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The Newton School is an accredited co-ed (grades K-8) school in Sterling, VA. The Newton School, which opened in 2009, provides a unique approach to learning for students.
Guided by the Virginia Standards of Learning, our program offers small class sizes, individualized academics, social skills development, and sixty minutes of structured physical activity (2- thirty minute sessions) integrated into the curriculum. We believe that integrating movement into the school day helps to enhance academic performance, improve physical ability, build self-esteem, and prepare children to better meet life’s challenges.
Operating as usual
This year, our fourth grade students have adopted mealworms! "Mealworm Monday" is an engaging time for our students to be budding scientists. Before receiving their "pets," the students read background information about mealworms and had to sign a contract agreeing to the expectations for responsibly handling the mealworms. Then, each student received three mealworms which they named, built a habitat for, weighed and measured. They have also had time to observe and take notes about their appearance, behavior etc. Moving forward, the mealworms will be involved in some exciting experiments such as, "Which is the fastest?" and "Which food do they like best?" Throughout all of these activities, their life cycle will be discussed and observed first hand. It's wonderful to see how quickly the students have taken to their "pets" and the activities. They're demonstrating that learning can definitely be fun!
Our students in 3rd and 4th grade had a wonderful learning experience at the Children's Science Center, located in the Fair Oaks Mall. We started at the Experiment Bar, using our senses and various chemicals to learn about the PH of different materials. We then moved to the Tinker Shop to make some robots, using our knowledge of circuits to generate power. From there, we had some free time with many simple machines - from windmills to 3D printers, and we ended our day building tower structures that could last through earthquakes. Our students were such curious learners and the Science Center staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. We can't wait to return in the future!
The 5th and 6th grade students completed an amazing service project for She Believes in Me, a Herndon based non-profit supporting our most vulnerable children in the local area. First, we made posters for a collection drive for hygiene items and created kindness cards for the children who benefit from the program. We then made beautiful THANK YOU posters in Art class for the organization to use to say thank you to its donors. Finally, we decorated bags for our items and went on a shopping trip to Target to purchase more hygiene products. Each student had $10 to spend and a calculator to figure it out. Shopping with 24 students at a time was quite an experience but they did a nice job finding everything they needed. It gave us all a wonderful feeling of giving back to our community!
The students in Kindergarten, First and Second grades had a wonderful time at Great Country Farms! We learned about composting and the apple life cycle from our wonderful tour guide and then traveled by wagon to the orchard. We picked Gala and Golden Delicious apples from the trees to fill our bags to take home. We then spent some time on the famous jumping pillow, the slides and tire mountain and much more! It was a beautiful day to be outside with all of our friends!
The students in 7th and 8th grade had a fantastic and educational visit to the African American History Museum yesterday! We started out in our charter bus into DC (no traffic!) and were able to spend most of our day exploring. We began in the underground section in 1400 during slavery and worked our way up to the present day on the fifth floor, practicing dancing, watching TV shows, seeing sports heros and listening to music. We sat outside near a fountain for lunch in beautiful weather. It is such a treat to have Washington DC and all that it offers so close!
Our 8th grade students had their first mentoring session with their younger students in grades K-2 yesterday (the younger students call this "Buddies"). Each 8th grader is paired with a younger student every Thursday afternoon to work on a project and have fun. Yesterday, the group colored/wrote an "All About Me" poster for their lockers. Upcoming sessions will include playing hide and seek, reading books, working with playdough and making cards for service events. Sometimes, it is hard to tell which group is enjoying the activities more! Many thanks to Ms. Swarns for leading and supervising this effort every week. It is a great way to build community and to help our students learn!
Our first day of school is off to a great start! The students are excited to see their friends and teachers, and we are ready to be back learning in the classrooms!
The Newton School Summer Program is in full swing! Students have spent time keeping their brains sharp practicing reading, writing, and math with plenty of time for movement, current events, art, yoga, cooking, swimming and weekly field trips. Some of our favorite activities include a trip to the Herndon Farmers Market, swimming at the Volcano Island Water Park, making fresh salsa, and decorating our puppies in art class. We can't wait to see what fun the next few weeks bring!
