The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project is sponsoring a Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School, and Reed Intermediate School Parent Forum on “Responsible Use of Social Media” on Thursday, March 19, at Newtown High School’s Room B150, from 7 to 8 pm.
“Responsible Use of Social Media” will share information on effects social media can have on youth, including negative effects.
“Our middle school and especially high school students are the most susceptible to these negative effects due to higher prevalence of cellphone and computer use,” a release for the event reads. “This makes it critical for educators and parents to stay informed about the dangers of irresponsible social media use.”
There was bouncing, laughing, hugging, and dancing happening at Hawley Elementary School on Friday, February 20. As staff members announced over the school’s loudspeaker, Hawley’s first “Feel Good Friday Dance Party” was underway. Feel Good Friday happens each week at Hawley, with songs played over the school’s loudspeaker, but Friday’s “Feel Good Friday Dance Party” was a special celebration to mark the school community’s participation in creating Support Kindness in Peers (SKIP) cards, according to Hawley lead teacher Keri Snowden and counselor Kimberly Laiso.
Many were seated inside Reed Intermediate School’s cafetorium for the evening presentation of the Newtown Orchestra String Fest on Tuesday, February 24.
The districtwide concert was performed by orchestra students in grades 5 to 12. The public was welcome to attend, and most attendees were parents or siblings of the orchestra students.
Newtown’s Director of Music, Newtown High School Fine Arts Department Chair, and NHS Orchestra Director Michelle Hiscavitch welcomed the audience members to the event and said she was excited to have students from across the grade levels play that evening.
A group of Middle Gate Elementary School students huddled inside a classroom on Tuesday, February 24, to participate in one session of the “EverWonder on the Road” after-school program.
Pam Fagan, Middle Gate Elementary School’s retired math/science specialist, has been returning to work with Middle Gate students and EverWonder Children’s Museum Program Coordinator Janis Hubina for the program.
Ms Hubina said the EverWonder on the Road program is a new initiative that is designed to bring the children’s museum’s programs to different locations.
The Harlem Wizards returned to Newtown High School on Sunday, February 22, to perform a comedy basketball game against a team of Newtown teachers and school staff to raise money for the district’s PTSA and PTAs. Head O’ Meadow physical education teacher Steve Dreger coached the Newtown team, called, “Newtown Teachers Unite,” and said, following the event, that the game was a “blowout.” However, Coach Dreger added that the audience responded throughout the game and everyone had fun.
In its first combined Winter Percussion and Winter Guard “Home Show,” Newtown High School will host a total of ten Winter Percussion ensembles and 30 Winter Guards this Saturday, March 7.
With doors opening at noon, the competition will kick off at 1 pm, with a performance of the NHS Winter Percussion in Marching Band Class 2A.
NHS seniors Daniel Romeo, Trevor Palmer, Noelle Violette, and Michael Ziluck, will be honored during the scheduled awards ceremony.
Newtown Public Schools will be closed Thursday, March 5, due to the weather, according to the school district.
The announcement was made around 6:30 am Thursday, after an earlier decision around 5 am to have the district run on a two hour delay.
Wesley Learning Center’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Annual Silent Auction event has been scheduled for Saturday, March 21, from 9 until 11 am at Wesley Learning Center, located at Newtown United Methodist Church at 92 Church Hill Road.
Tickets are available in advance for $25 for a family of five. Tickets will be $28 at the door.
A 5-by-7-inch picture, taken by Sandra Lynn Photography, will be available during the event with the Easter Bunny for a $5 donation.
Delegation members visiting Newtown from China with the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) arrived at Newtown High School during the evening on Monday, February 23.
The delegation is visiting until Wednesday, March 4, and includes one administrator, one teacher, and 21 students from two schools, Dongchang Middle School and Liaocheng Middle School, in Liaocheng, China.
As the visitors arrived, students greeted each other, some hugged, and host families introduced themselves to the delegates who will be staying with them for the first time. Many flowers and other gifts were exchanged as a welcome to the visitors, who had just arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport before being driven to NHS to meet their host families.