The Tiger Times

January 10, 2020


The MSD of Decatur Township is Student Invested, Community Connected. We prioritize Student learning, Safety and Customer Service, fostering a support system for our families.


Preparing our students to be tomorrow ready!


MSD Decatur is embarking on a new telephone system that will enhance our community and improve safety in the district. Thank you for your patience during our upgrade.

A Note from your Principal

Dear West Newton families,

Students and staff have had a busy first week back to school and have jumped right back into their academic routines. West Newton’s Rocks (focus) for the 3rd nine weeks are as follows:

  • Rigor – math content vocabulary emphasized in I Can statements
  • Engagement – practicing researched-based strategies of classroom engagement
  • Interventions – collaboration to utilize specific interventions for students

Academic Vocabulary, Test-Taking Strategies, and Classroom Culture are successfully embedded within West Newton’s culture. Thank you for sharing your student with the West Newton staff!

With Tiger Pride,

Principal Strube

High Ability Information

Attention parents of 2nd and 5th graders! The MSD of Decatur Township High Ability Committee is getting ready to begin this year’s identification process to determine which students will qualify for the High Ability Program for the 2020-21 school year. An important letter and FAQ sheet were sent home with your child this week.Beginning next week, all students in grades 2 and 5 throughout the district will be taking the CogAT Complete online. The CogAT is a measure of potential focusing on general thinking skills and problem-solving skills. Students will also again take STAR tests in grade 2 and Airways tests in grade 5, and those scores will be used for achievement scores in reading and math. Using the data from both assessments, the High Ability Committee will determine which students qualify for the program. If you have questions or concerns about the process, you are welcome to contact the school or the district office.


Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Department

317-856-8060 or apply online at

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Order your yearbook today - Click HERE to order - enter code 44166S
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Ms. Krell's Art Segment


All 4th, 5th and 6th grade students must have a sketchbook for art. Sketchbooks can be purchased in the WN Bookstore for $2.00 or at any local store.


Thank you for making the Art to Remember fundraiser a success. All profits will be used to purchase art materials. All Art to Remember orders have been sent home with students. If you have questions, concerns or have not received your order, please contact me at 317-856-5237.


Art Club is accepting applications for January enrollment. Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade are welcome. Cost is $10 per month. Each month is a new opportunity to join!


The days are getting chillier as fall continues to winter! It is VERY important that your children are dressing appropriately to prevent any health issues related to the cold! Please make sure they are coming to school with a jacket/coat as they will still continue to go outdoors for recess if weather permits. As the temperature continues to drop, please also make sure your child has appropriate head gear on such as stocking caps and/or scarfs (FYI-heat is released thru your head)! Also make sure they are wearing gloves during very low temperatures to help prevent frost bite! Remember, just because it’s not snowing does not mean the cold cannot do damage to your little ones!! As always, THANK YOU for helping to keep all our tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn! J

Paige Ison, RN

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There will be a Decatur Volleyball League for any girl interested in learning to play volleyball and playing on a team. Registration will be held on two Saturdays, January 4th and January 11th.


Decatur Fire Station

5410 S. High School Road

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Dee Taylor, Varsity Volleyball Coach 317-409-2976
  • Tandace Joseph, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach 317-856-5274 ext. 05134

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ January 10th and 24th

Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time. All proceeds benefit the Student Activity fund and the Staff Fund.

Popcorn days this month will be Friday, January 10th and January 24th.


Our Lost and Found is full of coats, jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and other items. If you are missing anything, please stop by the school to look or ask your student to check the table.

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday, 7th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 24th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night


Tuesday, 4th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 7th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night

Friday, 21st / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - West Newton's Got Talent


Tuesday, 3rd @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 6th - Friday, 13th - - -Book Fair ~ Lunch with Someone You Love

Friday 6th / 5:30 - 7:30 - - - Grandparent's Night & Book Fair Grand Opening

DCHS Baseball Winter Clinic

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All students have homework each evening which includes reading for 20 minutes, studying word study words, and practicing math facts. Students in grades 4-6 may have extra work for any assignments not completed in class that day.

Practice equals mastery ~ students will gain confidence and show success in the classroom. If you need help with ideas and/or strategies, contact your child's teacher.


All Decatur Township School volunteers must register and be approved before volunteering for the 2019-2020 school year.

To complete the volunteer form now - click here

The application can also be found at

Click on the tab 'Families', then 'Volunteer' to submit an electronic form.

Don't have a computer, not a problem. Volunteer forms are available in the school office.

For more information contact:

Bev O'Toole 317-241-0183 or

Decatur Township Library Cards

Decatur Township has entered into a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library. Through this partnership, every year we provide the library with a list of our students, and they match the list with their database of patrons. If a student does not currently have a library card, they will be issued one. This program has been very successful in our schools and in other districts in Indianapolis.

The special card students receive will give them access to all of the library’s digital materials, such as databases of magazine and journal articles, downloadable ebooks, emagazines and audio books. In addition, it will give them very limited access to physical items, such as regular books. Of course, you can change this to a full access card by visiting your library. This is an outstanding opportunity for your student. If for any reason you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact our school office for paperwork to opt out.

Any questions or concerns about the program can be directed to Lynn Hodgkin, Elementary Media Coordinator, at 317-856-2221.

CANVAS Parent Instructions


Support Decatur Township by purchasing a metal "Decatur Proud" license plate. The cost is $5 (cash only) and the profits help the students in our school.


Clipping Box Tops for Education is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. Your child can earn personal rewards and rewards for their class or grade level when they bring in Box Tops! For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers. You can also download the Box Tops Bonus App to earn even more money for our school.

Thank you for your support!

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It is the Board’s commitment to provide a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Any individual who believes a student has been or is the victim of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should report the situation to the building principal or designee or complete the School District’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report form, which is available online at