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Several seniors pose after a tree dedication to former Chief of Police, Brad Catron, on May 30th.


On May 18th, 2018, Mr. Chris Walker announced he's officially leaving as New Castle High School's Principal in June 

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On 5/9/18, 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 8.8% (65th) 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 and a school's student AP performance). Congrats to all New Castle High School teachers and students! This is the second year in a row we've received this rating!



Class of 2018 last class photo together after "senior walk" on May 24th, 2018.


Seniors, class of 2019 officers for 2018-19

President - Trevor Huffman

V.P. - Bryce Miller

Sec'y - Abigail Meek

Treas. - Braiden Farlow

Juniors, class of 2020 officers for 2018-19

President - Brady Firle

V.P. - Abby Hamilton

Sec'y - Darby Williams

Treas. - Matt Bell

Sophomores, class of 2021 officers for 2018-19

Pres. - Luke Witham

V.P. - Landen Hutson

Sec'y - Trenton Round

Treas. - Matt Bell

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Student Government officers:

Sarah Maddy- President

Zoe Conway- Vice President

Emily Smith- Secretary

Abby Hamilton- Treasurer 

  • Congratulations to the following N.H.S. Officers for 2018-2019:

President-Ben Brock

Vice-President-Spencer Stewart

Secretary-Sarah Maddy

Treasurer-Mckayla Bouslog

Special Events-Caleb Kundert


Mayor for a Day program: senior, Rhiannon Hobbs, learns at NC water treatment plant, March 5th    S.Spears.Cup.Rally

Random shots from our 18th annual Renaissance Rally on March 24th with Stephen Spears!


Celebrating Earth Day, 2018.  New Castle Schools have

@ $6,750,000 since 2009 via an energy conservation program!


LEFT: Red Hot Blues came in 4th at state competition and then performed at our Mar. 24 rally!





New Castle H.S. is committed to providing a relevant,

barrier-free experience that prepares all students for

tomorrow's educational and career opportunities.


 For seniors and senior parents, our online senior news link is at


Madison Eastridge, Health Careers    Caitlin Hicks gives directions at our 4/20 United Voices march

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2018 "Awards for Excellence" IN Winner   200 students marched @ fieldhouse remembering victims of school violence


2018 NCHS Varsity baseball season 21-7. 6th 20+ win season in school history (5th in past 16 yrs.)

Baseball 2018

Back-to-back 20+ win seasons 2017 & 2018. 2nd in HHC=best finish since entering conf. in 2015



2018 Boys' Basketball Regional Champions after defeating Marion there on Mar. 10!


 Right: Dalton Hicks signs intent to work at Crown on May 18, 2018, as part of Machine Trades ceremony.

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LeftCongrats to Melani Shaffmaster (gr. 10), Gatorade's Indiana Volleyball Player of the Year!

In its 33rd year, the Player of the Year program is proud to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character.


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Sleuthing Mr. Thurston at 3/24 Renaissance Rally.  Noah Hammond signs intent to work at Crown, May 18


Henry County Lilly scholarship finalists include NCHS senior, Thomas Witham, in green below:


It was announced on December 13th Tommy is the sole HC winner!

We salute all Henry County finalists for their hard work and contribution to their schools!


Official state Class 3A volleyball championship photo was taken by Mr. Mike McKown


Wishing our academic, musical, speech & athletic competitors all the best of luck this season! 


NCHS has two published authors among our English teaching staff, Mr. Slagle & Mrs. Goggin:

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Mr. Sean Slagle (left) has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry & drama. He teaches AP Lit, English, and theater.

Recent works by Mr. Slagle include A Dirge for the Malice & The Vale of Eden. Click

Mrs. Annette Goggin (right) released her book (center) in early-2017. She teaches English 10 & AP Lang.

Our 2017 Achievement Day honored speaker, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Sup't of Public Instruction, with our senior jacket/ring winners, Sept. 29th. New Castle High School hosted their 58th Annual Achievement Day Program on Sept. 29. The program featured Indiana's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McComick as the honored speaker. Dr. McCormick graduated from New Castle in 1988.


   NCHS was recognized on Mon., November 6th in the statehouse atrium in an inaugural celebration recognizing our school's success in providing students with access to & success with Dual-Credit courses. Last year there were only 16 Early-College high schools in IN. That number is growing.  

L to R: Senator Leising, Principal Walker, Dr. McCormick, and Ass't Sup't, Pheffer receiving IDOE award on Nov. 6, 2017

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In 2018-19 NCHS will offer a course on Ethnic StudiesIt will provide opportunities to broaden our students' perspectives on lifestyles & cultural patterns of ethnic groups in the U.S. The course will focus on a particular ethnic group(s), or use a comparative approach to the study of cultural development, immigration, and assimilation, plus the contributions of specific ethnic or cultural groups. It may also include an analysis of the political impact of ethnic diversity in America.  


New Castle Cheerleaders: State Runner-Ups at home on Nov. 4th!

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 Left: Face was drawn by Xavier Johnson and Right: Stipple horse is by Melani Shaffmaster:

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Our tech dept. has invested in a series of virtual reality Google fieldtrips: Press link here.


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


"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 5/31/17. Mrs. Jackson accepted this honor on behalf of NCHS.


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

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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.