As part of its continuing celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary year, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School hosted a St John’s Day Festival at its 1 Jacklin Road location on Saturday, June 13.
The event gathered alumni, current families, and former and current school community members for picnic dinners and a potluck desert.
While the school is celebrating its 25th year, it graduated its first class in 2002. Alumni from that class as well as the classes of '05, '06, '07, '10, '11, '13, and '15 classes attended the festival, which is traditionally a midsummer celebration, according to the school.
A poster, created by two Newtown High School graphics students, began promoting a new slogan for the Newtown Safe Schools Anonymous Tip Line near the end of the 2014-15 school year. The poster reads, “See it. Hear it. Report it. Prevent it,” “Newtown’s Safe Schools Anonymous Tip Line, 203-270-4670. If it’s an emergency or life-threatening, call 911.” While the poster and slogan are new, school district Director of Security Mark Pompano said the tip line began in 2014. After the events of 12/14, Mr Pompano said John Jay College of Criminal Justice offered and later provided a risk assessment for the district. A tip line and a campaign for the tip line were among the recommendations.
The Middle Gate Elementary School hosted its annual PTA-sponsored laser light show for the students to celebrate the end of the school year on Tuesday, June 16. The show was put on by Prismatic Magic, a countrywide laser light show that travels to schools.
After the school searched for members of its first elementary school class, from 30 years ago, three members joined together on Friday, June 5, at Fraser Woods Montessori School to open a time capsule from the 1984-85 school year.
“They were actually the first elementary school class of our school, and they created a time capsule that we are going to open today to see what is in it,” said Fraser Woods Montessori School Head of School Myriam Woods near the start of the event.
The three former Fraser Woods Montessori School students — Stephanie Dorenbosch, Becky Mazur, and Preston Meyer — stood side-by-side as they opened the time capsule.
Sandy Hook Elementary School students ventured with parents and Math/Science Specialist Kris Feda to the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Wednesday, June 3, to plant and work on rows overseen by the school community.
Both Reed Intermediate School and Sandy Hook School have two rows at the Victory Garden. An after school group from Reed visits the garden weekly, when planting is seasonal, with Reed teacher Dawn Ford, who was also present to help the Sandy Hook School students on June 3.
The Sandy Hook School Victory Garden rows are maintained by the school’s community as a whole, but students volunteered to spend time working on June 3.
Reed Intermediate School students gathered at the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Friday, June 12, to work as a group on two rows in the garden.
Both Reed and Sandy Hook Elementary School have two rows at the Victory Garden. Sandy Hook's rows are overseen by the school community, and Reed's Rise In Shine group ventures to the garden weekly, weather permitting, to work on its two rows.
Reed teachers Dawn Ford and John Sicbaldi advice the after school group.
Just before students, parents, and school community members entered Hawley Elementary School on Thursday, June 11, art teacher Kim Hossler was still busy, hands covered in wet clay, overseeing some of her students' most recent creations.
Pieces of art created by students during the 2014-15 school year were on display throughout the building — including in the school's library/media center, and along the walls in hallways — for the evening for the school's Art Show.
Hawley Principal Christopher Moretti said Ms Hossler worked hard to make the night possible. The event marked Ms Hossler's first Art Show at Hawley, and Mr Moretti said Ms Hossler is an incredible artist who brings love for art out in her students.
Reed Intermediate School students in Todd Stentiford and Maura Drabik’s sixth grade cluster displayed recently completed projects for a Science Fair on Wednesday, June 3.
According to Mr Stentiford and Ms Drabik, this was the third year students in their cluster have participated in a Science Fair.
Mr Stentiford estimated there were 25 displayed projects, which shared a variety of concepts and studies. The projects, Mr Stentiford said, are based on the sixth grade curriculum.
Reed Intermediate School and St Rose of Lima School students took part in the first interscholastic chess tournament between the two schools Thursday, May 28 at the Reed School.
The tournament was organized by Reed fifth grade math and science teacher and chess club advisor Rich Neeb and Glenn Budzinski, who runs the after-school chess program at St Rose and coaches the Chess Team and Club for both St Rose and Danbury High School.
The matches were determined by the skill of the players, with the opponents switching as the games ended. There were 21 students in attendance from grades 5 to 8. But it wasn’t all competitive, as the players helped each other during their matches.
Student accomplishments made throughout the 2014-15 school year at Sandy Hook Elementary School were celebrated on Monday, June 15, during the school's annual awards assembly.
"We're going to celebrate some of our fourth graders," said Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos near the start of the event, "and everyone, and their really hard work."
The 2014-15 school year, Dr Gombos said, was a "great year" and the school community is ready for the summer.