Sandy Hook Elementary School students ventured with parents and Math/Science Specialist Kris Feda to the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Wednesday, June 3, to plant and work on rows overseen by the school community.
Both Reed Intermediate School and Sandy Hook School have two rows at the Victory Garden. An after school group from Reed visits the garden weekly, when planting is seasonal, with Reed teacher Dawn Ford, who was also present to help the Sandy Hook School students on June 3.
The Sandy Hook School Victory Garden rows are maintained by the school’s community as a whole, but students volunteered to spend time working on June 3.
Reed Intermediate School students gathered at the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Friday, June 12, to work as a group on two rows in the garden.
Both Reed and Sandy Hook Elementary School have two rows at the Victory Garden. Sandy Hook's rows are overseen by the school community, and Reed's Rise In Shine group ventures to the garden weekly, weather permitting, to work on its two rows.
Reed teachers Dawn Ford and John Sicbaldi advice the after school group.
Just before students, parents, and school community members entered Hawley Elementary School on Thursday, June 11, art teacher Kim Hossler was still busy, hands covered in wet clay, overseeing some of her students' most recent creations.
Pieces of art created by students during the 2014-15 school year were on display throughout the building — including in the school's library/media center, and along the walls in hallways — for the evening for the school's Art Show.
Hawley Principal Christopher Moretti said Ms Hossler worked hard to make the night possible. The event marked Ms Hossler's first Art Show at Hawley, and Mr Moretti said Ms Hossler is an incredible artist who brings love for art out in her students.
Reed Intermediate School students in Todd Stentiford and Maura Drabik’s sixth grade cluster displayed recently completed projects for a Science Fair on Wednesday, June 3.
According to Mr Stentiford and Ms Drabik, this was the third year students in their cluster have participated in a Science Fair.
Mr Stentiford estimated there were 25 displayed projects, which shared a variety of concepts and studies. The projects, Mr Stentiford said, are based on the sixth grade curriculum.
Reed Intermediate School and St Rose of Lima School students took part in the first interscholastic chess tournament between the two schools Thursday, May 28 at the Reed School.
The tournament was organized by Reed fifth grade math and science teacher and chess club advisor Rich Neeb and Glenn Budzinski, who runs the after-school chess program at St Rose and coaches the Chess Team and Club for both St Rose and Danbury High School.
The matches were determined by the skill of the players, with the opponents switching as the games ended. There were 21 students in attendance from grades 5 to 8. But it wasn’t all competitive, as the players helped each other during their matches.
Student accomplishments made throughout the 2014-15 school year at Sandy Hook Elementary School were celebrated on Monday, June 15, during the school's annual awards assembly.
"We're going to celebrate some of our fourth graders," said Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos near the start of the event, "and everyone, and their really hard work."
The 2014-15 school year, Dr Gombos said, was a "great year" and the school community is ready for the summer.
Middle Gate Elementary School students were treated to a visit by crew and animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Wednesday, June 10, as a thank you to the school’s student body.
As part of the school’s Middle Gate Loves To Read Week, which ran April 6 to 10, the students participated in a coin drive that raised $747.06, all of which went to fund the Beardsley Zoo’s rehabilitating and sheltering of an injured bald eagle named Kodiak.
As a special thanks, Beardsley Zoo Education Curator Jim Knox and educator Jackie Westlein brought animals for the students to meet, including a hawk and a snake.
Head O' Meadow Elementary School Principal Barbara Gasparine welcomed all in attendance for the school's annual Awards Assembly on Tuesday, June 16.
Ms Gasparine said the event was held to celebrate the end of the school year and to celebrate student achievements from throughout the 2014-15 academic year.
Students were recognized during the ceremony for physical education, mathematic, and geography program participation and high marks.
As Middle Gate Elementary School lead teacher Peggy Kennedy thanked parents at the school's end of the year assembly, which was held on Tuesday, June 16, to celebrate the school's graduating fourth grade students, she said the school community is "so, so especially proud of their accomplishments."
Before the fourth grade students were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the school year — including participating in the school's Math Superstar program, the Math Olympiad program, the library/media awards, and the school's Recorder Karate program — a former Middle Gate graduate was introduced to the group.
During two assemblies ceremonies at Newtown Middle School on Tuesday, June 16, students were announced and honored with awards.
NMS Principal Tom Einhorn said during the assembly for eighth grade students that the event was an opportunity to highlight more students than had been highlighted the night before that the school’s Moving Up Ceremony, held Monday, June 15, at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury.
Retiring NMS educators were also recognized during the assemblies, and NMS School Resource Officer Lenny Penna, who will be taking on different duties next school year, was surprised with a frame filled with pictures of his time at the school and a plaque.