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CMS students in OWLS Garden

The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) has recognized Chisholm Middle School as it's 2018 Kansas Green School of the year. Students at Chisholm Middle school studied the important role of pollinators like butterflies and bees to the community’s agricultural economy and wanted to make a difference. Led by teacher Chelle Coffee, students inventoried the diversity of species found on the school ground using activities from a program called Project Learning Tree. They discovered that there was not much diversity at all of species on the school site or area surrounding the school and teacher Chelle Coffee provided students with information on prairie pockets, or small plantings of native grasses and forbs. This led to the school applying for and receiving a grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for an Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site or OWLS. These sites are designed to serve the dual purpose of providing habitat and a hands-on learning site for students. Part of this process involved research for the students. “Each of the students designed a native Kansas garden and researched what native plants they would like to see in it to sustain pollinators needed for our area. A few also added that we would need rock areas for small rodents and snakes in the prairie ecosystem,” said teacher Chelle Coffee.

The research and design conducted by the students was presented and students pulled their ideas together to come up with their final prairie garden design which incorporated the best of each student’s ideas. What makes this project especially impressive is the partnerships built in the community to see the garden come to fruition. In collaboration, the teacher and students approached their PTO to donate money for the development of the prairie. Local seed company, Sharp Brothers Seeds, donated three different sets of seeds for each area the students wanted; a tall prairie, a medium prairie and a short pollinator prairie. A local business owner, Gerald Unruh of Bentley Sand was hired to deliver rock for the garden, but when he found it was for the school, he generously donated the rock and delivery to the school. Mulch was donated and delivered by the city of Newton. And finally, the district manager for the Harvey County Conservation District, Dana Stahl provided her expertise in helping students with when and where to do the seed plantings as well as teaching the students about the water in the creek next to the school and how this native prairie helps with water quality.

The garden is already being utilized by other classes at Chisholm Middle School and students continue to make plans to improve the outdoor learning site including plans for benches so that students and community members can comfortably enjoy viewing of the new wildlife that now visit and live at the site. They also plan to install bird feeders and more plants, as well as converting more of the school grounds to prairie and food gardens. The garden is a great place for learning for many of the classrooms and as noted by teacher Chelle Coffee, “Since the garden consists of Kansas native plants it does not need water to thrive. The students and school along with community members and parents have created a sustainable, healthy, outdoor relaxing area for people to visit and for students to use as an outdoor learning space.” 

For more information on the awards celebration event, visit www.kacee.org.

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 3/8/18




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Tune in and watch the RaileRobotics Team #935 compete in Kansas City this weekend!  Check out the links below and don't forget to follow the team on Twitter @railerobotics
 

Greater Kansas City Regional 2018

Live feed videos for this weekend's matches

 

Robotics Regional Championships
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 3/5/18




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Charles Olson Memorial Scholarship Jazz Concert
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 pm

NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Advance Reservations at Prairie Harvest:  $10.00 for Adults; $3.00 for Students

Suggested Donation at the Door:  $12.00 for Adults; $5.00 for Students

 

The Charles Olson Memorial Scholarship provides funding for private music instruction for Newton High School instrumental music students.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 3/4/18




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child figures

Incoming Kindergarten students and their families will be able to enroll for the 2018-19 school year. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Kindergarten teachers and the K-4 principals!

 

When:
Monday, April 2, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (come and go) 

Where: 
McKinley Administrative Building, 308 East First St. (parking in Rear)

You MUST bring the following items for your child:

o Immunization Record
o Health Assessment*
Birth Certificate
o Social Security Card
 

*Immunization Requirements and a health form can be found at usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/immunization-requirements

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 3/2/18




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Newton Auto Tech Students
Four Newton Auto Tech students recently competed in the Pratt Community College Academic Olympics Automotive Technology Contest and placed in the top 5. 

 

Students that competed and their placements are:

 

Dalton Anderson -1st place in the parts id contest

Dalton won a set of hand tools for placing 1st

 

Austin Hermstein - 1st place in the automotive ASE written test

Austin won a roll away tool cart as well as a full books and tuition scholarship to the PCC auto program

 

Zach Baatrup - 4th place 

Zach won a 500 dollar scholarship to PCC

 

William Wortz - 5th place 

William won 500 dollar scholarship to PCC

 

The written test was a timed, 115 question ASE style test that covered all aspects of the vehicle. 

 

Students pictured above are (left to right):

Zach Baatrup, Dalton Anderson, Austin Hermstein, William Wortz

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/27/18




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This letter from Dr. Hamm was published in the Newton Kansan on Thursday, February 22.


It's been another sad week for schools. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives because one person made a horrible decision. There will be plenty of blaming going around and probably a great deal of finger pointing about what is the solution to school violence. Unfortunately, tragically, and sorrowfully, the solutions will not be simple. Incidents such as the one that occurred are fraught with complexities. 

