The following students made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second quarter marking period at Newtown High School this school year. The honor roll listings were recently released by the school for publication. 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.
St Rose of Lima School fourth grade students had projects on display in the school’s Gathering Hall on Thursday, February 26.
The projects are part of the school’s round of the Connecticut Invention Convention, and four student finalists, selected by judges at St Rose, will go on to the state level of the Invention Convention.
Projects completed by students ranged in purpose, but all of the students, according to teacher Aly Giammattei, were tasked with solving something that “bugs them.” Ms Giammattei said the lesson on inventions started with the students learning about how inventions solve problems.
Reed Intermediate School sixth grader Anika Ledina has been named by the National Geographic Society as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held Friday, March 27, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Newtown Middle School students rehearsed in their first full run-through of their upcoming production of "Shrek The Musical Jr" on Monday, March 9. “I’m really impressed with their memorization and dedication,” said Co-Director Lesli Allen as students took their places for the first run-through. Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 27, at 7 pm; Saturday, March 28, at 2 and 7 pm; and Sunday, March 29, at 2 pm. A free special showing of the musical is being planned for Thursday, March 26, at 2:30 pm.
As opening night for Newtown High School’s musical production of "City of Angels" approaches, cast, crew, and pit members have been busy practicing at the school. On Friday, March 6, NHS Choral Director Jane Matson, when making a few announcements about the production for the students involved, took time to congratulate the students on how well they have learned the music for the production. "City of Angels" is a musical about a novelist trying to turn a book into a screenplay, and it shows both the plot of the writer’s attempt to create a screenplay and the plot of the fictional film being creating.
Middle Gate Elementary School students navigated one course in the school’s gymnasium using a wheelchair on Wednesday, February 25, while in another corner students wearing blindfolds used canes to navigate their way around cones.
This year’s Differences Day, which is an annual event at the school, offered a range of activities and lessons to highlight differences people may have from one another. Fourth grade students at Middle Gate participated in the event.
Three main stations were set up in the gymnasium to help the fourth graders learn about mobility impairment, vision impairment, and gross and fine motor skills, according to Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler. Other activity stations were also offered and guest speaker Carl DeStefanis, a teacher of the hearing impaired at Soundbridge Academy in Wethersfield, also gave presentations for the full fourth grade.
State Senator Tony Hwang (28th District) has been making his way through the Newtown Public Schools, visiting with students.
According to his office, Sen Hwang intends to visit each of Newtown’s schools, and he has already visited Middle Gate Elementary School, Hawley Elementary School, Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, and Newtown High School. Sen Hwang also visited St Rose of Lima School on Friday, January 30.
With Middle Gate Elementary School students on Friday, February, 13, Sen Hwang discussed what “community” means. The students asked a range of questions after Sen Hwang spoke, and students also shared what laws they would try to make if they were a senator.
An estimated 700 spectators gathered in the gymnasium at Newtown High School on Saturday, March 7, to cheer on ten Winter Percussion and 30 Winter Guard units at Newtown’s 18th Annual Winter Extravaganza. Competing in its first home show, the NHS Winter Percussion unit was awarded the first place trophy in the Marching Class division with the score of 79.15. Amid cheers from the audience the 29-member ensemble performed its “Rainforest” show with precision and enthusiasm, followed by a tribute to its four graduating seniors.
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.