To quote Heraclitus, “The only thing that is constant is change”. The 2016-17 school year certainly presents many exciting changes for our students and staff. Preschool through 2nd grade students will continue to be housed at Newport Primary School; as part of the reconfiguration plan, 3rd through 6th grade students are now housed at the “new” Newport Intermediate School (formerly known as Newport Middle School). Our high school now includes 7th through 12th grade students.
Why the changes? Below are just a few reasons our Facility Committee and School Board chose the new configuration:
1) More efficient use of school resources – old Fourth Street Elementary School and the former Newport Board of Education building located at 8th and Washington Streets have been sold.
2) Improved security – the high school now has a defined entrance where visitors must enter through the front office.
3)Better coordination of educational, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
As part of the expansion project at Newport High School, and other facilities upgrades, our students also will have access to a brand new 375-seat auditorium, football field and track.
Instructionally, we will begin implementation of the K -12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs; expanded career pathways; and we will continue to offer dual-credit courses through Gateway Community and Technical College.
Technology upgrades include one-to-one Macbook Air computers for all 9th through 12th grade students – the addition of these computers will allow us to provide more iPads for students in the early grades.
As part of the Newport Promise, graduating students will receive scholarship money for each year they attended Newport Independent Schools. Students who are eligible for Pell Grant money will continue to receive free tuition to attend Northern Kentucky University.
I appreciate all of the hard work from our staff as we prepare to begin another year of learning and growing together. Thank you for making it “All About Kids”!
Kelly E. Middleton