After a multiyear hiatus from competition, the Newtown High School Winter Percussion reemerged this year and scored an impressive 90.1 at last Saturday’s Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Championships held at Stamford’s Westhill High School to take fourth place in a field of seven of the best Percussion Marching A ensembles in the tri-state area.
Considered by the judges to be the most improved ensemble of the season, they complimented the 27 members on their professionalism and performance as they missed the bronze medal by just .35 point, an accomplishment almost unheard of for a first-year group.
Newtown performed a show titled “Stress,” written specifically for Newtown Winter Percussion by one of its instructors, David Brush. Mr Brush and Richard Lake were co-directors of the ensemble. Other instructors included Steve Surina, Tom Sulzicki, and Alan Amendola.
For the first time since being moved up to the Scholastic Open class level from National Scholastic A, the Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard tossed, spun and danced their way into the semifinals of the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships held over a three-day competition in Dayton, Ohio, last week.
The 16-member Varsity team departed just after midnight on Wednesday, April 2, for the WGI championships.
More than 400 guard teams in the Scholastic and Independent “A,” Open and World classes from nine countries — including Denmark, Italy, France, and Thailand — traveled to Ohio to compete.
All three Newtown High School Winter Guard divisions brought home medals at the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Championships held Saturday, March 28, at the O’Neill Center of Western Connecticut State University.
The awards ceremony kicked off with ten Reed Intermediate School students accepting gold medals and a large First Place trophy from MAC Director Carman Dragone. Instructor Bob Findley was joined by student coaches and Varsity guard members Nina Bonvini, Makenzie Casey, and Kayleigh Granville in guiding the Junior level guard to victory.
As the dates for multiple trips through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) program approach, both Newtown High School students and NICE program instructors are preparing.
Students and teachers will be traveling to China, Spain, and France during the school’s break in April. The group going to China will be traveling April 10 to April 21, the group traveling to Spain, April 8 to 19, and the group going to France will be traveling April 8 to 16.
Newtown families are being recruited to host 34 Chinese students, ages 13-18, from July 24 to August 12, through the Education First (EF) Educational Homestay Programs.“It really is a life-changing experience with a very small investment of time,” said Newtown resident Lynn Hungaski, who is overseeing recruiting families around the Newtown area to host the Chinese students who will visit America to study English as a second language this summer and is an English teacher for the program. “The commitment in hosting is really providing a loving home, a warm heart, three meals a day, and transportation to and from school, which will be held at Edmond Town Hall.”
Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue members visited Newtown High School on Friday, March 28, to offer a demonstration of what NUSAR does and the types of equipment it uses.
NUSAR Chief Mike McCarthy said the high school students were offered a tour of one of NUSAR’s rescue vehicles, learned safety precautions followed by NUSAR, and learned the different types of tools and gear used for underwater searches.
During two assemblies on Tuesday, April 1, Middle Gate Elementary School students learned what to expect when the school celebrates its “Middle Gate Loves To Read Week” April 7 to 11.
As Middle Gate Language Arts Consultant Mary Blair explained during both assemblies, a number of activities are planned for Middle Gate Loves To Read Week.
The C.H. Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer a course on Mysteries & Adventure Thrillers, Monday evenings, starting April 21. The group will be led by author, teacher, and Newtown resident Wally Wood, with assistance from one of the library’s adult writer volunteers, and teen mentor Kevin Arther. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing stories in progress, as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people. Sharing is an important part of the writing group. The class will meet from 6 to 8 pm, on consecutive Monday evenings, until May 19.
Newtown High School’s annual College & Post-Secondary Options Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, in the school’s gymnasium.
A preliminary list of participating colleges is available online at sites.google.com/a/newtown.k12.ct.us/school-counseling-office under “College Fair.”