Congratulations to our 8th grade graduates! You worked so hard and are now ready for all that High School brings. You are ready! We will miss all of you and wish you future success at these wonderful high schools in the area: Bishop O'Connell High School, Commonwealth Academy, Fairfax Christian School, GW Community School, Loudoun School for Advanced Studies, The New School of Northern Virginia,
St. Paul VI Catholic High School, Madison High School (FCPS), Meridian High School (FCCPS), and Arlington Tech High School (APS).
Congratulations to our Kindergarteners and now it's on to First Grade! From reading, writing, and math, to art, movement, and field trips, you have worked so hard and learned so much. Your teachers - and all of us here at The Newton School - are all so proud of you and can't wait to see your successes next year!
Check out the winners of this year's Science Fair! The budding scientists used their learning to create and implement a project of interest to them. This ranged from Which sugar cube structure will withstand weathering and erosion? to Which catapult makes the object go the furthest? to Which location of The Newton School has the most bacteria??
Congrats to our winners - Archer, Addie, Noah, Pierson, Matthew, Zohaib, Niam, Dean, Mila, Abby, Xavi, Maddux, Ian, Dylan, Caroline, Spencer, Connor and Patrick! And many thanks to our wonderful Science teachers for all their efforts to make this happen!!
Pictures from the Carnival Photo Booth!!
The Newton School Carnival was a smashing success!! Our students in grades 5-8 worked hard on their creativity, collaboration, planning and organizational skills to develop and execute a wide range of activities for our annual carnival including a watermelon eating contest, fortune telling, face painting, a moonbounce, a photo booth and more! Students from the Lower School attended while the Middle School students alternated attending and working. Many thanks to Mrs. Parks for her leadership of this initiative in Social class and to all our students and families for making it happen! Check out the pics from the day!
Let's go strawberry picking! Yesterday students in grades K-4 took the trip to Wegmeyer Farm in Leesburg, VA to pick strawberries. Along with filling up their cartons with delicious berries, the group learned about how the plants are watered and what conditions are best for strawberry growth, courtesy of Farmer Joel and Farmer Bob. After picking among the 100 rows, we took the short trip over to Oatland Historic Mansion to learn about the Carter and Eustis families who owned the estate, dating back to the 1700's. Check out pictures from the delicious and educational day!
Students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade were able to travel back in time with a Jurassic Encounter at Bull Run Regional Park this week. Students were able to get up close and personal with over 50 large animatronic or static statues of dinosaurs or dinosaur bones. Activity guides interacted with students using very lifelike puppets and costumes. This outdoor encounter included a sandpit for students to dig up dinosaur bones, fossils students could make rubbings of, and dinosaur themed bounce houses. This was a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the Mesozoic Period.
The 8th grade students created stunning flower paintings on wood canvases titled "The Vines." Thank you Mrs. Lopez for this stunning project!
Winners of the Civil War Spies History Challenge were awarded to middle school students today. Students learned about the dangerous intelligence and security word on both sides of the war. Students even had the opportunity to practice their hand at decoding secret messages. Thank you Mrs. Rittenhouse for this fun and interactive way to learn about the Civil War!
The 6th grade students set up a “museum” on World War II as part of their United States History course to showcase their learning. Their presentations are on display in the middle school lobby.
Thank you, Ms. Swarns, for the inventive project and to the 6th grade students for creating an informative and colorful experience for all!
As you may be aware, your child has been working hard in Social class to make a diorama about a person who made an important contribution over the past 100 years - made from Peeps, the colored marshmallow treats! These ranged from Albert Einstein to Greta Thornburg to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Coco Chanel. On Tuesday, the whole school voted for the winner. It was a tough choice as there were many creative entries.
I am pleased to let you know that for the Middle School, the winners are:
Winston Churchill - Connor, Wesley, Elizabeth and Jacob M
Elon Musk - Ian P, Parker and James
For the Lower School, the winners were:
Rachel Carson - Sofia and Bela
Jane Goodall - Taylor, Kavish and Niam
Pictures attached! These are all also on display here if you plan to come in for the Book Fair and Art Show.
