Dear Newton School Families,

As we reach the final chapter of the 2023-2024 school year, it's a time to celebrate a journey filled with incredible accomplishments and shared experiences. We've witnessed remarkable growth in our students, dedicated efforts by our staff, and steadfast support from our families.

Reflecting on a Remarkable Year

We have so many highlights from an incredible, busy year!

  • Baseball Field - was newly constructed south of H.A. Lynn Stadium, and dedicated on May 14, 2024
  • Budget Awards - several distinguished budget & financial reporting achievements were presented to our exceptional Business Office by GFOA & IASBO 
  • Community Needs Assessment Group - community members met with district staff to identify our strengths & challenges in an effort to work together on continuous improvements
  • Community Relations - we thank the community for their continuous support of the Newton Community Schools...Red Pride Lives Here!
  • Dollars for Scholars - the Class of 2024 was awarded with a generous amount of student scholarships 
  • Jasper County Conservation - conducted engaging classroom & field trip learning programs with our K - 8th students
  • Newton Chamber of Commerce - hosted an annual luncheon, with business support to welcome our new teachers 
  • Newton Community Educational Foundation (NCEF) - Excellence in Education Teacher Awards & Class of 2024 student scholarships
  • Newton Masonic Lodge - sponsors a Books for a Bike reading program (2nd - 3rd)
  • Newton Touchdown Club - received a leadership award from Mainstreet Iowa & Newton Mainstreet
  • One Book, One Berg - brought the author of the book Ghost, Jason Reynolds to Berg Middle School in an assembly to celebrate their school-wide reading event
  • Red Pride Review - features keeping our community up to date and informed about great things happening in the Newton Community School District 
  • Red Pride Service Day - service work by our students throughout the Newton community
  • Student Recognitions - we celebrated several Cardinal student achievements in academics, athletics, and the fine arts!
  • Willowbrook Reading Buddies - adult volunteers provided extra reading support to elementary students

Summer Break: Rest, Recharge, and Rejuvenate

The well-deserved summer break awaits! We encourage students, staff, and families to enjoy a much-needed rest and recharge. Use this break as a time for relaxation, family bonding, exploration of personal interests, and perhaps even pursuing new learning opportunities.

We recommend that students use this time to maintain a healthy balance between fun and intellectual stimulation. Engaging in summer reading programs, exploring museums or historical sites, or even participating in learning camps can all contribute to a fulfilling and enriching summer experience.

Embracing Positive Change

As we look towards the future, we acknowledge that the Newton School District will be undergoing some exciting changes. As always, we want to assure you that they are driven by our continued commitment to providing the best possible educational environment for all our students.

We are excited to welcome two new administrative team members: Daryl Dotson at Berg Middle School and Michael Dale at Newton High School. Watch for video introductions in the coming weeks.

A Warm Welcome Awaits

While we embrace a restful summer, the dedicated staff of the Newton School District eagerly awaits welcoming our students back for the 2024-2025 school year. We are committed to fostering a positive and stimulating learning environment where every child can thrive.

On behalf of the entire school district, I wish you a joyful and restful summer filled with lasting memories. We look forward to reuniting with you in August for another successful school year!


Warm regards,

Tom Messinger, Superintendent

Newton Community School District

Dedication of Cardinals New Baseball ⚾️ Field

The dedication and ribbon cutting for the brand new baseball field at the HA Lynn Stadium Complex took place on Tuesday, May 14. This state-of-the-art facility is ready for future generations of Cardinals to make memories and chase dreams!

Caps & Diplomas: Newton Celebrates Graduation

Congratulations to the Newton Class of 2024! So much goes into graduation day - from the anticipation of rehearsal to the joy of receiving diplomas. Students and staff shared messages as they prepared to celebrate this milestone together. Share in the pride of Newton's graduating class!


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