A day before participating in the regional event in a National Basketball Association competition, Hawley Elementary School fourth grade students Alex Moore and Bella Gerace shared their excitement. Both students had participated in the schoolwide competition of the NBA-sponsored FIT Dribble Swish & Dish program, in December, and had qualified for the regional event by earning the best performances at the school.
Girl Scouts in Troop 50113 are set to host an event on Monday, February 23, at 7 pm, for children in third through sixth grade to participate in making Hearts of Hope. Participants will paint clay hearts that will be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown. Members of the local Girl Scout troop are working through their Girl Scout Gold Award requirements.
With her family and friends in the audience, Newtown High School junior Mackenzie Page was honored by the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, February 3. The board has a practice of highlighting individuals and groups during celebrations of excellence at its meetings. Mackenzie, who has brought The Great Pumpkin Challenge to Main Street for four years, was the latest to be honored.
Newtown High School student artists have work on view until February 18 in the Jerry’s Artarama-sponsored “Teen Visions 2015, A Connecticut High School Art Exhibit,” hosted at Sacred Heart University’s Art & Design Gallery.
Students who have art in the exhibit are Zoe Brodskey, Haley Kean, Courtney MacDonald, Catherine Menousek, Emily Radatovich, Helena Rezikoff, Brandon Rodriguez, Rory Staack, and Michael Triantafilidis, according to the school.
Members of the Newtown High School Blue Blaze basketball team, part of the state’s Unified Sports program which provides competitive sports opportunities for special needs students, displayed their teamwork, skills, and athleticism in a game against the visiting Bunnell of Stratford Bulldogs on January 29. The athletes brought out their competitive edge for a fun-filled and action packed 40-minute game.
Assisted by partners, some of whom are traditional high school athletes, the Unified Sports participants dribble, pass, shoot, and score during basketball practices and games throughout the winter. The partners can rebound, pass, and give pointers to their peers, but it is up to the athletes to score the baskets. During games, there are three athletes and two partners on the floor at all times.
Newtown Public Schools will be closed Monday, February 2, due to the anticipated weather. The announcement was made around 4 pm on Sunday, February 1. The district also announced that all district offices will be closed on Monday, and all afternoon activities have been cancelled.
Reed Intermediate School students were dressed less casually than normal on Friday, January 23, in honor of a Bay State boy the students learned about through a video online. According to a video created by ESPN’s SportsCenter, Danny Keefe of Bridgewater, Mass., has apraxia, a motor speech disorder, and a flair for style. The Newtown students recently responded with their own fashions.