Tuesday, April 16, 2024



Tickets Available Monday for 77th Annual Candlelight Concerts

Westport’s Staples High School’s 77th annual Candlelight Concerts are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Tickets are available beginning Monday.

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Participants in last year’s concerts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The annual event in the Staples auditorium will showcase the talents “of our nationally recognized musicians and performers,” said an announcement today.

Among the pieces to be performed are: “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” “Rhapsody for Hanukkah,” “Sing We Noel” and “Hallelujah Chorus.” 

The groups scheduled to perform include the Staples choruses, Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra.

‘Newsies’ Opens to Appreciative Applause

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The Staples Players’ production of Disney’s “Newsies” opened tonight to a full house and received multiple rounds of appreciative applause for the many musical numbers, as well as an immediate and very enthusiastic standing ovation at the curtain call. Performances continue this weekend and next. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

SES ‘Ace’ Bake Salespeople on the Job

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Saugatuck Elementary School (SES) students today were among Westport students offering baked goods as their school was closed for Election Day. Said Jodi Harris, SES PTA co-president: “Saugatuck Elementary School PTA wishes to thank the community for its support during today’s Election Day bake sale. PTA members and their ace salespeople (AKA SES students) were proud to serve the voters of Districts 1 and 2 beginning at 5 a.m. All proceeds from the sale will help fund school enrichment programs like author visits, live music, storytelling and dance performances, One Book One School, and innovative ‘Seal Grants.’” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Open House Tuesday for Little Wreckers Preschool

The Little Wreckers Preschool to be housed in Staples High School beginning Jan. 2 will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from noon to 4 p.m., school officials announced today.

Little Wreckers is “a state-of-the-art facility specially designed for young learners, including a beautiful outdoor play area,” the announcement from school officials said. The preschool has contracted with Earthplace to operate this program for the school system.

“While enrollment has already been offered for children of staff members, there are some remaining additional openings that we would like to offer to families in our community,” said Lisa Marriott, Westport school system spokeswoman.

She said the preschool will be open every day school is in session, plus when teachers have professional development days for a total 188 days).

Hands On Training for Teens

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Students from the Westport Youth Commission and Teen Awareness Group met tonight at Toquet Hall Teen Center for a joint leadership training with Donn Reid, chief values officer from the Domus Foundation in Stamford. The students worked on developing skills to lead meetings, set group norms, and facilitate productive discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Learning Meeting Skills

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Westport’s Toquet Hall Teen Center tonight hosted the Westport Youth Commission and Teen Awareness Group for a joint leadership training session.  Donn Reid, chief values officer from the Domus Foundation in Stamford, led the students in learning skills to lead meetings, set group norms, and facilitate productive discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

National Merit Commended Honors Students Named

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It was announced today that 23 Staples High School students have earned Natiional Merit Commended Honors with 263 named as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Honors students include (l-r), back row) Creighton Kerr, Andrew Saunders, Daniel Kleine, Nicholas Attkiss,  and Henry Carter​; (second row from back) Julia Feldman, Lauren Thomson, Samuel Effman, Isabelle Grosgogeat, Seohyun Hong, Sarah Acselrod, and Jackson Delgado; (third row from back)  Lauren Schmidt, Malini Wimmer, Katherine Flug, Vanessa Wynter, and Jacqueline Rhoads; (front row) Angela Zhai, Luke Sauer, Sudhanshu Mathur, and Molly Mahoney. Missing from picture are Jared Edwards and Zoe Lieberman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Greens Farms Academy Names New Head of School

The Greens Farms Academy Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Bob Whelan as its next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

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Bob Whelan: Will succeed Janet Hartwell. Contributed photo

He will succeed Janet Hartwell, Head of School since 2003.

“From the moment I set foot on campus I was impressed by the energy, joy and incredible sense of community,” Whelan said in a statement.

“I was inspired by the faculty and staff, the core values and a school that puts students at the center where they’re known and engaged as true partners in their learning.”

Kings Highway Students Mark Walk to School Day

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Kings Highway Elementary School (KHS) students today joined schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day. Organizers said the events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com