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  • School Board Selects New Hawley School Principal

    While the Board of Education interviewed Christopher Moretti for the position of principal of Hawley Elementary School in an executive session on April 29, a group of district personnel, Hawley staff members, and current principal Jo-Ann Peters Edmondson waited outside the Council Chambers at Newtown Municipal Center. When the school board returned and opened its session to the public, it unanimously voted to hired Mr Moretti for the position. He will begin his tenure at Hawley on July 1. His salary will be set by the existing administrator’s contract, according to the board’s motion.

  • Author Visits Hawley Elementary School

    During “Hawley Loves To Read Week” author Sara Pennypacker stopped by on Tuesday, April 8, to speak to students about writing, her books, and her inspirations. Ms Pennypacker’s published works include her Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Dumbstruck, The Amazing World of Stuart, Sparrow Girl, and Pierre in Love. She also visited Middle Gate Elementary School during that school’s “Middle Gate Loves To Read Week,” on Monday, April 7.

  • Next Parent Forums: Summer Planning, Parenting In Tough Times, Parenting In A Challenging World

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Middle Gate Elementary School, and Newtown Middle School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. The Sandy Hook School Parent Forum, “Summer Planning To Sustain Your Child’s Progress,” will be held on Monday, April 28; Middle Gate will host "Parenting In Tough Times" on April 29; and the middle school will host "How To Parent In A Challenging World" on April 30.

  • Head O’ Meadow Students Vote For Books

    Head O’ Meadow students cast their votes Monday, April 21, on which category of books they would like purchased for the school’s library. The event is a yearly one at the school, and library/media specialist Bev Bjorklund said she prepared the students to cast their ballots by speaking to them about the importance of voting. Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton and Sharon Kish were on hand for the day, along with a voting machine. Head O’ Meadow PTA volunteers were also in the school’s library, where the machine was set up, to help students through the voting process.

  • Newtown Recovery Project Sets Next Parent Forums: Stress Management, Video Game Addiction

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Reed Intermediate School and Hawley Elementary School. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Forums run for one hour. The Reed Parent Forum, “Springtime Stress Management,” is set for Wednesday, April 23. The Hawley Parent Forum, “Video Game Addiction,” will be on Thursday, April 24.

  • Bunny Watch 2014 Underway

    The fourth annual Bunny Watch is underway near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus Friday, April 18, from 10 am until 4 pm, and Saturday, April 19, 10 am until 4 pm.This is the fourth year Newtown High School Odyssey of the Mind team members have gathered to offer the Bunny Watch as a fundraiser for the group to attend the World Finals of the problem-solving competition.Odyssey of the Mind is the largest intellectual competition in the world. Teams of up to seven students select and solve one of five long-term problems that they present at the annual state competitions. The top 30 teams in each competing state then head to World Finals, where teams from more than 30 countries come together in the spirit of international competition. This year’s Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will be held at the end of May in Ames, Iowa.

  • NMS Celebration Of The Arts Set For April 29

    Newtown Middle School will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts at the school on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 pm. The event will include a visual arts exhibition, a technology education open house, a slide show and photo gallery from the Project Adventure program, and other presentations. This year's edition of the NMS literary magazine will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a book fair.

  • NHS Best Buddies Promote ‘Spread The Word To End The Word’ Though A Video

    A video created by the Newtown High School Best Buddies Club with the high school’s Tech Team was shared on YouTube on March 28. Since then the video, which promotes pledging to ban the use of the “R-word,” has had nearly 400 views. According to NHS senior and Best Buddies Club President Charlotte Gray, the club has helped share the Spread the Word To End The Word Campaign each school year. The NHS Chapter of Best Buddies — a program fostering one-on-one friendships between high school students and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities — is advised by Jill Gonski and Mimi Riccio...

  • Author Sara Pennypacker Helps Celebrate Middle Gate Loves To Read Week

    As part of its Middle Gate Loves To Read Week, celebrated April 7 to 11, students at the school heard a presentation and met author Sara Pennypacker on Monday, April 7. “It’s still amazing that Sara Pennypacker is here,” said Middle Gate language arts consultant Mary Blair before the presentation began. Ms Pennypacker’s visit was sponsored by the Middle Gate PTA. Ms Pennypacker’s published works include her Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Dumbstruck, The Amazing World of Stuart, Sparrow Girl, and Pierre in Love. As she told Middle Gate students on April 11, she writes about one book a year, and she works “wherever my head is.”

  • First Newtown High School Composers’ Concert Slated April 23

    This Wednesday the Newtown High School Music Department will inaugurate a new tradition by presenting the first NHS Composers’ Concert, according to music teacher Chris Lee. The event will take place on April 23 at 7 pm in the high school cafetorium, and will feature student work from the school’s music theory and music technology programs. Mr Lee said this week that all of the compositions that will be offered have been composed this school year, some in recent weeks. He also said a combination of electronic works and live acoustic works will be offered during the event. A newly assembled group called the New Music Ensemble will perform the live works, according to Mr Lee...