A school assembly was held on Friday, December 19, for Reed Intermediate School students participating in the Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), to perform with two Pilobolus dancers ahead of a scheduled performance for family and friends that night. The Pilobolus instructors and representatives have been working with Reed students since near the start of the 2014-15 school year, when all students at Reed were given the opportunity to be taught by Pilobolus dance instructors before the after school program began. While the school assembly was for the enjoyment of fellow students and Reed faculty, a public performance was also offered that evening.
Newtown High School’s School Counseling Department is sponsoring a Financial Aid Night for NHS juniors and seniors and their parents in the school’s cafetorium, on Thursday, January 8, starting at 7. Executive Director of University Financial Aid at Sacred Heat University Julie Savino will present the program, which is designed to help parents and students answer questions they might have about financing a college education, completing the FAFSA form, and more.
More than 90 students had signed up to participate in the Friday, December 12, after school KanJam tournament at Newtown Middle School by the time the bell rang to dismiss school for the day.
NMS physical education teachers Matt Memoli, Joe LaRosa, and Ken Kantor were quick to ready the gym for the tourney before students filed in to hear the rules for the after school event.
KanJam is a game that has players attempt to score goals by aiming flying discs at cans with an opening on the top and a slot in the front. According to Mr Memoli, the game became popular with students at NMS after participating in ultimate Frisbee programs in class. After Mr LaRosa e-mailed the KanJam company, Mr Memoli said the company donated all of the KanJams that were used in the December 12 tourney to the school.
Middle Gate Elementary School students were offered a challenge during two school assemblies on Wednesday, December 10: to conduct at least 1,000 acts of kindness by the end of the school year.
“We’re here to talk about kindness,” said Middle Gate third grade teacher Claire DeSisto, who welcomed students to the first Community Circle assembly last Wednesday.
Kindness, as Ms DeSisto pointed out to the students, is something the school community has discussed and focused on before.
Head O’ Meadow elementary school students browsed for items to give to their loved ones on December 12, while the school’s Holiday Shop was open, but buying each item also helped raise money for three local charities. This is the second year the Holiday Shop was formatted differently than in the past. This year, like last, every item offered in the Holiday Shop, which was set up on the cafetorium’s stage behind closed curtains, was priced at $4. For each item that a student purchased, $1 was given to a charity.
HARTFORD—Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, today announced the awardees of a new Arts in Education grant program designed to strengthen arts instruction by facilitating partnerships between schools and artists and arts organizations.
Governor Malloy announced the grant program, making a total of $250,000 available with individual awards up to a maximum of $50,000, in August.
Newtown was one of eight communities that will receive a grant through the program.
Students under the direction of Newtown High School Art Portfolio teacher Carol Skolas worked on Friday, December 12, at C.H. Booth Library to prepare for an exhibit.
The artwork, entirely created by the NHS students, went on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, on Saturday, December 13, and will remain on view for the public in The Olga Knoepke Memorial Meeting Room until Friday, December 19.
Newtown High School teacher Carol Skolas’s Art Portfolio students had tape in hand and many of their works before them on Wednesday, December 10, as they prepared the pieces for exhibit at C.H. Booth Library.
The artwork, entirely created by NHS students, will be on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, during library hours in the building’s meeting room from Saturday, December 13, to Friday, December 19.
A formal reception will be held the night before the artwork is set to come down, on Thursday, December 18, from 4 to 6 pm.
Middle Gate Elementary School’s PTA’s 2nd Annual Snowflake Festival was underway with people milling between vendors, shopping for used ornaments, and children participating in crafts and events in the school’s cafeteria by noon on Saturday, December 6. The event ran from 10 am to 3 pm and included vendors, crafters, raffles, treats, baked goods, and the used ornament sale. Guest vendors for the event included A Bead of Roses, Newtown MediSpa, and Ben’s Bells Newtown.