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  • Scarecrows To Go On Display Saturday

    This year’s Newtown Middle School My Favorite Scarecrow Contest will be on display and open for voting from this Saturday, October 19, until Sunday, October 27. This year marks the 17th year eighth grade student groups have been challenged to create a larger-than-life scarecrow, designed to frighten away a demon of their choice, that can withstand inclement weather. The scarecrows are then put on display on NMS’s front lawn on Queen Street, voted on by the public for $1 per vote, and the top three winning scarecrow groups receive the proceeds to donate to charities of their choice...

  • ‘Tweens And Teens: Discuss, Explore Issues Rarely Talked About

    Florida-based nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms will be offering “MOVE: Focus” on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to 6:30 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. “MOVE: Focus” is a one-day workshop led by professional counselors where attendees will explore issues that are rarely talked about, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. The discussion will cover what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how students can make a difference. The workshop is open to all students in grades 8–12 in the area. MOVE will be taught by licensed mental health counselor Aaron Moore and registered mental health intern Denny Kolsch. “It’s a free conference that will tackle the issues of depression, anxiety, and suicide,” said NCC Youth Minister Allysa De Wolf, who also said the event is “not a religious event but is open to students from all backgrounds.”

  • Band & Guard Earn ‘Bests’ At Freedom Cup Competition

    Competing against 19 marching bands from around the Northeast, the Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard, under the direction of Kurt Eckhardt, was awarded Best Percussion, Best Music, and Best Guard at the USBands Regional Freedom Cup, held outside Philadelphia October 11 to 13. Judges scored Newtown 81.2, the school’s best showing thus far in US Bands competition...

  • Open Mic For Newtown Youth

    Young adult poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers are all invited to share their share your talents at Saturday Night Open Mic, an event being planned for Newtown Youth (grades 6-12) at Newtown Congregational Church on Saturday, October 26. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and other instruments will be available. Each performer will be given approximately five minutes. Space may be limited to 20 performers total and sign-up is first come, first serve.

  • Newtown Prevention Council Hears Substance Abuse Survey Results

    Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) heard a summary last month of the 2013 Youth Survey Report by Archie Swindell of Quantitative Services. The news received during the September 19 was mixed. The survey found that local youth are smoking less… tobacco, that is. Marijuana is another thing. The survey was sponsored by Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Public Schools through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. It was administered in April. The results had previously been presented to the Board of Education during its August 20 meeting.

  • Scarecrows To Return To Queen Street

    This year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Contest will mark the 17th year of the annual event, according to Newtown Middle School art teacher Claudia Mitchell. Each year eighth grade student groups are challenged to create a larger-than-life scarecrow, designed to frighten away a demon of their choice, that can withstand inclement weather...

  • Grasso Festival Highlights Local Marching Bands And Guards

    It was “standing room only” on Saturday, October 5, as Newtown High School hosted the 17th Annual Joseph P. Grasso Marching Band Festival, which featured nine competing bands and the 123-member Newtown Marching Band and Guard in exhibition. Thirty graduating Newtown High School seniors and their parents were saluted after the musicians and color guard performed in their final “Home Show” to a packed and appreciative crowd...

  • NMS Elects Student Council Representatives

    Newtown Middle School students voted for the school’s 2013-14 Student Council after contenders for the different council positions gave prepared speeches on Friday, October 4. Competing for the position of president were Michael Arther, Cathy Hyeon, Allie Paynter, and Justice Zoto. Vying for the position of vice president were Robert DiSibio, Harrison Farah, Ben Talbot, and Sophia Zimmerman. Contenders for the position of treasurer were Lucy Draper, Hana Rosenthal, and Will Stenz. Students who ran for spokesperson were Taylor Clark-Paivo, Angela Fiorella, and Angella Kousidis...

  • Glenna Orr Visits St Rose School

    St Rose of Lima School students were visited by author Glenna C. Orr on Tuesday, September 24. Ms Orr is also a reading specialist who has two masters degrees and has taught school in five states and in the Department of Defense school system in Germany, according to a biography. She serves as a board member for the Reading is Fundamental group of Northern Virginia. She is also the director of Kind Kids, Inc, a nonprofit organization based out of Arlington, Va., that focuses on instilling volunteerism in community activities while promoting reading for kids. Ms Orr’s books all promote the Kind Kids focus on community volunteerism...

  • NHS Chinese Teacher Meets Holocaust Survivor

    Newtown High School Chinese teacher Xiafeng “Fosfor” Wang visited with a Holocaust survivor recently thanks to a connection between the survivor and his Newtown host Rita Frost. Mr Wang has been a part of the NHS World Language Department since August of 2012. As part of the international guest teacher program sponsored by The College Board, Asia Society, and Hanban, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, Mr Wang is on a short-term stay from China to enhance NHS’s Mandarin program and support the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) as it helps to bring cultures and language to the Newtown schools...