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

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Our upcoming Run With The Knights fun run and festival is quickly approaching. We will need several volunteers to assist us again this year. We will need marshals on the race course, gift card donations etc. Please access the link below for volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Blake or Ms. Osthoff.


The results of our climate and culture survey are in. Please access our website for the complete results. Thanks to all of our parents who participated in the survey.  If you have any questions regarding the survey you can contact Ms. Rahne or myself. The link to our website is provided below:


Have a great weekend!

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 12, 0218

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Happy New Year and welcome back to all of our students. We are looking forward to a phenomenal second semester.

I want to congratulate Ms. Andrews and Mrs. Bransgrove as we had three wonderful winter concerts before break. Thanks to all of our parents and community who attended the concerts. The student were outstanding with their performances.

I have some changes for this semester within our personnel. Mrs. Cruz who was our bookkeeper and front receptionist resigned effective in December and has moved on to a new position in the church that her husband is a pastor in. Congratulations to Mrs. Cruz on her new position.

With that being said we have hired Mrs.Tracy Rizuto to fill that vacancy. Tracy comes to us from Cimarron Middle School in Douglas County. Please help me welcome Tracy to the Newton Middle School Community. We are very happy to have Tracy come to us with Middle School experience and step right into this position.


Newton Backpack Program

Interested in volunteer or donation opportunities for the weekend backpack program at Newton Middle School? The Sign-up Genius has been updated to include dates for 2018 — please assist us with providing for our Newton community by going to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4BA8A82EA4F58-newton

The program provides supplementary weekend snacks/meals and supplemental weekday snacks at school. Backpacks are available for student pick-up at the end of the day (2:50) each Friday.  Volunteers are needed from 2 to 3pm each Friday afternoon to put together backpacks, place them in pick-up locations and return those not picked up to the backpack storage room. Food donations may be made anytime during the year; there is a donation box in the front office for food donations (please no glass containers). Donations of perishable snacks (i.e., cheese sticks, frozen pb&j sandwiches, frozen burritos) should be brought to the school clinic. All donations must be store-bought items. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!



Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


Newton KNight Out
The December Newton Community KNight is next week!  Please join us on Tuesday, December 12 at Chick-Fil-A SouthGlenn. Come grab dinner from 5-7pm before the Band concert and 10% of ALL sales for dine in, drive-thru or take out will be donated back to our school. Please spread the word and see you there!

December 13th-Remembering Claire
The anniversary of the tragedy experienced at Arapahoe High School on December 13th is quickly approaching. We understand that although the incident occurred at Arapahoe High School, everyone in our surrounding areas felt the impact of that day.

We want to change the sentiment of that day from sorrow and fear, to unity and strength.   

In conjunction with Arapahoe HS and their Sources of Strength program, we have planned that day (December 13th) for people to show their support by wearing purple (Claire Davis's favorite color). We are encouraging all of our staff and students to wear purple on December 13th. Thanks for assisting us in the supporting Arapahoe HS.

NMS Bakers Needed
Calling all bakers!  We still have some spots available for the Newton Staff Cookie Exchange.  Please sign up here:  
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094bacab2a1-newton4 and bring your cookies to Newton on Friday, December 15th.  Thank you for making this holiday extra sweet for our awesome Newton teachers and staff.

Second Quarter Rewards Next Week
Our second quarter reward for students is next week. It will be Bail for Bingo. If students turn in six CODE Cards for a ticket at lunch on Tuesday or Wednesday, then on December 15th during Knight Time they will be allowed to go to the cafeteria to have pizza and participate in Bingo for prizes!

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





Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 1st, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Calling all bakers!
The Newton PTO needs you to help make the ever popular Newton staff cookie exchange a huge success.  Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094bacab2a1-newton4 , and bring your cookies to Newton on Friday, December 15th.  Thank you!

Newton KNight Out
The December Newton Community KNight is coming up!  Please join us on Tuesday, December 12 at Chick-Fil-A SouthGlenn. Come grab dinner from 5-7pm before the Band concert and 10% of ALL sales for dine in, drive-thru or take out will be donated back to our school. Please spread the word and see you there!

Thanks for all of your support for Newton Middle School and our PTO. Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School