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All parents and community members are invited to a drug awareness presentation on Monday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm in the Newton High School Auditorium.
Please see the attached flyer for more details.

IMPEDE flyer
 

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Published: 11/16/17




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CMS PL Honors Band Students

Eleven band students from Chisholm Middle School were selected to participate in the 2017 Pioneer League North Division Honors Band. This event was held at McPherson High School on November 11, and included students from CMS, Hutchinson, McPherson, Prairie Hills, Salina Lakewood, and Salina South. The guest conductor was Professor Kyle Hopkins from McPherson College. Representing CMS were Alex Barnett (trumpet), Kaden Anderson (percussion), Santiago Castillo (trumpet), Olivia Sandoval (flute), Lilly Senn (clarinet), Taylor Redington (horn), Kathryn Burton (tenor saxophone), Seth Bruey (clarinet), Katelin Koehn (flute), Madelynn Hamm (trombone), and Lauren Anton (alto saxophone). Lilly, Madelynn, and Lauren also participated in the SCKMEA Middle School Honor Band in Andover on November 4. Their conductor was Dr. Timothy Shade from Wichita State University.

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Published: 11/14/17




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NHS PowerPuff Football
 

FRIDAY, NOV. 10th

FISCHER FIELD

GAMES START @ 7:00 PM

$3 ADMISSION

OR

     $2 WITH CAN OF FOOD

FOR DONATION     

Sponsored by NHS BPA

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Published: 11/9/17




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Das Bandtagebuch mit EINSHOCH6

 

HIP HOP MEETS CLASSICAL

German band EINSHOCH6 will bring their unique mix of hip-hop and classical music to the US with a tour this fall, Das Bandtagebuch mit EINSHOCH6. The US Tour 2017: German Hip Hop meets Classical. The band from Munich, Germany, combines refined orchestral sounds with bass and text-driven hip hop to create an energizing, unique concert experience auf Deutsch {in German}. Das Bandtagebuch mit EINSHOCH6 is a project of the Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, to foster the study of German. In addition to attending live concerts and workshops to produce songs together with the band, students and teachers benefit from teaching materials posted on the Deutsche Welle website.

 

The US tour is the band’s grandest Bandtagebuch-Tour yet. With 18 concerts throughout the Midwest and Eastern US, the tour will reach thousands of students and their local communities. Several concerts are already sold out. Other highlights of the tour include a concert at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and a final concert at the convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in Nashville, TN.

 

On Monday, November 13, band members of Einshoch6 will be providing a workshop to students in the morning and then at 3:30 p.m., the band will give a concert in the Newton High School Auditorium. Schools from around Kansas and Nebraska will be participating in the day. “We German teachers and students throughout flyover country are extremely excited that the band will be with us for a day in central Kansas,” said Nan Bergen, German Teacher at Newton High School. “We are grateful for the support of the Kansas Association of Teachers of German as well as the AATG and the German Embassy in order to make this happen.”

 

"It is great that this US tour is finally happening,“ said EINSHOCH6 manager Amadeus Hiller. "Since we’ve started touring we’ve had a lot of requests from students and teacher to visit the US.” Following their very successful first album “Lass uns reden,” EINSHOCH6 released, earlier this year, their second album "Reise um die Welt" {Trip around the World} which includes an ode to “Deutschlehrerinnen” {German Teachers} created in cooperation with German teachers and learners around the world. The Economist reports the group turns “tongue-twisting Teutonic sounds into the verbal pyrotechnics of rap.”

 

EINSHOCH6 has played more than 400 concerts and received numerous national and international awards. The project "DW Bandtagebuch mit EINSHOCH6" is a cooperation between the Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, and the band "EINSHOCH6". The project allows hundreds of thousands of students worldwide to learn about Germany, German music, and the German language.

“EINSHOCH6 regularly fills concert halls across Germany, drawing fans with their individualistic style of artistic expression. Their undeniably unique melding of German language, hip hop and classical music is what has propelled them to be the worldwide Musical Ambassadors of the German language,” according to the German Embassy Washington.

 

“German hip hop, together with classical orchestra sounds, provides a fantastic forum for learning German. Students are engaged and excited to immerse themselves in German music and culture,” said Ingrid Zeller, Professor of Instruction in German at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who initiated the tour. The tour is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German www.aatg.org together with the German Embassy Washington www.germany.info and generous sponsorship through its Netzwerk Deutsch program.

