Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in some of its October classes. Subjects include jewelry making in varied forms, knitting, positivity, Windows 10, ballroom dancing, writing memoirs and personal essays, and using Amazon Reader and Kindle.
Roughly 70 students gathered in an art room at Newtown Middle School last week, to learn more about entering into the 19th annual My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest. Each year NMS eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a “larger than life” scarecrow that can withstand the elements. Students and community members cast their votes for their favorites in dollar donations, with the money generated split among the three top vote-recipients and donated to the charity of the winners’ choice.
Former WCW and WWE wrestling champion Marc Mero offered presentations for students during the day and an evening presentation for parents and community members on Wednesday, September 9, at Newtown High School.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Newtown Prevention Council, and the NHS PTSA arranged the presentations, which shared a message of hope and inspiration.
Mr Mero is also the founder of Champion of Choices, which has a mission to empower students to make healthy and positive choices that will lead to lifelong success, initiating personal and social change to make a difference in themselves and their communities, according to its website, thinkpoz.org.
Newtown Historical Society will host its annual Children’s Day at the Little Red Schoolhouse on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, September 20, from noon to 2 pm. Costumed docents will conduct classes inside the historic schoolhouse and offer recess activities on the lawn as well, for students from 5 to 10 years old. Recess will consist of such colonial games as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races and a Tug of War. There is a $3 materials fee, payable at the event.
The new 3D Afinia 800 printer that arrived at the C.H. Booth Library, Wednesday, August 26, is the library’s newest addition to a growing collection of items geared toward attracting patrons who view the library as a place for learning, as much as a space for reading. Purchased through funds generated at the April 2015 Library Board of Directors gala fashion show, this printer is the second 3D printer at the library for use by the public.
When Newtown Middle School technology education teacher Don Ramsey arrived at his summer vacation destination this summer, he had one agenda item: learn with moxie.
“I’m the type of person that likes to see new places and meet people I have never met before,“ said Mr Ramsey, roughly a week before school began for the 2015-16 school year. “And I had a particular interest in learning about Native Americans and their plight since that was an area I had never really learned about.”
He traveled July 7 to 11 and he chose his destination nearly “randomly.” He knew what he wanted to learn, and he had never seen the grasslands or prairies. He had also never been on a Native American reservation before.
Members of the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard participated in the Newtown Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 7, but the parade is just one of many events the students will participate in this coming season. “We have a show that has an Egyptain theme to it, and we have called it ‘Pharaoh’s Legacy,’” said Band Director Kurt Eckhardt. Each year, Mr Eckhardt said, when it is time to choose a show’s theme, he said he listens to a variety of music. Mr Eckhardt said the Marching Band & Guard’s show this year will involves “lots of imagery,” with ideas stemming from pyramids, pharaohs, and, maybe, mummies.
A Community Forum titled “Parent Partnership: Influence, Inspire, and Ignite Teaching and Learning” has been scheduled by the Newtown Public Schools for Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm at Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall. The event will be a one-hour community forum for all kindergarten through twelfth grade parents.
Last fall, Two Coyotes Wilderness School launched a “365 Days of Nature for Kids” campaign to get kids out in nature year round, not just during the spring and summer, and recently announced its upcoming programs available to local kids, between ages 5 and 16.
Two Coyotes, a nonprofit organization located at 201 Huntingtown Road, is dedicated to nurture healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature.
As part of the “365 Days” campaign, Two Coyotes is expanding its Newtown fall programs to Granby and Killingworth and offering nature immersion opportunities for families and kids. All programs begin either in mid-September or mid-October.