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The NHS basketball games scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20 have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21. However, the Newton Be Nice event that was being held in conjunction with the games WILL NOT take place on Wednesday. It will be rescheduled at a later date.


Below are the results of the surveys conducted in January 2018 on behalf of the USD 373 Board of Education. 

2018 Telephone Survey Report

2018 Online Survey Report


Harvey County Emergency Management has shared the following information on severe weather with the community. Typically, severe weather season begins in the spring in Kansas, but it can occur at any time. Take time to prepare and plan for severe weather with your family. 

If a tornado warning occurs during the hours that your student is in school, he/she will remain at school until the all-clear signal has been announced by radio or TV. Regular tornado drills are scheduled and students are instructed by their teachers as to the safest location in school. 


Outdoor warning siren handout1Outdoor warning siren handout2Outdoor Warning Sirens and Severe Weather


If your athlete does not have a physical scheduled, don't delay!

All paperwork and fees must be turned into the office by NOON in order for athletes to participate on the same day.


Physical packets must be turned into the NHS Athletic Office BEFORE athletes will be allowed to participate.


Important dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 21 - NHS & CMS PHYSICALS DUE
  • Thursday, February 22 - NHS & CMS Spring Sports Parent Meeting, at NHS, 6:30 pm
    • Monday, February 26 -  NHS First Practice
    • Friday, March 2 - NHS Pay for Participation due
    • Monday, March 5 -  CMS First Practice
    • Thursday, March 8 - CMS Pay for Participation due



Please remember that parents may excuse their student a significant portion of the day for 10 days per year for student illness, professional appointments, serious illness or death of a family member, religious observances, or absences pre-arranged by parents and approved by the principal.  A significant portion of a school day is defined as more than one class period.  Parents should contact the attendance secretary when their student is going to be absent.  


Weather Policy

Safety First
Canceling school is a complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. Criteria used to cancel school due to inclement weather and other information on school closings can be found on the Closings & Cancellations page.


Kindergarten SmilesKindergarten Round-Up for all USD 373 elementary schools will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at McKinley Administrative Center, 308 E. 1st Street.

Incoming Kindergarten students and their families will be able to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year, attend parenting sessions on skills needed to be a Kindergarten student and learn about Meet Your Teacher Night and 1/2 days of Kindergarten at the beginning of the year. Immunization records, birth certificate copies and other required enrollment documents will also be gathered at this time. 

More information on this year's Kindergarten Round-Up will be coming soon!


Neal Horizon Award
Connie Neal, 2nd grade teacher at Slate Creek was notified by KS Commissioner of Education, Randy Watson on Monday, January 8, 2018 that she is among the best new teachers in the state! MS. Neal is a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award.

The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. 


8th Annual AP District Honor Roll Recipient

Newton Public Schools Placed on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

447 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored


Newton, KS — Newton USD 373 is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, Newton Public Schools had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

National data from 2017 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. USD 373 is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.


“Congratulations to all the educators and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP,” said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. “These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed.”


Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.


In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage,unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.


The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll


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