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  • NMS Students Learn How Reed Project Created A Well In Liberia

    When roughly 100 students made their way into the Newtown Middle School auditorium on Thursday, February 20, their former Reed Intermediate School teachers were waiting for them to deliver a message: children in Liberia are drinking clean water thanks to them.

    As the students entered, many shared hugs with their former teachers — Valerie Pagano-Hepburn, Georgia Smith, Petrice DiVanno, and Lil Martenson — before sitting down for a presentation.

  • Reed Crowns Geography Bee Champion

    Reed Intermediate School sixth graders who made it through preliminary tests into the school’s Geography Bee faced off on Tuesday, January 14. Cole Morelli emerged as the school champion.

    Reed sixth grade teacher Maura Drabik introduced an assembly of students to the school’s cafetorium for the event, and explained the proceedings and background of the National Geographic Geography Bee at Reed.

    Each sixth grade student participating in the Geography Bee represented his or her cluster.

  • Newtown VFW Names Patriot Pen Winners

    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.

  • What Will Newtown’s Community Leaders Be Doing On 12/14?

    Prior to an open press conference conducted by several elected Newtown officials and community leaders to discuss issues around the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, those individuals sat down with The Newtown Bee for an exclusive video interview with the hope that it would be an opportunity for them to speak directly to residents, readers, and visitors to NewtownBee.com.

  • Reading Choices From NHS, NMS, And Reed

    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.

  • New Beginnings At The Bus Stop

    It is a paradox of human relations that the ones we hold closest to our hearts thrive when we loosen our grip. Given what we know about child development and education, it is easy for parents to see the sense of it. But Tuesday morning, as children headed out to the bus stops, this small “letting go” for the coming school year may have, for many, proved to be a most difficult moment of surrender. Newtown is no longer a town where people can find consolation by telling themselves that things always turn out for the best.

  • Reed Students Conduct A ‘Science Expo’

    For a portion of the day on Thursday, May 30, some of the Reed Intermediate School’s sixth grade classrooms had science experiments on display for other Reed students to witness.

    Reed sixth grade teacher Georgia Smith said she was very impressed by what the students were capable of accomplishing during the school’s first “Science Expo.”

    “A lot of this was done at home,” said Ms Smith. “We gave them the criteria and they ran with it.”

  • BOE Recognizes Top Students, Retiring Employees

    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.

  • School Board Hires NMS, Reed Principals

    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.

  • School District Implements Budget Freeze

    The Board of Education was informed at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the district has implemented a budget freeze for the current spending year.

    With the end of the current fiscal year approaching, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and district Business Director Ronald Bienkowski explained why the school district has implemented a budget freeze that will only allow costs that are considered “musts” to go through.