Sandy Hook School parents, teachers, and students said “Thank You BERRY Much, Monroe!” at the 40th Annual Monroe Strawberry Festival, held June 14 and 15 on the Monroe Green.
The annual event is hosted by the Monroe Congregational Church.
As a way to say “Thank you” to the Monroe community for its enormous generosity, the Sandy Hook School PTA hosted a tent where kids of all ages could paint a small terracotta pot to look like a strawberry. Inside each pot a small zinnia or marigold plant was placed, along with a wooden stick that read “SHS says thank you!”
With the money raised by the sale of 100 trees in the holiday season, the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs are set to donate $125 to each of 20 foundations in memory of the children who lost their lives 12/14.
As NMS Interact Club advisor Bruce Moulthrop wrote in a letter to family members of the Interact Club members, the two clubs encourage students to become active members of the community through service and volunteerism. Each year, Mr Moulthrop explained, “the clubs choose various projects and activities that either provide a community service or raise money for a charitable cause.”
The Newtown High School Class of 1984’s 30th Reunion event has been set for Saturday, July 19, at Michael’s at The Grove, 42 Vail Road, in Bethel.
Classmates, friends, faculty at NHS at the time are invited to attend.
Tickets are on sale for $62 per person, and include a buffet dinner, dessert, DJ, and dancing in a casual summer party atmosphere, according to an announcement.
Nearly a month after participating and earning the top title in their category at the Connecticut Student Innovation Expo in Hartford, Newtown High School Connecticut Innovation Academy (CTIA) students were still excited about the product they created this school year. This was the second year in a row that NHS students earned top recognition at the expo. Last year’s class placed first in Outstanding Web Design, Outstanding Expo Booth, Outstanding Presentation, and Overall Mobile Application Development. In addition, last year’s team tied for first in the Design Document/ White Paper category.
With blankets and towels folded beneath them, Sandy Hook School students sat behind Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School on Monday, June 16, for the school’s annual awards ceremony. Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos told the students the event was to celebrate each of the students and their accomplishments throughout the 2013-14 school year.
Most of Hawley Elementary School’s awards ceremony, held Tuesday, June 17, may have focused on the school’s students, but a special surprise for school’s retiring teachers and principal was held until the end of the event. Fourth grade students at the school walked into the school’s gymnasium for the event wearing shirts that had the number “14” on the back, marking the students as soon-to-be-alumni. Along with learning about C.H. Booth Library’s summer reading program thanks to a representative of the library, students also were honor with a range of awards.
Head O’ Meadow’s Math Olympiads, athletes, and geography program participants were among some of the students honored during the school’s awards assembly, held on Tuesday, June 17. “Congratulations boys and girls. That was an excellent, great accomplishment,” Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine said to the students who earned recognition in the school’s Math Olympiads program. When it was time for Head O’ Meadow parent Kristen Mattera, who oversees the school’s geography program, to announce the program’s participants, she named students who passed a number of the program’s tests, naming different countries, regions, and landmasses.
Newtown High School 2014 graduate and the recipient of this year’s Middle Gate PTA Scholarship Bethany Dubois spoke to students at Middle Gate’s awards assembly on Wednesday, June 18. “I was sitting in this very gym,” Bethany said, looking around her, “…eight years ago.” Bethany told the assembled third and fourth grade students about how she was nervous when she first came to Middle Gate in third grade, after moving from New Jersey. Looking back, Bethany said she had no need to be nervous, because she found, “by far, Middle Gate kids are the nicest people I have ever met.”
Newtown Middle School held its culminating awards ceremony in two sessions on Friday, June 13, due to the weather forcing the event inside. For the second session, eighth grade students at the school found a space on the bleachers or on set-up chairs in the school’s main gymnasium. A number of selected students sang the national anthem to begin the event. Students were recognized with awards they earned during the 2013-14 school year during the assembly, for completing achievements during the year, and for participating in different efforts, like being morning announcers at the school.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., will again be offering a week long program for children entering kindergarten called “Safety Town” in July. Safety Town is a national program that was developed in 1964 to teach young children important information on traffic safety, fire safety, water safety, bus safety, bicycle safety, awareness of medicine and poison, and awareness of strangers. All safety topics will be taught in collaboration with local community and health agencies. Cost is $25 per child for the one-week program, and financial assistance is available.