A Day of Team Building at AdventureLinks

October 14, 2016

The students in grades 5-8 faced the ultimate team building challenge this past week at AdventureLinks at Hemlock Regional Park in Clifton, VA!  Our students had to work as a cohesive group and rely on one another to complete a variety of tasks and games in a day long field trip. They crossed a “dangerous crocodile filled swamp” with only three logs, they swung across a deep and murky “Peanut Butter Pit”, and they rebuilt the “Pyramids”!  Each member worked on communication, planning, problem solving, leadership (and following others!), and having fun! There were added twists and challenges to every activity, sometimes utilizing only non-verbal queues or requiring blind folds – but the whole day was a learning experience in how to work with others and be successful as a group.  Following the group challenges, our students had the pleasure of riding the 160 yard zipline through the forest!  The students had a blast at AdventureLinks and more importantly, learned many valuable lessons to help them succeed.

Guest Speaker Jane Goodall

September 27, 2016

“You inspire me!” The Newton School had the distinguished pleasure of hosting Dr. Jane Goodall for a special event! As part of our Roots and Shoots program and many thanks to the Graff family, Dr. Goodall visited the Newton School and imparted her fascinating wisdom on our students and many parents. After greeting us in English, French, and Chimpanzee, Goodall detailed many of her exciting adventures through stories and videos. We learned about the habits of chimpanzees and how alike the species are to humans! There were harrowing tales of a chimpanzee rescuing a fellow researcher, a redemptive tale of rescue involving Dr. Goodall’s sanctuary in the Congo, and many tales of the positive change and progress students like ours can make around the world. Our students asked a variety of questions after Dr. Goodall’s presentation, where we found out about her further environmental and ethological research involving baboons and hyenas. Students took pictures with Goodall and we all went home with a copy of her book. It was an absolute honor to have Dr. Goodall passionately speak to us and she had quite an impact on our students as well as the community at large, as seen in the Washington Post article and mentions on the radio! We at the Newton School hope we can live up to Dr. Goodall’s inspiring example and create a better planet for the future!

Children’s Science Center

September 16, 2016

We were overjoyed as we visited the Children’s Science Center in Fair Oaks Mall! All of our students became researchers and lab technicians as we studied and experimented with a plethora of science modules! We engineered hover crafts through a wind tunnel, calculated the potential energy of a Rube Goldberg machine while we tinkered with the pieces, we had the breath taking experience of touching Sea Horses and a miniature shark in the dry bar, it was a renaissance of research! We were assisted in all these stations by the fantastic staff who broke down the science behind many of the hands on exhibits, and walked us through the steps to perfecting our scientific methods! The lessons varied between grades but were always perfect for keeping our students engaged and thinking! We cannot recommend the Children’s Science Center in Fair Oaks Mall enough and look forward to new exhibits in the future!

First Day of School

September 6, 2016

At long last, after a spectacular Summer, the Newton School reopened its doors on Tuesday, September 6th for the 2016-2017 school year! Students enthusiastically put belongings in their lockers, eagerly awaiting to hear plans for the new year! Our faculty had spent the last few weeks of summer planning, training, and preparing for the thrills and challenges a new year brings! Students participated in a variety of movement blocks, experienced classes in their core subject areas, and caught a glimpse of the superb specials the Newton School offers such as art, music, drama, yoga, social class and weekly field trips! Before anyone knew it, the clocks struck 3:15 and it was time for students to pack up and rest up – in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year!

Summer Camp

June 23, 2016

Summer at the Newton School is in full swing, and our students are having a blast keeping their brains and muscles sharp! Throughout the summer, the kids have many fantastic learning opportunities through field trips, cooking, yoga and art! Weekly, we venture to Volcano Island water park for thrilling afternoons of swimming and slides! Many of our campers are becoming culinary masters after perfecting techniques for creating for pocket pies, fruit parfaits, and strawberry shortcakes. Another major highlight of summer at the Newton School are the field trips! Every week we journey to a new destination for a fun and educationally enriching experience! So far we have bowled, attended a special screening of The Secret Life of Pets, and learned about nutrition and economics at the Farmer’s Market! We look forward to every week through August 19th here at the Newton School!

Kindergarten Graduation

June 23, 2016

In addition to sending our 8th graders off, we celebrated the graduation of our 5 Kindergarteners. They have all come such a long way from the young children who showed up in September to the avid scholars who look forward to the next step on their academic journey! We are thrilled that will all be returning for first grade in September. The Newton School extends a big congratulations to all our students for making the last year so wonderful, and we hope for continued success for all of our families!

8th Grade Graduation

June 23, 2016

With heavy hearts and proud smiles we successfully ended the 2015-2016 school year. We tearfully said goodbye to 11 eighth graders as they make the huge leap to high school! Our middle school graduates are entering a variety of high schools, including Langley HS, South Lakes HS, Loudoun School for the Gifted, The New School, GW Community, and Randolph Macon Military Academy. They are all well prepared and excited for the new challenges and experiences that await. As part of our graduation ceremony, our students sang, recited poetry, and watched slideshows that presented the fantastic journey we’ve all shared. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, particularly when Mrs. Abraham said good-bye to her son Dan, for whom she started the school for in 2009. We wish these talented students the best and hope they visit in the coming years to share their experiences!



Science Fair

June 23, 2016

Ice, bread, peroxide, paper plates, and mold. What’s going on? Don’t worry, it’s just our annual science fair! After learning their grade level science standards, every student completes a standards based project, on a topic that meets their interests. Individually or with a partner, students construct a trifold display board while working through each step of the scientific method. Check out the winners below!

Kindergarten — all works together to se if temperature affected bubbles

1st grade– Lillian and Graham tested to se how different liquids affected egg shells

2nd & 3rd grade– Tyler and Adam– investigated which paper towel absorbed the best

2nd– Jahan and Victoria learned how plants eat and drink

3rd grade– Daria and Vivienne tested to se if gluten free or white bread grew mold faster

4th– Ellis and Adam– tested how fast cars traveled different surfaces

5th– Daen and Liam tested how hand dominance was affected at different temperatures

6th– Sophia learned how heating the oxygen in a marshmallow was affected by heating

7th grade– Chris and Jonathan learned how different lights affected photosynthesis

8th grade– Watson tested the pH levels of different candies. Luke investigated how thick and thin wires affected conduction of electricity. Charlie made observations to learn how magnetism helped electrical currents flow. Dan tested the cooling mint herb to see how it affected convection.

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