Isaac Newton Magnet School and Newport Intermediate School may have a grade reconfiguration during the coming school year, pending approval by the Lincoln County School Board.
Isaac Newton/Newport Middle School Principal Majalise Tolan is proposing to combine all sixth-grade students into one level at the intermediate school, with the advanced county-wide Isaac Newton program to be offered to seventh- and eighth-grade students only.
The primary reason for the proposed change is the adoption of Common Core State Standards in Oregon, which demands increased rigor for all students. Having all sixth grade students combined would help build their skill level using the middle school model, and would equalize the expectations for students in the same grade at the same school building.
Isaac Newton is a magnet school for all Lincoln County students in grades 6-8 geared toward integrated arts and sciences. Isaac Newton staff and students approach learning as a creative endeavor in which students prepare for the future through an integrated project-based approach and academically rigorous environment. Newport Intermediate serves students in grades 4-6. Both Isaac Newton and Newport Middle share facilities in the same school building in Newport.
The school board will discuss this proposal at their next meeting on March 12. Meanwhile, community informational meetings to answer questions about the proposal are scheduled throughout the county:
* Friday, March 1, 8 a.m. at Newport Intermediate School.
* Monday, March 4, 6 p.m. at Lincoln City Community Center.
* Tuesday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. at Crestview Heights School in Waldport.
* Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 p.m. at Crestview Heights School in Waldport.
* Wednesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m. at Newport Intermediate School.
* Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. at Toledo Elementary School.