On Saturday, April 11, the NHS Varsity Winter Guard, performed a nearly flawless routine of their show “Blu” show at the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Winter Guard Championships, held at Trumbull High School, and came away from the event proudly wearing silver medals in the Scholastic Open division.
It is rare to have winter guard members participate in the full possible eight years, but three Newtown High School Varsity Guard members — Sarah Braga, Courtney Datin, and captain Kelsea Morshuk-Allen — have that distinction, and reflected on their practicing and performing experiences before departing with the 18-member team, including nine other seniors, for the Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships held in Dayton, Ohio, from April 16 to 19.
Fraser Woods Montessori School will host its April open house for parents of prospective students at 10 am on Saturday, April 18, at the school, 173 South Main Street. Faculty, administrative staff, and the director of admissions will be available to conduct guided tours and provide information about the school’s parent/child class, four-day or five-day toddler and preschool programs, as well as full-day kindergarten through middle school programs.
In preparation for a week of reading and ahead of an author’s visit in May, third grade students in teacher Claire DeSisto’s class gave a presentation on Monday, April 6, to kick-off Middle Gate Loves To Read Week.
Two assemblies were held during the day for Ms DeSisto’s students to share their presentation with the full school.
“We hope you enjoy Middle Gate Loves To Read Week,” the students all said together at the end of their first presentation.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda in partnership with elementary school principals will hold a one-hour parent forum on Monday, April 27, starting at 7 pm, in Reed Intermediate School’s cafetorium.
The design of the gathering, according to a release from the district, is to share information with all incoming kindergarten parents on student readiness, parent partnerships, and teacher expectations.
The annual Two Coyotes Family Fun Day is slated for Sunday, April 26, from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road.
Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers kids aged 5 to 16 unique, ongoing, year-round outdoor programs, as well as summer camps, according to a release for the event. The school’s philosophy is derived from the book Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.
The second season of Newtown High School’s revitalized Indoor Winter Percussion ensemble came to a successful conclusion on Saturday, April 4, when NHS brought home a bronze medal in the Marching A division of the Musical Arts Conference Championships, held at Westhills High School, Stamford. Competing against five other high schools from the tri-state region, Newtown narrowly missed silver by 0.5 points, scoring 89.1 to Westhill’s 89.65 and Stamford High School’s winning score of 91.75. Newtown Percussion Director Dave Brush said his group’s success was due in large part to the dedication and passion of its 28 members. Mr Brush added that he was particularly impressed with how well Newtown did, despite weather issues throughout the season.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
Two “Parenting the Positive Discipline Way” classes, funded by the Sandy Hook Community Foundation, have been set.
The classes are for up to 30 Newtown residents and they will be hosted by the Resiliency Center of Newtown, at 153 South Main Street.
Both classes will be held Wednesdays starting April 22, and both classes run for six weeks. Morning and evening hours are available.
The Board of Education voted to schedule the Newtown High School graduation ceremony and the Newtown Middle School Moving Up ceremony during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7. NHS will celebrate its graduation on June 16, while the middle school will host its ceremony on June 15. Both will be held at Western Connecticut State University’s O'Neil Center in Danbury.