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  • NHS Students Dance, Learn About Argentina

    Newtown High School Spanish 4 students participated in the school’s annual Argentina Day on Thursday, April 10. For the day, students studied the history of Argentina in the school’s computer lab, illustrated stories they read about Argentina in the library, ate Argentinean food in the Lecture Hall, and learned how to tango in the gymnasium. Ballroom and Latin dance instructor Deb Linley, who works primarily out of Vitti’s Dance Studio in Danbury and also offers lessons through her website dancin4joy.com, showed students how to tango before she opened the floor up for the students to practice...

  • NHS Best Buddies Promote ‘Spread The Word To End The Word’ Though A Video

    A video created by the Newtown High School Best Buddies Club with the high school’s Tech Team was shared on YouTube on March 28. Since then the video, which promotes pledging to ban the use of the “R-word,” has had nearly 400 views. According to NHS senior and Best Buddies Club President Charlotte Gray, the club has helped share the Spread the Word To End The Word Campaign each school year. The NHS Chapter of Best Buddies — a program fostering one-on-one friendships between high school students and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities — is advised by Jill Gonski and Mimi Riccio...

  • Author Sara Pennypacker Helps Celebrate Middle Gate Loves To Read Week

    As part of its Middle Gate Loves To Read Week, celebrated April 7 to 11, students at the school heard a presentation and met author Sara Pennypacker on Monday, April 7. “It’s still amazing that Sara Pennypacker is here,” said Middle Gate language arts consultant Mary Blair before the presentation began. Ms Pennypacker’s visit was sponsored by the Middle Gate PTA. Ms Pennypacker’s published works include her Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Dumbstruck, The Amazing World of Stuart, Sparrow Girl, and Pierre in Love. As she told Middle Gate students on April 11, she writes about one book a year, and she works “wherever my head is.”

  • First Newtown High School Composers’ Concert Slated April 23

    This Wednesday the Newtown High School Music Department will inaugurate a new tradition by presenting the first NHS Composers’ Concert, according to music teacher Chris Lee. The event will take place on April 23 at 7 pm in the high school cafetorium, and will feature student work from the school’s music theory and music technology programs. Mr Lee said this week that all of the compositions that will be offered have been composed this school year, some in recent weeks. He also said a combination of electronic works and live acoustic works will be offered during the event. A newly assembled group called the New Music Ensemble will perform the live works, according to Mr Lee...

  • Newtown School Concert Dates

    Students in the Newtown Public School’s Music Department are preparing for upcoming spring concerts scheduled for each school. The following is a recent listing released by the school district of the 2013 Spring Concert dates. Note some concerts are set to be presented at locations other than the school that will be performing. The Newtown High School Composers’ Concert will kick off the spring concert season Wednesday, April 23, beginning at 7 pm at NHS. During the Newtown Middle School’s Celebration of the Arts on April 29, starting at 6 pm, multiple presentations of the school’s music students will be presented at the school...

  • Newtown Public Schools Recognized Nationally For Music Education Efforts

    For the sixth time and the fifth year in a row, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has awarded the Newtown Public Schools for its “outstanding commitment to music education” with its Best Communities for Music Education designation. 

  • A Busy Month For NMS Jazz Students

    The Newtown Middle School Jazz Band traveled to New Hampshire on Friday, March 7, to participate in the University of New Hampshire’s Clark Terry Jazz Festival with the Newtown High School Gold and Blue Jazz Bands, kicking off a busy month for jazz students at the middle school. This was the third year the middle school Jazz Band participated in the festival, and the Blue Band and Gold Band participated in the festival for the second time this year. The Clark Terry University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival includes high school bands, middle school bands, jazz combos, jazz choirs, as well as solo vocalists, according to the University of New Hampshire.

  • ‘Stuck For Buck’ For Pennies For Patients

    Newtown Middle School students had the opportunity last month to attempt to stick technology education teacher Don Ramsey to the wall with duct tape during lunch waves, as part of a fundraiser by the school’s Interact Club for Pennies for Patients. On March 21, students and teachers had the option of paying $1 for a strip of duct tape to be used to attach Mr Ramsey to the wall. The “Stuck For A Buck Day” was part of the annual Pennies for Patients drive to support research by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the brainchild of NMS Interact Club and its advisor, Bruce Moulthrop.

  • NMS Technology Education Exhibition

    Newtown Middle School fourth rotation architectural models and other projects were on display for a Wednesday, April 2, technology education exhibition. The event opened up the technology education room for parents and family members of students with projects on display to visit. NMS technology education teacher Don Ramsey said he invites students to specifically bring younger siblings to the middle school for the exhibition events to give the younger students an idea of what they will be working on at the middle school.

  • NHS Percussion Competes At Musical Arts Championships

    After a multiyear hiatus from competition, the Newtown High School Winter Percussion reemerged this year and scored an impressive 90.1 at last Saturday’s Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Championships held at Stamford’s Westhill High School to take fourth place in a field of seven of the best Percussion Marching A ensembles in the tri-state area. Considered by the judges to be the most improved ensemble of the season, they complimented the 27 members on their professionalism and performance as they missed the bronze medal by just .35 point, an accomplishment almost unheard of for a first-year group. Newtown performed a show titled “Stress,” written specifically for Newtown Winter Percussion by one of its instructors, David Brush. Mr Brush and Richard Lake were co-directors of the ensemble. Other instructors included Steve Surina, Tom Sulzicki, and Alan Amendola.