Newtown Middle School students competed in the final school round of the National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, January 13. After six rounds and a final championship round, Jackson Hebner was named as the school’s champion. To participate in the geography bee — which was held after school ended before family, friends, and teachers in the school’s auditorium — students competed in their clusters against their fellow students. As NMS social studies teacher Shari Oliver explained, the “ten amazing students” all competed against roughly 95 other students to be named as their cluster’s champion.
Middle school aged students at Fraser Woods Montessori School surrounded a table set up with a map of the world and game pieces on Wednesday, January 14, to discuss a current world issue.
Responding to the January 7 killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices in Paris, students were charged with focusing on free speech and its importance by creating their own political drawings.
As the school year continues, the students are presented with more world problems to discuss and/or solve in the form of a “Global Game,” thought up by head of humanities and Dean of the Middle School Wendy Musk.
The Newtown based company, Connectologie, LLC, recently announced the creation of a $2,500 Kidologie Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating 2015 Newtown High School senior. Funds for the scholarship will be raised from admission ticket sales at the company’s 3rd Annual Kidologie Gets Ready For Summer event, taking place at Reed Intermediate School on Sunday, March 15.
Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Kathy Gombos told her entire student body seated inside the school’s gymnasium on Tuesday, January 13, “We are all very excited…”
A few moments later Sandy Hook School math/science specialist Kris Feda introduced Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to the assembled students. Ms Feda explained that Mr Nye has made science his career and shared some highlights from his work.
“So let’s give a Sandy Hook School welcome to Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’” Ms Feda said.
Newtown Middle School art teacher Arlene Spoonfeather estimated that 30 eighth grade art enrichment students currently have 45 pieces on view at Mine Art Gallery, 117 Church Hill Road. The exhibit opened for family and friends of the students on Saturday, January 10, during an afternoon private showing that had the space filled with people looking at the works and speaking with the artists. The public is invited to visit the show while it remains on view, until January 24.
Before Head O’ Meadow fourth grade chorus students performed their Winter Concert during the evening of January 7, the students also sang their prepared songs for their fellow students during as assembly on Tuesday, January 6.
Members of the fourth grade Singers group introduced each song sung on Tuesday, and Head O’ Meadow music teacher Cynthia Holberg led her students through each song.
All Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 9, due to deteriorating weather conditions. The decision was announced around 7:30 am following an earlier announcement that all schools would run on a two hour delayed schedule.
The following are the students who made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first quarter marking period at Newtown High School this school year. The honor roll listings were recently released by the school for publication. Students earn recognition on the High Honor Roll by being enrolled in five or more classes with a minimum of four courses in areas of study other than independent study and related work experience, have an overall average of 90 or more for the marking period and the student must receive a grade of 85 or higher in each course. To make the Honor Roll, NHS students must meet the same requirements, but their overall grade average must be more than 85, and the student must receive a grade of 80 or higher in each course.