Newtown High School (Connecticut)
Newtown High School is an accredited public high school in Newtown, United States. As of the 2018–2019 school year, the school serves 1,571 students in grades 9–12 and employs 141 faculty members, it is the only high school of the Newtown Public Schools. Newtown High has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1948 and was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for Schools of Excellence in 2000. In 1996 the school underwent a major reconstruction, including the addition of a 88,000-square-foot addition to the eastern side of the school. A new track and football field were constructed, extra seating was installed in the stadium; the reconstruction was complete by January 1998 and the school re-opened. Renovations began in 2008 on a 77,000-square-foot addition; the main building of the expansion was scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, but instead was completed in early 2012. The expansion project included adding a full new wing of three floors, including new classrooms and teachers' offices and a cafetorium.
In addition, the football field and track were renovated and much more parking was added. The expansion was completed in January 2010. With the expansion, the school's area is 376,000-square-foot. On October 17, 2007, two cases of MRSA strain staph infections were reported at Newtown High School; the school put precautions in place to protect students from this fatal bacterial infection. On the evening of December 16, 2012, Newtown High School was the scene of a prayer service commemorating the twenty children and six adults killed by Adam Lanza during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Lanza had attended Newtown High School through the tenth grade. President Barack Obama delivered a reflection at the end of the service. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy offered some thoughts prior to the President's remarks; the entire service was broadcast nationwide on CNN. The Newtown High School mascot and athletic emblem is the Nighthawk with blue and gold serving as the school colors.
The Newtown Nighthawks compete in the Colonial Division of the South West Conference. All SWC schools are members of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference; the Nighthawks participate in cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, ice hockey, indoor track, baseball, lacrosse, softball and track. Until 1996, the school's teams were called "The Indians; this was changed among controversy of the mascot being racist in nature. In 1996, local Connecticut students, all native American and involved with their culture, visited Newtown High School and explained that the pep rally and game activities—the war chants, tomahawk chants, the Indian costumes and dancing—trivialize religious customs. Representatives from other local tribes explained that mascots should not depict a race or ethnic group because it is dehumanizing, they were renamed the Newtown Nighthawks. The Newtown High School marching band, called the Marching Nighthawks, is a Class IV Open marching band made up 70 musicians and 19 color guard members under the direction of Kurt Eckhardt.
Back in 1995, the marching band performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The band earned 3 straight Musical Arts Conference Class IV championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, won the USSBA 2006 Class IV Connecticut State Championship, placed in the top 10 in the USSBA 2007 Group IV National Championship, claimed the title of Musical Arts Conference Class IV Champion in 2011, were the USSBA 2011 Group V Open Connecticut State Champion, where the color guard was ranked #1 overall. In 2012 and 2013, the band was the USBands Group V Open Connecticut State Champion. In 2015, the marching band came in third place at the USBands Group V Open National Championship winning the caption of "Best Music" with their show "Pharaoh's Legacy." In 2016, the marching band won the Group V Open Connecticut State Championship with their show "Something Wicked This Way Comes–Dark's Pandemonium Carnival." In 2017, the marching band had an undefeated season and won the USBands Group IV Open New England States Championship and the USBands Group IV Open National Championship with the captions of "Best Overall Effect" and "Best Percussion" with their show "Dystopia."
This was the school's first national championship and record score of 97.363. In 2018, the marching band came in third place at the USBands Group IV Open National Championship winning the captions of "Best Music" and "Best Percussion" with their show "The Climb." Caitlyn Jenner Bruce Jenner, Olympic athlete, reality television personality, transgender rights advocate Marcus Tracy, soccer player Jenna von Oÿ, actress Adam Lanza, perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Austin McChord, software engineer Newtown Public Schools Official website Newtown High School "Strategic School Profile 2005–2006" from the state Department of Education
Stamford High School (Stamford, Connecticut)
Stamford High School is a high school, founded in 1873, in Stamford, Connecticut. It is one of Stamford's two major high schools, along with Westhill High School. One famous alumnus is U. S. Senator Joe Lieberman. In 1878 the Stamford Town Committee decided to create a high school for the growing community after deciding there was the lack of sufficient secondary education, they created Stamford High School the following year in a single rented room. Students attending SHS starting in 1874 had one teacher who taught reading, arithmetic, grammar and philosophy. Drawing, Greek, physical geography, geometry were added to the curriculum in 1876. In 1881 four young women comprised the first graduating class. By 1886 increasing enrollment forced a move into a new four-room building on the site of the former Franklin Elementary School. Ten years in 1896, a new high school building was completed on Forest Street. To attend, students were required to pass entrance examinations in five subjects, out of 40 applicants, only 15 were accepted.
