Newtown High School junior Jonathon Schwartz, 17, got to experience the glitz and glamour befitting a Hollywood red carpet event at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, where the young filmmaker received an award on April 26 for Outstanding History Short presented at the 2013 Connecticut Student Film Festival (CTSFF).
Jonathon accepted the accolade on behalf of a group of Newtown High School students who made a historical documentary entitled Crushed: The Lone Trail of a Vietnam War Veteran.
Nearly 18 months after he first began writing it, Newtown High School senior Alex Lampel had the pleasure of hearing his original orchestral symphony performed by a 100-piece orchestra at Western Connecticut State University’s Ives Concert Hall. Under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, Alex’s work, Chromatic Metamorphosis, was brought to life on Sunday, May 5, as part of the orchestra’s final concert for the season.
As Newtown High School social studies teacher David Foss was just starting one of the afternoon class periods on Tuesday, May 7, a few visitors and colleagues interrupted his lesson plans.
Central Connecticut State University Professor of History Matt Warshauer and Central Connecticut University Assistant Professor John Tully, who is also the president of the Connecticut Council for Social Studies, visited the school on Tuesday to surprise Mr Foss with the John H. Stedman Passion for the Social Studies Teaching Award.
A dinner was held in the Newtown High School cafetorium on Monday, April 29, as a kickoff for the high school’s preparation for its New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) scheduled 2015 visit.
Before that visit, which could come at any time in 2015, a NEASC Steering Committee will be working toward completing a self-study and preparing the school. NEASC is a regional accrediting association that establishes standards for all levels of education.
Newtown High School staff were notified on Tuesday, April 30, that NHS Assistant Principal Jason Hiruo will take on the duties of principal/director of the Area Cooperative Educational Services’ Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven.
“And that e-mail was pretty hard for me to write,” said Mr Hiruo on Friday, May 3.
While Mr Hiruo said he is excited for the next step in his career, he will also have many people to miss in Newtown.
The Newtown High School wind ensemble, orchestra, and choruses will perform the world premiere of Samuel R. Hazo’s Glorificare on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 pm, for all residents who wish to attend. The performance will be in the auditorium at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road.
The public is invited to attend a presentation by Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and activist for the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence; Elliot Fineman, president and CEO of National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC); and Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV).
Newtown High School junior Ridhi Sahani has collaborated with fellow dancers from Newtown, along with dancers from Monroe, to create “Spreading Smiles,” a special performance to be offered on Saturday, May 11, at the high school.
“My goal in putting together this performance is to bring comfort and happiness to people in our community,” Miss Sahani said via email to The Newtown Bee. “After all that we have been through, I want to spread smiles the way I know how to, through dance.