LONG TERM PLANNING TASK FORCE
Meeting Dates and Times
Please check back frequently for any additions or revisions to currently scheduled meeting dates/times. As meetings are added or changed, we will update our website and public notifications accordingly.
Impact of Initiatives
As many of you are aware, New Castle Schools has initiated numerous exciting programs over the past year. Consequently, many in the community have asked about the impact of these initiatives. The data included here is preliminary and based only on one year of information, but serves to answer some of the questions which have been posed by Long Term Planning Task Force members as well as community members. Click here to learn more.
How is Indiana Integrating Assessment with Technology
New Castle Girls Basketball Recognized
On February 9, 2019, Columbia City High School had the pleasure of hosting the girls basketball regional. The athletes and coaches of the 4 schools involved showed unbelievable character throughout the days events. All 4 schools consistently thanked our workers for their efforts to help make their tournament experience a memorable one. Even in defeat, athletes from New Castle, West Noble, and Angola exemplified sportsmanship behavior that their communities should be proud of. As the host of this regional, it was refreshing to be around adults and students who place great pride in being positive representatives of their communities.
NCHS Rising Stars of Indiana
The Rising Stars of Indiana is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals. It is a complement to the Indiana Academic All-Stars recognition program for Indiana high school seniors. The selection is made by teacher nominations, student knowledge, accomplishments and leadership skills. This year the principal association will recognize 1,014 juniors from 260 schools. New Castle High School was honored to present their selection of four junior winners with certificates from Principal Kirk Amman. They are: Sarah Gerth, Andrew Glover, Abby Hamilton, and Cooper Rusch.
New Castle Senior Katelyn Goodpaster was the winner of this years Lilly Scholarship.
Two NCMS Teachers Receive MAC grants
Two Teachers from NCMS Sara Owens, a Social Studies teacher, and Kyle Fenstermacher, a Science teacher, were awarded grants from McDonald’s. These grants are used to provide hands on activities for the classroom. It is going to be great to see what these inspired teachers do with the grants.
“I am going to use the MAC Grant for an activity called “Gold Rush”. My students are going to be able to dig for “gold” next semester when we talk about Western Expansion. I’ll have different containers set up for the students with bird seed and they will have to search for gold beads. Students will collect a certain number of beads for candy and extra credit.” -Sara Owens
“I will be using the grant for materials called Lego Mindstorm EV3. It basically combines Legos with computer technology, so my plan is for students to be able to build and code the computer to achieve certain tasks. For example, students may need to program and code their “robot” to maneuver through a set of obstacles. The possibilities are endless, one teacher I’ve talked with had students use this program to monitor water quality within a fish tank.” -Kyle Fenstermacher
Eastwood and Parker Students Do Coding
Students across the district enjoyed Computer Science week December 3-7. These projects help with problem solving skills and are enjoyed by teachers and students alike. The STEM activities vary from writing block code, programming robots, and learning beginning programming languages. Below are images from Eastwood first grade and Parker 3rd grade.
On Friday, Nov. 16, some very special people were honored in a program at Bundy Auditorium. Indiana Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick (1988 NCCHS Grad) was the keynote speaker to celebrate Mr. Ron Grimes and Mr. Bill Wesseler for their 50 years of teaching. NCCSC Superintendent Dr. Matt Shoemaker and NCHS Principal Kirk Amman presented Mr. Grimes and Mr. Wesseler with Distinguished Hoosier Awards on behalf of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. Also recognized that afternoon were State Finalist golfer Annie Gillock and the Lady Trojan Volleyball team ~ repeat State Champions. The program also featured performances by the NCHS Chorale and Red Hot Blues show choir.
NCHS Achievement Day
In the fall of 1960, the Standards Committee inaugurated Achievement Day to honor the
scholars in our school. The tradition of this special program has remained ever since.
Academic achievement rings and honor crests are presented to those seniors who have
maintained at least a 4.0 average for six semesters. Honor crests are awarded to those
seniors who have attained at least a 3.6667 average for six semesters. A framed
certificate of honor is awarded to those juniors who have attained at least a 3.6667
average for four semesters.
In the class of 1961, five students received honor jackets and eleven were awarded the
crest. The Class of 2019 has sixteen ring winners and twenty-one crest winners.
Trojan Volleyball State Champions
Congratulations to the 2018 class 3A State Volleyball Champions – our very own Lady Trojans! Winning their second straight state championship in dominating fashion (3-0).
Trojan Cheer Team finishes 5th!
So very proud of our New Castle Trojan Cheer Team ~ they placed 5th at State.
Which was held in New Castle Field House.