 

photo credit: dw.com/bandtagebuch

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Published: 11/8/17




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School Bus Driver Thanks

 

TOPEKA — School bus drivers play an important role in the safety of Kansas’ students. To honor them, Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day.

“These men and women dedicate their time and talent to make sure 225,578 students are transported safely to and from school and activities every school day,” said Keith Dreiling, director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Bus Safety Unit. “Please take the time to help me honor them. They are extremely valuable assets and are unsung heroes in communities across the state.”

While there are more than 4,100 school bus drivers with commercial driver’s licenses in the state, Kansas — like many other states — has a shortage of bus drivers. In fact, openings for school bus drivers will continue to be one of the nation’s top transportation workforce needs, Dreiling said.

School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day falls during National School Bus Safety Week, which has been set aside to remind people about school bus safety. National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 16-20 this year.

Here are a few bus safety rules that parents can review with their children:

  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
  • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
  • Remember to cross in front of the bus.
  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER crawl under the bus to try and pick it up yourself.
  • Don’t jump up or down, fight, bully or tease other passengers or make a lot of noise while riding the bus. These activities can distract the bus driver, and he or she won’t be able to give proper attention to driving.
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Published: 10/17/17




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The community is invited to join Walton Rural Life Center on Oct. 16 and Newton High School on Oct. 23 for 'Walking Tours' through their buildings. 

Community Facilities Tours

Walking Tours Flyer.pdf

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Published: 10/12/17




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NHS Play- House of Usher
Newton High School Theatre Department will be presenting an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe Classic:  THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by Gip Hoppe on October 20-22nd.

A Modern adaptation of Poe's classic story that transports Gothic Horror into modern times. A  comfortable, suburban family man receives a desperate call from a forgotten childhood acquaintance. Thus starts a journey into madness that takes Ed Allen to the House of Usher and its terrible secrets and temptations. 

The Fall of the House of Usher will be performed October 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM and October 22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students.    Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at  www.showtix4u.com
NHS PLAY HOUSE OF USHER.pdf

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Published: 10/11/17




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Please note tat the time for this event has been rescheduled and will now end at 8:30am instead of 9:00am.

Railer Round Table at Norms
 

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Published: 10/10/17




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Santa Fe KMEA Honor Choir Students
Congratulations to these Santa Fe 5/6 Center sixth grade students for being selected to sing in the South Central district KMEA Honor Choir on Saturday, Oct 7 at Southeast High School in Wichita. There were 26 schools represented and 254 students singing. The Santa Fe choir is directed by Carmen Weller. 

From left to right: Alexis Giles, Carly Anderson, Zoe Graber, Nataniya May, (Mrs. Weller), Rylison Grieb, and Ronni Horn.

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Published: 10/9/17




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BBQ Pulled Pork Fundraiser at NHS Home Football game, Friday, Oct. 13 beginning at 6:30pm | $5/sandwich | Proceeds go to Santa Fe 5/6 Center PTO

BBQ Fundraiser for Santa Fe PTO
 

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Published: 10/3/17




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PE Dept receives grant from Central KS Community Foundation
Newton Schools PE Teacher, Mario Nava receives a check from Angie Tatro with the Central Kansas Community Foundation that will be used to purchase heart rate monitors for PE students in the district. 

 

The Sunset Elementary & Northridge Elementary Physical Education Department has received a $2300.00 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-Newton Fund, funded through the Central Kansas Community Foundation. The funds will be used for individual heart rate monitors for students to use in physical education.

The PE department had previously hosted two events and received grants to assist in their efforts to raise the funds needed to purchase the monitors. With the  $7242.85 raised, roughly 250 students will benefit from the use of the heart rate monitors each year, while learning the importance of maintaining a health active lifestyle.

The heart rate monitor is a web based tracking and measurement system that uses a heart rate monitor that students will wear during PE class to help them better understand their own health. The student’s daily effort will be recorded, stored over time, and used to analyze the effectiveness of the activities. The data can also be delivered to both teacher and student as soon as class ends. The software provided will allow the teacher to track and correlate physical activity to academic performance and classroom behavior, develop student portfolios from K-12, document Fitnessgram results and attendance, and email daily heart rate activity directly to students and parent’s smart phones. With the purchase of the heart rate monitors, the district will own twenty-eight individual wrist heart rate monitors, a charging station, a classroom reader (transfer data device), and a three-year software license.

