On Saturday, March 22, Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) and The Newtown Memorial Fund (NMF) will co-host The Betty Lou Osborne Memorial Scholarship Ball at The Waterview in Monroe. The evening’s theme is Hope Springs Eternal. Net proceeds from the ball will help NSA and NMF advance their shared mission to provide need-based college scholarships to young people from Newtown. The ball is named in memory of Betty Lou Osborne, who served on NSA’s board for almost 40 years. Mrs Osborne was steadfast in her belief that all high school graduates from Newtown deserve the chance to attend college, regardless of their financial circumstances.
The Learning Experience (TLE), an early learning academy for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, announced that its TLE Newtown Center is the winner of its annual Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award.
Danielle Van Riper, TLE Newtown franchise owner, was honored during TLE’s annual convention January 23 to 27, for her wide-ranging philanthropic events to benefit local community and charitable organizations.
Newtown Middle School’s literary magazine, Opus Optima, has been selected by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for the rank of “Highest Award” in the 2013 NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.The 2013 edition of Opus Optima is the first edition of the publication to earn the award since its 1996 edition.“This is just such a wonderful award,” said NMS art teacher Claudia Mitchell.Ms Mitchell, art teachers Arlene Spoonfeather and Ellen Diker, language arts teacher Abigail Olsen, and reading and writing teacher Karen Blasko recently gathered to discuss the award and the 2013 edition of Opus Optima. Ms Olsen received the announcement about the award from the NCTE. According to the announcement, “NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) cites students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines.
Newtown High School will welcome more than 30 winter guards this Saturday, March 1, for what promises to be the largest NHS Winter Guard Extravaganza Home Show Newtown has sponsored in recent memory.
The Winter Extravaganza will kick off at 3 pm with a performance of the NHS Winter Percussion, followed by some of the best color guards in the tri-state and New England, including Alter Ego and the University of Connecticut.
The three Newtown divisions — Juniors, JV, and Varsity — will close the show, during which seniors Hannah Godbout and Paige Thanasoulis will be recognized as Saturday will mark their final home dhow at NHS.
Newtown High School hosted the 14th Annual Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 8.
According to a release for the event, more than 600 students, judges, volunteers, and community members attended the fair this year.
During the event completed projects and research proposals were presented and judged in the school’s gymnasium, and a presentation in the school’s auditorium included an address by David Pogue — former technology columnist for The New York Times and now leading the expansion of tech coverage at Yahoo!, and host of NOVA ScienceNow and other science shows on PBS — and the announcement of this year’s Paul Heilman Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, which was awarded to Nancy Yates, a former member of the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair board of directors who served as the fair’s director for five years...
Newtown Continuing Education has announced it has openings for its upcoming “Piloxing” course.
Piloxing is an exciting fitness program that blends Pilates, boxing and dance into a high-energy interval workout, according to Continuing Education.
In a 55-minute class, class goers experience the power, speed and agility of boxing; and muscle-sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. The unique combination is guaranteed to maximize cardiovascular health and build lean muscles, according to Newtown Continuing Education.
The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will take place at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Middle Gate Elementary School. The Sandy Hook School Parent Forums, “Helping Manage Challenging Behaviors and Discussions with Your Child” and “Informational Session for Sandy Hook Parents with Connecticut Office of Victim Services,” are set for Monday, February 24. The Middle Gate Parent Forum, “Effective Problem-Solving Skills,” will be offered in two sessions on Tuesday, February 25, and will be facilitated by Eileen Donnelly Phillips, LCSW, of Wellmore Behavioral Health.
Inside Newtown High School’s cafeteria on the evening of Monday, February 10, two groups of students faced off in a “USA vs Russia” foam hockey game. As NHS Guidance Counselor Jeff Tolson pointed out, the gold medal from the game was not going to go to the first place team or player, but instead it would be given out to distinguish the players with the best sportsmanship. It was one of the many exercises completed by students in the REACH (Resiliency, Empathy, Acceptance, Confidence, Hope) Newtown program, and one of three workshops offered February 10. That night had an Olympics theme. For each REACH Newtown program meeting, students in second through eighth grades are paired with mentors in ninth through twelfth grades. Those mentors work with the younger students during an exercise session, a homework session, and an art session for each meeting. REACH also has “field trips” or “REACH out expeditions” scheduled for weekends, said Mr Carley, but, mostly, the students meet twice a week in the evenings after school. The current session of REACH will run through mid-March. Another is set to run between March and June.
In order to make Newtown High School’s upcoming production of "Peter Pan" fly, organizers are looking at funding alternatives, including an online fundraising page and corporate sponsors for the musical. "Peter Pan" is scheduled for March 20-23, and professional equipment will be brought in to bring the story’s magic to life on the NHS stage. In order to afford the equipment and professional assistance to install the equipment, however, further funding is needed.
Prepared with love from Sandy Hook School students were 44 boxes of Valentine wishes and goods going to service men and women overseas.
With the help of Newtown’s Post Master Cathy Zieff, Supervisor Richard Crowther, and postal carrier David Link, students, parents, and school staff on Friday, February 7, readied packages in an annual Valentines For Troops effort at Sandy Hook School, currently housed at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School.
Victoria Chop placed decorative stickers on the boxes, and thought about whether she would write a valentine to a troop member. Preparing the packages “was fun,” she said.
Students Saahil Ray, Brandon Wong, and sisters Shannon and Jackie Hegarty were also placing stamps and stickers on the boxes Friday.
Event Co-Chair Barb Sibley said that the program, which they changed last year to send valentines to 12/14 first responders, has resumed its packages for troops this year. The Sandy Hook PTA-sponsored event saw boxes filled with students’ handmade valentines, rainbow bracelets, magazines, and more. VFW Post 308 donated cookies.