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A Message From Bob

Through phone calls, e-mails, and general correspondence we’ve been asked how we are navigating the Coronavirus pandemic. Our answers are a lot like yours: learning and adjusting as news and data is revealed, being of assistance where and when we can, and taking care of those most in need.  We are participating in daily chats and video conference calls with key education stakeholders and leaders from across the state, including those from the School Administrators of Iowa, Area Education Agencies, Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Association of School Boards. In addition to those meetings, we conduct video conference calls with our district principals twice per week. Together, we are reviewing new information as disseminated and factoring in how best to chart this course together. We encourage all our readers to keep up to date via the Iowa Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control websites.

We appreciate those of you who can take advantage of this time to keep your students engaged. There are a number of resources available to our families during this time, including those you can find here:

NCSD Educational Resources

Mental Health and Counseling Resources

This situation continues to be fluid. We will keep our district families updated with more information and news as it warrants.

The NCSD continues to provide meal services for those in need throughout our district. Twice each week, Grab and Go meals are available for all children under 18 and under for free. Effective, Monday April 6th, our Grab and Go meals will be 11am-12:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays only. Pickup locations are the Newton High School and Berg Middle School. A hot meal will be provided at day of pickup with two additional sack lunches distributed at that time as well. The NCSD has tracked more than 300% growth in our Grab and Go Meal distributions over the past weeks. Learn more here: 

www.newtoncsd.org/parents-students/district-menus-1

Additionally, we will be distributing 4,000 coupons for a free Happy Meal from the McDonald’s at 726 1st Avenue East in Newton while supplies last. This is just but one example of a community partner stepping up to aid students in our community. Thank you to all of our generous community partners for their support.

We will continue to provide you with the most up to date information that we can on our website, Facebook page, and through media releases. In the meantime, stay safe. Practice social distancing. Check in our friend or neighbor and see how they’re coping and share our resources with them should the need it. 

We’re in this together. And we’ll get through this together.

Bob Callaghan
Superintendent

Project Share

We know a lot of students throughout the district have been working on fun projects – and we want to see them and share them district-wide!  If your student has built, drawn, painted, dreamt of, created, or invented something they’re proud of during this time, please drop us a note with a picture to: studentprojectshare@newton.k12.ia.us ! We’ll collect pictures over the next couple of weeks and share them in the next installment of The Bridge. Please be sure to tell us your student’s name, grade, and teacher. And if you want to submit the work anonymously, just let us know when you submit the picture. We can’t wait to see what our students have been up to!

We asked our educators across the district to share a message with you! 

Video more videos just like this on our district Facebook page, or that of your school building.

Campus Connection

News Around Our District

Woodrow Wilson Elementary

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!

WEST Academy

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!

Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!

Emerson Hough Elementary

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!

Aurora Heights Elementary

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!

Newton High School

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!

Berg Middle School

Latest Announcements

2020 - 2021 School Year Start - DELAYED to September 8, 2020

The NCSD School Board voted 6-0 at their August 14, 2020 Emergency Board Meeting to delay the start of the 2020 - 2021 School year to Tuesday, September 8th. A final version of the calendar will be presented for approval at the Monday, August 17, 2020 board meeting.

Newton Return to Learn Plan - Site now live!

The Newton Community School District's Return to Learn Plan - Google Site is now live!



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