District News

LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Status Update

We are extremely excited to return to our in-person, hybrid model starting Monday, February 22, 2021. Some students will attend on Monday and Tuesday, we will be all virtual Wednesday for cleaning and sanitizing, and the other group will attend Thursday and Friday. If you chose virtual instruction, nothing will change. Your student will continue as is.

Letter from the Superintendent

NEWPORT HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHING ESPORTS TEAMS PROGRAM

Students showing interest in growing sport, activity

Newport High School is launching an Esports program that will include competitive teams and utilizing gaming as an educational tool while providing a new student activity.

Newport is the latest Northern Kentucky high school to embrace Esports, which allows schools to compete against one another and offers an opportunity for college scholarship funds.

"These are not the video games that my generation grew up playing," said Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Tony Watts said. "This is a big business, and these games are, as anybody knows who plays them, very high tech and sophisticated. Beyond forming a team, Esports will give some students an opportunity to participate in something other than sports."

At its most recent meeting, the Newport Board of Education voted to approve the high school's Esports program.

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Updated TANK Bus Routes for NHS

Parents and Students: Updated TANK bus schedules for Newport High School students can be found here. They have been updated to reflect the new dismissal schedule at NHS that takes effect Monday, January 11, 2021.

Please check for changes to your pickoff and dropoff times. 

UPDATED TANK BUS SCHEDULES

NEWPORT SCHOOLS’ NURSE PRACTITIONER FIRST DISTRICT EMPLOYEE TO RECEIVE COVID VACCINE

NEWPORT – Newport Independent Schools’ Nurse Practitioner Liz Tanner has become the district’s first employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tanner, who operates the Newport Independent School-Based Health Clinic at Newport Intermediate School, received the vaccine at The Christ Hospital Health Network on Auburn Avenue in Cincinnati. She serves on staff as a Nurse Practitioner at the Christ Hospital Health Network Outpatient Center in Fort Wright, Ky.

Tanner said she wanted to stress the importance of the vaccine and encourage people to receive it when they are given the opportunity.

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NEWPORT INTERMEDIATE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL INDUCTED INTO PRESTIGIOUS WOMENS' LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Jennifer Michael

Newport Intermediate School Assistant Principal Jennifer Michael has been inducted into the 2021 cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL), a statewide program designed for women working in public education who wish to strengthen or advance their careers. 

Chosen through a competitive application process based on specific leadership criteria, Michael will join other leaders and some of Kentucky's top female executive educators in March for an induction ceremony and leadership forum in Louisville. KWEL is a program of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).

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Inclement Weather & School Closings Weather

Staff, Students, and Parents/Guardians:

The Superintendent and his staff will evaluate weather and road conditions prior to 5:00 a.m.  All staff & student homes will receive an alert via the School Messenger Alert System, as well as a message posted on our web home page at www.newportwildcats.org if there is a delay in the start of the school day or if the district is closing.

Newport Schools participates in the School Closing Network.  The following television station announce school closing information by districts as reported from our office.  You are urged to listen for Newport Independent Schools or the identification number 2480.  If our district is not identified, our schools will be operating on a regular schedule. 

The following TV stations will be running Newport's information when inclement weather conditions prevail:

WLWT - TV Channel 5
WCPO - TV Channel 9
WKRC - TV Channel 12
WXIX - TV Channel 19
WSTR - TV Channel 64

HOW DOES THE WIND CHILL AFFECT SCHOOL BEING DELAYED OR CLOSED?

During the winter months several factors come into play that could delay the start of the school day or cause school to be closed altogether.  One such factor is the wind chill on a given day.  On particularly cold mornings we continuously monitor the National Weather Service and closely monitor the weather conditions. Click here for more informaiton.

FROM NEWPORT TO NEW YORK

FROM NEWPORT TO NEW YORK: NEWPORT HIGH SCHOOL 2019 VALEDICTORIAN BUILDING ON HIS FUTURE WHILE NEVER FORGETTING HIS PAST 

At just 19-years-old, Cody Baynori is well on the way to living his dreams.

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Counseling and Mental Health Services

nA significant obstacle for student’s academic growth at times is the unmet need for social and emotional development that may require specialized services. Our children's mental health  is especially vulnerable during this time of virtual and hybrid learning.  Newport Independent Schools offer three different layers for overall student social and emotional development in addition to the learning in the classroom setting.  

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