Many thanks to Mrs. Parks and all our students for their hard work on this project!
"How To" with the Kindergarteners
Our youngest students worked on their writing skills with a tasty hands-on project! Last week, the group worked on a "how to make a pizza" assignment by writing out step by step instructions (crust, sauce, cheese and optional peperoni). On Friday, they put those directions to test by following their own writing to make a pizza and then bake it in the oven. What a delicious treat! Next week, the students will write about a topic where they are the expert, using their "How To" learning. Way to go class!
Our Lower School students spent a wonderful afternoon outside, observing the entrance of the Spring season! We toured Frying Pan Park in Herndon, and loved the animals, especially the little babies! We saw piglets (the mama was HUGE!), lambs and many more including turkeys, peacocks, bunnies and goats. There were even two cows - looking like they were due very soon! We followed this with some time at the playground. All and all, this was a very lovely Spring afternoon!
What’s it like to be an astronaut!?
Dan Tani (father of John in 7th grade) came to The Newton School to talk about his NASA career. Dan provided lots of information - how he became an astronaut, the training required, and what it was like in space without gravity - including how to brush your teeth (swallow the toothpaste!), eat your meals, and use the bathroom (a very creative solution with a fan...). He was also incredibly motivational - highlighting examples of women in leadership, citing high school internships and encouraging all types of careers at NASA.
The 8th grade students set up a "museum" on West African Empires as part of their World History course to showcase their learning. Students curated exhibits and artifacts, and presented their work to other students.
Thank you, Mrs. Vue, for the inventive project and to the 8th grade students for creating an informative and interactive experience for all!
We had a wonderful visit with Fire Marshall Lisa from the Loudoun County Fire Department Station 24. She gave a lovely presentation on fire safety both in the home and at school, and wanted me to remind you about some of the items we reviewed here with your children:
- Check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working and have batteries that are charged. These should be replaced every 10 years.
- Every house should have an evacuation plan, just as we do here.
- Every child should know their address and a phone number.
The students were AWESOME at knowing when and how to call 911.
The station was even nice enough to bring out their fire truck to show us all of the different gadgets that keep up safe in the case of emergency. Check out pictures from the day!!
Our 8th grade students have been mentoring our students in K-2 grades every Friday all year. This week, they had a special project! The 8th graders traveled to Barnes & Noble for their field trip on Wednesday and purchased a book for their younger student. They wrapped them and presented the special book to each child today. It was adorable and such a nice sharing activity. Ask your student about it!
The students in the Kindergarten, first and second grade classes celebrated the 100th Day of School by dressing up like they were 100 days old! Check out the cute pics from this wonderful learning experience!
We had the pleasure of hosting Lucky Dog Animal Rescue at The Newton School! This wonderful non-profit organization, located in Arlington, VA, brought 3 adorable puppies recently rescued from Puerto Rico to our school for some true hands-on activities. Our students learned about supporting the Animal Rescue through donations, fostering and adoption options. Please consider one of these for your family! Check out some pictures of our wonderful afternoon! We were actually able to tire out the three puppies!
Our students in grades 5-8 supported Loudoun Pet Pantry by running a pet food drive and making dog and cat blankets from fleece. Check out the posters they made and placed around the school as well as the blankets that tested their cutting and tying skills. We delivered over 1,000 pounds of food to the Pantry and 24 blankets to keep the animals warm. They needed that this week!
The students celebrated the holidays by making gingerbread houses! Check out their engineering skills as they worked with icing to get the walls and roof to stay together. They then utilized their creativity to make these into adorable structures. It was a fun project for all!
Our students celebrated the start of the holiday season with all school BINGO! The 8th grade students mentored their younger peers in grades K-2 while the students in grades 3-7 played together in our middle school area. Students won many prizes including homework passes, free lunches from CafeSano, and gift cards from Starbucks, Chick Fil-A and more. Afterwards, we shared some enjoyable time together, feasting on delicious desserts including cake, pumpkin pie and cookies. It was a lovely way to kick off the holidays!
The Gobbler Feast!
