The New Castle Community School Board of Trustees is pleased to name Dr. Matthew Shoemaker as its next superintendent of schools. This is official after voting unanimously for his appointment at a special board meeting held in the east cafeteria of NCHS on Sept. 18. Dr. Shoemaker, a native of Jay County, Indiana, has spent most of his professional career as a teacher and administrator in the School Corp. of Palm Beach County (FL). He brings the depth of experience in improving student achievement within a variety of demographics and has administrative experience in elementary, middle school, and high school settings. He has served as an area superintendent and as a director of extended learning.

Achievement Day, 2017: Principal, Chris Walker, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, and Dr. Matthew Shoemaker. Photo below left. 

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This May NCHS received a bronze recognition from US News and World Report in their national rankings of high schools. The award ranks NCHS in the top 6.25% (46th) in Indiana (570 public + 166 private and charter H.S.'s) and as a high-achieving school in the nation. The award was determined using a calculation of high math and English performance, percent of low-income students exceeding state & national results, and a career/college readiness rate (AP offerings & a school's student AP performance). Congrats to all New Castle High School teachers & students!  


After securing the HHC title on Oct. 5, our Lady Trojans defeated Wapahani and then Delta on Oct 14 to become the SECTIONAL CHAMPS shown below with the happy team, coaches and supportive fans!

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 Lady Trojans VB plays Regionals at Norwell vs. Ft. Wayne Dwenger this Sat. Oct. 21st at 10 a.m.


Congrats Trojan Marching Band who qualified 4 semi-state held at Pike H.S. 10/28, 5:59 p.m.

Trojan Band performed on WISH-TV channel 8 on Friday morning, September 15, 2017:


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Student government students serving meal at Ronald McDonald House on Sept. 22nd


For seniors and senior parents, our on-line senior news link is at:

Wishing our academic, musical, speech, and sports competitors all the best of luck!

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LEFT: NCHS students with Mr. Walker & Mrs. Foster at national Renaissance conference, AZ this July


RIGHT: At a Carson City, NV church prayer service in early-October for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The Robert Indiana "LOVE" metalwork amongst the candles was made by one of Mr. Steve Vitatoe's welding students in our careers program last year. 

"In honor of the end of the 2017-18 Indiana Free App for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and INvestEd launched an inaugural Indiana FAFSA Completion Award. The Indiana FAFSA Completion Awards recognize the top 100 outstanding Indiana schools with at least 60% FAFSA completion for the 2017-18 FAFSA year. It's with great enthusiasm that we recognize New Castle H.S. as an Indiana FAFSA Completion Award recipient." NCHS was awarded this recognition in the State House atrium on Wed., May 31st, 2017. Mrs. M. Jackson accepted this honor on behalf of NCHS.


 Mr. James Thurston was named the 2017 HHC Super Bowl Coach of the year!

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Above: Photo of our Hoosier Heritage Conf. Academic Competition Champs, March, 2017

Congrats to our interdisciplinary academic team (Tyler Willis, Gwen Mathis, Trinity Cornett, and Cate Brockthat earned first in class 1 at the Richmond regionals (third best in the state of Indiana) on April 19!  They competed at state at Purdue University on May 6th, 2017!


 Our Top 10 Seniors with their selected teacher who had greatest impact, 5/12/17



 For last school year (2016-17), NCHS had an attendance rate of 96.4%*

HS attendance rate has increased steadily since it was 93.9% in 2010-11. It's tied with our best ever

*(Rouded to nearest 10th of a percentage point as does the IDOE. . . Actual for 2016-17 = 96.38%)

Also for 2016-17, we had the lowest number of students suspended or expelled in 25 years!



We have two Silver Key student winners again this year in the Scholastics Art Competition out of 2,800 pieces. Below are Macey Bell's (left) and Bailey Olson's (right) artistic masterpieces that received this national honor (1/13/17):

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We learned on May 9th that New Castle High School has been recognized as one of only ten High Schools across the state to earn the Indiana State School Music Association’s All Music Total Department Award for both our band and choir, achieving gold ratings in misc. levels of performance.  



Students at the New Castle Career Center just received a big advantage over their fellow skilled workers. The NCCC governing board signed an agreement Thursday night with Ivy Tech Community College making the career center an official Early College site. New Castle Career Center is the second such program to receive the designation following Walker Career Center at Lawrence Central. “What gives me particular pleasure tonight is the fact that we have reached a place with the New Castle Career Center where we have mapped out a program that allows us to designate you as an Early College site for Ivy Tech,” said John Newby, assistant vice president of K-12 initiatives for Ivy Tech. (1/25/16)



Athletics such as football, soccer, track, band, P.E. classes, etc., are some of its benefactors!

Ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremonies for new field occurred Friday, August 26th, 2016

The yellow lines are the extended boundary lines for a regulation-sized soccer field.


One of 72 schools in the Midwest chosen to participate in MREL federal research study. 

NCHS participating in a federal education research study

overseen by MREL (Midwest Regional Educational Labs) based in Chicago, IL.  Throughout much of 2014, a team of eight NCHS teachers, counselors and administrators received training on how to implement the research and utilize the National High School Center's "Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System", or EWIMS. The EWIMS study findings were released in late-April, 2017 and can be read at the link here.

The study, based on the research of Allensworth and Easton, 2005, 2007 in the Chicago public school system, found these factors best predicted graduating from high school within four years from entering the ninth grade:

1. A student's initial attendance the first month of school.

2. Student's overall attendance rate throughout the school year.

3. Rate of passing core subjects in math, English, science & social studies.

4. Their overall Grade Point Average, or G.P.A.

5. Number and severity of behavioral referrals to office, etc.

For the purposes of our study, we were afforded a 6th "wildcard" factor to track that we chose to be the student's ISTEP+ performance.

Our local 10-member EWIMS steering team has been meeting monthly since May, 2014 to analyze the data we glean from the provided on-line early warning system tool given us free to use during their research study. More info on this study can be found at this link.