- Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Across the school district, kindergarteners boarded their buses for the first time ahead of the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, August 25.
At Middle Gate Elementary School volunteers and teachers were already waiting as students stepped off the buses.
Some older students were also on hand to help guide the kindergarteners from their buses and into the school’s library, where kindergarten teachers Tanya LaBonia, Melissa Massett, Dori Parniawski, and Dorothy Schmidt were waiting to introduce themselves.
- Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 9:21 am
The Middle Gate Elementary School hosted its annual PTA-sponsored laser light show for the students to celebrate the end of the school year on Tuesday, June 16.
The show was put on by Prismatic Magic, a countrywide laser light show that travels to schools, according to the group’s website.
Eric “Myster-E” Shandroff with Prismatic Magic was introduced to the assembled students for the celebration in the school’s gymnasium.
- Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:01 am
Middle Gate Elementary School students were treated to a visit by crew and animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Wednesday, June 10, as a thank you to the school’s student body.
As part of the school’s Middle Gate Loves To Read Week, which ran April 6 to 10, the students participated in a coin drive that raised $747.06, all of which went to fund the Beardsley Zoo’s rehabilitating and sheltering of an injured bald eagle named Kodiak.
- Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 am
As Middle Gate Elementary School lead teacher Peggy Kennedy thanked parents at the school's end of the year assembly, which was held on Tuesday, June 16, to celebrate the school's graduating fourth grade students, she said the school community is "so, so especially proud of their accomplishments."
- Thursday, June 11, 2015
Author and illustrator Lita Judge visited three of Newtown’s elementary schools between Monday, May 11, and Thursday, May 14, sharing stories about her life, her pets, and from her books.
Her first visit was to Middle Gate Elementary School on Monday, May 11.
- Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:06 am
Middle Gate Elementary School held its annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Night event for third and fourth graders on Thursday, May 21.
The event, organized by math/science specialist Jill Bracksieck and the school’s math intervention teacher Kristen Delgado, boasted many activities that allowed the students to learn about and explore science and math.
- Friday, May 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm
As part of this year’s Middle Gate Madness event, murals that were created by the school’s community were unveiled in the school’s cafeteria on Friday, May 15.
The effort to create murals began in February, when Susan Rosano, an artist with Arts For Learning Connecticut who recently moved to Vermont, first worked to prepare students and parents to put paintbrush to paper to fill in the first of the nine murals.
- Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:13 am
- Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:17 am
Students inside Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Tuesday, April 28, cheered, clapped, and sometimes participated with the Zuzu African Acrobats performance, which was sponsored by the school’s PTA.
Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler said at the start of the assembly that he was thrilled the school’s PTA was sponsoring the event, because, as he said, he first learned about the Zuzu African Acrobats through an e-mail. He said his first reaction was, “That’s pretty cool.”
- Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:16 am
After first singing their school’s song, Middle Gate Elementary School fourth graders shared a number of songs during an assembly on Thursday, April 23, as a preview for their then-upcoming Spring Concert, which was held in the evening of April 27.
Led by Middle Gate music teacher Tina Jones, the students sang songs like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” “Pizza Love,” “Happy,” and “Nothing More.”
When the group sang “Nothing More,” by the Alternate Routes, different students took turns holding up signs.