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Newman Catholic Return to Learn Updates

2020-2021 School Year

*The following are press releases and announcements that have been emailed to Newman Catholic Families. If you are not receiving emails please contact Kimberly at or correct the contact information located in Powerschool.*

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Student Illness FAQs

This section will answer frequently asked questions concerning students displaying symptoms of COVID-19, address when to contact the office if your child stays home due to illness, and more.   

If your child is exhibiting symptoms but has an alternative diagnosis you may provide the school office with the following document signed by a medical provider.  View the document here

Newman Catholic has purchased infrared thermometers for the possibility of necessary temperature screenings for both the Elementary and the MS/HS offices. However, an initial morning screening at home has been recommended by the Medical Advisory Task Force for several reasons:

  1. Our goal is to prevent large group gatherings, and stopping for temperature checks is liable to cause congestion at our entrances, with nearly all students arriving at school around the same time.
  2. Outdoor temperatures (hot or cold) can significantly influence a person’s body temperature if checked immediately upon entering the building after being exposed to the elements.
  3. Temperatures often develop as the day progresses, especially if a fever-reducing medication was taken in the morning. Taking medication to reduce fever before attempting to attend school is not advised. 
  4. This decision helps protect the privacy of students and staff, and aims to further prevent stigma associated with illness.
  5. There are a range of symptoms associated with COVID-19 which should be considered as part of any screening protocol.
  6. Students or staff members who are showing signs of illness will be sent home.

Please note: Newman Preschool and Childcare, including before and after-school care, will screen for temperatures as required by DHS.

Face Masks

There are no color or style requirements for student or staff masks. Students and employees should select masks that are most comfortable for them. Have some fun with it! Invite your child(ren) to take part in picking their masks or a fabric pattern that matches their interests.

A Newman Catholic mask will be available with sweatshirt order but is not required.

*Mask must be appropriate, No political statements*

Masks can be cloth or disposable. Plan to have at least five masks available for each child so they can have a clean mask to wear each day.  Pack a back-up mask each day in case one becomes soiled or uncomfortable. If this is a hardship, please contact your school principal.

Cloth Masks

All cloth face masks should be made of at least two layers of breathable fabric. A mask should fit snugly against the sides of the face, reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils. It is important to select a style that will stay on your child’s face without slipping off when talking or moving about.  If you opt for a gaiter-style mask, check for a snug fit that won’t slip. Masks with openings, such as mesh, valves, or holes of any kind are not acceptable.

Students should put on their mask before leaving their vehicle or entering the building or bus.

Masks will be removed at mealtimes, recess, and once behind a desk shield in the classroom. They should be stored safely in a bag, container, or pocket. Containers are recommended to store masks during lunch, recess, and other “mask breaks.” Students should use hand sanitizer following the removal of their mask prior to eating.

The CDC offers some helpful pointers about how to wear cloth face coverings.

Disposable masks will be available for students if they forget to bring a mask. If a student repeatedly forgets or does not have a mask the school office may offer a donated fabric mask.

We recognize wearing masks may be more challenging for our youngest students. However, to best support our ability to remain on campus, we feel it is important to start with best practices and refine our approach as we evaluate the policy in action. All K-12 students and staff will be required to wear a face mask while indoors. Face shields are permitted for use in addition to the face mask, but not required.

Exceptions for an alternative face covering may be made in rare circumstances for students and employees with a documented health condition that medically prevents them from wearing a face mask. Exceptions are subject to review.

This is an important question because your support will make a big difference in our success.

Please start now to prepare your child for the experience of wearing a mask. Your children will take cues from you about this policy. We humbly ask that you try to share positivity as you discuss masks and the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 with your child(ren).

Before school starts, provide opportunities for your child(ren) to practice wearing a mask for an hour or two each day, and each time you leave the house. Discuss how they will handle and store their masks at mealtimes, recess and other breaks.

Talk to your child(ren) about being a leader in protecting their friends and teachers. They can be proud of taking part in keeping their community safe!

We will do our best to provide regular opportunities for “mask breaks” throughout the school day.

Mask FAQs

-All K-12 students will be required to wear a mask.

-K-5 students will wear a mask upon entering the building and may remove the mask in the classroom once seated behind desk shields.
-We recommend talking to your student about the importance of wearing a mask, as well as practicing their use. (see provided video)
-Teachers will wear a face shield while providing instruction and will add a mask while within 6ft. of students.
-Students and teachers will be responsible for their own mask – We will have limited supply of masks available if needed
-At this time we are not specifying on the type of mask.
-A uniform mask will not be required but will need to be appropriate for school.
-An opportunity to purchase a mask with the Newman logo in youth and adult sizes will be available with the uniform sweatshirt order.

