Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 17, 2019

Good Evening Parents and Guardians:

As we approach the last week of school please access our school website or link provided here for the end of the year schedule. Please remember that eighth graders will have their continuation on Thursday morning at 9:00 am in the gym. Eighth graders will need to arrive by 8:30 am to line up for the ceremony. We will conduct eighth grade continuation rehearsal on Wednesday morning. Dress code parameters and continuation parking instructions can be found here.

When eighth graders wrap up their continuation ceremony they are free to go home for the summer. Eighth graders are not required to attend school on the 25th of May. This day is an early release day and we will have a school barbeque and carnival for our sixth and seventh graders. The early release time on the 25th will be 1:00 pm. Normal bus routes will be available.

The end of the year schedule also includes all information for sixth and seventh grade activities and recognition and awards ceremonies that will also be held on Thursday. If you have any questions please call our main office at 303-347-7900.

Our website also includes information for fall registrations for all incoming sixth graders, seventh and eighth graders. Please complete this information by the end of May.

Have a great weekend and last week of school.

James O'Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, May 10, 2019

May 10th, 2019

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Newton Mom’s. I hope your day is very special. We appreciate all that you do!

Please see the message below from Ms. Rahne regarding Teacher Appreciation:
Are you wishing you knew how to say thank you to your child's teachers?  Well how about a free ticket on Frontier Airlines.  Click on this  link and nominate Newton Middle School- let's see if we can win tickets for all the teachers at the school!  It takes less than one minute but has to be done by tonight!  Thanks for your time and consideration!

Last Week of School
Please find our last week of school schedule here. All events are on the schedule including our recognition and awards day for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. 8th grade recognition and awards is combined with continuation. Please access all information on the link to our website that is listed in the next paragraph. Eighth grade continuation parking and dress code information is attached.

2019-2020 Registration
All registration information for next years sixth, seventh and eighth grade students is posted on the front page of our website. This information will include information regarding schedules, fees, locker set up day etc. for the 2019-2020 school year. 2019-2020 Registration is here.

New Drop Off Procedure For Students
Beginning on Monday, May 13th we will no longer have our students standing outside of the building in the morning to wait for the first bell to ring. Students who are dropped off by parents in the northwest parking lot by the fire station will immediately go into the north courtyard between B and C wings to wait for the bell to ring. Students who are dropped off by buses or parents in our east parking lot will go directly into the building and will report to our courtyard that is located between A and B wing.  We will have adult supervision in both courtyards.

We will no longer allow students access in the morning into the main office. Our walkers who access the main entrance in the morning can access at either the north entrance or the south entrance to go into the courtyards with all other students. Our front doors will now be locked in the morning and the only access to the main office will be through the buzzer system. If students arrive early to meet with a teacher they will need to enter through the main entrance and access the buzzer system.

We continually review and revise our safety protocols here at school. On Wednesday morning I met with our SRO, another member of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s department, my administrative team and spoke with my director regarding the safety concerns of students standing outside in the morning before school and we decided to make these changes. This will go into effect on Monday morning and will continue in the fall when we resume school.
I will also meet with our SRO and our administrative team when school is out to review our fire drill procedures and how and where we evacuate the building for our fire drills.

Have a great weekend and again……...Happy Mother’s Day!
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, May 3, 2019

May 3rd, 2019

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Understanding Disabilities Video Update
Due to a lack of submissions, our video project on understanding disabilities is on hold.  The Flipgrid link will remain open if people would still like to submit a video, and we will work on a "plan B" to get this going next school year.  Thanks you to those of you who have submitted videos.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Lacey at JLacey@lps.k12.co.us

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher appreciation week is next week. If you can volunteer to bring in items for the PTO for our staff please click here.

Last Week of School Schedule
Please refer to the attached schedule for the last week of school. All events are on the schedule including our recognition and awards day for 6,7 and 8th grade. 8th grade recognition and awards is combined with continuation.

I will send out additional information regarding parking and dress code in my newsletter next week.

2019-2020 Registration Information
All registration information for next years sixth, seventh and eighth grade students is posted on the front page of our website. This information will include information regarding schedules, fees, locker set up day etc. for the 2019-2010 school year. Please access the information on our 2019-2020 registration website. 

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1st, 2019

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:
I have some important information to share with you this afternoon.

8th Grade Continuation
I have attached the invitation for our eighth grade continuation ceremony which will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00 am in our gymnasium. Continuation rehearsal for all eighth graders will be on Wednesday morning, May 22nd at 10:00 am. I will send parking and dress code information for continuation next week. Actual invitations will be sent home with eighth grade students during homeroom on Wednesday, May 8th.

Once we are finished with continuation our eighth graders will be free to go home with you the rest of the summer, since we have an early release on Friday the 24th, eighth graders will not be required to attend school on the 24th.

