Newtown Middle School students have been rehearsing since February for a special musical production of 13, which is set for one performance on Friday, June 6, at 7 pm. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted, and given HealingNewtown. NMS students Talia Hankin and Cathy Hyeon are co-directing the show, and both said during a tech rehearsal on Monday, June 2, that the entire production is being overseen by students. As Talia explained, Gifted And Talented Education Students (GATES) are expected to complete independent projects each school year. Last year the girls said, they wrote their own play. When they discovered 13, they decided to try directing this year.
During Hawley Elementary School’s annual art show, held this year on Wednesday, May 14, works created by kindergarten through fourth grade students went on display and the school was opened for visiting students and family members.
“We made those!” one student said.
Down one hallway another student pointed and exclaimed, “There’s mine!”
For the first year, said Head O’ Meadow Elementary School art teacher Donna Perugini, her school’s annual art show included works created by kindergarten students, thanks to the addition of full-day kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.
This year’s art show, held Wednesday, May 14, included a sampling of projects created throughout the school year from kindergarten to fourth grade students. The school was opened in the evening for the event, and artwork was on display along the perimeter of the school’s library/media center for families to peruse.
Sandy Hook School students spoke with author and illustrator Tomie dePaola during two sessions on Friday, May 16, using Skype, an online communication program.
Mr dePaola spoke with the students from the comfort of his studio, where he said he completes all of his illustrations. Mr dePaola, according to his website tomie.com, has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered.
Sandy Hook library/media specialist Yvonne Cech led the students through the interview sessions.
A number of stations were set up in Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Monday, May 19, for the school’s Differences Day.
The day has been held at the school before to highlight differences people may have from one another. The event has been an annual one at the school, typically hosted by the school’s RRD Club (Responsibility, Respect, Diversity).
This year fourth grade students at the school made their way through the stations set up for Differences Day in two sessions.
At one station students navigated through cones while wearing a blindfold and using a cane before attempting to write their names on a wall to sense what it would be like not to see. At another station students tested their fine motor skills by attempting to do certain tasks while using their nondominant hand. Another station had students try to use a wheel chair to again navigate between cones. At an allergy station students had food allergies explained to them and learned about EpiPens, an auto-injector used to treat anaphylaxis.
Newtown High School students in this semester’s Junior/Senior Project Program rehearsed on Monday, May 19, for their upcoming presentations before an evaluation panel.
The Junior/Senior Project Program, according to a release from the high school, is designed to enable students to build on existing strengths and to provide an opportunity for further study not available in the traditional classroom. The program provides motivated and responsible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a subject/career that they are passionate about and develop a career-oriented relationship with a community professional (mentor) in the student’s area of chosen interest.
This semester five students completed the Junior/Senior Project course, and will present their completed projects on Monday, June 2.
Author and illustrator Grace Lin visited Sandy Hook School on Tuesday, May 20, to speak with students and share some of her works.
During one presentation to Monroe preschool students, who attend school at Chalk Hill Middle School, where Sandy Hook School is also housed, and Sandy Hook School kindergarten students, Ms Lin read from her book The Ugly Vegetables.
“She has written a lot of the fun books we have read in the last few weeks,” Sandy Hook School library/media specialist Yvonne Cech told the assembled students.
Study tour chaperones for the recent Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) delegation visits to China, France, and Spain resoundingly said this week the trips all were wonderful experiences.
Some of the students who traveled to the three countries also chimed in to share their favorite parts of the experiences.
Students and teachers traveled to the three countries during the district’s break in April. The group that went to China traveled over April 10 to April 21, the group that went to Spain, April 8 to 19, and the group that went to France went from April 8 to 16.
The following are the students who made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third quarter marking period at Newtown High School this school year. Students earn recognition on the High Honor Roll by being enrolled in five or more classes with a minimum of four courses in areas of study other than independent study and related work experience, have an overall average of 90 or more for the marking period and the student must receive a grade of 85 or higher in each course. To make the Honor Roll, NHS students must meet the same requirements, but their overall grade average must be more than 85, and the student must receive a grade of 80 or higher in each course.