SHS relaxed its requirements, by 1905, entrance examinations were eliminated. The multiplying number of students at SHS once again made a move necessary; the school moved from the site of the since-demolished Burdick Junior High School to its present location on Strawberry Hill Avenue in 1928. SHS now consists of three buildings which house over 100 regular classrooms along with special rooms for science labs, computer labs and shops for woodworking and automobile-repair classes. With the start of the new school year in September 2006, a $21 million addition to the building was opened after 18 months of construction; the 62,000-square-foot addition has 22 classrooms, five science labs, a computer lab, a multi-purpose room, a gymnasium and locker rooms. The addition features wireless computer access and a drop-off area for entering students near Strawberry Hill Avenue; the new addition was part of $59 million in upgrades for the school begun in 1997, including replacing four boilers, new roofs and expanding the school cafeteria by 3,000 square feet.
Increasing enrollment in the city school system spurred the upgrades, Westhill High School received them. The school's extracurricular activities include mock-trial and debate teams, student liaisons to the Board of Education, multicultural groups, various team sports, chapters of buildOn, the Future Business Leaders of America, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Strawberry Hill Players theater troupe, String Ensemble, the Stamford High School Concert Band, whose members are part of the Black Knights Marching Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble; the Strawberry Hill Players perform two major productions throughout the year: one in the fall, another in the spring. Additionally, every January SHP produces a series of short, student-directed one-act plays called "Senior Scenes"; the goal of the production is to allow the program's graduating seniors to try their hand at directing, under the supervision and guidance of a working director. The Strawberry Hill Players participate in the annual Connecticut Drama Association Festival, have won numerous individual and team awards at the competition.
In addition to the main program, The Strawberry Hill Players have an improv group that goes by the acronym of SHIP. The group produces a few improv shows a year and draws from the greater pool of membership involved in the more formal theater program; the school's halls have in recent years been adorned with numerous paintings by students, depicting various figures including the black knight mascot. The school's cafeteria is decorated on one wall by a large mural of the school's facade and scenes of student life, painted in 1997 by members of the Strawberry Hill Players technical crew. Murals from the 1930s adorn the "small auditorium" in Stamford High, having been uncovered and restored in the 1990s. Stamford High School offers 24 varsity sports; these include football, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' cross country, volleyball, girls' swimming, field hockey in the fall. Each year on December 7, a 9-by-17-foot American flag that flew over the USS Arizona Memorial is to be flown from the flagpole in front of the school as part of a memorial ceremony for Pearl Harbor Day.
Everett Hyland, an alumnus of the school, wounded in the attack, donated the flag in 2007 on condition that it be raised each year on that date. At the first ceremony, in 2007, a small group of veterans attended, some of them speaking to the school's students about the event. "It's one thing to read a book that 2,400 people died," Doug MacLehose, head of the school's history department, told a newspaper reporter. "Talking to someone, there or can remember is powerful." Some graduates of Stamford High School have become well known in the world at large. Craig Bingham, football player for Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers Garry Cobb, football player for Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions Bob Crane, radio personality, star of Hogan's Heroes Michael Dante, actor Tony DiPreta, comic book and comic strip artist Vladimir Ducasse, football player for the New York Jets Fred Dugan, football player for San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins Devin Gaines, attracted international media attention by earning five bachelor's degrees Ina Garten, cook and host of the Barefoot Contessa Jimmy Ienner, music producer Stephanie Iz
Norwalk is a U. S. city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk lies within both the New York metropolitan area as well as the Bridgeport metropolitan area. Norwalk was settled in 1649, is the sixth most populous city in Connecticut. According to the 2010 United States Census it has had a population of 85,603. Norwalk was settled in 1649, incorporated September 1651, named after the Algonquin word noyank, meaning "point of land", or more from the native American name "Naramauke."The Battle of Norwalk took place during the Revolutionary War, lead to the burning of most of the town. In 1836, the borough of Norwalk was created. In 1853, the first train disaster in the United States happened over the Norwalk River. During the 19th and early 20th century, Norwalk was a major railroad stop for the New York, New Haven, Hartford Railroad; the city of South Norwalk and the remaining parts of the town of Norwalk were both combined in 1910 to form the current city.
