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We have two more Railer Roundtables scheduled for January and February. We would love to see you there! We want to know YOUR opinions and suggestions for USD 373. Stop by to chat with superintendent Dr. Hamm. You can stay the entire session or just a few minutes.

 

January 30 10 a.m. at Norm's Coffee Bar http://bit.ly/373RRJan30

February 7 6 p.m. at Mojo's Coffee Bar http://bit.ly/373RRFeb7

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Posted by: Samantha Anderson, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/24/19




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This is not a full recap of all issues discussed at the Board of Education meeting. These are not official minutes. For more information on the Board of Education meeting click here: http://bit.ly/2JNHISq

 

The January 14 Board of Education meeting started with comments about Santa Fe 5/6 Center’s new curriculum, Summit Learning, which is part of their redesign. The district takes all feedback seriously and will review the comments.

 

The district also thanked its board members as part of school board recognition month. USD373 board members do a lot for the district. Board members attend at least two meetings every month, review documents and answer the public’s questions. They do all of this for free and are not paid for their time and services.

 

The board made the decision to end the agreement between Cooper Early Education Center and Newton Community Childcare Center due to a lack of space. This will be effective June 30, 2019. When the district moved forward with the Head Start grant over a year ago, it meant that they would eventually have to move to an all-day program which requires more space. Additionally, there has been an increasing demand for space in Cooper’s other programs as well.

 

The board also took steps to submit a bond proposal even though there is not enough state funding left due to the current bond cap. They did this for two main reasons. There is a line in the statute that provides that a district that has been denied access to funds could move up in the list of districts that would be approved in the next school year. The hope is that when everyone is forced to apply for funds in July, it would move USD 373 toward the front. The second main reason is to show legislators that this bond cap can create issues down the road, limiting the amount of money districts can receive for bonds.

 

We had quite a few more gifts over the last month. Target provided $1,000 to Slate Creek for soccer goals. Blue Cross Blue Shield gave almost $2,000 for P.E. Equipment for Northridge and Slate Creek. Midway Motors sponsored all admissions to the December 4 basketball game. Amanda Graham gave a $75 gift to Cooper Early Education Center for developmental toys for the students.

 

The board approved a memorandum of understanding between USD 373 and Prairie View Mental Health Center that will provide mental health services to more students. The district will provide space at the high school to have Prairie View work with students on site. They will be working with students who are current clients as well as new students who need their services.

 

The next Board of Education meeting is on January 28 at 7 p.m. at McKinley.

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Posted by: Samantha Anderson, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/18/19




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There will be no school on Monday for teacher training. 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/18/19




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Newton (Kan.) The USD 373 Anti-Bullying Task Force is bringing Youth Motivational Speaker Josh Drean to talk with Santa Fe 5/6 Center and Chisholm Middle School on February 14. He will also host a free evening session for members of the community at 6:30 p.m. at Newton High School auditorium. Drean uses a positive approach to dealing with bullying and teaches important social and emotional skills.

“When we were reviewing speakers, we thought Josh had the right energy for our target audience of middle school students,” Anti-Bullying Task Force Member Jason Chalashtari said. “We liked his focus of being positive when combating bullying.”

The Anti-Bullying task force consists of teachers, social workers, school resource officers, administrators and other educators. This year they’ve hosted a “Newton Be Nice” event, published information on identifying and dealing with bullying and purchased books for social workers for social skill groups. This presentation is one part of the group’s goal of addressing bullying in the district.

“Any time you can send a positive message of students treating each other with kindness and respect, it’s a big win,” Chalashtari said. “A presentation isn’t going to completely change a culture, but it is part of a solution. We are trying to give as many resources as possible to our students and the community.”

The time of the special community presentation is not set. It will be in the evening and free for the public.

The Newton Rotary Club’s Birdies Against Bullying Anti-Bullying Golf Tournament funds the Drean visit.

