The Board of Education recognized Newtown High School's high-achieving students, Newtown's Math Olympiad participants, and retiring district employees at its Thursday, June 6, meeting.
"Ladies and gentlemen," NHS Assistant Principal Jason Hiruo said, "may I present to you the top five percent of Newtown High School."
The students who achieved grade point averages that rank them in the top five percent of the 2013 NHS graduating class were greeted with applause before the school board and members of the public present for the meeting.
Following an executive session Wednesday, May 29, the Board of Education voted to hire Thomas Einhorn to be principal at Newtown Middle School and Anne Uberti to be principal at Reed Intermediate School for the 2013-14 school year.
According to a release from the school district, Mr Einhorn is currently the acting principal of Hall High School in West Hartford, and was a special education teacher at Sedgewick Middle School, also in West Hartford, before that.
In the final minutes of a marathon five hour meeting May 3 that started with some raw and emotional input from Sandy Hook School staff, a Newtowner who played a key role on 12/14 sat down before a school building task force and described what he was witnessing.
Gene Rosen, who found six students from the school in his neighboring driveway that fateful December morning and sheltered them until parents and police arrived, took a few moments to dial down his own emotions before he spoke.
“I heard the agony of this process,” he said, his voice hitching.
Reed Intermediate School students in Maura Drabik and Todd Stentiford’s cluster presented their “One Person Can Make a Difference” project on Wednesday, April 10, in the school’s cafetorium.
During the presentation parents and invited guests made their way around the school’s cafetorium to visit with individual students, who each presented a different person who has made a difference in the world.
Filmmaker and Bethel native Reid Davenport, 22, came to Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, March 28, and met with two clusters of fifth graders.
Mr Davenport has cerebral palsy, a condition which reduces his ability to regulate his motor functions. His recently completed documentary, Wheelchair Diaries: One Step Up, focuses on accessibility in Europe for people with physical disabilities.
Reed Intermediate School students in Valerie Pagano-Hepburn and Georgia Smith's cluster were surrounded by hearts, stories, and friends and family members on Thursday, January 24, when a recently completed project was celebrated.
After meeting in a floor-level Professional Learning Community, Ms Pagano-Hepburn said the idea was formed to use "heart maps" to help students explore the art of memoir writing.
Ms Pagano-Hepburn said students chose things they are passionate about then added them to a heart, which was later framed.
Reed Intermediate School sixth grade teacher Maura Drabik introduced the assembled school in the school's cafetorium on Monday, January 14, to the conclusion of the National Geographic Geography Bee at Reed.
Each sixth grade student participating in the Geography Bee on Monday represented his or her cluster. The students, Ms Drabik explained, had to pass a number of rounds in their cluster to be named to the championship round.
In light of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, several agencies are be offering open forums for parents, caregivers, nd educators on how to help children and their families. Other organizations will be offering special programs to help children and adults work though what they are thinking and feeling. Residents are reminded that all of Newtown’s clergy have opened their doors for those who are seeking spiritual guidance, whether or not one is a regular attendee of any house of worship.