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2016-2017 School Calendar

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Newport School Libraries have New Extended Hours

Library BookOur libraries are now open two days a week after school. Come utilize this opportunity to:
 Read and Relax

 Access the Internet for Research
 Study for Tests
 Complete Assignments

Home Heat Assistance Available

Community ActionThe 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program—Crisis Component begins January 9, 2017 and will end March 31, 2017, or until all funds are expended, whichever comes first. Households interested in applying for the program need to contact their local Neighborhood Center to schedule an appointment.  Click here for more information about the Energy Assistance Program.

School Board Recognition Month

gavelThe word “achievement” is used often in public education. We say it quite a bit - and strive for it even more - in the Newport Independent Schools. Helping students achieve at their highest level is a daily task and an overriding goal that is practiced and followed by every one of our teachers, staff, and administrators.  Another group also needs to be recognized for its achievements as well as its leadership, fortitude, and unwavering support of our students, teachers, and staff – the Newport Board of Education.

Student Artwork Displayed

Primary Artwork on DisplayArtwork presented by Newport Primary artists is currently on display at the Campbell County Newport Branch Library until the end of the month. Stop by to see these masterpieces!

2017 Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees

Hall of FameNewport Schools is pleased to announce the future inductees to the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 6:15 PM, in the new NHS Auditorium.  There will be a short introduction during half time of the game.

Leo Knoll - 1950
Norman Youtsey - 1956
Warren Harden - 1957
Patsey Kidney Lang - 1965
Donald "Hoppy" Baglien - 1965
Leonard Slaughter - 1977
Mark Switzer - 1983
Karyn Stubbs - 1987

1982 Newport Baseball

Jack Patterson

Bob and Betty Stubbs

Footsteps 2 Brilliance

Footsteps 2 BrillianceNewport Schools is providing this comprehensive literacy app to all Pre-K - 3rd grade students who live in Newport.  Take advantage of this FREE, engaging app that will help prepare your child for school.  Join us at our Community Information Night where you can access F2B on our school computers.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 |  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  |  Newport Primary School

Special Board Meeting


gavelNewport Board of Education Special Meeting

January 11, 2017, 5:30 PM

Second Nickel Rate Hearing/ Organizational Meeting 

NIS 21st Century Clubs

21st CenturyNewport Primary and Intermediate Students
ALL 21st Century Clubs
(Before and After school)
Will resume on Wednesday, January 4th.

Infinite Campus Changes

Infinite Campus LogoInfinite Campus Migration

Infinite Campus (IC) will be migrating all KY districts to cloud-based servers.  Our district migrated during Winter Break; thus, you will have to use a different URL to access IC from a computer browser.  The mobile app will not require any changes on your end. The links on the district website have been changed to point to the new URL for the Parent Portal.  The new web address is: https://kyede8.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/newport.jsp

Please contact the Technology Office at 292-3072 if you have trouble reconnecting after December 29th.

A Dream Fulfilled for John Forman

It was during World War II, that John Forman had to quit school in order to help support his Newport family.  Education was very important to John - especially receiving a diploma from Newport Schools.  John went on to earn his GED diploma, but always felt that the war cheated him out of receiving his high school diploma.  At the age of 85 and in poor health, John reached out to Newport Schools to see if it was possible to receive his diploma.  On December 13, a group of teachers and one administrator traveled to Middletown, OH to honor John with his high school diploma. Click here to watch a video of John Forman's Graduation Ceremony.

Whooping Cough Is Here

Medical SymbolYour child may have been exposed to Pertussis (whooping cough).  Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be very dangerous for certain groups, including infants and those with other health problems.  Please Click Here to read more information about Pertussis.  (Espaniol)

Eleven Anonymous Newport Donors Give Gift to Newport Student

Chief Master Charlie FryChief Master Instructor Charlie Fry, an 8th degree black belt, who graduated from Newport High School, contacted Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Kelly Middleton for suggestions of a student who would benefit from martial arts training.  A business owner, a bar owner, a judge, an executive and others chipped in for the very unique Christmas present.  Click here to read the complete story from the NKYTribune.com.


Newport Adult Learning Center Orientation

GED Flyer

Activity Cancellation


Evening activities are currently still on!

LPC Meeting Cancelled

FacilitiesThe 6:00 LPC Meeting has been cancelled for today,
January 4th.

Winter Break December 19 - January 3

Happy Holidays from Newport Schools


Happy New Year 2017

Student Internet Access RFP

Newport Independent Schools is seeking bids for Wifi Hot Spots within the city of Newport.

(Please Click here to view the Request for Proposal)

FBLA hosts the Christmas Experience

FBLA LogoThrough fundraisers, donations, and other efforts, the FBLA was able to raise $3,500 to host The Christmas Experience which helped 163 students in the Newport Independent School District have a brighter holidayClick here to read more about this event as written by RCN.

Nutrition & Physical Activity Report Card

Nutrition and Physical ActivityThe 2017 Nutrition and Physical Activity Report Card, along with our Wellness Policy, are attached for your review.  Suggestions for any changes of the Activity Report Card may be made at the December 14th Board MeetingClick here to read the Report Card.  Click here to read the Wellness Policy.

