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2017 - 18 School Calendar

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NEWPORT PRIMARY.....................8:05 AM       3:05 PM

NEWPORT INTERMEDIATE............7:55 AM       2:55 PM

NEWPORT HIGH............................7:45 AM       2:45 PM

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Ornaments to Scholarships

Support the Newport Scholarship Program

The Newport Independent School District Educational Foundation will be selling Christmas ornaments in an effort to earn money for the Newport Scholarship Program.  100% of the profit from these sales will go to Newport High School graduates who attend post-secondary education.

NHS Hall of Fame 2018


Click READ MORE for more Information and Nomination Forms

WInter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

NIS Qualifies for STLP State Competition

Newport Independent Schools STLP teams presented their 2017-18 projects on November 20 at Northern Kentucky University. The intermediate school team, middle school level team and three high school teams all scored above 85/100 to qualify for the state competition in March. Good job Wildcats!!

Inclement Weather Policy


WCKY – AM 1530 or WLW – AM 700



The Shared Responsibility Plan
State HouseKY Education Leaders held a joint press release on Nov. 6, presenting alternatives to a public pension reform plan - presented by the office of Gov. Bevin.  The Shared Responsibility Plan is designed to address challenges and financial shortcomings of the current state employee pension fund while also ensuring the long term stability of many areas of public service that provide the foundation for life in the Commonwealth of KY.
Fall Sports Banquet

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Banquet begins at 6:00 p.m.

Middle and High School
Football, Volleyball & Soccer Teams and Band Members

Parents, Guardians and Immediate Family Members,Please join us in celebrating our student-athletes' accomplishments at the 2017 NHS Fall Sports Banquet.  The banquet will be held in the school cafeteria.  We ask that everyone stay until the conclusion of the banquet.
*Dress is business casual.

Harlow HRK yard sale at Newport H.S.


Jim "Basketball" Jones Anti-Bullying Workshop

Jim "Basketball" Jones will present an Anti-Bullying workshop to parents and students on Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 pm in the NIS Gymnasium. Newport Intermediate School is opening this event to all of our district parents and their students. Please plan to attend this very informative and entertaining evening with your family.  You can learn more by visiting jimbasketballjones.com on the web. Once again, please come join us for Jim "Basketball" Jones Thursday at 6 PM in the NIS gym.

Newport Independent schools and United Way


Newport Independent Schools is proud to begin running its annual United Way campaign.  United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Your donation, no matter what the amount, makes a difference and is vitally important.  

21st Century Volunteers Needed

school help

WInter Wonderland 2017

Winter Wonderland 2017

Newport High School Archery Team Meeting

Newport High School Archery
Team Meeting

Monday, October 30th @ 2:45 p.m.
In the school cafeteria
*Open to 7th- thru 12th-grade students

Wildcat Varsity Football - Senior Night - 4 Annual Souper Bowl
Varsity Football Game vs. Holmes Bulldogs
October 27th @ 7 p.m.
Newport Stadium
As part of the festivities, we will also hold our 4th Annual Souper Bowl, featuring soups, chilies and other foods prepared by Newport Schools' staff members.  *Sponsored by the Newport High School FBLA.
Before the game at 6:30p.m., we will hold Senior Night, recognizing our graduating football players cheerleaders and band members.
Newport Schools welcome Ron Clark

Ron Clark - a teacher, best-selling author and the subject of an uplifting film about his unique and acclaimed approach to education - will visit Northern Kentucky on Monday to make a presentation to administrators, teachers, and staff of the Newport Independent School District.

 Ron Clark to Visit Newport Schools

Click the Link to read Article
*RCN Newsdesk

Newport to Host KHSAA 36th District Volleyball Tournament

Newport High School is hosting this year's 36th District Volleyball Tournament, which will feature teams from Newport, Newport Central Catholic, Highlands, Dayton and Bellevue high schools.

Games will be played in the gymnasium at the Newport High School, located at 900 E. 6th Street in Newport.
                                                      Monday, Oct. 16 @ 6 p.m. - Newport vs. Bellevue

Click READ MORE for dates, times, and admission.


"Great 8" OPEN HOUSE


NHS 2017-18 Homecoming King and Queen

Congratulations to the NHS 2017-18 Homecoming King Will Beamon and Queen Caralyne Wallace.

Governor's Scholarship Winner

Jalyn Collier (pictured) was introduced to the board as the winner of a Governor's Scholarship, a four-year full ride to college. Jalyn has a 3.92 GPA, and has a class ranking of 6 out of 96. She is involved in archery, academic team, STLP, the yearbook, and church activities. Jalyn has not decided which college she wants to attend, but she has narrowed it down to Georgetown or Bellermine.

