Redding Elementary School holds International Festival

From left, Redding Elementary School students Avery Baker, Alessandra Costello, Mila Baker, and Emma Ramirez are getting ready for the school’s International Festival on March 10.

The Redding Elementary School PTA is hosting its fifth annual International Festival. The event provides an opportunity for students and their families to “travel” the world by learning about, tasting and experiencing many different cultures.   “Each year is a little bit different because new families or volunteers share a country we haven’t seen at the festival before,” said Lisa Goldstein, one of the event organizers. “It’s always so fun to see the various costumes, try the different foods and watch the kids as they get excited to have their passports stamped.” Families from the Redding community will be presenting … Read more

Weston students argue for a win

The Weston High School mock trial team beat Ridgefield last week in the state semifinals. The team will compete against Trumbull for the state championship next month. The winner will go on to represent Connecticut at the national competition in Nevada in May. The Weston mock trial team is coached by teacher Laura Del Savio and attorney volunteer coaches Kate Moore and Carl Bernstein. Team members are Brendan Moore, Max Chayet, Carolyne Zech, Matt Sydney, Owen Tanzer, Abby Glassberg, Jane Burdette, James Joyce, and Beck Reiferson.

Weston school resource officer launches website

A new website for Weston parents has been started by school resource officer Joe Mogollon.

Weston’s school resource officer (SRO), Joe Mogollon, has started a website to help inform Weston parents of his duties and to share helpful resources designed to keep students safe. “I attend a lot of PTO meetings and talk to parents pretty often,” said Mogollon. “A lot of times parents can’t make meetings or don’t have the chance to talk, so this website is to help them see what I’m doing at the schools.” With the guidance of Weston High administrators, Mogollon launched the website in December. There are links to resources on drug and alcohol safety, cyberbullying, and traffic safety … Read more

‘The One and Only Ivan’ chosen for Redding’s One Book, One School event

The anticipation was heavy Thursday morning, Feb. 15, in the Redding Elementary School gym as about 500 children tried to guess the title of this year’s selection for the One Book, One School event. Rocky the Raccoon — Redding Elementary School’s mascot — was up on stage, doing a little dance with Principal Natalie Hammond, to build excitement about the book. “Wait for it, wait for it,” said fourth grade teacher Brian Dayton, before revealing the title: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. All at once, the crowd — made up of children in pre-K to fourth grade … Read more

Barlow play is entered in drama competition

Joel Barlow Theatre is presenting The Lark, directed by Diana Canova and student director Susannah Gregg, on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. The Lark is about Joan of Arc and ran on Broadway in the 1950s starring Julie Harris and Boris Karloff. Run time for the play is approximately 35 minutes. The Lark has been entered in the Connecticut Drama Association (CDA) annual drama festival, which will be held on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at O.H. Platt High School in … Read more

Barlow community concerned with school security

A school resource officer does a lot more than just wield a gun, Joel Barlow High School parent Diane MacLean said at Tuesday night’s Region 9 Board of Education meeting. MacLean works as an SRO in a neighboring town. “It’s less about the armed security and more about the relationships and being proactive in the school to help the community be safe and feel that security,” she said. MacLean was one of about 50 parents, students and local residents who attended the meeting at Joel Barlow High School in Redding on Feb. 20, to voice concerns about school safety. While … Read more

Weston school superintendent discusses safety after Florida shooting

In the wake of the school shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Weston Superintendent William McKersie released a five-page memorandum outlining the district’s safety and security measures. The memorandum, released on Monday, Feb. 19, lays out the district’s specific safety resources and discusses how to address the “root causes” of the issue with students. “Let me state in the clearest and simplest terms that the Weston Public Schools are among the safest in the region and nation,” said McKersie. “The safety and security of Weston students and staff has been the … Read more

Weston students gear up for South Pacific

The cast of Company’s South Pacific includes, from left, Ellen Relac, Erin Dillon, Izzy Angeli, Remy Young, Zaina Dove, Charlotte Relac, Brooklyn Boehme, and Jane Burdett.

Weston High School’s theater group Company is heading to the South Pacific. On stage, that is. The group is currently in rehearsal for its spring musical, South Pacific. Originally written and composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1949, South Pacific is a classic musical that confronts themes of romance and racial prejudice in World War II. The show revolves around an American nurse, Nellie Forbush, who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate while struggling to accept his mixed-race children. There is also a secondary romance involving a U.S. lieutenant and a Tonkinese woman. When South Pacific … Read more

School chief presents ‘path’ to 3.5% increase

Samuel Staples Elementary School. — Nancy Doniger photo

Easton school officials are whittling away at a “point of departure” budget to reach a proposed 2018-19 budget with a 3.5% increase over the current $15.8 million plan. School Superintendent Dr. Thomas McMorran has presented the Easton school board with possible cuts to arrive at the 3.5% hike that represents a $554,327 increase and a $16.3 million overall school budget. “We’re showing you a path,” McMorran said, addressing board members at their Feb. 13 meeting. Officials emphasized their efforts at reaching a fiscally responsible budget went along with maintaining current class sizes. “Class size means everything,” said Easton resident Claire … Read more

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