 

When these tragic events happen, parents around the country want to know what is happening in their children's schools to keep the students and staff safe. Students are more concerned about what they need to do to be safe. 

 

Our parents and students are not any different. As we know well, our community, our county is not immune to tragic events.

 

Over the last several years, the district has worked to update protocols and processes for safety and security. As a part of the recommended changes, the district collaborated with Newton Police Department, Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Harvey County Emergency Management, and Newton Fire and EMS. As a result of that collaboration, the district has changed its protocol for active shooter from a lockdown to Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Confront, and Evacuate (A.L.I.C.E.). 

 

At this time, district staff members including substitute teachers have been trained in the A.L.I.C.E. framework. Unlike the previous protocol for lockdowns, which had a step-by-step set of actions, A.L.I.C.E. requires that staff and students be able to make the best decisions given the situation in which they find themselves. Soon administrators will begin the process of training students and parents. The training will be specific to the age and development of the students. Parents are encouraged to attend training and visit with their children about A.L.I.C.E.

 

There are other actions that the district takes to protect students and staff members. Once school is in session, all exterior doors are locked except the front entrance. Visitors must pass by the front desk at all schools. All visitors to the school are required to check in to the school.

 

The district has for many years contracted with Newton Police Department for three officers to be assigned to district schools. Officer Littlejohn is assigned full-time to Newton High School. Officer Shell is assigned to Santa Fe 5/6 Center and Chisholm Middle School. Officer Adkins covers all elementary schools including Cooper Early Childhood Center. The major purpose for School Resource Officers (S.R.O.) is to building relationships with students. These officers also provide a police presence and work to ensure the safety of students and staff members.

 

Students are encouraged and staff members are required to report to the building administration any threats – verbal or written. There are processes and protocols to be followed when a threat is reported. Parents will be notified and in some cases the police are notified. Everyone needs to take statements of bodily harm seriously. If you see something, report it. If you hear something, report it. The best opportunity we have to prevent a tragedy is to be vigilant and proactive.

 

Parents can also help in protecting students and staff members by visiting with their children about the seriousness of making threatening statements. Just as shouting “fire” in a crowded theatre is not allowable, threatening to shoot someone or shooting up the school is not tolerated. These statements are not jokes; these statements are harmful and create an unsafe learning environment for all.

 

The safety and security of students and staff members is of paramount importance to the Board of Education and district administrators. The district is committed to making further improvements to processes, protocols, and facilities in a continuing effort to do all that is possible to create and maintain a safe learning environment for all students, staff members, and patrons. There is more to do. You can do your part by reporting any threat or concern to the building or district administration. The solutions needed to stop school violence will require the best thinking of policy makers, educators, parents, students, and communities.

Deborah Hamm is Superintendent of Newton USD 373. She can be reached via email at deborah.hamm@usd373.org or by phone at 316-284-6206.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/25/18




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Icy conditions warning sign

With no precipitation expected overnight, we are planning to have school tomorrow, Friday, February 23. Maintenance crews worked throughout the day on Thursday to chip & scrape away the ice from parking lots and sidewalks.

 

Besides the manual removal of ice, the crews also spread two pallets of salt and one-half pallet of sand in an effort to make surfaces less slick. However, with the additional freezing rain Thursday evening and low overnight temperatures, there may be slick areas again on Friday. 

 

Please use caution when coming to school in the morning!

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/22/18




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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.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/20/18




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Newton High School Performing Arts Departments will present the Lerner and Lowe classic  BRIGADOON this weekend, Friday Feb 16th, and Saturday Feb 17 at 7:30 PM and Sunday Feb 18th at 2:00 PM.   Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.   

Brigadoon
 BRIGADOON tells the story of a small Scottish Village that appears for a single day every 100 years. Two travelers wander upon the town on this very day and one falls in love with Fiona, a single lass in the town.  It is a story that shows that true love can make anything happen. (And a perfect story for the week of Valentines!)  Come out and support the NHS students and a few special guest performers that are USD Staff!

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Published: 2/13/18




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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED WHEN A NEW DATE IS SET.

 

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 20, 2018 during the NHS Basketball games.

Newton Be Nice

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 300 people. Chisholm Middle and Newton High Connections Clubs and local organizations will be hosting game booths and activities and there will be giveaways and student recognition during the games. 
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/12/18




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NHS Winter Sports Homecoming Candidates
NHS Winter Sports Week candidates are L to R: Esmeralda Hernandez, Jason Wong, Skylar Botterweck, Sid Simmons, Kyndal Bacon, Miguel Lujano.

 

Join the Newton High School Fine Arts Boosters for their annual Pig Roast on Friday, Feb. 9 during the NHS basketball games from 5pm - 8pm in the NHS Commons. Proceeds will be used for Fine Arts Scholarships, Classroom Projects & Student Support. See the attached flyer for more information.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/6/18




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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
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/5/18




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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
  • CANCELLED see below 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

 

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Posted by: Michelle Bergquist1, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/5/18




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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.  