*RCN RiverCityNews
Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:40 RCN Newsdesk             


NIS Hosting KHSAA 36th District Girls Soccer Tournament


NEWPORT vs BELLEVUE Monday, Oct. 9 @ 6:00 p.m.

Kroger Foundation awards Newport Education Foundation!

Newport Independent Schools thanks The Kroger Foundation for awarding $30,000 to Newport Education Foundation to support Food Pantry Program! The Food Pantry provides nutritious food along with nutrition education to students and families to help them become successful in school and life.

Click for More information on The Kroger Foundation 

Back to School and School Buses PSA from KSP

Welcome Back Students! To help promote safety Newport Independent Schools would like to share this short 30 second PSA created by the KSP. Please click the link below to listen.

30 Second PSA from KSP

Newport Independent Alumni Video Series

The Newport Independent Schools have launched a video alumni series featuring graduates talking about how the Newport schools have positively impacted their lives.  Courtney Lynch graduated from Newport High School in 2008. She then went on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2016 and became a Public Defender in New Jersey.

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Home Coming Parade


Star Spangled Banner Day

Newport Independent Schools Celebrate the 203rd Anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Students and teachers from Newport Primary and Newport Intermediate Schools along with the NHS band traveled to the World Peace Bell.  Starting the celebration, Ms. Hayden introduced guest from the City of Newport and South Bank. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Superintendent Kelly Middleton. Following the Pledge, Primary School Principal, Mr. Atkins informed the students of the significance of  our National hymn. To finish off the celebration the World Peace Bell rang while students and staff sang the Star Spangled Banner and the NHS band played along. 

Newport Wildcats Varsity Football 9/22

Come out and show your school spirit by supporting our Newport Wildcat Varsity football team as they take on the Frankfort High School Panthers!
Friday, September 22nd
7:30 P.M.
Newport Stadium

A Day in the Park

a day in the park

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Super Snacks

Super Snacks LogoSuper Snacks will begin on
Monday, September 11th! 

All schools offer Free after-school super snacks for students attending after-school activities. 

USDA Non-discrimination Statement

New Mural for Newport Intermediate School Cafeteria

catThanks to 7Hills church the Newport Intermediate School has come alive with Wildcat Pride!  A Big thanks to 7Hills church for painting the new Wildcat mural on the Newport Intermediate School cafeteria wall.

Become a Crossing Guard at NIS

Are you interested in becoming a Crossing Guard at Newport Independent Schools? If so, please stop by the Newport Police Department at 998 Monmouth Street for Applications and Questions or contact Kim Colston. 859.292.3680

Help Sock it to Homelessness

Come out and Support NHS Wildcat football and  help sock it to homelessness!  In support of Cincinnati Ministries' outreach to homeless individual and families please bring donations of new pairs of socks to the football game against Bishop Brossart this Friday night, Sept. 8th at the Campbell County High School Football Stadium 7:00 P.M.



It is not too late to enroll your child/children in Newport Schools!

Enrollment for ALL schools is located at the

Welcome Center
30 West 8th Street
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mondays
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Tuesday - Friday

What do you need? 

Child's Birth Certificate

Child's Social Security Card

Proof of Residency
(Lease/Mortgage, Utility Bill in your name)

NIS Community Partners

Deweys Pizza

Partnerships at work, Mrs. Bedinghaus and Dewey's Pizza. Dewey's donated $1100 to Mrs. Bedinghaus' class. Go Wildcats!

Newport Lodge #358 Donates Bikes

To help encourage Good attendance Newport Intermediate School is giving away free bikes to all students who achieve Perfect attendance for the 2017-18 school year. NIS is thanking NEWPORT LODGE #358 for donating bikes to the attendance reward program.

Newport Schools Support Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey

Friday Night Football Change

Schedule changeBoys Varsity Football Game
NOT be played this Friday night. 
The game has been changed to tonight!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Newport Wildcats VS Owen County
7:00 PM
(at Owen County)

Go Wildcats!

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Countdown to 1st Day of School for Students

Board Meeting Highlights

gavelJuly's board meeting was news worthy for the River City News.  Retirements, student attendance and finance were among the many topics discussed during the meeting.  Click here to see the RCN article.

NHS Wins Career Ready Award for 2017

CTE AwardKelly Middleton and Jenna Koroly were honored to pick up this award for Newport High School at the KACTE Conference. Newport High School is one of six high schools in the state of Kentucky to win The Gold Award for Career Readiness.

