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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.

Recent highlights and accolades:

Newton High School interrelated special education teacher Brian Skinner was named the 2023 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. He used this time to advocate for Special Education.

USD 373 Athletic Director Brian Becker was named the 2023 Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Athletic Director of the Year - Division 1.

Chisholm Middle School assistant principal Chad Nulik was named the 2024 Kansas Assistant Principal of the Year.

South Breeze Elementary school received the 2024 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.

Teachers Laurie Behymer of Opportunity Academy, Chandler Ochoa, NHS Spanish teacher and IDD teacher Jackie Jordan received KAKE's Golden Apple award for education excellence during the 2023-2024 school year.

Opportunity Academy teacher’s aide Shana McGinnis was named an "Angel Among Us" by The Newton Kansan in fall 2023.

All elementary school locations were honored with a "Distinct Launch" award by Project Lead the Way in 2023 and 2024.

USD 373 is the largest employer in Newton and the second largest employer in Harvey County with a workforce of around 700 employees.

More than half of USD 373 teachers have a Masters degree or above.


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, Future Farmers of America, Drama, Music (Vocal*, Band*, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Orchestra*), Science Olympiad*, RaileRobotics, and Business Professionals of America.

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