Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Please see the message below from our PTO fundraising chair persons Kim Caster and Lisa Zook.

Dear Newton Community,

We did it!  The school really rallied the last week and pushed us to our fundraising goal.  As of October 31, 2017, the PTO collected a total of $30, 451.  Additional donations may continue to come in throughout the year and through different programs like Newton Knights Out and we will continue to report that income.  We would like to thank Mr. O'Tremba, the teachers, the staff, the students, and the parents for coming together to support the PTO Annual Fund Drive.  Because it is the only major fundraising push for the school year, it was important that we finished the campaign strong.  We will be able to support the resurfacing of the gym floor and other school programming and activities like Reading Counts and teacher grants.

Here are the results of the Homeroom Competition:

Winners:

6th Grade:   May
7th Grade:   Alles
8th Grade:   Ebel


This week the 6th graders watched a play called People Like Vince.  People Like Vince is a play for students that seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health issues through the social and emotional learning core competencies.  This program, offered through Kaiser Permanente, is focused on empathy and kindness, two of the most important social and emotional learning skills that help reduce the stigma around mental health and wellness.  

We strive to promote acceptance of differences among all people that we encounter and show them kindness and empathy.  On Wednesday during homeroom, the students were given a workbook with follow up activities.  Some teachers chose to keep the workbooks in their classes to continue to follow up throughout the year and others might have chosen to send the workbooks home.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Rahne 303-347-7940.


Please see the attached flyer from Jesse Andrews regarding yearbook baby ads. The deadline to submit your baby ads for the 8th graders for the yearbook is December 1st. If you have any questions please contact Jesse.

Tomorrow will be the last opportunity to give your input on the school culture and climate survey. We would like to hear from you. Pleases access the link below to access the survey!


Have a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

The November Newton Community KNight is coming up!  Please invite family and friends to Chipotle across from Arapahoe High School on Tuesday, November 14 anytime from 5pm-9pm.  Mention Newton and a whopping 50% of your bill for dine in or take out will be donated back to our school!  Please spread the word and see you there!

Please see the attached flyer from our SRO Deputy Keaney. Deputy Kearney and some of his fellow deputies would like to host a wiffle ball tournament with our 6th graders after school on November 17th. You can e-mail Deputy Keaney at Mkeaney@lps.k12.co.us  or have your student drop by to see him to RSVP.

You will find the link to our annual school culture/climate survey. Please take the survey and provide us with critical information regarding our school and district. To date we are at approximately 12% response rate, last year we had one of the highest response rates in the district at 30% ++.


We will have updated numbers for our PTO annual fund drive soon. My understanding is that we did reach our goal of $30,000. As soon as PTO has the final numbers for the fund drive and Homeroom competition I will share those with you. Thank you to everyone who donated. We appreciate your support of Newton Middle School.

Have a great Colorado weekend, one more week to go before Thanksgiving break.

James O’Tremba,
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3rd, 2017

Picture retakes are in the Mini-theater  on Monday the 6th at 8:00 am!
If your student was absent on Oct 2nd , they will get a pass to come to the mini theater at 8:00. We will do an announcement around 8:15-8:20 for those students that brought their picture packet back and need retakes. Students must bring back COMPLETE packets or their proof sheet to have a retake. We do not do retakes for yearbook pictures - you must be purchasing pictures.

Thanks to all of our parents who donated to our PTO Annual Fund Drive. We will have updated numbers for you soon on the amount of money that was raised. We will also announce the winners of our homeroom competition.

8th Graders --- The Heritage High School Showcase is Tuesday, Nov 7th @ 6:00pm

Littleton High School invites you to their annual talent show, Lions Follies! Middle schoolers get discounted tickets this year, just $5 at the door! Come to Littleton high school on November 9th and 10th at 7pm.

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Halloween Party
Just a quick reminder that our Halloween Dance and party will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. The party is held in conjunction with our PTO. We will end at 4:00 pm in order for students to walk home or catch late buses.

Comprehensive School Climate Inventory
In our inaugural year of the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey, almost 3,000 parents participated in our ongoing effort to promote a safe and healthy culture in Littleton Public Schools by sharing their voices. To those of you who participated in last year’s survey, we greatly value your feedback and continue to utilize your insights to shape the future of Newton Middle School. We are also eager to welcome new parent voices to this year’s CSCI.

In association with Colorado Safe Schools Month, we are inviting you to share your opinions about the culture and climate at Newton through the CSCI. The survey window begins on October 16, 2017 and ends on November 18, 2017, and we will collect feedback from students (grades 3-12), staff, and parents about school environments all across the district.

We believe that gathering feedback about school climate helps guide our efforts to provide supportive learning environments for all students, and you play an important role in this process. If you have children at multiple schools, you can choose to complete a survey for each school or choose the school where you would most like to share your voice. If you have more than one child at the same school, you need only complete one survey.

Please click here http://www.schoolclimate.net/?l=e&t=p&v=44302&c=1173539 to complete your survey. Amy Rahne is our school-based survey coordinator and will be available to answer any of your questions. Also, to view summary reports of last year’s results, please click here http://littletonpublicschools.net/district/school-climate-perception-surveys.

We are grateful for your continued participation and support of this valuable opportunity. Please contact us with any questions.

Have a great weekend.


Sincerely,

James O'Tremba, Principal
Amy Rahne, Survey Coordinator

Saturday, October 21, 2017

October 20th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Thanks to all of our parents who attended conferences this week. We appreciate your time and commitment to Newton. If you were not able to attend conferences or need more time with a teacher or group of teachers please feel free to contact any teacher at any time. E-mail is generally the best manner in which to contact us.

