The Newport Independent school district is very rich in tradition; however, it is new initiatives that keep the district moving forward. In the past three years, the district’s leaders and staff have successfully implemented many new programs to promote student achievement.
The district introduced the Home Visit program two years ago. As a result, the personal connection made with students and families cannot be overstated. As one teacher wrote, “the value of home visits is so much more than making connections. The visits ignite compassion, humility, and an understanding of ourselves, our students and their families.” This year’s Home Visit Day was Aug. 10 and staff participation was better than ever.
Newport Independent has successfully rolled out a 1:1 iPad initiative over the past two years. All students in grades 7-12 have their own iPad to use every day in the classroom and every elementary classroom has five iPads to use with students.
This year, the district partnered with the City of Newport to introduce a new reading program for pre-K through 3rd grade children called Footsteps2Brilliance. This mobile technology program puts more than 1,000 books, songs and learning activities in the hands of every parent who lives within the district’s zip code – free of charge.
The results of the recent TELL Kentucky Survey show distinct and positive outcomes beginning in 2011 through this year. Items such as a clean and well-maintained environment, community support for the schools, communication between the school and community, expectations for student conduct, students following rules of conduct, faculty working in a safe environment, involvement and trust of teachers in leadership, decision making and solving problems, support from school leadership, improvement in professional development experiences, and the district being a good place to work and learn reflected double digit gains, ranging from 22 to 50 percent..
As Newport Independent continues to move forward, the district’s vision is to help every child be proficient and prepared for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century.