-Students will be excused from wearing masks if a valid reason is currently documented on a health plan we have on file or a doctor’s recommendation is provided.



Newman Family,

With the current rise in positive COVID-19 cases in North Iowa, we have received several questions concerning the possibility of transitioning to online learning. As you might guess, there is not a simple answer to this question. And although the county positivity rate is a factor in our decision process, we are more concerned about our school’s attendance numbers. At this time, our attendance numbers for students, staff, and faculty, indicated on our website (link), continues to be strong.

If a change were made, I would communicate this message to families as soon as possible. Please take the time to make a family plan now in order to be prepared for this possibility. We continue to monitor our numbers daily and will take action as soon as it is necessary. Please know any decision to move to remote continuous learning will be made for the health and safety of our Newman Catholic School community.

We ask that you continue to be diligent and follow health and safety protocols inside and outside of school.  Please continue to pray for all those affected and an end to this virus.  For information about the upcoming winter sports guidelines, please click HERE As always, please contact me with any questions.

Yours in Christ,


Newman Families,

On Tuesday, September 29, the Iowa Department of Public Health released new guidance regarding coronavirus exposure and whether those in close contact need to quarantine. We have also visited with Cerro Gordo County Public Health to confirm their agreement with this guidance. The following highlights the changes.

  • Guidance change: If a person is in close contact with an individual who tests positive, quarantine is no longer recommended if both are wearing face mask consistently and correctly.

  • Iowa and Cerro Gordo County Public Health are using the CDC recommendations for face coverings; this means that the only acceptable face covering is a mask. As a result, gaiters will no longer be allowed to meet the face-covering guidelines.

It has been Newman Catholic’s goal to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at school.  Up to this point, we have been pleased with the results from our multi-layered mitigation measures (social distancing, masks, extensive sanitation, regular hand washing). As a result, the IDPH change in guidance means that if a student was in close contact with someone who has tested positive and both parties were wearing a mask consistently and correctly; they are not required to quarantine. The “When to Stay Home” flowchart has been updated and is linked HERE.


Dear Families,

The Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health jointly released guidance for schools and local public health agencies regarding public reporting of COVID-19 cases, instituting limitations in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

The new guidance states:

    • Schools that have no cases can report zero cases 
  • Schools with 5 or fewer cases should not provide a specific count but can confirm there are cases within the school population 
  • Schools with counts of 6 or more cases can release specific case counts 
  • No other demographic identifiers should be included in the school-level release

We are committed to safety and transparency while maintaining student privacy.  We will adapt our reporting procedures to meet the new guidelines outlined above.  Beginning immediately, we will report the number of active positive cases and the number of students and staff quarantined in our school each day.  This report will be available in chart format on our school website and will be sent via email with the school’s newsletter update weekly.  

The new reporting guidelines allow our school to report in the following way:

  • If there are 0 cases, the number “0” will be used.
  • If there are 1-5 cases,  “**” will be used.
  • If there are 6 or more cases, the actual number of cases will be used.

Thank you for your support of our school.  Please continue to pray for all those affected and an end to this virus.  As always, please contact me with any questions at

Yours in Christ,

Tony Adams

Newman Catholic Schools

Newman Families,

We have received further guidance from the Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health that will answer your questions on how you will be contacted in the instance of potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.  We also wanted to include information from Public Health, on the importance of planning for the year and the challenges you may face, along with possible solutions to consider.

The following document includes helpful information regarding the importance of planning for potential service disruptions, a checklist for household items, a family emergency plan document, and more.  Click here to view the document.

In the event of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case within the school, we will:

1)   Work with Public Health to identify anyone who is exposed.

2)   We, along with Public Health will contact anyone who is identified as exposed.

3)   We will send out a general email to all parents notifying them of a positive case.

*Exposure is defined as anyone within 6ft. for more than 15 minutes

The following letter from Public Health will show you what a COVID-19 Exposure Notification may look like.  View the document here

If your child is exhibiting symptoms but has an alternative diagnosis, you may provide the school office with the following document signed by a medical provider.  View the document here

*These documents along with this email will be listed on the Return to Learn/COVID Response Center of our website: 

Tony Adams

K-12 Administrator

Newman Catholic School –

Forming Disciples to Lead, Love, and Serve.

