Spring is a season of celebration in Newtown’s schools. The goals set by educators and the educated last September finally come within grasp as May warms into June. The achievements are logged, the achievers listed, bands play, choruses sing, performers take their bows, and awards are bestowed. It all culminates with the Newtown High School graduation ceremonies, which took place this week on Tuesday afternoon at the O’Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University.
The 2015 Relay For Life event drew survivors, caregivers, and supporters to the Newtown High School Blue & Gold Stadium on Saturday, June 13.
Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer, and by walking laps around the track and participating in the event, local supporters did their part to raise money for the cause.
Around 5:30 Tuesday, June 16, mortarboards were in the air and a collective roar of applause grew inside the O’Neil Center at Western Connecticut State University as the Newtown High School’s Class of 2015 officially became high school graduates.
WATERBURY — Newtown High School’s musical production of City of Angels, which ran March 19-22, received three awards at the Annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards, which was held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on June 1.
The award winners were announced during the gala. The NHS production had been nominated for 14 awards.
A special celebration was held in the Guidance Department at Newtown High School on Wednesday, May 27, marking the Award of Outstanding Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program from the Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA).
Before the celebration, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, May 19, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, offered his congratulations to NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and NHS Guidance Director Cathy Ostar.
Newtown High School’s musical production of City of Angels, which ran March 19-22, has received 14 nominations for the Annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards.
According to Jane Matson, the production’s director and the high school’s choral director, a gala will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on June 1. The award winners will be announced during the gala. Newtown students are among the multiple performers scheduled for the event.
With players lined up on either side of a table inside the school’s cafetorium, the Newtown High School Chess Club started its annual Open Chess Tournament on Thursday, May 14.
Chess Club Advisor Steve Malary explained the rules of the tournament ahead of the tournament’s start. Dr Malary also shared the possible prizes, which were all donated by local businesses, before the tournament began.
The after-school Unified Theater program at Newtown High School is set to perform an original show, written by the students involved, called The Pages That Bind Us, this Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.
Janice Gabriel, who co-advises the program with Alysia Caffrey, said the show was created by having students separate into groups to write scenes based on a fairy tale theme. Each group of students wrote a scene for the show, according to Ms Gabriel.