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We are going to take another major step next week toward returning back to “normal.”  Next Monday (March 1, 2021) will be our first full Monday of onsite learning during the 2020 – 2021 school year.  We will be back in-person learning five days a week without early dismissals for the remainder of the year.  This will enable us to make up student instructional hours and avoid extending the end of the school year past June 4, 2021.  We will continue to follow our Return to Learn Plan and make adjustments where necessary.  

     The staff of the Newton Community School District would like to thank Becky Pryor (Jasper County Health Department) and Mark Thayer (Newton Clinic, PC) for coordinating COVID-19vaccinations for educators in our district.  Educators were placed in the second tierand as of February 23, 2021 all school employees who signed up for a vaccination have now received their first dose.     

     As we enter springtime, there will be many announcements coming about our events and activities - sports, concerts, graduation, and many others.  Please be sure to follow the district on social media and check the district calendar to keep up to date.  As always, we rely on your support.  It is true that Red Pride Lives Here!  

Yours truly,


Tom Messinger


Tom Messinger, Superintendent

Newton Community School District

Registration 2021-2022 School Year 

Registration may look a little different this year, but check out all the ways that Newton Community School District has evolved in their approach to registration, and how you can register your child for the 2021-2022 school year! 

How Has Newton Community School District Handled COVID 

COVID has affected Newton Community School District in a number of ways. Find out how schools, departments, and staff members have handled COVID when it comes to the school, and done their best to make Newton Community School District the safest and most productive learning environment they can during this trying year. 


Meet Bri Tratchel and find out why her passion for teaching and Newton led her back to Emerson Hough as a kindergarten teacher! 

March 6th

  • Hoover Jazz Festival
  • SCIBA Solo & Ensemble Contest: MS- Various Rooms (7:00am-7:30pm)
  • Track & Field: Boys Varsity Indoor Meet vs. University of Northern Iowa @ University of Northern Iowa (2:00pm)

March 7th

  • HS- Girls Basketball Banquet: HS Multi-Purpose Room (4:30pm-5:30pm)
  • HS- Pacesetter Banquet: HS Multi-Purpose Room (6:00pm-8:00pm)

March 8th

  • CPR Class- High School- Room 80 (3:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Band Extravaganza- High School Gym-Upper (6:30pm)

March 9th

  • Middle School- Band Extravaganza - Middle School North Gym
    • 5th/6th grade will start at 5:30 PM
    • 7th/8th grade will start at 7:00 PM
  • High School Tennis- Gym Lower (7:00pm-9:00pm)

March 10th

  • High school Girls Golf Concussion Testing - High School Library (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Upcoming Academic Calendar Dates

  • March 8th - Parents-Teacher Conferences (PreK)
    • District (1:00pm-7:30pm)
  • March 8th- District Board Meeting (5pm-9 pm)
    • EJH Beard Administration Center - Room 105A / via ZOOM
  • March 9th- ALL DAY- Parent-Teacher Conferences (PreK-4th)
  • March 9th- 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal (District)
  • March 9th- Parent Teacher Conferences for PreK (8:25am-7:30pm)
  • March 11th- Parent-Teacher Conferences for PreK-4th (All District) **Preschool on normal schedule
  • March 11th- 1.5 Hour Early Dismissal ( District)
  • March 11th- End of Second Trimester (WEST Academy)

Check out the School Board meeting highlights from the meeting on February 22nd, 2021 here!

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