Jen Vogts, a committee member of the Central Kansas Community Foundation said it best. “We are excited to see your vision become a reality to incorporate heart rate monitors and the tracking software in PE classes!” This is truly a vision that our schools and community have rallied together to make this a reality for our students. With countless hours of planning, reaching out to the community, and writing on the part of PE staff, district students will now have to opportunity to start monitoring their heart rate throughout each physical education class.

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Published: 10/2/17




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Oct 5 Railer Round Table
 

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Published: 10/2/17




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The public is invited to come learn more about Newton Schools’ Comprehensive Plan and the upcoming Nov. 7 Bond Election on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 pm in the McKinley Administrative Center Board Room, 308 East 1st Street. Newton USD 373 Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Hamm will give a presentation followed by a time for questions and answers.

Oct 5 Community Meeting
 

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Published: 9/27/17




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CMS PTO BBQ Fundraiser
 

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Published: 9/22/17







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NHS Homecoming Royalty 2017
The 2017 NHS Homecoming Candidates are (Front row L to R): Kaylee Anderson,Trista Stark, Taylor Antonowich, 
Back row L to R: Ryan Hirsh, Ethan Torres, Jose Rojas

Newton High School's 2017 Homecoming Week will be September 25 - 29. The week kicks off on Monday, Sept. 25 with Peach Fuzz Volleyball from 7:00-9:00 PM at NHS in Ravenscroft Gym.

NHS classes and organizations will participate in Float Building on Wed. Sept. 27 from 4:30 to 8:30 in preparation for the Homecoming Parade that will start around 4:45 PM on Friday, Sept. 29. Following the parade the Homecoming football game vs. Salina Central will be held at 7pm at Fischer Field Stadium along with the coronation ceremony. A homecoming dance for students will be held after the game. 

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Published: 9/19/17




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Big Truck Night

Harvey County Parents as Teachers is excited to partner with several community organizations to host this event! This is an opportunity for you are your family to get an up close look at a variety of trucks, vehicles, and machinery that are used in our communities. The trucks and vehicles will be on display Friday evening in the middle section of the parking lot. Come enjoy an evening of exploration and seize the opportunity to touch a truck! All Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

To learn more about the PAT program, visit ceec-usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/PAT

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The public is invited to come learn more about Newton Schools’ Comprehensive Plan and the upcoming Nov. 7 Bond Election on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 pm in the McKinley Administrative Center Board Room, 308 East 1st Street. Newton USD 373 Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Hamm will give a presentation followed by a time for questions and answers.

Community Meeting Sept. 18
 

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Published: 9/12/17




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Megan NagelTOPEKA — Megan E. Nagel, a sixth-grade English language arts and science teacher at Santa Fe 5/6 Center in Newton (Newton Unified School District 373), and Sarah C. VenJohn, a high school mathematics teacher at Winfield High School (Winfield USD 465), were named Region 4 finalists for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 9, in Wichita. This award recognizes excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.

   

As finalists for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction, Nagel and VenJohn each received a $2,000 cash award from Security Benefit, the major corporate partner for the Kansas Teacher of the Year program. In addition, they are each now eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year, which will be announced during ceremonies in Wichita on Nov. 18.

 

Nagel and VenJohn were among six Teacher of the Year semifinalists from Region 4, which covers the fourth U.S. congressional district.

 

Other semifinalists were Marlys I. Gwaltney, an elementary physical education teacher at Bentley Primary School (Halstead USD 440); Catherine “Cathy” L. Boote, a kindergarten teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita (Wichita USD 259); Andrea M. Burnett, a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Maize South Middle School in Wichita (Maize USD 266); and Thomas “Tom” J. Zerr, a middle school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher at Augusta Middle School (Augusta USD 402).

Each of the semifinalists received a red marble apple with a wooden base, compliments of The Master Teacher in Manhattan. This year, 111 educators across the state were nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction.

 

Nominations are made in each of four regions in the state. The Kansas State Department of Education, sponsor of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, appoints regional selection panels comprised of teachers, education administrators and higher education representatives to select semifinalists and finalists from each region.