Math Grants Awarded to the Primary and Intermediate Schools

KDE Grant AwardedOver the next four years, Newport Primary School and Newport Intermediate School will each receive $200,000 in grant funds to assist students who are struggling to meet grade level expectations for Mathematics.  Awarded through the Kentucky Department of Education's Math Achievement Fund, grant dollars will be utilized to employ Math intervention teachers at both schools.  Click here to read more about this grant in the River City News.


Afterschool Clubs

After School ClubThursday Dec 8th will be the last day of 21st Century afterschool clubs until we return from Christmas break on Wednesday, Jan 4th.  Movin' in the Morning will continue until Friday Dec 16th. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Erin Comfort at erin.comfort@newport.kyschools.net.

Breakfast is Served

Newport Schools recognize that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Each of our three schools offer one hot entree, six cold entrees, fresh fruit, and milk every day for our students to choose from.  We hope that your child is taking advantage of our convenient morning meals!

Newport Hall of Fame Nominations

The Newport High School Athletic Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing and honoring those individuals who have made significant contributions to Newport High School Athletics as athletes, coaches, teams, and through distinguished service.  In 2014, the Newport High School Athletic Hall of Fame recognized 32 individuals in its inaugural class.  This group was already inducted into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

Dental Services Available at NIS and NPS

Dental ServicesLow cost or no cost dental services are available at the Intermediate and Primary Schools for students in Preschool - 6th Grade.  December 12th is the final day to enroll your child for this service.  Click here for more information and contacts.

Newport Schools Winter Musical


Planning Committee Looking for Community Leaders to Serve

Every four years school districts must complete a new facilities plan to submit to the Kentucky Department of Education. As part of our new facilities plan, Newport Independent Schools are required to create a Local Planning Committee consisting of various members. To complete our Local Planning Committee (LPC), we are required to have two community leaders serve on the committee.  If you are interested, please contact Tim Grayson, Director of Facilities and Transportation at 859-292-3005 by December 5th. The Newport Board of Education will make a determination from applicants who will serve on the planning committee.


Pictures with SantaFree photos with Santa!

Saturday, December 3rd,

at the Newport Fire House

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Coat Distribution

Society of St.Vincent De Paul, Northern Kentucky

Coat distribution day at Newport Primary School

If you or a family member needs a warm winter coat, please come by the school on
Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and we would be very happy to give one to you.

Anyone needing a coat must attend in person.


STLP Students Advance to State

Student Technology Leadership Program's (STLP) students attended the Regional Fall Showcase hosted by the NKU Office of Information Technology and College of Informatics.  A total of five teams and one individual competed from Newport High and Newport Intermediate.  We are proud to announce that four of the five teams will be competing at the State Showcase in the spring at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

GED Orientation

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016  AT 9:00 AM


2017-18 Parent/Staff Calendar Survey

We value your opinion for setting the School Calendar for the 2017-18 School Year.  Please review the following calendar options, then complete the survey using the Take our Survey NOW!  link. 

Calendar Option 1     Calendar Option 2     Calendar Option 3

**VOTING ENDS at 11:00 PM on Sunday, November 20th, 2016**

Traditional Thanksgiving Lunch

On Thursday, November 17, Newport Schools will be serving a
Traditional Thanksgiving Meal for Lunch

The meal will consist of:

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Whole Grain Roll, Pumpkin Pie and Milk.
Happy Thanksgiving!



PTO Meeting

A consolidated Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is forming to serve all our district schools. All Newport parents and staff are invited to attend. Meeting locations will rotate among the schools. This month's meeting will be held at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 16 at Newport Primary School, located at 1102 York Street.

We hope to see you there!

Newport PTO Meeting

Wednesday, November 16

5:30 PM

Newport Primary School
1102 York Street, Newport, KY 41071

Board Meeting

Newport Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

30 W. 8th Street, Newport, KY

Sharing the Warmth

In 2015, thanks to the generosity of our Northern Kentucky neighbors and the support of long time program sponsors Channel 5 and Gold Star Chili, over 1,800 coats were given to those in need. It’s that time of the year where you can once again help your neighbor survive our Northern Kentucky winter.  Click here for more information on how you may donate or receive a free winter coat.

Middle School Wins Football Championship

The Newport Middle School Wildcats won the "Northern Kentucky Middle School Small School Division" Football Championship on Saturday, October 22, at Campbell County High School defeating Bishop Brossart 44-6. We are so proud of the players and the coaches.....They went undefeated during the season and wound up with a 9-0 win-lost record.  Go Wildcats!  (Photo and article courtsey of J. Hatfield.)

Board Meeting


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016 -  6:30 PM

Adult Learning Center New Student Orientation

Parents! Orientation is Monday, November 7th at 9:00 AM or Tuesday, November 8th at 9:00 AM - 30 West 8th Street.  For more information, call Nichole Braun at 292-3056. 

Cold Months = Hot Super Snacks

Beginning the week of October 17, all schools will be serving a hot entrée two days per week for the Super Snack program.  The days of serving the hot entrée will vary weekly, so students should look at the menu posted in the school cafeterias.

Hall of Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony

The Newport Board of Education honored six alumni during the Hall of Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony in October.  Superintendent, Kelly  Middleton; Assistant Superintendent Mike Wills; and Finance Officer, Tete Turner presented a brief history of each alumni's accomplishments.  Those honored were:  Randy Poe; Chester Davis; Tom Fromme; Otto Budig; Nancy Barone; and Anderson D. Owens.  A wall plaque was also dedicated to renaming the professional development center as the A.D. Owens Professional Development Center.

