For the second year in a row, the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard received the prestigious Cadets Award of Excellence at the USBands New England Championship, held Saturday, October 25, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain.
Awarded to the school that is determined to be the best in show for creativity and showmanship, the Cadets Award of Excellence can be given to any competing band, regardless of size or class level.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
High School Elementary Musicianship Mentoring Association (HEMMA) board members said this week that applications are available online for elementary school-aged students to sign up to take part in the program, which will start running in January.
“It’s a fantastic program,” said HEMMA President Richie Sadlon, a senior at Newtown High School.
HEMMA connects elementary students with high school-aged music mentors. Each of the high school students involved in HEMMA receive community service hours in return for mentoring the elementary school-aged musicians.
Newtown Middle School’s 2014-15 Student Council officers were elected on Friday, October 10.
Voting took place in classrooms after contenders for the four positions gave speeches in the middle school’s auditorium.
Competing for the position of president were Bryce Bisset, Jackson Mittleman, and Ben Talbot. Vice president candidates were Lauren Kohler, Alexa Lugo, Declan O’Grady, Meghan O’Rourke, and Sarah Payne. Carly Swierbut was the only student up for the position of treasurer. Contenders for the position of spokesperson were Kevin Gong, Catie Gregory, Julie Hess, and Mark Maksel.
Reed Intermediate School fifth graders were silently assembled around the school’s gymnasium as three wolves, lead by handlers, entered on Monday, October 13. Mission: Wolf is a nonprofit educational wolf sanctuary in Colorado, and its traveling ambassadors have provided its outreach program worldwide. Before the wolves entered the gymnasium, Mission: Wolf Co-Founder and Executive Director Kent Weber and Reed fifth grade teacher Karen King prepared the students. If the students jumped or behaved disrespectfully, Mr Weber warned, the wolves would run out of the gymnasium. Mr Weber also told the students he would show them how wild animals communicate, and he described some techniques to interact with wolves that can also be used with dogs.
An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015. The Board of Education unanimously approved in September a grant-funded school-based health clinic for the middle school last month.
Newtown Middle School students set up entries in this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest over this past weekend, and they are on display now through this Sunday, October 26, on the Queen Street School’s front lawn.
Each year, prior to Halloween, groups of eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a “larger than life” scarecrow not only with a theme, but also with the durability to survive inclement weather.
Entries in this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest began appearing on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School yesterday afternoon. Officially, however, the contest opens today, when additional student groups will put of their sculptures on view at 11 Queen Street. Each year, prior to Halloween, groups of eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a “larger than life” scarecrow not only with a theme, but also with the durability to survive inclement weather. The students are given a $30 spending limit on their projects, and each scarecrow is voted on by students and community members, for $1 per vote. Money generated by the votes is split among the three top vote-getters and donated to the charity of the winners’ choice.
The Newtown Marching Band & Guard will honor all 32 of its graduating seniors this Saturday, October 18, when the school hosts the 18th Annual Joseph P. Grasso Music Festival at the high school’s Blue & Gold Stadium.
Featuring Newtown’s performance of its show “Arachne,” the Grasso Festival also offers seven Connecticut high school marching bands vying for top scores in the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) competition.
The NHS “Home Show” will begin at 6 pm, with gates opening at 5 pm.
Tightly gripping the First Place Class V Open trophy, Newtown High School drum major Rachael Fuchs was beaming after the NHS marching band and guard’s win at Cheshire High School on Saturday, October 11.
“This is great!” the Rachael said, as she and fellow drum major Humza Hashmi congratulated the 136 musicians and guard members.
Competing against formidable rivals Southington and Wethersfield high schools, Newtown scored 83.9, besting Southington by 1.15 points and winning captions for best Guard, Music, Visual and Effect at the USBands event.