 

Each panel selects six semifinalists — three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers. From those semifinalists, the panel in each region then selects one elementary finalist and one secondary finalist. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected from among the state’s eight regional finalists. 

 

The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.

 

The Kansas Teacher of the Year team, comprised of the Teacher of the Year and state finalists, serve as ambassadors for education in Kansas, making public appearances across the state promoting education and the teaching profession.

 

The individual selected as the Kansas Teacher of the Year is eligible for national distinction as National Teacher of the Year.

 

The National Teacher of the Year program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.

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Published: 9/11/17




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Railer Round Table Sept 12
 

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Published: 9/7/17




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Help us kick off fall sports this evening with team introductions and performances by our Drumline, Cheerleaders, and Railiners.

 

6:30 pm

6th Street between Main and Poplar!

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Published: 8/30/17




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Gemini Project Banner
Newton USD 373 is one of twenty-one Kansas school districts who who accepted the challenge of becoming a Gemini district, which is another facet of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education announced Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

 

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, KSDE launched the Kansans Can School Redesign Project and received applications from 29 districts interested in joining the project. From those applications, seven — each one representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts — were selected. The names of the seven districts were announced Aug. 8. The remaining schools had the opportunity to participate in the Gemini Project. 

 

While the districts participating in the Gemini Project won’t receive onsite coaching from KSDE staff members like the Mercury 7 districts, they will participate in video Professional Learning Community (PLC) sessions together; set a project launch date that occurs no later than the spring of 2020; participate in opportunities to collaborate with other Gemini and Mercury schools; develop and share a project timeline with KSDE staff members; redesign one elementary and one secondary school; and adhere to the redesign fundamental principles. Slate Creek Elementary, Santa Fe 5/6 Center and Chisholm Middle School will all be part of the Gemini Project for Newton Public Schools. 

 

All districts that applied for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project had to agree to redesign one elementary and one secondary school around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want schools to provide students. They also had to have approval by their local school board with a public vote, faculty support with a vote of 80 percent, and support from KNEA or other professional organization. The districts had to be willing to launch a new school redesign in the 2018-2019 school year and be willing to serve as a demonstration site for other districts in Kansas to study, learn from and visit.

 

To learn more about the Kansans Can School Redesign Mercury 7 Project visit, http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Vision-Kansans-Can/School-Redesign.

 

For more information about the Gemini Project, visit http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Vision-Kansans-Can/School-Redesign/gemini.

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Published: 8/28/17




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Railer Round Table

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Published: 8/25/17




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NHS fine arts booster club logo

 

 

The Newton High School Fine Arts Booster Club is in its 22nd year of providing support that is essential for today's Fine Arts Students.  During past years approximately $5000 was donated to the 5 Fine Arts Departments and scholarship dollars that were awarded to NHS Seniors pursuing the Fine Arts during their college years.  Also, we are proud to have established the NHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame 14 years ago into which we inducted 1-2 NHS graduates who are using their fine arts background in their current careers.  

 

NHS Executive Board 2016-2017

Jonni Brown, president                      Sharon Allen, Community Rep

Amy Eckerberg, treasurer                  Donna Woolery, Teacher Rep

Julie Stenzel, secretary                     Kim Willems, Board Member

Kenna Graber, Board Member            Lisa Moore, Administrative Rep

 

The Fine Arts Board holds an annual meeting for all parents of Fine Arts Students to attend while no financial contribution is necessary to be a part of our group. We appreciate our parent volunteers at various functions.

The Board will meet and invites all parents to their meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at approximately 8:10 pm following NHS Open House in the Lecture Hall.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin
Published: 8/10/17




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Harvey County Parents as Teachers currently has openings,

ENROLL TODAY!  

 

How to Enroll

There are three ways to get enrolled:

· Call 316-284-6510 to receive an enrollment form by mail or e-mail

· Come to Cooper Early Ed Center to pick up a form

· Go online to complete the form at  www.ceec-usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/PAT

If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please contact our office at 316-284-6510.

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Published: 8/8/17




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railerman color.jpgAttention: ALL athletes who might participate in ANY sport this school year

The 2017-18, USD 373 Sports Parent meeting will be held at Newton High School on Thursday, August 10, beginning at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Parents and athletes from ALL seasons are encouraged to attend. The first part of the meeting will include information from the high school and middle school athletic directors.  During the second part of the evening, FALL coaches will share information with parents and athletes.

