• WCSU To Make First Scholarship Award In Honor Of 12/14 Victim This Fall

    Western Connecticut State University has announced it will make the first four-year award of a scholarship in memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall. It will continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university. Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. Days after the events of 12/14, the Greenes asked WCSU to create a scholarship fund as a way to honor Ana’s life, according to the university.

  • NHS Class Of 2013 Graduates

    Newtown High School's Class of 2013 graduated Saturday, June 22, following commencement exercises at Western Connecticut State University's O'Neill Center.While lining up in the shade outside, in preparation of graduation, members of the 2013 class hugged, laughed, and adjusted the caps and gowns of those around them. As NHS Senior Class President Rachel DiVanno said during her speech, "Our class, the graduating class of 2013, is more than...

  • School Year Rolls To A Close

    A cloudless afternoon greeted Newtown Middle School students after the last bell rang on Friday, June 21, signaling the close of the school year at NMS. Across the district students completed the 2012-13 academic year with a half-day on the first official day of summer. Buses were waiting outside NMS, some with festive streamers dangling while others had white hearts or sayings, like "Have a great summer," drawn on windows. Staff lined up quickly following the last bell to wave goodbye and offer well wishes to students as they boarded the bus for the last time this school year...

  • Garden Party Celebrates Poetry Workshop Creativity

    From topics as simple as bubbles and pieces of paper to those as in-depth as the town and a variety of personal thoughts, Newtown children and their parents expressed themselves in creative poetic pieces during a workshop-culminating garden party on the scenic backyard grounds of the Dana Holcombe House on Monday evening. Newtown’s Carol Ann Davis, an author and professor in Fairfield University’s creative writing program; Hawley School fourth grade teacher Lea Attanasio; Fairfield University Dean of Academic Engagement Elizabeth Boquet, PhD; and Fairfield U English major Charlotte Pecquex collaborated to give students and their parents a chance to try their hand at poetry as a creative and therapeutic outlet in the aftermath of 12/14. Newtown students in grades 3–6, and many of their parents, participated in the month-and-half-long, weekly workshop...

  • Future Educators Awarded Scholarships In Memory Of Those Lost

    The memories of those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on 12/14 continue to live on through family, friends, and community members. Now, future educators are honoring the 20 students and six educators thanks to a partnership between We Are Newtown and Newtown Scholarship Association to provide scholarships to four graduating Newtown High School students. The first four recipients of the new scholarship, one of eight established this year in response to 12/14, were announced on June 15 during a ceremony at Newtown Youth Academy.

  • NMS Eighth Grade Moves Up And On

    Despite the steady rain and gray skies, there was a celebratory mood at the Newtown Middle School’s Moving-Up Ceremony for graduating eighth grade students, which took place Tuesday, June 18, at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neil Center.Despite an afternoon thunderstorm that brought inclement weather a couple hours before the scheduled 6 pm start, spirits remained high, as the 450 eighth-graders being honored took refuge from the wet weather.The large auditorium was abuzz with the excited chatter of family members and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the eight grade students transition from NMS to Newtown High School.The ceremony opened with two lines of students proceeding through black curtains into the O’Neill Center to “Pomp and Circumstance,” before a large enthusiastic crowd, which nearly filled the expansive bleachers. After filing into their seats positioned in the center of the auditorium, the students received a standing ovation from...

  • Brotherly Devotion In The Form Of A Diploma

    There was a surprise waiting for one member of the Henry Abbott Technical High School graduating Class of 2013. It took the impressive form of Newtown High School 2010 graduate and United States Navy Seaman Dustin Hanson, who walked out on stage Monday, June 17, to hand his younger brother, Dylan Hanson, a diploma.The event took Dylan and most members of the audience completely by surprise. When the announcement came that a “special guest” was being invited up to the stage to present the next diploma, clapping stopped and a hush fell around the Henry Abbott Technical High School gymnasium, where the ceremony was held. A few moments later, echoes of clapping and enthusiastic hooting roared up from the audience as Dustin emerged onto the stage, wearing his Naval uniform...

  • Reed Students Conduct A ‘Science Expo’

    For a portion of the day on Thursday, May 30, some of the Reed Intermediate School’s sixth grade classrooms had science experiments on display for other Reed students to witness. Reed sixth grade teacher Georgia Smith said she was very impressed by w...

  • NMS Releases Third Marking Period Honor Rolls

    Newtown Middle School recently released its honor roll for the third quarter marking period of the 2012-13 school year. The following seventh and eighth grade students earned their place on the list.

  • Best Buddies Prom Brought Dancing And Fun

    Amid a rush of loud music and flashing disco lights students danced Saturday, June 8, at the Best Buddies prom. “Everybody is dancing without inhibition,” said parent Laura Nowacki. “It’ a special night.”