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

Redding Board of Education discusses $700,000 increase

The Redding Board of Education has discussed an increase in the 2018-19 budget of $700,000, or about 3.5%, over the current budget of $20.75 million, according to Chairman Melinda Irwin. “We have numerous items pushing the budget up,” Irwin said, adding that the largest one is special education, which alone amounts to an increase of 3.5% over the current year. Much smaller increases in the budget pertain to contractually obligated costs, she explained. They include an increase of about 2.5% in certified teachers’ salaries, a 1.75% increase in certified medical insurance, a 1.7% increase in transportation, and a 1.35% increase … Read more

Weston, Easton, Redding see drop in state-issued school district grades

Weston, Easton and Redding public school districts each saw dropping grades on the state’s annual assessment of school performance, according to data released Friday, Feb. 9. The data comes from an annual report put out by Connecticut’s Department of Education. Each district earned worse grades in the 2016-17 school year than the 2015-16 school year. The Weston school district scored 82.1, down from last year, when it scored 85.4. Easton’s districtwide score is 75.8, down from 83.5 last year. Redding scored 76.6, down from 81.5 a year ago. According to the Connecticut Department of Education, the state uses a zero-to-100 … Read more

Joel Barlow High School receives grants

Joel Barlow High School

Joel Barlow High School, serving the towns of Easton and Redding, recently received the following gifts: The Easton Learning Foundation (ELF) donated $5,836 to purchase a class set of Chromebooks to support implementation of Next Generation Science Standards — the new science curriculum. ELF also donated $8,000 to be put toward the purchase of a CNC router to support robotics. The Weller Foundation donated $1,000 for the purchase a CNC router to support robotics.

Redding families have a blast at Snowball

Light sticks, cupcakes and Rocky the Raccoon — Redding Elementary School’s mascot — were all spotted at Saturday night’s Snowball dance. The dance, held at John Read Middle School on the evening of Feb. 10, ran for three hours and sold out, with more than 300 people — more than twice as many as last year — attending, according to PTA marketing chairman Sarah O’Dell. For the first year, the dance — historically open to fathers and daughters only — was open to all Redding Elementary School students and their parents. The event featured food, drinks, a DJ, a photo … Read more

Redding’s gifted and talented program challenges students

Can you calculate how many blades of grass there are in a field? Third and fourth graders in Redding Elementary School’s gifted and talented program sure can. In the program, “students are using the same resources that all the other children are using, but we’re looking at them deeper, we’re diving into them,” Redding Elementary School Principal Natalie Hammond said at a recent Board of Education meeting. Currently, in RES, eight third graders and 17 fourth graders receive 60 minutes a day of gifted and talented instruction in math. In language arts, eight third graders and 22 fourth graders receive … Read more

Redding students earn Beacon Awards for citizenship

Beacon award winners, Ben Wick Cade Fravel, Caden Caraluzzi, Lillian Condosta, Leo Houser, Stella Scarozza, Piper Gilbert, and Lauren Klein-Wassink.

Eight students were chosen at the John Read Middle School in Redding as recipients of  a Beacon Award for semester 1 of the 2017-18 school year. The students were nominated based on their scholarship, leadership and citizenship. The eight Beacon Award winners are Ben Wick, grade seven, Cade Fravel, grade five, Caden Caraluzzi, grade six, Lillian Condosta, grade six, Leo Houser, grade eight, Stella Scarozza, grade seven, Piper Gilbert, grade eight, and Lauren Klein-Wassink, grade five.

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