Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


Newton KNight Out
The April Newton Community KNight is coming up!  Please join us on Tuesday, April 10 at Chick-fil-A SouthGlenn from 5pm-7pm.  10% of ALL sales for dine-in, drive-thru or take out will be donated back to benefit our school.  This is the final community night for this school year so please join us!


Arapahoe Credit Union -Shred-a- Thon
  • Sat. April 14 9am - 2pm -  Newton Parking lot
  • All proceeds from the Shred-a-Thon are donated to the Newton PTO.

We are looking for a few people to help out and unload cars.  
Sign up here if you can help out.

Please note the following information from Heritage High School Student Government:


To kick off our Make A Difference (MAD) week on April 13, Heritage High School is hosting a Student vs. Staff basketball game at 6:30pm in the Heritage gym and we would like to invite your school! This year we are supporting our sister school in Sierra Leone, Africa and we are focusing on providing lunch for the students - did you know that only 25 cents a day will provide a student lunch? Our goal is for 200 students to receive lunch three days a week for two years.


There will be a raffle at half-time, where we will be raffling off Rockies tickets, signed sports jerseys, iPad minis, gift card grab bags worth $50, and more. Game entry tickets are $5 and raffle tickets are $2, buy 5 tickets and get 1 free. Also, bring change for our Change for Change Minute, where loose change is collected. All of these proceeds are going to buy lunches for our sister school. Bring your family and friends to watch the game!

CMAS Snacks Needed
Our PBIS Committee is hoping for a few more parents to volunteer and bring in snacks for the CMAS testing. We are also looking for volunteers to come in and work in the snack shack during lunches. THANKS!
Sign up here to work in the snack shack


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 16th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Our PBIS committee needs your help. If you can bring in snacks for rewards for students or sign up to work in our CODE Shack it would be greatly appreciated. Please use the two links below to sign up!!



Please click on the following link regarding information and expectations for students regarding end of the year field trips. If you have any questions please contact the appropriate administrator for your child's grade level. Additional information will be out in April in the form of a permission slip and guidelines for the last day of school.


Please see the attached flyer from our SRO Deputy Rob Dahlberg regarding an important parenting workshop offered by Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department. If you have additional questions you can contact Deputy Dahlberg at 303-347-7906.

With the cold and flu season being a long one this year we are desperately short of tissues for teachers and their classrooms and in our clinic. If you can donate a box of tissue to the school it would be appreciated. You can drop off any tissue boxes to the main office…...thanks!

Superintendent Brian Ewert will be at the Newton PTO meeting, Tuesday March 20th at  9:30am All parents are welcome to attend. Brian will be sharing his vision for the future of LPS and for Newton Middle School.

Our annual Shred-a-thon sponsored by Arapahoe Credit Union will be held on April 14  9-Noon. Arapahoe Credit Union donates all proceeds to the Newton Middle School PTO.

Have a great weekend, one week to go to spring break!

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School






Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9th, 2016

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Important information regarding potential student walkouts.

In response to the shootings that took place in February in Parkland Florida, students across the country are organizing demonstrations and walkouts in protest of the violence. The scheduled walkout date is March 14th at 10:00 am. Please note the information listed below regarding how this will be handled here at Newton Middle School.

The district expectations for middle school are as follows:

  • At the middle school level, supervised space will be provided for students who choose to participate in the 17 minute walkout.  Students must stay on school property in the supervised area unless signed out by a parent/guardian. Students are expected to return to class following the walkout.

If students choose to walk out of the classroom here at Newton the space that I have designated are the two courtyards in the middle of the building. Administration and our school resource officer will assist students to the courtyards and supervise. Our teachers will remain in the classrooms with their students that choose to stay. I have chosen the courtyards as they are a safe space within our school grounds and students will not be exposed to the outside areas. At the end of the 17 minutes students will be escorted back to class. If you choose for your student to leave the building/school grounds a parent/guardian will need to check the student out at the front desk in the main office per our normal procedures.

If you have any questions regarding the walk outs please feel free to contact me.

Newton KNight Out
Make it a Taco Tuesday at the March Newton Community KNight next week!  Please join us on Tuesday, March 13 at Qdoba SouthGlenn from 4:30pm-8:30pm. Mention Newton and 20-30% of associated sales (the more sales, the higher the %!) will be donated back to benefit our school.  Please spread the word and see you there!