Newman Families,

It is hard to believe that we will be starting school in less than 2-weeks. And although the learning environment is going to look much different this year, our mission as a Catholic school has not changed. We want you to know that we have been diligently working reviewing all guidance to ensure we provide the quality experience you have come to expect. 

This email contains information regarding our mitigation protocols. The protocols outline the day-to-day protocols that we will follow. We wanted this document to be short and concise. We hope that it answers the “how” the day will look as we start the school year. Please reach out if you need further clarification on any of the steps. The document is linked here.

We have also wanted to share our updated schedule for middle school and high school. As you can imagine, trying to find a workable schedule allowing teachers to work with both in-person and online students can be difficult. As a result, we felt going to a 4-block schedule for our MS and HS students would allow the best opportunity to meet their needs. The attached document will give an overview of how the schedule will operate. Click here to view

There have been several updates on the Return to Learn/COVID Response Center of our website, we encourage you to revisit the site: Click here
We look forward to seeing you for Registration Week; if you need a reminder on dates and times, Click Here 
Newman Families,
While we can’t give you all of the answers because of how quickly things are changing, we want you to know this… We care deeply about our students and will do whatever we can to help you and your family get through this.  Newman is and will continue to be, flexible in meeting our students where they are and helping them build and grow from there. As we put out our plans we want you to know that we will make it work, no matter what it looks like for Newman or for your family! It’s what we do.

With that being said, we wanted to update you again on the progress of our Return to Learn (RTL) Plan.  Please take special note of the online learning request form.  Although we believe a face-to-face approach creates the best possible learning environment for our students, we understand that some families may feel more comfortable starting in an online format.  If you are considering registering for the online option we ask that you complete the online request form.

Newman Families,

I wanted to send a quick update on our Return to Learn (RTL) Plan. Please note that the information provided can change quickly as we continue to receive guidance from the various entities. One area to take special note is the wearing of masks while in school.

We do plan on requiring everyone that enters the building to wear a mask. With that said, we are looking at how we can best serve our students of all ages, especially our lower elementary students. I would request that you talk to your child about the importance of wearing a mask and take time practicing putting it on. We have included a video link about mask-wearing that you might find helpful with younger children.

We will continue to send updates on our RTL plan as we move forward, as well as posting them on the Return to Learn Center of our website.

Learning Status

Registration Week  

Return to Learn Update

We Wear Masks Video

Mayo Clinic Self-Screening Tool

July 15, 2020 

“To live is to change, and if you have lived long, you have changed often.” ― Saint John Henry Newman 

Dear Families, 

The year 2020 has certainly presented all of us with a unique journey! At Newman Catholic School, we are excited and ready to continue our partnership with your family. Our team has been working diligently to create a rigorous and safe return-to-learn plan in order to proceed with the journey of Catholic education that feeds your child and family spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. 

Living our Mission 

We are committed to providing a quality Catholic education, regardless of the delivery model being used. The education your child receives from Newman Catholic is distinct, as our Catholic beliefs, traditions, and teachings are deeply embedded in daily instruction. Newman Catholic staff are prepared to continue this for the next school year. We plan on the following: 

  • Teachers will have daily communication and interaction with all students. 
  • We will continue to offer all courses including religion course regardless of the delivery model 
  • Catholic beliefs, traditions, and teaching will continue to be deeply embedded in daily instruction 
  • Provide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for all students (FRIENDZY Program) 
  • We are currently discussing how we will be able to provide: 

o Mass for students. o Service opportunities for students. 

Our school team continues to receive information almost daily from the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC, Archdiocese of Dubuque Office of Catholic Schools, and the Cerro Gordo County Health Department. Please know that we are diligently working to finalize our Return-to-Learn Plan details. Our hope is that we will be able to provide you with a more comprehensive plan into next week as we receive further guidance concerning our school opening. 

We are excited to welcome your child back to the 2020-21 school year to continue their spiritual, social, emotional, and intellectual growth as safely as possible. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift. 


Mr. Tony Adams K-12 Administrator

In the event of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case within the school we will:

1)   Work with Public Health to identify anyone who is exposed

2)   Contact anyone who is identified as exposed

3)   Send out a general email to all parents notifying them of a positive case and to confirm that those who were exposed were contacted directly

*Exposure is defined as anyone within 6ft. for more than 15 minutes

The following letter from Public Health will show you what a COVID-19 Exposure Notification may look like.  View the document here

Want to help? If you would like to donate reusable masks to your school for students who do not have access to a mask or forget to wear one, please drop them off at the Newman Catholic Office, 2445 19th St SW Mason City, IA. Thank you!