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Published: 7/31/17




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The USD 373 Board of Education will meet on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the McKinley Administrative Center, 308 E 1st, Newton, KS. This special meeting will be to discuss and approve the Kansans Can School Redesign application.

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Published: 7/23/17




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ONE STOP, ONE PAYMENT,
ALL NEW STUDENTS ENROLL AT ONCE!

 

Who: All NEW to USD 373 Students Only:

  • If none of your children attended any Newton USD 373 schools during the previous school year, you are considered new to the district.
  • You are also considered new to the district if your child attended years prior to the previous school year, or did not complete the previous school year at Newton USD 373.
  • Kindergarten students who did not attend Kindergarten Roundup or pre-enroll are considered new to the district and should attend One-Stop Enrollment.

When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 7:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. or 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
 

Where: Chisholm Middle School, 900 E. 1st Street in Railer West Gym 
 

What to Bring:

(if available)

  • copy of birth certificate
  • copy of immunization records
  • name & location of student's previous school (USD 373 will request records from previous schools)

Please come even if none of the above information is available to you!

 

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Published: 7/20/17




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Newton Train LogoThe Newton Athletic Booster Club is the official organization of Newton High and Chisholm Middle School. It is a non-profit organization run by volunteers of high school and middle school parents whose main function is to raise funds for high school and middle school athletics. For more information and ways that you can support the Booster Club, please see the attached flyer. 

Newton Athletics Booster
 

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Published: 7/13/17




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

 

Enrollment 17-18 Flyer - English

Enrollment 2017-18 English Flyer
Enrollment 2017-18 Spanish Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment 17-18 Flyer - Spanish

Enrollment 2017-18 Spanish Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published: 7/13/17




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The following are important dates to remember this fall.

 

Thursday, August 10 - NEW DATE!

NHS & CMS Parent/Athlete Fall Sports Meeting

  • 6:30, NHS Auditorium
  • After meeting with the Athletic Directors in the auditorium, coaches will share information about the coming season with parents and athletes.

August 9 - NHS & CMS Sports Physicals Due

  • Physicals must be on file at NHS before your athlete can participate. Please take completed physical packets to the NHS athletic office beginning August 1. Packets are available at NHS and CMS offices.

August 14 - NHS & CMS Practices Begin

  • see FAQs for a list of teams

August 18 - NHS & CMS Pay for Participation Due

  • PfP fees will be available to pay online through RevTrak beginning with enrollment. Look for the RevTrak button on the top right corner of this page.
  • Online Free and Reduced Fees will be available to pay the first week of the season. 
  • If the fee is not paid by the deadline, your athlete will have to sit out until paid.

August 25

  • NHS Fall Sport Picture Day (CMS Picture day TBD)
  • NHS & CMS Fall Fest

 

Other questions? Please see Frequently Asked Questions, top left

 

 

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Published: 7/1/17




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Children and teens ages 1-18 are invited for free breakfast and lunch this summer.

ALSO- Free Sack Lunches this Summer!

See flyers and menu links for details.

 

Summer 2017 Meal Program

 

 

 

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Published: 6/6/17




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The 8th Grade Recognition programs will be held in the Newton High School Auditorium at the following times on Monday, May 22: 
6:00 p.m. for 8th grade Gold 
7:30 p.m. for 8th grade Black

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Published: 5/22/17




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Due to the threat of severe weather, Cooper Early Education Center will be dismissing at 3pm today, Thursday, May 18 to ensure that we can get all students home safely. All other schools will be dismissing at regular times.

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Published: 5/18/17




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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.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin
Published: 5/17/17




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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.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin
Published: 5/16/17




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The following message was emailed to parents of 5th -12th students and copies of the letter are available for parents & students to pick up in the office at Santa Fe 5/6 Center, Chisholm Middle School and Newton High School.

Parents & Guardians:

As many of you may be aware, the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, has attracted the interest of middle school and high school students nationally.

Here’s some important information about 13 Reasons Why:

The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, debuted on March 31, 2017, and is trending nationally and is popular in our school community. It is a 13-hour series depicting strong themes of suicide, bullying, sexual assault, drug use, and other social issues. While the show is extremely popular, it is also generating an extreme amount of controversy and concern among mental health experts. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) states, “The show does not address mental illness or present viable alternatives to suicide.”