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/4/18




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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.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 2/3/18




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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!

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/22/18




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This morning the Harvey County Drug Task Force in cooperation with USD 373 officials completed a two month investigation into drug activity at Newton High School. The goal of the investigation was to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for students and a safe place for staff to work. Five juveniles and two adults were arrested Wednesday morning as part of the investigation.

 

One other suspect in the case was already in custody on other charges. Two additional arrest warrants are still outstanding, and police are seeking those individuals.

 

The individuals, all of whom attend NHS or have recently withdrawn, were arrested on charges of selling marijuana, Xanax, oxycodone and hydrocodone. None of those arrested were USD 373 employees.

 

The arrests are the culmination of a two-month investigation by the Newton Police Department and Harvey Count Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with USD 373 officials. Five of the arrests were made at NHS and two were made elsewhere in the city.

 

"Newton High School Administration and Staff are to be commended for their efforts to curtail the presence of drugs in our schools, " said Dr. Deborah Hamm, Superintendent of Newton Schools. "While USD 373 is not unique in having students making these poor choices, I feel that administration and staff, as well as the commitment of the city and county through the Drug Task Force and Drug Coalition, have now officially put our students on notice that they (we) will continue our efforts to keep drugs out of our schools."

 

We appreciate the efforts of all who work to keep our students and staff safe!

 

“Our goal is to protect the safe and healthy learning environment for Newton students,” Police Chief Eric Murphy said. “Youth are faced with many challenges at school, and the peer pressure to use drugs should not be one of them.”

 

During the course of the investigation, police seized 74.5 grams of marijuana and 97 dosage units of prescription drugs. None of the cases involved weapons, and the investigations did not present a danger to students or staff. 

 

Also as part of Wednesday’s arrests, several K-9 teams from throughout the state assisted in conducting free air sniffs in the parking lot and locker areas. One K-9 drug indication in the parking lot was investigated, but no arrests were made.

Murphy said that re-establishment of the Harvey County Drug Task Force in 2017 was a key factor in the investigation.

 

“Drugs are certainly not a problem unique to Newton, but we are glad to have a renewed focus on driving these crimes out of Harvey County,” Murphy said.

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/17/18




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Take the SurveyUpdate 1-19-18: The online survey is now available in Spanish. In order to give community members the opportunity to complete the survey in Spanish, both the English and Spanish versions of the survey will remain open until Thursday, January 25.

The Board of Education is interested in feedback from the community regarding the November Bond Election. Patron Insight is conducting a telephone survey of USD 373 voters. There will be 400 completed telephone surveys when the community survey is completed. But the Board also wanted to hear from those members of the community that might not get a telephone call. Therefore, the Board is providing an electronic option. The online survey mirrors the telephone survey and will provide the Board of Education with additional input. The link for this very important survey is now available. The survey will be open until Thursday, January 25, 2018 at midnight. 

 

Here is some important information for you to know before you begin the survey:

 

  • Patron Insight is a company from Kansas City that works with school districts on this kind of research. All the information you provide is confidential. Your response will go directly to Patron Insight, where it will be placed in the data file with all the other responses.

 

  • The district will receive a written report of findings, but will not see any individual surveys.

 

  • This is a short survey, but please set aside 10 minutes to complete it before you begin. If you “exit” the survey before you complete it, you will not be allowed to return later.

 

  • The survey is mobile friendly, and works fine on cell phones and tablets.

 

  • Only one response per device.

 

 

  • The survey is open now and will stay open until midnight, the evening of Thursday, January 25.

Link to Survey in English: 
  www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewtonSDPatronSurvey2018


Link to Survey in Spanish: 
www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewtonUSD373CommunitySurveyEspanol
 

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey!

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/16/18




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Racial Justice in Newton: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a walking tour to hear the stories of Newton's racial and ethnic diversity, to celebrate our accomplishments, and to seek positive change in the community. USD 373 staff and students are participating in this event. Please see the attached flyer and Details document for more information!

MLKJ Day Walking Tours
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/9/18




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Board of Education January 2018
 

January is School Board Recognition Month, and USD #373 expresses appreciation to these community leaders who volunteer their time to provide leadership for our public schools.

 

The job of a school board member is tough, the hours are long and the thanks are few and far between.

It is all too easy to put off saying “thank you” to this group of individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of our children and grandchildren.

 

They spend countless hours preparing to make decisions, participating in meetings and attending school activities and events. The locally elected school board is deeply rooted in U.S. tradition, as is public education. Our state has a proud tradition of support for public education, and in fact in 1966 the people of Kansas amended our state’s constitution to specifically call for local public schools that are ‘maintained, developed and operated by locally elected boards.’