The Ku Klux Klan had a brief presence in Norwalk during the 1920s, but fell apart due to internal issues. In 1955, multiple hurricanes hit thje city. During the 1970s, efforts were taken to preserve South Norwalk, resulting in the creation of the Washington Street Historic District. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 36.3 square miles, of which, 22.8 square miles of it is land and 13.5 square miles of it is water. Norwalk's topography is dominated by its coastline along Long Island Sound, the Norwalk River and its eastern and western banks, the Norwalk Islands; the highest elevation is 282 feet above sea level, at the summit of Middle Clapboard Hill in West Norwalk. As of the census of 2010, there were 85,603 people, 35,415 households, 21,630 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,358.2 inhabitants per square mile. There were 35,415 housing units at an average density of 975.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 68.7% White, 14.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 9.0% from other races, 2.8% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.3% of the population. There were 35,415 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size in the city was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.16. The population's spread gives 22% under the age of 18, with 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, 12.8% aged 65 years or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females, there are 96.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $76,161, the median income for a family was $103,032; the per capita income for the city was $43,303. About 5.7% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.
Pepperidge Farm, Frontier Communications, Booking Holdings have headquarters in Norwalk. St. George Greek Orthodox Festival, held in late August, the festival features Greek delicacies, Pontic Greek dance exhibitions and a large carnival. Round Hill Highland Games: a festival of Scottish culture and athletic events, was started in 1923 in Greenwich, CT but interrupted during World War II restarted in 1952, has been held in Norwalk's Cranbury Park on or around July 4 for a number of years. In 2006, the 83rd annual event attracted 4,000 people to hear bagpipes and watch the caber toss, the hammer throw, other events. Games for children are offered. Food and Scottish items are offered for sale. Organizers say. Beth Israel Synagogue AKA Canaan Institutional Baptist Church Saint Jerome Church Saint Joseph Church Saint Ladislaus Church Saint Mary Church Saint Matthew Church St. Philip Church Saint Thomas the Apostle ChurchTemple Shalom Temple Beth- El The City of Norwalk has six taxing districts; the First, Second and Sixth taxing districts are political entities with their respective voters electing officers, holding annual business meetings, approving budgets and to consider other matters, as specified in each of their charters.
Election of Taxing District Commissioners and Treasurers by voters from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th districts take place in odd numbered years. The Fourth and Fifth districts are not counted as separate governments as they constitute the city proper; each taxing district has its own property tax rate reflecting the mix of services each receives from the city. Secondly, municipal elections of Mayor, Common Council, Board of Education and other positions are held in odd numbered years at thirteen polling places within five voting districts around the city. Voting districts are not the same for state and federal elections which are held on numbered years at twelve polling locations Norwalk's municipal government is a Weak-mayor form of a Mayor-Council government with the mayor of Norwalk elected by its voters; the city's charter gives certain administrative powers to the Council and others jointly to the Council and Mayor. The Common Counc
East Lyme, Connecticut
East Lyme is a town in New London County, United States. The population was 19,159 at the 2010 census; the villages of Niantic and Flanders are located in the town. East Lyme is located in southern New London County, west of Waterford and Montville, east of Lyme and Old Lyme, south of Salem. Long Island Sound is to the south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.0 square miles, of which 34.0 square miles is land and 7.9 square miles, or 18.89%, is water. The town consists of two villages and Niantic, it is common for the town of East Lyme to be erroneously called "Niantic", due to this side of town being the "beach" side, popular with tourists and visitors in the summer months. Niantic's population doubles in the summer months for the beach season, it has a much higher density than the more sparsely populated Flanders side of town, known for its apple orchards, the town's high school, forest; the village of Niantic gets its name from the Niantic or Nehantic people, whose ranging grounds once extended from Wecapaug Brook, in what is now Rhode Island, to the Connecticut River.
Shortly before the first settlers arrived, the Pequots had invaded Nehantic territory and annexed about half of the land claimed by the tribe. According to local historian Olive Tubbs Chendali: It was the construction of the railroad in 1851 that lured people to the shoreline which up to this time had been known - not as Niantic - but as "The Bank". Long before this time, however, as evidenced by The Diary of Joshua Hempstead - 1711 - 1758 it was known as "Nahantick" "Nyantick" or "Nehantic", the home territory of the Nehantic Indians. Sportfishing and marinas dominate the village's industry along with summer tourism and restaurant trade. Strong regional businesses include seafood restaurants and hotels/motels serving the town's beaches and the casinos at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Rocky Neck State Park features camping and picnic areas along with numerous marinas and sportfishing companies; the Niantic Bay Boardwalk is a one-mile long walkway that runs parallel to Amtrak shoreline railroad tracks and spans the length of Niantic Bay from the Niantic River inlet to Hole-in-the-Wall municipal beach.
