Newtown Continuing Education's WeDo Robotics camp had campers working under the watchful eye of Reed Intermediate School computer teacher Tim McGuire. The WeDo Robotics camp, according to the description from Newtown Continuing Education, provides “participants the opportunity to design simple robots with working motors and sensors. Students will explore core STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as they build and program the robots using the Scratch application.” “The STEM skills are evident throughout this camp,” said Mr McGuire. “The technology is the programming, the engineering is the building, and there’s a lot of math involved. The kids have to use math to program the robots through the Scratch system.”
The Board of Education has appointed a Shelton woman as the assistant superintendent for the public school system. Following a July 30 executive session, at which they discussed hiring a person to fill the position created by the recent resignation of Linda Gejda, school board members voted to hire Jean M. Evans Davila, who would leave her post as a Norwalk school administrator to become Newtown’s assistant school superintendent. School Board Chair Keith Alexander Thursday evening said board members are very pleased with Ms Davila’s wide range of experience. Ms Davila said she hopes to start her Newtown position by mid-August.
A number of Newtown representatives attended an American Federation of Teachers conference in Washington, DC, earlier this month to speak about ongoing climate and culture work in the district. According to Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, who attended and spoke at the conference, the Newtown Federation of Teachers executive board members who also attended the conference shared a “powerful presentation,” which was called “We Are All in This Together.” Tom Kuroski, reflecting on the event, said he and the other local board members spoke about district efforts to transform the state of the teachers union, and explained the work of the Climate and Culture Committee.
As the first week of the second session of Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART camp wound down on Friday, July 24, students were busy working in each of the classes available for the summer program. Stephanie Schwartz, the program’s site supervisor, said the second session of the Summer, Music, and Art (SMART) camp has 90 students attending it. The first session of SMART ran July 6-July 17, and the second session began July 20 and is scheduled to conclude July 31.
Students worked in Newtown Parks and Recreation's Drawing and Mixed Media camp for local children on Wednesday, July 15. The classes are taught by Chuck Fulkerson and his assistant Sophie Pizzo. The first class, which ran for a week, was a small group, but a good and talented group, according to Mr Fulkerson.
Young gaming enthusiasts clicked away on Wednesday, July 8, at Minecraft Gameplay camp, offered through Newtown Continuing Education, in the Reed Intermediate School’s computer lab.
This past week Tim McGuire, the computer technology teacher at Reed, led 15 students grades five and above through the world of Minecraft, a popular computer and video game.
Minecraft, released in 2009 by Swedish programmer Mojang, has sold more than 20 million copies on personal computers and Macs, according to its website, minecraft.net.
Sandy Hook resident and rising junior at Westover School of Middlebury, Sophie Ackert attended Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program, which was held in Washington, DC, from July 6 to 12.
After learning about the program from an administrator at her school, Sophie said she wrote multiple essays for her application to attend the event. Middlebury resident and fellow Westover School student Sarah Cavallaro also attended the program.
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s summer camp programs continue on Monday with a week-long Primitive Skills camp, which runs July 27 to August 14. The school’s summer camp programs run weekly, and are $325 each week. Registration is open through Monday morning, at the start of each week’s session, as long as Camp Administrator Carrie Reilly is contacted over the weekend to notify her of the expected last minute registrants. The summer camps are held at the school’s north campus, located at 40 Dodgingtown Road in Newtown.