 

January 2018 is designated as “School Board Recognition Month,” and we encourage you take the time to express appreciation to these seven remarkable individuals.

 

Board Members serving Newton Public Schools are as follows:

Angela Becker – Beginning her 1st four-year term

Jennifer Budde – Beginning her 1st four-year term

Allen Jantz – Currently serving an unfilled term (previously served 2 terms)

Steve Richards – Currently serving his 1st four-year term

Carol Sue Stayrook Hobbs – Currently serving her 4th four-year term

Matt Treaster – Currently serving his 2nd four-year term

Toby Tyner – Beginning his 1st four-year term

 

 

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/9/18




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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. 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/8/18




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NHS HOUSE OF USHER STATEThe NHS Drama department will having one final public performance of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, our state bound production on JANUARY 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the NHS auditorium.  All tickets for this performance are General admission  and will cost $10.00.   This encore performance is to also help raise the money to take the show to state!   Extra donations will also be accepted and greatly appreciated. 
Additionally!  We will be hosting a chili feed in the NHS commons before the show on January 2nd from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Cost is $10 a person. 
Please see the attached flyer for more information!

 

Chili Feed
 

Come out and support the efforts of this incredible cast and crew as they represent the Newton and NHS community at the State Thespian Festival!   Let's give them a proper state bound send off from NHS!

If you have any questions please email  michael.parker@usd373.org

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/29/17




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music notes and red ornaments
Holiday Music Events....

 

Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • Chisholm Middle School Vocal Concerts - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ CMS Gymnasium, 900 E. 1st St.

Thursday, Dec. 7

  • Cooper Holiday Concerts:
    • Cooper AM Classes - 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St.
    • Cooper PM Classes - 6:30 - 7:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Monday, Dec. 11

  • Newton High School Jazz Concert - 7:30 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St. 

Tuesday, Dec. 12

  • Santa Fe 5/6 Center & Chisholm Middle School Orchestra Concert - 7:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St. 

Thursday, Dec. 14

  • Slate Creek 3rd Grade Music Concert - 6:30 PM @ Slate Creek Elementary, 901 E. 4th St.

Sunday, Dec. 17

  • Newton High School Band Concert - 2:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St. 
  • NHS Vespers Concert and Reception - 4:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St. 
  • NHS Orchestra & Choir Concert - 6:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St. 

Tuesday, Dec. 19

  • Santa Fe 5/6 Center & Chisholm Middle School Band Concert - 7:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium, 900 W. 12th St. 
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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/7/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/6/17




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The Newton High Thespian Troupe #47 was selected to take The Fall of the House of Usher to the Kansas State Festival! As a fundraiser, members of the troupe will be offering to rake leaves or shovel snow.

NHS Thespian Fundraiser

To request to have your lawn raked, please email Michael.Parker@usd373.org or call (316)-284-6280 Ext. 2412

*Donations will be accepted along with payment!

PRICES

Raking -

$15 for front or back
$25 for both

Snow Shoveling -
$10 for driveway
$15 for driveway and sidewalk

Dates : December 9th (Saturday) , 10th (Sunday) and 13th (Wednesday)

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/5/17




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Kansas School Bus Stop Arm LawKansas law, KSA 8-1556 requires all motorists to stop when approaching or overtaking a stopped school bus displaying its flashing red lights and stop arm. Motorists are to remain stopped until the bus is no longer displaying its flashing red lights and stop arm. Violation of this law not only endangers children but is also punishable by a fine and court costs in excess of $420Click here for the rules

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/5/17




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Four outgoing USD 373 Board of Education members will be recognized at the December BOE meeting for their service and commitment to the Newton Schools community. Outgoing board members are:

 

Barbara Bunting who will have served four terms for a total of sixteen years at the end of 2017. Barbara served as President of the Board for one year and Vice President for seven years. 

 

Renee Erickson who was completing her second term and had served seven and one-half years before stepping down from the board in August after moving to Wichita. Renee served as President of the Board for two years.

 

Tim Hodge who was serving his second term for a total of six years when he stepped down in September after being elected to the KS State House of Representatives last fall. Tim served as President of the Board for one year. 

 

Dick Koontz who will have served one term for a total of four years at the end of 2017. Dick served as President of the Board for two years.

 

The December BOE meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Board of Education Room at McKinley Administrative Center, 308 East 1st Street

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/1/17




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Santa Fe 5 6 Center Giving Tree
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 11/21/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 9/21/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 9/15/17




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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.

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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 9/11/17




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Railer Round Table Sept 12
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: Michelle Bergquist1, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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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-enroll logo.jpg

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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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Posted by: Michelle Bergquist1, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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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 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, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 5/16/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 5/1/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 4/30/17




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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, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
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, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 4/20/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/19/17




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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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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 12/15/16