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Letter From the Superintendent 

August 27, 2021


We are off and running! The school year has officially begun and we have close to three thousand young people coming through the doors of our schools each and every day. The excitement brought on by the start of the school year is definitely in the air. There are many great things going on and we are working very hard to make sure we provide our students with countless quality learning opportunities while still looking out for the health and well-being of everyone.

First and foremost, we are encouraging everyone to monitor your health and the health of your children. If you are feeling ill, please stay at home. There is guidance on the length of time to stay at home on a document provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health. If you have any questions on this guidance, please contact one of our school nurses and they can help. This is really one of the most important ways to help prevent the spread of illness.

The Newton Community School District will also be continuing our thorough cleaning regimen in our buildings. Desks and other high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly in order to help mitigate the spread of illness in schools. These efforts and others are laid out in our Return to Learn Plan and were highlighted in my August 18, 2021 letter sent to each family regarding guidelines for returning to school.

If you are not receiving communications from the Newton Community School District through Infinite Campus Messenger, please contact the central office at 641.792.5809 and we will make sure to get you set up to receive notifications. We want to keep you informed on all of the important news in our District.

We are excited to have you as a part of our Cardinal family again this year and for some we are thrilled to have you joining our community. We want to make this year the best year of your students’ educational experience.

Yours truly,

Tom Messinger, Superintendent

Newton Community School District


Check out this fun and exciting video the staff of Newton Community School District came together to make to get NCSD ready for the new year!

Students are Excited to Be Back For the 2021-22 School Year! 

Newton High Students are excited to be back for the school year and the 2021-2022 experience! 


25 Years at Newton Community School District has been a wonderful experience for Shelly Fitzgerald and her family. Learn more about why she loves the District and what brought her back to Newton! 

Upcoming Dates in the District

  • August 30th: 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal For Students (ALL Campuses)
  • August 31st: First Day of Preschool
  • September 6th: NO SCHOOL- Labor Day Holiday (Staff and Students)
  • September 13th: NO SCHOOL- (Preschool)
  • September 13th: 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal For Students ( ALL CAMPUSES)
  • September 13thSchool Board Meeting (6:30pm-9:00pm)
    • EJH Beard Administration Center- Room 105A/via ZOOM
  • September 15th: School Pictures at Berg Middle School 

Check out all the upcoming activities here!


  • Newton Schools will have universal free meal service for the 2021 - 2022 School Year.  The free meals are made available through the USDA and are approved through the end of the 2021 - 2022 School Year!  
  • Please continue to fill out the Free and Reduced meal applications to be approved for a free or reduced registration fee waiver, or additional P-EBT benefits during the year.  
  • Just a reminder that all prior meal charges still need to be paid during the first 30 days of the 2021 - 2022 school year.  Thank you!
  • If you have any questions, please call or email Cristy Croson, Food Service Supervisor at 641.792.5797 X 2001 or

Check out the School Board Meeting Highlights from the meeting on August 23rd, 2021 here

Newton By The Numbers


Nascar track


Displays of public art & sculpture


Tree species in Newton Arboretum

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