Students inside Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Tuesday, April 28, cheered, clapped, and sometimes participated with the Zuzu African Acrobats performance, which was sponsored by the school’s PTA.
Middle Gate Principal Chris Geissler said at the start of the assembly that he was thrilled the school’s PTA was sponsoring the event, because, as he said, he first learned about the Zuzu African Acrobats through an e-mail. He said his first reaction was, “That’s pretty cool.”
He shared the e-mail with PTA member Debbie DeBlasi, and Mr Geissler said she too responded with, “That’s pretty cool.”
After first singing their school’s song, Middle Gate Elementary School fourth graders shared a number of songs during an assembly on Thursday, April 23, as a preview for their then-upcoming Spring Concert, which was held in the evening of April 27.
Led by Middle Gate music teacher Tina Jones, the students sang songs like, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” “Pizza Love,” “Happy,” and “Nothing More.”
When the group sang “Nothing More,” by the Alternate Routes, different students took turns holding up signs.
Over the district’s April vacation, three delegations through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) visited three different countries: Spain, France, and China.
Members of the delegations recently reflected on those trips and on hosting delegates who visited Newtown during three separate times between February and the start of April.
The first visiting delegates to Newtown came from Liaocheng, in the Shandong Province of China, and visited between February 23 and March 4. The Spanish delegation from I.E.S. Las Encinas School visited from March 15 to March 23, and the French delegation from Lycée Alain, Newtown’s sister school in France, visited from March 25 until April 1.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and the Board of Education honored 12 teachers at the start of the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, May 5, with the district’s 2014-15 Profiles in Professionalism Award.
This is the first year the award honors local educators, school personnel, and parents.
“It’s an opportunity this evening that the school board has a chance to witness 12 outstanding employees for the town Board of Education,” said Dr Erardi before he named each of the 12 honorees alphabetically. “And I am absolutely certain when I say the 12 employees represent so many others that could be standing with them this evening.”
With Reed Intermediate School’s musical production of "Annie Jr" set to take the stage this Friday, May 8, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm, Director Sharon Vetrano said earlier this week that students and everyone involved in the production are excited. “They are absolutely amazing,” said Ms Vetrano before a run-through rehearsal started on Tuesday. “They worked so incredibly hard.” The plot of "Annie Jr" follows a young orphan girl as she searches for a family.
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.
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For the annual Argentina Day, held this year on Friday, April 24, at Newtown High School, Spanish 4 students studied the history of the country, read stories about Argentina, ate Argentinean food, and learned how to tango.
In the school’s gymnasium, ballroom and Latin dance instructor Deb Linley, who works primarily out of Vitti’s Dance Studio in Danbury and also offers lessons through her website dancin4joy.com, showed students how to tango.
Students practiced dancing with partners before a dance contest was held at the end of the school day, with the best dancers facing off.
With only a small number of rehearsals left before Reed Intermediate School students in this year’s musical production of "Annie Jr" take the stage, Director Sharon Vetrano spoke to the students on Tuesday, April 28, sharing advice and more before the day’s rehearsal. The plot of the musical follows a young orphan girl as she searches for a family. The performances are set for 7 pm on Friday, May 8, and 6 pm on Saturday, May 9. All performances will be held at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Tickets are $8.
Near the start of its meeting on Tuesday, April 21, the Board of Education held a “celebration of excellence” to honor the Newtown High School wrestling team.
NHS Athletic Director Gregg Simon introduced the wrestling team to the board, and said, “I’ve been involved with athletics at the high school for the last 25 years, so I think I can say with certainty that this is the most successful team in the history of Newtown High School.”
Mr Simon outlined the team’s recent accomplishments, which included winning the South-West Conference, Class LL championships, and the State Open championships, finishing second at the New England championships, and being named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Team of the Year.
Reed Intermediate School students in Maura Drabik and Todd Stentiford’s sixth grade cluster presented their “One Person Does Make A Difference” projects with parents and other guests on Wednesday, April 8, in the school’s cafetorium.
According to Ms Drabik, the 49 students in the cluster were tasked with studying one historical figure with the theme, “one person can make a difference.” Students prepared speeches for the project, and on Wednesday some chose to dress like the person they had studied. As people made their way around the school’s cafetorium, the students each shared their speech, which had been memorized ahead of the event.