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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!  


NCHS students & principal Walker at national Renaissance conference, AZ this July



"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 New Castle H.S.


 Mr. Thurston was recently selected as the HHC Super Bowl Coach of the year!

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

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



 For the 2016-17 school year just ended, 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!

New Castle Community Schools have received a planning grant for $30,000.00 under Lilly Endowment, Inc.'s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 students. The aim of the Counseling Initiative is to increase significantly the number of K-12 students in Indiana public and charter schools who are emotionally healthy, realize academic success, graduate from high school, obtain valuable postsecondary credentials, certifications and degrees necessary for meaningful employment, and are prepared to compete and prosper in a global society in which they will live and work. 


Congrats to our two co-Teachers of the Month of February: Mr. Thompson and Mr. Wesseler!


Left:Kierstyn Cockran, State Gymnastics competition, BSU on 3/11.       Right: Madison Cunningham got key to HS, 3/24

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

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

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Senior going to National Speech contest this summer!

At the Indiana North District Optimist International Contest for Essay and Oratorical in April. senior, Shelby Mills, representing a New Castle Optimist Club, won the district competition and a scholarship for $2.5K. She was also chosen as overall district winner and will be representing Indiana North District at Nationals on June 15th and 16th in St. Louis, MO. Congrats to Shelby!


On Friday, April 21st, both our concert bands traveled to Pendleton Heights High School for an organizational contest.  Both groups earned a gold rating in performance and sight-reading.  The Wind Ensemble received a "With Distinction" for their performance.


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):

Macey Bell Scholastics        Bailey Olson Scholastics 2

NCHS students qualify for nationals at Indiana HOSA conference

Last April numerous students in our Health Occ program via our county-wide career center competed at their IN Leadership conference in Indy. First place national qualifiers from NCHS were Ethan Hethcox (clinical); Tori Matthews & Jessalyn Nicholas (CERT & HOSA display) & Morgan Erwin (HOSA happenings); 2nd place nat'l qualifiers = Hayden Hutson, Kyle Simpkins & Peyton Turner (Creative Problem Solving); 3rd place nat'l qualifiers = Hayden Hutson & Kyle Simpkins (EMT) & Ethan Hethcox (Job Seeking Skills). (4/15/16) 

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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.  


Over spring break, the New Castle Indoor Percussion Ensemble finished their 2016 season on Saturday, April 2nd at the Rose Hulman Center in Terre Haute. Our percussion ensemble WON their second state championship in a row!  The ensemble beat 11 other ensembles in the Percussion Scholastic Concert Open division to earn this title.  Director of bands,  Mr. Jonathon Edwards said of this accomplishment, "The best honor is watching the hard work of percussion director, Greg Wolff and these 15 students as they have grown and developed as an ensemble." (4/4/16)          (Photos below taken by Kim Nguyen)

Left: Cameron Tabor scores 44 pts. vs. Shelbyville on Dec. 9, 2016 to set a Trojan GVB record!

 C.Tabor                   Gillis

Right: Mason Gillis, one of his dunks at Banker's Life Fieldhouse vs. Lapel, 10/10/16


Last January, Landon Dean from the Henry County Sheriff's Dept. began the first of its kind teen program at N.C.H.S. He had successfully trained numerous adult versions of this class over the past several years. A group of young men were invited and graduated from the first known IN teen class on March 17th, 2016. One graduate commented, "The class had a big impact on me.  I'm not sure I would still be in school if I wasn't in it.  My temper has improved and my grades did too.  I think it should be required for all freshmen." Another said"I liked the program a lot; it made me understand there were more important things than messing around and getting into trouble.  The things we did helped me focus more in class and see the big picture better." Made possible by a grant from the Henry County Community Corrections (overseer of OSSPgm). A group of 12 young ladies have likewise been invited to participate in our second round to start after spring break. This second round is being made possible by a grant via HC ARIES organization. (3/21/16)


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

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.