Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4th, 2016

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

The LPS school Board approved revisions to Policy IKF, Graduation Requirements, on October 27. New exhibits are in progress. The revised policy may be viewed in BoardDocs. The BoardDocs can be found by accessing the Littleton Public Schools website. Please refer to the attached flier.

We have additional exciting news from the school board. Your student will now be able to earn high school credit while taking courses at Newton. On October 27th the board adopted a policy that allows middle school students to earn course credit toward LPS graduation requirements prior to entering high school beginning with the 2016-17 school year, so this includes our present 8th graders. Based upon alignment to LPS and Colorado Academic Standards, students will earn credits if they are enrolled in and pass the following courses offered here at Newton:
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • World Languages--Spanish I
Credit earned through successful completion of one or more of these courses will be reflected on the student’s high school transcript. Course completion will not count toward a student’s grade point average (GPA) in high school. GPA calculations will begin when students officially begin their freshman year of high school in LPS.

I am also including some information regarding the newly required Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) process for students. We have been working on ICAP’s for students at Newton for several years, the only difference now is that the ICAP will be required for students to graduate in 2021. We will have students work on their ICAP plan in homeroom later in November, February and April.

ICAP is a multi-year process, that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic and postsecondary opportunities.  It is a plan that will span the lives of students who are currently in middle and high school which will continue into adulthood. By adopting research-based best practices and by revamping our knowledge for developmentally appropriate ICAP activities with secondary students, Colorado now focuses on a meaningful process which results in a plan. This plan begins for students in the sixth grade.

The deadline to buy a yearbook is Friday Dec 2nd. For 8th grade parents interested in purchasing a baby ad the deadline is Monday Dec 5th. Please contact Mrs. J. Andrews for additional information or questions you may have!

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

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