Young Women LEAD Conference

Nearly 900 high school students from across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky gathered at NKU on Oct. 17 & 18 for Young Women LEAD; the daylong conference to empower young women in the areas of leadership, education, and development.  Twelve of our NHS students attended the annual Young Women LEAD Conference.  Click on the link to read more about this event:  NKYTribune.com

Newport Independent Schools Celebrate Bus Driver Appreciation Day

When you count extra co-curricular trips and daily routes, our bus drivers transport Newport Independent students over 10,000 miles each year. School buses remain the safest way to transport students and our drivers and monitors deserve recognition for their performance in an important and sometimes difficult job. As superintendent, I have been a passenger on every bus route and I have seen all the narrow passages our busses must negotiate by being in an urban school district. Sometimes inches separate car mirrors and bus mirrors! Upon arriving in Newport I was a little surprised by the hills on the South end of Newport that sometimes cause us to have to call off school. Again, I would like to thank our drivers for their excellent driving record, their great customer service and the relationship each driver and monitor have with their students.  The school bus driving profession is one of the jobs where all your troubles are behind you!

FBLA Annual Fall Blood Drive

The FBLA Annual Fall Blood Drive will be held on Monday, October 24th, in the High School Gym. The first donors will be taken at 8:00AM and will take the last donors at 2:00PM.  Please come support our FBLA and the Hoxworth Mobile Blood Drive.

Community Wellness Event

General James Taylor Park on October 22nd
FREE Community Wellness Event

Nia dance; health screenings; wellness related information and resources; bike safety and service station (by Reser Bike); giveaways and a light dinner will be included in this event.  Also free this evening, is a walk/run/bike event through the streets of Newport. If interested, you can find more info and register here:  http://www.light-night.org/

Welcome Center Time Change

The Newport Welcome Center will be open from
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016. 
Regular Monday hours will resume on October 24, 2016.

3rd Annual Souper Bowl a Success

Members of NIS Staff, Teachers, Administrators, Board members and City officials served approximately 150 people at the 3rd Annual Souper Bowl taste and contest on Friday, September 30th.  There were 24 homemade soups & chilies for people to taste.  Our FBLA raised over $800.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun event!

Newport Schools Awarded Federal Grant

Newport Independent Schools has been awarded a $1.9 million grant through the United States Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant competition.  The purpose of the grant program is to increase reading and language arts performance for kindergarten through 12th-grade students, while also providing literacy resources for families of birth through four-year-old children.

John Hayden Donates Important Game Ball

Commissioner John Hayden donating important game ball back to Newport Schools!  It was a great season that year, except when Willie Slaughter broke his ankle in practice that week, so as a team the game ball was dedicated to him.  It was quite a win over Highlands and their stadium was filled with a sea of red that night!  Score; Newport: 24 - Highlands:15

Newport Teachers Honored

The Westside Citizen's Coalition recently honored some of our Newport staff who go the extra mile for the students and our community.  As a leader, it is always nice to see your staff recognized for the positive influence they provide to students each day! Thank you, to these teachers, as well as the rest of my Newport staff, for all you do for our kids each day. ~ Kelly Middleton

Special Board Meeting



Service Dog To Benefit Students

Bowling Tournament

Saturday, October 8, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Walt’s Center Lanes, Newport KY

Fun to Include: Split the Pot, Raffle Prizes, Service Animals to meet and greet, and Live Music. Refreshments can be purchased to further support the cause.  Click here for more information.

Project Lead The Way

Newport Independent Schools began their implementation of their K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Initiative. Through utilization of a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW), students will learn 21st Century skills through a hands-on, project-based approach. All Newport schools will be implementing PLTW programs.


Super Snacks are now available to all students immediately after school dismissal - every day!  Before students head home or to their after school club/program, they can stop in the cafeteria and have a free healthy after-school snack.


School Bus Schedule

Newport Independent Schools is considered a walking school district.  Bussing is on a first come - first serve basis by request only.  Bus requests will be accepted starting on Wednesday, August 3.  Note: Bus requests must be submitted annually.  Requests may be made to Kathi Baldwin at 292-3001.

September Souper Bowl

Newport High School FBLA will be hosting their 3rd Annual “Souper” Bowl on Friday, September 30th. The “Souper” Bowl will begin at 6:30 PM at the NHS Football Stadium and will continue through the 3rd quarter of the game.  Click here for more information.

Become a Volunteer at the Primary School

Volunteer Orientation

 Thursday September 22, 2016 8:00 am

Newport Primary School

Brighton Center Celebrates Community

Annual Community Celebration

September 16th
3:00 - 7:00

8th & Ann Streets

NKU Basketball Team Visits Newport Primary

As the 2016-17 school year gets underway, the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team took time away from their studies and basketball workouts to volunteer on Tuesday, August 30, at the Newport Primary School. Click here to read more and view the video from River City News.

Board Work Session

Work Session

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:30 PM

4th Floor of Welcome Center
Professional Development Room


Students Receive New Technology Devices

Through a $500,000 federal School Improvement Grant that was administered and awarded by the Kentucky Department of Education, the more than 400 students in grades 9-12 at Newport High School have received a MacBook laptop computer.  Click here to read more.

