Weston student selected for State Student Advisory Council on Education

David Tamburri, a senior at Weston High School and co-executive vice president of the student council, was selected to join the State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE). The council was formed 20 years ago to give Connecticut students a voice in education planning and enable the state Board of Education, the commissioner of education, state department of education personnel, the governor, and state legislators to become familiar with high school students’ perspectives on key issues. SSACE meets regularly with the education commissioner, and on occasion with the governor, to reflect student opinion on matters of concern to the state’s … Read more

Damian Long named theater coordinator in Weston

Damian Long

Veteran educator Damian Long will serve as Weston Public Schools’ theater coordinator, overseeing the district’s theatrical productions. Long is a member of Weston High School’s faculty where he teaches English and drama. He has been a member of the school’s theater program for many years, having directed several productions including Carousel, Twelfth Night, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Long will join Elizabeth Morris, WHS Company Theater Club adviser, in leading the theater program. The fall drama production, to be directed by Nancy Ponturo, will be getting underway shortly at the high school.

Weston and Barlow students named Merit semifinalists

Four area students have been named semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Weston seniors Owen Tanzer, Carolyn Zech, and Kayla Zhang have earned the semifinalist qualification. Andrew Z. Yu, of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, has been named a semifinalist. The academically successful high school seniors who qualified as semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring. In order to qualify as a semifinalist, each student must be among the highest-scoring entrants of the preliminary SAT exams in their state. … Read more

Redding elementary, middle school to remain on bottled water

Due to excessive sodium and chloride concentrations in the wells at John Read Middle School and Redding Elementary School, students at both schools will be drinking bottled water until further notice. Both schools have been using bottled water for drinking and cooking — “anything that has to do with consuming the water,” said Scott Reiss, director of finance and operations at Easton, Redding, and Region 9, which is Joel Barlow High School. Redding Elementary School went on bottled water in October of 2016. John Read Middle School went on bottled water in late October and early November of 2017. There … Read more

Weston Class of 1983 plans 35th reunion

Members of the Class of 1983 will revisit their youth at their 35th Weston High School Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Weston Field Club, 38 Ladder Hill Road South at 6:30 p.m. Many former Westonites have returned to raise families back in town or Fairfield County at large. Classmates near and far are invited to celebrate this milestone and help spread the word.   On Friday, Oct. 12, there will be a cash bar gathering at 323 Bar and Restaurant, 323 Main Street, Westport, at 7 p.m., while Saturday, Oct. 13, will be the main event featuring cocktails … Read more

Grant restores most activities to Redding school budget

They’re back — at least most of them. The anonymous grant of $60,000 that was given to the Redding Elementary School PTA and the John Read Middle School PTA in July has restored most of the extracurricular clubs and activities that had been removed from the budget due to recent cuts. The grant, which was donated from a private educational-based family foundation, has been divided equally between both PTAs. In an email sent Wednesday, Sept. 5, to parents of students at John Read from Principal Diane Martin, the following activities will be reinstated for the 2018-19 school year: Morning Gym, … Read more

Barlow pays tribute to graduate who perished on 9-11

A strong community is essential to growth, Joel Barlow High School Principal Gina Pin said at the Peter Burton Hanson Award for Humanity ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The ceremony, held at Barlow, paid tribute to the late Peter Hanson of Easton, a member of the Joel Barlow Class of 1987. Hanson died at age 32 on Sept. 11 when United Airlines Flight 175 was crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He was with his wife, Sue, and her daughter, Christine Lee Hanson — who, at 2 ½ years old, was the youngest person to lose … Read more

Weller Foundation offers scholarships to Joel Barlow students

The Weller Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that was established in 1962 to provide financial assistance to educational, charitable, and civic organizations, has announced details about six scholarship programs for the 2018-19 academic year. Full-time senior students enrolled at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton and Trumbull high schools can compete. Specific rules and requirements and scholarship application forms are available through each school’s guidance department. Scholarship programs will not be offered unless a minimum of three qualified applicants apply. All award recipients will be honored at the foundation’s annual Awards Dinner to be held on April 23, 2019 at Fairfield … Read more

John Read Middle School to get a fitness room

Mike Bon Tempo, a physical education teacher at John Read Middle School in Redding, said he and the rest of the school’s PE staff believe it’s important to establish good fitness habits early. That’s why he said he’s so happy that John Read is about to open its first-ever fitness room. “I think as a department we wanted to expand upon our program at the middle school. It’s been a goal of ours at John Read for over 10 years,” Bon Tempo said. “We are fortunate enough to have a space now.” Currently, the school, which enrolls students in fifth … Read more

Settling back in at Redding and Easton schools

Redding Elementary School students step off their buses on Wednesday, Aug. 29, and enter their school for the first time since June. — Scott Mullin photo

A new school year has begun. Teachers welcomed students back on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Easton, Redding and Region 9, which is Joel Barlow High School. “Our schools have a shiny new coat of wax on the brilliantly clean floors, our classrooms have been spruced up, we have unpacked our new textbooks and blown the rust off our thinking,” Tom McMorran, superintendent of schools, said. “There is a wonderful promise in an unsharpened pencil and a blank sheet of paper.” Enrollment for the new school year for all three schools is down 74 students overall from last year, from 2,713 … Read more

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