In Social Class this week, Mrs. Parks led lessons on holiday meals, called the "Gobbler Feast". Students practiced greeting a relative (played by Ms. Gebauer!), how to set the table, and eating manners. Students tasted turkey, rolls and butter, cranberry, salad, and pumpkin pie - and even worked on pouring water and tastefully saying "No, thank you" for non-preferred foods. Hopefully, this will help your Thanksgiving meal be even more enjoyable.
Many thanks to Mrs. Parks (and her helper Ms. Gebauer and the other teachers) who made this one of the special events of the week!
The Newton School voting results are in!
Yesterday, all our students participated in voting for the new Governor of Virginia and two Newton School referendums. Ms. Swarns, one of our wonderful middle school teachers, set up our voting booths, education and awareness materials, and tabulation process. The results were:
McAuliffe - 57%
Youngkin - 43%
Referendum 1 - Free dress day on the last Friday of the month:
Yes - 75%
No - 25%
Referendum - Eliminate one movement block and have more class time:
Yes - 24%
No - 76%
We will start our free dress day on Friday on November 19th and keep both movement blocks!
Congrats to all our students for taking part in this important process and many thanks to Ms. Swarns for helping us all participate!
We are having a fabulous day here celebrating Halloween - all in costumes and showing off our creativity and style. All students "walked the red carpet" and announced themselves, followed by voting for the best costume. Check out the winners below and pictured.
K - 2: Winner - Zayden, Runner-up - Olivia
3 - 4 Winner - Ian D, Runner-up - Tate
5 - 6 Winner - Clementine, Runner-up - Conrad
7-8 Winner - Rebecca, Runner-up Lillian, Nora, Sam
Many thanks to our wonderful science teachers - Ms. Sklar and Ms. Briggs - who put on a wonderful show for our students!
Last Friday students in K-1 had quite the trashy day! In the morning, students went around our local community in Sterling picking up trash to do our part in clearing waste in our area. Then in the afternoon we took a trip to the Loudoun County Landfill. We had the chance to learn about the importance of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle concept as well as see where our waste actually goes when you throw it "away." We even got to see a compactor in action. Check out pictures from the day!
Our students have been hard at work on their art. Check out some of their masterpieces!
Let's talk about...water! Recently, students in grades 5-6 took a trip over to the Loudoun Water Treatment Plant to learn about one of our most precious resources. We learned the importance of reclamation and how the plant cleans sewage from water so that it can be safely returned to the environment. Believe it or not, Loudoun Water collects 13.8 million gallons per day to service the area. We are thankful for our clean water and having a chance to go see the process in action. Check out pictures from the day!
The 4th grade students traveled to Eleanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly to explore watersheds, led by a wonderful and experienced naturalist at Walney Pond. We learned about the importance of water as a natural resource for all life while we examined water quality and compared different aquatic habitats. The students were able to catch and explore goldfish, salamanders, and many other creatures - all while learning about watersheds. The weather was perfect for a beautiful day of education about water!
The 7th and 8th graders took on their first community service initiative of this school year by making 120 sandwiches for themEmbry Rucker Shelter in Reston to support people in need in our area. Students are required to complete at least 10 hours of service this year and are exploring activities such as volunteering at a food bank, working at an animal shelter or helping out at the local library. We are excited to make a difference in our community and firmly establish the concept of giving back in a meaningful way. We can't wait for our next project - picking up litter in our local parks!
Our students in grades K-4 traveled nearby to the Loudoun County Heritage Farm for a day of "historical encounters". The students learned how to make apple cider using a crank and press, how to take wool balls and make them into clothing, how to identify gems & rocks, and many more activities. The blacksmith was amazing when he showed us the red hot iron which he pounded into shapes to make tools, and we all got quite a jolt when the musket was fired by the soldier using gunpowder. It was great weather and a wonderful learning experience for our Lower school students.
Our 7th and 8th graders put their engineering and problem solving skills to the test last week when their small groups had to work together to create a structure from 20 spaghetti noodles and 30 mini marshmallows. The structure had to be at least 6 inches high and hold a paper plate with increasing weight - all within a 30 minute period. The teams did great using their architect moves, thoughtful placement and building on the ideas of others to achieve this wonderful goal. Congrats to Neil, Maddie, Lizzy and Mihir who all made structures that passed the test! Check them out!