Lunch Menus in Espaniol

Did you know that you can read our Food Service menus in Spanish?  The upper right hand corner of each school's Welcome School Menu page has a Select Language link.  Click on this link to select Spanish or English!

No School - Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

No School - Students on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Boys & Girls Club News!

Clem and Ann Buenger Boys & Girls Club

Opening August 22, 2016

36 East 10th Street
Newport, KY  41071

Back to School Bash was a Blast!

The 2016 Back to School Bash was bigger and better!  The heat and threat of rain did not keep us from having a well attended event.  This year, a Wildcat Hustle Run was added and attendees were treated to the sound of the Wildcat Band!  Click on the Photo Gallery (under Quick Links)!

School Surplus Items for Sale

Newport Independent Schools will be having a Surplus Sale on August 29th and 30th at the old Newport Intermediate School located at 4th and Monmouth Streets, Newport, KY.  The building will be open beginning at 10:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:00 p.m. on both days. Click here to see the list of items available.

Girls Soccer

Newport's first girls soccer game is tonight! The girls have been working very hard since July.  They will play at Newport against Scott at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29th.

Student Enrollment Summer Hours

**Student Enrollment Hours**
Welcome Center, 30 West 8th Street

Monday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

First Football Game of the Season

Come watch our Wildcats in action this Friday night at 7:00 as they take on Ludlow!  Click here to read about our 2016 Football Team.

First Day for Students

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


School Supplies

For the fourth year in a row, Newport Independent will cover all school supplies!  With the help from various organizations and Crayons 2 Computers; we want to reduce the financial stress on our students and families!  If you would like to donate some supplies, please contact your child's school or the Service Center at 292-3001.

BackPack Giveaway

Backpacks & Breakfast
August 13, 2016   

9:00-11:00 A.M. 

Goebel Park, Covington (corner of Fifth and Philadelphia streets)

• Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties. 850 backpacks stuffed with new school supplies distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
• To receive backpacks, families must provide photo I.D., proof of residence (a recent bill) and children’s proof of identity (Social Security or medical card) 
• Free Health Screenings
• Breakfast provided by Frisch’s
• Presented by Northern Kentucky Harvest in  partnership with Be Concerned, Brighton Center and Henry Hosea House Echo Soup Kitchen 

Board Honors Past and Present Superintendents

A plaque was revealed at the July Board meeting, honoring Newport Independent School's past and present Superintendents.  Mr. Jerry Sebastian and Ms. Pamela Rye were in attendence to celebrate their contributions to Newport Schools.

Special Board Meeting

Newport Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7:00 PM
30 W. 8th Street
Newport, KY

Home Visits and Back to School Bash

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, is when the Newport Teachers and Staff will be making their Home Visits to students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the parents and children to meet their teacher.  Later in the day, there will be another opportunity at the Back to School Bash, which will be held at the Newport High School football field.  Teachers and Staff will be there to greet and meet students and parents.  The Wildcat Hustle Fun Run is a new event at the bash - Click here for more information about the run and how you can participate.  The Back to School Bash event has been very well received in past years!  Please join us!  

(Click on Flyer for larger image.)


Newport Youth Wildcats Receive Helmets From Competition

The Newport Wildcats are a newer addition to the Northern Kentucky Youth Football League, and when more than 50 6, 7, and 8-year old boys showed up to play, the team had a problem.  There weren't enough helmets.  That changed on Thursday evening at Newport Stadium when four Newport Police officers showed up.  Click here to read this story as written for the River City News.


6 PM — 9 PM

This is a crime prevention and safety awareness event, where Newport Officers and Firefighters will be there to talk with you about various was to make your neighborhood a safer place to live and work.  Click Here for more information.

Band Camp

Newport High School

Band Camp

July 18th - July 29th

Intermediate School Is Moving

Newport Intermediate School is currently being re-located to 95 West 9th Street.  This will be a summer-long project and will be completed by August 1, 2016. 

Newport Schools Board Meeting


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016, 7:00 PM


Chick-fil-A Stuff the Bus Event

Stuff the Bus Challenge TODAY

(Newport Pavilion: 95 Carothers Road)

Tuesday, July 26th
11:00 am until 7:00 pm

Bring 3+ school supply items and receive a Free Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Coupon.  Click on the logo for more information.

Change in Summer Feeding Program

On Monday, July 11th, Newport Primary School is discontinuing its free breakfast, due to the lack of participation.  Lunch will continue to be served.


The Board of Education work session has been cancelled for
Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Newport Board Approves Surplus Bidding

The Newport Independent Board of Education has approved the sale of miscellaneous school surplus items.  Sealed bids will be accepted from July 1 - July 8th at the Board Office, 30 West 8th Street.  You may contact Mr. Tim Grayson or Kathi Baldwin for more information at 859-292-3005.  Click here to see the list of surplus items.

Newport Schools Awarded $30,000 Project Lead-The-Way Grant

The Newport Independent School District has received a $30,000 grant from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education to every student in Newport during the 2016-2017 school year.  Click here to read this article in the N. KY. Tribune.

Another Grant Awarded to Newport Ind. Schools

Recycled waste tires will be used to help beautify school grounds in The Newport Independent School District thanks to a grant from the state of Kentucky.  The District has been awarded a $35,430 Crumb Rubber Grant from The Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet’s Waste Tire Management Program. Made from shredded tires, crumb rubber is commonly used as a resilient and durable landscaping material.  Click here to read the article in the Northern Kentucky Tribune.