Backpacks and Breakfast

Backpacks4KidsNorthern Kentucky Harvest’s 17th Annual  
Backpacks & Breakfast

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9:00-11:00 A.M.             
Goebel Park, Covington

(corner of 5th & Philadelphia)


  • Open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.  At least 850 backpacks stuffed with new school supplies will be 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).
  • Breakfast provided by Frisch’s.
  • Presented by Northern Kentucky Harvest in partnership with Be Concerned and Brighton Center.
    Backpacks underwritten by the Butler Foundation and the R.C. Durr Foundation.
Home Visits and Back to School Bash

Home VisitsMark your calendar for our annual
Home Visits and Back to School Bash! 
Both will be happening on August 10th. 

Home Visits:  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Back to School Bash:  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Back to School Bash

21st Century Summer Camp Welcomes Visitors

Police play with summer camp kidsThe 21st Century Summer Fun kids enjoyed some time with a few of Newport's men in blue!

Keturah Street Church of God hosting Back to School Event

Newport Keturah St. Church of God is hosting a Back To School Bash for the Community on August 3.  Free food, prizes, bouncy houses, iceballs, and school supplies!  The guest speaker is former NFL player DeDe Dorsey.  All FREE!

Keturah St. Church of God
401 Keturah Street
August 3, 2017
6:30 pm

National Night Out Date is Set

National Night OutOn behalf of the Newport Police Department, you are invited to attend the 2017 Newport National Night Out, held in the Target parking lot on Tuesday, August 1st from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Come out to see home and neighborhood demonstrations put on by police and firefighters, and enjoy complimentary Back to School kids haircuts, school supplies, back packs, and refreshments. There will be live music this year by Newport's own "Bad Boy Troy Tipton" and "The Faithful Few."

Summer Feeding Program

The last day for the Summer Feeding Program

is on Thursday, July 27th.

New Soccer Team Coming to NHS

Soccer BallCoach Ventre is inviting all 7-12 grade girls, interested in playing soccer, to come to practice Mon., Wed. and Thurs. night from 5-7 at the stadium.  More information and schedules will be given at that time.  Hope to see you there on July 24, 26, and 27th!

Retirees Honored

Mary CrankBeth Lange

Mary Crank and Beth Lange were recognized at the June Board meeting for their years of dedication in Newport Schools.  Mary is retiring from the business office and Beth Lange is retiring from the family resource and youth services center. Enjoy your retirement ladies!

AT&T Contributes to the Bowles Center for Diversity Outreach

Bowles CheckA check was presented for $12,500 to the Bowles Center for Diversity Outreach, led by Northern Kentucky NAACP leader Jerome Bowles, who has worked with the district for the past year. Bowles had looked for a community partner and found one in AT&T, which contributed the funds so that he can advance a program to work with Hispanic and African American students in the 2017-18 school year.

NIS Garden Club Grows With Help From 4-H and Subaru

Garden Club Members Show Display Their ToolsThe NIS Garden Club is a growing success thanks to help from 4-H and Subaru!

Exercise in the Park

Exercise in ParkJune 3rd – September 16th
Every Tuesday and Saturday
Buena Vista Park, W 12th St. Newport, KY
Join us for a free workout in the park!  All fitness levels welcome!
Tuesdays- 6pm-7pm Saturdays- 10am-11am
*Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to sign in.   All you need to bring is water, a mat or large towel, and a friend!  

Click here for more information!


Food Service Loses Five to Retirement

Food Service RetireesA fond farewell was wished upon five Food Service employees at the May Board Meeting.  Most of these women have worked 27+ years for Newport Schools.  Each one will be missed by staff and students alike!  Pictured (left to right), Mary Lou Kirk, Manager (NHS); Gladys Bolton, Cashier (NIS); Jacqueline McClane, Cook (NHS); Charlotte Turner, Cook (NIS).  Not pictured is Lillie Griffith, Cook (NIS).

Summer Feeding Program Offered at all Schools

Summer Feeding Logo**NOTICE: Newport High School's Summer Feeding Program closes on June 23rd! **
Newport Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch at all three school locations this summer.  Click here for more information.

New Scoreboards for NHS
New scoreboards will be installed at Newport High School's gym, courtesy of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Commonwealth Orthopedic. Slam Dunk Sports Maketing will do the installation and will feature the names of the corporate sponsors.
Congratulations Class of 2017

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Food Service Surplus Equipment

SurplusThe Newport Board of Education has approved this list of Food Service surplus equipment.  Bids will be accepted until Friday, June 9, 2017.  All items are being sold as is.  Bids may be sent to Food Service; Board of Education; 30 West 8th Street, Newport, KY.  Viewing of items by appointment only.  Call Annette Horton to schedule (859) 292-3072.

