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Greetings from the Newton Community School District. We are glad that many of you were able to participate in Parent / Teacher conferences recently. The Cardinal staff realizes they were much different than usual, but we always welcome the conversations and the involvement of our parents / guardians. If you were not able to communicate with your student’s teacher it is not too late. Reach out to your school through an email or phone call and stay involved. Student events are occurring all around us. We have had athletic contests, a band & choir concert, Red Ribbon Week events, and conferences. The Cardinal community is very proud of our students and wants everyone to know the great things they are involved in. Check the district calendars regularly to see what our young people are doing. 

Yours truly, 

Tom Messinger, Superintendent Newton Community School District


It takes a team to run a school district. From our educators to maintenance to board and administrators, hundreds of people play vital roles in ensuring our district runs smoothly. Tim Bloom oversee the business and finance operations for the Newton Community School District. Watch this video for some insight in how he approaches his role and more on how the district is funded.

We are immensely proud of every student that comes through our district. With the disruptions we all faced this year, we present this look back on our graduating class of 2020. Senior Year in high school is a special time for students and this resilient class didn't let the abrupt end of their in-person school days deter them. Watch this special presentation for a message from select students on their appreciation for their classmates and community.

Cardinal Families: The Newton Community Educational Foundation (NCEF) is looking for great stories of learning and life changing moments from those who have been inspired by one of our teachers! If you are a parent, alumni, community member or student, you are eligible to nominate a teacher.

Find out more here!

Nomination forms are due: Tuesday, December 1, 2020


There will be times where it becomes necessary to cancel, delay, or release early on a day of school because of a weather emergency, or road conditions. The decision will broadcast as early as 6:00 AM using the following media sources: 

● Website Alert (
● Infinite Campus Messenger (must have Infinite Campus Portal account)
● District Facebook Page (@NewtonCSD)
● District Twitter (@SchoolsNewton) 
● Local TV Stations ○ 5 WOI ○ 8 KCCI ○ 13 WHO 
● Local Radio Stations ○ KCOB 1280 AM / 95.9 FM ○ ENERGY 106.7 ○ KGRN 1410 AM 
● Local Newspaper ○ Newton Daily News 

Safety of our students, staff, and families will always be the highest priority.

Carroyl Routier has been an English and Special Education teacher at Newton Highschool for the last 9 years. Carroyl commutes daily from Grinnell, and her positive experience at Newton has made the daily drive worth it! 

She loves how her students keep her on her toes, enjoys her wonderful co-workers and the opportunity to go to school everyday with new and exciting challenges while meeting students unique needs, makes Newton High School a great place to work! 

"Newton is a great place to be, and I couldn't image myself anywhere else. Newton Community School District feels like home."  -Carroyl Routier


  • November 2nd: Remote Learning- ALL STUDENTS
  • November 2nd: Virtual Town Hall Meeting- 6:30pm-8:00pm via Zoom
  • November 6th: End of First Quarter
  • November 9th: Remote Learning- ALL STUDENTS
  • November 9th: Regular School Board Meeting6:30pm-9:00pm (EJH Beard Administration Center, Room 105A & via Zoom

Upcoming Activities
  • November 5th- Girls 8th Grade Basketball at Berg Middle School vs. Grinnell Middle School
  • November 5th- Girls 7th Grade Basketball at Grinnell Middle School
  • November 7th- Swimming: Girls Varsity District/Regional Meet at Southeast Polk High School @12 pm
  • November 9th- 7th Grade Girls Basketball at Berg Middle School @ 4:30pm
  • November 9th- 8th Grade Girls Basketball at Oskaloosa Middle School 4:30 pm
  • November 12th- 7th Grade Girls Basketball at Berg Middle School @ 4:30pm
  • November 12th- 8th Grade Girls Basketball at Knoxville Middle School @ 4:30 pm
  • November 13th- Wrestling Middle School Meet at Oskaloosa Middle School @ 4:30 pm
  • November 13th/14th- Fall Play @ High School Auditorium

Check out the School Board Meeting Highlights from the meeting on October 26th, 2020!

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Whether you’re raising a family, starting a business or building a home — you’ll want to get to know Newton. Our community vision statement is “Newton Shines Bright: Newton is a progressive, family friendly community, a shining star of Central Iowa, and a place to call home.”

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