Gifted Education


Welcome to Project Challenge, Newtown's gifted education program.

This site is designed to help you navigate resources and provide an understanding for the gifted education services that Newtown Public Schools offers.

Project Challenge is designed to help students:

  • Work at advanced academic and creative levels

  • Improve communication skills

  • Apply ideas effectively in order to become creative producers, not just consumers, of knowledge

  • Develop skills in problem solving, critical and creative thinking, and decision-making

  • Build leadership skills and abilities

  • Encourage an enthusiasm for learning that helps students develop as autonomous learners


Special Education Supervisor

Mrs. Maureen Hall

Teachers of the Gifted
Sherry Earle, PhD - Hawley School  Email
Mrs. Kate Magness - Sandy Hook School  Email
Mrs. Cheryl McCaffrey - Reed Intermediate School  Email
Mr. Eric Myhill - Head O'Meadow School and Middle Gate School Email
Mrs. Val Pagano-Hepburn - Newtown Middle School  Email

Information about the Project Challenge Teachers

Contact Information
Hawley School (203) 426-7666
Head O' Meadow School (203) 426-7670
Middle Gate School (203) 426-7662
Sandy Hook School (203) 426-7657
Head O'Meadow School (203) 426-7670
Reed Intermediate School (203) 270-4880
Newtown Middle School (203) 426-7638

Recommended Readings
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith M.A.
When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Judy Galbraith M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.
How to Parent so Children Will Learn by Dr. Sylvia Rimm
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Ten Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family's Perspective by Nancy N. Heilbronner