C.H. Booth Library is offering a series of creative writing sessions for young adults in grades 6-8. The first writing session, “The Fantastic,” will explore the genre of fantasy writing. Author and educator Aimee Pokwatka will return for the second time to lead the session. Her short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, and she has served as the editor of Salt Hill Journal and The Newtowner. Participants will create imaginary worlds and use elements of magic in their stories. The fantasy theme will serve as a guide to the basic craft of fiction. Each session will allow time for writing, sharing, and discussing stories in progress. Students will also have the opportunity to work on collaborative writing projects.
Head O’ Meadow Elementary School has been named a National PTA School of Excellence for the 2015-17 school years. The National PTA’s School of Excellence is a program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced a “neat celebration” during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, August 18. Reed Intermediate School students Mitchell Doherty, Tyler Hill, Maddie Hintze, Justin Peck, and Jillian Reilly were introduced to the board members for completing a science project during the 2014-15 academic year.
Throughout the summer, the C.H. Booth Library has been holding educational classes, called chbMakers, for the youth of Newtown. The final class of the season was recently hosted by C.H. Booth Library Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber. The chbMakers classes highlight different projects, and the classes held over the summer focused on a number of projects. According to Ms Weber, the final class focused on teaching the kids about circuitry through two activities: MaKey MaKey and Squishy Circuits.
The third annual Newtown Poetry Project celebration took place recently at the home of NPP co-founder Lea Attanasio. The garden party was held to celebrate the launch of "Hello World: The Newtown Poetry Project 2015," a collection of poetry generated last spring by second to sixth graders and their parents. Parents and students had the opportunity to read from their work during the event and enjoy seeing their fellow poets.
Marc Mero, a former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion, will share a message of hope and inspiration with Newtown school district and community members at Newtown High School on September 9, at 7 pm.
The event will be held in the school’s auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, and it is open to the public.
Mr Mero is also the founder of Champion of Choices — which has a mission to empower students to make healthy and positive choices that will lead to lifelong success, initiating personal and social change to make a difference in themselves and their communities.
Head O’ Meadow students were led off their buses to the school on Thursday, August 27, for the first day of the 2015-16 school year. Inside the school teachers and staff waited to greet the students, and near the entrance physical education teachers Steve Dreger and Alex Amaru shared high-fives with students. Mr Amaru, who is new to the school, welcomed the students with a special, “It’s my first day, too!” “Welcome back everybody!” Principal Barbara Gasparine said, smiling as students stepped off a bus.
Cub Scout Pack 270 Registration Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, at 7 pm, in the Middle Gate Elementary School gymnasium, 7 Cold Spring Road. All boys in first through fourth grades are welcome to join Pack 270, which is primarily composed of Middle Gate and Head O’ Meadow Elementary School students.
Make new friends, develop lifelong skills, and build confidence.
Parents are invited to drop in to talk to other Middle Gate or Head O’ Meadow parents and Cub Scouts, before making a decision to register.
Across the school district, kindergarteners boarded their buses for the first time ahead of the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, August 25.
At Middle Gate Elementary School volunteers and teachers were already waiting as students stepped off the buses.
Some older students were also on hand to help guide the kindergarteners from their buses and into the school’s library, where kindergarten teachers Tanya LaBonia, Melissa Massett, Dori Parniawski, and Dorothy Schmidt were waiting to introduce themselves.
As students entered the library, the assembled kindergarteners began singing songs, led by the teachers, including “The Wheels On The Bus.”
Teachers and district staff kicked off the 2015-16 school year on Monday, August 24, at a convocation held at Newtown High School. Town board members and elected officials were also in attendance at the event, which highlighted teachers and district staff. “Welcome everyone,” said Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche near the start of the event.