Imagine World science fair in Redding features STEM projects

The Redding Elementary School PTA is sponsoring an interactive science and art fair called Imagine a World on Saturday, Jan. 27. This year, students are also encouraged to exhibit their own STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) projects at a revived STEM Fair. “In past years, there has been a science fair at RES that students and parents loved. We decided to bring it back and hold it in conjunction with Imagine a World, said Jim McDevitt, a member of the IAW committee and co-chair of STEM Fair. The deadline for STEM Fair registration is Jan. 22. The public is invited … Read more

Weston student earns top prize in GBYO Concerto Competition

Trumpeter and Weston High School senior Jane Paknia won the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (GBYO) 2018 Concerto Competition. The finals of the competition were performed for the public recently at the Pequot Library in partnership with Music for Youth. GBYO’s most accomplished young musicians auditioned in November to advance to the final round and vie for the chance to perform as soloist with the Principal Orchestra at GBYO’s annual Spring Concert in May. Ten students auditioned, with six competing in the final round. Each musician played one movement of a concerto for the panel of judges. Judges this year included GBYO Music … Read more

$1.8 million school budget increase proposed for Weston

Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie is proposing an education operating budget of $51,705,609, an increase of $1,798,088, or 3.60% from the current fiscal year. McKersie made his presentation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. He said the main reason for the increase is “addressing the financial shortfall in special education.” Approximately $1,616,329, or 90% of the proposed budget increase for the 2018-19 fiscal year is allocated to Special Education and Pupil Services. In the current year, he said, the Weston school district faces $1,402,564 in an out-of-district tuition deficit for Special Education. He … Read more

Weston Schools Superintendent discusses goals, challenges

William McKersie

Weston’s school superintendent, Dr. William McKersie, is convinced that creating global citizens is the district’s highest priority. A global citizen is defined by the district as someone with “the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes to achieve their personal goals and contribute to society.” In September 2017, McKersie launched a web page outlining how achieving the ultimate vision of creating global citizens can be achieved. The page lists five “goals” that are designed to “cultivate empowered citizens of the global community.” The five goals are “academic excellence,” “digital learning,” “healthy learning environments,” “gauging district progress,” and “resources for learning.” “Global citizenship was … Read more

Expert gives talk at Barlow on managing stress

When faced with a feeling of stress, rather than trying to fight it, accept it, Kathy Katts, a holistic wellness counselor, said at a recent presentation at Joel Barlow High School. According to Katts, once people accept the negative feeling, they will be able to let it go and be on their way to feeling much better. The talk was hosted by the Easton-Redding Community Care Coalition, which promotes ways to reduce substance abuse and risky behaviors through prevention and education. In her talk, Katts discussed the root of anxiety and introduced how-to strategies to effectively cope with stress. While … Read more

Ways to volunteer

By Peter Houlahan, Contributing writer With every new year come new resolutions. For many, this includes a commitment to giving back to the community by volunteering one’s time and expertise to a good cause. “The town would cease to function without its volunteers,” said Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton. “They play an enormous role in the community.” Every town offers an abundance of organizations and clubs, whatever one’s interests, skills or time constraints. Sometimes the trick is just finding them. Here is a small sample of organizations that could use your help. Additional opportunities to volunteer are provided on each of … Read more

Health official: Complications from flu caused death of New Canaan 10-year-old boy

[UPDATED 10:39 a.m JAN. 16] The cause of the death of the 10-year-old New Canaan fourth grader was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, according to a New Canaan health official on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. A New Canaan health official reported to the Advertiser information that he received from a New York State medical examiner. “It had nothing to do with hockey,” a New Canaan health official said, responding to question about the boy’s participation in a hockey event trip to upstate New York. The boy, Nico Mallozzi, started feeling ill last Thursday, Jan. 11, a … Read more

Weston Board of Education budget meeting schedule

The Weston Board of Education is holding several meetings to discuss the upcoming 2018-19 school budget. Tuesday, Jan. 16 Budget presentation, 7 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Presentation of requested operating and capital budgets. Thursday, Jan. 18 Budget Question & Answer Session, 7 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Monday, Jan. 22 Budget Question & Answer session if needed, 6 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Wednesday, Jan. 24 Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Approval and adoption of the budget.

Easton officials mull rise in special education students

The sprawling former Samuel Staples Elementary School building on Morehouse Road houses the Speech Academy, Easton Country Day School, Board of Education central office, Parks and Recreation and Senior Center. — Nancy Doniger archive photo

The number of elementary school children in Easton qualifying for special education services has risen in town, and education officials are pondering the reasons for the increase. Since the beginning of the school year, a half a dozen students have been identified with disabilities, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas McMorran. Some of those may have entered the school system from other towns with IEPs (Individual Education Programs) already in place. A total of 88 students at Samuel Staples Elementary School were identified in early December as having special education needs, up from 82 the previous month, officials said. “It’s … Read more

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