Our counselors would like to offer the following tips:

  • Watch it yourself, do a little reading, and be aware of the issues in the show.
  • If your student is watching, take time to discuss the content and perhaps watch it together
  • Experts feel that the series may be romanticizing suicide and not encouraging teens to seek help from family, trusted adults, or school personnel.
  • Monitor your student’s social media sites to ensure they are being safe online.

Suicide is NEVER the answer, reaching out for help is key. Prevention, awareness, and support is available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8225 or via text 741741.

If you are concerned about your student encourage them to speak with you, a teacher or a counselor. Suicide is never the answer and is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school if you have any questions or concerns.

 

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Published: 5/5/17




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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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nhs distinguished alumni 2017
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. 

 

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Published: 4/30/17




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Newton USD 373 will recognize five “Friends of Education” during the Board of Education meeting on May 8 at 7pm. The community is invited to a reception honoring the recipients at 6:30pm prior to the meeting in the McKinley Administrative Center board room.

 

The 2017 Newton Friends of Education Award winners are:

  • Tucky Allen, Deb Scheibler and Warren Scott with WorkForce Development Center
  • Chris Tuohey with Kemper Sports/Sand Creek Station
  • Tina Payne with Harvey County United Way
  • John Hosford with Shelter Insurance
  • Carter’s Clothing Store
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Published: 4/29/17




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Newton Public Schools' Online Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year will be open through Friday, May 12. Returning families may enroll their Kindergarten - 12th grade students by logging into their parent portal. Enrollment fees will not be due until after July 1.

 

Families new to the district (that do not currently have students attending USD 373) may enroll incoming Kindergarten students online through the New Family Kindergarten Enrollment link on the district website or they may complete an online application at Kindergarten Round-up on April 10th. 

For more information, parents may contact their school or visit the Enrollment Information page. 

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Published: 4/29/17




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Watch all of this weekend's competition by visiting team935.com.

Links to the live feed for the robotics world championship matches in St. Louis and more are available on the site. The robotics team will be playing on the Curie field.

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Published: 4/27/17




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Please join Walton Rural Life Center for an evening of BBQ and live Bluegrass music to benefit the Ashland, KS community affected by the March 2017 wildfires.

Ashland Fundraiser BBQ Flyer
 

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Published: 4/25/17




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Newton H.S. Art Show Poster
 

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Published: 4/25/17




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CTE Welding Students
Four students from the Welding Technology program competed in the SkillsUSA competition at Hutchinson, KS. Matthew Whitehurst, from Burrton High School won gold for Welding Sculpture and Kadin McBee, NHS, took 3rd place in Welding. The Welding Technology Program is part of the Career & Technical Education Program at Newton High School.

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Published: 4/21/17




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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.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin
Published: 4/21/17




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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. 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin
Published: 4/20/17




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A Chance to Be Heard About K-12 English Language Arts in Kansas Schools

Public Notice noteStandards revisions in English Language Arts affecting Kansas K-12 education in both public and private accredited schools

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is proposing revisions to the current College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts. The revisions are part of the legislated review process that must take place every seven years.

 

The current English Language Arts Standards were approved by the Kansas State Board of Education in December 2010. The public meetings will highlight the changes being proposed by the Kansas Standards Review Committee, which is comprised of educators, legislators, higher education, and other Kansas constituents.

 

What the KSDE is proposing:

Beginning April 11, 2017, a complete draft of the ELA Standards will be available at: http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=6152 ...

See attached pdf for more details including proposed changes as well as the dates & locations of these public meetings.

Notice of Public Meeting-ELA.pdf

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Published: 4/8/17




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You’re invited...Newton Public Schools Mug

Join Superintendent Dr. Hamm for an informal time to visit

about USD 373’s comprehensive plan and vision.

 

Free Coffee

The next Round Table will be Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:30am – 1:00pm at Prairie Harvest 601 N. Main St.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin
Published: 4/7/17




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Congratulations to the NHS RailerRobotics team that has qualified for the World Competition in St. Louis! Please consider attending their fundraiser dinner on April 7 &/or supporting them in any way you can. 


RailerRobotics Dinner Flyer
 

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Published: 4/5/17




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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).

