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 Golf Tournament 
To Support the  
Anti-Bullying Project  

for Newton USD 373  
& Rotary Club of Newton 

Sand Creek Station Golf Course 
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 
Registration at 8:00 a.m.
Shotgun at 9:00 a.m. 
$100 per player 




Entry fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, a great meal, snacks, drinks and giveaways! See attached brochure for more details and to enter your team.


Please see the attached enrollment flyer for more details about important summer enrollment information:


  • There will not be any regular help sessions for enrollment this year. If you have not enrolled your student and need assistance, please contact your school by June 2. School office personnel will not be available to help with enrollment after June 2.  School contact information is on the flyer.
  • Free & Reduced Meal Applications for 2017-18 will be available starting July 10. More information including assistance with applications is included on the flyer.
  • One-Stop enrollment for new to the district families is Wednesday, July 26. Please pass along the one-stop information on the flyer to any new families you might know of!


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School Board logoAre 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.


The USD 373 Board of Education met on May 1 to hear a report from the demographer as part of the Newton Schools discussion on facility planning. The report is available below and in the resources section of the Vision & Planning page.


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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. 



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 
(first session is full)

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.



CMS Duke TIP Recipients

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. 


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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