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The mission of the Newton School Community is to prepare and empower our students
to be contributing participants in a changing world.

Highlights and accolades 2023

Newton High School interrelated special education teacher Brian Skinner named Kansas Teacher of the Year. Mr. Skinner represented USD 373 at the state and national level, even getting to visit the White House and meet the president and first lady.

USD 373 Athletic Director Brian Becker named the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Athletic Director of the Year - Division 1.

Slate Creek Elementary school receives the Kansas State Department of Education's "Challenge Award" for achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas Assessment results in math and reading, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism rates and the socio-economic status of those taking the test. 

Two teachers (Laurie Behymer of Opportunity Academy and Chandler Ochoa, Spanish teacher at Newton High School) receive KAKE's Golden Apple award.

Aide Shana McGinnis and paraprofessional Caitlin Corder are named "Angels Among Us" by local newspaper, The Newton Kansan.

All five 2022-23 elementary school locations honored with "Distinct Launch" by Project Lead the Way.


District Report Card on the Kansas Department of Education website

District Staff

  • USD 373 is the largest employer in Newton and the second largest employer in Harvey County with a work force of 800 employees and 600 FTE.
  • More than half of USD 373 teachers have a Masters degree or above.
  • 100% of teachers are designated as “highly qualified” as defined by the Kansas Department of Education.
  • In the past few years, the district has produced 5 Kansas Horizon Award winners, two Kansas Ag Teachers of the Year, Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Award Recipient, National Gymnastics Coach of the Year, Kansas Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, Kansas CTE Director of the Year, Kansas Business Office Administrator of the Year, KIAAA 'Carp' Award Recipient and several state coaches of the year, including Volleyball, Tennis, Track, Cross Country and Debate/Forensics.

Extracurricular Activities:

Competitive sports available include Girls and Boys Bowling, Football*, Volleyball*, Girls and Boys Cross Country*, Girls and Boys Tennis*, Girls and Boys Basketball*, Wrestling*, Gymnastics, Girls and Boys Swimming, Girls and Boys Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Girls and Boys Golf, and Girls and Boys Track and Field*.

Activities available include Cheerleading, Railiners Dance Team, Azteca Dancers, Debate, Forensics, FFA, Drama, Music (Vocal*, Band*, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Orchestra*), Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad*,  Model U.N. & RaileRobotics.

*Indicates sport/activity available at Middle School and High School