HARTFORD—Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, today announced the recipients of a new Arts in Education grant program designed to strengthen arts instruction by facilitating partnerships between schools and artists and arts organizations.
Governor Malloy announced the grant program, making a total of $250,000 available with individual awards up to a maximum of $50,000, in August.
Newtown High School teacher Carol Skolas’s Art Portfolio students had tape in hand and many of their works before them on Wednesday, December 10, as they prepared the pieces for exhibit at C.H. Booth Library.
The artwork, entirely created by NHS students, will be on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, during library hours in the building’s meeting room from Saturday, December 13, to Friday, December 19.
With their final presentations due to be given over the course of three evenings in January, students in this semester’s Newtown High School Junior/Senior Project course practiced for their upcoming presentations.
The Newtown High School World Language Department has announced a need for host families for NHS Chinese guest teacher Amanda Zhang.
Ms Zhang will need a new host family starting January 1, according to NHS World Language Department Chair Paula Greenfield.
Ms Zhang shared a brief description of herself that includes she has been married for eight years and has a 6-year-old daughter. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and traveling. She has been teaching for 11 years.
Following a number of letters sent to Newtown High School students in recent days, the school announced Monday night, November 24, the responsible individual has been determined and measures are being taken.
According to the school the letters, which were received in the mail, contained personal information and “sexually explicit comments.”
Quickly packing canned goods into boxes Friday, November 21 was Danielle Sampson, one of many Newtown High School students helping prepare packages for roughly 80 families in need before Thanksgiving.
Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) member Mandy Monaco oversaw assembly of food and goods packages readied for pick-up Friday at Newtown United Methodist Church hall. The many WIN-terns helped unload cars as more goods arrived, or made sure that each care package was filled.
Todd Ingersoll, president of Ingersoll Automotive, visited Newtown High School on Wednesday, November 5, to donate ten new laptops to the school.
The visit was one in a number of others in the effort to deliver technology to students who otherwise would not have access to computers at home. This was the third annual donation to NHS and other schools in the local area.
With the ten new laptops, Ingersoll Automotive of Danbury has donated 30 laptops in the last three years to NHS.
Drum Major Rachael Fuchs and Color Guard Captain Caitlin “CJ” Jones celebrated their final senior performance of the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard show “Arachne” at MetLife Stadium, November 15.
Newtown High School will present Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23. Written by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me a Tenor is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one-night-only engagement, problems ensue.
The school announced the production on Friday, November 14.