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Posted by: Samantha Anderson, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 1/10/19




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Monday, December 3

Walton Rural Life Center 2nd & 3rd Grade Music Program: 6:30 PM @ NHS Auditorium

 

Thursday, December 6

NHS Marching Band Performance at Parade of Lights: 6:30 PM Downtown Newton

 

Monday, December 10

Newton High School Jazz Concert: 7:30 PM @ NHS Auditorium

 

Tuesday, December 11

Santa Fe 5/6 Center & Chisholm Middle School Orchestra Concert: 7:00 PM @ NHS Auditorium

 

Thursday, December 13

Slate Creek Elementary 3rd Grade Music Program: 6:30 PM @ Slate Creek

 

Sunday, December 16

NHS Band Concert:  2:00 PM @NHS Auditorium

NHS Choirs – Vespers Concert: 4:00 PM @NHS Auditorium

NHS Orchestra & Choir Winter Concert: 6:00 PM @NHS Auditorium

 

Monday, December 17

Cooper Early Ed Center Holiday Concert (AM Classes):  5:45 – 6:00 PM @NHS

Cooper Early Ed Center Holiday Concert (PM Classes):  6:30 – 6:45 PM @NHS

Chisholm MS Vocal Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 PM @ CMS Gym

 

Tuesday, December 18

SF 5/6 Center & Chisholm MS Band Concert: 7:00 PM @NHS Auditorium

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 11/30/18




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Happy Thanksgiving
All Day Latchkey will be offered on Tues and Weds, Nov 20 & 21

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 11/16/18




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Please note that the dates for Flu Clinics in schools may have changed due to the availability of the vaccines. Please check with your school if you have any questions. 

 

Harvey County Health Department will once again provide influenza vaccinations at USD 373 schools. Read the parent letter carefully and complete the form. Return it to your school or health department. If you have any questions, please contact the health department at 316-283-1637 or visit https://www.harveycounty.com/departments/health-department/programs/flu-and-pneumonia-vaccinations.html.

 

 Influenza Registration Form  (for everyone)

English                      Spanish


2018 Influenza School Clinic PARENT LETTER


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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 10/14/18




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We have another round of Railer Roundtables scheduled for October and November.

We had amazing discussions in the last four sessions, and we’d love to see you at one of our next sessions! Feel free to just stop in for a few minutes or stay the entire session. Bring questions and share your thoughts and opinions with Superintendent Dr. Deb Hamm and the school district. Here are the times and locations:

October 18 7 a.m.- 8 a.m. at Mojo's http://bit.ly/373RROct18

October 26 12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Breadbasket http://bit.ly/373RROct26

 

November 1 7-8:30 p.m. at Grand Central http://bit.ly/373RRNov1

November 10 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Newton Public Library http://bit.ly/373RRNov10

November 27 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at McKinley District Office http://bit.ly/373RRNov27


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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 10/9/18




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Here is an update on August 27 Community Vision Team Meeting! If you are unable to view the video below, please go to this link.

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 8/29/18




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Back to School Absence Letter
 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 8/23/18




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Providing a safe, secure learning environment for students is one of our highest priorities.  This is why USD 373 has implemented the use of ALICE (i.e. alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate).  ALICE training has become a requirement of staff who are employed by USD 373. Our USD 373 staff have been trained to understand that ALICE is not a step-by-step response, but rather a set of options to utilize in the event of a violent intruder. 

 

You can read more about ALICE by going to www.alicetraining.com.

 

In July 2018, the State of Kansas/State Fire Marshall modified the number of Fire, Tornado, and Crisis drills that schools will need to have throughout the school year.  (four Fire, three Tornado, nine Crisis).  Students and staff will be trained periodically throughout the school year on various Crisis protocols.  Per safety concerns with the new State regulations, Emergency Preparedness Drill notification may only be sent out five minutes prior to these drills/events taking place.

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




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Can you believe that school is just a few weeks away? Here’s what you need to know in regards to start dates, school supply lists and immunizations.

BUILDING START DATES

We have some different start dates this year than previous years. Santa Fe 5/6 Center is starting a little later than normal so they can have porch visits with families on August 14 and 15 and teacher work days on August 16 and 17 to prepare for the school’s redesign. Here is a list of the first day of school for the different buildings and grade levels:

August 16—First day of school for all 1-4 students, 7th graders, freshman and new students to the district.

August 17—First day for 8th graders, sophomores, juniors and seniors

August 20—First day of half-day kindergarten and first day of school for 5th and 6th Grade

August 23—First day of school Cooper Early Education Center

For more information on school start dates and back-to-school events make sure you head over to Dynacal http://bit.ly/2uMMuWG

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

Getting ready to do some back-to-school shopping? We have all of our school supply lists online. Follow this link to learn more http://bit.ly/2uYTj6V

IMMUNIZATIONS

For more information on immunization requirements http://bit.ly/2NIX8ow

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 7/25/18




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All required/recommended vaccines can reduce the disease burden in school-aged children, thus helping to assure that students will be in school ready to learn. Completely immunized school-aged children are vital in protecting other more vulnerable populations from the devastating effects of the diseases that immunizations can prevent. Proof of receiving the immunizations must be provided to the school prior to attending the first day of school.

