With blankets and towels folded beneath them, Sandy Hook School students sat behind Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School on Monday, June 16, for the school’s annual awards ceremony. Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos told the students the event was to celebrate each of the students and their accomplishments throughout the 2013-14 school year.
Most of Hawley Elementary School’s awards ceremony, held Tuesday, June 17, may have focused on the school’s students, but a special surprise for school’s retiring teachers and principal was held until the end of the event. Fourth grade students at the school walked into the school’s gymnasium for the event wearing shirts that had the number “14” on the back, marking the students as soon-to-be-alumni. Along with learning about C.H. Booth Library’s summer reading program thanks to a representative of the library, students also were honor with a range of awards.
Head O’ Meadow’s Math Olympiads, athletes, and geography program participants were among some of the students honored during the school’s awards assembly, held on Tuesday, June 17. “Congratulations boys and girls. That was an excellent, great accomplishment,” Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine said to the students who earned recognition in the school’s Math Olympiads program. When it was time for Head O’ Meadow parent Kristen Mattera, who oversees the school’s geography program, to announce the program’s participants, she named students who passed a number of the program’s tests, naming different countries, regions, and landmasses.
Newtown High School 2014 graduate and the recipient of this year’s Middle Gate PTA Scholarship Bethany Dubois spoke to students at Middle Gate’s awards assembly on Wednesday, June 18. “I was sitting in this very gym,” Bethany said, looking around her, “…eight years ago.” Bethany told the assembled third and fourth grade students about how she was nervous when she first came to Middle Gate in third grade, after moving from New Jersey. Looking back, Bethany said she had no need to be nervous, because she found, “by far, Middle Gate kids are the nicest people I have ever met.”
Newtown Middle School held its culminating awards ceremony in two sessions on Friday, June 13, due to the weather forcing the event inside. For the second session, eighth grade students at the school found a space on the bleachers or on set-up chairs in the school’s main gymnasium. A number of selected students sang the national anthem to begin the event. Students were recognized with awards they earned during the 2013-14 school year during the assembly, for completing achievements during the year, and for participating in different efforts, like being morning announcers at the school.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., will again be offering a week long program for children entering kindergarten called “Safety Town” in July. Safety Town is a national program that was developed in 1964 to teach young children important information on traffic safety, fire safety, water safety, bus safety, bicycle safety, awareness of medicine and poison, and awareness of strangers. All safety topics will be taught in collaboration with local community and health agencies. Cost is $25 per child for the one-week program, and financial assistance is available.
Newtown Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Summer History Camp. The camp will be hosted at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, the week of July 14-18. Registration is open for children between the ages of 8-10 and offers campers a week of interactive and exciting experiences of Colonial-era life. From lantern-making to butter churning, kids will engage in activities and experiences of a Colonial child living during the 1750s. Campers will learn the tasks they might have been expected to do at home, the types of games they would have played, and the kind of food they would have eaten during the mid-18th Century.
Retired Newtown Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore, Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski, and Sandy Hook School teacher Liesl Fressola traveled to Emporia, Kan., for the dedication ceremony, held on Thursday, June 12, of a Memorial to Fallen Educators.
The memorial was created by the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and will permanently recognize more than 100 United States educators who have lost their lives while fulfilling their educational duties, according to a release from the American Federation of Teachers.
When Jo-Ann Peters-Edmonson arrived in the district in mid-1998, Hawley Elementary School was still a kindergarten through fifth grade institution. Different areas of the building were used for classrooms at the time, like the multipurpose room and the lower level of the building’s 1921 section. The latest addition to the building had just been built and finished in 1997. A retirement party was held for her at Roberto’s Restaurant in Monroe on April 10. Her family, friends, family members, and Hawley community members attended. Members of the Hawley PTA were there along with former superintendents of schools John Reed and Evan Pitkoff, and Board of Education member John Vouros.
The Scholarship Committee of Newtown Visiting Nurse Association recently presented three scholarship checks to students who have met requirements for their respective honors. On June 5, members of the committee presented the final $4,000 Anna E. Clow Scholarship check to Abigail Blakeman. On June 10 Newtown VNA presented two more scholarship checks to students it had promised awards. Erin Begg received a $4,000 VNA Scholarship check, and Meredith Bridges received a $2,500 Janice Van Syckle Scholarship award.