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  • Newtown High School Third Quarter Honor Roll Released

    The following are the students who made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third quarter marking period at Newtown High School this school year. Students earn recognition on the High Honor Roll by being enrolled in five or more classes with a minimum of four courses in areas of study other than independent study and related work experience, have an overall average of 90 or more for the marking period and the student must receive a grade of 85 or higher in each course. To make the Honor Roll, NHS students must meet the same requirements, but their overall grade average must be more than 85, and the student must receive a grade of 80 or higher in each course.

  • Last Day Of School To Be Dismissed Early

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, announced Friday, May 23, in a press release that for the last projected day of the 2013-14 school year, June 18, there will be an early dismissal.

  • Head O’ Meadow Grooves For Project ACES

    Head O’ Meadow Elementary School joined other schools and organizations around the world on Wednesday, May 7, when staff, students, and administrators at the school gathered in the school’s cafetorium to exercise. “Is everybody ready to move today?” asked physical education teacher Steve “Coach” Dreger before leading the gathered school community, with the help of a few chosen students, through exercises.

  • Girl Scout Troop 50651’s Trip To Europe Was Years In The Making

    “It was an amazing, amazing experience,” said Cat Fedorchek, Girl Scout Troop 50651 leader, recently about her troop’s trek across Europe during the school district’s April break. Yet the trip was more than one experience: it represented years of effort. The trip came about thanks to years of fundraisers and participating in the community, according to Ms Fedorchek, and each Girl Scout Troop 50651 member had a moment during the trip to revel in all that planning. After traveling to places like Boston and New York City, Ms Fedorchek said her troop members decided when they were freshmen in high school that they wanted to “cross the pond… to headquarters in London.”

  • Diocese, Bishop Appoint New Principal For St Rose School

    St Rose of Lima School community members learned through a letter on April 28 that Colleen Therese Smith has been named as the school’s new principal. She will officially start July 1. Mary Maloney, the current principal of the school, said said she believes Sister Colleen “will be an excellent principal for many reasons.” Prior to being asked to assume her vocation ministry, Sr Colleen served as a high school principal at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and as an elementary principal at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic School in Greenwich Village, N.Y. She also served as a teacher of elementary, middle, and high school students. She currently serves as the vocations director of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden. Mrs Maloney is set to step into the role of president of Immaculate High School in Danbury.

  • Drama Club Ready For Two-Show Production Of ‘Willy Wonka’

    The Reed Intermediate School Drama Club will perform its upcoming musical production of Willy Wonka this Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10. The Friday performance is at 7 pm, and the Saturday is at 6 pm. The play will be performed at the school, 3 Trades Lane. Tickets are $8 for general seating and will be available at the door prior to each performance.

  • Combined Reunion For NHS Classes Of 1960–62

    A combined class reunion dinner for the Newtown High School classes of 1960, 1961 and 1962 will be held at The Inn at Newtown on Saturday, June 21. The reunion committee members are Terry (Madsen) Qubick, representing the Class of 1962, teraruba@att.net or 203-470-1067; Joel Kunkel (Class of 1961), jwklerkim@earthlink.net or 203-261-5753; and Linda Mortensen (Class of the Class 1960), mortensen23@aol.com or 860-619-8030. Contact a committee member if interested in attending this reunion.

  • Hawley Friendship Bench Lends A Lesson, Finds A Home

    Inside Hawley’s multipurpose room on Thursday, April 24, a colorful bench was placed before the room’s stage. The bench, multicolored and covered in words, is called The Friendship Bench. In Hawley Elementary School’s most recent PTA newsletter, Hawley lead teacher Roxanne Melaragno wrote an explanation of how the bench came to the school. “Recently Hawley School received a unique gift from a young girl with big dreams,” Ms Melaragno wrote. “At the end of March, Acaia Woodley, a seventh grade girl from Palm Bay, Florida, delivered a Friendship Bench to Hawley School that represents her mission of spreading friendship and kindness to schools throughout the United States and Canada. Acaia presented the Friendship Bench to Hawley School’s Student Council.”

  • Recovery Project Schedules Next Parent Forums

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, to be held at Newtown High School, Middle Gate Elementary School, and Head O’ Meadow Elementary School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Each program will run for one hour. The programs for May 13-14 will offer parents new ideas for communicating the teenagers, tips for giving children a positive and happy outlook, and ways to help children manage transitions.

  • Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Welcomes Spring

    A gathering of Housatonic Valley Waldorf School students, faculty, staff, family members, and other invited guests welcomed spring on Friday, May 2, with traditional Maypole, and Morris & Sword dances. All grade level students at the school began the event, an annual tradition, by performing the song “Hal ‘n Tow,” according to Patricia Campbell, who directed the students and acted as the events announcer, while dancing. Friday’s event marked the 23rd Annual May Fair held by Housatonic Valley Waldorf School.