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Between now and Christmas, important surveys will be made available to our NCHS stakeholders:

From December 12th thru 15th, our students and support staff will have surveys made available.

Parents will be notified via a robo call with directions on how to access their survey by Christmas.

Teachers will have access to their survey questions around the New Year's and that week after.

Survey results will weigh into our every 5-year state Adv-Ed accreditation to take place in March. 


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!


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Part of woodwinds of NCHS band playing Christmas music outside cafe on Dec. 13th.


Tyler Jarrett, NCACP Health CareersTyler.Jarrett Student of the Month of December


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



Optimist Club's Youth Academic Achievement winners on November 15th



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


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


Mr. Sean Slagle (left) has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry & drama; teaches English and drama

Mrs. Annette Goggin (photo forthcoming) released her book earlier in 2017. She teaches English.


NCHS annual Fall Dance on  Veteran's Day (Nov. 11, 2017) at the armory. 

"I'll put our student body up against any in Indiana. Also, they clean up pretty well!" Mr. Kenon Gray

  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 upon 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 the America.  


On Nov. 9, a couple of reps from the New Castle schools attended a Hope Initiative forum where local, regional & state reps shared valuable data, concerns, and first-hand experiences regarding the scourge that is drug abuse and addiction plaguing Indiana in general and East Central Indiana in particular. So much info and interest were shared a follow-up discussion will take place on a Thursday in early-January at the HOPE building off East Broad St.


New Castle Volleyball wins State! In 3 sets at B.S.U. on Nov. 4th!

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

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The New Castle Community School Board 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, Florida. 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 and a school's student AP performance). Congrats to all New Castle High School teachers and students!


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

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Congratulations to the following 9th grade band students for their participation in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All Region Band: Brock Newman, Zoee Hines, Abigail Burns, Caitlin Lorton & Nancy Thompson


Congrats to Trojan QB, Niah Williamson, WR Luke Bumbalough, C Tommy Witham, and LB Stephen Spears for being selected to first team all Hoosier Heritage Conf. Four others were just one vote away!


 Tough Trojan football team fell in sectional to Mooresville on Oct. 27 after having their best season since 1984. News links on football season: &


NC Career center students compete in robotics contest at Wright State Univ. FOX 45 interview HERE.


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


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


"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.


 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, May 12, 2017



 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've 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.