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   The Newton Community School District is wrapping up its sixth full week of school. That means parent-teacher conferences are upon us and it is time to remind everyone to be actively engaged in the educational process of your students. 

   Being an engaged parent means communicating with the teachers and school staff. Parent teacher conferences are one opportunity to check on the progress of your children and young adults. The dates of the conferences vary from one building to the next so make sure you check the school calendar to find out when you should visit your student’s school to visit with the teachers and administrators. Schools are always excited to get the opportunity to show off the many wonderful things our young Cardinals are doing.

   The other important thing you can do as a parent to be engaged is talk with your students about their school day. Asking the question “how was your day?” will probably get the response of “fine” or “okay.” But if you ask more specific questions you will be able to learn more about what they did during their school day. Consider asking things like: 

  • What was the best part of your day? 
  • What was the hardest thing you did today at school? 
  • What did you learn today?  Can you show me something you learned today? 
  • What do you know today that you didn’t know yesterday? 
  • What was something exciting that happened today at school? 

These are just a few examples of some questions you could ask to get more information about the school day. Let your students know school is important to you. Get them used to talking about it. And most importantly, be actively engaged in their education to support them. 

If you have any questions about how to be more involved in school, reach out to any of our building administrators or myself. We will help you find ways to be more active in the lives of our students

Yours truly, 

Thomas Messinger


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UPCOMING DATES IN THE DISTRICT 

October 1st: Employability Friday (12:50-3:15pm) WEST Academy

October 4th: NO Preschool and 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal for  ALL Campuses/Students

October 4th: WEST Academy Picture Day                                       

October 6th: 1st Trimester Conferences (WEST Academy) from 3:30pm-7:30pm 

October 11th: NO Preschool and 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal for  ALL Campuses/Students

October 11th: School Board Meeting (6:30 PM - 9:00 PM) EJH Beard Administration Center - Room 105A/via ZOOM 

October 19th & 21st: Kindergarten-8th Grade Conference Dates

November 22nd-24th: Preschool Conferences    


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