Project Challenge

 Newtown Public Schools Gifted Education Program


In the twenty-first century, our students enter school with a range of needs and diverse intellectual capacities. In this era dedicated to ensuring that all students receive support to meet essential standards, schools must also prioritize assistance for highly capable students who exhibit strong potential for excellence in both academics and life.

Every learner deserves and requires an enriched school experience. Identified gifted students demand specific interventions designed to offer them high-quality, rigorous, and fitting challenges throughout their educational journey, enabling them to flourish and thrive.

 Inspiring Each Student to Excel 


Mrs. Magness

Mrs. Magness is the elementary Project Challenge teacher for Newtown Public Schools. She works with students one day a week in each of the elementary schools, as well as intra-district at Reed Intermediate with all of the 4th grade Project Challenge students. She grew up in Newtown, CT and is proud to be back teaching in her hometown. Mrs. Magness received her bachelor's degree from Western Connecticut State University in Anthropology/Sociology and her master's degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University. Mrs. Magness began as a classroom teacher in grades 4 and 5 before joining the Project Challenge team in 2015. She currently lives in Trumbull, CT, with her husband and three children. 

Mr. Myhill

Mr. Myhill teaches 5th-8th grade Project Challenge at Reed Intermediate School and Newtown Middle School. He received his bachelor's degree from Western Connecticut State University and his master's degree from Wesleyan University. He began his teaching career in 1988 at Sandy Hook School. Since then he has taught mathematics at Newtown Middle School, mathematics and science at Reed Intermediate School, and 5th grade language arts, and social studies at Reed Intermediate School. In 1999, Mr. Myhill received the Weller Outstanding Teaching Award for designing and implementing a reading and writing program. He lives in New Milford, CT, with his wife and their wheaten terrier Ella. The Myhills have two dear daughters, both of whom live away, but enjoy face-timing their dog. 


Contact Information

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Mrs. Anne Uberti Email

Special Education Supervisor

Mrs. Maureen Hall Email

Teachers of the Gifted
Mrs. Kate Magness Email
Mr. Eric Myhill Email

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