The second season of Newtown High School’s revitalized Indoor Winter Percussion ensemble came to a successful conclusion on Saturday, April 4, when NHS brought home a bronze medal in the Marching A division of the Musical Arts Conference Championships, held at Westhills High School, Stamford. Competing against five other high schools from the tri-state region, Newtown narrowly missed silver by 0.5 points, scoring 89.1 to Westhill’s 89.65 and Stamford High School’s winning score of 91.75. Newtown Percussion Director Dave Brush said his group’s success was due in large part to the dedication and passion of its 28 members. Mr Brush added that he was particularly impressed with how well Newtown did, despite weather issues throughout the season.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
Two “Parenting the Positive Discipline Way” classes, funded by the Sandy Hook Community Foundation, have been set.
The classes are for up to 30 Newtown residents and they will be hosted by the Resiliency Center of Newtown, at 153 South Main Street.
Both classes will be held Wednesdays starting April 22, and both classes run for six weeks. Morning and evening hours are available.
The Board of Education voted to schedule the Newtown High School graduation ceremony and the Newtown Middle School Moving Up ceremony during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7. NHS will celebrate its graduation on June 16, while the middle school will host its ceremony on June 15. Both will be held at Western Connecticut State University’s O'Neil Center in Danbury.
All three divisions of Newtown Winter Guard, Juniors, Junior Varsity and Varsity, came home last Saturday night, March 28, proudly wearing championship medals. Competing in the Southwest Conference Championships and USBands Winter Guard/Winter Percussion Regional held at Bunnell High School in Stratford, the Newtown units all claimed first place, much to the delight of their cheering families, friends, and coaches. The biggest upset of the event was when Newtown’s JV guard defeated Bunnell, a varsity level guard that normally competes in a higher division than Newtown during regular season Musical Arts Conference shows.
Each year, eighth grade students at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School are asked to choose a yearlong project to study. This year’s class, under the guidance of teacher Leslie Lew, has now completed its culminating presentations.
Students in the class chose to study a range of topics this year. Each student worked with one or two mentors to complete their projects.
Bayley Storrier studied criminal profiling because she saw it “on TV show called Criminal Minds and I thought it was cool.” With her mentor, Bayley said she completed “a lot of research” and watched videos and documentaries.
With kindergarten registrations happening locally in the coming weeks, Town Clerk Debbie Halstead is reminding parents that if they resided in Newtown at the birth of their child they do not have to go to the hospital or town where the child was delivered to obtain a required birth certificate for registration.
Newtown students and jazz bands earned recognition while attending and participating in the University of New Hampshire’s Clark Terry Jazz Festival on March 14.
The Newtown Middle School Jazz Band earned honorable mention, the Newtown High School Blue Band also earned honorable mention and its musicians Cameron Mitchell and Robbie Laporta earned Outstanding Musician Awards, and the high school’s Gold Band was one of three bands named as “Outstanding” during the festival and its musicians Aimee Alexander, Danny Toby, and Richie Sadlon earned Outstanding Musician Awards.
“You’re the first to ever win an award,” said Newtown Middle School music teacher Jazz Band Director Mark Mahoney, addressing the students on Wednesday, March 25.
Newtown High School and members of the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) welcomed 23 students and two teachers visiting with a delegation from Lycée Alain, Newtown’s sister school in France, on Wednesday, March 25.
The delegation arrived in the country just a few hours before entering the high school’s cafetorium, where host families through NICE, NICE members, and NHS teachers were waiting to greet the students and teachers.