• School Slates Fall Family Festival

    Fraser Woods Montessori School has scheduled its Fall Family Festival, which is open to the public, for Saturday, November 9, from 10 am until 3 pm. The day will begin with a 5K run at 8 am on the Fairfield Hill campus, followed by a kids fun run and myriad fall festival events on the school grounds at 173 South Main Street.

  • ‘Tweens And Teens: Discuss, Explore Issues Rarely Talked About

    Florida-based nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms will be offering “MOVE: Focus” on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to 6:30 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. “MOVE: Focus” is a one-day workshop led by professional counselors where attendees will explore issues that are rarely talked about, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. The discussion will cover what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how students can make a difference. The workshop is open to all students in grades 8–12 in the area. MOVE will be taught by licensed mental health counselor Aaron Moore and registered mental health intern Denny Kolsch. “It’s a free conference that will tackle the issues of depression, anxiety, and suicide,” said NCC Youth Minister Allysa De Wolf, who also said the event is “not a religious event but is open to students from all backgrounds.”

  • Band & Guard Earn ‘Bests’ At Freedom Cup Competition

    Competing against 19 marching bands from around the Northeast, the Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard, under the direction of Kurt Eckhardt, was awarded Best Percussion, Best Music, and Best Guard at the USBands Regional Freedom Cup, held outside Philadelphia October 11 to 13. Judges scored Newtown 81.2, the school’s best showing thus far in US Bands competition...

  • Three NHS Students To Perform At Carnegie Hall

    Three Newtown High School students, members of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras (GBYO), are gearing up to perform as part of a Carnegie Hall concert set for December 5. The event is called “Tim Janis — The American Christmas Carol,” and tickets for it went on sale October 11. Tickets are available online at www.CarnegieHall.org or by calling the Carnegie Hall box office, 212-247-7800; tickets range from $30 to $165...

  • Reading Choices From NHS, NMS, And Reed

    The Newtown High School Book Club had its first meeting on Monday, September 30, to talk about its current book, Divergent by Veronica Roth. Huddled around a table in the school’s library/media center, students assigned club officers and discussed the book and more. The group’s first order of business was to assign club officers for the new school year. Ellen Moran took the role of president, Juliana Sansonetti became vice president, Abigail Kohler secretary, and Carly Lindsay is in charge of the club’s public relations...

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Open

    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...

  • Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition Open To Local Students

    Commander James Rebman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #308 recently announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Local middle school students in sixth through eighth grade can compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition for the potential to win thousands of dollars...

  • Scarecrows To Go On Display Saturday

    This year’s Newtown Middle School My Favorite Scarecrow Contest will be on display and open for voting from this Saturday, October 19, until Sunday, October 27. This year marks the 17th year eighth grade student groups have been challenged to create a larger-than-life scarecrow, designed to frighten away a demon of their choice, that can withstand inclement weather. The scarecrows are then put on display on NMS’s front lawn on Queen Street, voted on by the public for $1 per vote, and the top three winning scarecrow groups receive the proceeds to donate to charities of their choice...

  • Open Mic For Newtown Youth

    Young adult poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers are all invited to share their share your talents at Saturday Night Open Mic, an event being planned for Newtown Youth (grades 6-12) at Newtown Congregational Church on Saturday, October 26. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and other instruments will be available. Each performer will be given approximately five minutes. Space may be limited to 20 performers total and sign-up is first come, first serve.

  • Newtown Prevention Council Hears Substance Abuse Survey Results

    Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) heard a summary last month of the 2013 Youth Survey Report by Archie Swindell of Quantitative Services. The news received during the September 19 was mixed. The survey found that local youth are smoking less… tobacco, that is. Marijuana is another thing. The survey was sponsored by Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Public Schools through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. It was administered in April. The results had previously been presented to the Board of Education during its August 20 meeting.