The Newtown VFW Post #308 named its winners for the Patriot Pen essay contest during several recent presentations.
Last week, VFW Post #308 representatives also announced the winner of the Patriot Pen Voice of Democracy Award as Newtown High School senior Brittany Pearson. The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school seniors. As the award winner in Newtown, Brittany’s entry will go on to the state level of the competition.
The Newtown High School Book Club had its first meeting on Monday, September 30, to talk about its current book, Divergent by Veronica Roth. Huddled around a table in the school’s library/media center, students assigned club officers and discussed the book and more.
Incoming fifth grade Reed Intermediate School students, family members, and friends were welcomed at Dickinson Park on Monday, August 26.
The event was coordinated by the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and was held to offer the school’s newest students a chance to meet with friends while making some new ones. Families were asked to bring a picnic lunch to eat under the park’s pavilion, on a spread-out blanket, or elsewhere at the park.
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.