Newport Mill Middle School
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Newport Mill Middle School

Newport Mill Middle School
Architect's sketch, 1957
11311 Newport Mill Road,
Kensington, Maryland 20895
Coordinates39°02?29?N 77°04?04?W / 39.0415050°N 77.0677950°W / 39.0415050; -77.0677950Coordinates: 39°02?29?N 77°04?04?W / 39.0415050°N 77.0677950°W / 39.0415050; -77.0677950
TypePublic Middle School
School districtMontgomery County Public Schools
PrincipalPanagiota Tsonis[2]
Assistant PrincipalLinda Jasper[2]
Enrollment587[1] (2015-2016)
Student to teacher ratio8.0[1]
Hours in school day6.75[1]
Campus size8.4 acres (3 ha)[3]
Area108,240 square feet (10,056 m2)[3]
Color(s)    Orange and Blue

Newport Mill Middle School is a public school for students in grades 6, 7, and 8, located in Kensington, Maryland.

Newport Mill Middle School's students generally live in Kensington, Wheaton, and Silver Spring[4]

Students who graduate from Rock View, Oakland Terrace, or Highland elementary schools may attend Newport Mill Middle School.[5] Graduates of Newport Mill Middle School may attend Blair, Eintein, Kennedy, Northwood, or Wheaton high schools.[5]


In 2013, 91 percent of eighth graders were reading at a proficient level.[6]

In mathematics, 76 percent of students are proficient at math.[6] 39 percent of eighth graders earned a grade of C or better in Algebra 1.[1]

Of Newport Mill Middle School's students, 18 percent are enrolled in special education.[1]

Extracurricular activities

Athletic teams at Newport Mill Middle School include:

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Cheer-leading
  • Cross Country Running
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Weight Training

Clubs at Newport Mill Middle School include:

  • AA Lead
  • Anime Club
  • Builders Club
  • Drama Club
  • French Club
  • Math Olympiad
  • Green Schools Club
  • Homework Club
  • Rock Band
  • Scientists of Tomorrow
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Government Association
  • Yearbook Club

Student body

During the 2015-2016 school year, Newport Mill Middle School had 186 sixth graders, 196 seventh graders, and 205 eighth graders.[1] The school's capacity is 825, while its total enrollment is 587.[1]

Of Newport Mill Middle School's students, 48 percent are Hispanic/Latino, 17 percent are Black/African American, 20 percent are White, 11 percent are Asian American, and 4 percent are multiracial.[1]


Panagiota Tsonis serves as principal, and Linda Jasper is the assistant principal.[2]

Newport Mill Middle School has 62 teachers and 29 support staff.[1] Of its teachers, 79 percent have at least five years of teaching experience, and 39 percent have at least fifteen years of teaching experience.[1]


In 2006, Principal Nelson McLeod received a Distinguished Educational Leadership Award from The Washington Post.[7] During that school year, 67 percent of black students were proficient in math, which was almost double the percentage three years before.[8] Of eighth graders who were black, 68 percent were enrolled in high school-level math, compared with 44 percent in Montgomery County Public Schools overall.[8] Of the student body overall, 71 percent were proficient in math, up from 50 percent two years prior.[9] The award was in recognition of Principal McLeod's hands-on efforts and leadership that spurred the students' achievements.[8]

In 2007, Newport Mill Middle School was one of ten schools nationwide that was recognized as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership.[10] Newport Mill Middle School received the award because of its success and diversity.[10] They had started an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, which focused on international understanding and critical thinking.[10] Newport Mill Middle School was also commended for its Parent Place program, which provided workshops for parents in English and Spanish.[10] Principal McLeod had made sure to ask for suggestions from students, parents, and teachers on how to increase respect, responsibility, caring, sportsmanship and effort.[11] The award included a $20,000 grant for the school.[10]

In 2017, Newport Mill Middle School was one of three schools in Maryland selected for the National Foundation for Governor's Fitness Councils DON'T QUIT Award for demonstrating new and innovative ways of promoting student physical activity and wellness. As a recipient of the award, Newport Mill was gifted a $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center. Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, Governor Larry Hogan, and other state and county officials visited Newport Mill for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.[12]

In 2018, Newport Mill Middle School was recognized as one of 46 schools in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools designation. The award recognizes schools for trying to save energy, fostering health and wellness, teaching students about the environment, and creating sustainable learning spaces.[13]


Newport Mill Middle School sits on a campus of 8.4 acres (3 ha).[3] The school building is 108,240 square feet (10,056 m2).[3] The building has a capacity of 825.[1]

Five school bus routes serve the students.[14]



Some of the surrounding neighborhood was built in 1950;[15] other parts were built in 1956.[16]Montgomery County Public Schools and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission bought 20 acres (8 ha) of land in 1955 in order to build a junior high school and a recreation center.[17]

