The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.
Remo — a California-based company that produces drumsets, world percussion instruments, and drumheads, according to its website — recently donated $2,500 worth of drum/percussion heads and supplies to Newtown High School for use by the school’s bands.
The donation was facilitated by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, and was received at the school by Monday, September 16. NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said the donation was the first of its kind.
Since midsummer, Newtown High School Marching Band and Color Guard members have been busy preparing for this year’s competitions and shows, including the upcoming annual home show, set for Saturday, October 5.
Looking at the season, with rehearsals and competitions already scheduled, NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said this week that he is “looking forward to seeing this band continue to grow.”
Residents of all ages were welcomed on Saturday, September 14, inside Newtown High School’s cafetorium for the NHS Kindness Club’s Day of Kindness.
The event, organized by NHS Kindness Club advisor Lisa Sheridan, gathered Stars of Hope, Newtown Kindness, Ben’s Bells Newtown, Hearts of Hope Newtown, Actively Caring For People, and comfort dogs together to offer kindness-fostering activities.
Newtown High School’s March musical production may be months off, but NHS Choral Director Jane Matson has her sight set on the “second star to the right,” with hopes that sponsors can be found to cover costs.
Ms Matson said sponsors are needed as soon as possible for the school’s planned production of Peter Pan, based on the story by the same name by J. M. Barrie.
UPDATE (Thursday, September 12, 2013; 3:15 pm): Organizer Lissa Sheridan has announced that comfort dog Spartacus will not be attending Day of Kindness at NHS. Aggie and Maggie, who had already been announced, will be joined by Brady, Haley, Jessie, Nessa and Kodi from Newtown Therapy Dogs.
I will never forget the morning of 9/11. My guess is that most of you remember how beautiful and blue the sky was that day and exactly where you were. I am sure that many of you knew someone affected on that horrible day. Our children were toddlers, their memories of September 11 are really ours, but it is their history. The war that ensued is their history, some have siblings who are fighting for our country.
Newtown High School applied technology teacher Tom Swetts is hoping to raise money to improve the NHS auditorium before he retires at the end of this school year.
When he started working at the school 19 years ago, Mr Swetts said he was asked to create a five-year plan for maintaining the auditorium. Since then, Mr Swetts said the auditorium has been placed lower on the district’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) each year.
In recent budget cycles, Newtown High School has prioritized needed preparations for an anticipated 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) visit, including additional teaching positions.
Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said on Friday, August 30, the date of that visit has finally been announced.