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Published: 4/3/17




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The Newton High School FFA Plant Sale is April 10-14 at the NHS greenhouse located north of NHS off of Boyd Ave. 

FFA Plant Sale Flyer

 

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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


 

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Published: 3/29/17




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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.

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Published: 3/16/17




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Follow @RaileRobotics as they compete in Kansas City this weekend!

Greater Kansas City Regional Robotics Competition
 

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Published: 3/14/17




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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.

 

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Published: 3/7/17




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Nominations are due March 17, 2017

The Central Kansas Community Foundation-USD 373 Education Endowment invites you to nominate an alumnus of Newton High School for the NHS Distinguished Alumni Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding alumni of Newton High School who have distinguished themselves in a significant way since graduating from high school. It may be someone who has had a highly successful career, or has been an outstanding community leader, or has a commendable record of service to others.

Newton High School has produced a number of outstanding graduates over the years and this award program recognizes their efforts. These alumni also serve as an inspiration for current NHS students, as they strive to create their own personal and professional roles in our community, state, nation and world.

Recipients will be inducted during a reception in their honor in conjunction with NHS commencement activities in May. Recipients’ names will also be added to the NHS Alumni Wall of Fame, located inside the new main entrance to Newton High School.

Please visit the Distinguished Alumni Award page for more information and to nominate an alumnus for recognition. 

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Published: 3/6/17




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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)

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Published: 3/3/17




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RaileRobotics Team 935Good luck to the NHS RaileRotics Team as they compete in the Hub City Regional Robotics Competition in Lubbock, TX on March 3 & 4! Follow the team on twitter @railerobotics and watch their matches live at www.ustream.tv/channel/lbkstuart

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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

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Published: 3/2/17




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The community is invited to join Superintendent Dr. Hamm for a series of informal 'Railer Round Tables'. These get-togethers will be a casual, relaxed time to enjoy a cup of coffee and visit with Dr. Hamm about USD 373's comprehensive plan and vision for the next decade. 

The next two Railer Round Tables will be held on Thursday, March 2 from 7pm - 8:30pm in the Board Room at McKinley Administrative Center, 308 East 1st St. and on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 11am - 1pm at The Breadbasket Restaurant (Backroom), 219 N. Main St. Free drinks will be available at The Breadbasket. 

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Published: 2/23/17




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Legislative Update
The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative update to hear what our senator and representatives have to say about bills being proposed and passed in the Kansas Legislature. This event will take place on Saturday, February 18th from 9:00 to 10:30 am at Charlie’s Restaurant, 200 Manchester in the East Room. This update is open to all members of the community. The cost to attend this event is free of charge, but each attendee is responsible for his/her own breakfast meal.

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Published: 2/16/17




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February is Random Acts of Kindness month! In celebration of this, USD 373 School Counselors and School Social Workers are planning a district wide ‘Newton Be Nice’ event on February 17, 2017 during the NHS Basketball games. This event is supported by the Newton Rotary and Birdies Against Bullying Golf Fundraising Event. 

For more information & updates check out the Newton Be Nice event page on Facebook.

Newton Be Nice Event Flyer

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Published: 2/16/17




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#NewtonbeNice
February is Random Acts of Kindness month! In celebration of this, USD 373 School Counselors and School Social Workers are planning a district wide ‘Newton Be Nice’ event on February 17, 2017 during the NHS Basketball games. This event is supported by the Newton Rotary and Birdies Against Bullying Golf Fundraising Event.  All USD 373 students will get free admission to the games and free hotdogs and water will be available for the first 500 people. Chisholm Middle and Newton High Connections Clubs will be hosting game booths and activities and there will be giveaways and student recognition during the games. 

For more information & updates check out the Newton Be Nice event page on Facebook.

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Published: 2/4/17




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The 2017 NHS Winter Sports Homecoming candidates are (l to r):
Connor Garcia, Brookelynn Entz, Brody Roberson, Katie Robu, Logan Treaster & Aneka Voth


The 2017 Newton High School Winter Sports Week will be held the week of January 30 to February 3 with the theme "Blast From the Past".

 

A 60's theme with Psychedelic (tie-dye & headbands) and Surf Rock (Hawaiian shirts & bucket hats) Day will kick off the week on Monday, January 30. 

