Reed Intermediate School sixth grade students who were named as the top students in the National Geographic Bee challenge for their clusters competed against each other in the school’s final competition on Thursday, January 15. After 11 rounds and a final championship round, Anika Ledina was named as the school’s champion. Students who participated in the geography bee final competition round at Reed with Anika were Zack Majeski, Lenie Urbina, Patrick Boyle, Katie Ballard, Jackson Morris, Christopher MacNamara, and T.J. O’Connell.
Newtown Middle School students competed in the final school round of the National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, January 13. After six rounds and a final championship round, Jackson Hebner was named as the school’s champion. To participate in the geography bee — which was held after school ended before family, friends, and teachers in the school’s auditorium — students competed in their clusters against their fellow students. As NMS social studies teacher Shari Oliver explained, the “ten amazing students” all competed against roughly 95 other students to be named as their cluster’s champion.
Middle school aged students at Fraser Woods Montessori School surrounded a table set up with a map of the world and game pieces on Wednesday, January 14, to discuss a current world issue.
Responding to the January 7 killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices in Paris, students were charged with focusing on free speech and its importance by creating their own political drawings.
As the school year continues, the students are presented with more world problems to discuss and/or solve in the form of a “Global Game,” thought up by head of humanities and Dean of the Middle School Wendy Musk.
The Newtown based company, Connectologie, LLC, recently announced the creation of a $2,500 Kidologie Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating 2015 Newtown High School senior. Funds for the scholarship will be raised from admission ticket sales at the company’s 3rd Annual Kidologie Gets Ready For Summer event, taking place at Reed Intermediate School on Sunday, March 15.
Newtown Middle School art teacher Arlene Spoonfeather estimated that 30 eighth grade art enrichment students currently have 45 pieces on view at Mine Art Gallery, 117 Church Hill Road. The exhibit opened for family and friends of the students on Saturday, January 10, during an afternoon private showing that had the space filled with people looking at the works and speaking with the artists. The public is invited to visit the show while it remains on view, until January 24.
Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Kathy Gombos told her entire student body seated inside the school’s gymnasium on Tuesday, January 13, “We are all very excited…”
A few moments later Sandy Hook School math/science specialist Kris Feda introduced Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to the assembled students. Ms Feda explained that Mr Nye has made science his career and shared some highlights from his work.
“So let’s give a Sandy Hook School welcome to Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’” Ms Feda said.
Before Head O’ Meadow fourth grade chorus students performed their Winter Concert during the evening of January 7, the students also sang their prepared songs for their fellow students during as assembly on Tuesday, January 6.
Members of the fourth grade Singers group introduced each song sung on Tuesday, and Head O’ Meadow music teacher Cynthia Holberg led her students through each song.
All Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 9, due to deteriorating weather conditions. The decision was announced around 7:30 am following an earlier announcement that all schools would run on a two hour delayed schedule.