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  • Force Feeding Students And Teachers?

    To the Editor:

    With good conscience I need to speak out to the caring public regarding a serious government intrusion into the local public schools. The reason for this is that politics and academic theory often mix poorly with good teaching practices in the classroom.

  • Superintendent’s Letter Anticipates 12/14 Report Release

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed sent a letter home to district parents on Tuesday, November 19, in advance of an anticipated release of an investigatory report on the shootings of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School.

    The report is expected to be released on Monday, November 25, according to notifications received by local officials. Further details on the report are available here.

  • New Beginnings At The Bus Stop

    It is a paradox of human relations that the ones we hold closest to our hearts thrive when we loosen our grip. Given what we know about child development and education, it is easy for parents to see the sense of it. But Tuesday morning, as children headed out to the bus stops, this small “letting go” for the coming school year may have, for many, proved to be a most difficult moment of surrender. Newtown is no longer a town where people can find consolation by telling themselves that things always turn out for the best.

  • Thanks To Janet Robinson

    (The following letter to departing Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson has been received for publication.)

    Dear Janet Robinson,

  • Heartfelt Thanks To Newtown School Staff

     To the Editor:

    This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone in town, especially our children.  It's hard to put into words my appreciation for the staff at our schools.  You performed your jobs under the most stressful conditions while providing daily comfort and reassurance to your students.

    Thank you for helping us navigate through an unprecedented situation, with unbelievable dedication, courage, and love for our children.

    Lyn Marcum

  • Fourth GE Capital Exec Loaned To Support School District

    General Electric has provided a fourth loaned executive to the town, this time to provide added support to the school district and Board of Education. Joni Capoccitti, who has been with GE for 35 years, will serve as a project manager for the district, alleviating some of the 12/14-related organizational and logistical duties taken on by district staff in addition to their regular responsibilities.

  • Children Leave Schools After 'Modified Lockdown'; Phone Call Threat Received

    The office of the Superintendent of Schools confirmed Monday that Newtown schools were placed in "modified lockdown" in the afternoon. They did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

    At 2:05 pm a phone call was received at Hawley School issuing an "unspecified" threat, according to the superintendent's office. By 3 pm, school buses were authorized to take children home even though Superintendent of Schools had not formally lifted the modified lockdown order.

  • School Board Advised Of Accidental Leak Of Confidential Records

    The Board of Education was notified at its May 7 meeting that a letter was recently sent home to roughly 800 parents to advise them that their student’s information was accidentally shared with a single parent in September.

  • Vote When It Matters The Most

    To the Editor:

    After 12/14, Newtown was the closest, most kind, loving and generous community.  That has helped my family and other families to begin the healing process, but now we are in the dreaded and divisive budget season. 

  • NRA: Conn. Gun-Control Proposal ‘Completely Inadequate’

    WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.

    At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.