News and Notices
Please join Walton Rural Life Center for an evening of BBQ and live Bluegrass music to benefit the Ashland, KS community affected by the March 2017 wildfires.
Newton USD 373 will recognize five “Friends of Education” during the Board of Education meeting on May 8 at 7pm. The community is invited to a reception honoring the recipients at 6:30pm prior to the meeting in the McKinley Administrative Center board room.
The 2017 Newton Friends of Education Award winners are:
- Tucky Allen, Deb Scheibler and Warren Scott with WorkForce Development Center
- Chris Tuohey with Kemper Sports/Sand Creek Station
- Tina Payne with Harvey County United Way
- John Hosford with Shelter Insurance
- Carter’s Clothing Store
Three Newton High School Alumni will be honored at a brunch on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and will also be recognized during the NHS commencement ceremony that evening. The inductees into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for 2017 are: Dr. Charles Craig, ’63, Sarah Morris Masem, ’96 and Vernon “Reid” Rickman (1929 – 2013), ’47.
The brunch will be held at 10 a.m. in the NHS Media Center and the community is invited. If you wish to attend please RSVP by Friday, May 5 by calling Joni Jantz at 284-6206.
Dr. Charles Craig, ’63, has dedicated his life and career to serving his own local community for almost 40 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bethel College and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine before establishing his practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Newton in 1978. During that time Dr. Craig has taken care of thousands of patients in Newton and the surrounding communities. Starting in 1978 he also served as team physician for both Newton High School and Bethel College and began the tradition of accompanying the NHS football team on away games. Dr. Craig is the founder of Newton Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and, as the Chief Medical Officer for Newton Medical Center, is the highest-ranking physician at NMC. He has served as the President of the Kansas Medical Society and as both a physician and patient advocate with the American Orthopedic Association. He remains active in several local, state and national healthcare organizations. In 1997 Dr. Craig received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association.
Sarah Morris Masem, ’96, is an accomplished educator, nurse and student. After completing an Associate of Arts degree in psychology at Cowley Community College she earned her Associate of Arts degree in nursing from Hesston College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Tabor College and her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Fort Hays State University before being awarded a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Graceland University in 2015. In her current role as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Bethel College, Sarah genuinely cares for the students she is teaching and considers their success a high priority. She is passionate about healthcare in the educational setting as well as the community, serving as a volunteer nurse for the Harvey County Health Department, as a health volunteer with Girl Scouts of America and as Camp Nurse with Camp Wood YMCA. Sarah continues to stay current in the nursing field by maintaining part time employment outside of the classroom as an infection control coordinator and mental health nurse. She has developed both a nurse residency program and nurse preceptor training program for Newton Medical Center.
Vernon “Reid” Rickman (1929 – 2013), ’47, was a talented artist whose stunning and unique works belied his quiet and solitary nature. His unusual artistic talent was obvious from an early age and following high school Vernon spent a year at the Cleveland School of Art before joining the army. His military service enabled him to enroll at the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957. The following year Vernon began graduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, but ultimately chose to "earn a living" and began working in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History as a technician in November 1958. When he retired in January 1981 he was working as a senior sculptor. Much of Vernon's Smithsonian work is unaccredited, but the Neanderthal figures he created for the "Ice Age Mammals and the Emergence of Man" permanent exhibit were mentioned at the exhibit’s 1974 opening and remain at the museum today. Until recently, full-sized mannequins of Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, and Rosalynn Carter that he created for the museum’s First Ladies Hall could still be viewed. After retiring back to Newton, Vernon continued the oil painting and sculpting he had done privately in his Washington D.C. apartment and he left behind over 300 oil paintings and numerous sculptures and reliefs at the time of his death. His artwork is now displayed in institutions as well as private homes and many of his pieces can be viewed and purchased locally at the Carriage Factory Gallery.
Newton Public Schools' Online Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year will be open through Friday, May 12. Returning families may enroll their Kindergarten - 12th grade students by logging into their parent portal. Enrollment fees will not be due until after July 1.
Families new to the district (that do not currently have students attending USD 373) may enroll incoming Kindergarten students online through the New Family Kindergarten Enrollment link on the district website or they may complete an online application at Kindergarten Round-up on April 10th.
For more information, parents may contact their school or visit the Enrollment Information page.
Are you looking for a leadership position in the community? Are you interested in education? This is the time to file for school board elections. This fall, the school district electorate will have the opportunity to elect three (3) school board members.
The school board election cycle has changed since the last board election and those elected will assume office on January 8, 2018. The filing deadline for this election cycle is June 1, 2017.
If you have questions regarding the requirements for the positions, visit the School Board Elections page and view the menu items on the right side of the page for detailed information. Additional information can also be found on this page. You may also contact Dr. Hamm at the District Office for information. The board currently meets once a month on the 2nd Monday.