 Kansas law requires that all students, eight and under, who are enrolling in a Kansas school for the first time present health assessment information. The assessment needs to have been conducted within the last 12 months before school entry.

Immunization requirements and an assessment form are available at usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/immunization-requirements.

As an alternative to the above requirements a pupil shall present: (1) An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child, or (2) A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such tests or inoculations.

Immunizations and health assessments are available at the Harvey County Health Department by appointment throughout the year. Appointments can be made by calling 283-1637. Upon request, services will be offered on a sliding fee schedule based on income and number of persons in the family.

 

 

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Posted by: Samantha Anderson, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 7/23/18




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For Ages 8 – 12

See attached flyer or visit team935.com/ for more information.

Lego Summer Camp Flyer
 

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 6/28/18




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This summer we will be hosting a number of Railer Roundtables. We’d love to see you at one or all of them! Sit down with USD 373 Superintendent Dr. Deb Hamm to share your ideas and vision for Newton Public Schools and receive updates from the district. We want your input so we can make well-informed decisions in the future. Please stop by to be a part of the discussion. Here are the times, locations and a link to the Facebook event if you’d like to RSVP or spread the word!

 

June 26 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Mojo’s (300 E 27th St, North Newton)  http://bit.ly/373RRJune26

June 28 12-1:00 p.m. at Breadbasket (219 N. Main, Newton)  http://bit.ly/373RRJune28

July 10  10-11 a.m. at Norm’s Coffee Bar (613 N. Main St, Newton)  http://bit.ly/373RRJuly10

July 19 6-7 p.m. at Back Alley Pizza (125 W 6th St, Newton)  http://bit.ly/373RRJuly19

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 6/13/18




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School office staff are available until June 5th from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM and will return on July 23rd.  

 

The USD 373 District Office will start its summer hours on Monday, June 4. Summer hours will run until Friday, July 20. The offices will also be closed on July 4. Summer hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Friday: Closed

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 6/5/18




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Existing families may still register online using their Parent Portal account

After June 5, please call 316-284-6250 for enrollment assistance.

Help hours at McKinley Administration Center (308 E. 1st St.) will be on the following days:

July 12 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

July 13 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

July 16 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

July 17 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

New Families: For new students to the district, please come by one-stop enrollment on Wednesday, July 25 at in the Chisholm Middle School Railer West Gym (900 E First St). One-Stop will run from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

See attached flyer for more information including free & reduced meal applications, One-Stop enrollment for new families and more.

Enrollment - English

Enroll flyer - English

 

Enrollment - Spanish
Enrollment Flyer - Spanish

 

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 6/5/18




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It’s summer, and that means we will start our summer breakfast and lunch program again. The program runs from June 4 to July 20 (it will be closed on July 4). Meals are free to children 18 years and younger. Adults may eat breakfast or lunch for a small fee. Here are the locations and times for the program:

Sunset 

Breakfast - 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Lunch - 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

 

Mobile 1

Chisholm (Shalom Church outdoors 800 E 1st St) 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Springlake Water Park-110 Springlake Dr. - 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Plumbrook Park (Cherry Hills area) 400 Brookside Dr.

1:30p.m.-2:00 p.m.

 

Mobile 2

10th and Ash Park- 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Athletic Park Shelter- 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Military Park- 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

 

Norm's Coffee Shop-613 N. Main

12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m. FRIDAY'S ONLY

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 5/30/18




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USD 373 Newton Public Schools Enrollment for 2018-19 is now open for all families to complete. The deadline for returning families to submit their 2018-19 application is Friday, May 11, 2018. 

Returning families should enroll their Kindergarten through 12th grade students using the 'Online Registration' link available through their parent portal account. If parents of returning students need to enroll a new student for any grade level, they can the follow the instructions available in the online application process to add their new student properly. 

 

Families who are new to the district may access the online application through the 'New Family Registration' link on the USD 373 website under Enrollment Information. 

Payments for 2018-19 fees cannot be submitted or paid before July 1, 2018. Free and reduced meal applications for 2018-19 will be available AFTER July 1, 2018. 

 

Parents needing assistance with a parent portal account are asked to contact their student's school office. 

 

 

Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) 

USD 373 Enrollment Information

New Family Registration link 

Enrollment Help

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Posted by: USD 373 Admin, District Admin, Newton Public Schools USD 373
Published: 4/11/18