$45,000 Grant Awarded to Newport Early Childhood Development

Grant AwardedNewborns to five-year-olds will receive a boost of early childhood education through $45,000 in state of Kentucky grants awarded to the Newport Independent Schools.  The grants were allocated from The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Education to the Newport Summit Team, which includes representatives from early childhood centers the Brighton Center, Campbell County Public Library, Head Start and the superintendent and preschool director of the Newport Independent Schools.  Click here to read more from the River City News!

Smithsonian Exhibition Coming To Newport Library

Smithsonian LogoNo need to travel to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. this summer, you can visit a Smithsonian exhibition at the library!  See the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: Hometown Teams at the Campbell County Public Library’s Newport Branch. The exhibition opened on Saturday, April 29 and will run through June 3, 2017. 

F.I.T. for Life Summer Events

Outdoor Summer Adventure Camp, Basketball Camp and Track & Field Camp will be held in June! Click on the Clipart for more information.

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Newport Adult Learning Center Orientation

GED ClassesNewport Adult Learning Center will be holding new student orientation on May 30th and May 31st.  Click on the GED clipart for more information.

Class of 2017 Graduation

Class of 2017Graduation for the Newport High School Class of 2017 will be Friday, May 26, at 7:00 PM in the high school gymnasium.  Congratulations to our graduating Wildcats!

Final Days to Order Yearbooks

2016-17 Yearbooks will be on Sale through Friday, May 26.
Don't miss out!
Call the school for details or order online at:


Payment plans are available.

Last Day for Students

School's Out

Summer Camp 2017

Summer CampHello Newport families!

Summer registration packets have been sent home with each child in grades K-8. If you are interested in signing your child up for Summer Camp 2017, please fill out the form and return it to the front office at your child's school. 

6th - 8th Grade Registration Form    K - 5th Grade Registration Form
6th - 8th Grade Guide - Spanish
     K - 5th Grade Guide - Spanish

Move Up Day

Move Up DayMay 23, 2017 will be Move Up Day! Our students will get to experience what it will be like next year by spending the day in their next year grade. This is a big day for our students and staff and ranks right up there with Home Visit Day!

Click here for more information. 
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Super Snacks

Super SnacksFriday, May 19th will be the last day for the after school Super Snack program for the 2016-2017 school year.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Music Man Photos in Gallery

The Music ManNew photos taken before, during, and after the performance of the Music Man! 

Go to the Photo Gallery under Quick Links to see!

Finances Tight for 2017 -18 School Year

River City News LogoSuperintendent Kelly Middleton expressed concern about State and Federal education issues during the April Newport Board of Education meeting.  "I have to say, this is the most dismal financial climate," Kelly Middleton said. "It is the worst I have seen in my 30 years in schools.  We have seen cuts, and ours is one of the worst in the area. We have had a loss of students. Our financial director, Tete Turner, has reported that our SEEK shortfall will be about $500,000. These are tough times for public schools."  Click here to read more about this and student presentations.

BelFlex Junior Mentoring Program

BelFlex LogoBelFlex has partnered with Newport High School to create the BelFlex Junior Mentoring Program.  The program is 8-weeks long and consist of resume writing, interviewing techniques, dressing for success, tours of local business, guest speaker, and a graduation ceremony.

KPREP in our Schools

KPREPKentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) will begin on Wednesday, May 10th and continue until Tuesday, May 16th.  We would like to remind our students and parents how important it is for each child to get plenty of rest and a nutrious breakfast prior to testing.  Our cafeterias offer free breakfast to all students every school day!  Click here to see the grade level and type of testing that will be administered.

Special Board Meeting

gavelNewport Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:00 PM

30 W. 8th Street, Newport, KY

FBLA Students Going to Nationals

FBLAFBLA students participated in the State Competition on April 17, 2017 and we have a lot to celebrate!  The students will be traveling to Anaheim, California this summer to compete at the National Competition.

Principal Hired at Primary School

Matt AtkinsThe Newport Primary School SBDM has completed the Principal Selection process.  Based on the criteria established by the council, with significant input from stakeholders and following our identified process, we have found the most qualified applicant to serve as our principal.  The SBDM has selected Mr. Matt Atkins as the Newport Primary School Principal.  Read More

Candace Young in Washington, D.C.

