Superintendent's Newsletter

October 28, 2022

A Message from Mr. Melillo

It is hard to believe we are nearly one-fourth of the way through this school year. As we transition into the winter season I'd like to highlight some past events and share what makes Newtown Public Schools great!

Veterans War Time Medal Ceremony

On September 21st I attended the Veterans War Time Medal Ceremony at Newtown High School. Any Connecticut Veteran, living or deceased, with qualifying wartime military service, is eligible to receive the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, and Senior Vice Commander of American Legion Post 202, Donna Monteleone Randle, represented Newtown at the ceremony. Boy Scout Troop 370 presented and retired the colors. Newtown High School Band played the National Anthem. Newtown High School student Grace Lynch was the guest vocalist. I felt very honored to be part of this event, it was moving to see veterans from multiple eras receive recognition for their service.

Halloween Safety

From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents. To help make it a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are lots of easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays.

Top Tips for Halloween Safety

  1. Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
  2. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
  3. Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited about Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
  4. Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
  5. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision

High School Happenings

Instructional Rounds

Our administrative team has been engaged in observing classroom instruction through a process know as Instructional Rounds. Instructional rounds is a practice adapted to education from the field of medicine. It offers a structure for educators to work together to identify and solve common problems related to teaching and learning. The model has been used within schools, across schools, and across districts to raise the quality of instruction for all students. The instructional rounds process provides a disciplined, collaborative way for schools and districts to improve teaching practices and outcomes for our students.

Italian Heritage Celebration

The World Language Department at Newtown High School hosted an Italian Heritage Celebration. Staff and students enjoyed this 19th annual event. The students decorated their shirts, enjoyed an Italian feast, presented their projects, and played Italian games.
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Rotary Club Students of the Month

Congratulations to Newtown High School senior Savanna Robertson and Newtown Middle School seventh-grader Samuel Villagran for being selected as Newtown Rotary Club Students of the Month. In a ceremony held at Newtown Country Club, both students were presented with awards for their work in school and the community. This is just one of the many programs that Newtown Rotary supports to assist students as they grow into successful adults and citizens.

NMS National Junior Arts Honors Society

On October 26th, Newtown Middle School hosted its National Junior Arts Honors induction ceremony for our fine arts students at Newtown Middle School. NJAHS magnifies the innovation, skills, and scholarship that our art program brings to our district and community. Participation in NHAHS provides students, faculty, school, and community with benefits that include student recognition, leadership growth opportunities, college and career preparation, and public acknowledgment of our arts program.
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NMS Scarecrows and Painted Pumpkins

Art teachers Leigh Anne Hildebrandt and Kris Ladue brought back the Scarecrows and Painted Pumpkins contest at Newtown Middle School. The project encourages students to design scarecrows and pumpkins at home and display them to the community. Community members are able to vote on their favorite creations and offer donations to the FAITH Food Pantry. FAITH Food Pantry is a Newtown organization that assists residents in need of food assistance. This is a win-win event for everyone!
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Unified Sports Soccer Tournament

On Wednesday, October 26th, Newtown Public Schools hosted The Newtown Unified Sports Soccer Tournament. The tournament featured 10 local high school Unified Sports teams. This was a great event! It warms my heart to see our children enjoy themselves and be successful. Team sports bring people together. Unified Sports, breaks down stereotypes about people in a really fun way. Special thanks to our coaches, administrators, and our Newtown Cheer Team for supporting our students.
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