As parents and guests stood forming a large circle outside at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, students performed traditional Maypole and Morris & Sword dances on Friday, May 1.
The May Fair event is an annual one at the school, and it involves students, faculty, and staff all taking part by either dancing around the Maypole, playing songs on recorders, and/or performaning Morris & Sword dances.
Patricia Campbell directed the students and acted as the event’s announcer. She also stepped in to dance when needed.
Following a season of highlights, the 18 members of the Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard spent their spring break traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to compete among the best in the Winter Guard International World Championships, which took place at the Dayton University Arena April 16-18. For 12 of the girls, it was the last time they would be competing as a member of the NHS guard, and it was a bittersweet moment as they traditionally kissed the famed Tunnel Wall, which leads the guard into Dayton Arena.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, oversaw a Community Forum on Thursday, April 30, on enrollment and an ongoing facility study.
Information from the study will be shared with the school board publicly at its June 2 meeting, according to Dr Erardi’s presentation at the forum, and information from the study is expected to detail possible options for closing a school, which will be decided by the Board of Education.
The superintendent also said when the school board decided to go ahead with the facility study, it also decided nothing concerning closing a school would be done for the next school year, the 2015-16 school year. The study, he later said, is focusing on the 2016-17 school year.
Newtown High School seniors and their dates attended this year’s Senior Prom on Friday, April 24, at The Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury.
Before the more than 400 guests ventured to the Senior Prom, many gathered at houses and local parks and gardens.
The venue was decorated with a Mardi Gras color scheme of purple, green, gold, and white. And masks were laid out on tables.
In different rooms on Tuesday, March 31, Middle Gate Elementary School students and their parents experienced art, music, the library/media center, and Project Adventure lessons during the school’s Special Night.
Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler welcomed everyone to the evening event in the school’s gymnasium, saying he was excited “to have you get a glimpse of what your kids do during the day in the arts.”
The evening, Mr Geissler said was being held to showcase the work students do in the school’s special areas.
Ahead of the town referendum on the budget on Tuesday, April 28, Head O’ Meadow Elementary School students had their own chance to make their voices heard on Monday, April 27, by voting for new books to be added to the school’s library. Near the start of voting at Head O’ Meadow, Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton and Republican Registrar of Voters JoAnne Albanesi said they were ready for the entire student body at the elementary school to vote. One by one, during lunch waves at the schools, students were led to the cafetorium’s stage, where Ms Albanesi and Ms Frampton had set up a voting machine.
Fraser Woods Montessori School is still seeking students from its 1984–85 school year to participate in the unveiling of a time capsule from that year. The time capsule will be opened during a ceremony on June 5. The school is continuing to search for some of its original elementary school students to participate in that celebration, which will also mark 15 years of the school being located at its current site, 173 South Main Street.
Middle Gate Elementary School students learned about healthy food during a presentation called “FoodPlay” on Wednesday, April 8, presented by Chartwells K12 School Dining Services and FoodPlay Productions.
“FoodPlay” is a national award-winning theater show that features juggling, music, magic, and audience participation.
Giordan Diaz played the part of “Coach” in the production and Chrissy Basham played the part of “Janey,” who learned to make better food choices from Coach. The characters juggled and acted out different skits during the production to feature ways to eat healthier. As explained by Coach, Janey was training to join the National Junior Juggling Team, and Coach was in charge of overseeing her practice and her nutrition.
Tim Green, a former NFL player, a lawyer, and an author, visited Reed Intermediate School and Newtown Middle School on Thursday, April 3, sharing stories and reading inspiration with students at each school.
“It’s my absolute pleasure to introduce to you, Mr Tim Green,” said library/media specialist Pia Ledina before students situated in the school’s cafetorium.
Mr Green gave multiple presentations for Newtown’s students on April 3 and signed a number of his books. At Reed, which was his first stop for the day, students held copies of his books in their laps while he gave his presentation.
The Board of Education heard a long-term/five-year spending plan presentation from the district’s Director of Technology Carmella Amodeo at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting.
“This is the continuation of the flattening or smoothing of technology spending over a five-year period,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said near the start of the presentation.
Ms Amodeo explained the plan takes the district’s practice of replacing obsolete equipment and makes some adjustments to estimate an average expenditure of $545,307 instead of different costs each fiscal year.