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Pre-registration for incoming Kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year will be Monday, April 10, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (come and go) at McKinley Admin. Center OR from 6:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. at your child's home school. Please see the attached flyer for more details and pass this information along to parents that may be interested. 


Kindergarten Round Up



Lucky Stiff PosterThis spring, the Newton High School Drama Department will be putting on it’s production of Lucky Stiff, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty . This small cast musical is an upbeat musical murder mystery farce, that will leave the audience dying with laughter. The show opens Friday April 7th at 7:30 pm and there will also be two additional showings, April 8th at 7:30pm and April 9th at 2:30pm at Newton High School, 900 W 12th St, Newton, KS.

The musical centers around Harry Witherspoon, an unsuspecting shoe salesmen who is thrown into a wild situation  involving a six million dollar fortune up for grabs, a dead uncle in a wheelchair and a series of mistaken identities.


Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students. and are available at www.showtix4u.com. Or call 316-284-6280 (extension 2412).


CMS Science Olympiad Team
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.


RaileRobotics Team at Regionals
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.



NHS Model US students in Topeka
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)



Automotive technology students from Newton High School competed in the Pratt Community College Automotive Contest on Monday, February 27.  During the competition, the students took a 115 question timed test covering general automotive topics.

Joel Harms took the top 1st place spot and won a rolling tool cart as well as a full two year scholarship to the PCC auto program. Taking 2nd place was Trevor Koehn, winning a ratcheting wrench sent and a full two year scholarship to the PCC auto program. Tino Varges took 5th place and won a 500 dollar scholarship to PCC.

The team is coached by NHS Auto Technology instructors Cory Unruh and Bob Ziegler.

Photo from left to right: Tino Varges, Trevor Koehn & Joel Harms


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.

Newton Public Schools is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada (and one of only two in the state of Kansas) being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, USD 373 had to, since 2014, 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. 

7th Annual District Honor Roll Recipients



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