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  • NHS Slates College Financial Aid Night

    The Newtown High School Counseling Department is sponsoring a College Financial Aid Night in the school’s cafetorium on Wednesday, January 8, beginning at 7. The event is designed to help parents and students answer any questions they might have about financing a college education, completing the FAFSA form, and more.

  • Creative Writing: Fiction For Young Adults To Be Offered At Booth Library

    The Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer Fiction this winter. Students in grades 6-8 who love to write will be led by Wally Wood, teacher, author and Newtown resident, with assistance from Linda Strange, a a committed volunteer assistant in the Creative Writing program and teacher in Waterbury. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing short stories in progress as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people. The writing group is a great opportunity for young writers to hone their skills and develop their own technique. The prompts and exercises will focus on building characters, describing place, creating situations, and developing a story’s framework. The group will meet from 6 to 8 pm on six Tuesday evenings: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, and 11; February 18 will be a make-up date if necessary. There is a limit of ten students in grades 6-8. There is no fee. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions, and preference is given to Newtown students and residents.

  • HOM Students Learn About The Gift Of Giving

    For Head O’ Meadow’s Holiday Shop this year, PTA members set up something different. Every item offered in the Holiday Shop, which was set up on the cafetorium’s stage behind closed curtains December 12 and 13, was $4. The items ranged from candies to candles. For each item the student purchased, $1 was given to a charity...

  • Newtown VFW Names Patriot Pen Winners

    The Newtown VFW Post #308 named its winners for the Patriot Pen essay contest during several recent presentations. Last week, VFW Post #308 representatives also announced the winner of the Patriot Pen Voice of Democracy Award as Newtown High School senior ...

  • Hawley Sing-Along Promotes Community

    Hawley Elementary School Student Council members were ready on Friday, December 13, to hold doors and welcome fellow students to the school’s gymnasium for a special all-school sing-along. For a month before the event, the entire school spread kindness through an initiative launched on November 14, according to Principal Jo-Ann Peters-Edmondson. In a letter sent home to parents, Ms Peters-Edmondson explained students read the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today, by Carol McCloud...

  • Homes From The Heart

    A collection of 26 birdhouses and feeders have been hand painted with love and care by Girl Scout Troop 50599 and Girl Scout Troop 50059 members to honor the victims of 12/14. The houses and feeders were hung on a birch tree in Ram Pasture on Wednesday, December 12, by the Girl Scouts and their leaders — Clare Harrison and Gina Wolfman, who lead Troop 50599, and Nancy Gotschlich, leader of Troop 50059. Eighth grader Elle Sauli thought of the idea last spring, and researched the interests, hobbies, and passions of each person being honored. Nancy Duffy, former co-leader of Troop 50059 and a Sandy Hook Elementary School staff member, coordinated with teachers at the school to help with the project. Rob Kaiser, a troop 50599 dad and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission representative, donated the name plates...

  • Classes 4 Classes Expanding A ‘Social Curriculum’ Of Giving Back

    The overwhelming support that flowed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in so many varying forms after the events of 12/14 inspired then-teacher and Greenwich resident Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis to do something in return. Ms Roig-DeBellis is currently taking a leave of absence from teaching at the school, and is focusing for the time being on a nonprofit organization that hopes to reach each child in the country. The mission of Classes 4 Classes, for which Ms Roig-DeBellis is also serving as executive director, is to teach children that all lives "are not separate but rather completely connected, and that everyone has the power to take action and create positive change.” The website, according to the Classes 4 Classes mission, provides a platform to engage students “in learning a social curriculum, not by talking about kindness and empathy but by living it

  • Schools Participate In ‘An Hour Of Code’

    During Computer Science Education Week, observed December 9 to 15, Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School, and Reed Intermediate School students have been writing code. “The movement across the nation is to get 10 million students to do an hour of code during that week,” explained NHS’s computer technology teacher Kristin Violette on Friday, December 6...

  • Dance China New York Performers Visit Head O’ Meadow

    Dance China New York performers presented two shows on Monday, November 25, during an assembly for Head O’ Meadow students. Amy Fralley, co-chair of the PTA Cultural Arts Committee and mother of a third grade student, explained she had been researching different assemblies to come to the school. Her goal for bringing Dance China New York to the students was, “to offer diversity to their learning...

  • Sandy Hook Students Dance With Joffrey Ballet School Visitors

    Representatives of the Joffrey Ballet School visited with Sandy Hook School students on Monday, December 2. During multiple presentations in Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School’s gymnasium, students danced along with the visitors as they presented Giles Andreae book Giraffes Can’t Dance...