It first opened to the public in 2005, but was closed from about 2011 due to a combination of Amtrak building a new railroad bridge across the Niantic River, which required a re positioning of the approach tracks and damage caused by Hurricane Irene in October 2011. The boardwalk re-opened to the public in March 2016; the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is located in East Lyme's original public library on Main Street. The museum is aimed at children ages infant to ten years old; the current public library is located on Society Road, away from Niantic. The village of Niantic includes the beach communities of Attawan Beach, Black Point, Crescent Beach, Giants Neck Beach, Giants Neck Heights, Oak Grove Beach, Old Black Point, Pine Grove, Saunder's Point; the village of Flanders a farming area along the Old Post Road, gets its name from the development of woolen mills similar to that in Flanders, Belgium. The heart of the village is located at Flanders Four Corners, the intersection of Chesterfield Road with the Boston Post Road This area is the site of many small stores and businesses, as well as East Lyme High School, Flanders Elementary School, the Board of Education.
Flanders was the original center of the East Lyme society with dozens of 18th century homes and public inns situated along the Boston Post Roads until the early 1800s. It losts its pre-eminence as Niantic began to flourish, first with the growth of commercial fishing and with the construction of the Shore Line Railway. Many of the original Flanders homes have been lost as a result of the construction Interstate 95 in the 1950s and subsequent commercial construction at the Four Corners area. For example, the old Caulkins Tavern stood at the site of the current CVS and was a well traveled and documented stopping place in the 18th century from none other than Sarah Knight in his diary as well as General George Washington who stopped here with thousands of troops in 1776; some homes remain closer to the Waterford line at the site of the old Beckwith Shipyard at the head of the Niantic River. Golden Spur is a community located at the head of the Niantic River, which earned it its other name, "Head of the River".
In the eighteenth century it was the site of the Beckwith shipyard. By the turn of the 20th century it was the site of an amusement park accessible by trolley run by the East Lyme Street Railway; the park operated until 1924. The topography of East Lyme consists of rolling hills and lush valleys rounded by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Hills rise to elevations of 250 to 350 feet above sea level in the eastern and central areas of the town; the highest point in town is Mount Pisgah with an elevation of 500 feet located in Nehantic State Forest in the northwest corner of the town. East Lyme is scenic in the summer when the trees are in bloom. On its east and southern sides, the town abuts tidewater; the tidal Niantic River on the east feeds Niantic Bay, an arm of Long Island Sound, which forms the southern edge of the town. As of the census of 2000, there were 18,118 people, 6,308 households, 4,535 families residing in the town; the population density was 532.3 people per square mile. There were 7,459 housing units at an average density of 219.2 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the town was 87.29% White, 6.37% African American, 0.44% Native American, 2.82% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or
East Lyme High School
East Lyme High School is a 9-12 high school in the Flanders Village region of East Lyme, United States. It is operated by East Lyme Public Schools. Students from the town of Salem, Connecticut in grades 9 through 12 attend high school at East Lyme. John McDonald, professional baseball player Jay Allen Sanford and cartoonist Ed Toth, professional musician Pete Walker, professional baseball player official website
Brookfield High School (Connecticut)
Brookfield High School is a public high school in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. In the 2012-2013 school year the school had 918 students; the enrollment has trended down ten percent over the previous five years. Ethnically the students are 90% Caucasian, 1.9% Black, 4.0% Asian, 3.8% Hispanic. The school was built in 1959 as Long Meadow Hill Junior High School. Less than 10 years it was converted to a high school and graduated its first class in 1967, it has had a number of additions. In 1967, a 3-floor section was added. In 1974, a new auditorium and a second gym were added. Another wing was added; the most recent expansion was in 2007. It included a new video production studio and two new wings, the library was made bigger, the existing classrooms were updated; the football field and track was redone shortly thereafter. In August 2009, the student parking lot was repaved. In 2016, the new basketball gym was waxed. In 2017, the roof was reconstructed; the school mascot is the Bobcat and the school colors are blue and gold.
