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  • Newtown Continuing Education Classes Available

    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 www.newtowncontinuinged.org...

  • NHS Counseling Office Schedules ‘Financing College’ Presentation

    The School Counseling Office at Newtown High School is sponsoring an evening presentation titled “Financing College,” on Wednesday, October 8, at 7 pm, in the lecture hall of the high school, 12 Berkshire Road. The program will be conducted by Charles Wareham, a financial advisor for LPL Financial in Hartford. The event is not a sales presentation, but will provide information that will benefit students and parents.

  • Victorinox Donates To Reader’s Workshop

    After the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School, Victorinox Swiss Army Director of Marketing Renee Hourigan said the Monroe-based company wanted to help the Newtown Public Schools somehow. “There was an overall desire to make a gesture of some kind,” said Ms Hourigan, who explained, at first, multiple options were presented to the school district...

  • Singing Peace Around The World

    Fraser Woods Montessori School students gathered outside the school on Friday, September 20, to sing, continuing a worldwide acknowledgement of this year’s International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21. Fraser-Woods Montessori School student sang “Light a Candle for Peace” at 11 am, as students, faculty, staff, and school family members joined hands in a circle on the school’s back field...

  • Students Learn Lobbying Skills

    When Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) scheduled a trip to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members, for September 17 to 19, the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) group at Newtown High School also planned to go. Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots organization created in the weeks after 12/14 to reduce gun violence through legislation and broader cultural change. Jr NAA is led by teens. Looking back on the trip this week...

  • Remo Donates To NHS Bands

    Remo — a California-based company that produces drumsets, world percussion instruments, and drumheads, according to its website — recently donated $2,500 worth of drum/percussion heads and supplies to Newtown High School for use by the school’s bands.

  • NHS Band & Guard Preparing For Annual Grasso Festival

    Since midsummer, Newtown High School Marching Band and Color Guard members have been busy preparing for this year’s competitions and shows, including the upcoming annual home show, set for Saturday, October 5. Looking at the season, with rehearsals and competitions already scheduled, NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said this week that he is “looking forward to seeing this band continue to grow.” The strongest senior class he has ever seen in his years of teaching graduated last year, Mr Eckhardt said. That left 40 open spots, but Mr Eckhardt said new band members filled the spaces perfectly...

  • Open House At The Little Red School House

    Newtown Historical Society will host its Annual Children’s Day at The Little Red School House on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, October 6, from noon until 2 pm. Costumed docents will conduct “class” inside the schoolhouse for ages 5-10, and then recess activities will take place outside. Docents will teach and organize colonial games, such as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races, and Tug of War. In the event of rain, class will still be held, but outside events will be cancelled.

  • Art With Heart: Chill & Spill Training Opportunity For Adults Who Work With Tweens & Teens

    Chill & Spill is a therapeutic curriculum and hands-on approach developed by Seattle-based Art with Heart that teaches creative expression as a tool to reach reluctant youth, as well as to engage groups. The program also helps youth increase self-awareness and manage difficult emotions; encouraged coping skills, as well as social and emotional learning (SEL); and provides a “heal the healer” opportunity for youth care professionals. Adults who directly deal with teens and would like to be trained in this creative way to aid in their mental health are invited to participate in a workshop being offered at Newtown Congregational Church. Sessions are planned for Friday, October 4, from 3 to 7 pm, and Saturday, October 5, from 8:30 until 5:30 pm.

  • Sponsors Sought For NHS March Production Of ‘Peter Pan’

    Newtown High School’s March musical production may be months off, but NHS Choral Director Jane Matson has her sight set on the “second star to the right,” with hopes that sponsors can be found to cover costs. Ms Matson said sponsors are needed as soon as possible for the school’s planned production of Peter Pan, based on the story by the same name by J. M. Barrie. Ms Matson said she chose Peter Pan for its family friendly and uplifting tone. It is a good time, she says, to provide a show that is accessible for the whole family, like the high school’s 2011 production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat...