An enrollment report was presented to the Board of Education on November 5 confirming the expected decline in student populations over the next decade. Each of the three projection models reported an enrollment decrease over the next ten years, ranging from roughly 28 percent to 17 percent, based on local economic and other conditions. Milone & MacBroom representatives Rebecca Augur and Michael Zuba, a principal planner, presented the enrollment report Wednesday evening. Mr Zuba explained the first five years of the study are more solid, given that they are based on students already in the school district. Looking ahead for the second five years of the study, five to ten years in the future, Mr Zuba said assumptions guide the projections.
Now, more than ever, teenagers not only enjoy but depend on the benefits of technology. While the majority of the nation utilizes technology, teenagers have specifically grown up in a world of iPhones, MacBooks, and Netflix.
Newtown High School students and teachers recently weighed in on how local teens use the Internet and technology.
“I mainly use the Internet on my phone to go through Twitter or Facebook when I’m bored during free period or on the bus,” junior Jessica Petersen said.
Newtown Middle School’s Labels Are For Jars club started preparing for October 31 more than a week before the date arrived.
Meeting on Wednesday, October 22, students in the club sorted candy into small black pouches with the words, “Happy Valentober… Spread the love… Tell someone you love them” written on red labels.
Following Spirit Week at Newtown High School and ahead of the NHS football team taking on Brookfield that night, a pep rally gathered students into the stands at Blue & Gold Stadium near the end of the school day on Friday, October 24.
Students filled the stadium and dotted the athletic field with school colors, as Friday was also Blue & Gold Day during Spirit Week.
Competing against 30 of the best marching bands in the East, Northeast, and Southeast circuits, the Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard not only reached their goal of making it into the finals of the USBands “Music in Motion” power regional, but they came within just two points of first place Saturday, November 1.
The event was held at the stadium of the US Navy-Marine Corps Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Newtown Public Schools district has scheduled a one-hour community conversation to discuss the present K-12 lens of instruction throughout the school district. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 11, in the Newtown High School’s cafetorium, beginning at 7 pm.
Newtown High School students were inducted into the Newtown Chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony on Thursday, October 23.
When Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, spoke near the start of the event, he said he hoped the inductees and their family members could pause from the busy schedule of the day to “revel in the moment.
“If you go back in time — probably 10, 11, or 12 years ago — when your child started their journey in kindergarten, this is a snapshot photo moment,” Dr Erardi said. “This is one of those moments where, as a parent, or a grandparent, or a guardian, or as a close friend, that is a very special moment. It is a partnership. Something has gone awfully well and in the right direction, and you are a big part of why your child is here.”
When Newtown High School senior Sydney Allen began reaching out to businesses on October 7 for help supporting her Junior/Senior Project, she did not know what the response would be. “I am reaching out to local businesses and asking for your consideration to partner with me in my Senior Project,” Sydney wrote in part. “I have committed to remodeling a room for children at Life Haven, a women and children’s shelter located in New Haven.”
Newtown Middle School announced the top three winning creations from this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest this week.
The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or Scarecrow 6, created by Ben Nowacki, Jetson Ku, and Colby Fowler, took first place; the “Dream Catcher” or Scarecrow 31, Casey McClean, Isabella Manfredi, Carly Swierbut, Georgia Filter Calvo, Courtney Carroll, took second place; and the “Out With The Old, In With The New” or scarecrow 29, created by Isabella Wakeman and Grace Howgego, took third place.
For the second year in a row, the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard received the prestigious Cadets Award of Excellence at the USBands New England Championship, held Saturday, October 25, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain.
Awarded to the school that is determined to be the best in show for creativity and showmanship, the Cadets Award of Excellence can be given to any competing band, regardless of size or class level.