• Valentines For Troops Effort Sending Local Love Overseas

    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.

  • Looking Back On A NICE Delegation Visit From Chinese Sister School

    Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) members reflected on a visit by a delegation from Liaocheng, China, from January 24 to February 2, with The Bee this week. “It was incredible,” said Lisa Berger, president of the NICE Parent Community Organization (NICE PCO), on February 2, the day after delegates left to return to China. Ms Berger said she was still overwhelmed by the excitement of the delegates’ stay. The delegation included 29 students and 11 adults, administrators, and educators from China, according to Ms Berger. About 30 host families offered up their homes for the delegates to stay in during the visit.

  • NHS Varsity Winter Guard Participates In First Regional Championship

    With an eye toward the Winter Guard International (WGI) championships in Dayton, Ohio, in early April, the Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard competed in its first WGI Regional Championship in Salem, Mass., on Saturday, February 8. Scoring a solid 62.2, the 16-member team walked away with the First Place trophy for the Scholastic Open Division, and gained both experience and insight into what the judges are looking for. Instructor Janos Pergely was pleased with the feedback heard from the judges, saying he was delighted that judges liked Newtown’s show “Whirlwind.”

  • Ceremony At NHS Honors Graduating Students

    A gathering and ceremony was held on Tuesday, February 4, in Newtown High School’s cafetorium to honor students who have completed graduation requirements midyear. The event marked the completion of high school education for 19 students: Sabrina Brereton, Nathan Brown, Domingos Cabeleira, Kacey Caplan, Jessica Debreceni, Gabrielle Deri, Olivia Dib, Anna Claire Guaragno, Lena Harris, Nicholas Marcinek, Emily Pieretti, Jesie Rojas, Charles Shepard, Matthew Villamana, Colin Wagner, Veronica Webb, Robert Willis, David Witkowski, and Madison Woodward. Some students did not attend the ceremony, but have still completed graduation requirements...

  • NHS Varsity Winter Guard Slates Upcoming Events

    The Newtown High School Varsity Winter Guard and guard parents have scheduled three upcoming events.An NHS Varsity Winter Guard Pasta Supper and Silent Auction has been scheduled for Friday, February 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Newtown United Methodist Church; the annual Winter Guard Extravaganza will be March 1 at Newtown High School; and wine and beer tasting event is planned for March 14 at Edmond Town Hall.

  • Children’s Adventure Center Receives Artwork From Texas School

    The Children’s Adventure Center, Riverside Road, on Wednesday, January 29, accepted a work of art sent to the town in memory of the first anniversary of 12/14. Given by the school community of the Guadalupe Regional Middle School (GRMS) and the city of Brownsville, Texas, the simple painting is meant to convey the theme of children’s never-ending play, according to GRMS art teacher, Jennifer Rose. “This theme was chosen to celebrate the young and playful innocence of children,” Ms Rose explained in a letter that accompanied the gift...

  • Public Invited To Science & Engineering Fair At NHS, February 8

    The 14th Annual Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair will be Saturday, February 8, Newtown High School. The fair is sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation (SCSEF). Over 500 students and judges are expected to attend from towns including Newtown, Darien, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hamden, Redding, Ridgefield, Westport and Woodbridge. NHS science teacher Tim Dejulio is in charge of Newtown-related logistics and a proud champion of 11 students from Newtown who will be participating. The public is welcomed to view the exhibits starting at noon, free of charge. The public is also welcome to the awards ceremony and listen to keynote speaker David Pogue, award-winning journalist, author and TV host, who will speak at 1:30. The event should conclude by 3.

  • Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project Sets Parent Forums

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has scheduled parent forums at Reed Intermediate School and Head O’ Meadow Elementary School. The Reed Intermediate School Parent Forum, called “I Know I Can Because I Am,” will be conducted on Monday, February 10, in two sessions, one from 9:15 am until 10:15 am in Reed’s cafetorium, and one from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Reed’s media center...

  • NHS To Hold Postsecondary Planning Night For Juniors

    The Newtown High School Guidance Department is scheduled to host a postsecondary planning night for juniors and their parents Wednesday, February 5, at 7 pm, at the school. This night will begin in the main auditorium and will include multiple workshops to cover the “what, ...

  • Snowflakes Fall Author And Illustrator Visit Sandy Hook School

    Former resident and renowned children’s book illustrator and author Steven Kellogg and award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan visited Sandy Hook Elementary School on Thursday, January 16. Mr Kellogg and Ms MacLachlan worked together to create Snowflakes Fall in memory of those lost at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. According to a description of the book, it portrays the beauty, joy, and sorrow of life’s natural cycle. Throughout the day Mr Kellogg and Ms MacLachlan gave presentations for groups of students and signed copies of their books.