NMS Annual Fund Drive
Newton’s Annual Fund Drive ends in two short weeks, on October 31st!!   To date, we have collected $25,960.   We are hoping to collect a total of $30,000.  Will you help us reach our goal?

The Fund Drive Homeroom Contest is in full swing.  The class with the highest percentage of participation in each grade wins an ice cream party.  Just one new donation can change the percentage of participation, and therefore change which class is in the lead. Here are the current classroom standings:
  • 6th grade:  Mr. Wilmes, Mrs. Osthoff, and Mrs. Mack
  • 7th grade:  Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Timinski, Mrs. Rodrigue, and Mrs. DeSantis
  • 8th grade:  Mrs. Bryan, Mr. Goodreau, and Mrs. Andrews
Every classroom can get in the game with just a few additional donations.  Help your child win that ice cream party!!

Click here to make a donation via Paypal today.  You can also bring your check or cash to the main office at Newton.  The suggested donation amount is $125 per student.  Detailed information about the Annual Fund Drive, including the Paypal link, is available on the Newton website under NMS PTO Fund Drive.  Thank you for supporting the Newton PTO.

Newton KNight Out
The next Newton Community KNight is next week!  Please join us on Tuesday, October 24 at The Garlic Knot at Arapahoe & Holly anytime from 4pm-close.  Mention Newton and 25% of your bill for dine in or take out will be donated back to our school in support of our Annual Fund Drive.  Please spread the word and see you there!

Arapahoe HS Freshman Showcase
Attached is the flyer for Arapahoe High Schools Freshmen Showcase event on Monday, December 4th. Arapahoe’s Shadow Days have filled and we have an extensive waitlist so many of your students will not have the chance to participate. Their Freshmen Showcase is a wonderful opportunity for both parents and students to see the  school and hear about their programs.

NMS Yearbook Baby Ads Due Soon
Newton Middle School 8th grade yearbook baby ads are due by Dec 1st.  There is information on Mrs. J. Andrews website.   

I hope the students are enjoying their four day weekend. We will resume school on Monday and begin our second quarter!

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School




Friday, October 20, 2017

Climate and Culture Survey

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


In our inaugural year of the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey, almost 3,000 parents participated in our ongoing effort to promote a safe and healthy culture in Littleton Public Schools by sharing their voices. To those of you who participated in last year’s survey, we greatly value your feedback and continue to utilize your insights to shape the future of Newton Middle School. We are also eager to welcome new parent voices to this year’s CSCI.


In association with Colorado Safe Schools Month, we are inviting you to share your opinions about the culture and climate at Newton through the CSCI. The survey window begins on October 16, 2017 and ends on November 18, 2017, and we will collect feedback from students (grades 3-12), staff, and parents about school environments all across the district.


We believe that gathering feedback about school climate helps guide our efforts to provide supportive learning environments for all students, and you play an important role in this process. If you have children at multiple schools, you can choose to complete a survey for each school or choose the school where you would most like to share your voice. If you have more than one child at the same school, you need only complete one survey.


Please click here http://www.schoolclimate.net/?l=e&t=p&v=44302&c=1173539 to complete your survey. Amy Rahne is our school-based survey coordinator and will be available to answer any of your questions. Also, to view summary reports of last year’s results, please click here http://littletonpublicschools.net/district/school-climate-perception-surveys.


We are grateful for your continued participation and support of this valuable opportunity. Please contact us with any questions.


Sincerely,


James O'Tremba, Principal
Amy Rahne, Survey Coordinator

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Parent Teacher Conferences

Will be held on Wednesday, October 18th from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm. These conferences are for any parents who are interested in attending and will be arena style. Teachers will have approximately 5 minutes for you to check in with them and have a brief update on student progress. 6th grade students conferences will be held in the cafeteria, 7th grade in the library, 8th grade, elective and special education teachers will be in the gym.

The grades that will be posted next week are quarter progress grades only. We will post final grades for students at semester time in December. If you have any questions feel free to contact any teacher. E-mail is generally the best manner in which to contact the teacher.

This year the district has replaced the MAP testing with i-ready testing. The elementary schools switched to i-ready testing a couple of years ago so you may be familiar with this test. We will be sending the fall i-ready test results home with students on Monday, October 16th so expect those home Monday evening. There will be a letter from Patti Turner, Director of Learning Services regarding the testing. If you have specific questions please contact Patti’s office.

Homeroom Competition Fundraiser Update From PTO

Mrs. Ebel's class jumped in the lead over Mr. Atherton's class and the competitions for 1st and 2nd are tight in the 6th and 7th grades.  The competition is still wide open for any class to jump in and take over the lead.  There are many classes that are close to the top 3 in each grade: 6th grade: Mr. Wilmes, Mrs. Osthoff, and Mrs. Mack homerooms; 7th grade: Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Timinski, Mrs. Rodrigue, and Mrs. DeSantis homerooms; 8th grade: Mrs. Bryan, Mr. Goodreau, and Mrs. Andrews homerooms.  And any class can add just a few more donations to get in the competition. The deadline for participation in this donation campaign is October 31, 2017.  Donations can be made online or in person. Get excited! Get involved! Feel great, donate!

Save the date for the next Newton Community KNight!  Please join us on Tuesday, October 24 at The Garlic Knot at Arapahoe & Holly anytime from 4pm-close.  Mention Newton and 25% of your bill for dine in or take out will be donated back to our school in support of our Annual Fund Drive.  Please spread the word and see you there!

We are in need of volunteers for our annual Halloween Party on October 31st. Please access the links below if you are interested in volunteering. The first link is to volunteer to help with the student government and PTO with the haunted house and the party. The second link is to donate food to the party. Our PTO and student government do a great job with the party so please consider volunteering your time and helping them out!


Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School