Newman Catholic faculty and staff are committed to carrying forth our mission of developing the total person in a Catholic environment. We will maintain our tradition of academic excellence, providing academic rigor and student support, whether learning takes place in-person or online.



    • Parents will need to excuse students for being absent (online or in-person) as attendance will be recorded.

Learning Environment

    • Create a structure for their at-home learning experience, which includes a quiet place to work without interruptions. 


    • Students learning online are able to participate in the SFSP lunch program (program details linked), which provides free meals for all of our students.  

To schedule a time to pick up meals, please contact Julie Udelhofen at



  • Participate daily in each of your classes.
    • Teachers will have all information posted in Google Classroom, including the link to connect to the class’s live stream.
    • Your camera must be on and positioned to show your smiling face. 
    • Complete all tasks as if you were in class.
    • Participate in FRIENDZY with your 5th-hour class (Wednesday during Lunch)
  • Communicate with teachers if you are struggling or have questions.
  • Teachers will give directions on how to best communicate during class and outside of class time.  


  • Will discuss the process for students to connect (Google Meets and Classroom) to the class. 
  • Students’ work will be reviewed and returned with feedback in the same time frame as in-class students (2-days).
  • Will set time aside to meet with online students that have questions. 
  • Teachers are expected to return emails from students/parents within 24 hours of receiving messages Monday-Friday. Communications received after 3 pm on Friday will be answered by 5 pm on Mondays.

Assessments and Grading

  • Teachers will continue to employ both formative and summative assessments to provide students. Standard grading practices will remain in place. Consult the student-parent handbook for additional details.

Newman Catholic has ordered enough technology to be designated 1:1.  We anticipate the end of September for the arrival of this additional technology.

In-Person or Virtual

Yes! The option to access learning on-site or virtually is available to all families K-12, five days a week, starting on the first day of school, August 24. Newman Catholic’s K–12 Learning model is built on flexibility, to meet the needs of each family.

Families will have the opportunity to choose the format in which their child(ren) will access learning from day to day, week to week, or even for a full semester or school year, depending on their needs. This decision may be made for reasons such as personal choice, medical vulnerability, mild illness (in which the student still feels up for learning), due to required self-isolation, or other reasons. You have flexibility.

As school approaches, families will be asked whether they plan to start the year in-person or virtually. This is simply to let our faculty know who they may expect to see on campus when school begins on August 24. After that, families choosing to access learning virtually on any given day or week will be required to notify the school office of their plans.

Initial Online Learning Request Form 

Whether a student is attending on-site or virtually, attendance will be taken and expected for each student. If a student is transitioning to virtual attendance, a parent or guardian will be required to communicate this with their school office. Students will be marked absent if not “present” in either the on-site or virtual classroom.

We are actively improving our IT infrastructure, each classroom is already equipped with the basic technology required to live-stream lessons in real-time. Each teacher will be trained on how to provide instruction in this hybrid format. Teachers will not be expected to record their classroom lessons, however, individual teachers may choose to make special arrangements.

Newman Catholic will do everything possible to facilitate a smooth and engaging classroom streaming experience for students accessing school from home. Naturally, nothing can replace the full classroom learning experience. Students accessing the classroom from home may be unable to fully take part in certain hands-on, lab-based, or small group activities. However, every effort will be made to engage at-home learners in large- and small-group discussions, and teachers will do their best to meet the needs of each student.

In addition to the standard technology already available in our classrooms, Newman Catholic has ordered additional computers to allow for a one-to-one plan for technology access. With the high demand for technology and streaming resources at this time, we accept the possibility of delays in shipment and delivery of our ordered equipment.


The following document includes helpful information regarding the importance of planning for potential service disruptions, a checklist for household items, a family emergency plan, and more.  Click here to view the document

Updates from Newman Catholic for 2019-2020

*The following are press releases and announcements that have been emailed to Newman Catholic Families. If you are not receiving emails please contact Kimberly at or correct the contact information located in Powerschool.*


Newman Catholic Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 28th at 10:00 AM in the High School Gymnasium  

The Newman Catholic Class of 2020 will sit in family groups in the gymnasium, set up using social distancing guidelines.  Each group of up to six family members will have the opportunity to sit with their graduating senior.

As per tradition, there will be a Baccalaureate Mass at 8:30 am for the graduating seniors and their attending family, presided by Father Josh Link of Epiphany Parish.  Following Mass, the graduates will line up for the processional.

