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A Letter from Tom Messinger


Greetings from the Newton Community School District. I am very excited to be writing a note to all of you in our Red Pride Review newsletter. The concept of “Red Pride” has a great sound to it and it really drew me in as I applied and interviewed to become the Superintendent of Schools here in Newton. But, I had no idea what “Red Pride” was all about until I spent a day here in February for the interviews. It was obvious that Newton really does have pride in our schools. The entire community rallies behind our kids and I believe I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

On September 8, 2020 we returned back to school from nearly 6 months away due to COVID-19. This was no easy task and there were many people who put in longer weeks than any other time in their career to get back on track providing our students with high quality educational experiences. Seeing the kids enter the buildings on the first day of school was a reminder to all of our Cardinal faculty of why we are here. It was a great day!

If you have any questions about our learning models (remote or in person), our COVID-19 health and safety plan, COVID-19 data from our school district, or any other information related to our reopening, please go to our website where you can find our “Return to Learn” tab You can find all the information right there in one location.

Thank you to all of our Newton teachers and staff for getting our schools back up and running. Their dedication and efforts are unmatched. They are amazing people. Thanks to our parents for trusting us to bring your kids back down the path of learning. I know things are a bit scary right now, but know we are looking out for all of our students. And thanks to the community of Newton. You have proven to me that “Red Pride lives here” is not just a saying - It is a REALITY!

Yours truly,
Tom Messinger, Superintendent
Newton Community School District

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