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Summer Program in Full Swing

July 19, 2021

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!

The Chicks & Eggs Have Arrived!

May 12, 2021

Our “model baby chicks” – who are VERY noisy – and the incubating eggs have arrived! They are currently living in the science lab and will hatch the last week of school. Very exciting!!

DC History Trip!

April 10, 2021

This week, students in grades 5-8 traveled to DC for a tour of the historic monuments and memorials to refresh their history knowledge and see these beautiful places up close. The groups, led by DC by FOOT amazing tour guides in their first trips in a year, started at the Washington Monument, and then turned around to be in the middle of the WWII Memorial. All took part in a scavenger hunt to find our state, the territories and the famous graffiti made by Kilroy. We then walked by the Reflecting Pool to the Korean War Memorial to learn about this conflict that is still ongoing, and then took a turn to the Vietnam Memorial. Many spent some time trying to find relatives on the wall among the 58,000 names of soldiers who passed away in this war. We ended our day visiting Abraham Lincoln – and the groups still had plenty of energy to run up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – as that is our normal mode of travel – running! A trip to DC would not be complete without us getting stuck into a detour – on Wednesday, it was a processional for the Capitol Police officer where Constitution Avenue was shut down for driving and parking which added some time to our journey – or the bat that landed on the tour guide in the middle of her description of the Vietnam Memorial. That was a lot of excitement and learning for one day and it was wonderful to leave Sterling, VA for a field trip!

Balloon cars/STEM project

March 19, 2021

Our 7th and 8th grade students were tasked with a STEM project – to power a car with balloons! Working on groups of 3, the students utilized common items such as popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, skewers, tape and of course, balloons – to create a powerful vehicle that would race across the basketball court floor. Some definitely had some trouble as there was not enough care taken to make the wheels round and able to roll but several groups mastered the project – and won Amazon gift cards for their efforts! All in all, it was a great learning project during a “stay at home” field trip!

Leesburg Animal Park

March 18, 2021

Over the last two weeks students in grades K-6 hopped on over to Leesburg Animal Park to get outside and interact with some new animal friends.
The park let us meet animals like – African Serval Care, White-Handed Gibbons, Zebras, Camels, Pigs, Llamas, Goats, and many more! Enjoy pictures from our visits!

Social Class Peeps

March 15, 2021

Last week, all our students were given a unique challenge in their social class – to create a diorama of a historical event – using peeps!
Students got to work in small groups, crafting their peep masterpieces. Today, the dioramas were on display for all students and teachers could admire each other’s work and vote for their favorite.
Lower School Winners:
1st place: Jackie Robinson – Taylor and Lena
2nd place: Jungle Peeps – Owen & Zayden
Middle School Winners:
1st place: Battle of Little Big Horn – Gabby & Maddie
2nd place: The Wright Brothers – Lizzy, Wesley, Kairav & Owen
Thank you to Ms. Parks for the assignment that used teamwork, creativity and social studies – all at one time!

Black History Month Trivia

February 23, 2021

As a continuation of our diversity initiative and celebration of Black History Month, our students have been challenged with answering trivia questions on twenty-five influential leaders who fought for equality in our country. Students who answered many questions (in complete sentence form – of course) on leaders such as Maya Angelou, Shirley Chisholm, Barack Obama, LeBron James, Gilbert Gwynn, and Booker T. Washington, had the chance to win the always sought after homework pass. BIG thank you to Ms. Swarns, one of our exceptional teachers, for her leadership on this important initiative!

100 Days of School!

February 22, 2021

On Monday, February 22nd, the students in the Lower School celebrated the one-hundredth day of school with some exciting assignments to recognize this special day.! The different classes decorated shirts with glow paint, shirt decorating, assembled necklaces with cereal, counted blocks – and even took on a 10×10 movement challenge! We are thankful to have made it to day 100 in person at The Newton School and plan to be here for the rest of this school year! Enjoy our pictures from the day!

Black History Month Trivia Winners

February 11, 2021

As a continuation of our diversity initiative and celebration of Black History Month, our students have been challenged with answering trivia questions on twenty-five influential leaders who fought for equality in our country. Students who answered many questions (in complete sentence form – of course) on leaders such as Maya Angelou, Shirley Chisholm, Barack Obama, LeBron James, Gilbert Gwynn, and Booker T. Washington, had the chance to win the always sought after homework pass. BIG thank you to Ms. Swarns, one of our exceptional teachers, for her leadership on this important initiative!

Egg Drop Challenge

February 5, 2021

Students in grades 5-8 used their science learningĀ as well as creative skills to work in pairs on the Egg Drop Challenge. Students were provided with a variety of materials to prepare – straws, popsicle sticks, yarn, balloons, tape, felt and more – but could not use more than 15 items. After a video introduction, the pairs had less than 30 minutes to plan and construct something that safely held the raw egg. Once complete, the groups move to the second floor library where the contraptions were thrown over the wall into the middle school lobby below. Only 5 out of 30 eggs broke – which was a remarkable result. It was a great lesson in science and team building!

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