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  • Glenna Orr Visits St Rose School

    St Rose of Lima School students were visited by author Glenna C. Orr on Tuesday, September 24. Ms Orr is also a reading specialist who has two masters degrees and has taught school in five states and in the Department of Defense school system in Germany, according to a biography. She serves as a board member for the Reading is Fundamental group of Northern Virginia. She is also the director of Kind Kids, Inc, a nonprofit organization based out of Arlington, Va., that focuses on instilling volunteerism in community activities while promoting reading for kids. Ms Orr’s books all promote the Kind Kids focus on community volunteerism...

  • NHS Chinese Teacher Meets Holocaust Survivor

    Newtown High School Chinese teacher Xiafeng “Fosfor” Wang visited with a Holocaust survivor recently thanks to a connection between the survivor and his Newtown host Rita Frost. Mr Wang has been a part of the NHS World Language Department since August of 2012. As part of the international guest teacher program sponsored by The College Board, Asia Society, and Hanban, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, Mr Wang is on a short-term stay from China to enhance NHS’s Mandarin program and support the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) as it helps to bring cultures and language to the Newtown schools...

  • Students Plan A Tree Nursery At NFA Preserve

    The Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is working with parent Nancy Dunn and a group of eighth grade students on a science project, the Holcombe Hill Tree Nursery, which will establish a pilot tree nursery behind the Holcombe Hill Preserve. On October 5 at 10:30 am at the 55 Great Hill Road preserve, the Holcombe Hill Tree Nursery project will see roughly 15 trees planted there. Previously donated saplings will have a chance to grow until they are ready to be transplanted on the NFA’s parcels throughout Newtown...

  • NHS Students Earn ‘Hunger Action Hero’ Award

    Newtown High School seniors Sonya Stanczyk and Matt Baldino have been awarded the 2013 Student Hunger Action Hero Award, which recognizes those who have helped the Connecticut Food Bank. Since the start of the 2012-13 school year, Newtown High School students, with the help of faculty and administration, have been putting time and energy into creating a program that has provided thousands of meals for area homeless shelters...

  • Michaelmas Festival At The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

    Housatonic Valley Waldorf School hosted its annual Michaelmas on Friday, September 27. This year marked the school’s 20th anniversary of celebrating its play. According to the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, the Michaelmas Festival is done every September to honor St Michael, an iron sword-bearing mythical dragon-slayer. The school explains that Michael’s legend symbolizes autumn resurgence and striving to overcome inner dragons like doubt, greed, laziness, and fears for the future...

  • Facing Parenting With Faith And Courage

    Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. invites all parents and caregivers to attend what organizers say will be an unforgettable new program: "Facing Parenting with Faith and Courage," by Norm Bossio. Insight and wisdom come with years of experience, and Mr Bossio has a remarkable way of sharing his while enlightening and motivating parents and caregivers who face parenting with the challenges of today’s world. On Tuesday, October 8, at 7 pm, Mr Bossio will speak at Newtown Middle School.

  • Newtown Continuing Education Classes Available

    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 www.newtowncontinuinged.org...

  • Students Learn Lobbying Skills

    When Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) scheduled a trip to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members, for September 17 to 19, the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) group at Newtown High School also planned to go. Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots organization created in the weeks after 12/14 to reduce gun violence through legislation and broader cultural change. Jr NAA is led by teens. Looking back on the trip this week...

  • Remo Donates To NHS Bands

    Remo — a California-based company that produces drumsets, world percussion instruments, and drumheads, according to its website — recently donated $2,500 worth of drum/percussion heads and supplies to Newtown High School for use by the school’s bands.

  • NHS Band & Guard Preparing For Annual Grasso Festival

    Since midsummer, Newtown High School Marching Band and Color Guard members have been busy preparing for this year’s competitions and shows, including the upcoming annual home show, set for Saturday, October 5. Looking at the season, with rehearsals and competitions already scheduled, NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said this week that he is “looking forward to seeing this band continue to grow.” The strongest senior class he has ever seen in his years of teaching graduated last year, Mr Eckhardt said. That left 40 open spots, but Mr Eckhardt said new band members filled the spaces perfectly...