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A Message From Bob

The first 100 days of school have come and gone, and it appears the rest of the year is flying by. The busy January and February in the Newton Community School District were filled with great pride in all of the accomplishments of the students! Over the past year, the Athletics Department has raised $5,800 to conquer cancer. Great job to Newton Senior High for all their hard work and special recognition to Chris Forsyth for her leadership!

The Lip Sync Battle last week, led by Tyler Stewart, was a magnificent display of what Berg Middle School students can do with their talents and skills! The event was a huge success and raised $8,369 for the Four Diamond "For the Cure" to fight cancer. 

Our student’s accomplishments are nurtured and led by amazing teaching staff. Beyond "Red Pride Shoutout" recognition at board meetings, the district celebrated and acknowledged teachers who show excellence in our schools at the Newton Chamber of Commerce Dinner on January 23rd. These teachers who go above and beyond were nominated by students who felt that these teachers have had a tremendous impact on their life and education. Congratulations to all of the Excellence in Education Award winners. 

I am proud of the accomplishments that have been achieved thus far. Let's continue to rally behind our students and teachers and continue this support through the remainder of the year. Let's not forget to support our athletes who are heading off to state tournaments, our upcoming drama department performance in early March, and our bands and choirs as they wrap up in their end of year performances and competitions. 

Let's continue to show that Newton RED PRIDE!

Bob Callaghan
Superintendent

Newton Community Educational Foundation "Excellence in Education Award Star Polisher" Recipients for 2019-2020

Nominations were sought and collected for the "Excellence in Education Star Polisher" Award back in November. The nominations included stories of the impact nominated teachers had on the lives of students. Although many great teachers received nominations and were recognized for their contributions, the NCEF Board reviewed the nominations and selected the award recipients from each campus from among the nominees. The recipients were recognized at the Newton Chamber of Commerce Dinner on January 23rd, 2020.  Amy Doerring, Chair of the Excellence in Education Committee, presented the recipients the night of the dinner.

“It is an honor to receive this award. It means a lot to have a student take the time to write a letter saying how much she appreciated me as a teacher. The greatest award I can ever achieve comes from students who have come around to the value of an education, and to know I have played some small role in their success.”
- Phil Calvin, West Academy recipient.

What a great honor for these teachers who are a representative sample of an amazing group of teachers and staff within the Newton Community School District!

The following Teachers were recognized for their Excellence in Education:

Chase Dickinson

Chase Dickinson
Special Education - Teacher

  DickinsonC@newtoncsd.org

  Berg Middle School

Miranda Bratland

Miranda Bratland
Special Education - Teacher

  BratlandM@newtoncsd.org

  Emerson Hough Elementary

Emilee Brisel

Emilee Brisel
2nd Grade - Teacher

  BriselE@newtoncsd.org

  Woodrow Wilson Elementary

Philip Calvin

Philip Calvin
Social Studies - Teacher

  CalvinP@newtoncsd.org

  641-792-0335

  WEST Academy

Brooke Kuker

Brooke Kuker
Pre-K - Teacher

  KukerB@newtoncsd.org

  Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Andrea Hogeland

Andrea Hogeland
Language Arts - Teacher

  HogelandA@newtoncsd.org

  Newton High School

Lora Caves

Lora Caves
2nd Grade - Teacher

  CavesL@newtoncsd.org

  Aurora Heights Elementary

100th Day of School

On February 5th the elementary schools celebrated the 100th day of school in a variety of ways. Thomas Jefferson’s 2nd  grade class decided to celebrate by making pictures out of the number 100, writing about their 100th birthday, and doing 100 exercises. The Thomas Jefferson 4th grade class centered their day around being “100 days brighter,” and played multiplication games under blacklights and brought their best attitudes to school!  Aurora Heights wrote a fun collaborative 100 word story, where grades K-4 participated in creating an adventure story. At the end of the day Mr. Gilbert read the story over the intercom. Check out the story below!


The students watched the storm approach through the window of their classroom.  Lightning struck and the windows shattered. The students screamed and ran to their lockers and ducked their heads. The lockers started shaking, then POOF! The students were transported to CandyLand. They saw Gloppy and screamed loudly. Gloppy chased them but they’re stuck!  He used candy canes to help.  The students said, “Thank you for stopping us from the tornado. Yay!”  They then ran to the chocolate milk waterfall where there were 100 chocolate fish.  Next they fell down a vortex and entered a magical land, they all lived happily ever after.

At Emerson Hough and Woodrow Wilson the kindergarten classes celebrated the day with “Zero the Hero.”  They were able to celebrate at assemblies with Zero, and show their creativity by making superhero masks. The first grade at Emerson Hough read 100 day books, wrote their numbers to 100, and practiced their math skills with fun 100 addition activities. 

Even the Middle School joined the 100 Day fun! Each grade at Berg Middle School contacted 25 parents to let them know how awesome their student is doing, making up 100 positive contacts! It was a great display of what 100 things looks like for these students!  

Upcoming Important Dates - March & April 2020


March

3/2 - 5th – 12th Grade Band Extravaganza (NHS Upper Gym) – 7:00 PM


3/2 to 3/6 - Dr. Suess Week


3/2 to 3/6 - National School Breakfast Week


3/9 & 3/10 - PreSchool Conferences – (NO PreSchool)


3/10 & 3/12 - Parent Teacher Conferences (K – 4) – 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal


3/13 - NO SCHOOL3/16 to 3/20 - NO SCHOOL(Spring Break)


3/23 - Start 4th Quarter


3/24 - Kindergarten RoundUp – Parent Meetings (6:00 PM) at your child’s elementary school


3/30 - Kindergarten RoundUp (TJ & WW)


3/31 - 2nd and 3rd Grade – (TJ & WW) Spring Vocal Concert @ NHS

April

4/2 - 2nd and 3rd Grade – (AH & EH) Spring Vocal Concerts @ NHS


4/6 - Kindergarten RoundUp (AH & EH)


4/10 - NO SCHOOL – Students & Staff (Good Friday Holiday)


4/13 to 4/24 - ISASP Testing – (3rd Grade – 11th Grade)


4/16 - Parent Teacher Conferences (BMS)


4/23 - Parent Teacher Conferences (NHS)


4/27 NO SCHOOL – Students (Teacher Professional Development)

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NCEF Grant Application - DUE August 1st

The Newton Community Educational Foundation is opening the grant application process for the First Semester of the 2020-2021 school year.



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