Celebrate graduates

Newton High School commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 19 at Athletic Park. The annual ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment of the senior class will include music, awards, speeches and the all-important handing out of diplomas.

In the case of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved to Ravenscroft Gymnasium at Newton High School. Tickets will be required for admission to the gymnasium.

In addition to the annual commencement, this week there will also be the annual Baccalaureate Service. Sponsored by the Newton Ministerial Alliance, Baccalaureate is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 16  in the Newton High School Auditorium.


2. Join the jam

The Newton Ukulele Tunes Society will perform an open jam from 6 to 8 p.m. May 17 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth. Admission is free.


3. Celebrate careers

Newton High School will host a retirement reception for five teachers representing 150 years of service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 16 in the school media center.

Honored will be Lou Didier, 27 years, Lowell Ely, 31 years, Ray Olais, 25 years, Donna Woolery, 33 years, and Keith Woolery, 34 years.


4. Learn about rural schools 

The next installment of the Sunday Lecture Series will feature Darryl Claassen presenting "A Picture of a Rural School" from 2 to 3 p.m. May 20 at the Harvey County Historical Society, 203 N. Main.

Claassen, a Whitewater native, local historian and published author, has recently researched the early schools that made up Remington USD 206. His presentation on these one-room schoolhouses in particular, and the unique culture of one-room schools in general, is sure to be both fascinating and educational.

Admission is $5 or free for Museum members.


5. Celebrate alumni

Two Newton High School Alumni will be honored at a brunch May 19 and will also be recognized during the NHS commencement ceremony that evening. The inductees into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for 2018 are: Susan Schultz Huxman, class of 1978, and Roman Vega, class of 1988.

The brunch will be held at 10 a.m. in the NHS Media Center and the community is invited. If you wish to attend, please RSVP  by calling Joni Jantz at 284-6206.