Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 17th, 2022

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:


Yearbooks will be distributed to 8th graders on Wednesday during lunch and 6th and 7th graders Thursday during lunch.  Everyone who ordered and paid for a yearbook will receive one this week.  Due to supply chain issues with our publisher there will be no additional yearbooks available for purchase this year.


However, any student who was not able to purchase a yearbook will be able to pick up a yearbook signature booklet during distribution.   This way friends can still write messages and students will have a token to remember this year.


As we are winding down the school year please see the attached schedule for the final week of school. Please note that the eighth grade will have continuation rehearsal the morning of May 18th at 11:05 am.  Eight graders will need to report to school on Wednesday at the regular report time. We will conduct our continuation/recognition awards ceremony for the eighth graders at 2:00 pm on May 19th. 


Our eighth graders do not need to report to school on the 19th until 1:30 pm in order to line up for the continuation. They will need to enter the building through our athletic entrance. Our eighth graders are also not required to attend on the 20th as this is an early release day and we will be conducting our recognition and awards ceremonies for our sixth and seventh graders. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Eighth grade students will need to report to the cafeteria on Thursday per our instructions given during our rehearsal. Parents and guests will need to enter through the athletic entrance and go down the stairs to the gym and enter through the first set of double doors. We will have parent seating in the bleachers and approximately 100 chairs set up behind the student section on the gym floor. If you need elevator access please enter the athletic entrance and take an immediate left and someone will be at the elevator to assist you.


We will conduct our eighth grade recognition and awards ceremony first and then our continuation portion of the event. Each student will be recognized and receive a continuation certificate. Once the ceremony is completed the eighth graders will be dismissed for the end of the year.


A reminder for students to sort through our lost and found items in the cafeteria as we have several items that are looking for their home. We will discard or donate all of the items in the cafeteria on Monday, May 23rd.


A huge thank you to our community! Your generous contributions to the PTO Annual Fund and PTO sign-up requests, allowed PTO to organize gifts of gratitude for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. We received many, many notes of gratitude from our incredible faculty, and PTO wanted to make sure we shared their gratitude (and ours!) with all of you. Without your support, we couldn't make this happen. Thank you!


Here's an overview of how we put your donations to work this week. Please check our Facebook page for pictures (>Newton Middle School PTO).

  • Free Car Wash Coupon

  • Burger Bus Food Truck

  • Coffee Cart

  • Taco Bar 

  • Snack Attack snack bar

Students, we are quickly approaching the end of the school year. Finish strong, do your best and have a great last week of school.


Have a great evening and again please feel free to contact me with any questions.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Friday, May 13, 2022

May 13th, 2022

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:

Congratulations to Mrs. Bransgrove and Ms. Newman and all of our performing arts students. Your performances were nothing short of absolutely amazing. What a great manner in which to cap off a wonderful school year. 


A reminder for students to sort through our lost and found items in the cafeteria as we have several items that are looking for their home. We will discard or donate all of the items in the cafeteria on Monday, May 23rd.


The gardening club will hold its annual staff plant sale next Tuesday (5/17) after-school at the greenhouse. The young gardeners have been working hard, and we have a wide variety of vegetables and herbs for sale. All plants are $1. The proceeds go to the 'Newton Kids Fund' and into the Knight Time budget. Bring a box/container to transport your plants.

 

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.


As we are winding down the school  year please see the attached schedule for the final week of school. Please note that the eighth grade will have continuation rehearsal the morning of May 18th at 11:05 am. We will conduct our continuation/recognition awards ceremony for the eighth graders at 2:00 pm on May 19th. Our eighth graders do not need to report to school on the 19th until 1:30 pm in order to line up for the continuation. They will need to enter the building through our athletic entrance. Our eighth graders are also not required to attend on the 20th as this is an early release day and we will be conducting our recognition and awards ceremonies for our sixth and seventh graders. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Students, we are quickly approaching the end of the school year. Finish strong, do your best and have a great last week of school.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School



Thursday, May 5, 2022

May 6th, 2022

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:


As we are winding down the school  year please see the attached schedule for the final week of school. Please note that the eighth grade will have continuation rehearsal the morning of May 18th at 11:05 am. We will conduct our continuation/recognition awards ceremony for the eighth graders at 2:00 pm on May 19th. The invitation for that event was sent out last week. Our eighth graders do not need to report to school on the 19th until 1:30 pm in order to line up for the continuation. They will need to enter the building through our athletic entrance. Our eighth graders are also not required to attend on the 20th as this is an early release day and we will be conducting our recognition and awards ceremonies for our sixth and seventh graders. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Please see the attached group of seventh graders who were inducted on Wednesday to our National Junior Honor Society. This is a prestigious honor and I want to congratulate these students upon their accomplishment and thank Ms. Omdahl for all that she does as the NJHS sponsor.


I have also attached a flier from our PTO as we are partnering with the Backpack Society to provide groceries to families who may need some assistance during the weekends, you can register for assistance through the Back Pack Society. 


Students, we are quickly approaching the end of the school year. Finish strong, do your best and have a great last two weeks of school.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School



Monday, May 2, 2022

April 29th, 2022

 Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


Attention all eighth grade students and parents. Please see the attached invitation regarding eighth grade continuation in May.


Congratulations to Ellery Sparks and Lucy Sanders who were winners in the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum’s 55th annual Creative Writing Contest. Ellery placed first in the Poetry division and Lucy placed third in the Fiction division.This year nearly 300 creative writers from Littleton entered the contest. The Arapahoe Community College judges have expressed that they were impressed with the quality of writing. Both students have Mrs. Sutton for Language Arts at  Newton.


