With only a small number of rehearsals left before Reed Intermediate School students in this year’s musical production of "Annie Jr" take the stage, Director Sharon Vetrano spoke to the students on Tuesday, April 28, sharing advice and more before the day’s rehearsal. The plot of the musical follows a young orphan girl as she searches for a family. The performances are set for 7 pm on Friday, May 8, and 6 pm on Saturday, May 9. All performances will be held at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Tickets are $8.
Reed Intermediate School students in Maura Drabik and Todd Stentiford’s sixth grade cluster presented their “One Person Does Make A Difference” projects with parents and other guests on Wednesday, April 8, in the school’s cafetorium.
According to Ms Drabik, the 49 students in the cluster were tasked with studying one historical figure with the theme, “one person can make a difference.” Students prepared speeches for the project, and on Wednesday some chose to dress like the person they had studied. As people made their way around the school’s cafetorium, the students each shared their speech, which had been memorized ahead of the event.
Near the start of its meeting on Tuesday, April 21, the Board of Education held a “celebration of excellence” to honor the Newtown High School wrestling team.
NHS Athletic Director Gregg Simon introduced the wrestling team to the board, and said, “I’ve been involved with athletics at the high school for the last 25 years, so I think I can say with certainty that this is the most successful team in the history of Newtown High School.”
Mr Simon outlined the team’s recent accomplishments, which included winning the South-West Conference, Class LL championships, and the State Open championships, finishing second at the New England championships, and being named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Team of the Year.
As parents and guests stood forming a large circle outside at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, students performed traditional Maypole and Morris & Sword dances on Friday, May 1.
The May Fair event is an annual one at the school, and it involves students, faculty, and staff all taking part by either dancing around the Maypole, playing songs on recorders, and/or performaning Morris & Sword dances.
Patricia Campbell directed the students and acted as the event’s announcer. She also stepped in to dance when needed.
Following a season of highlights, the 18 members of the Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard spent their spring break traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to compete among the best in the Winter Guard International World Championships, which took place at the Dayton University Arena April 16-18. For 12 of the girls, it was the last time they would be competing as a member of the NHS guard, and it was a bittersweet moment as they traditionally kissed the famed Tunnel Wall, which leads the guard into Dayton Arena.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, oversaw a Community Forum on Thursday, April 30, on enrollment and an ongoing facility study.
Information from the study will be shared with the school board publicly at its June 2 meeting, according to Dr Erardi’s presentation at the forum, and information from the study is expected to detail possible options for closing a school, which will be decided by the Board of Education.
The superintendent also said when the school board decided to go ahead with the facility study, it also decided nothing concerning closing a school would be done for the next school year, the 2015-16 school year. The study, he later said, is focusing on the 2016-17 school year.
In different rooms on Tuesday, March 31, Middle Gate Elementary School students and their parents experienced art, music, the library/media center, and Project Adventure lessons during the school’s Special Night.
Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler welcomed everyone to the evening event in the school’s gymnasium, saying he was excited “to have you get a glimpse of what your kids do during the day in the arts.”
The evening, Mr Geissler said was being held to showcase the work students do in the school’s special areas.
Newtown High School seniors and their dates attended this year’s Senior Prom on Friday, April 24, at The Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury.
Before the more than 400 guests ventured to the Senior Prom, many gathered at houses and local parks and gardens.
The venue was decorated with a Mardi Gras color scheme of purple, green, gold, and white. And masks were laid out on tables.
Ahead of the town referendum on the budget on Tuesday, April 28, Head O’ Meadow Elementary School students had their own chance to make their voices heard on Monday, April 27, by voting for new books to be added to the school’s library. Near the start of voting at Head O’ Meadow, Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton and Republican Registrar of Voters JoAnne Albanesi said they were ready for the entire student body at the elementary school to vote. One by one, during lunch waves at the schools, students were led to the cafetorium’s stage, where Ms Albanesi and Ms Frampton had set up a voting machine.
The Board of Education heard a long-term/five-year spending plan presentation from the district’s Director of Technology Carmella Amodeo at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting.
“This is the continuation of the flattening or smoothing of technology spending over a five-year period,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said near the start of the presentation.
Ms Amodeo explained the plan takes the district’s practice of replacing obsolete equipment and makes some adjustments to estimate an average expenditure of $545,307 instead of different costs each fiscal year.