The Tiger Times

January 24, 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!

A Note from your Principal

Dear West Newton families,

Our West Newton Tigers are diligently working each day on mastering their standards and showing off their skills on assessments. Mr. Werner (co-assistant principal), Mrs. Humphries (co-assistant principal), Mr. Bright (lead teacher), and I have been supporting students with Data Talks in order to reinforce discussions that teachers and parents have with their students regarding assessment scores. Our students have been amazing at looking at how much they’ve grown academically during the year and then setting goals with where they want to be with their learning by the end of this school year.

West Newton’s annual “WNGT” – West Newton’s Got Talent – is holding auditions this coming Wed., Jan. 29 after school. Audition forms are available in the office and must have a parent signature so that the student is allowed to stay after school on Wednesday for auditions. Please call the office should you have any questions. The actual event showcasing talents at WNGT will be held on Feb. 21 from 6-8pm.

The West Newton PTO meeting has been changed to Wed., Feb. 5 beginning at 6pm so please note the adjustment on your calendars. The PTO meeting is always held in the media center and we love having the support of our West Newton families. Thank you for sharing your child with us!

With Tiger Pride,

Principal Strube


From the gym…

January was a busy time in the gym. We started a basketball unit with skill work – dribbling, passing and shooting – and then progressed to basketball games – boys vs. boys and girls vs. girls (after I explained that we’re not trying out for the NBA, but playing to have FUN!) ;) This year, we’re having two weeks of games rather than one so we’ll be finishing basketball in February. Then we’ll begin working on soccer skills, and the 4th thru 6th grade classes will do their second round of basic physical skill assessments (running, sit ups, and pushups). The assessments are done in August, February and May so the students can track their personal progress for the year. Most of the students enjoy testing themselves against the stopwatch so they don’t really view this day as testing, but an individual competition.

It’s hard to believe that the school year is half over already! Your children have made me smile, laugh, sometimes cry (happy tears!) and challenged me to be a better person and teacher. I’m looking forward to all of the blessings each of them bring me for the remainder of this year! Thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful children with me!!!

Mrs. W

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6th Grade DMS Visit ~ February 10, 2020

Monday, February 10th and Wednesday, February 12th will be all about your 6th grade students!!!

Decatur Middle School welcomes all 6th grade students and their families for an open house from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Monday, February 10th.

6th grade students and their teachers will visit the school to explore the different SLC's (small learning communities) during the school day on Wednesday, February 12th.

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Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Department

317-856-8060 or apply online at

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Decatur Central Youth Cheer Clinic

Registration: online link
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Order your yearbook today - Click HERE to order - enter code 44166S


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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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, 5th @ 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