The Board of Education unanimously selected former Ridgefield High School principal Jeffrey Jaslow to be the interim principal at Newtown High School, effective February 19, during its Tuesday, February 11 special meeting.
Mr Jaslow retired after 36 years at Ridgefield High School in 2012. According to his resume he spent 15 years as a biology teacher, 15 years as an assistant principal, and six years as the school’s principal.
“Welcome aboard,” BOE Chair Debbie Leidlein said after the unanimous vote.
The Newtown High School Guidance Department is scheduled to host a postsecondary planning night for juniors and their parents Wednesday, February 5, at 7 pm, at the school. This night will begin in the main auditorium and will include multiple workshops to cover the “what, when and how” of postsecondary planning.
A Parent Forum, hosted by the Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project, on “Depression vs Normal Teen Behavior: How To Know the Difference” is scheduled Tuesday, February 4, in two sessions at Newtown High School.
The first session will run from 9 until 9:45 am, and the second session will be held from 6 to 7 pm, both in the NHS Main Office Conference Room.
Newtown High School has scheduled an orientation night for eighth grade students and parents for Wednesday, February 12, at 7 pm, starting in the NHS auditorium.
Attendees are invited to arrive early to take tours of the school. The NHS HAWKS Honor Society members will be available to give tours of the building beginning at 5:30 pm. Attendees are asked to allow at least 45 minutes for a tour.
Newtown High School students who took the first semester’s Junior/Senior Project course presented their projects over two nights, January 7 and January 9, at the school.
Each semester the high school offers students the opportunity to undertake a self-directed project of their choosing, which concludes with the presentation before the judges. During the course, each student works with a mentor to investigate his or her project.
Projects are then officially presented before a volunteer panel of judges.
After Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recommended a course of dealing with upcoming state high school graduation requirements, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, January 7, to increase requirements for the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
During the school board’s December 3 meeting, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais outlined possible needs and ways to meet the state’s 2020 graduation requirements.
The Newtown High School has installed new protocols regarding students and visitors entering the building. Although some of these new procedures might be unnecessarily over cautious (drop boxes in vestibule for items to be delivered to students and adults surrendering car keys to security), hopefully these new steps will deter someone with bad intentions from committing violence in the school.