Last Friday students in 5th and 6th grade had the privilege of a very special tour through Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA. Our students simulated the moves Union and Confederate soldiers took through the damp, tree covered landscape, as they did their best charge and "Rebel yell" impressions. Students paid tribute to fallen soldiers just before Veteran's day at the ceremonial burial grounds. What a wonderful day spent learning about the historical significance of our very own backyard. Check out the pictures above!
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year at The Newton School! We are off to a great start - in another strange year - with our 115 students in grades K-8, including our largest class ever of 8th grade (22 students)! We spent the day reconnecting with our teachers and classmates while also spending lots of time outside learning and exercising. Check out the pics of the first day!
The summer program at The Newton School is in full swing with lots of learning, exercise and fun! Students (K-8) are in small groups in the classrooms refreshing their brains with reading, writing and math each day, and then enjoying lots of exercise, social time and group work during our two daily movement blocks. Students are enhancing their skills during Art, Cooking classes, Music time, and yoga - along with a weekly field trip. On Friday, we traveled to Bowl America in Chantilly for an afternoon of fun! Check out the pics of our summer students!
We are so proud of our students for their dedication, curiosity and excitement for this year's Science Fair! They spent weeks working hard on their projects and we are pleased to announce the winners! Awards were presented on the last day of school. Congrats to our students!
Kindergarten - What are the best colors to wear to keep you cool?
Ryan, Amanda, Ben, Rylan, Archer and Addie
1st Grade - How Much food coloring will we need to change a flower color?
Eli, Owen, Noah, Olivia, Miles and Zayden
2nd Grade Which soil substrate (potting soil, sand, or rocks) a plant would grow the best in?
Claire, Scarlett, Audrey, Pierson and Mikael
3rd-4th Grades First Place: Does the weight of the marble affect the speed of the marble?
Abby, Matios, Tate and Dean
5th Grade First Place: What happens to different substances when microwaved?
Ketan and Ian
2nd Place - Defying Gravity
Maddux and Nico
6th Grade First Place: How much weight can my boat take?
Second Place- What size boat can hold the most pennies?
7th Grade First Place: Which antacid best neutralizes lemon juice?
2nd Place tie
Jack - Which doorknob in school has the most bacteria?
Gabriel - Which surface in school has the most bacteria?
8th Grade First Place- How does temperature affect the rate of reaction?
2nd Place - Which vinegar has the highest acid concentration?
Congrats to our eighteen - 8th graders for a successful year! They had a wonderful in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday and showed off their amazing talents Alex on the keyboard and Chance on his guitar were exceptional highlights. All the students shared what they learned at The Newton School, coordinated with videos and pictures. Many thanks to Mrs. Sigety for making this all happen!
They are now off to high schools such as The New School of Northern Virginia, Bishop O'Connell, Loudoun School for Advanced Studies, St. Stephen's & St Agnes School, Virginia Academy, Commonwealth Academy, St. Anselm's Abbey School, The Nora School, Cortona Academy, and local public schools. We will miss them all!
Yesterday’s Field Day was a blast, check out action shots from the active day!!
Carnival Day 2021!!
Students have been hard at work on their artwork, check out their paintings, bowls, and birdhouses!
Newton School Students got dirty on Earth Day! They planted seeds both inside and outside the school. Then students signed an Earth Day Pledge with super cool spy pens. All the while some of our classes read Dear Children of the Earth and brainstormed ways to help our planet. Simultaneously students in kindergarten learned about recycling and did the best thing you can do to recycle, they made something new from materials that would have been thrown away.
Last week, the students in grades K-6 spent several afternoons at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA. We made our way along the paved trails,seeing beautiful flowers and wildlife along the way. The snapping turtles, koi, tadpoles, and hundreds of tadpoles were the highlights of the trip! It was a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time outdoors in a safe and socially distanced way. Enjoy pictures from the days!
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