A sign was set up at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, May 14, welcoming Broadway and movie actress Lilla Crawford and Tony Award-winning producer Van Dean to the Trades Lane school. Mr Dean, who is also executive producer and co-founder of Broadway Records, said he arranged the meeting after learning that Reed students were then preparing to perform Annie Jr, and to continue his efforts of supporting students in the community following the events of 12/14. Before Lilla — who is a 14-year-old singer, dancer, and actress who most recently performed in Disney’s Into the Woods as Little Red Riding Hood — was introduced to Reed’s Annie Jr cast members, the students rehearsed songs from their recent production. As Lilla walked in, the Reed students were singing “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”
Artwork created by fourth grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary School was on display for the school’s Student Art Show on Thursday, May 7. According to Sandy Hook School art teacher Leslie Gunn, who oversaw the evening event, each fourth grade student at the school had a sculpture, a diorama made with a clay piece, an acrylic painting, and a printmaking piece on display for the event. Near the start of the Student Art Show, Ms Gunn, who was surrounded by her students and their parents, said there was a “marvelous turnout” and a “wonderful energy” for the event.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
Newtown High School’s Peer Leadership Club has scheduled its annual Marrow Donor Registry Drive, for ages 18 to 44, for Tuesday, June 2, from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm. The event will take place in the school’s auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road.
The drive will be offered through the Be The Match Donor Registry. Be The Match is the largest registry in the world providing a means for thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases or leukemia to find a match.
Participants in the drive will fill out a registry form and will have their cheeks swabbed.
Head O’ Meadow Elementary School physical education teacher Steven “Coach” Dreger welcomed the entire student body and educators inside the school’s cafetorium on Wednesday, May 6.
“We are doing Project ACES [All Children Exercise Simultaneously],” Coach Dreger said. Later he said, “That means that children across our great nation are standing up and exercising with us.”
Before fully beginning the workout for the morning, Coach Dreger called a number of students up to the stage with him to demonstrate moves he would later lead the assembled students and educators through while music played.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., named Sarah Lynch and Hannah Grant as the Newtown High School Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Sarah plans to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs, as an undecided business major. Sarah said she is thinking of choosing between “multiple directions” in the field when she begins classes there in the fall. Hannah has decided to attend Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., to study chemical engineering. She is also thinking about studying international relations for her minor.
The fourth grade classrooms at Middle Gate Elementary School were filled with visiting students, parents, and district community members on Friday, May 1, as the fourth graders transformed into historical figures for a few hours.
Students in Heidi Beauty, John Sullivan, Katie Mauro, and Linda Baron’s classes all participated in the project, which is an annual one for fourth graders at the school. This year, Ms Mauro said, students began with writing essays about their chosen Connecticut historical figure before they converted the essays into speeches. Those speeches were then shared with the visitors on Friday, when each fourth grader represented his or her chosen figure.
Fraser Woods Montessori School elementary students rehearsed on Thursday, May 7, ahead of performing an original play, written and directed by Fraser Wood’s Dean of the Middle School Wendy Musk.
Ms Musk centered All the World’s A Stage on William Shakespeare, sharing a story about his life, starting from childhood, and his ideas for his plays. Scenes from the Shakespeare’s iconic plays are incorporated into All the World’s A Stage.
“It’s a teaching play because it teaches the story of Shakespeare’s life,” said Ms Musk, as the elementary school students were readying their costumes on Thursday.
A joint effort by the Newtown Middle School’s Interact Club and its Student Council collected food items from March 23 to April 30 at the school to donate to the FAITH Food Pantry, located at St John’s Church in Sandy Hook.
The Interact Club also visited the FAITH Food Pantry on May 6 to donate the collection, tour the facility with food pantry Co-Chair Barbara Krell, and help sort the donated items.
As Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine told her assembled students on Thursday, April 30, the fourth grade students had worked had for their Spring Concert.
Ms Gasparine continued to welcome the students to the assembly and explained it was being held ahead of the school’s Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, for family and friends.
Head O’ Meadow music teacher Cynthia Holberg led her students through playing songs on recorders and singing.