Newport Schools awarded over $1.9 million in grant funding

Newport Independent Schools has received more than $1,900,000 in grant awards since the 2015-2016 school year started. 

Grants include: eight Learning Links grants from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Kentucky Dept. of Education School Improvement Grant; VSA KY Art Inclusion Grant; KDE 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant; KDE Project Lead the Way Grant; KDE Food Services Equipment Grant; and just this week, our district was awarded a Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Crumb Rubber Grant and continued funding from the Cincinnati Free Store Food Bank for our district's School Food Pantry Program.

Grant funding will support significant changes in school education practices, arts activities, after-school programming, a biomedical career pathway from grades K to 12, improved food services equipment, landscaping and provision of food to Newport students and their families in need.

We look forward to the new school year with the added funding for new and existing programs and trust our students and their families will experience great benefit!

Neighborhood Farmers Market of N. KY

Neighborhood Farmers Market of NKY is bringing fresh & local produce to five (5) market locations. 

Summer Activities for 7 - 12 Grade Students

Fit For Life
is offering some exciting summer fun this year! 

Click here to see what is in store for your child!

Board of Education Surplus

The Newport Board of Education has surplus items available for bid by the public.  Bids will be accepted until June 9, 2016.  Please submit your bids to Mr. Mark Krebs, 30 W. 8th Street, Newport, KY  41071.  Click here to see the list of items.

The Newport Board of Education work session has been cancelled for Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Move Up Day

Move Up Day district wide!  What a treat for the students to be able to spend the day in their future Intermediate School and eat in the cafeteria! (Photo)  There are many smiling faces in the hallways!

Intermediate Students Making the Middle School Building Their Own

UpSpring Volunteers and the Diversity Wildcats use their weekends to beautify the courtyard of the future home of the Newport Intermediate School.  Please Click here to see photos and to learn more about this project and the Diversity Wildcats ~from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Footsteps 2 Brilliance Data

This early reading enhancement program is available free for any child living in Newport, KY.  The Program App can be downloaded on any device and can be switched back and forth between English and Spanish.  If you have a student in Newport Primary or Intermediate School, they already have a login code for this program.  Currently, 471 people in our community have Footsteps 2 Brilliance on a personal device.


96,389 Books Read
6000 books created
31 million words read


Thank you to the city of Newport for partnering with our Board of Education to offer this reading enhancement program to the children of Newport. ~Kelly Middleton

See For Yourself Tour At Intermediate School

The Newport Independent School District will host the final See for Yourself Tour of the school year as the public is invited on a tour of the Newport Intermediate School (formerly known as Fourth Street Elementary).  This event will take place on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Interested persons should contact scrowley@strategicadvisersllc.com.

21st Century Summer Program

21st Century Community Learning Centers will be partnering with Children Inc. to run a four-week summer camp during the month of June for Grades K-5.  Program hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday - Friday at the Newport Primary School.  Registration packets will be found in your schools' office.  For information about summer camp for Grades 6 - 8, contact erin.comfort@newport.kyschools.us.

FBLA Supports Brighton Center

On May 9th, Krista Mills, Kylie Orr, and Jennifer Michael had an opportunity to present the Brighton Center NKY Scholar House with a $1,000 check to help with their expenses. We were part of Magnified Giving this year which is a program that teaches the students how to be Philanthropists.

Intermediate Girls Run in a 5K

Newport Intermediate Girls on the Run team completed a 5K with support of over 20 coaches, running buddies and community supporters! The NIS team met for 12 weeks, twice a week and discussed topics structured around empowerment and self-esteem. We are also building into our young ladies health decisions through running.

Newport High School Graduation

The graduation ceremony for the Newport High School Class of 2016 will be held on Friday, May 27, at 7:00 PM in the high school gym. Congratulations and best wishes to all of our hard working graduates.

Optimist Club Awards Students

Two students from the high school and from the middle school attended a luncheon with the Newport Optimist Club. Chris Jones, Chastity Hicks, Ryan Lewis and Amber Wright each received checks from the Newport Optimist Club.  Congratulations to these fine students!

Last School Day For Students

Last Day of School for Students is Today!

May 26, 2016

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer!

Free Swim Lessons For Newport Residents


Session 1: Saturdays June 4-July 9

Session 2: Tues/Thurs June 7-23

Session 3: Tues/Thurs June 28-July 14

(Click on Start Registration)

Newport's Got Talent 2016

Mayerson Academy Service-Learning Program

Miriah Combs, a senior at Newport High School, is the winner of the Mayerson Academy Service-Learning Program.  She was awarded the book "The Other Wes Moore".  Click here to read the article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about Miriah.  Congratulations Miriah!

Newport Youth Football & Cheerleading Signups!

Newport Wildcats Youth
Football & Cheerleading Sign ups!

Newport High School Football Field
 Wildcat Drive, Newport, KY

Friday, May 20th  
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Click here for more information.

Free Bicycle Tune-up at the Park

Free Bike Tune Up & Pizza!
Saturday, May 14th, 11:00 - 1:00
Buena Vista Park

(Located one block from the Primary School toward Columbia)

* Free safety accessories such as helmets and blinkers will also be given out.
  (Limited amount.)


