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New Castle Junior High School
310  E. Lincoln Ave.
New Castle, PA  16101
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Junior High Honor Roll

Junior High Honor Roll

Congratulations to the students who made the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of the 2017-2018 school year. Way to make us NC Proud! Expand more to view the list. More +
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Junior High Accelerated Program - Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As a district, we strive to create the best academic environment for each student. One way that we achieve this goal is by providing various levels of instruction. We would like to inform you of the process for determining student placement for these levels in the Junior High School. (Please note:  This letter is for any student in 6th grade that is already in the accelerated classes or would like to be considered for these classes.

The NCASD Junior High Accelerated Program is constructed to meet the needs of high achieving students through rigorous learning opportunities. This program is designed for students who have demonstrated above average academic ability with grades and on standardized test examinations, high levels of motivation, and interest for further advancement in post-secondary study. Please click HERE to access the full letter that was sent home.

Please click HERE to view the slide show referenced in the letter. 

Please click HERE to access the appeals form. 

2018 STEAM Showcase

Please join us on Thursday, May 3rd for our 2018 STEAM Showcase! For more information about this special event, please click HERE.  We hope to see you there! 
VR Field Trip

U.S. History Virtual Field Trip

In Mr. DePorzio's U. S. History class, his students have been reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Additionally, the students have been learning about and discussing the historical context of the time period, including World War II, the Axis and Allied powers, Nazi Germany, Hitler, and the Holocaust. Mr. DePorzio recently received a scholarship that was applied to purchasing Google VR goggles, and he used these devices to tour the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. in virtual reality. As the students viewed the various rooms of the museum, Mr. DePorzio narrated what the students were viewing. They looked at various things from pictures of people who died in the Holocaust, rail cars used to transport Jews to the concentration camps, the barracks Jews were housed in, and gas chambers and creamatoriums. The students enjoyed every second of it and are excited to take another virtual “field trip" in the near future! Expand more to see pictures from their VR experience! More +

PSSA Parent Letter and FAQs

Please click HERE to access Mrs. Morell's 2018 PSSA Parent Letter regarding important testing information.
Please click HERE to read information provided by the state regarding electronics and other frequently asked questions.
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Junior High Yearbook

Please click HERE for information regarding purchasing a 2018 Junior High Yearbook.
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Breakout Activity

In order to apply comprehension of the novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King, students in Mrs. Buckel's ELA8 classes actively participated in a "Breakout" style activity.

Becky Proie, librarian and Youth Services Manager at the New Castle Public Library, designed an elaborate and age-appropriate breakout activity to further enhance students' understanding of the action-packed novel.  Students were paired into teams and worked together to develop team-working strategies to breakout of several locked boxes.

After the class finished reading and analyzing the novel, the fun began.  Using literary terms and definitions, mathematical concepts, and scientific facts and investigation, students worked in teams to be the first group to solve all aspects and "breakout" of the final box.  Up against a timer, the winners were rewarded with a coupon for a free Frosty (donated by Wendy's) and bragging rights for being the first to "break out."

Many thanks to Ms. Proie for her willingness to partner with NC Jr. High all the time she put in to developing such a well-planned and exciting activity that truly brought literature to life! Expand more to see photos from the day!

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KNEX Group Picture

K'NEX STEM Design Challenge

Students from the New Castle Junior High competed in the K'NEX STEM Design Challenge at Greenville Senior High School.  The students competing used the design process to collaborate and create a household item that would work to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer, as well as be environmentally friendly.  Our seventh and eighth grade teams stayed after school to design their own invention/innovation to what a environmentally friendly home device would look and how it would work.  Students prepared an engineering design journal, design sketches, technical drawings, and a small narrative to present to several judges. At the competition, students had two hours to use their sketches, technical drawings, and journals to reassemble their K'NEX designs.  When finished, judges came around and scored the students presentation and design notebook using a detailed rubric.  "The Super-Turbine" was created by Gavin Patrone, Jude Byler, Nina Flora, Mackenzie. Olivia Pierce, Aodhan McMichael, and Logan Vargo created the "Storage Carousel" and received the award for "Best Blueprints." Both teams represented the New Castle Junior High with great pride. Expand more to view photos from the event!
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Caught in the Act

We are featuring students who were "caught in the act" of doing something nice for others! Junior and Senior High Students Mariah Klingensmith, Laila Evans, Amari Stewart, Jordan Bethune, Tamiyah Kimmel, and Rylee Stewart (missing from photo) were recognized for a random act of kindness they showed towards a peer in need.  Their care and compassion caught the attention of physical education teacher Mr. DeMonaco and Officer Holmes.  These young ladies did not know their peer, but showed him respect and encouragement.  Your principals are very proud of all of you!  THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE NC STRONG! GREAT JOB!
We are featuring students who were "caught in the act" of doing something nice for others! This is Donelle Jones, a 7th grader who, without being prompted, collects all of the lunch trays for the other students at his table every day. He throws away the trash and returns the trays with a smile on his face! Way to make us NC Proud, Donelle!
Expand more to see past recognitions! 
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Math Mondays

Calling all Junior High students!!

Mr. Rigby is offering Math tutoring every Monday after school until 3:30pm. The tutoring is for any 7th or 8th grade student interested in getting help or giving help in Math.
This is a great opportunity to get expert support and have fun! Please consider coming to Room 250 on Mondays directly after school!

Mr. Rigby can be reached at grigby@ncasd.com, or stopping by Room 250.

Free for All - Breakfast & Lunch

All district students will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch every day during the 2017-2018 school year. More +
Event Calendar

Teacher In-Service

Fri May 4 2018

Memorial Day - No School

Mon May 28 2018

8th Grade Award Ceremony

Thu May 31 2018
Common Sense Media: Digital Citizenship Best Practices
New Castle Area School District
420 Fern Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Phone: 724-656-4756 | Fax: 724-656-4767
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