Reed Intermediate School sixth grade teacher Michael Corvello showed a group of his students the top of the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, before he had them see inside a hotel during an interactive “virtual field trip” on Wednesday, October 14.
The day was the first of two days that the school had access to Google Expeditions and Pioneer Program kits. Expeditions offers a program and hardware designed by Google to share “virtual reality panoramas,” according to a teaching pamphlet’s description of the program. Expeditions, the pamphlet explains, offers guided tours of places “school buses can’t go.”
October 24 dawned sunny and crisp, perfect weather for the Waldorf Fall Fair & Craft Market at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Dodgingtown.
The event included performances of Rumpelstiltskin by the school's Puppetry committee, family dancing led by Housatonic Valley Waldorf School's traditional dance teacher Patricia campbell, face painting, crafts, and activities.
The event was open to the public and entry was free with fees for crafts and activities.
Jamie Gannon of Prismatic Magic announced during a school assembly at Middle Gate Elementary School on Friday, October 16, that he “brought the world’s coolest lasers” for the anti-bullying presentation.
Mr Gannon spoke to the students about the importance of teams, and the qualities teamwork emphasizes. Teams, he told the students, allow people to accomplish things they could not do on their own. He then challenged two student and teacher duos to work together in a laser pointer contest. While the teachers were blindfolded, their student partners were challenged with telling their teachers which direction to point their lasers to set off a light first to win the competition.
Newtown Middle School art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ciarletto announced the top three winning My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest on Friday, October 30. "Snoopy Halloween with the Dog House," one of two of this year's entries to feature a Peanuts theme, was voted into the top spot at the end of six days of public voting. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three top vote-getting teams, and donated to the charities of the winners’ choice. The scarecrows were on view on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School from Friday, October 23, until Thursday, October 29, which was also the last day voting on the entries was allowed.
The Great Pumpkin Challenge is gearing up to light up Main Street on Saturday, October 31.Representatives of the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and Life Is Good gathered at 14 Main Street, the home of the Great Pumpkin Challenge and its creator Mackenzie Page, on Friday, October 30, as many people were dropping off pumpkins. It was the second day for pumpkin collection hours for the Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign, and many people stopped by to show support and add a pumpkin to the growing collection. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The public can still add to the display before it is lit for Trick or Treaters in Halloween. Mackenzie and her family will be accepting carved pumpkins and financial donations until 2 pm Saturday afternoon.
Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts gave the first of multiple presentations titled “Empowering Smart Online Choices” on Tuesday, October 13, at Reed Intermediate School for students. He later shared his presentation with Newtown Middle School students and with district parents during an evening event at C.H. Booth Library.
The school district’s PTAs, PTSA, and the Newtown Prevention council sponsored the presentations.
Mr Driscoll is a former youth officer and member of the federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task force, with more than 23 years of law enforcement and child safety advocacy behind him.
The Newtown High School Nighthawks Marching Band & Guard took first place in its division in dual competitions on Saturday, October 24.
First up for the Nighthawks was a day competition at Brookfield High School, where they took top honors in the categories of Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect.
At Danbury High School’s Jamboree of Bands night event, the Nighthawks garnered awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, and Best Overall Effect.
More than 30 entries for the 2015 My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest arrived on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School by early afternoon Saturday, October 24. The public now has until Thursday, October 29, to decide, through $1 votes, which sculpture should be deemed this year's winner. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three teams whose sculpture collects the largest number of votes.
This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign has already started collecting donations, and this week challenge creator Mackenzie Page announced the Life is Good company will match each dollar donated, up to $10,000, for the cause. The annual fundrasier has primarily raised funds for The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp since its inception in 2011. Life is Good Co-Founders Bert and John Jacobs, Mackenzie said, are also planning to be at her Main Street home on Friday, October 30. The Jacobs brothers will be joined by actress and Hole In The Wall Gang Camp board member Bridget Moynahan during pumpkin collection times that day to support the local challenge to raise money. The camp is a summer camp and center that serves children and families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.
St Rose of Lima School will host a “Monster” Book Fair in its Gathering Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 4 to 7 pm, and Sunday, November 8, from 7 am until 1:30 pm.
The fair is also open to the public. The school is at 40 Church Hill Road.
The Scholastic Book Fair will kick off the school’s “All For Books” Campaign, which will collect donations for the school and Scholastic will donate a book for each dollar donated to the school to either the Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. This national program will provide up to one million books, according to the school; this is the tenth year that St Rose is participating in the campaign.