Candace YoungIn response to serious threats of cuts to the federal funding of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), six members of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) from across Kentucky are headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for full funding to support professional development for teachers and health and physical education programs in schools. One of the six is our own Candace Young, who will be asking lawmakers to fully fund the federal education program Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, under ESSA.  Click here to read more.

Intermediate Girls 5K Run

Girls on the RunNewport Intermediate Girls on the Run team ran their practice 5k Wednesday April 19th! The final race will be May 13th with activities at 2pm followed by the final race beginning at 4pm at Paul Brown Stadium.  Go Wildcats!

Students Attend State FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) Leadership Conference

Lauren CroxsonDominique Gallichio and Lauren Croxson attended the State FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) Leadership Conference to compete in STAR Events for Career Investigations.  Lauren was elected FCCLA Vice President of Parliamentary Law for the Northern Kentucky Region and will now attend Leadership Camp in June.

Special Board Meeting


WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017, 5:30 PM

30 W. 8TH STREET, NEWPORT, KY  41071



Rain Barrel Project on Display at the Cincinnati Zoo

Rain BarrelA group of Intermediate School students worked on a project over the past couple of months creating, designing, and painting a rain barrel as part of the Rain Barrel Art Project organized by Save Local Waters.  The rain barrel is on display at the Cincinnati Zoo until April 20th.

Their rain barrel, titled "Wilderness Daydream", is a playful depiction of wildlife which celebrates biodiversity on our planet. Our inspiration comes from the wildlife artists Charley Harper, with his geometric representations of nature, and Henri Rousseau, depicting playful and densely layered scenery of jungle plants and animals.  The depictions of plants and animals are nearly entirely from the kids’ designs. This has been an amazing project to give the kids a sense of purpose in making contributions to both a local and worldwide issue.

GED Classes & Orientation

GED Classes Logo

Camp Joy with NIS Diversity Wildcats

Camp Joy RockLook at our 2 night, 3 day trip to Camp Joy, with NIS Diversity Wildcats after school program, in the District Photo Gallery!  These kids rocked out their spring break and had a blast doing so!

Mark Your Calendars

The Music Man Logo

The Music Man
Newport High School , 900 East 6th Street

April 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 p.m.

To make reservations, call the Newport Drama Box Office at 859-292-2800 and leave a detailed voicemail or you can email us at nhsdrama@newport.kyschools.us.  Please be sure to leave the following information for us on your message:  the date of the performance you would like to reserve, how many tickets you will need, and your name & phone number. Please plan to join us for The Music Man!

21st Century After School Programs Coming to NHS

21st CenturyNewport Independent Schools and The Brighton Center, Northern Kentucky's largest social services provider, have received a $490,000 federal grant to develop a community learning center. "Newport High Schools' 21st CCLC programming will be offered afterschool, out-of-school time such as during Spring break and during June - each of the five years of the program," Baker said. Click here to read more as reported by RCN.com.

Brighton Center to help People with their Taxes

Brighton CenterBrighton Center now has three VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparation sites open for the 2017 Tax Season.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $64,000 or less, persons with disabilities and the elderly who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Intermediate Students Jumped Rope for Heart Awareness

Jump Rope for Am. Heart Assoc.Students completed a Jump Rope For Heart unit in PE where they learned jumping techniques and about Heart disease awareness. Students wore red to support Heart Disease awareness.  Students asked others in the community for funding for kids with special hearts.  This event was accomplished during the month of February and these kind-hearted students raised $2,000 for the American Heart Association.

Kindergarten Cutoff Date Changed

Ready for Kindergarten?"Per new Kentucky legislation beginning the 2017-18 school year, a child can now enroll in kindergarten if they are 5 years old by Aug. 1 of that school year rather than having to be five years old prior to Oct. 1 as in years past,” said Kevin McCormick, Director of Student Services for the Newport Independent Schools. 

Kindergarten enrollment for 2017- 2018 will be held at Newport Primary on April 12, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Spring Break
No classes for students

March 31 - April 7, 2017

Students will return on
Monday, April 10, 2017


Welcome Center Special Hours

Welcome CenterStudent Enrollment, located at the Welcome Center, 30 West 8th Street,  will be open until 4:00 PM on Monday, April 10, 2017.  Normal Monday hours will resume on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Principal Selection Completed at Intermediate School

Joshua SnappThe Newport Intermediate School SBDM has completed the Principal Selection process.  Based on the criteria established by the council, with significant input from stakeholders and following our identified process, we have found the most qualified applicant to serve as our principal.  The SBDM has selected Mr. Joshua Snapp as the Newport Intermediate School Principal.

