Newtown High School students were inducted into the Newtown Chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony on Thursday, October 23.
When Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, spoke near the start of the event, he said he hoped the inductees and their family members could pause from the busy schedule of the day to “revel in the moment.
“If you go back in time — probably 10, 11, or 12 years ago — when your child started their journey in kindergarten, this is a snapshot photo moment,” Dr Erardi said. “This is one of those moments where, as a parent, or a grandparent, or a guardian, or as a close friend, that is a very special moment. It is a partnership. Something has gone awfully well and in the right direction, and you are a big part of why your child is here.”
When Newtown High School senior Sydney Allen began reaching out to businesses on October 7 for help supporting her Junior/Senior Project, she did not know what the response would be. “I am reaching out to local businesses and asking for your consideration to partner with me in my Senior Project,” Sydney wrote in part. “I have committed to remodeling a room for children at Life Haven, a women and children’s shelter located in New Haven.”
Newtown Middle School announced the top three winning creations from this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest this week.
The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or Scarecrow 6, created by Ben Nowacki, Jetson Ku, and Colby Fowler, took first place; the “Dream Catcher” or Scarecrow 31, Casey McClean, Isabella Manfredi, Carly Swierbut, Georgia Filter Calvo, Courtney Carroll, took second place; and the “Out With The Old, In With The New” or scarecrow 29, created by Isabella Wakeman and Grace Howgego, took third place.
For the second year in a row, the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard received the prestigious Cadets Award of Excellence at the USBands New England Championship, held Saturday, October 25, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain.
Awarded to the school that is determined to be the best in show for creativity and showmanship, the Cadets Award of Excellence can be given to any competing band, regardless of size or class level.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
High School Elementary Musicianship Mentoring Association (HEMMA) board members said this week that applications are available online for elementary school-aged students to sign up to take part in the program, which will start running in January.
“It’s a fantastic program,” said HEMMA President Richie Sadlon, a senior at Newtown High School.
HEMMA connects elementary students with high school-aged music mentors. Each of the high school students involved in HEMMA receive community service hours in return for mentoring the elementary school-aged musicians.
Newtown Middle School’s 2014-15 Student Council officers were elected on Friday, October 10.
Voting took place in classrooms after contenders for the four positions gave speeches in the middle school’s auditorium.
Competing for the position of president were Bryce Bisset, Jackson Mittleman, and Ben Talbot. Vice president candidates were Lauren Kohler, Alexa Lugo, Declan O’Grady, Meghan O’Rourke, and Sarah Payne. Carly Swierbut was the only student up for the position of treasurer. Contenders for the position of spokesperson were Kevin Gong, Catie Gregory, Julie Hess, and Mark Maksel.
Reed Intermediate School fifth graders were silently assembled around the school’s gymnasium as three wolves, lead by handlers, entered on Monday, October 13. Mission: Wolf is a nonprofit educational wolf sanctuary in Colorado, and its traveling ambassadors have provided its outreach program worldwide. Before the wolves entered the gymnasium, Mission: Wolf Co-Founder and Executive Director Kent Weber and Reed fifth grade teacher Karen King prepared the students. If the students jumped or behaved disrespectfully, Mr Weber warned, the wolves would run out of the gymnasium. Mr Weber also told the students he would show them how wild animals communicate, and he described some techniques to interact with wolves that can also be used with dogs.
Newtown Middle School students set up entries in this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest over this past weekend, and they are on display now through this Sunday, October 26, on the Queen Street School’s front lawn.
Each year, prior to Halloween, groups of eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a “larger than life” scarecrow not only with a theme, but also with the durability to survive inclement weather.
An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015. The Board of Education unanimously approved in September a grant-funded school-based health clinic for the middle school last month.