The ACT results are in for Duke TIP participants and Newport Middle School could not be more proud of our students!  NMS had 8 students qualify to take the ACT through the Duke University's Talent Identification Program.  In order to qualify for the program, a student must score in the 95th percentile or above on a recent standardized assessment. A BIG congratulations to Matthew Seiler, Christina Graham, Brooklyn Rice, and Mackenzie Carroll for their academic excellence! 

Warm 98's Teacher of the Week

Lesley Webb won Warm 98's Teacher of the Week award!  She was presented with gifts and a pizza party for her whole class on Thursday, April 7th.

Congratulations Mrs. Webb!

FBLA Winners Go To National Competition

On April 18th and 19th, nine high school students competed at the State Leadership Conference in four different FBLA events.  Our Community Service Project that was prepared by Krista Mills, Ethan Snapp, and Miriah Combs placed 1st in the state and has advanced to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia in June.  We also had Miriah Combs place in the top 10 in Future Business Leader, Madison Raleigh place in the top 8 in Public Speaking, and Caralyne Wallace place in the top 10 in Electronic Career Portfolio.

Softball Game Cancelled

Attention Softball Team:  Today's game scheduled to be played at Holy Cross at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to poor field conditions.  We will practice in the middle school gym from 4:00 to 5:30. 

Intermediate Students Mural Project Funded by BB&T

BB&T, through their Lighthouse Project, was able to fund this mural initiative and the principle parties at the bank will be right alongside the students as they make their new school building look even more welcoming. The Diversity Wildcats (the name the students gave their club) are truly excited about this endeavor, and UpSpring is thrilled with the support of BB&T.  Click here to continue reading this article.

Student Artwork Displayed at the Aronoff

Talented young students at the Newport Primary and Intermediate Schools have artwork on view this weekend in Cincinnati Art Association’s annual Student Art Show.  It’s on view from Noon to 5 p.m. May 7 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8. The theater entrance is at Main and Seventh streets in downtown Cincinnati.  Click here for more information.

District Wellness Policy Review

Passionate about improving the health and academic success of our students?
Please attend our next District Coordinated School Health meeting!

When: Wednesday, May 4th 2016
Where: Board Room, Welcome Center
30 West 8th Street
Time: 3:30

STLP Go To State Competition

Three of our schools went to Rupp Arena for the STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) State Competition.  Although we didn't win at the state level we are very proud of our students who met the criteria for this state-level competition.

Softball Game Location Moved

Attention Softball Team:  Due to field conditions, today's game against Highlands has been moved to their field at Woodfill Elementary School in Ft. Thomas at 5:30.  Meet in the NHS Cafeteria before 4:00 to catch the bus.

Seussical the Musical Jr

DON'T MISS THE LAST PERFORMANCE!  The Newport Drama Department is performing their last performance of Seussical the Musical, Jr at the NEW Newport High School auditorium on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00PM.  FREE Tickets for Seussical the Musical, Jr can be ordered by calling 292-2800 and leaving a message or emailing nhsdrama@newport.kyschools.us.

Intermediate Students Have Heart

Newport Intermediate School has raised $1,831.00 for the American Heart Association and its efforts to fight against heart disease and stroke.  Thank you to all those who participated in Jump Rope for Heart!

Senior College Acceptance Status

Our seniors have done an impressive job of applying to colleges and for scholarships.  Click here to see the current list of places students have been accepted and scholarships they have been awarded.

Softball Game Cancelled

Today's game at Holmes scheduled for 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to poor field conditions.  Look for texted information from Coach Taylor concerning next week's games.

Free TDAP Vaccines Given At Intermediate School

On April 28, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, The Northern Kentucky Health Department will be providing a free Tdap (whooping cough) vaccine at the Newport Intermediate School.  This free vaccine is being offered to the Newport Independent School District staff, family, friends and any child 10 years old or older who has not received a Tdap vaccine.  A parent or guardian will have to be present for any child younger than 19 years old to receive the vaccine.

Track Meet Cancelled

Tonight's Middle School Regional Track meet that was to be held at Notre Dame Academy has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  A make-up date will be scheduled. 

Softball game Canceled

Attention Softball Team:  Today's game against Beechwood scheduled for 5:30 has been cancelled due to poor field conditions.  Practice will be in the middle school gym from 4:00 to 5:00.  Team members who will be trying out for cheerleading may attend cheer practice instead of softball practice today.  Please text Coach Taylor to let him know that you will be at cheer practice.

Education Town Hall Meetings

Superintendent Kelly Middleton encourages the Newport community to attend the Education Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Student Union building at NKU; presented by the Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt  This listening tour is your opportunity to provide input to the KY Department of Education on the design of a new education accountability system that will be used as the basis to improve our schools and celebrate their educational progress.

Track Meet Cancelled

The middle school track meet to be held at Lloyd High School today has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

NHS Open House

On behalf of the Newport Independent School District and Superintendent Kelly Middleton, you are invited to the Sneak Peek of the brand new Newport High School Auditorium on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00 pm.

Newport High Part of Tech Defenders

Nexigen, a cyber-security firm located in Newport, has created Tech Defenders Camp, a program designed to introduce young students to one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. - cyber security.  Click here to read more from RCN.

