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  • More Flexibility Sought For School Districts For Statewide Standardized Testing

    HARTFORD— Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, announced Wednesday, July 10, the intention to seek the US Department of Education’s authorization to provide Connecticut school...

  • Girl Scout Troop 50674 Donates Gift Baskets To Danbury Hospital

    DANBURY — Newtown Girl Scout Troop 50674 recently donated an assortment of gift baskets to Danbury Hospital. Troop members assembled the gift baskets as part of their Silver Award Project. The baskets included a variety of items such as coloring book...

  • Bethel Handyman Hardware Appreciated

    Scoutmaster of Newtown’s Boy Scout Troop 70 Ed Breitling recently presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Ron and Carolyn Dufner, owners of Bethel Handyman Hardware. The Dufners’ generous support over the years have facilitated Troop 70 trips and activities and enriched the ...

  • Sandy Hook School Ducks Send Support To Oklahoma

    A banner, signed by local community members, was sent to Moore, Okla., on Monday, July 8, with words of support. The banner was made and donated by Unlimited Signs Designs & Graphics in Brookfield, and was a combined effort between Monroe Police Depart...

  • Sandy Hook’s Fourth Grade Art Show

    Before the end of the school year, Sandy Hook School held an art show to highlight works of art created by fourth grade students on Wednesday, June 12. The evening was overseen by art teacher Leslie Gunn, and was held in the art room at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School. Art w...

  • Campers Learn Basic Horsemanship

    Fox Ridge Farm’s Summer Camp at 37-39 Aunt Park Lane is off and running. The equestrian camp offers weeklong programs throughout the summer for children ages 5 and up through the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department. The program teaches basic horsemanship, English hunt se...

  • Janet Robinson Recognized By CAPSS For Support Following Sandy Hook Tragedy

    WEST HARTFORD— The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization which represents public school superintendents, assistant superintendents, and other educational leaders across the state, recognized four educational leaders for their guidance and support in the wake of the tragic shooting which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 during an event held on June 28. Among those recognized during the event were former Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson.

  • Color Them Red, White, And Blue!

    Splashes of red, white and blue brought Old Glory a little Young Glory on Wednesday, July 3, as children at the Children’s Adventure Center waved miniature flags and held the too-big Uncle Sam hats in place before a quick parade. Avery Huber-Burnett, first in line, led classmates outside. Teachers Marie Bonanno and Judi Yin played “God Bless America” as classes marched behind them. Before the music and parade began, students gathered to show off crafts they had made included red, white, and blue necklaces and handmade flags.

  • NMS Students Awarded For The 2012-13 School Year

    Retiring Newtown Middle School Principal Diane Sherlock welcomed the entire student body and guests to the middle school’s 2012-13 school year’s culminating awards ceremony on Thursday, June 20. “It’s my pleasure to welcome you all," said Ms Sherlock. The purpose of the event, she said, was to celebrate all of the school's "fabulous students." Many of the awards announced on Thursday had been announced during the Eighth Grade Moving-Up Ceremony two nights earlier, but Ms Sherlock and school officials wanted all of the students to know of the awards. Other awards announced on Thursday included cluster awards, specials awards, rotation classes awards, and others. Along with student awards, Ms Sherlock also recognized some people who have given their time to the school, like the therapy dogs who have been attending the school with their owners since the events of 12/14. Retiring teachers were also acknowledged, along with NMS PTA President Jennifer Scarangella.

  • WCSU To Make First Scholarship Award In Honor Of 12/14 Victim This Fall

    Western Connecticut State University has announced it will make the first four-year award of a scholarship in memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall. It will continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university. Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. Days after the events of 12/14, the Greenes asked WCSU to create a scholarship fund as a way to honor Ana’s life, according to the university.