At a banquet held Monday, November 17, Newtown High School Band Director Kurt Eckhardt reflected on the NHS Marching Band and Guard’s competitive season.
“This was the most ambitious show we have ever had,” he told the audience of more than 300 students and their families. “And I believe this was the best band we’ve ever had.”
Mr Eckhardt went on to praise his staff and the students, and their 94.9-point final score last Saturday night, November 15, at the USBands National Championships held at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J. He noted that the score was the highest NHS had achieved in the last two years.
The Kids Lend A Paw (KLAP)’s fourth annual dog walk was held Saturday, November 1, to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
According to Newtown Middle School seventh grader Maddie Stites, who began organizing the event after being inspired by the ASPCA, which rescued her family’s three dogs — Merry, Sunny, and Chloe — the walk went as well as possible considering pouring rain and cold temperatures.
Todd Ingersoll, president of Ingersoll Automotive, visited Newtown High School on Wednesday, November 5, to donate ten new laptops to the school.
The visit was one in a number of others in the effort to deliver technology to students who otherwise would not have access to computers at home. This was the third annual donation to NHS and other schools in the local area.
With the ten new laptops, Ingersoll Automotive of Danbury has donated 30 laptops in the last three years to NHS.
The Washington Depot-based After School Arts Program has announced that fifth and sixth grade students at Reed Intermediate School will perform with dancers from Pilobolus Dance Theater on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm. “Pilobolus Performs with Newtown” will feature members of the unique American modern dance company offering performance and demonstration with students who have been participating in an after school program since late September.
Newtown High School will present Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23. Written by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me a Tenor is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one-night-only engagement, problems ensue. Performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are at 7 pm, and Sunday is a matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are general admission and will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for students and faculty, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors. The performances will be held in the Newtown High School auditorium, located at 12 Berkshire Road.
Newtown High School is set to host its fall drama, Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23.
Lend Me a Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig, is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one night only engagement, problems ensue.
Ticks are general admission and will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for students and faculty, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors.
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard are headed for the USBands National Championships on Saturday, November 15.
Competing in Class V Open, the competing bands will take the field at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J., with Newtown slated to compete at 8:27 pm.
The National Championship features the best of the best from across the United States. Newtown Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said he believes his band could be in the top five.
Each of Newtown’s four elementary schools held Veterans Day ceremonies or events on Tuesday, November 11.
Before a flag ceremony was conducted at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, Principal Barbara Gasparine announced her gratitude over the school’s loudspeaker for all who joined the school for their celebration of Veterans Day.
All of the students at Head O’ Meadow made their way outside for the start of the event, with classrooms of students huddled together and veterans and their friends and family standing closer to the flag in front of the school.
“We are here to pay tribute to those great people who went to war so we can live free,” said Reed Intermediate School (RIS) student Rushil Jerfy, introducing the November 11 Veterans Day Program at the school, Tuesday morning. Rushil then led the fifth and sixth grade students, staff, and honored guests — veterans representing four of the five military branches — in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Newtown High School celebrated Veterans Day with a luncheon offered to visiting veterans followed by an assembly in the school’s auditorium.
The assembly had a number of speakers share their thoughts on Veterans Day and highlighted the veterans for their service.
Newtown Selectman Will Rodgers was one of the first to speak at the assembly, and he encouraged the high school’s youth to befriend the young servicemen and women. While Mr Rodgers said the students can learn a lot from the armed forces members, he also said the service men and women can learn from the high school students. In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, Mr Rodgers said “an entire class of people” spent their formative years in Iraq or Afghanistan and can learn from the students who have not.