To file as a candidate in the upcoming election, you may pick up a packet at the Harvey County Clerk’s Office.
Deadline for filing is noon on June 1, 2017.
Driver's Education classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis A registered student list will be posted in the freshman locker section on or during the the week of May 15. For questions, please contact Verlene Keazer, 316-284-6280, extension 2027.
1st Session: May 30 - June 16, 2017
2nd Session: June 19 - July 7, 2017
The fee for the class will be $275.00 for out of district students. In district student’s fee will be $250.00. There is a fee reduction for reduced or free students, which will be $150.00 for reduced, and $100.00 for free students. A Free/Reduced Application must be on file at USD373 District Office with the waiver marked for Drivers Education. The fee includes rental of a textbook and one Kansas Driver Education Permit.
The completed Enrollment Form and fee must be submitted to the bookkeeper’s office at NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL before your enrollment is finalized. IF PAYING BY CHECK MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL DRIVER EDUCATION; FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE AFTER June 1, 2017. Prior to that date, the district will retain a $20.00 administrative fee. After June 1st, the only refunds given will be for those students denied the driver education permit by the Division of Vehicles in Topeka.
Go to the payment & registration page to enroll.
Four students from the Welding Technology program competed in the SkillsUSA competition at Hutchinson, KS. Matthew Whitehurst, from Burrton High School won gold for Welding Sculpture and Kadin McBee, NHS, took 3rd place in Welding. The Welding Technology Program is part of the Career & Technical Education Program at Newton High School.
The Duke Talent Identification Program recognizes academically talented students who take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor these seventh graders who have remarkable ACT scores. Each spring, Duke Talent Identification Program holds special award ceremonies to honor the 7th grade students who meet certain score thresholds on the ACT, inviting them and their families to attend and celebrate together. Invitations for the 2017 Kansas State Recognition Ceremony were sent to five qualifying students at Chisholm Middle School in Newton to attend a ceremony at Kansas University on May 7, 2017.
Students qualify for the state ceremonies by earning scores that are approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the test. These Chisholm 7th grade students met that criteria: Andrew Barron in Math and Science; Maddie Duncan in Math and English; Cody Eye in Science; Cody Headings in English and Reading; and Clayton Kaufman in Math, Science, English, and Reading.
In addition, 4% of these students receive Grand Recognition and are invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University in Durham, NC on May 21, 2017. Clayton Kaufman received national recognition for his score in Reading.
We are extremely proud to recognize our remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving very high scores on the ACT,” says Shawna Young, Executive Director of Duke TIP. “As an organization, we cherish the opportunity to celebrate each of our ceremonies’ honorees for such an outstanding accomplishment.”
Photo (L to R): Maddie Duncan, Clayton Kaufman, Cody Headings, Cody Eye, and Andrew Barron.
Congratulations to the Chisholm Middle School Science Olympiad team who recently found out that members of the team qualified for the state competition on April 1 in Wichita. More information on the team's achievements can be found at the Newton Kansan.
Congratulations to Newton Team 935 RaileRobotics which won their first regional competition this year in Lubbock, TX on March 4. Read about the impressive competition they faced in the finals at the Newton Kansan.
Ten Newton High School students recently attended the Topeka Model United Nations and represented NHS and their respective countries well. Six of the Newton students attending received medals during the conference. Those receiving recognition as outstanding delegates were:
Erik Brown: 3rd overall best delegate
Kenton Fox: 2nd overall best delegate
Erik Brown: 2nd place-outstanding delegate for Security Council
Chase Cassil: 2nd place-outstanding delegate for General Assembly 2
Kenton Fox: 1st place-outstanding delegate for General Assembly 2
2nd place for best High School delegation-Bolivia: Erik Brown, Chase Cassil, John Jantzen, Emma Pulaski, Kailei Sidebottom
Sponsors for the NHS students were gifted facilitator coordinators Shari Sloan and Kathy Murphy.
The Topeka Model United Nations is a two day simulation in Topeka, Kansas, designed for assigned student delegations to represent their country's point of view on a variety of topical issues. The simulation is designed to encourage debate, foster cooperation, and assist young leaders to resolve problems diplomatically.
Photo: Back row, left to right: Lauren Mitchell, Chase Cassil, Kenton Fox, Emma Pulaski, John Jantzen, Fletcher Hummingbird
Front row, left to right: Ellen Garrett, Kailei Sidebottom, Eli Regier, Erik Brown and Sponsor Shari Sloan (USD 373 Gifted Facilitator)
Not pictured: Kathy Murphy (USD 373 Gifted Facilitator)