 

Tuesday, January 31 will be 70's themed with Disco (Bell bottoms, afros, sparkly clothes) and Reggae (dreads, sandals, red/green/yellow clothes) the suggested clothing choices for the day. There will be boys & girls bowling meets at Derby in the afternoon followed by home basketball games vs. Salina Central with the Freshman Boy's & Girl's tipping off at 4:15 pm.

 

Glitz Pop (workout attire, leg warmers, neon colors) and Metal (hair band stuff, wild print and leather) attire will be worn for 80's Day on Wednesday, February 1. The evening activity will be a Badminton Tournament at 7pm.

 

 

Thursday, February 2 will be 90's Day with Hip Hop (tracksuits & hats) and Grunge Rock (combat boots, black and flannels) being the theme for the day.

 

"Railer Day" is slated for Friday, February 3 with home basketball games starting at 4:15 vs. Haysville-Campus. A home-coming dance will follow the varsity boys basketball game. The dress code for the dance will be semi-formal (no jeans or shorts, please)

 

 

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Published: 1/26/17




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The Newton High School Career and Technical Education department will host the 2nd annual Building Bridges event on Tuesday, February 21 from 6 - 8:00 PM. The event is designed to make connections between educators, parents, students and business and industry leaders in and around Harvey County.

The evening will start at 6:00 with appetizers prepared by our Culinary Arts students and a time of networking. We will then move to the auditorium for student celebrations of WorkKeys certificates and Career Success awards. Break-out sessions lead by our CTE staff begin at 7:00 PM with conversations centered around a specific group of questions.

Attached is a flyer and the list of questions that the sessions will discuss. We would love to have you join us and be a part of building bridges in our community!

 

To find out more about the CTE program at NHS, visit cte-usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/.

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Published: 1/24/17




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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.
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Published: 1/19/17




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Harvey County Residents, Agencies, Businesses, Community Leaders & Parents:

Your help is needed as we gather information to complete the Community Needs Assessment which is required for the Head Start grant application. Survey closes Sunday, Jan. 15th at 11:45 p.m.

Community Survey For Community Needs Assessment
Parent Survey For Community Needs Assessment

 

 

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Published: 1/10/17




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Dr. Deborah Hamm presents balloons to Nova Latta
Nova Latta, 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher at Chisholm Middle School was recently notified that she was a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.
To read more and to view a video of Nova learning that she was being recognized during a phone conversation with KSDE Deputy Commissioner Brad Neuenschwander please visit the Newton Kansan at www.thekansan.com/…/201701…/cms-teacher-feted-by-ksde.

Photo: Superintendent Dr. Deborah Hamm congratulates CMS teacher Nova Latta on being a Kansas Horizon Award winner. 

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Published: 1/5/17




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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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NHS DECA logo

The Newton High School DECA Club is holding a fundraiser and a portion of all sales will go towards DECA club to help get students to state competitions.

Please click on the following link to purchase products and support NHS DECA! http://www.dormco.com/?Click=264753

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Published: 12/8/16




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The theatre department will be hosting a Family Night Out on Friday December 9 in the NHS Auditorium. Events will begin at 6:30PM with Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus,  face painting and "who-do's", and letters and visits with Santa.   at 7:30 we will have a screening of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS,  Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person. This is a fundraiser for the NHS Drama Department. 


 

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The NHS Railer Marching Band earned a Division 1 Superior rating at the Southern Plains Marching Festival on October 26. This event featured 22 high school bands performing at the Andover District Stadium. NHS also received an "Outstanding Drumline" award.

Pictured are NHS band members with their award plaque.

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Published: 10/27/16




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Recently, Governor Sam Brownback urged patrons of school districts around the state to speak up about how education is funded. In doing so, he has requested that individuals and boards of education submit recommendations by November 30, 2016.

Given that the Governor has asked for input, and that you as a parent, student, or patron have a vested interest in the quality of the education provided to children in USD 373, what are your priorities? What successful practices are important to maintain? What should be considered as part of the funding formula moving forward?

To read more background information & other important factors to consider and to take the survey please go to Funding Education for the Future Survey.

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Published: 10/19/16




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Help the We Can Class at NHS by purchasing their homemade peppernuts. $6 for 7 ounces in a quart size bag. Buy some for yourself or give them as a gift this holiday season!
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