The Newton High School Homecoming candidates for 2014 are Front row (L to R): Mikaleigh Wilson, Savannah Sailors and Taylor Stahly. Back row: Jerod Fox, Colton Pfannenstiel, Bradley Million
This year's homecoming parade is scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 5:00 pm. The route starts at First and Meridian and goes East to Grandview, then North to the Athletic Park entrance, around the park loop and stops on the west side of the grand stand. Kickoff for the varsity football game at Fischer Field will follow the parade at 7pm.
The Harvey County Health Department will be holding influenza vaccination clinics (injection/mist) to protect students from the flu. The clinics will be held at every school in Harvey County during school hours.
Forms will go home with all elementary students. Forms may be picked up at Santa Fe, Chisholm and the NHS offices. More information, including dates of the clinics and forms available to download are available on the Health Forms page.
South Breeze students recently helped raise $400 for the ALS association by "voting" with their money for which teachers they wanted to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. The teachers have now challenged Sunset Elementary teachers, so stay tuned for updates!
Read more on the story at thekansan.com
Rotary Club Members Kent Erb, Tom Williams and Kim Manring from Newton Rotary presented a check to Dr. Hamm for $4,164.27 at the August 25, 2014 Board of Education meeting. This money was raised at the Birdies Against Bullying golf tournament held in July and will go towards anti-bullying training in USD 373 schools.
-From the Kansas Department of Education.
TOPEKA – The National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services recently released the results of its annual survey of illegal passing of school buses. Kansas was one of 29 states to participate in a one-day survey of school bus drivers who were asked to report the number of times motorists passed school buses illegally. More than 97,000 school bus drivers reported a combined total of 75,966 vehicles passed their buses in a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 13 million violations by private motorists.
In Kansas, 2,221 school bus drivers reported a total of 798 instances of motorists illegally passing school buses in a single day. “With schools back in session and kids getting on and off buses, it is even more critical for drivers to slow down, be vigilant and follow the law,” said Keith Dreiling, Kansas State Department of Education School Bus Safety Director. “Motorists should never pass a school bus with its stop sign engaged and lights flashing. It only takes a split second to make a bad decision that could change lives forever.”
School bus drivers activate the warning lights (amber lights) prior to activating the red flashing lights and stop arm, allowing drivers time to slow down and stop. Drivers are not to proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are no longer actuated. The public should be aware that anytime they see a school bus with its warning system activated they are in close proximity of school children. Under Kansas statute (K.S.A. 8-1556) drivers who choose to disregard school bus warning systems may be subject to a $315 fine plus court costs, which range from $108-$110.
2014 survey results are available at: http://www.ksde.org/Agency/FiscalandAdministrativeServices/SchoolFinance/SchoolBusSafety/SchoolBusSafetyIllegalPassingInfromation.aspx.
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.
To complete the 6 question survey, please go to
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.