- Friday, January 2, 2015
For Newtown’s public schools 2014 was an eventful year. Students raised money for causes and charities, completed projects, and demonstrated a range of abilities throughout the year.
The start of 2014 had Newtown Middle School students testing their knowledge in the school’s final round of the National Geographic Geography Bee, on January 9. After a number of rounds, student Michael Arena was named as the school’s winner.
- Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Middle Gate Elementary School music teacher Tina Jones was ready in the school’s gymnasium on Tuesday, December 23, when students walked in for an assembly.
“This is our Middle Gate musical winter sing-a-long!” Ms Jones announced, wearing a festive hat and outfit.
After introducing students to the assembly, Ms Jones seated herself at a piano and led students and faculty through singing a Winter Fantasy and Jingle Bells combination.
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
Middle Gate Elementary School students were offered a challenge during two school assemblies on Wednesday, December 10: to conduct at least 1,000 acts of kindness by the end of the school year.
“We’re here to talk about kindness,” said Middle Gate third grade teacher Claire DeSisto, who welcomed students to the first Community Circle assembly last Wednesday.
Kindness, as Ms DeSisto pointed out to the students, is something the school community has discussed and focused on before.
- Friday, December 12, 2014
Middle Gate Elementary School’s PTA’s 2nd Annual Snowflake Festival was underway with people milling between vendors, shopping for used ornaments, and children participating in crafts and events in the school’s cafeteria by noon on Saturday, December 6.
The event ran from 10 am to 3 pm and included vendors, crafters, raffles, treats, baked goods, and the used ornament sale. Guest vendors for the event included A Bead of Roses, Newtown MediSpa, and Ben’s Bells Newtown.
- Thursday, November 13, 2014
Each of Newtown’s four elementary schools held Veterans Day ceremonies or events on Tuesday, November 11.
Before a flag ceremony was conducted at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, Principal Barbara Gasparine announced her gratitude over the school’s loudspeaker for all who joined the school for their celebration of Veterans Day.
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Middle Gate Elementary School entered “lock-in” mode for about 45 minutes on Wednesday, October 22, while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the presence of an unidentified man who was spotted on the school grounds.
There were no injuries in the incident, police said.
Through their probe, police determined that situation amounted to “a misunderstanding,” said police Sergeant David Kullgren.
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
A very traditional field day event, scooter races had pairs of students rolling across a section of playground, racing against three other teams.
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014
As students arrived at Middle Gate Elementary School on Wednesday, June 18, for the final day of the 2013-14 school year, music teacher Tina Jones stood waiting to greet students who were dropped off by parents.
With her arms wide open, as if ready to hug each of the students, Ms Jones sang, “Happy last day of school.”
For some students she had a cheer at the ready.
- Friday, June 6, 2014
Middle Gate Elementary School’s PTA hosted a “Middle Gate Madness” event Friday evening, May 23.
Although the rainy weather affected a number of planned outdoor activities, many of the attractions were moved inside and the event, from there, reportedly went off without a hitch.
- Friday, May 2, 2014
Middle Gate Elementary School fourth grader Owen Reinhart presented Noah Webster during the school’s Living Biographies project on Friday, April 25.