Construction of the school began in June 1957.[18] The architecture firm of Justement, Elam and Darby designed the building.[18] The architects wanted to design a large school with an efficient layout and many large windows.[18] The architects said that 90 percent of the school's exterior was covered by glass windows.[18] The cafeteria and gymnasium were built near the street in order reduce the amount of street noise that would enter its classrooms.[18] The construction budget was $1.7 million.[18]

The school opened in September 1958 with the name Newport Mill Junior High School.[1][19] The school was named after a gristmill named Newport Mill that had been built nearby in 1756.[19][20] The gristmill had been used to grind flour for American soldiers during the American Revolutionary War.[19]

Romaine Robinson was the school's first vice principal.[21] Robinson had been the vice principal of Lincoln Junior High School in Rockville until it closed.[21] Robinson was black, and the school's student body was predominantly white.[21] At the time, she was one of two individuals in the county school who were black in a leadership position at a school with predominantly white students.[21] The Montgomery County Board of Education appointed Robinson vice principal as part of its efforts toward racial integration.[21]


The building operated as a public school until 1982 when it was closed due to declining enrollment.[22][23] The building was leased to a private school that had formerly been operating under the name Town and Country Day School in Kensington.[24] The private school changed its name to the Newport School when it moved to Newport Mill Junior High School's building.[22][23][25]

Renovation and reopening

When Sligo Middle School's enrollment exceeded its capacity, the Montgomery County Board of Education decided to renovate and reopen it as a public school for the 2002-2003 school year.[19] The Montgomery County Board of Education considered changing the school's name to either A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, for a community activist originally from South America which was later named for the then-closed Col. Joseph A. Belt Junior High School when it reopened in the 2005-2006 school year, or J.D. Speller Middle School, for the African American founder of a middle school honors math and science society. Residents of the surrounding neighborhood asked the Montgomery County Board of Education to keep Newport Mill in the school's name, because the school had been known by that name for many years.[19] The school was reopened with the name Newport Mill Middle School in 2002.[1][19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Newport Mill Middle School - #792". Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved on January 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Staff Directory". Newport Mill Middle School. Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved on January 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "11311 Newport Mill Rd Silver Spring 20902-0000". Real Property Data Search. Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. Retrieved on January 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Newport Mill MS 2016-2017 Service Area". Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "About". Newport Mill Middle School. Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved on January 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Newport Mill Middle School - Performance Data 2010-2013". Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Weil, Martin. "18 Honored for Commitment and Innovation". The Washington Post. November 21, 2006. p. B8.
  8. ^ a b c de Vise, Daniel. "Principals Honored for Taking Their Schools Ahead". The Washington Post. November 30, 2006. p. T9.
  9. ^ "McLeod Gets Award As Educational Leader". The Pilot (Southern Pines, North Carolina). December 26, 2006.
  10. ^ a b c d e "School Notes". The Washington Post. June 14, 2007. p. T8.
  11. ^ Waters, Jen. "Lessons in moral development - Character-building produces better students, citizens". The Washington Times. November 19, 2007. p. B1.
  12. ^ "School News". MCPS News: The Bulletin. October 11, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Rodgers, Bethany (May 18, 2018). "School Notes: Newport Middle in Kensington Named a Green Ribbon School". Bethesda Magazine. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Bus routes 2015". Newport Mill Middle School. Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved on January 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Harness, Conrad P. "New Housing Projects Set For Maryland". The Washington Post. February 12, 1950. p. R1.
  16. ^ "Newcastle Co. Previews New Homes". The Washington Post. April 8, 1956. p. G1.
  17. ^ 20 Acres Purchased For Center, School". The Washington Post. November 27, 1955. p. D12.
  18. ^ a b c d e f Jones, Jean. "Newport Jr. High School Features Advance Design: Exterior 90 Per Cent Glass". The Washington Post. May 18, 1957. p. C9.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Montgomery in Brief". The Washington Post. March 21, 2002. p. T2.
  20. ^ Lee III, Blair. "Montgomery History Offers Delightful Story of County". The Washington Post. October 5, 1952. p. M20.
  21. ^ a b c d e "Two Made Vice Principals In Maryland School Shifts". Atlanta Daily World. June 29, 1958. p. 1.
  22. ^ a b "School Notes". The Washington Post. May 8, 2003. p. T5.
  23. ^ a b Fingerhut, Eric. "Council tables vote on sale to Berman academy". Washington Jewish Week. October 27, 2005. p. 19.
  24. ^ Walsh, Elsa L. "New Uses Of Closed Schools Stir Civic Debates: Debates on Uses of Closed Schools". The Washington Post. May 12, 1982. p. MD1.
  25. ^ Perl, Larry. "Lab School head". Baltimore Messenger. September 15, 2004.

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