Students of Santa Fe 5/6 Center teachers Beth Koehn and Sara Westerfield paired up last week with students in Kathy Becker and Megan Nagel’s 6th grade classrooms in an annual tradition of The Monster Exchange Reveal. In Monster Exchange, each student creates a monster and then writes directions on how to recreate the monster. The classes switch the directions, and the students try to recreate the monster without seeing the original. The challenge is that students must be descriptive and deliberate in writing down how to recreate the monster.
On reveal day, which is on Halloween, students show the original monster compared to the recreated monster. Students have learning discussions on what parts of the project went well, and what parts of the writing needed tweaking. It is a great way to teach the importance of adding details, as well as making writing clear and concise.
On Wednesday, October 29, the Newton High School Railer Marching Band participated in the Southern Plains Marching Festival at the Andover District Stadium. 24 bands performed their 2014 halftime shows for a panel of judges and a large audience. The NHS Band, directed by Greg Bergman and Keith Woolery, earned a Division 1 "Superior" rating.
A big thank you goes out to Midland National Bank who recently donated $420 to Latchkey Program for Newton Schools. Sheryl Olsen, director of the program said the bank contributed $5 for every new checking account opened during a designated amount of time and that she hopes to use the money for bus transportation to the zoo, bowling and other activities next summer. Parents interested in the latchkey program can contact Olsen at 316-284-6570 Ext. 317 or visit the latchkey page for more information.
On Friday, Oct 3, Santa Fe officially dedicated two new basketball goals at Themian Park in memory of Crystal (Hammond) Stauffer. Mrs. Stauffer, a Santa Fe PE teacher, unexpectedly passed away last June. In her memory, money donated was used toward the purchase of physical education and recess equipment. Crystal’s husband, Andrew, took the ceremonial “First Shot” at the goal…...and he made it!
Crystal is fondly remembered by the staff and students. "Every time we can gather and remember Crystal, our hearts are healed a little more; even though none of us will forget her. Her mark has been made on Santa Fe 5/6 Center through the people she touched while she was here." Carmen Weller, Santa Fe vocal music teacher.
6th grader Kenzi Gillispie had this say about Mrs. Stauffer. “Mrs. Stauffer was always sweet and kind. I loved her spirited sense of humor. I loved her strong Railer pride. She will be missed for such a great heart she had. And for those of us who loved her, that’s not bad.”
The Newton USD 373 Wellness Committee is encouraging all parents to complete a short survey that will help the committee increase awareness of better health choices within the school community.
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Newton USD 373 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Persons having inquiries concerning the District’s non-discrimination policies and compliance therewith may contact the school district’s Compliance Coordinator at 308 E. 1st St., Newton, Kansas, 67114-3846, or call 316-284-6200.