Archive for the “Fine and Applied Arts” Category

Early childhood development students at Newtown High School enjoyed their annual parade of costumes through the high school halls. Early childhood development is a program in which high school students teach pre-school children. This day brought not only a proud display of costumes, but also gave Newtown High School students an opportunity to try out their transitional lessons which involved taking pre-school students from one learning experience to another.

Early childhood development II is a course available to students who have completed early childhood development I. This program enables students to work closely with pre-school children and develop lessons, strategies, and techniques to best serve students.

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Check out Newtown High School student Sonya Stanczyk and Culinary teacher Lori Hoagland on In the Kitchen on Channel 8.

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Newtown High School computer repair students were generating instruction sheets for converting dynamic IP addresses to static IP addresses. Dynamic IP addresses are assigned by a router so the address changes when the computer is moved. Static IP addresses stay the same no matter where the computer is moved which is preferable for communicating with a server.

Computer repair levels II and III were organizing teams to increase workflow and were busy assembling a keypad security system, and repairing hard drives.

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Newtown High School Graphics students were engaged in multiple activities which built off prior knowledge to solve new problems. Most of the class were designing t-shirt transfer images. Some of the skills necessary in implementing transfer images was the ability to recognize sufficiently large files to avoid pixelation, how to place files in Adobe InDesign, getting the biggest image possible on the printed surface by resizing and positioning the image diagonally, and Adobe keyboard shortcuts.

The process was complete when students were able to use a hot press to adhere their images to t-shirts. Students had many different design ideas, and teacher David DeFeo encouraged students to think of designs they might use as gifts for the holidays.

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Ms. Sheen’s Financial Foundations classes recently took their learning outside the classroom and into the Chartwells food service operation in our own school cafeteria to experience handling cash transactions in a food service establishment. Each student experienced first hand the pressure of correctly servicing each customer they encountered, accepting their various methods of payments and providing them with their appropriate change. This experience was a follow up to them applying cash handling concepts in their classroom with pretend currency. This event was meant to bring concepts to real world application and also alleviate anxiety of ‘first day on-the-job’ stress. Students definitely enjoyed working under the supervision of Mrs. Karen Collins who always makes them more comfortable in demonstrating their newly acquired skills.

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Newtown High School greenery students have been selling venus fly traps and carnations successfully from October 28, 2013 through October 31, 2013. The venus fly traps have been quite a hit with students who watched the plant try to eat a cafeteria french fry!

Greenery students have also been busy carving pumpkins for Halloween. Pumpkins are a great way to study plant structure, and they provide seeds for germination experiments. Some of the seeds are being brought to Mr. Neumeyer for roasting and eating in the culinary department.

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Ms. Sheen’s Personal and Business Law I class recently had the pleasure and opportunity to make connections between their curriculum concepts and the experiences and knowledge of industry professionals. Mark Pompano, head of Newtown Public School security, as well as Officer Jay Flynn, School Resource Officer, both gave presentations and participated in Q & A sessions to enhance student understanding of the legal system and the laws they’ve been learning about. Following both sessions, students shared how much they enjoyed these opportunities which allowed them time to get to know these invaluable members of our school community. Both sides voiced their desire to incorporate this again as the course progresses and new knowledge is obtained.

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Newtek, Newtown High School’s student run computer repair enterprise, is open for business.

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Newtown High School students in this Sculpture class are learning how to create a figure out of plaster. They must consider proportion, motion, posturing, and anatomy. Students engage in lively conversation as they analyze each other’s work and assist their peers. Mrs. Skolas moves about the room to provide individual feedback, answer questions, demonstrate technique and address individual needs. She encourages students to research various artists to better visualize the concepts they must incorporate into their own work.

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teensA group of Newtown High School art students, under the direction of Carol Skolas, had the opportunity to work last Tuesday with the mural artist Nicole Blackburn. She is from California and came to donate her latest mural to the Newtown Youth Academy. The students helped with the painting and had the opportunity to discuss the path of an artist Nicole shared her experience from college to her development of her not for profit company Big Sky Countries. The following students are in the picture with Nicole: Bella Saraceni, Lindsay Fuori, Lena Reznikoff, Hannah Bartlett, & Samantha Crawford

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Forty Newotwn High School students from CWE, Business Education and Applied Technology classes participated in Steel Day 2013 at Infra-Metals in Wallingford, CT on October 4, 2013. The facility tour included live demonstrations of the Blast & Prime line, T-splitting, plasma burning, beam cambering, and saw cutting. NHS students also met with students from the University of Connecticut Engineering School’s Green Building Club. The steel industry is doing well in Connecticut and offers many career opportunities. Our students also had the opportunity to meet with professionals in the field and learn of career paths as well as professional expectations.

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Ms. Sheen’s Financial Foundations class changed theory into practice today. Students were able to practice handling cash transactions using cash boxes and cash register drawers demonstrating their skills with their peers. Students were practicing for their upcoming hands on lesson later this week to the cafeteria in which each of them will take turns in the roles of being the cashier and then the customer making purchases. This event will be supervised by Ms. Sheen and Ms. Karen Collins of Chartwells as in years past. The experience is designed to help eliminate any on the job anxiety they may encounter with their latter employment experiences.

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The Newtown High School Greenery will be selling pansies and mums in baskets decorated by students on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (10/9/13-10/11/13)  in the high school main lobby from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The photos are a small sampling of what is available. Prices range from $5.00 (most) to $20.00. These items make great outdoor displays.

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Newtown High School student artists get to work on creating a unique, originally designed cup with a face or figure or incorporating an animal into their work. The student artists are Abigail Kohler, Hannah Godbout, Sydney Chiarito, and Morgan Cebry.

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Newtown High School greenery students will be selling mums, pansies, asters, and cyclemen in at Newtown High School on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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Only three weeks into the semester and students in Miss Kristin Violette’s App For That class have developed their first two mobile applications. Adapted from the classic “Hello World” introductory computer program, students developed “Hello Purr” and “Hello Friend” apps. The latter of these apps include pictures and voice recordings of the students and allowed students to collaborate and get to know one another. Students were excited and proud to see their efforts produce an app they can download to their Android device and share with others.

During Open House, Newtown High School parents were able to access the child’s app on their phones. Parents were delighted to see what their children had produced in such a short time.

App For That I is a semester long course and open to all grades and serves as a prerequisite for App For That II class.

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DECAlogoNewtown High School DECA students received a letter of recognition for their $500 donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (Read the recognition letter – DECA Letter). DECA students, under the guidance of Ms.Vivian Sheen and Ms. Jolene Swann, have a pie sale every Fall, and proceeds are given to the MDA

The DECA pie sale is currently underway, and will continue until Thanksgiving. To purchase a pie, see any DECA student, or teacher.

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Newtown High School senior Isabella Saraceni was the recipient of an Anthony Quinn Scholarship and appears in the program video featured below.

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On Wednesday September 18, 2013, several Newtown High School students in Ms. Sheen’s Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) class were visited at their individual work sites by Ms. Sheen. Students in CWE are required to work a minimum of ten hours per week throughout the course to earn additional credits for their work experience. The class is open to juniors and seniors and students are allowed early release days to go to work. Students learn about the world of work, prepare for college and/or find training programs which meet their post secondary career goals. For more information about CWE, please see Ms. Sheen in the Business Office in room A-109.

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