Reed Intermediate School and St Rose of Lima School students took part in the first interscholastic chess tournament between the two schools Thursday, May 28 at the Reed School.
The tournament was organized by Reed fifth grade math and science teacher and chess club advisor Rich Neeb and Glenn Budzinski, who runs the after-school chess program at St Rose and coaches the Chess Team and Club for both St Rose and Danbury High School.
Reed Intermediate School's 2015 Pushcart Warriors have broken the school's previous record, by earning more than $5,900 to use toward a charity of the students' choosing.
Pushcart Day was held on Tuesday, June 9, for this year's students, with sixth graders in Petrice DiVanno and Matt Dalton's cluster, Lil Martenson and Michelle Vaccaro's cluster, Maura Drabik and Todd Stentiford's cluster, and Georgia Smith and Valerie Pagano-Hepburn's cluster all participating.
Reed Intermediate School’s Library/Media Center was taken over for a period of time on Wednesday, June 3, by a Renaissance Faire.
Sixth grade students in Michael Corvello and Ellen Buckley’s cluster had projects on display during the faire. Other clusters at the school were welcomed to venture through the library to learn about the projects, and parents and family members were also invited for the event.
A school effort that began with a book has built a school in Liberia.
Reed teachers Valerie Pagano-Hepburn, Lil Martenson, Patrice DiVanno, and Karen King visited Newtown Middle School on Friday, June 5, to share the news with former Reed students, who gathered into the NMS’s auditorium during two assemblies.
“It’s so exciting. You’re going to be blown away,” said Ms Pagano-Hepburn to her former students before Ms King shared the story of how the school came to be built.
A sign was set up at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, May 14, welcoming Broadway and movie actress Lilla Crawford and Tony Award-winning producer Van Dean to the Trades Lane school.
Mr Dean, who is also executive producer and co-founder of Broadway Records, said he arranged the meeting after learning that Reed students were then preparing to perform Annie Jr, and to continue his efforts of supporting students in the community following the events of 12/14.
The 16th Annual Newtown Night Of Jazz brought the district’s four jazz ensembles together to perform for the community during the evening of Thursday, May 7, at Newtown High School.
The Reed Intermediate School’s Jazz Ensemble performed under the guidance of Directors Robert Nolte and Phil Beierle, the Newtown Middle School Jazz Band performed under the guidance of Director Mark Mahoney, and the Newtown High School Gold and Blue Bands were directed by Kurt Eckhardt.
With Reed Intermediate School’s musical production of Annie Jr set to take the stage this Friday, May 8, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm, Director Sharon Vetrano said on May 5, the students and everyone involved in the production are excited.
“They are absolutely amazing,” said Ms Vetrano before a run-through rehearsal started on Tuesday. “They worked so incredibly hard.”
The plot of Annie Jr follows a young orphan girl as she searches for a family.