Thanks for your continued support. Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

CMAS Testing Information
Newton will begin our annual CMAS testing on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  Students will be tested during their math and language arts classes.  April 5th, 6th and 9th students will test if they have language arts or math first or third block.  April 10th, 12th and 13th students will test in their language arts or math class if they have it 7th or 5th block.  Testing will occur from 7:55 AM-12:10 PM each day.

On Wednesday, April 11th, 8th graders will take all three sections of the science test throughout the day with the same teacher; 7th grade will take all three sections of the social studies test throughout the day with the same teacher.  6th graders will have a relatively normal schedule that day.

Please try to avoid appointments during those times as students will have to complete make-up tests if they miss a session.

If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact
Amy Rahne: arahne@lps.k12.co.us or
Brian Wyckhuyse: bwyckhuyse@lps.k12.co.us


Thursday, 4/5- 7:55 AM-12:10 PM during 1st and 3rd block if math or LA
Friday, 4/6- 7:55 AM-12:10 PM during 2nd and 4th block if math or LA
Monday, 4/9- 7:55 AM-12:10 PM during 1st and 3rd block if math or LA
Tuesday, 4/10- 7:55 AM-12:10 PM during 8th and 6th block if math or LA (reverse schedule)
Wednesday, 4/11- all day, 8th grade science and 7th grade social studies
Thursday, 4/12- 7:55 AM-12:10 PM during 7th and 5th block if math or LA (reverse schedule)
Friday, 4/13- 7:55 AM-12:10 PM during 8th or 6th block if math or LA (reverse schedule)


LPS Flyer on Marijuana
Please click here to access a flyer put out by LPS regarding marijuana, juuling, vape pens etc. and how it affects students. These are big issues facing your children and are becoming an epidemic in our state. If you have any questions please let me know.

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

February 16th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Parking Lot Safety
There are several reasons that I do duty before and after school each morning and require our staff to do outside duty each day, including my secretary Mrs. Rice, Mr. Wyckhuyse and Ms. Rahne our asst. principal's. The main reason is of course to ensure the safety and welfare of all of our students on their way to and from school. It also gives us an opportunity to greet students in the morning and wish them well on their way home. We should be the first people they see in the morning and the last people at school they see on their way home.

My concern is the safety of our students, as I am on the corner and observing traffic I notice that on many occasions the people that are either speeding through our intersection or turning into crosswalks as students are crossing or being unsafe in our parking lots are the parents of the students we are trying to keep safe.

This is a busy intersection and our parking lots are not ideal. My appeal is to our parents to be alert, respectful of our staff doing supervision in our lots and most of all to be paying close attention as you are in our school zone to our students.

Please help us ensure that our students are as safe as possible on their way to and from school. This is a wonderful community and our parents are very supportive. Please have a hyper sense of awareness as your are on or around our campus that is located on a very busy intersection.

Student Absences
We have noticed recently that we have students who have been absent due to family vacations, sports trips etc. Just a reminder that we will excuse these types of absences, however, you need to notify the grade level administrator ahead of time in order for the absence to be excused.

This is LPS district policy. The best manner to notify us is by e-mail. Ms. Rahne is the 6th grade level administrator, Mr. Wyckhuyse is the 7th grade level administrator and I am the 8th grade level administrator. If you have any questions at all regarding absences or attendance you can contact me or the specific grade level administrator.

Thanks to all of our parents and community for helping us keep Newton Middle School a great, safe school to attend.

Enjoy the three day weekend!

James O'Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School​

Friday, February 9, 2018

February 9th, 2018



Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


Congratulations to District Winner -Noah Cohrs, 7th grade student at Newton, in this years Spelling Bee competition. Noah will be going on to compete at the State Spelling Bee on March 10th at the University of Denver..Good luck at state Noah!


Volunteers still needed for Run with the Knights:
If you haven't already we are still looking for gift card donations as well as volunteers the day of the race.  Thanks for all your help!!!  
The February Newton Community KNight is on Tuesday!  Get a head start on Valentine's Day and dine out at the Noodles SouthGlenn location on Tuesday, February 13 from 5pm-9pm.  Mention Newton and 25% of associated sales from dine in or take out will be donated back to benefit our school.  Please spread the word and see you there!
Have a great weekend!
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2nd, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

The February Newton Community KNight is coming up!  Get a head start on Valentine's Day and dine out at the Noodles SouthGlenn location on Tuesday, February 13 from 5pm-9pm.  Mention Newton and 25% of associated sales will be donated back to benefit our school.  Please spread the word and see you there!

Thanks to all of our parents who responded so quickly to our call for volunteers earlier in the week for the vision and hearing screening. All time slots were filled within an hour!

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School