Hawley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Deborah Pond smiled with pride when she explained how well her students recently handled having an incubator with chicken eggs in it in the classroom. The eggs and the incubator were given to the class by Judit DeStefano, a mother of one of the students in the class.
The school district has released the 2014-15 Winter Performance Schedule for concerts and events for each of the public schools.
According to Director of Music and Newtown High School’s Fine Arts Department Chair Michelle Hiscavich, the concerts are free and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Hawley Elementary School’s third and fourth grade chorus is slated to hold its concert on December 3 at Reed Intermediate School at 7 pm; snow date December 4.
The Newtown High School World Language Department has announced a need for host families for NHS Chinese guest teacher Amanda Zhang.
Ms Zhang will need a new host family starting January 1, according to NHS World Language Department Chair Paula Greenfield.
Ms Zhang shared a brief description of herself that includes she has been married for eight years and has a 6-year-old daughter. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and traveling. She has been teaching for 11 years.
Some of the local schools held food drives recently to collect items for Women Involved in Newtown’s (WIN) Thanksgiving Baskets campaign. WIN volunteers collected donations from the schools on Friday, November 21.
Middle Gate Elementary School collected enough items to help 22 families, according to the school, and 400 additional items were collected during the school’s annual Turkey Trot, organized by Laura Cooper. According to the school, each class at Middle Gate adopted a family this year.
Sandy Hook Elementary School collected 37 cartons filled with food thanks to its annual Turkey Trot event, organized by Jackie Loyd, according to the school.
The Newtown Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, November 26, due to anticipated weather.
The school disctrict announced the decision Tuesday on its website, www.newtown.k12.ct.us, sharing that all Newtown Public Schools will be closed for Wednesday.
A group of eighth grade students have been picking up garbage, and are challenging other students and community members to join them. The group, which calls itself The Eco Cleaners, is comprised of Claire Dubois, Elizabeth Salley, Alexia Tavar, Alisa Redzepi, and Brianna Lovely. Each school year eighth graders are challenged to complete a science project. The girls chose to complete a Lexus Eco Challenge for their project. For the Lexus Eco Challenge, teams are required to define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results.
The Kids Lend A Paw (KLAP)’s fourth annual dog walk was held Saturday, November 1, to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
According to Newtown Middle School seventh grader Maddie Stites, who began organizing the event after being inspired by the ASPCA, which rescued her family’s three dogs — Merry, Sunny, and Chloe — the walk went as well as possible considering pouring rain and cold temperatures.
Todd Ingersoll, president of Ingersoll Automotive, visited Newtown High School on Wednesday, November 5, to donate ten new laptops to the school.
The visit was one in a number of others in the effort to deliver technology to students who otherwise would not have access to computers at home. This was the third annual donation to NHS and other schools in the local area.
With the ten new laptops, Ingersoll Automotive of Danbury has donated 30 laptops in the last three years to NHS.
Eighth graders at Newtown Middle School had many chances to learn from professionals on Friday, November 14, when the school held its annual Career Day.
The event was organized by school counselors Susan Connelly and Tina Broccolo.
Each year eighth grade students rotate between classrooms to hear from multiple professionals who visit the school to talk about their careers. The presenters shared experiences with the students during three half-hour sessions.
At a banquet held Monday, November 17, Newtown High School Band Director Kurt Eckhardt reflected on the NHS Marching Band and Guard’s competitive season.
“This was the most ambitious show we have ever had,” he told the audience of more than 300 students and their families. “And I believe this was the best band we’ve ever had.”
Mr Eckhardt went on to praise his staff and the students, and their 94.9-point final score last Saturday night, November 15, at the USBands National Championships held at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J. He noted that the score was the highest NHS had achieved in the last two years.