• NHS NewTek Program Collecting Technology To Recycle

    Along with its repair business, Newtown High School’s NewTek program has been collecting technology devices to recycle as part of a new effort. “The best way to recycle things is to repair things,” said teacher Michael Ornaf, as his second and third year NewTek students worked around him on Thursday, May 21. “And once we are through with repairing them, we donate them to a charity I have designated, which is the River Fund New York [Inc]. It’s a great charity that has a food pantry and serves roughly half-a-million people a year.” NewTek is a student-run enterprise at the high school. Only students that have taken a year of computer repair courses can participate, according to Mr Ornaf. The NewTek services are available to NHS students, staff, and the Newtown community.

  • Continuing Education Summer Camps Available For A Number Of Interests

    Parents looking for something for their children to do — whether by introducing a new topic or continuing an already established interest shown by sons and daughters — have a number of options available during summer break. Newtown Continuing Education has again scheduled summer camps with a number of topics available. This summer will mark the 24th year Continuing Education will be running its SMART (Summer Music and ARTs) summer camp. There are several engineering and computer camps also available, as well as a weeklong Knit and Chat class.

  • NHS Production Of ‘City Of Angels’ Nominated For State Musical Theater Awards

    Newtown High School’s musical production of "City of Angels," which ran March 19-22, has received 14 nominations for the Annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards. A gala will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on June 1, and the winners will be announced during the evening event. Newtown students are among the multiple performers scheduled for the event. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to be able to share their love of theater with their peers throughout Connecticut,” said Jane Matson, the production's director and the NHS Choral Director.

  • NHS Chess Club Hosts Annual Open Tournament

    With players lined up on either side of a table inside the school’s cafetorium, the Newtown High School Chess Club started its annual Open Chess Tournament on Thursday, May 14. Chess Club Advisor Steve Malary explained the rules of the tournament ahead of the tournament’s start. Dr Malary also shared the possible prizes, which were all donated by local businesses, before the tournament began. Prizes included a $25 gift certificate to Carminuccio’s Pizza, a $25 gift certificate to Gamer’s Gambit in Danbury, gift certificates to Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop, a gift certificate for a milkshake at Burgerittoville, and two sets of Magic: The Gathering cards from Cave Comics.

  • Fraser Woods Holds Annual Grandparents Day

    Grandparents were welcomed at Fraser Woods Montessori School on Monday, May 11, during the school’s annual Grandparents Day event. Food and beverages were served in the school’s commons, and all the attendees were welcomed to the event by Head of School Myriam Woods in the school’s gymnasium. Ms Woods said this year’s Grandparents Day at Fraser Woods is a special one, with the school marking its 15th year at its South Main Street location.

  • Annual Middle Gate Madness Event Unveiled New Art For The School

    As part of this year’s Middle Gate Madness event, murals that were created by the school’s community were unveiled in the school’s cafeteria on Friday, May 15. The effort to create murals began in February, when Susan Rosano, an artist with Arts For Learning Connecticut who recently moved to Vermont, first worked to prepare students and parents to put paintbrush to paper to fill in the first of the nine murals. Middle Gate PTA President Rebekah Harriman-Stites applied for a $6,000 grant through the Connecticut Office of the Arts to cover the project, and $3,000 of the PTA’s money from fundraisers was also used to support the project.

  • Charlotte’s Litter Visits Hawley Elementary School

    Throughout the day on Wednesday, May 13, Hawley Elementary School students were visited by therapy dogs, handlers, and representatives of Charlotte’s Litter. Charlotte’s Litter is a Newtown Kindness program that was founded by her parents to honor Charlotte Helen Bacon, who loved dogs and lost her life on 12/14, and the support that her family and friends received from local comfort and therapy dogs. As Newtown Kindness Program Support Director Ken Murdoch visited Hawley kindergarten teacher Donna Albano’s classroom, where therapy dog Ringo and his handler Pat Tetrault were visiting, he noted it was an exciting day with one of the program’s three main efforts “concept coming to fruition.”

  • Sandy Hook School Spring Concert Assembly Held

    Ahead of the chorus’s Spring Concert held on Thursday, May 14, Sandy Hook School’s fourth grade students sang during an assembly on Wednesday, May 13. Under the direction of Sandy Hook School music teacher Maryrose Kristopik, students performed songs both on their recorders and by singing. Songs performed by the students included the Sandy Hook School song, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Saints on Parade,” Everybody Smiles,” and “I’m Flying.”

  • School Board Approves Pilot Daycare Program For Staff, Hears "Culture & Climate" Report

    The Board of Education approved on May 19 a pilot child care program that will be available for district staff and heard a report from a Climate and Culture Committee. Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, first introduced the idea of offering a child care program in Newtown for district staff at the school board’s meeting on February 17. At that meeting, Dr Erardi explained Monroe Learning Center Director Dawn Ryan was there to present a possible child care program for Newtown, similar to the one she oversees in Monroe, which is based at Chalk Hill Middle School where Sandy Hook Elementary School is housed. The school board also heard a presentation from a Climate and Culture Committee during its meeting.

  • NHS Unified Theater To Perform ‘The Pages That Bind Us,’ Saturday And Sunday

    The after-school Unified Theater program at Newtown High School is set to perform an original show, written by the students involved, called "The Pages That Bind Us," this weekend. Students wrote scenes based on a fairy tale theme. Performances will be Saturday, May 30, at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 31, at 2 pm, at the high school. Admission is by donation.