Friday, September 10, 2021

September 10th, 2021

 Good Evening Parents/Guardians and Students:



IMPORTANT PTO FUNDRAISER INFORMATION:


"HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR TARGET HEART RATE? 


Want to know where your donations go? The PTO Annual Fund Drive, the ONE primary fundraiser each school year, directly supports our students and staff. Donations this year will fund teacher/staff appreciation at various times throughout the year and will reimburse Newton for the new and incredible PE fitness lab & heart rate monitors (which were not included in the original mil levy). 


So far, we have raised $15,500 towards our goal of $30,000. If you have already made a donation, thank you. If you haven't yet, please help reach our target by donating. The attached flyer has more information and directions. Thank you for supporting our community- NEWton and Improved."


ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL SHADOW DAY INFORMATION:


Arapahoe High School is thrilled to announce our 2021 in-person 8th Grade Shadow Days for the Class of 2026! This is an incredible opportunity for current 8th grade students to visit our building and experience Arapahoe High School. In response to the overwhelming positive feedback we’ve had from previous events, this year we are inviting parents/guardians to participate in the experience with their children. While students are experiencing class visits, parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of our principal, Mrs. Pramenko, and take a tour of our building. We are so excited for this new direction for our Shadow Days and are sure they will be very popular. 


Shadow days will take place on Sept 28, Oct 27, Nov 19 or Jan 27 with options for either a morning or an afternoon session. The capacity for each session is 50 students. Students will only be able to bring a maximum of 1 parent to the shadow days. The sign-ups will be posted soon on the Incoming Freshmen Page on the AHS Website. 



2021 First PTO Meeting of the Year:


Please join us at Newton on Thursday, September 16th from 9:30-11:00am for our first PTO meeting of the year. We'll be discussing back to school events, fundraising and upcoming fall events. Don't forget to wear a mask. Hope to see you!


I am also seeking individuals to serve on our Newton Accountability Committee. We meet in person on the following dates. All meetings begin at 4:00 pm here at Newton. Please respond to me if you are interested.


September 30th

October 21st

November 18th

January 20th

February 17th


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Thursday, September 9, 2021

September 3rd, 2021

 Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians and Students:


IMPORTANT PTO FUNDRAISER INFORMATION:


"HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR TARGET HEART RATE? 


Want to know where your donations go? The PTO Annual Fund Drive, the ONE primary fundraiser each school year, directly supports our students and staff. Donations this year will fund teacher/staff appreciation at various times throughout the year and will reimburse Newton for the new and incredible PE fitness lab & heart rate monitors (which were not included in the original mil levy). 


So far, we have raised $15,500 towards our goal of $30,000. If you have already made a donation, thank you. If you haven't yet, please help reach our target by donating. The attached flyer has more information and directions. Thank you for supporting our community- NEWton and Improved."


ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL SHADOW DAY INFORMATION:


Arapahoe High School is thrilled to announce our 2021 in-person 8th Grade Shadow Days for the Class of 2026! This is an incredible opportunity for current 8th grade students to visit our building and experience Arapahoe High School. In response to the overwhelming positive feedback we’ve had from previous events, this year we are inviting parents/guardians to participate in the experience with their children. While students are experiencing class visits, parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of our principal, Mrs. Pramenko, and take a tour of our building. We are so excited for this new direction for our Shadow Days and are sure they will be very popular. 


Shadow days will take place on Sept 28, Oct 27, Nov 19 or Jan 27 with options for either a morning or an afternoon session. The capacity for each session is 50 students. Students will only be able to bring a maximum of 1 parent to the shadow days. The sign-ups will be posted soon on the Incoming Freshmen Page on the AHS Website. 


Have a great Labor Day Weekend!


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School



Friday, August 27, 2021

6th Grade Only - August 27th, 2021

 Good Afternoon Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians and Students:


As we enter the week in quarantine next week I want to share some important information with you regarding the distance learning we will be conducting.


Students will work with their teachers in their regular schedule. I will provide access to the schedule here. The work will be done in Google Classroom and students will receive information from each teacher with links to access the Google Meet and instruction. The blocks of time will include direct instruction from the teacher, possible group work or independent work time and office hours. It is teacher discretion depending on how much time they need during the block as to how long students will be engaged during that time, teachers will guide the students through the process.


I am also including access here to some expectations for students regarding the distance/remote learning. If you have any questions please contact the teacher directly….via email……all teacher and staff email addresses can be found on our website.


It is my hope that this transition to distance learning is brief and we expect to return all sixth grade students to in person learning on September 7th.


Thanks for your assistance and have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


August 27th, 2021

 Good Evening Parents/Guardians and Students:


DAY LOCKER INFORMATION:


Our day lockers are finally ready for student use. As the name implies these lockers will not be assigned to individual students. The lockers will be available on a first come, first serve basis each day. Students will need to select a locker, place their own personal code into the locker and secure it. Students can use the locker for the day and are expected to remove their items at the end of the day. Please see the attachment for specific instructions.



PTO:  Annual Pledge Drive Fundraiser


Every year the Newton Middle School PTO holds ONE primary fundraiser…the PTO Annual Fund Drive, where 100% of donations are directly deposited into the PTO account. This means there are no fees withheld by third parties, no students serving as sales force on their neighborhood streets during a pandemic, etc.

 

This year our goal is to raise $30,000. We are recommending a donation of $150 per family which equates to less than a dollar-a-day that students are learning, whether in the classrooms, or virtually at home. But, please know that EVERY GIFT COUNTS.


Please click here to access the Newton website to learn more about the annual fund drive.


Dear NMS Supporter, You can help our school win a prize of $350 to $2,500 from The Streets at SouthGlenn’s Street Smarts rewards program.

It’s Easy! Between August 15 and April 30, shop, dine or watch a movie. Log receipts online 24/7 at shopandlog.com/southglenn. Visit shopandlog.com/southglenn to see how Newton Middle School is doing in the competition, sign up for email reminders, plus a link to the shopping center store information and shopping hours.

The north gate from Little Dry Creek Park has been open for a week for student use.  Students will still need to enter the building from the west side, sixth grade students will continue to use the main entrance, seventh and eighth grade students will enter at the athletic entrance.

Just a reminder for all parents/guardians, if you need to pick up  your child during the day for appointments or to take them out of school early, please call ahead of time. You can leave a message on the attendance line 24 hours a day. This will enable us to send a pass for them early and they will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive. This is especially important if you are picking up during lunch. It is almost impossible for us to find students in a timely manner during lunch. 

Have a great weekend. One more week until Labor Day.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

 

 


Monday, August 16, 2021

August 16th, 2021

 Good Evening Parents and Guardians:

We will be hosting Back to School Night this Thursday evening, August 19th at 6:00 pm. Please access this link for the schedule for the evening. We will wrap up at 7:45 pm.

This is for parents and guardians only, please do not bring your students to back to school night. This is an opportunity for you to meet your students' teachers, learn about Newton and the classes that your child is taking.

You will need a copy of your child's schedule as you will go through and visit all of their classes during the evening. We will begin promptly at 6:00 pm with homeroom. The bells will then dismiss you to first period. Passing periods will be four minutes long. 

You will learn about some building policies, homeroom, No Place for Hate etc.

If you have any questions please let me know.

We are looking forward to the evening.

James O'Tremba Principal, Newton Middle School


Friday, August 13, 2021

August 13th, 2021

 Good Evening Parents/Guardians and Students:


We’ve had a great beginning in our new building. Overall two very smooth days. Please be patient with us as we are working out the kinks in several areas. The parking lot and entrance to the pick up/drop off lanes was better today I am sure as time goes by and we acclimate to the new situation this will iron itself out. In the meantime please be patient and understanding of each other as we traverse through the parking lot and entrance/exit to the building. All students who are being driven to school should be dropped off in the pick up/drop off lane….students please do not walk through the parking lot to enter the building, please take the sidewalks.


As you move through the pick up/drop off loop please follow the instructions of the signs and the adults directing traffic. Please pull as far forward as possible. All students will need to enter the building in the following manner, sixth grade the main entrance to the building and seventh and eighth grade students at the athletic entrance. Students will be allowed to enter the building at 8:30 am. 6th grade students will wait in the main entrance hallway, seventh and eighth grade students will need to wait in the commons/cafeteria area.


Parent Pickup and Drop Off

When dropping off and/or picking up your student at Newton, please stay in the right lane and pull forward as far as possible, in our front loop, before letting your student out of the car.  Students should be prepared to exit your vehicle as soon as the traffic line stops in the right drop off/pickup lane.   Please understand that you may end up driving past the main entrance or athletic entrance in order to drop your child off in the drop off loop.  Pulling all the way forward to the end of the loop alleviates traffic on Arapahoe Road and ensures a safe and efficient process.  After you have dropped your student, you may utilize the left lane to exit. If you are picking up on the Newton campus, ALL students should be picked up from in front of the school building, and not along the grassy area as you drive in.  Have your children stay in front of the building and wait for you to pull up.


Pedestrian and Bikes

If your student is walking or riding a bike, they should use the sidewalk along Arapahoe Road instead of using the sidewalks through the center of the parking lot.  This process will support student safety and alleviate pedestrian traffic in the parent drop off and pick up lane.   Students should refrain from using the bus loop entrance off of Colorado Blvd as this is a safety concern and also a construction zone.


As we move through the school year please keep in mind that I structure our administrative team a little different than most middle schools. Your point of contact for sixth grade issues, concerns, scheduling etc is Mrs. Huck. She is the Asst Principal that supervises sixth grade. For seventh grade the point of contact is Mr. Wyckhuyse, Asst Principal and I serve as the building principal and I also supervise the eighth grade.


The three of us will begin hosting our discipline talks with students. Mrs. Huck will address the sixth graders, Mr. Wyckhuyse the seventh and I will work with the eighth graders. In the meantime here are some important reminders regarding some of the items we will address when we meet with students.


Students are allowed to bring their cellphones to school. However, upon arriving at school the phone needs to be turned off and placed in the students' backpack until the end of the school day at which time the student may turn on the cell phone and exit the building.  Students are NOT allowed to use their cell phones at any time during the school day, including recess, lunch and in the hallways or learning pod areas.


Students found using their cell phones will have their phones confiscated and turned into the office.  A Parent MUST pick up the cell phone from the office during school hours.  There will be no exceptions to this rule. 


We will begin enforcing the school dress code next week. Please review the dress code on our website under the student handbook. The dress code section is on page seven and eight. We will be updating several sections in the student handbook over the next couple of weeks, mainly the section on grading as we will be moving toward standards based grading this year.


Have a phenomenal weekend. Students, we will see you for the first full week of school on Monday.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School








Saturday, July 31, 2021

July 30th, 2021

 Good Afternoon Parents, Guardians and Students:

I hope your summer is going well. l have some exciting news for our parents and students. We will be hosting an open house on Wednesday evening, August 11th for all students and parents to experience our new building before students begin on the 12th. The event will be between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. 

Students will begin school on August 12th. I am attaching the schedule for the first and second day of school. Sixth grade students will begin school at 8:54 am which is our regular start time. Sixth graders will immediately report to their homeroom teacher and will have orientation and work with our eighth grade WEB leaders. 

At 10:54 am our seventh and eighth grade students will begin school. This is our regular Wednesday late start time​. Seventh and eighth grade students will report to first period class. Sixth graders will wrap up their orientation and report to their first period class at 10:54 am.

Student schedules will become available in August once the fall registration process and student fees are completed. This can be found on our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and I hope to see you the evening of the 11th.


James O'Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School