Scholarships and Awards will be announced at the start of the ceremony by Mrs. Keely Weiner, School Counselor.  Shortly after, the graduating class will walk the stage to receive their diploma from Jim Fitzsimmons, Newman Catholic School Board President.  Mr. Tony Adams, K-12 Administrator, will announce the seniors graduating with honors.  Graduating senior, Jack Lander, will give a senior reflection.

Due to circumstances with COVID-19, the Newman Catholic Band & Choir will not be able to be present to play the traditional “Newman Loyalty” commencement song.  To keep the tradition, a recording of the 1972 Newman Catholic Choir, directed by Michael Phelan, will be played.

Students, families, and faculty attending the event will be asked to wear their masks upon leaving their vehicles.  They are also asked to bring personal hand sanitizer and to maintain social distancing at all times.

The ceremony will be streamed live on the Newman Catholic Facebook Page:

Contact: Megan Studer, Communications and Enrollment Coordinator


Attached: Photo of gymnasium set up and Graduate Signage


Baseball and softball fans wanting to attend games this summer, here are recommendations and guidelines that should be followed. The Top Of Iowa Conference appreciates your cooperation:

As we approach the end of the year, we felt it essential to communicate out how we will close out the school year. Although school officially ends on June 4th, all course work will be completed by May 22nd. This will give us time to safely close out the school year. We will use the following schedule for families to enter the building for returning items and picking up personal belongings.

The building will be open from 3 pm to 6 pm on the following dates for all grade levels. Please adhere to the assigned days as indicated by the families’ last name.

May 26th

Families with the last name between A-F

May 27th 

Families with the last name between G-L

May 28th

Families with the last name between M-R

May 29th

Families with the last name between S-Z

Elementary (K-5)

* Please note that all personal items will be bagged and found in student’s lockers

God Bless,

Tony Adams

K-12 Administrator

Newman Catholic School –

  Forming Disciples to Lead, Love, and Serve.

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Newman Catholic sets a tentative graduation date

Based on discussion with Newman Catholic Seniors and their parents, the decision has been made to set a tentative graduation date of Sunday, June 28th.  Further details will be released at a future date.

To stay updated as information is released visit: “Online Course Resource Center”

Contact: Tony Adams, K-12 Administrator 641-423-6939


Today the Governor announced an extended school closure, online learning will continue for the remainder of the year.  During this difficult time, our School Counselor is available on Tuesday’s 1-2:30 and Friday’s 10-11:30 via zoom. The link is posted on the resource center: If additional times are needed, email Mrs.Weiner to set up a time. Contact information is also listed on the website:

Senior parents, please continue to monitor your emails for information regarding an end of year planning zoom meeting on Monday, April 20th at 6:30pm.

Spring sports are canceled. A message from our Activity Director: Clearly not the news we were hoping for. My heart goes out to all spring athletes especially those seniors who will no longer compete in high school athletics. Summer sports are still TBD, we will know by June 1 for sure. Let’s stay safe and stay healthy.

Newman families please continue to monitor your emails. If you are not sure if you have received them, see the resource center. As always, please reach out with any questions!

4/7/20 Phase #2 of Online Learning 

Newman Catholic Families,

With the Governor’s proclamation to close schools until April 30th, Newman Catholic will transition into phase-2 of our continuous learning plan. The details for phase-2, listed below, are separated into the different grade levels.


Teachers will continue to provide learning opportunities through Google Classroom. Please note that the resources provided are not required but suggested. See our FAQs (listed below) for further clarification.

Middle School & High School – Phase #2

As previously mentioned, phase-2 of our continuous learning process will focus on the core curriculum and exploratory mini-courses for electives. We will be posting online schedules and courses later this week.

Key Elements

  • Newman Catholic will continue to offer courses in a voluntary setting.

  • Core courses will focus on moving forward with new materials at an appropriate pace for online learning. Elective courses will allow students to continue to explore areas of interest.

  • The courses will be offered in an asynchronous approach while offering students face to face opportunities.

    • The week’s activities will be posted on Google Classroom by 8 am Monday.

    • The schedule is posted to indicate when teachers will give further clarification on posted lessons and allow for discussions and or questions to be answered.

    • Any additional learning activities presented by the teacher during the scheduled class time will be recorded and linked in their respective Google Classroom.

  • If we were to continue school starting on May 1st, then we would pick up the 4th quarter where the current online core courses are at in their lessons.



