Cherry Blossom Cruise

April 10, 2019

The Newton School Middle School students (grades 6-8) recently embarked on a nautical voyage down the Potomac River aboard a cruise ship. Students set sail in Georgetown and followed the river east while learning from our gracious captain/tour guide about important Washington DC and Virginia landmarks along the trip. The sun was shining, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom as we enjoyed a gorgeous, breezy Spring day on the water. When we departed our cruise, we took a short hike through one of the trails in Georgetown before returning to the Newton School. We could not have asked for a more beautiful, educational, or relaxing tour along the Potomac!

XStem Symposium

March 19, 2019

The sixth through eighth graders traveled to the D.C. Convention Center for the annual XStem Symposium. Our first speaker, Tim Vanderham, taught us, “Your perspiration must match your aspiration”. It was a great way to start the day and got everyone motivated.  Erin MacDonald spoke about space travels, gravity waves and warp ships. Additionally, she let everyone know that “failing is okay”.  But, the most popular speaker by far, was Jess Loeb.  She is a gaming designer at Play Station, and she explained her path to working on code, console design, as well as, game designing. It was an interesting way to discover how science is real life!

Kennedy Center – The Watson’s Go to Birmingham

March 15, 2019

The students of grade 5 traveled to the Kennedy Center to see The Watson’s Go to Birmingham show this week in the Opera House.  We embarked on the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history. It was a great opportunity for the students to take in a moving story, reflecting life during the civil rights movement which nicely tied into their history curriculum from earlier in the school year.

Big Apple Circus

March 3, 2019

Welcome to the circus! The Newton School students grades 2-4 had the opportunity to hop on over to the National Harbor to see The Big Apple Circus! The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed acts from all over the world. There was just so much to experience – horizontal juggling, the award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, all in a one-ring big top tent! The students had a wonderful time taking in the show from their front row seats!

Frog Dissection!

March 2, 2019

It’s the most talked about day of the year!  Finally, the seventh grade Life Science students got to dissect the frog.  They started the year off learning about cells, cell theory and cell parts. Then they moved to tissues, organs and organ systems.  After that unit, they got to dissect their own frog specimen.  They got to compare and contrast the frog organs to human organs and how the organs function as a system.  It was a great way to utilize all the science skills learned this year!

Newton School Summer Program

February 26, 2019

2019 Summer Program Overview

The Newton School Summer Program will begin on Monday July 8th and runs 6 weeks though August 16th! The program offers an opportunity for students to enrich reading, writing, and mathematics skills while getting lots of movement time in our 10,000 square feet of gym space including our trampolines, a foam pit, a ball pit, a basketball court and sports court! In addition to the classroom and gym activities, students enjoy special cooking, art and yoga classes, weekly swimming at Volcano Island Water Park and a field trip to exciting places like NOVA Ninja Training, the Fairfax Children’s Science Museum and the Herndon Farmers Market! It is a great way to have some fun while learning, and make some great friends for the summer!


February 15, 2019

We’ve got a BINGO!! Last week students and parents of The Newton School spent the afternoon trying their hand at the game of chance, followed by sampling many spectacular desserts and socializing with our friends and families.

Our students, parents, and siblings won over 60 prizes, including the ever popular homework passes. Our longtime Science teacher, Mrs. Knight, was the excited winner of our raffle and will be taking her free and wonderful vacation later this year! Many thanks to Tommy’s family for donating their beautiful vacation home again to help support our school. We raised over $2,000 from the raffle – which will be put to good use towards a service project for students later this year.

Thank you to all who donated prizes and participating in this wonderful event!

Food Bank Trip

February 9, 2019

Our 4th graders delivered almost 400 pounds of food and supplies to Loudoun Hunger Relief in Leesburg, Virginia, from our December 2018 food drive at The Newton School. Students worked together to safely transport the many, many items to the scales. The student then took a tour with our wonderful leader of the organization, who explained the mission of the organization – providing thousands of Loudoun county residents in need with healthy meals and valuable supplies. He showed us the staging areas, the food packing centers and waiting areas, while giving many details about the process of food sourcing and delivery. The students were super engaged, asking many insightful questions. All in all, this was a great learning project for our students while giving back to our community. Many thanks to all families who contributed!!

Summit Ropes

February 8, 2019

Our students in grades 5-8 had the awesome opportunity to pioneer the brand new terrain at Summit Ropes in Sterling, VA. The newly opened indoor climbing activity helped us focus on both individual and group work, allow us to practice out growth mindset, and challenge our physical abilities – all at the same time! Students strapped into their state of the art harnesses and transversed the various obstacles and challenges presented by the massive equipment in a the 16,000 square foot facility.  Some of our more experienced climbers offered encouragement and support to the newer climbers – all showing excellent teamwork! Overall, the students had a great time and learned a lot about challenging themselves and gaining confidence while completing a tremendous workout! Thanks for having us Summit Ropes!

Greater Reston Arts Center

February 8, 2019

Our lower school students visited the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston Town Center to learn more about the organization and to see five specific art installations, including a multi-media show focusing on climate change to a display of unique projects made from sugar. After beautifully listening to our guide and taking the tour, the students create their own work of art based on the climate change project – our own surfboards! This was a wonderful learning project and a very nice way to take advantage of the community resources nearby. Thank you Reston Arts Center!

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