Friday, February 21, 2020

February 21st, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Newton Community Knight 
Join us for our first Newton Community Knight of 2020, Tuesday Feb 25th from 4-8pm at the Parry's Pizza Streets of Southglenn location.  Mention Newton, and 20% of your dine in or carry out order will go towards our Newton pledge drive.  Hope to see you there!

Author Ally Carter Visiting Newton Friday, March 13 
Ally Carter will be visiting Newton to talk about her new book 'Winterborne Home for Vengeance and and Valor'. Ally will also be talking about her other books that are very popular here at Newton, the 'Gallagher Girl Series' as well as being an author and answering questions from students. See the link for a flyer about the author visit as well as an order form for Ally Carter's books.  If the books are purchased ahead of time, Ally will be available for a book signing at the end of the event.  (The books can be purchased online, by attached form and picked up in the library, or they can be purchased directly from the library by cash or check).

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

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 14th, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

Newton Community Knight
Join us for our first Newton Community Knight of 2020, Tuesday Feb 25th from 4-8pm at the Parry's Pizza Streets of Southglenn location.  Mention Newton, and 20% of your dine in or carry out order will go towards our Newton pledge drive. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. We hope to see you there!

Enjoy the three day weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Monday, February 10, 2020

February 7th, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Arapahoe HS Information
Students who are planning on attending Arapahoe High School next year and wanting to take Honors Classes or take the swim waiver test need to stop by the main office and pick up a packet from Arapahoe. It is very important that you and your parents are watching all upcoming dates for incoming Freshman regardless of the high school you are attending. Many of the deadlines are in February. If you have questions contact the high school you are attending or check their specific website.

6th Grade Basketball
6th Grade Basketball starts on Tuesday February 18th from 7:45am to 8:45am Tuesdays and Thursdays until Spring Break.  Students interested should bring a water bottle and wear athletic gear.  This is for all levels of experience and will be a fun experience for all students interested.

Attention 8th Grade Parents
All eighth grade parents please note the attached letter from me regarding some training we will be conducting with the eighth graders in March.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest
The Optimist Club of Littleton is once again participating in the annual Optimist International Oratorical Contest. The contest will be held on March 4th, 2020 at Bemis Library. This is a wonderful opportunity for middle school and high school students to prepare a speech and deliver it before a supporting audience and to compete for cash awards. The 1st place winner will receive $500.00 plus a gold medal, 2nd place will receive $250.00 and a silver medal and 3rd place will be awarded $125.00 and a bronze medal. The first place winner will have the opportunity to compete at the district level for a chance to win $2500.00 and an opportunity to compete at the national level for a $20,000 college scholarship.
The topic for the contest this year is “Just Imagine a World without Boundaries”. If you are interested in competing please contact djschulte17@gmail.com

Parking Lot Information
I know that our parking lots can become a bit congested and busy especially the few minutes before and after school. Please be respectful of each other and of our students as they are trying to leave. Cutting each other off, driving in the bus lane or ignoring others or instructions given by our supervisors in the morning in the north lot is not a good example for our students and can pose a dangerous situation. The congestion generally lasts for only a few minutes. Please be patient, kind and respectful of each other……..thank you!

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

Monday, February 3, 2020

January 31st, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

I am again attaching phase I of our construction plans for the new building. In a couple of short weeks you will begin to see the landscape to the east of our parking lot change. Overall for this school year the change for us will not be profound. We will host a groundbreaking ceremony sometime in early to mid March. This is an exciting time for us as we move forward. We are close to 100% finished with the building design.

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, January 24, 2020

January 24th, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

LPS Foundation Opportunities
I have attached three flyers from the Littleton Public Schools Foundation. There are a variety of upcoming family events that you may be interested in. Please check out the flyers!!

Attention Eighth Grade Parents and Students
I have information regarding ninth grade registration for our current eighth grade students from Heritage High School and Littleton High School. I don’t have any information from Arapahoe High School so if you are attending Arapahoe High School in the fall I suggest you check their website.

  • Littleton High School incoming ninth grade registration night:  February 6th, 6:00 pm
  • Heritage High School incoming ninth grade registration night:  February 4th, 6:00 pm


New Building Information
RTA Architects has created a four minute video tour of their model for the new Newton Middle School (Dropbox link below).  RTA had displayed a preview version of this video in Newton’s final DAG meeting in November, and the response from the attendees was extremely positive.  The LPS administrators that were present at the meeting thought it would be a great addition to the bond update website.

This video shows a realistic, to-scale depiction of the actual building design, including renderings of the finish materials and colors that have been selected.  It “flies” around the exterior of the building and travels through the secure front entry vestibule, down the main hallway, and into the cafetorium/commons.  (Furniture has not been selected for the new school yet, so the furniture that is shown here is representative.)  The outdoor dining, learning and recreation areas are also shown from several angles. Please access the video via the link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l74ywmlo2n6zxle/NewtonMiddleSchoolVideo-final.mp4?dl=0

We will begin to see activity around our site in February, I will send out phase I of the construction plan again next week.

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 17th, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Renew Open Enrollment
If your student is open enrolled to Newton Middle School and you plan on continuing your open enrollment status with us for the fall of 2020-21, I need the attached open enrollment form completed and sent to me by January 31st. This form was actually due the 10th of January. If this form is not completed your son/daughter could be in jeopardy of being withdrawn for the 2020-21 school year. This is especially important as we are currently full for the fall. We have been projected at 617 students this fall and currently have 656 enrolled.If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

January 10th, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Student Recognition Assembly
Happy New Year! We had a great first week from break and are looking forward to our second semester. We will be hosting our first recognition/awards ceremony this year on January 23rd . The schedule is as follows:

  • 8th grade at 9:00 AM
  • 7th grade at 10:30 AM
  • 6th grade at 2:00 PM

Code Shack Volunteers Needed
We are in need of volunteers to help with our Code Shack and PBIS rewards. If you can help out please access this link to sign up.

School Spelling Bee
Our annual school spelling bee will be held in the mini-theater at 3:30, Wednesday, January 15. Family, friends and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

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