Read to Achieve Grant Awarded

Grant AwardedThe Newport Primary and Intermediate Schools have been awarded a $400,000 Read to Achieve grant from the Kentucky Department of Education.  This is a four-year grant, with each school receiving $50,000 per year.  Click here to read more about this grant as it is written by RCN.com.

Good News Concerning the Nickel Tax Increase

"On behalf of the entire Newport Independent School District, The Newport Board of Education is thankful for the effectiveness of the legislative process, the time and effort put forth by Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen and staff, and the Newport voters for not signing the shortsighted petition.  The Board of Education will now be able to utilize valuable state dollars to improve our existing facilities. The board and the district will continue the important work of educating our children, serving our community, and maintaining good stewardship of the public's tax dollars."    ~ Kelly Middleton, Superintendent

Prichard Committee Offers Leadership Basecamp

Prichard Committee LogoThe Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence will bring a new parent leadership training one-day “basecamp” to Northern Kentucky in April.  It will give parents a look inside public education in Kentucky and provide them with tools to effectively engage in their children’s school, says Helen Carroll, NKY Parent Leadership Coordinator.  Click here to read more from the NKY Tribune.

FBLA Compete at Region 4 Conference

FBLA Group PhotoTwenty-three FBLA high school students competed at the Region 4 Conference held at NKU.  Eleven students placed in a variety of areas. They are advancing on to the State Competition in Louisville in April.  If they place at State they will then advance to Nationals in Anaheim, California!


Newport Preschool Program Earns 5 Stars

5 Star RatingThe Newport Primary School Preschool Program has earned a 5 Star Rating from four state of Kentucky agencies that have completed an assessment of the program.  The 5 Star Rating was certified by The Cabinet for Health and Family Services; the Department for Community Based Services; the Division of Child Care; and the Kentucky Department of Education.  The rating was based on the Kentucky All Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System. Areas assessed include Family and Community Engagement, Classroom and Instructional Quality, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development and Administrative and Leadership Practices.

Pop the Top and Save the Tab

Ronald McDonald HouseAs a community service learning project, the First Grade Class at Newport Primary will be collecting pull tabs to donate to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. We are helping to keep families together when it matters most, and we’re giving the students the joy of giving and teaching our students the value of recycling!

Student VS Staff Basketball

Student vs Staff Basketball GameThank you to everyone who participated in the Student VS Staff basketball fundraiser!  Score: Staff 84 - Students 83  We raised $550.00 between the game attendance and the T-shirt sales for Prom!  Thank you for your support!  Visit the District Photo Gallery for more pictures of the game.

Newport Alternate Learning Center Orientation

KY Adult EducationNewport Adult Learning Center
30 West 8th Street
Newport, KY 


New student orientation March 13th and 14th
Click on the graduation hat for more information.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Notice

Staff vs Students Basketball Game

The stage is set, this is a must see event! NHS Staff vs. Student Basketball Game Thursday, March 9Th at 6:00pm. Will the Students school the Teachers? Come out and support your favorite teacher/student as we raise funds for the 2017 PROM!

                                                                        Lets Go Wildcats!
                                            COME WATCH THE STAFF DUNK ON THE STUDENTS!


Local Planning Committee To Conduct a Public Forum

Public ForumThe Newport Independent Local Planning Committee will conduct a Public Forum on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Newport Independent Board of Education, 30 W. 8th Street Newport, Kentucky 41071.  This meeting is an informal gathering to encourage local participation through community suggestions relative to future utilization of existing school facilities and construction of new school facilities.  These community suggestions or recommendations will be closely monitored by the Local Planning Committee in the development of a proposed District Facility Plan for Newport Independent Schools.  The Local Planning Committee will conduct a meeting at 6:15 p.m., immediately after the Public Forum.

Boys Varsity Basketball Advance to SemiFinals

Basketball ScoreboardGreat win by the Wildcats!  They advance to the semifinals and will play Saturday at 8:00pm at BB&T Arena.  Go Wildcats!

Support Your Wildcats

Coach Snapp and the Wildcats are ready to take center stage tonight. Come to BB&T arena at NKU to watch your NHS Wildcats play the Lloyd Juggernauts in the first round of the regional tournament at 6:30 PM.