Both white and black have been used for team uniforms. Brookfield High School is a member of the South Western Conference. Referred to as the SWC, Brookfield competes with 12 other local schools. Julia DeMato, professional cosmetologist and singer. Will Denton, actor. Stephen Harding and representative for Connecticut's 107th General Assembly District. Scott Lutrus, NFL linebacker. Michael Walrath, investor and CEO of Right Media. Scott Werndorfer, co-founder and head developer of Cerulean Studios. Bill Westenhofer, visual effects artist and two-time Academy Award winner. Kari Wührer and singer. Brookfield High School Homepage Brookfield High School "Strategic School Profile 2012-2013" from the state Department of Education The Connecticut Association of Schools: Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Brookfield High School Athletics Brookfield High School at Great Schools
New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. It is located on a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York along the extent of the length of New York City on its western edge. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, the most densely populated of the 50 U. S. states. New Jersey lies within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U. S. state by median household income as of 2017. New Jersey was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes founded the first European settlements in the state; the English seized control of the region, naming it the Province of New Jersey after the largest of the Channel Islands and granting it as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton.
New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century. In the 19th century, factories in cities, Paterson, Trenton, Jersey City, Elizabeth helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey's geographic location at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston and New York City to the northeast, Philadelphia and Washington, D. C. to the southwest, fueled its rapid growth through the process of suburbanization in the second half of the 20th century. In the first decades of the 21st century, this suburbanization began reverting with the consolidation of New Jersey's culturally diverse populace toward more urban settings within the state, with towns home to commuter rail stations outpacing the population growth of more automobile-oriented suburbs since 2008. Around 180 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, New Jersey bordered North Africa; the pressure of the collision between North America and Africa gave rise to the Appalachian Mountains.
Around 18,000 years ago, the Ice Age resulted in glaciers. As the glaciers retreated, they left behind Lake Passaic, as well as many rivers and gorges. New Jersey was settled by Native Americans, with the Lenni-Lenape being dominant at the time of contact. Scheyichbi is the Lenape name for the land, now New Jersey; the Lenape were several autonomous groups that practiced maize agriculture in order to supplement their hunting and gathering in the region surrounding the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, western Long Island Sound. The Lenape society was divided into matrilinear clans; these clans were organized into three distinct phratries identified by their animal sign: Turtle and Wolf. They first encountered the Dutch in the early 17th century, their primary relationship with the Europeans was through fur trade; the Dutch became the first Europeans to lay claim to lands in New Jersey. The Dutch colony of New Netherland consisted of parts of modern Middle Atlantic states. Although the European principle of land ownership was not recognized by the Lenape, Dutch West India Company policy required its colonists to purchase the land that they settled.
The first to do so was Michiel Pauw who established a patronship called Pavonia in 1630 along the North River which became the Bergen. Peter Minuit's purchase of lands along the Delaware River established the colony of New Sweden; the entire region became a territory of England on June 24, 1664, after an English fleet under the command of Colonel Richard Nicolls sailed into what is now New York Harbor and took control of Fort Amsterdam, annexing the entire province. During the English Civil War, the Channel Island of Jersey remained loyal to the British Crown and gave sanctuary to the King, it was from the Royal Square in Saint Helier that Charles II of England was proclaimed King in 1649, following the execution of his father, Charles I. The North American lands were divided by Charles II, who gave his brother, the Duke of York, the region between New England and Maryland as a proprietary colony. James granted the land between the Hudson River and the Delaware River to two friends who had remained loyal through the English Civil War: Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley of Stratton.
The area was named the Province of New Jersey. Since the state's inception, New Jersey has been characterized by religious diversity. New England Congregationalists settled alongside Scots Presbyterians and Dutch Reformed migrants. While the majority of residents lived in towns with individual landholdings of 100 acres, a few rich proprietors owned vast estates. English Quakers and Anglicans owned large landholdings. Unlike Plymouth Colony and other colonies, New Jersey was populated by a secondary wave of immigrants who came from other colonies instead of those who migrated directly from Europe. New Jersey remained agrarian and rural throughout the colonial era, commercial farming developed sporadically; some townships, such as Burlington on the Delaware River and Perth Amboy, emerged as important ports for shipping to New York City and Philadelphia. The colony's fertile lands and tolerant religious policy drew more settlers, New Jersey's population had increased to 120,000 by 1775. Settlement for the first 10 years of English rule took place along Hackensack River and Arthur Kill –