Noetic Math Contest Information…

Mark your calendars for the Noetic Math Contest! The contest is open to all students in grades 2-6.  It will take place at Newel Elementary on April 11, 2013 from 3:45-4:45.  Permission slips will be sent home this week (or you can fill out below).  Be sure to send the form back by April 5th.   Remember, it’s COOL to be good at Math!!
**Important: SBMS students should leave the middle school at their regular dismissal time.  They should be dropped-off at the elementary school office by 3:45 and go directly to the auditorium.

Dear Parent or Guardian:

I am pleased to inform you of an opportunity for our students in grades 2-6 to participate in a challenging math contest sponsored by the Noetic Learning Math Center. Those students who choose to participate will be competing with other students at the same grade level from across the nation!  The purpose of the contest is to inspire young students’ interest in math and to convey the message ‘It is COOL to be good at math!‘   

The NLMC contest will take place on Thursday, April 11, from 3:45-4:45 at Newell Elementary School.  We will meet in the auditorium where each grade level will be escorted to a classroom to take the test.  Students will be given 45 minutes to solve 20 challenging math word problems. The top 10% of students in each grade level will be honored on Noetic Learning’s web site. And the top 50% of students will be recognized as well.

If you would like to have additional information about the Noetic Learning Math Contest and view sample problems your child will be working on, please visit the web site at:

I am excited that our school will be participating in the Noetic Learning Math Contest.  Our students will help us to show what Newell Elementary students know and can do!

Participation is voluntary, and we do need your permission to release your student’s name to Noetic Learning.  Attached is a permission slip. Please return it by Friday, April 5th.


Karen Schumacher

Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Program


Noetic Learning Math Contest

Name Release Permission

(Must be returned by Friday, April 5, 2013)


Student Name_________________________________

Teacher Name_________________________________

Noetic Learning would like to recognize the contest winners by publishing the top 10% students (name, score, school and state ) and the top 50% students (name, school and state)  on its web site: It is a great honor for your child to be recognized in a national math contest. However, we understand if you don’t wish your child’s name to be displayed. In that case, your teacher will assign a code name to your child, such as, ‘student 04’, and enter him/her as ‘student 04’ to the contest.

___ I grant permission for Noetic Learning publish my child’s name as described above.

___ I don’t give permission for Noetic Learning publish my child’s name as described above.   

Parent Name _________________________________

Parent Signature _________________________________

Date _________________________________

______________________________will be picking my child up by 4:45.  My cell/phone number in case of an emergency is ___________________.


PTA Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award

The PTA is currently accepting nominiations now through March 22nd honoring a NES staff member for the Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award. Please PTA website for forms if interested. Please note, this is a different award than the recent Governor’s Teacher Award that Dr. Fitzpatrick recently sent to parents.

Any questions, please call the Main Office–Thank you!




Newell Elementary School Celebrates Read Across America Day!

What fun Newell Elementary School had today celebrating Read Across America Day! The children entered our school this morning energized and excited knowing that they were going to be participating in special reading activities throughout the day. Classrooms were bursting with students dressed in their favorite pajamas reading their favorite books! I have noted a few highlights from the day for you to ask your child about–enjoy the photos that follow!

  • Hall bulletin boards were decorated to celebrate and honor Dr. Seuss.
  • The Cat in the Hat visited many of our Prek through second grade classes today to read a special Dr. Seuss story.
  • Mrs. Moore planned an Author Skype Visit for our Kindergarten through fourth grade classes. The award-winning author was…Suzanne Slade. Be sure to check out her website:
  • Assemblyman Robert D. Clifton visited NES to help one of our Prek classes celebrate and he even read a story!


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