• Learning About Sacrifice

    To the Editor:

    I am not a veteran but was very pleased to see the coverage in The Bee of the events held at schools all over Newtown to remember and honor our veterans. It is fitting that our schools plan these activi-ties for youngsters to learn about the sacrifices that the members of our armed forces have made and continue to make in order for us all to enjoy freedom.

    Great that schools were open and students had this opportunity, and great that The Bee has shared it with all of us. Thanks for another day brightener.

  • Veterans Day Celebrated

    Veterans were welcomed into schools across the district on Wednesday, November 11, for celebrations and assemblies commemorating Veterans Day.

    At Newtown High School veterans enjoyed a lunch catered by the high school’s culinary students before an assembly in the school’s auditorium. Members of the NHS Chamber Choir and the NHS Band performed songs during the ceremony, like the “Star Spangled Banner,” and “American Salute.”

  • A School-Year Convocation

    The convocation on Monday of educators and school district staff at Newtown High School was true to its name, which according to its Latin root (convocare) is a great calling together. The Board of Education, Legislative Council, selectmen, finance board members, school administrators, teachers, and professional and skilled staff members gathered to acknowledge the start of a new school year and to appreciate the portents in this moment of their togetherness.

  • Don’t Rely On Others To Pass The Budget

    To the Editor:

  • Newtown Schools Collect For WIN

    Some of the local schools held food drives recently to collect items for Women Involved in Newtown’s (WIN) Thanksgiving Baskets campaign. WIN volunteers collected donations from the schools on Friday, November 21.

    (Read more about WIN’s full Thanksgiving Baskets campaign here. )

  • Schools Closed Wednesday, Due To Weather

    The Newtown Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, November 26, due to anticipated weather.

    The school disctrict announced the decision Tuesday on its website, www.newtown.k12.ct.us, sharing that all Newtown Public Schools will be closed for Wednesday. 

  • A District Of Distinction

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, conducted his first Parent/Community Forum September 18 in a packed lecture hall at Newtown High School. The evening’s topic was a question brimming with engagement and hope: What must take place for your son/daughter to have their absolute best school year? Our initial response to the question was not a direct answer but a general observation: How far we have come in how we communicate with our school officials over the past three years.

  • In Appreciation Of Jazz Band Directors

    To the Editor,

    On behalf of all students in any of the four Newtown Public Schools Jazz Bands, I would like to thank all of our Jazz Band Directors. The directors of the Reed Jazz Ensemble are Phillip Beierle and Robert Nolte. The director of the Newtown Middle School Jazz Ensemble is Mark Mahoney. The director of both the Newtown High School Blue and Gold Jazz Ensembles is Kurt Eckhardt.

  • A New Piece In The Budget Puzzle

    Newtown’s school and municipal officials have a new piece to fit into the town’s annual budget puzzle this year — a new priority, a new expense, a new conundrum. As the town transitions from the various ad hoc arrangements it established in the wake of 12/14 to better secure local schools, the Board of Education, at the urging of First Selectman Pat Llodra, has proposed a security budget totaling just under $3 million that is separate from the school board’s proposed $71.5 million operating budget for 2014-15.

  • The One That Got Away

     To the Editor:

    I am confused. If Charles Dumais is such a great principal that he got hired away by another school district as a superintendent, why wasn't he considered for our  next superintendent of schools?  Was he asked?  If he was asked, did he refuse?

    The way John Reed extolled his virtues, he would have ended our search.  I wish someone could explain this whole thing.  It doesn't make sense to me.

    Louise Baker