Newton By The Numbers
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Written by: Newton School District | June 17, 2021
June 18, 2021
The school year is over and I want to thank everyone for their hard work throughout the year. We had a very successful year and made it through the COVID-19 pandemic with our Return to Learn Plan. We had some end of the year celebrations in Cardinal Nation to begin the process of moving forward and returning to a “more normal” atmosphere. We have brought closure to a challenging year.
Our average daily attendance in the Newton Community School District before COVID has hovered around 95% for the school year. During our 2020-2021 school year we had an average daily attendance of 94%. While we were a little lower during the school year than in the past, we had one of the most successful winters we have seen with attendance. November through February had an average daily attendance of more than 0.5% higher than the previous year. Our Health and Safety committee did an outstanding job of making sure our schools were looking out for the well-being of our students and staff.
Because of our constant attention to the health of our Cardinal family, we were able to host some major events which people have come to enjoy and look forward to. Newton High School graduation was back at the Maytag Park in traditional fashion with the Class of 2021 taking that big leap to the next stage of life. We had six more individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 12, 2021 during Alumni Reunion Weekend with many Newton Alumni in attendance from classes as far back as the Class of 1949. And most importantly to many of our students, we were able to have end of the school year activities where kids were able to interact with each other and celebrate the completion of their year.
Thank you families, community members, students, and staff. We did it!!
Tom Messinger, Superintendent
Newton Community School District
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