Newtown High School will host its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday, November 11, at noon.
The event will be held in the high school’s auditorium, and it will recognize men and women who have served or are presently serving the country.
A luncheon will also be served beginning at 11:15 am. All Newtown veterans are cordially invited to attend.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in a number of classes. This week's highlights include courses on retirement finances, Quickbooks, PowerPoint, getting organized, Social Security, essential oils, voice acting, and ballroom dancing.
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard took second place in its eight-band division at a USBands competition at Towson University in Towson, Md., on Saturday, October 17.
Performing their program “Pharaoh’s Legacy,” the Nighthawks tied for first place with Pennsylvania’s Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School in the preliminary rounds before ultimately falling to them in the finals.
A “nice tonal quality” and “great dynamic range” in a “very exciting show” were a few of the comments offered by the USBands judges.
This year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest entries are scheduled to go on display at Newtown Middle School this weekend, starting the evening of October 23, on the front lawn of the school, 11 Queen Street.
Each year NMS eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a larger-than-life scarecrow that can withstand the elements. Students and community members cast their votes for their favorites in dollar donations. The money generated during the voting period is then split among the three top vote-getters and donated to the charities of the winners’ choice.
Scarecrow entries will be installed between the evening of Friday, October 23, and the morning of Saturday, October 24.
Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber spoke with Reed Intermediate School orchestra students during multiple periods at the school on Wednesday, October 14.
Ahead of the first presentation for students, the New Mexico resident explained she was touring New England and was staying in the area with Creative Music Center in Monroe owner Liz Reisman. Ms Sieber also gave a performance at Sound, center for music, creative arts, and mindfulness, at 31 Hawleyville Road, on Saturday, October 17. Ahead of that event, Ms Reisman connected online with Reed orchestra teacher Mardi Smith and set up the October 14 presentations for students.
Fraser Woods Montessori School hosted its annual Fall Family Festival on Saturday, October 17. The event was open to the community and it offered a children’s book fair, crafts, vendors, baked goods, games, face painting, and pony rides.
As part of the Fall Family Festival schedule of events, the school also sponsored its annual 5K Walk/Run on the Fairfield Hills campus earlier in the day. The 5K Walk/Run was open to school families and members of the public.
On Saturday, October 24, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School will host its annual Fall Fair & Craft Market from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine.
The event will include performances of Rumpelstiltskin, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, by the school’s Puppetry Committee. There will also be family dancing led by Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s traditional dance teacher Patricia Campbell at 1:30 pm, along with face painting, crafts, and activities. The event is open to the public and entry is free with small fees for crafts and activities.
The school district announced on Monday, October 19, that its next scheduled community forum is set for Wednesday, October 28, at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
The one-hour discussion will focus on present practice pertaining to safety, security, discipline, and student transitions.
The design of the evening is interactive, with those in attendance expected to partner with administration to discuss the topics.
Glenn Nanavaty, president and treasurer of Newtown Scholarship Association, recently accepted a donation of $1,000 from Joe Hemingway, president of Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, representing the funds for SHOP’s annual scholarship.
An online fundraising campaign on DonorsChoose.org, is still running to fund the purchase of Google Chromebooks for art student use at Newtown Middle School.
Art teacher Leigh Anne Coles started the campaign and announced it Thursday, October 8. The goal is to raise $814 for four Chromebooks. Until October 12 DonorsChoose matched donations, dollar for dollar, and the full project is raising funds through January 27.
As described on the project’s website, the Chromebooks will be used in a “student only” resource center, where students with or without personal technology can access the internet to research and develop inspiration for art designs.