  • Students will be expected to check and respond to their school’s email twice a day. Once in the morning before they start course work and again in the afternoon.


  • Create a structure for their at-home learning experience. This includes a quiet place that they can spend time working without interruptions. It is also best that students get into a daily routine for working on school work. Although routine is important, don’t stress over students taking breaks.

  • Read this article that gives tips for families doing online learning.


  • Teachers are expected to return emails from students/parents within 24 hours of receiving messages Monday-Friday.  Communications received after 3 pm on Friday will be answered by 5 pm on Mondays.

  • Work submitted by students will be reviewed and returned with feedback within one week of the assignment being due for submission.

  • All Teachers will be available by Zoom or Google Meets during their scheduled class time and the identified virtual office hours. The scheduled office hours are Fridays from 10 am – 11:30 am. Students can also schedule times to meet with teachers through email.

  • Teachers will provide a recorded link to the presented lessons the same day the material was presented.


  • Will communicate all pertinent information to members of the Newman family as it becomes available.

  • Will work with teachers to monitor and assess the current learning environment ensuring we are creating effective learning opportunities for our students.

FAQ – General

Are we returning to school or not?

The Dept. of Ed has indicated it would give a two-week notice for additional school closings. At this time, we are doing online learning until April 30th.

What happens after April 30th if we are in school?

We will continue with the 4th quarter schedule. Teachers will continue with course work that was presented in our current online format.

What happens if the school is closed for the remainder of the year?

We will continue to offer online learning activities through our scheduled school year. Our last day of school would be June 4th.

By going to a voluntary approach, will we need to make up the missed school days?


Guidance from the State of Iowa –

Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities: School provides paper packets, teleconferencing, online instruction, or other outreach activities. Participation is voluntary, and there is no grading or credit given. Schools would need to be regularly engaging with students. Hours missed would not be made up.

* Newman will provide online resources for continuous learning.

How much work will this be?

We know that teachers and students are not accustomed to doing school work from home. Teachers will be prioritizing learning goals with the intent that school work will be to a lesser degree than when school is generally in session.

Will my child move up to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year?

Yes. All students will advance to the next grade. All grade levels will begin with re-teaching and re-learning to ensure a solid foundation before moving forward.

FAQ – Elementary

Why are there so many Google Classrooms to check?

All of the lessons could have been located in one classroom, but instead, it was decided to break the lessons into subject areas. Each Google Classroom represents a subject, which allows an easy way to locate a specific subject.

Are elementary students expected to complete all of the work in each Google Classroom?

No. Elementary students are free to explore any or all of the subject areas they feel comfortable with and/or understand well enough to do. They are also free to skip over any assignments they don’t feel comfortable doing without explanation. There are no requirements or due dates for any of the work included within the classrooms.

Why are all assignments put in the classrooms on Sunday for the whole week instead of one day at a time?

Providing all learning opportunities at the beginning of the week allows flexibility so students can learn at a time that best fits their own needs and their family’s schedules.

How much time should my child spend within their online learning and Google Classrooms?

There is not a set amount of time an elementary child should spend on their online learning.  Time spent should be determined by your child’s level of excitement and engagement, as well as the family’s needs and schedule.

How do I, or my child, communicate with the teacher?

Students and parents can communicate with their teachers within each of the Google Classrooms by leaving a group message or private message. Messages are shown in the teacher’s Google Classroom and automatically sent to the teacher’s email as well. Students and parents can also email their teachers at any time. Teachers check their email often; however, teachers are scheduled to review and respond to their emails every Monday-Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Teachers will also be checking in with their students and families once a week via email or phone call. Teachers will also be responding to students’ work within the Google Classroom and other online platforms they are using.

FAQ – Middle School/High School

Why is Newman not going the required route for continued learning?

It was determined that the voluntary approach gave all students opportunities to continue the learning process without being put at risk (not receiving credit) for the many possible circumstances that could prevent them from finishing their courses.

How will this impact the credit my child needs for graduation?

All students will receive the credit they have earned through the 3rd quarter. If we return to school or change to a required format in May, then students would earn 4th quarter credit based on their work at that time. If we do not return to school and continue with the voluntary approach, then students would be given semester credit for the work completed through the 3rd quarter. The simple answer is that no students would be put in jeopardy of graduating as a result of our current reality.

What is meant by asynchronous learning?

In asynchronous learning, students complete the work on their own schedule outside of actual class time. Activities will be posted Monday morning for students to work on during the week.