Perfect North Slopes Trip

Perfect North Group
A small group of students enjoyed the day at Perfect North Slopes.  Visit the District Photo Gallery for more photos of this fun day

Nickel Tax Facts

Dear Newport Parents:                             DO NOT SIGN!
As many of you already know, on January 11th, the Board of Education approved an additional five cents equivalent tax rate on real and personal property.  As required by the General Assembly, a hearing was advertised in the KY Enquirer on December 28, 2016 and again on January 4, 2017 to hear public comments regarding the proposed levy. The state rewards school districts for taking this nickel by equalizing (giving us state funds); thus, school districts who do not take the second nickel are leaving money for schools and students "on the table."   Presently, over 100 school districts take this second nickel. This tax will not go into effect until the 2017-2018 tax year.  However, it is a recallable tax which, simply put, means residents of the city may file a petition with the county clerk’s office to have this tax levy added to the ballot in an election if they receive enough signatures against the increase.  It has come to our attention that such a petition has been filed by a short-sighted group of Newport residents who are clearly not acting in the best interests of our students, teachers, staff and community.  Basically, if our opponents are successful with their petition drive, the board will then be left with no other option than to take the 4% tax increase next fall.

We think it is important for you to know why the Board found it necessary to approve the nickel tax increase:

1.       The money raised thru this tax levy can only be used to improve facilities which impacts our students;  some of the major improvements needed are:

o   HVAC systems and controls  - (Our students and staff have already endured faulty HVAC Systems) 
o   Roofing projects (Our students and staff are already dealing with roof leaks)
o   High school cafeteria upgrades
o  Security cameras throughout the district
o   Bleachers in the high school gym
o   Gym floor at the high school
o   Band room/office suite
o   Art and graphics suite
o   Replacing carpet at the intermediate and primary schools
o   Masonry repairs
o   Stadium bleachers
o   Entry doors, classroom doors, restroom doors at the primary school
o   District signage

 2.      NOT accepting this tax increase means the district is leaving approximately $2.3 million dollars on the table that the state would “equalize” for our part in seeking this funding.  Those funds alone pay for several of the large ticket items listed above.

3.       This is a feasible increase; for a homeowner whose home value is $100,000, this represents an increase of only $58/year; or $4.83 per month. 

4.       There are many state level issues that are or will be affecting our financial position - all unfunded - that districts state-wide are currently carrying the burden for or will be in the near future. 

5.    The Board of Education has not taken the 4% tax increase in the past five years; this equates to over $2.5 million dollars.  Failure to pass this tax levy will result in the board administering higher taxes in the future which are not recallable.    

So I ask you - on behalf of the entire Newport school system - please do not sign the petition if you are asked. Losing this funding at this critical juncture, when our facilities are in dire need of attention and improvements, will only force us to remain static or even take a step back at a time of great momentum and progress in our district. Kelly E. Middleton

Click here to hear the audio interview of Superintendent Middleton by RCN reporter Michael Monks.

7th Grade Students Participate in Duke TIP

Duke TIP 2017Newport High School is proud to announce six of our 7th grade students qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).  Students qualify for Duke TIP by scoring in the 95th percentile or above on a recent standardized assessment (2014 or 2015 KPREP; Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 MAP).  These students ventured to Northern Kentucky University on Saturday, February 11, 2017 to take the ACT, which is a standardized assessment typically taken by 11th grade students.  A big congratulations on your honor and accomplishment!  Keep up your academic excellence!  

Newport Staff Participated in Poverty Simulation

Newport Independent Schools certified teaching staff experienced the harsh realities of living in poverty – like many of our  school district’s families – on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during a day-long Community Action Poverty Simulation.

The Simulation – which took place at Newport High School during an in-service day for teachers and staff – is designed to help participants understand the realities of poverty during a role-playing exercise.  Click here to watch WLWT's coverage on this event.

WHAS Grant helps Students with Autism

WHAS CrusadeThe number of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum continues to grow rapidly. The Tafolla family faced that diagnosis not once but twice. Both sons are on the autism spectrum. They’re finding help at the Newport Independent Schools thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children.  The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.  Click here to watch a video of the Tafolla story.

Newport Schools Helping Its Own

Homeless StudentIn a school district where nearly one out of seven students is homeless, Newport Independent Schools are reaching out to help with food, support and hope.  Some 220 of Newport’s 1,500 students are living in shelters, cars, tents, with friends or family members while still trying to get an education. That impacts a student’s ability to concentrate in class and learn.  Click here to watch a WCPO video and read more about how Newport Schools are lending a helping hand.

Newport Wildcat Wrestling Going to State

Newport Wildcat Wrestling Team qualified five wrestlers for the State Tournament on Saturday, February 11th.  Dillion Burton placed 2nd in the 132 lb. weight class; Drevon Jones placed 2nd in the 145 lb. weight class; Kyle Mardis placed 4th in the 152 lb. weight class; Logan Osborne placed 4th in the 160 lb. weight class; and JT Daniels placed 4th in the 285 lb. weight class. Congratulations Wildcats!