Newport Schools Awarded 21st Century Grant

For the 18th year, Newport Schools has been awarded a 21st Century Grant.  This grant supports before and after-school programing for students in K-8.  We have been awarded $490,000 over the next five years.  The first three years the award is for $100,000 per year; and years 4 & 5 are for $95,000.  This grant will allow us to continue to offer Movin In the Morning at NPS and NIS, after-school clubs and summer programming.  Click here for more information from RCN.

Creative Primary Students

Newport Primary School was a recipient of the VSA Art Award. A guest artist came to Newport Primary in March to work with two 2nd grade classes on a fiber lesson.  Students were introduced to examples of fabric designs created through dyeing from a variety of cultures: African Tie-Dye, Japanese Shibori, and American Tie-Dye. 

Facilities & Transportation Director Named

Principal Tim Grayson has accepted the position of Facilities & Transportation Director effective July 1, 2016.  Mr. Mark Krebs, current Director of Facilities and Transportation, will be retiring on June 30, 2016.


Special Board Meeting

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, 6:00 PM

Attention Softball Players

Tonight's game scheduled for 5:30 at St. Bernard/Elmwood Place High School has been cancelled due to conflicts with the All A Classic.  Practice will be held at the stadium from 4:00 to 5:30.


Attention Softball Team:  Today's game against Holmes scheduled for 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to rain. Practice will be held in the Middle School gym at 4:00 p.m.


Today's track meet at Campbell Co. High School has been cancelled due to rain.
Practice will be held tomorrow after school at NHS Stadium.

Softball Game Cancelled for Today

Attention Softball Team:  Today's game scheduled for 5:30 at Scott High School has been cancelled.  Practice will be held in the Middle School gym from 4:00 to 5:30.  All players must attend.

No School on Friday, March 25th


March 28th - April 1st
Students return on April 4th


Free Wifi in Newport?

Nexigen's Jon Salisbury and Russ Middleton have had discussions with Mayor Peluso and Newport Schools about a proposal that could place high speed internet access (available to the public) all around Newport's downtown area.  Click here to read more from RCN.

Substitute Food Service Worker Needed

Newport Food Service is hiring for a substitute worker.  Click on the Employees tab at the top of this webpage; there you will find the Job Postings link.  Job Postings will guide you through the application process and give you more information about this position & requirements.

The Middle School track meet, to be held at Newport High Stadium, has been CANCELLED due to impending thunderstorms.

FBLA Regional 4 Leadership Conference Winners

The high school FBLA traveled to NKU on March 9th to compete in the Region 4 Leadership Conference. Several of our students did very well and will be competing at the State Leadership Conference in April in Louisville, Kentucky.

Music In Our Schools Month Concert Series

MIOSM Music Inspires (web)March 23rd - Chorus and 2nd Grade
is our last concert in March.
All concerts will be at 2:00 p.m.

Friends and Family are welcome to attend.

Middle School Band Receives Proficient Rating

Newport Middle School 7th & 8th grade band attended the Kentucky Music Educators Association District Six Large Ensemble Assessment Performance at Graves Concert Hall on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.  Our band achieved a proficient rating on their performance.  Congratulations to the band and their instructor, Scott Taylor.

Intermediate Students Connecting with Syria

Thanks to our wonderful partnership with UpSpring, our Intermediate students, who are participating in Club Diversity Wildcats, are learning about Syrian children refugees being served by CROS - Crisis Relief Over Seas. 

Kindergarten Registration in March

Kindergarten Registration - Today!
Will be held at Newport Primary School on Monday, March 21, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m

Winter Fishing

The 21st Century Fishing Club braved the cold and enjoyed an early March fishing trip! 

Newport Schools Met Goal

Newport Independent School District is among 111 public school districts statewide that delivered on a pledge made five years ago to improve the college- and career-readiness of its high school graduates by 2015. 

Technology Showcase

Newport High School and Newport Middle School will be hosting a Technology Showcase on Thursday, March 17,  from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Newport Middle School.  This is not a competition, but an opportunity to demonstrate for parents and our community the innovative ways we are using technology to enhance learning in Newport Independent Schools.  Click here for more information.

Special Board Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016, 6:00 PM

Intermediate School - Lunch with Leaders

NIS Lunch with Leaders, part of the "See it for Yourself" series, was a huge success that showcased the positive leadership skills our students are learning. Community leaders were invited to eat lunch and participate in student-led activities. We are so proud of our NIS leaders and thankful for all the community support.  Click here to read the WCPO article.

Special Board Meeting

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 6:30 PM

Ms. Young Heads to Washington

Newport Independent Schools health & physical education teacher, Candace Young, at our nation’s capital (photo) to advocate for fair implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act for Health and PE.  Ms. Young will be meeting with lawmakers to advocate for Physical Education and Sports programs and will have an opportunity to meet with Mrs. Obama.

Intermediate Students Have the Beat

Lowe's has donated twenty 5 gallon buckets so that our students can participate in an upcoming bucket drumming unit.  To begin, all fourth and fifth grade classes will meet in the gymnasium March 7th - 10th. 


CTE Leadership Day

On a recent trip to Frankfort, Career & Technical Education (CTE) students heard from Mr. Matt Ruark, Kentucky Wesleyan College.  Mr. Ruark discussed citizenship in Kentucky and explained the importance of taking a stand with issues in our state.

