New Hampton Schools

As Dollars for Scholars Committee member Raelene Maas announces scholarship winners during a Facebook Live event, her fellow committee members watch New Hampton High School’s unique Scholarship and Awards Night.
Michael Kennedy virtually stood before the members of the New Hampton High School Class of 2020, and took a moment to talk to them last Tuesday night. And we’re hoping they listened and took the longtime New Hampton attorney’s advice and filed it away. In a typical year — OK, in any other year but...
Madison Kolbet came prepared for the rainy conditions as she sports an umbrella while waving to a group of people congratulating her.
So what if it rained on their parade; after all, the senior year these New Hampton High School students have had is one for the books. Getting wet was the least of their concerns as they celebrated their “virtual graduation” Sunday with a 29-minute parade that began at the high school, made its way...
Bob Ayers takes a break during his final week at work as New Hampton Community Schools’ business manager.
Bob Ayers concedes he has mixed emotions when it comes to his retirement as New Hampton Community Schools’ business manager. “It’s time, probably, and we have some grandkids I’d like to give a little grandpa to,” Ayers said. “With our kids — one lives on the East Coast, one on the West Coast — that...
New Hampton High School Principal Sarah Updegraff said she’s faced some excruciating decisions as a school administrator, but she never expected picking a commencement date to be one of the toughest in her career. In a letter sent to seniors, juniors and their parents last week, Updegraff informed...
Hours after Iowa PreK-12 students learned they will not return to school for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year, the stadium at New Hampton High School is lit up as part of the Light Up Iowa initiative in an effort to send a message of solitary to students, teachers, parents and the whole community during the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.
They left their buildings on the afternoon of Friday, March 13, and everyone — teachers, students, paras — figured they’d all see each other on Monday, March 16. Instead, that Friday, the 13th, would be the last time students would gather together in class, talk over lunch, rehearse for the play...
School buildings will remain closed at least through April 30, but in a way, classes are back in session this week at school districts around the state. When Gov. Kim Reynolds closed schools for four weeks on March 15, she “forgave” the days and hours that school districts would not meet, meaning...
New Hampton Community Schools has changed its meal distribution system, in large part to keep those volunteering to drop off its meals as safe as possible. “It’s really about social distancing,” Superintendent Jay Jurrens said, “If we can limit the amount of contact our volunteers have to have, it’...
Elementary school students hold a sign and wave to their teachers during a parade by New Hampton Community Schools’ instructors last Tuesday.
New Hampton Schools are now in their third week of being shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  And although the teachers are unable to meet with their students physically, they are still finding creative ways online for the kids to connect amongst themselves and the teachers. Take New Hampton...
New Hampton Community Schools’ employees deliver lunches, and breakfasts for that matter, to families at drop off points in Mikkelson Park on Friday afternoon.
New Hampton High School Principal Sarah Updegraff’s voice cracked with emotion as she talked about seeing her students last Wednesday. “It’s why we do this, it’s why we got into education,” she said, “and to not have them here, it’s really hard. And to not know when they’re coming back … it was...
The chance to save an additional $68,000 in interest payments led the New Hampton School Board to levy an additional 25 cents for its 2020-21 levy, but the levy will still drop somewhat dramatically next year. School Board members wrestled with the issue during last Monday’s regularly scheduled...

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