We will not be conducting our annual field trips on the 24th as we have in the past. This is a change in practice for middle schools. Our early release on Friday the 24th for sixth and seventh graders will be at 1:00 pm. We will have an all school lunch and outdoor carnival activities and yearbook signing for the sixth and seventh graders that day. Buses will run their normal routes at 1:00 pm. Next week in my newsletter I will include the schedule for the last week of school.

Registration for 2019-2020 School Year
Today is May 1st. All registration information for next years sixth, seventh and eighth grade students is posted on the front page of our website. This will include information regarding schedules, fees, locker set up day etc. for the 2019-2010 school year. Click here to find 2019-2020 registration information.

PTO Needs Volunteers
Our PTO is looking for volunteers to help with teacher appreciation week. This is next week. Please access the volunteer information by clicking here. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great afternoon!
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School




Monday, April 29, 2019

April 26th, 2019

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians

REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, April 29th

The Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair
The Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair will be in the library April 26th - Friday May 3rd.  It will be open daily from 8:45 am -- 4 pm.  We will stay open until 5 pm on Thurs May 2nd for family day.  There will be a great selection of books for summer reading. All proceeds help buy new books for our library!  You can now set up an e-wallet digital payment option for your students to use at the book fair!  For instructions and more information click here.

Newton KNight Out- Dairy Queen
Come join us for the last Newton Community KNight of the year next Tuesday, April 30th at the Dairy Queen in the Streets of Southglenn!  Come in between 5-8pm and a portion of your sale will be donated back to Newton.  Hope to see you there! Please see the attached flyer for additional information!

Run with the Knights
Run with the Knights is just three weeks away. If you have signed up to donate gift cards can you please make sure they get to us here at school as soon as possible.  You can drop them off at the main office or give them to your student and have them bring them to Mr. Blake.

Have a great three day weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

April 19, 2019

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Arapahoe Credit Union is hosting a Shred-a-thon
Arapahoe Credit Union is hosting a Shred-a-thon for Newton Saturday April 27  9am - 2pm.
We are looking for a few students and parents to sign up to help. Student will receive gift cards for volunteering. If you are interested in helping out follow this link.

New PTO Board Position Openings
Newton PTO is looking for new board members.  Several members have done their job for 2-3 years and are moving on from Middle school.
Open positions

  • President 1 year - plan & run meeting
  • Vice President - 2 year -1st fill in as needed 2nd year- president
  • Fund raising -  this is a fund drive. - so just making & putting out fliers & email reminders. - planning prizes if wanted & slide for back to school night. - aug- oct.  can be done from home does not need to attend meetings
  • Staff appreciation-  set up & plan food & snacks for staff.  Holiday cookie exchange- does not need to attend meetings
  • Backpack program-  set up bags for Friday students to take home & organize food bank room- at school Friday afternoons
  • Community relations- Stride, LPS nights, spirit dinner, & shred-a-thon (with credit union)
  • VIPS-  not like elementary -  just doing sign up genius’s for school events. Vision & hearing, code cart, reporting hours to district

Please contact Amy Leach at Mrsspency@gmail.com or call 303-521-2900

High School Mountain Bike Team
8th graders attending Heritage High School next year and are interested in joining the Mountain Bike Team, there will be a parent and student informational meeting at Heritage High School Student Center on Monday, May 6th at 6pm. Please email heritagemtb@gmail.com with any questions.

8th graders attending Littleton High School next year and are interested in joining the Mountain Bike Team, there will be a parent and student informational meeting at Littleton High School Student Center on Wednesday, May 8th at 6pm.

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Saturday, April 13, 2019

April 12, 2019

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Arapahoe Credit Union is hosting a Shred -a - thon
Arapahoe Credit Union is hosting a Shred -a - thon for Newton Saturday April 27  9am - 2pm.
We are looking for a few students and parents to sign up to help. Student will receive gift cards for volunteering.
If you or your student can help us out please sign up here. 

PTO Board Openings 2019-2020
Newton PTO is looking for new board members.  Several members have done their job for 2-3 years and are moving on from Middle school.
Open positions:

  • President 1 year - plan & run meeting
  • Vice President - 2 year -1st fill in as needed 2nd year- president
  • Fund raising -  this is a fund drive. - so just making & putting out fliers & email reminders. - planning prizes if wanted & slide for back to school night. - aug- oct.  can be done from home does not need to attend meetings
  • Staff appreciation-  set up & plan food & snacks for staff.  Holiday cookie exchange- does not need to attend meetings
  • Backpack program-  set up bags for Friday students to take home & organize food bank room- at school Friday afternoons
  • Community relations- Stride, LPS nights, spirit dinner, & shred-a-thon(with credit union)
  • VIPS-  not like elementary -  just doing sign up genius’s for school events. Vision & hearing, code cart, reporting hours to district
If you are interested or have any questions please contact Amy Leach Mrsspency@gmail.com or call 303-521-2900

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School