School Committee receives updates on civics, student supports, and middle schools on May 29

Presentations at the May 29, 2019, Newton School Committee meeting included the following:

  • The superintendent described how 8thgraders across the four middle schools gathered to present their Generation Citizen civics projects. One of them, a look at lobbying for stricter vaping regulations, was featured on Boston 25 News.
  • New business featured Karen Shmukler, assistant superintendent of student services, presenting an overview of student services, which is defined as the development of a comprehensive continuum of instruction and care that wraps services and supports around children and families at the point of need. She presented data about the downward trend of out-of-district placement and the upward trend in neurological diagnoses.
  • A middle school update came from Toby Romer, assistant superintendent of secondary education, as well as middle school principals Todd Harrison, John Haratunian, John Jordan and Jacqueline Mann. They highlighted several new and ongoing initiatives aimed at fulfilling the goals of academic excellence, educational equity, and social/emotional learning.