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  • Jr NAA Youth Leadership Summit Approaching

    The Jr Newtown Action Alliance is set to host a statewide #HonorWithAction Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, May 24, at Newtown High School. The event is for students middle school through college age, and will discuss issues surrounding the epidemic of gun violence, encourage youth to find their voices and use the power of their voices to inspire change, according to Jr NAA.#HonorWithAction Connecticut will be a full-day event bringing together youth from all areas of Connecticut to investigate the many issues that contribute to gun violence in America through workshops on mental health, urban violence, writing for publication, healing through the arts, and more, according to a release from Jr NAA.

  • Hawley Fourth Graders Learn About The Government

    To cap a study of the United State government, Hawley Elementary School fourth grade students attended a presentation by two local lawyers on Thursday, April 24. Elana Bertram, Esq, of Hawley Legal Resources, LLC, and Tara Dugo of Roberts Family Law in Darien both described the country’s judicial system and how it works for the students. “Good morning fourth grade,” Hawley lead teacher Roxanne Melaragno said at the start of the presentation. “Today we have a very special program for you.”

  • Reed Drama Club Preparing For ‘Willy Wonka’

    The Reed Intermediate School Drama Club has been busy preparing for its upcoming musical production of Willy Wonka, set for performances on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10. “Come with me and you’ll be in a world of your imagination,” sang student Will Crebbin, who will portray “the greatest candy maker of all time,” Willy Wonka, during a rehearsal on Tuesday, April 29. The Friday performance is at 7 pm, and the Saturday is at 6 pm.

  • Recovery Project Reschedules ‘Summer Planning,’ Slates Next Parent Forum

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Reed Intermediate School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Programs last for one hour. The Sandy Hook program, "Summer Planning," has been rescheduled from last week; the Reed forum will describe different forms of bullying, and offer suggestions to help kids and parents manage such situations.

  • School Board Selects New Hawley School Principal

    While the Board of Education interviewed Christopher Moretti for the position of principal of Hawley Elementary School in an executive session on April 29, a group of district personnel, Hawley staff members, and current principal Jo-Ann Peters Edmondson waited outside the Council Chambers at Newtown Municipal Center. When the school board returned and opened its session to the public, it unanimously voted to hired Mr Moretti for the position. He will begin his tenure at Hawley on July 1. His salary will be set by the existing administrator’s contract, according to the board’s motion.

  • Author Visits Hawley Elementary School

    During “Hawley Loves To Read Week” author Sara Pennypacker stopped by on Tuesday, April 8, to speak to students about writing, her books, and her inspirations. Ms Pennypacker’s published works include her Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Dumbstruck, The Amazing World of Stuart, Sparrow Girl, and Pierre in Love. She also visited Middle Gate Elementary School during that school’s “Middle Gate Loves To Read Week,” on Monday, April 7.

  • Next Parent Forums: Summer Planning, Parenting In Tough Times, Parenting In A Challenging World

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Middle Gate Elementary School, and Newtown Middle School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. The Sandy Hook School Parent Forum, “Summer Planning To Sustain Your Child’s Progress,” will be held on Monday, April 28; Middle Gate will host "Parenting In Tough Times" on April 29; and the middle school will host "How To Parent In A Challenging World" on April 30.

  • Head O’ Meadow Students Vote For Books

    Head O’ Meadow students cast their votes Monday, April 21, on which category of books they would like purchased for the school’s library. The event is a yearly one at the school, and library/media specialist Bev Bjorklund said she prepared the students to cast their ballots by speaking to them about the importance of voting. Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton and Sharon Kish were on hand for the day, along with a voting machine. Head O’ Meadow PTA volunteers were also in the school’s library, where the machine was set up, to help students through the voting process.

  • Newtown Recovery Project Sets Next Parent Forums: Stress Management, Video Game Addiction

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Reed Intermediate School and Hawley Elementary School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Forums run for one hour. The Reed Parent Forum, “Springtime Stress Management,” is set for Wednesday, April 23. The Hawley Parent Forum, “Video Game Addiction,” will be on Thursday, April 24.

  • NMS Celebration Of The Arts Set For April 29

    Newtown Middle School will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts at the school on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 pm. The event will include a visual arts exhibition, a technology education open house, a slide show and photo gallery from the Project Adventure program, and other presentations. This year's edition of the NMS literary magazine will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a book fair.