Delegation members visiting Newtown from China with the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) arrived at Newtown High School during the evening on Monday, February 23.
The delegation is visiting until Wednesday, March 4, and includes one administrator, one teacher, and 21 students from two schools, Dongchang Middle School and Liaocheng Middle School, in Liaocheng, China.
As the visitors arrived, students greeted each other, some hugged, and host families introduced themselves to the delegates who will be staying with them for the first time. Many flowers and other gifts were exchanged as a welcome to the visitors, who had just arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport before being driven to NHS to meet their host families.
Newtown High School students were busy working after school on Wednesday, February 18, to prepare for the upcoming musical production of City of Angels.
City of Angels is a musical about a novelist trying to turn a book into a screenplay, and it shows both the plot of the writer’s attempt to create a screenplay and the plot of the fictional film being creating.
With construction of the play’s stage already underway by February 18, NHS Choral Director Jane Matson was giving directions to assembled cast members before one of the songs in the musical was practiced.
In the Winter Percussion’s first competition of the season, Newtown High School scored a 78.45 and walked away with the first place trophy in the Marching Percussion 2A division, defeating host New Milford High School on Saturday, February 21 in a USBands event.
The 28-member NHS Winter Percussion program performed its show “The Rainforest,” which tells the tale of restoration following callous destruction in three parts. With an original score written by NHS Winter Percussion director David Brush, the group delivered a choreographed and engaging performance.
Newtown High School junior Brendan Gregory walked between a number of his own students on Tuesday, February 3, in C.H. Booth Library’s meeting room.
Brendan has been overseeing the Computer Coding with Java program, for students in fifth grade and up, at the library, teaching younger students how to code with Java, a computer programming language.
On February 3, Brendan, who said he began overseeing the course because he knew C.H. Booth Library Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber and she knew he likes coding, made sure each of his students had everything set up to begin their next lesson. Each student sat with a laptop before them, busily typing and asking questions when necessary.
Susan Rosano, an artist with Arts for Learning Connecticut who recently moved to Vermont, worked to prepare paints and one of what will be nine murals for Middle Gate Elementary School’s cafeteria during the evening of Tuesday, February 10.
Ms Rosano was there thanks to a $6,000 grant Middle Gate PTA President Rebekah Harriman-Stites applied for through the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Ms Harriman-Stites also said $3,000 of the PTA’s money from fundraisers is also going to support the project. The PTA president said she came across the grant while working. She is the owner of the HK Consulting Group, a consulting firm.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., in partnership with the district’s PTA presidents, is set to hold a community forum, “An All-School Parent Conversation Focused On Teaching, Learning, and the Proposed 2015-16 Spending Plan,” on Tuesday, March 10.
The Betty Lou Osborne Memorial Scholarship Ball to benefit Newtown Scholarship Association will take place at The Waterview, Monroe, on March 7 starting at 6 pm. The event will feature dinner, dancing, raffles, and silent and live auctions. Special guest baseball legend Bobby Valentine will throw his support behind the NSA as the evening’s auctioneer.
Fraser Woods Montessori School is looking for some of its original elementary school students to participate in a ceremony in May, that will include opening a time capsule from the 1984-85 school year.
When Fraser Woods Montessori School Head of School Myriam Woods began her career with the Newtown-based school in 1990, the time capsule was already in place behind a plaque on a wall in the school’s elementary building, which was then located in Dodgingtown.
It has been roughly two years since Newtown High School 2008 graduate Shannon Seaman first landed in South Korea, and now she is looking forward to her third year as a teacher.
Ms Seaman graduated from Roger Williams University with a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing, and went on to learn about English Programming In Korea (EPIK) while looking into options for what she could do post-graduation. She earned a certificate and now, after applying through EPIK, works for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education at Maebong Elementary School teaching English to third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.