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NHS Homecoming Royalty 2017
The 2017 NHS Homecoming Candidates are (Front row L to R): Kaylee Anderson,Trista Stark, Taylor Antonowich, 
Back row L to R: Ryan Hirsh, Ethan Torres, Jose Rojas

Newton High School's 2017 Homecoming Week will be September 25 - 29. The week kicks off on Monday, Sept. 25 with Peach Fuzz Volleyball from 7:00-9:00 PM at NHS in Ravenscroft Gym.

NHS classes and organizations will participate in Float Building on Wed. Sept. 27 from 4:30 to 8:30 in preparation for the Homecoming Parade that will start around 4:45 PM on Friday, Sept. 29. Following the parade the Homecoming football game vs. Salina Central will be held at 7pm at Fischer Field Stadium along with the coronation ceremony. A homecoming dance for students will be held after the game. 


Megan NagelTOPEKA — Megan E. Nagel, a sixth-grade English language arts and science teacher at Santa Fe 5/6 Center in Newton (Newton Unified School District 373), and Sarah C. VenJohn, a high school mathematics teacher at Winfield High School (Winfield USD 465), were named Region 4 finalists for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 9, in Wichita. This award recognizes excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.


As finalists for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction, Nagel and VenJohn each received a $2,000 cash award from Security Benefit, the major corporate partner for the Kansas Teacher of the Year program. In addition, they are each now eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year, which will be announced during ceremonies in Wichita on Nov. 18.


Nagel and VenJohn were among six Teacher of the Year semifinalists from Region 4, which covers the fourth U.S. congressional district.


Other semifinalists were Marlys I. Gwaltney, an elementary physical education teacher at Bentley Primary School (Halstead USD 440); Catherine “Cathy” L. Boote, a kindergarten teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita (Wichita USD 259); Andrea M. Burnett, a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Maize South Middle School in Wichita (Maize USD 266); and Thomas “Tom” J. Zerr, a middle school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher at Augusta Middle School (Augusta USD 402).

Each of the semifinalists received a red marble apple with a wooden base, compliments of The Master Teacher in Manhattan. This year, 111 educators across the state were nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction.


Nominations are made in each of four regions in the state. The Kansas State Department of Education, sponsor of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, appoints regional selection panels comprised of teachers, education administrators and higher education representatives to select semifinalists and finalists from each region.


Each panel selects six semifinalists — three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers. From those semifinalists, the panel in each region then selects one elementary finalist and one secondary finalist. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected from among the state’s eight regional finalists. 


The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.


The Kansas Teacher of the Year team, comprised of the Teacher of the Year and state finalists, serve as ambassadors for education in Kansas, making public appearances across the state promoting education and the teaching profession.


The individual selected as the Kansas Teacher of the Year is eligible for national distinction as National Teacher of the Year.


The National Teacher of the Year program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.



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Newton USD 373 is one of twenty-one Kansas school districts who who accepted the challenge of becoming a Gemini district, which is another facet of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education announced Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.


In support of Kansas’ vision for education, KSDE launched the Kansans Can School Redesign Project and received applications from 29 districts interested in joining the project. From those applications, seven — each one representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts — were selected. The names of the seven districts were announced Aug. 8. The remaining schools had the opportunity to participate in the Gemini Project. 


While the districts participating in the Gemini Project won’t receive onsite coaching from KSDE staff members like the Mercury 7 districts, they will participate in video Professional Learning Community (PLC) sessions together; set a project launch date that occurs no later than the spring of 2020; participate in opportunities to collaborate with other Gemini and Mercury schools; develop and share a project timeline with KSDE staff members; redesign one elementary and one secondary school; and adhere to the redesign fundamental principles. Slate Creek Elementary, Santa Fe 5/6 Center and Chisholm Middle School will all be part of the Gemini Project for Newton Public Schools. 


All districts that applied for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project had to agree to redesign one elementary and one secondary school around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want schools to provide students. They also had to have approval by their local school board with a public vote, faculty support with a vote of 80 percent, and support from KNEA or other professional organization. The districts had to be willing to launch a new school redesign in the 2018-2019 school year and be willing to serve as a demonstration site for other districts in Kansas to study, learn from and visit.


To learn more about the Kansans Can School Redesign Mercury 7 Project visit, http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Vision-Kansans-Can/School-Redesign.


For more information about the Gemini Project, visit http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Vision-Kansans-Can/School-Redesign/gemini.


Newton Train LogoThe Newton Athletic Booster Club is the official organization of Newton High and Chisholm Middle School. It is a non-profit organization run by volunteers of high school and middle school parents whose main function is to raise funds for high school and middle school athletics. For more information and ways that you can support the Booster Club, please see the attached flyer. 

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Comprehensive PlanAfter more than a year of community meetings, Newton Public Schools has outlined several goals and objectives that will help guide the district for the next decade... 
Complete Comprehensive Plan available at newton373.org

Sixteen findings and recommendations including:

  • Instructional practices such as project-based learning, Career and Technical Education, critical thinking, and global awareness
  • Student, staff, and patron safety including storm shelters and protection against retaliation
  • Communication with the public on a variety of policies including bullying, retaliation, and promoting awareness of website information
  • Equity in enrollment and adequacy of facility space to meet the needs of 21st Century learners including flexibility, technology, and small and large group instruction

Five phases for addressing the recommendations:

  1. Create and implement a communication plan to share the district’s policies, procedures and BOE information to the community that is active, visible and interactive.
  2. Incorporate the findings of the comprehensive plan into the programs at all grade levels, review the Walton Rural Life charter, and engage a demographer to identify possible boundary modifications.
  3. Begin the process of acquiring property for possible new elementary and create a design team to assist in the preliminary design and planning for existing intermediate, middle and high schools.
  4. Present scope of work and cost to community for consideration and consider the impacts of the cost and work at district facilities before asking the community what they are willing to support.
  5. Implement the community directive.


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