening of Wednesday, May 6.
A line of nets was set up outside at Newtown Middle School on Tuesday, May 5, for a volleyball tournament fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
It was the third annual “Volleyball for Heart Event,” and it had teams of seventh and eighth grade students go up against each other in seven-minute games.
The event was held after school, and NMS physical education teacher Ken Kantor, who organized the event, explained the rules of the tourney while surrounded by the seventh and eighth grade participants.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
Newtown High School’s Peer Leadership Club has scheduled its annual Marrow Donor Registry Drive, for ages 18 to 44, for Tuesday, June 2, from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm. The event will take place in the school’s auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road.
The drive will be offered through the Be The Match Donor Registry. Be The Match is the largest registry in the world providing a means for thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases or leukemia to find a match.
Participants in the drive will fill out a registry form and will have their cheeks swabbed.
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.