Important Communication

Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to update you on an issue that occurred over the spring break that was brought to the attention of the Newtown Police and Newtown High School security. Rumors about a potential safety threat to the high school were investigated and found to be unwarranted. When a group of students were overheard discussing issues that had the potential to impact school safety, concerned students (who we applaud), made sure that this information was reviewed by local authorities.

We want to assure you that we are confident that staff and students are safe at Newtown High School. In the future, I want to commend and encourage any student who brings forward information that continues to contribute to the safety, security, and welfare of all members of our school community.

Thank you,

Lorrie Rodrigue

Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue


Smarter Balance Test Schedule

Beginning this April, the CMT and CAPT English/Language Arts and mathematics tests have been replaced by an online, computer-adaptive test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC). These assessments are aligned with Connecticut’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English/language arts and math and include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.Smarter Balanced Assessment—which includes summative assessments for accountability purposes and instructional use—will provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that educators will use to inform instructional decisions and help students succeed.

The performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that coherently connect to a single theme and measure depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer and will take one to two class periods to complete.

As a school, we remain attentive to the changing standards and new assessments. As curriculum documents and local assessments are revised, we continue to check our expectations against the state standards as we have always done, making decisions about what is appropriate for Newtown high school students. Our emphasis continues to be on assessing student skills and academic experiences to better prepare them for the challenges of postsecondary education and future college and career.

Our school plans to administer the ELA Literacy Test April 27th through April 30th and the Math Test May 26th through May 29th (see attached schedule).

  • The tests are not timed; however, it will take approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete each content area test.
  • Testing may be scheduled over multiple sessions of about 90 minutes each, but may be scheduled in shorter or longer sessions as appropriate for the students in the school.
  • All students are expected to report to school at the regular time.

If you have any questions please contact us via email at or by phone at (203) 426-7646.

We are committed to helping all students achieve success on the Smarter Balanced Tests. Please encourage your student(s) to eat a healthy breakfast and get plenty of rest so that they are well-prepared and well-rested.