The fourth grade classrooms at Middle Gate Elementary School were filled with visiting students, parents, and district community members on Friday, May 1, as the fourth graders transformed into historical figures for a few hours.
Students in Heidi Beauty, John Sullivan, Katie Mauro, and Linda Baron’s classes all participated in the project, which is an annual one for fourth graders at the school. This year, Ms Mauro said, students began with writing essays about their chosen Connecticut historical figure before they converted the essays into speeches. Those speeches were then shared with the visitors on Friday, when each fourth grader represented his or her chosen figure.
A joint effort by the Newtown Middle School’s Interact Club and its Student Council collected food items from March 23 to April 30 at the school to donate to the FAITH Food Pantry, located at St John’s Church in Sandy Hook.
The Interact Club also visited the FAITH Food Pantry on May 6 to donate the collection, tour the facility with food pantry Co-Chair Barbara Krell, and help sort the donated items.
As Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine told her assembled students on Thursday, April 30, the fourth grade students had worked had for their Spring Concert.
Ms Gasparine continued to welcome the students to the assembly and explained it was being held ahead of the school’s Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, for family and friends.
Head O’ Meadow music teacher Cynthia Holberg led her students through playing songs on recorders and singing.
The 16th Annual Newtown Night Of Jazz brought the district’s four jazz ensembles together to perform for the community during the evening of Thursday, May 7, at Newtown High School. The Reed Intermediate School’s Jazz Ensemble performed under the guidance of Directors Robert Nolte and Phil Beierle, the Newtown Middle School Jazz Band performed under the guidance of Director Mark Mahoney, and the Newtown High School Gold and Blue Bands were directed by Kurt Eckhardt.
Storyteller Eshu Bumpus visited with students at Reed Intermediate School on Monday, May 4, sharing stories and storytelling advice.
During one of his presentations of the day, Mr Bumpus was introduced by Reed media specialist Pia Ledina to students gathered in the school’s Library Media Center.
Ms Ledina told the students that Mr Bumpus is a professional storyteller who performs at festivals and more and he was there to work with the students during a workshop about storytelling.
Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to hold a registration event for boys entering first to fourth grade on Wednesday, May 20, in the pavilion of Treadwell Park. The event will run from 6 to 8 pm. In addition to registering new scouts, the pack will also be re-registering scouts for the 2015-16 school year, and seeking parent volunteers to help during the year.
Currently celebrating its 25th year, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School of Newtown is set to host its Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit on May 16, at the Parish Hall of St Francis of Assisi in Weston. The evening will include dinner and wine, a live auction of projects created by students in each HVWS class, and dancing. As part of the benefit, an online silent auction has also opened. Dozens of items are available to bid on until May 17.
Students inside Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Tuesday, April 28, cheered, clapped, and sometimes participated with the Zuzu African Acrobats performance, which was sponsored by the school’s PTA.
Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler said at the start of the assembly that he was thrilled the school’s PTA was sponsoring the event, because, as he said, he first learned about the Zuzu African Acrobats through an e-mail. He said his first reaction was, “That’s pretty cool.”
He shared the e-mail with PTA member Debbie DeBlasi, and Mr Geissler said she too responded with, “That’s pretty cool.”
After first singing their school’s song, Middle Gate Elementary School fourth graders shared a number of songs during an assembly on Thursday, April 23, as a preview for their then-upcoming Spring Concert, which was held in the evening of April 27.
Led by Middle Gate music teacher Tina Jones, the students sang songs like, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” “Pizza Love,” “Happy,” and “Nothing More.”
When the group sang “Nothing More,” by the Alternate Routes, different students took turns holding up signs.
Over the district’s April vacation, three delegations through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) visited three different countries: Spain, France, and China.
Members of the delegations recently reflected on those trips and on hosting delegates who visited Newtown during three separate times between February and the start of April.
The first visiting delegates to Newtown came from Liaocheng, in the Shandong Province of China, and visited between February 23 and March 4. The Spanish delegation from I.E.S. Las Encinas School visited from March 15 to March 23, and the French delegation from Lycée Alain, Newtown’s sister school in France, visited from March 25 until April 1.