Foundation’s gift could restore some school activities

An angel has paid a visit to Redding Elementary School and John Read Middle School, and a grant of $60,000 will be divided equally between the PTAs of both schools. The gift, which comes from an anonymous family foundation, could increase school activities, and possibly restore some activities lost to recent budget cuts, according to a recent press release. The grant to the John Read Middle School PTA is designated to fund programming and activities. “The grant in the amount of $30,000 is incredibly generous,”  said Debra Jones, John Read Middle School PTA co-president. “It will allow the PTA to … Read more

Redding schools receive grant to restore, expand activities

Grants from an anonymous family foundation to the Redding Elementary School PTA and the John Read Middle School PTA could increase school activities, and possibly restore some lost to recent budget cuts. The grant to the John Read Middle School PTA is earmarked to fund programming and activities. The PTA will work with school administrators to use the grant to fund some of the activities that were recently eliminated by the budget cuts at the school, according to a press release. “This generous gift will help us restore some vital programs at JRMS. While it’s a short-term solution, it is … Read more

Joel Barlow High School announces fourth quarter honor roll

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Joel Barlow High School announces fourth quarter honor roll High Honors Freshmen Lily Anderson, Max Baer, Joseph Baillie, Lily Blanton, Jason Brannan, Joshua Brault, Santiago Calderon, Elisabeth Chan, Astrid Chen, Miah Cooper, Reese Costenbader, Sean Devine, Katie Gjelaj, Tess Graziano, Maya Gustavson, Teagan Klein, Julia Krepsztul, Jake Lambrech, Emily Larkin, Isabel Llach, Timothy Malvaso, Benjamin Massey, Brendan McCarthy, Claudia Meyer, Max Monson, Kelly Moran, Kyle Murray, Cooper Navin, Meghan Ogrinz, Alexandra Popescu, Sydney Rodriguez, Noah Simons, Gabriel Smock, Kate Solway, Brooke Squitieri, Spencer Squitieri, Bran Sullivan, Ryan Thomas, Isabelle Thompson, Corrina Voytek, Trevor Wilkes, Teagan Williams, Erik Wojenski, Mitchell Worthington, … Read more

Weston High School announces fourth quarter honor roll

Weston High School announces fourth quarter honor roll The Weston High School Honor Roll comprises students who achieved a GPA (grade point average) of 3.4 or better. The Principal’s Honor Roll is comprised of students who achieved a fourth-quarter GPA of 3.85 or better. Honor Roll Grade 12 Caroline Ackerman, Madison Ameer, Mateusz Babinski, Lauren Beranek, Brianna Dias, Claire DiMarco, Allison Dyment, Camillo Fontana, Petra Friden, Sara Gibek, Caitlin Grogan, William Grotto, Sophie Hall, Nicole Herman, Annalise Icatar, Klara Karwowski, Brian Kennedy, Mitchell Levi, Alexander McCall, Ailish McCarthy, Kaleb Nelson, Liam Odierna, Grayson Orr, Devon Panzirer, Emily Papay, Theodore Phillips, … Read more

Redding teen creates first Unified Drama program at Barlow

Since she was in the sixth grade, 17-year-old Kaitlyn Siedman has loved the theater. “I think theater is always a great option for everyone,” said Kaitlyn, of Redding, who will be a senior at Joel Barlow High School in the fall. “It creates a big family feeling and it’s really good for self-confidence.” Having worked for many years with special needs children, Kaitlyn wanted to make it possible for all students, regardless of their disability, to share in her passion for the theater. So, this year, she created Barlow’s first Unified Drama show. With help from other students and mentors … Read more

Memorial bench dedicated to AJ Cina of Weston

A new bench at a basketball court in Weston was dedicated to the memory of AJ Cina who lost his life in a bicycle accident in 2013. — Brad Durrell photo

AJ Cina liked playing basketball at the outdoor hoops court on School Road, near the Weston school district’s administrative offices. He would frequently walk there to shoot baskets and join a pickup game. “He just loved playing pickup basketball games there,” said Rich Hassan, whose son Derek and AJ were close childhood friends. Joseph Hayes Cina, known as “AJ,” died in 2013 at age 12 in a bicycle accident. He was known as a fierce but friendly and fair athletic competitor. “He played hard. He was like the Energizer Bunny,” said Hassan, who described AJ as being like a son … Read more

Barlow graduates glance back at senior year

Senior year of high school often passes by in a blur as students take their final tests, plan their prom and graduation, and look toward college or the workplace. Several Joel Barlow High School graduates took some time to reflect on their past year. “There was an awesome sense of community when we were preparing to graduate from Barlow,” said Cole Straughn, of Easton. “I felt I was connecting with my peers. We realized when we turned 18, it changed our perspective. We only have a year left. We’d be gone forever from this childhood.” Cole said he didn’t know … Read more

Easton Scholar Leaders

Peter Martinich and Sofia Krzewicki, eighth grade students at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton, received the Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar Leader Award at a banquet on June 4. The CAS Award recognizes middle school student leaders who uphold scholarship, are resourceful, exemplify and inspire positive behavior, and possess outstanding personal qualities of character and integrity.

Slideshow: Weston grads urged to keep their eyes off the clock

All photos by Bryan Haeffele Weston High School graduates should find time away from all the distractions in life to appreciate what they’ve experienced and accomplished during the past four years. “Take a few moments uninterrupted to think about all the time we shared,” Susannah Keith, student government co-president, told her fellow graduates during the WHS commencement ceremony on Friday, June 22. “Keep your eye off the clock” at times, she suggested. Keith was one of 201 seniors to receive their diplomas inside a big white tent as hundreds of parents, other family members and friends watched. Dressed in blue … Read more

Weston High School Class of 2018 graduates

Weston High School Class of 2018 graduates Caroline Mary Ackerman Jack Fellows Akers Madison Elizabeth Ameer Ryan Hwae Anderson Isabel Rose Angeli Ashley Marilyn Aron Benjamin Alex Averick Varun Awasthi Mateusz Babinski Jason Jeffrey Baisley Lyndsay Leanna Baker Sawyer Clayton Stedman Banbury Sofia Bara Arielle Miriam Dedman Belluck Lauren Ann Beranek Annabell Chunhua Blank Stephen Michael Blinder Michael Lawrence Bogaev Thomas Ryan Bogaev Ian David Borowik Anna Claire Brosnihan Reid David Brostoff Jake Joseph Buffardi Georgia Victoria Burkard Hunter Michael Burkard Sebastian Emilio Casellas James Gray Cataldo Jake Emilio Cavicchia Max Yong Chayet Earnest Prosper Chen Blair Angelica Chila Theodore … Read more

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