The State Tournament will be held at the Alltech Arena in Lexington Fri., Feb 17 and Sat., Feb 18th, starting at 9:00am.  

2017 GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy

GEAR UP Summer AcademyEach year, Gear Up proudly sponsors a Summer Academy for our students.  Students who are currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade in a GEAR UP Kentucky high school are eligible to apply for the 2017 GEAR UP Summer Academy. This is a three-week residential summer enrichment program on a university campus sponsored by the GEAR UP Kentucky program.   Two 3-week dates are available: June 11th - 30th, 2017 AND July 9 - 28, 2017.  Application deadline is February 17, 2017.  Click here for the application and Staff Recommendation Form.

Newport Sophomore Attends Innaguration

Maddy TurnerMaddy Webb has been a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum for five years and was selected for the trip to D.C. While there, she worked with other students from around the U.S. on a project involving health care issues. She also attended a speech delivered by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Click here to read more about Maddy's trip. ~ River City News.

Newport High Athletics Receives $15,000 Gift

Baseball and BatFive local high schools are benefiting from a partnership of the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.  Ten teams from Bellevue, Dayton, Holmes, Holy Cross, and Newport High Schools received $15,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment during an event at Town & Country Athletic Center in Wilder.  Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart joined representatives from St. Elizabeth and the Reds organization to distribute the equipment to athletic directors, head coaches, and athletes from the schools.  Click here to read more about this partnership, as written in the RCN.

2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Members

Hall of FameA new class of standout athletes were inducted into the Newport Independent Schools Athletic Hall of Fame on January 20th, at Newport High School.  Also honored: 1982 Newport High School baseball team, as a Team of Distinction; a long-time coach; and a husband & wife who headed the Newport Boosters, recognized for their service to the school, students, and the athletic department.

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

Newport Adult Learning Orientation

GED Orientation TwoNewport Adult Learning Center
30 West 8th Street   

*New Student Orientation*

Monday, February 6th - 9am & 5:30 pm
Tuesday, February 7th - 9am & 5:30 pm

Public Forum Called By LPC


The Newport Independent Local Planning Committee will conduct a Public Forum on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Newport Independent Board of Education, 30 W. 8th Street Newport, Kentucky 41071.  This meeting is an informal gathering to encourage local participation through community suggestions relative to future utilization of existing school facilities and construction of new school facilities.  These community suggestions or recommendations will be closely monitored by the Local Planning Committee in the development of a proposed District Facility Plan for Newport Independent Schools.  The Local Planning Committee will conduct a meeting at 6:15 p.m., immediately after the Public Forum.

Newport High Student is on a Roll

Mirena CombsCongratulations to Mirena Combs from Newport High School, 2017 Girls Singles Bowling Champion, Region 5.  Mirena shot 170, 205, 185, 178, 137, 199 & 204 that's a total of 1,278!  Next stop, State Competition!

Free Eye Exam for All Newport Residents

Halpin- Noll Eye CenterTake advantage of this opportunity and let the staff from Halpin-Noll Eye Centers screen your eyes for decreased vision and glaucoma. No appointment necessary!

Monday, February 6, 2017
10:00 AM- 12:00PM

Brighton Center’s Family Center
799 Ann St.
Newport, KY


MLK Day Celebrated at the Newport Syndicate

Samara HallSo proud of Newport Senior Samara Hall recipient of NAACP scholarship at the Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. She is an excellent student who is dedicated to community service. Newport Schools were represented at the MLK celebration by our Superintendent, Administrators, and Students (past and present). Click here to read more about this event.


Souper Bowl Week at Newport High

Souper BowlIt's Souper Bowl Week at the high school!  Each day our students will be able to enjoy a hot bowl of soup or chili, in celebration of this Sunday's Super Bowl LI.

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!

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.

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.

Party with Penguins

Party with Penguins

Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:30 PM



Newport Wildcats Playing in Semifinals

basketball hoopNewport Wildcats move on to the semifinals of the 9th Region All “A” Classic, after defeating Holy Cross 76-71, in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Ludlow High School.  Come watch a spectacular game on Friday at 6:00 on Ludlow's court.  Click here for more information about the All A Classic.

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
Patsy 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

Spring Musical Auditions

The Music ManAuditions for the spring musical, The Music Man, are this Wednesday, January 18th at 3:00 in the NHS auditorium.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Pictures with SantaFree photos with Santa!

Saturday, December 3rd,

at the Newport Fire House

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM