Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 24, 2024

 Good Morning Parents, Guardians and Students:


Vision and Hearing Testing:

Every year, the district conducts vision and hearing screening for all 7th grade students.  Our testing will be done Monday-Wednesday of this coming week.  We will also be testing any students who are new to LPS in 6th or 8th grade OR who were absent for their regularly scheduled testing last year. 


We are still in need of 3 volunteers to help with vision and hearing testing next week!  If you are able to help during any of these slots, please let Stacey Cruz know!  (scruz@lps.k12.co.us).  Thank you!


Tuesday, Feb. 27

8am-10am

10am-12pm


Wednesday, Feb. 28

1pm-3pm


Newton Knight Out Sponsored by Newton PTO:

Mark your calendars. We have a new Restaurant Knight event coming up on Tuesday, February 27th at Fat Sully's at Quebec and County Line (also the location of the Denver Biscuit Company).


Please see the attached flyer regarding additional information.


Thanks and have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Friday, February 16, 2024

February 17th, 2024

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:


Newton Knight Out Sponsored by Newton PTO:


Mark your calendars. We have a new Restaurant Knight event coming up on Tuesday, February 27th at Fat Sully's at Quebec and County Line (also the location of the Denver Biscuit Company).


Please see the attached flyer regarding additional information.


Newton - are you ready for one of the most memorable nights of the year? Get ready for a very special night - the Tri School Unified Basketball Game! "Save the Date '' to attend and support Arapahoe, Heritage, and Littleton's Unified teams on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm in Heritage's Main Gym. It is "Jersey Night" so make sure to wear your favorite jersey to the game. This is a FREE EVENT and there will be special guests, half court shots, and more. All are invited in the hopes of filling the gym. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to this awesome night. And if you would like to buy a Unified shirt to support the teams, please click here. We can't wait to see you all supporting LPS Unified Teams! Please contact Kristi Brethauer at kbrethauer@lps.k12.co.us with any questions.


Buy your Yearbooks Now:


There are 250 Students who have not yet purchased a yearbook.  To purchase a yearbook go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code "7571"  Books are $40 with a $3.99 service charge.  Please look at the attached list to see if you have purchased a book.


Have a great three day weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Saturday, February 10, 2024

February 10th, 2024

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:


Newton Knight Staff Honorees:

Congratulations to these Knights!

Ashley Donohoue

Carly Bright

Logan Atwell

Brooke Bartoszek


Buy your Yearbooks Now:

There are 250 Students who have not yet purchased a yearbook.  To purchase a yearbook go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code "7571"  Books are $40 with a $3.99 service charge.  Please look at the attached list to see if you have purchased a book.


8th Grade Baby Ads:

We have space remaining for 3, 1/8 of a page baby ads for 8th graders in the yearbook.  Please email Mr. Atherton at ratherton@lps.k12.co.us to reserve the space to create an ad.


Newton Knight Out:

Mark your calendars. We have a new Restaurant Knight event coming up on Tuesday, February 27th at Fat Sully's at Quebec and County Line (also the location of the Denver Biscuit Company). Stay tuned for additional information.


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Saturday, February 3, 2024

February 2nd, 2024

 Good Morning Parents, Guardians and Students:


Newton Information:


Position Available at Newton Middle School:

Would you be interested in  working at Newton, or know someone who does? We are looking for someone who is positive, dynamic and friendly to work in our health clinic! The ideal candidate will have a desire to support students during school hours, strong decision making abilities, demonstrate flexibility and responsibility, and will want to be part of a dedicated team. We provide on the job training, and the chance to be part of the amazing Newton Middle School team!


Volunteers Needed!

Every year, the district conducts vision and hearing screenings for our 7th graders and select other students.  We are in need of volunteers for 2 hour shifts Monday, February 26-Wednesday, February 28.  If you're interested, please contact Stacey Cruz to sign up!  Scruz@lps.k12.co.us


From our Health Clinic:

Please do not encourage your child to communicate directly with you via cell phone or wrist phone technology in the event of illness or safety concern. For their safety, it is expected that students communicate with their teacher and the office in these situations.


Students attending Middle School Events:

Just a reminder to all students that are attending after school events here at Newton. We do not allow any food or drink in the gym during these events. We also expect appropriate behavior and for you to follow all school rules. If these guidelines cannot be followed you will be asked to leave the event.


Streets of Southglenn Fundraising Information:

Please see the attached flyer and help Newton raise up to $2500.00 for our PTO.


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School


Monday, January 29, 2024

January 26th, 2024

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:


Newton Yearbook Information:


Last Week to Order Yearbooks


We have to turn in our final yearbook order numbers to our publisher on February 2nd.  Reserve a book now so you don't have to hope for extras that are available to buy.  To order go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and enter our school code "7571" or enter search for school to find Newton.  


Yearbooks are $40 with a $3.99 convenience fee to order online. 

To see if you have purchased a yearbook for your child check the following link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1030VDyTYdfx1Co8QzXql9NrkYgvlN4cy/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=117715467294000667422&rtpof=true&sd=true 


From our Health Clinic:


Please do not encourage your child to communicate directly with you via cell phone or wrist phone technology in the event of illness or safety concern. For their safety, it is expected that students communicate with their teacher and the office in these situations.


Littleton High School Make A Wish:


I am writing on behalf of Littleton High School's Student Council. The students of LHS have joined together to host a Wish Week to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Colorado and help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.  We would like to invite you to join us and help grant wishes for kids like Harper and her wish to visit Disneyworld.


These wishes are unique, powerful and life-changing. Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. A wish transforms the lives of children, their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals, and entire communities. 


Help us to transform the lives of these deserving kids. There are lots of ways your school community can get involved! Our Wish Week will be held on February 5-9 and we invite you to participate in our events throughout the week. Please see this document for a list of Wish Week events, including restaurant nights.  Please share this information with your school community and encourage them to attend.


Thank you for your time and support of Make-A-Wish Colorado and Littleton High School's student council! Please feel free to reach out to me, Audra Turkus (Student Council Co-Head Sponsor), with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School




Friday, January 19, 2024

January 19th, 2024

 Good Evening Parents Guardians and Students:


Freshman Registration Information:

Arapahoe High School will be visiting our eighth graders who are attending Arapahoe next fall. Counselors and administrators will be present to begin the Arapahoe High School fall registration process with them. The dates are as follows:


Initial visit- Jan 24, 2024 (2:45-3:30 pm)        Follow up Feb 14, 2024 (2:45-3:30 pm)


Please contact Arapahoe High School with any additional questions. Arapahoe has also sent our a more detailed message to all incoming freshman this week.


LIttleton High School will be visiting our eighth graders who are attending Littleton next fall. Counselors and administrators will be present to begin the Littleton High School Fall registration process with them. The dates are as follows:


Initial visit:  Jan 25, 2024 (2:45-3:30)   Follow up:  TBA


Please contact Littleton High School with any additional questions.


Students attending Middle School Events:

Just a reminder to all students that are attending after school events here at Newton. We do not allow any food or drink in the gym during these events. We also expect appropriate behavior and for you to follow all school rules. If these guidelines cannot be followed you will be asked to leave the event.


Recognition/Awards Ceremony:

Our semester recognition and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 25th. Sixth grade will be held at 10:00 am, Seventh grade will be held at 8:30 am and eighth grade will be held at 1:30 pm. Awards will include:  reading counts, CODE awards, growth awards, honor roll, district engineering and Shades of Blue awards etc. All parents are welcome to attend. If you have questions regarding honor roll you can check your students semester GPA in the infinite campus parent portal. Honor is determined by a 3.5 or above GPA for first semester.


This year due to the fact that we have teachers who are implementing and piloting the new standards based grading system that will be implemented this fall we will change the format for our honor roll. All students who achieve a 3.5 or above will be recognized, we will not differentiate between 3.5 to 3.99 and 4.0. In the past we have recognized eighth graders at the end of the year for achieving a 4.0 throughout all three years of middle school. This year that will be based on their sixth and seventh grade GPA only.


Items needed for January CODE SHOP:

Here is a link to a sign up genius so parents know exactly what we need.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!


Position Available at Newton Middle School:

Would you be interested in  working at Newton, or know someone who does? We are looking for a positive, dynamic paraprofessional to work in our special education program! The ideal candidate will have a desire to support students during school hours, strong decision making abilities, demonstrate flexibility and responsibility, and will want to be part of a dedicated team. We provide on the job training, and the chance to be part of the amazing Newton Middle School team!


Please reach out to Meagan Kyle with any questions:

mkyle@lps.k12.co.us  You can also look at our job posting here: NMS Job Opening


Important Yearbook Information:


Winter Break Pictures Needed:

The yearbook needs your photos from Winter Break. Hit the slopes? Get away to a beach? Hang out on the couch with your dog?  Share your pics with us at the following link: https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/#!/?code=nms2024 and include name and grade of any NMS Students in the photos.


Get Your Yearbooks Now!! Don't Miss Out:

We have to turn in our final yearbook order numbers to our publisher at the end of January.  Reserve a book now so you don't have to hope for extras that are available to buy.  To order go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and enter our school code "7571" or enter search for school to find Newton.  Yearbooks are $40 with a $3.99 convenience fee to order online.  Let Mr. Atherton know if you have any questions at ratherton@lps.k12.co.us


Attention 8th Grade Parents ONLY:

We are down to space available in the yearbook for 3 Baby Ads that are 1/4 of a page each and 4 that are 1/8 of a page each.  The first 7 parents to email Mr. Atherton at ratherton@lps.k12.co.us will receive an invitation on Monday to assemble their ads online and will have 48 hours to complete and submit the ads.  Additional parents emailing will be placed on a first come, first serve waitlist and contacted if there is space for them to create an ad.  Please DO NOT create and submit an ad online without getting clearance from Mr. Atherton first.


Have a great weekend.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School



Friday, January 12, 2024

January 12th, 2024

 Good Evening Parents, Guardians and Students:


It seems very late to state this with today being the 12th, however, Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to all of our students. We had a great first week of school upon our return from Winter Break.


Recognition/Awards Ceremony:

Our semester recognition and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 25th. Sixth grade will be held at 10:00 am, Seventh grade will be held at 8:30 am and eighth grade will be held at 1:30 pm. Awards will include:  reading counts, CODE awards, growth awards, honor roll, district engineering and Shades of Blue awards etc. All parents are welcome to attend. If you have questions regarding honor roll you can check your students semester GPA in the infinite campus parent portal. Honor is determined by a 3.5 or above GPA for first semester.


This year due to the fact that we have teachers who are implementing and piloting the new standards based grading system that will be implemented this fall we will change the format for our honor roll. All students who achieve a 3.5 or above will be recognized, we will not differentiate between 3.5 to 3.99 and 4.0. In the past we have recognized eighth graders at the end of the year for achieving a 4.0 throughout all three years of middle school. This year that will be based on their sixth and seventh grade GPA only.


Items needed for January CODE SHOP:

Here is a link to a sign up genius so parents know exactly what we need.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!


Position Available at Newton Middle School:

Would you be interested in  working at Newton, or know someone who does? We are looking for a positive, dynamic paraprofessional to work in our special education program! The ideal candidate will have a desire to support students during school hours, strong decision making abilities, demonstrate flexibility and responsibility, and will want to be part of a dedicated team. We provide on the job training, and the chance to be part of the amazing Newton Middle School team!


Please reach out to Meagan Kyle with any questions:

mkyle@lps.k12.co.us  You can also look at our job posting here: NMS Job Opening


Important Yearbook Information:


Winter Break Pictures Needed:

The yearbook needs your photos from Winter Break. Hit the slopes? Get away to a beach? Hang out on the couch with your dog?  Share your pics with us at the following link: https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/#!/?code=nms2024 and include name and grade of any NMS Students in the photos.


Get Your Yearbooks Now!! Don't Miss Out:

We have to turn in our final yearbook order numbers to our publisher at the end of January.  Reserve a book now so you don't have to hope for extras that are available to buy.  To order go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and enter our school code "7571" or enter search for school to find Newton.  Yearbooks are $40 with a $3.99 convenience fee to order online.  Let Mr. Atherton know if you have any questions at ratherton@lps.k12.co.us


Attention 8th Grade Parents ONLY:

We are down to space available in the yearbook for 3 Baby Ads that are 1/4 of a page each and 4 that are 1/8 of a page each.  The first 7 parents to email Mr. Atherton at ratherton@lps.k12.co.us will receive an invitation on Monday to assemble their ads online and will have 48 hours to complete and submit the ads.  Additional parents emailing will be placed on a first come, first serve waitlist and contacted if there is space for them to create an ad.  Please DO NOT create and submit an ad online without getting clearance from Mr. Atherton first.


Please stay warm and take care of yourself this weekend. The temperatures are going to be horrendous…..however, I guess after all it is winter in Colorado. Enjoy your three day weekend, no school on Monday due to Martin Luther King Day.


James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School