Parents and children are invited to an Open House event at The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, 40 Dodgingtown Road (Route 302) in Newtown, on Saturday, February 2, at 10 am. Waldorf education is a holistic approach to education that incorporates art, movement, and music into virtually every academic subject. In the early years, play is emphasized. Play, along with teacher guided activities, allows the child's cognitive abilities to unfold in a way that strengthens their desire for learning, according to the school. The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is Connecticut’s only pre-kindergarten through eighth grade Waldorf School.
Reed Intermediate School sixth graders who made it through preliminary tests into the school’s Geography Bee faced off on Tuesday, January 14. Cole Morelli emerged as the school champion. Reed sixth grade teacher Maura Drabik introduced an assembly of students to the school’s cafetorium for the event, and explained the proceedings and background of the National Geographic Geography Bee at Reed.
Newtown High School students who took the first semester’s Junior/Senior Project course presented their projects over two nights, January 7 and January 9, at the school. Each semester the high school offers students the opportunity to undertake a self-directed project of their choosing, which concludes with the presentation before the judges. During the course, each student works with a mentor to investigate his or her project.
Newtown Middle School students in the Lexus Eco Challenge group The Mean Green Machines recently met with their school principal and Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed to discuss future plans for their group’s project. Team members of the Mean Green Machines are Nicole Germak, Romy Gold, Daniel Grosso, Dylan Sock, Joshua Dunn, and Cassidy Kortze.
The Newtown High School Gay Straight Alliance’s new website was created by NHS senior and club member Bethany Dubois as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. “I’ve been loosely involved with GSA since I was a freshman, and this year this is part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project,” she said. Girls working toward their Girl Scout Gold Award project, Bethany said, have to choose an issue that is important to them and create a project based on that. “So I wanted to work with our GSA to make a safe space online, because this club is really great and there is a lot of really cool people here. But there’s a lot of people that are unable to come to a club like this.”
Fraser Woods Montessori School will host its January Open House for parents of prospective students from 6:30 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 30, at the school, 173 South Main Street. For this open house, Fraser Woods will present a parent education experience known as The Montessori Journey. It is designed to show parents exactly what children experience in the Montessori classroom at all levels from early childhood through middle school. Faculty, administrative staff, and the director of admissions will be available to conduct guided tours and provide information about the school’s four- or five-day toddler and preschool programs as well as full-day kindergarten through eighth grade programs and a new parent and child program, Little Bears for children 18 months to 3 years and a caregiver.
St Rose of Lima School is scheduled to hold an Open House on Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 3 pm. The event will include guided tours of the pre-school and kindergarten through eighth grade school; meeting faculty, school administration members, current parents and students; visiting classrooms and other instructional rooms; and learning about the school’s curriculum, including foreign languages, art, music, technology, physical education and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. Additionally, New Family Registration for the 2014-15 school year will take place in the school library during the Open House hours.
Sophie Ackert, a member of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA), said this week that the group is hoping for more people to take part in its “Green Post-It Project.” The project, she said, was begun by Jr NAA members to help people “realize that even small acts of kindness can mean a lot.” Sophie explained that people are asked to participate by writing notes on green-colored Post-It notes. Participants are then asked to place the note or notes somewhere in their community for others to find...
After Newtown Middle School students faced off in the school’s final round of the National Geographic Geography Bee on Thursday, January 9, student Michael Arena was named as the school’s winner. “This is our 2014 Newtown Middle School Geography Bee,” announced NMS social students teacher Andrew San Angelo at the start of the event...
Artwork created by five students at Newtown High School is featured in the 2014 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards show, on display at the Tilpe Gallery, at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in West Hartford. The works by Rebecca Ainley, Hannah Godbout, Katherine Jennings, Abigail Kohler and Isabella Saraceni will remain on view until January 29. The show is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. According to NHS art teacher Carol Pelligra the pieces were juried from over 1,200 entries from throughout the state. Ms Pelligra said each of the students who have work featured in the show are “remarkable kids, and they all worked so hard.”