If we are using an asynchronous learning approach, why are there scheduled class times?

Class times are made available for students to get additional clarity on posted assignments or allow for class discussions. Teachers may also use this time to clarify posted learning assignments. Any new material presented during class time will be recorded and posted on the classes’ Google Classroom.

As a Senior, do I need to take any courses to graduate?

We would love for seniors to keep taking all of their classes, but this is not required.  Seniors in dual credit classes (NIACC) will need to continue their current coursework. Seniors are highly encouraged to continue courses that prepare them for their college courses and the rigor of future college work.

Tony Adams
K-12 Administrator
Newman Catholic School –
Forming Disciples to Lead, Love, and Serve.

3/27/20 We are excited to bring you Phase #1 of online learning – Short term (until April 10th)

  • Teachers will design lessons that will focus on student interactions. 
  • The goal is to use the mini-lessons as a way to determine our readiness for online learning.
  • ** Links require students to be logged into their accounts

Middle School Mini-Course Catalog  & Registration

High School Mini-Course Catalog  & Registration


Parents, the information below has also been sent to your student’s Newman email address. Please ask them to check it daily.  Also,  all updates are available on our website under the COVID-19 link.  The following is the info regarding the mini-courses that will take place in the next two weeks. Please note that although these courses are not required, we highly recommend that you participate as a way to get used to online learning. If school were to be canceled beyond April 10th, we would transition into a more structured online format that could be required.
Recommended Steps:
  • Register for your courses – The mini-course and Registration Links can be found on the school website at the COVID-19 Resource page. (Currently Viewing)
  • Join the course Google Classroom
  • Check Classroom Monday Morning for any class updates
  • Participate in the online schedule.

For mini-courses next week, teachers may use virtual audio/visual applications. Potential applications include Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom. With either app, your mini-course teacher will email you a link or post a link to Google Classroom to your virtual meeting.

To use Zoom, users have two options: use the web-based application (website is or download the app onto your computer.
1. There is no downloading of the application required for this option. Go to and use the web-based interface.  At the top of the page, there is an option to “Join a Meeting.” When you click on the link, it will take you to a page that you can enter the meeting ID that your teacher sent via email and/or posted in Google Classroom. You can also click the link that your teacher emailed and/or published in Google Classroom, and it should open up the web page and enter you into the virtual meeting.
2. Manually download the Zoom application. This will permanently save the app onto your computer. To use Zoom, you simply open the application and enter the meeting ID that your teacher sent via email and/or posted in Google Classroom.
3. You will need to sign up for a Zoom account. Students may use their @newmancatholic google account to create this account by following the instructions below:

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Finally, We ask all students in middle school and high school to check your emails daily.
Tony Adams
K-12 Administrator
Newman Catholic School –
Forming Disciples to Lead, Love, and Serve.

Parents and Students,

We hope this finds you all settling into your new routines at home. We, at Newman Catholic, are continuing to work daily to provide our students with a quality education in this new online environment. In order to provide a quality academic experience for our students, we have decided to approach the transition to online learning in two phases for grades 6-12.

Phase #1 – Short term online learning (until April 10th) – “Mini-Lessons.”

  • Teachers have designed short lessons that will focus on student interaction.

  • The goal is to use the mini-lessons to prepare for online learning.

Phase #2 (If needed beyond April 10th) – Transition into core learning activities.

  • After step one has been evaluated, our approach to providing meaningful learning experiences will be put into place.

  • We anticipate a balance between a structured schedule that will focus on core curriculum and exploratory mini-courses for electives.

Information on Phase #1

We have put together several mini-courses for our students to explore over the next two weeks (March 30th – April 10th). The goal for each course is to create a learning environment that allows students to collaborate as they explore the various topics. The mini-courses are found in the catalog links below.  The catalog provides a brief description of the course, the instructor(s), and the classroom code.

We recommend the following for students:

  • Register for your Math Class – First two weeks will build on past skills

  • Join one or two additional mini-courses*

*Although students can join as many mini-courses as they believe they can manage, we recommend three-courses, which includes math, as the maximum number.

We would ask that students register using the applicable link below by Friday.  Once a student registers, they should then join the course’s Google Classroom (Code is in the course catalog).

Mini-Courses for Middle School and High School**

** Links require students to be logged into their accounts

Quarter Three

We have now officially ended quarter-three. Grades will be posted based on student performances prior to spring break. Students still have time to submit missing work for the quarter. Please email your teacher with any questions concerning grades and assignments for the third quarter.