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Friday, April 23rd

 Good Evening Parents/Guardians and Students:



Newton Shred-a-thon/Electronic Recycling Event this weekend! 


This Saturday, 4/23/22, from 9:30 am-1:30 pm, is our annual shred-a-thon/electronic recycling event that is sponsored by Arapahoe Credit Union. You can do some Spring cleaning AND support our middle school! Shredding and small electronic recycling is free, and there is a small cost for recycling larger items. We will be collecting donations for Newton on the day of the event. For all details, go to arapahoecu.org/shred. Please come join us! We will have parent and student volunteers, as well as employees from Arapahoe Credit Union, running the event.


Newton’s Staff Appreciation Week May 2 - 6th 

Newton’s PTO is excited to show our appreciation to our wonderful staff by providing them with a special treat each day of the week during staff appreciation week. We need your help in showering the staff with yummy food.  On Friday, May 6th the PTO will host a day of snacks. We will be collecting small, individually wrapped snacks so each staff member can fill up on candy bars, granola bars, bags of chips, nuts, seltzer drinks, candies, etc. We are looking for the Newton community to donate a dozen individually wrapped snack items to help Newton staff finish out a great year. Click here for the Sign-Up Genius and have your student drop off the items in the school office by May 5th.   

Here is what’s planned by the PTO for the whole week:  

  • Monday May 2nd staff will receive a car wash gift card  

  • Tuesday, May 3rd staff will be treated to lunch by the BURGER BUS  

  • Wednesday, May 4th staff will be treated with coffee during PLCs. 

  • Thursday, May 5th staff will be treated with a catered breakfast  

  • Friday, May 6th staff will be treated by a SNACK ATTACK to keep them energized. 

Thank you Newton Community!  - The Newton PTO  

Enjoy your weekend and the beautiful weather.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Saturday, April 16, 2022

April 15th, 2022

Good Morning Parents, Guardians and Students:

Peabody Closing

Please see the attached flier regarding the closing of Peabody Elementary and a special evening planned to commemorate the closing of the school on May 11th.


No Place for Hate Club

Students, if you are interested in joining our No Place for Hate Club next fall please click here to view additional information or contact Ms. Gardner. No Place For Hate slideshow


Streets of Southglenn Receipts

Don’t forget to upload your Streets of SouthGlenn receipts  NMS is currently in 3rd place and could win $2500. The program wraps up April 30th.


EARN 5X POINTS 

For Receipts From These Stores March 16 - April 30

Apricot Lane, April’s Unique Boutique, Elevated Music Center,

Sur La Table and T is for Table

All other SouthGlenn receipts dated 8/15 - 4/30 will earn 5 points per dollar spent.



Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School



Sunday, April 10, 2022

April 8th, 2022

 Good Morning Parents, Guardians and Students:


Optimist Club of Littleton Essay Contest

Riley Cottigias of Newton Middle School is the second-place winner in our Optimist Club of Littleton Essay contest this year. The Optimist Club honored Riley at the Optimist Club of Littleton weekly meeting at 7:00 am on Friday, April 8th. Riley was presented with a $250 cash award, medallion and certificate at the meeting. Congratulations to Riley.


Eighth Grade Information:


Did you know you can earn high school graduation credit this summer by taking driver education at the age of 14 and 6 months?


Go to https://littletonpublicschools.net/driversed. Classes are filling up fast.

SUMMER CLASSES:

30-hours Classroom Session A  6/6/2022 - 6/9/2022, Monday through Thursday; 8 AM – 4 PM  Littleton High School

30-hours Classroom Session B  6/20/2022 - 6/23/2022, Monday through Thursday; 8 AM – 4 PM Littleton High School

30-hours Classroom Session C 7/11/2022 - 7/14/2022, Monday through Thursday; 8 AM – 4 PM Littleton High School

30-hours Classroom Session D 7/25/2022 - 7/28/2022, Monday through Thursday; 8 AM – 4 PM  Littleton High School

PTO Is Looking for Volunteers for the 2022-2023 School Year:


  • Vice President: this role is a sit-and-watch role to prepare you for the following year as president. You show up to meetings and ask all the questions you need to take over for the 2023-2024 school year. There are lots of documents to share to make for an easy transition.

    • The President's role is not too involved and has some fantastic perks. 

    • 3 meetings a month -- 1 with the District's PTO Presidents Council (the District superintendent [Ewert] & an LPS Board member also attends), 1 with Mr. O'Tremba just before the PTO meeting and finally the PTO meeting. 

    • The Newton PTO board is fantastic and pretty self-sufficient, so this role mostly entails making the agenda, running the meeting and letting them do their stuff. 

    • This is a great way to really feel like you're a part of these quick middle school years, get to know the school principal and District superintendent, and is a bonus on a resume.

  • Annual fund outreach and communication coordinator: help promote and share the status of the annual fund campaign by writing blurbs for Mr. O'Tremba to include in the weekly email.

  • 7th Grade Celebration Coordinator: New next year will be grade level celebrations to help build class community. We need someone to work with our VIPS coordinator to plan the one for 7th grade.

  • Community Relations Co-Coordinator: work with our returning coordinator to support the LPSF Stride and the spring Shred-a-Thon.

  • Members at Large: join us for meetings and be in the know!


*Ideally members will also attend meetings online or in-person, but we understand that may not always be possible.


Thanks and have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School