Straight A Program at NHS

These Straight-A high school students were issued a certificate to receive two Cincinnati Reds tickets for the 2016 Season.  Please Congratulate these Newport High School Straight-A Wildcats!

Kylie Orr Named Enquirer Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Kylie Orr for being one of two star athletes to be voted the Enquirer Athletes of the Week!

Three Middle School Students Take ACT

Three 7th grade students were honored at the February Board Meeting, for being chosen to participate in Duke University's TIP, or talent identification program, where the students are permitted to take the ACT in the 7th grade. Nina Graham, Mackenzie Carroll, and Matthew Seiler, were three of eight students who qualified.

Special Board Meeting

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 6:00 PM

Mr. Matt Short Honored at Board Meeting

Mr. Matt Short is a business manager in Retail Services and Technology at Harlow~HRK, and was presented with a token of gratitude from the Newport Board of Education at the February Board Meeting.  Mr. Short, and others from Harlow~HRK, have been striving to be involved in our schools by providing material support and a physical presence. 

2016 Newport Sports Hall of Fame

Photo, Courtesy of Bonnie Stacey
Click here to see a video of the evening.

Lady Wildcats Basketball Team Pummel Augusta

Score: 72 - 22, says it best!  Newport Guard, Kylie Orr, led the team in points and to victory!  Click here to read the article in the Cincinnati Enquirer! 

Newport Schools Have New Menus

Newport Schools Food Service has teamed with Nutrislice to create a more informative menu for all of our schools.  By clicking on Lunch Menu (under Quick Links), you can easily view information about what is on the school menu for breakfast, lunch and our after-school Super Snacks!  You will see an image and description for food items, as well as nutrition information. 

Nurse Practitioner Working with Newport Schools

Laura Huss, a nurse practitioner and Newport resident employed by The Christ Hospital, will provide health and wellness services to all four schools in the Newport Independent School District.  Huss will provide health and wellness services to students that include school and sport physicals, immunizations and sick visits. All services are provided free of charge to students.  Click here to read the article in the RCN.

Newport Board of Education Accepting Bids on Surplus

Newport Board of Education will accept bids on Surplus Property from February 11 - February 19th, 2016.  Bids should be sent to Mr. Mark Krebs, 30 West 8th Street, Newport, KY.  Please call 292-3005 to set up an appointment to view interested items.  Click here to view surplus list.

Youth Job Fair at Newport Library

The Campbell County Library (Newport Location) will host a Job fair on Thursday, February 18th.  This job fair is geared to students and young adults ages 16-24 interested in both part-time, seasonal, and full time employment.  Click here for more information.

A Gift of Song for the Board Members

January was School Board appreciation month and the members of the board were gifted with three songs from nine middle school chorus students.  We have so much talent in our schools!
Click here for more Board News and Photos.


Wrestling Tournament

Newport High School is hosting the KHSAA Region 6 Wrestling Championships February 12th & 13th.  Wrestling will begin at 6pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday.  Finals are estimated to start around 2pm.  No matter how the postseason shakes out, the future of Newport wrestling is bright. This is just the 10th season since the program was resurrected after a two-decade hiatus. The young wrestlers have brought enthusiasm and energy to the program.  Check out the article at Cincinnati.com.

Dollars and Sense

Newport students from NIS and NHS came together to participate in the Dollars & Sense program through the 4-H Youth Development Program. Students learned the importance of being financially responsible and saving for the future. A special thank you to the high school students who served as positive role models!

Special Board Meeting


February 10, 2016, 6:30 PM

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Courtney Willingham for receiving the Dr. King Scholarship


Congratulations to Mariah Jones for receiving the NKU Diversity Education Scholarship

Pancake Breakfast to Support our Wildcat Band

On February 6th, from 8am-12pm, the Newport Band is having a Pancake Breakfast!  Come down to the Masonic Lodge, 523 Park Ave, and let the delicious flap-jacks warm your soul!  Tickets are pre-sale and cost $6 per person or you can buy tickets at the door for $8.  Thank you for your support!

Tax Prepare Assistance for NIS Parents and Seniors

This Saturday (February 6th) will be a VITA site event.  VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is heading this event.  This is to assist parents and students with income tax completion.  Volunteers will be on site to assist with FAFSA help.  Click here for more information.

Intermediate Student Wins MLK Writing Award

NIS 3rd grade student, Saya Fournier, was honored on MLK Day by winning the Northern Kentucky Regional Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Convene for a Dream" writing competition award.  We are very proud of Saya for writing an empowering poem and sharing that writing piece in front of a large audience.

See For Yourself Tour

Principal Tim Grayson, would like to invite you to our "See for Yourself Tour" on Monday, January 25th at 12:00PM.  This tour is part of a monthly series of tours we are giving at each of our schools. We want to give community and business leaders like yourself an opportunity to come to Newport Middle School for a quick tour and lunch in an informal and intimate setting.  RSVP:  send an email to scrowley@strategicadvisersllc.com

All After School Activities are Cancelled for
Friday, January 22, 2016

Wednesday, January 20th
School is Closed due to weather!

All A Classic 9th Region Tournament

Newport Wildcats take on Holy Cross High School in their first game of the All A Classic 9th Region Tournament.  Game time is set for 6:00 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Lloyd Memorial High School, 450 Bartlett Avenue, Erlanger, KY 41018.  GO WILDCATS!!!