Parents in grades K-5 will be receiving a conference summary of your child’s performance/scores for the 3rd quarter. Please check your email for this on Friday, April 3, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.


Mrs. Weiner and Mrs. Ries are happy to provide you and your child support to help get through these changes and stressful times. We have set up Google Classrooms that you can access at any time to obtain resources and activities that support emotional, social, and behavioral well-being. These resources are for you as a parent and /or your child to use if and when you feel you might need that extra support. You can also reach out to us at and at any time, and we will promptly get back to you.

To access our Google Classrooms, please use the following codes…

Kindergarten – 2nd grade:  tsui5vt

3rd – 5th grade:  mzwdj6q

6th – 8th grade:  x5mwhao

9th – 11th grade:  b4q4x4y

12th – Seniors Only:  5xqovf7

Information on Phase #2

Details will be provided as soon as we have further information concerning the school year.

We are excited to say we are ready to begin our student home educational learning opportunities with our K-12 Newman Students! The mission of the Newman Catholic School System is to provide a quality education for all in a caring, responsive, and faith-filled environment. With that in mind, Newman staff members have been working on an overall plan to connect with the students they serve and provide some educational learning opportunities for students at home.

We are hoping you will walk through the following processes with your child to ensure their understanding and use of our home educational learning opportunities. This will help bridge the gap from school to home during this time and ensure your child is better prepared for his/her future learning.

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Plan

Kindergarten through Fifth grade will have a Google platform called “Google Classroom,” they will be using to share out student home educational learning opportunities. Parents of students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade will be sent an email with instructions to follow for access to the grade-level Google Classrooms. Parents, please check your emails!

Middle School and High School Plan

For the next week, we have identified Math, Science, and Reading as essential skills to guide student learning. The attached document shows resources for each area. It is recommended that each student spends a few hours on either Math or Science each day.  We also believe students should reach each day and have given guidance for each grade level. At the end of the document are links for students to participate in various faith opportunities. We would strongly encourage that families find time to pray together.

The attachment for middle school and high school is also posted on our website: > Parents > Documents > Resource Document

Future Plans

Middle School and High School Teachers are currently finalizing plans for additional mini-courses that will focus on 21st-century learning in a fun and creative way. Look for details early next week.

Newman Catholic Faculty

Tony Adams
K-12 Administrator
Newman Catholic School –
Educating the Mind, Heart, and Spirit


We will be sending out academic information and resources tomorrow.

School Open for Personal Items

The school will be open on Friday from 11:00 to 12:30 and again from 4:30 to 6:00 for those needing to get personal items. Families with K-5 students should use the elementary entrance, while parents with students in middle school or high school should use the main MS/HS entrance. We will monitor the number of people that enter the building to ensure we stay below 10 people in each area. As a result, we may ask you to stay in your vehicle until someone leaves. We would also ask that you follow the guidelines of social distancing while in the building.


On Wednesday (3-17-2020), Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. In this, Governor Reynolds proclaimed the following:

A.   Restaurants and Bars: All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.

E. Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after the termination of this disaster.

Based upon this proclamation, and a result of conversations and support from Mason City Schools, the Prom Advisor, and the After Prom Committee, we are recommending the postponement of Prom, currently scheduled on April 25th. We will continue to abide by and adhere to future guidance from our Governor and Legislature before making any official decisions regarding the future date of Prom. We will make every effort to have Prom. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this difficult time.

Tony Adams
K-12 Administrator
Newman Catholic School –
Educating the Mind, Heart, and Spirit

Other Announcements:


Important information regarding SCRIP purchases during school closure:

4/9/20 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) information regarding spring sports


Something for everyone to look forward to!

We have a new date for the Gala! Mark November 7th on your calendars and get your tickets now, a limited number of tickets available:


Support Local Business:  The COVID-19 outbreak has placed a hardship on many of our business partners. We encourage families to support these businesses during this time if you are able to!


Coronavirus: with the constant changes that we have seen in the last couple of days. The Newman Catholic Foundation, with the guidance of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, CDC, and Iowa Department of Public Health, is postponing the April 4th, Newman Gala. As this Virus continues to evolve, we will continue to keep you updated. Please stay safe; thank you for your patience and your continued support. Blessings to all.
Middle School Phase 2 Schedule

Middle School Course List

Google Classroom Codes

Found HERE

High School Phase 2 Schedule

High School Course List

Google Classroom Codes

Found HERE

Mrs. Keely Weiner -School Counselor

School Counselor Resource Page