• Sandy Hook School Foundation Awards District $500,000 Grant

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, that the Sandy Hook School Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the school district.

    The Sandy Hook School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. Its mission is to “support programs, resources, and enrichment that can make a positive difference in our school community,” according to its website, sandyhookschoolfoundation.org.

  • ‘Empowering Smart Online Choices,’ Tuesday Evening

    The school district’s PTAs, PTSA, and the Newtown Prevention Council are sponsoring a presentation by Scott Driscoll for local parents on Tuesday, October 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School.

    The presentation is called “Empowering Smart Online Choices,” and it will be held in the middle school’s auditorium.

  • PTAs And PTSA To Host BOE Candidate Informational Forum

    The Newtown PTAs and PTSA are scheduled to host an informational forum of Board of Education candidates running for election in November.

    The event is set for Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 8 pm, in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School.

    The session will provide each candidate an opportunity to answer two predetermined questions.

  • Middle Gate Hosts Laser Show

    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.

  • Zuzu African Acrobats Visit Middle Gate Elementary School

    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.”

  • School Board Celebrates NMS Reflections Participants

    The Board of Education celebrated three Newtown Middle School students during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, for earning awards in the state level of the PTA-sponsored Reflections Program.

    “It’s extraordinary to have a local winner. It is extra extraordinary to have three,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, before he introduced the three students, eighth graders Stephanie Cobb and Ashley Solomon and seventh grader Julie Hess.

  • Valentines For Troops Sent Overseas

    Sandy Hook Elementary School’s PTA Valentines For Troops committee had already made efforts to pack letters, toiletries, chocolate, and Girl Scout cookies provided by Newtown VFW Post 308 together in packages by the time students entered the school’s lecture hall on Tuesday, February 10.

  • Head O’ Meadow Holds STEM Night

    Head O’ Meadow third and fourth grade students and their family members participated in an evening event that highlighted STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities on Thursday, February 5.

    The STEM night was a joint effort between the school, the Head O’ Meadow PTA, and the EverWonder Children’s Museum, which had staff members and volunteers attend the event.

  • An Opportunity To Demonstrate Support For The Schools

    To the Editor:

    The PTAs/PTSA of all seven Newtown schools have voted unanimously to support the budget adopted by the Legislative Council. We believe this proposed budget, while not moving our school district forward in any substantive way, is a frugal, practical, and fair budget.

  • SHS PTA Votes To Advocate For October 5 ‘Yes’ Vote

    Over two meetings, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) unanimously voted last week to advocate for a Yes vote for the Saturday, October 5, referendum for the authorization for the town government to spend state money on demolishing, designing, and building a Sandy Hook School.

    According to Sandy Hook School PTA President Stephanie Burns, First Vice President Jennifer Taylor, and member Karen Holden, the meetings focused more on how to get people out to vote rather than on whether or not to advocate.