College admissions testing program to be held on May 4 at Newton Free Library

College Admissions Testing: A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT and Other College Tests, Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium
With the redesigned SAT, which was given for the first time last spring, and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing. In this seminar, we will
  • Help dispel some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests
  • Provide families with information to help guide them through their own unique testing plans
  • Explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process
  • Explain the differences between the SAT and ACT
  • Examine sample problems from the two tests to highlight the differences
  • Help students understand how to decide between the SAT and ACT, when to take the test and how to prepare
Presented by the Summit Educational Group. For teens and parents. Register online.

Host families needed for summer cultural exchange

CCI Greenheart is currently seeking volunteer host families from Newton, Brookline, Brighton, and Watertown for a group of high-school age French students participating in a 3-week cultural immersion program from July 8th – July 28th. Volunteer host families will be responsible for providing meals and housing for one student for the three week period and will be able to spend time with the student and share aspects of American culture. This 3-week program is a great introduction to hosting for families who have never hosted an exchange student before!

Families interested in hosting or learning more should contact the Local Coordinator, Monique Baumont at mbaumont5@gmail.com or 908-720-0520.

Fourth annual Kindness Day held on April 28

The Partners in Kind Club, mentored by faculty advisors Allegra Atkinson and Tracey Stewart, ran its fourth annual Kindness Day on April 28. According to Ms. Atkinson and Ms. Stewart, "Kindness Day is about celebrating the goodness and humanness in all of us." For the fourth year, the PTSO supported this event by paying for doughnuts and distributing 600 doughnuts before school. 

Teachers had the option of bringing classes to a series of optional assemblies. Here are the offerings.

Ed Ex funds from 2014-15 for mental health continue to support programs at NNHS

The committee in charge of spending money to support students' social and emotional well-being had another active year and was able to finance a number of healthy initiatives. The funds spent were raised by the 2014-15 Educational Excellence campaign. Here is a table outlining the spending. Thank you to PTSO donors! 

Educational Excellence Mental Health Funding 2016-2017

Letter from superintendent about 2017-18 NPS budget

Dear Newton Community,

Last week, the School Committee approved the budget for the 2017-18 school year. The final approved budget allows us to preserve so many of the programs and supports we have worked hard to implement over the past several years. With additional savings realized late in the process, we have been able to partially restore program areas we thought we would need to reduce more significantly.

Fine Arts Department sponsors pottery making by students for veterans

The Fine Arts Department, with the generous support of the PTSO, invited any teacher from Newton North to bring his/her class to Ceramics on April 4 and April 6 to make gifts for veterans. PTSO funds were used to purchase clay, extra tools, and glaze to make this project possible. Art teachers taught participants how to make and decorate bowls, cups, and wall hangings to be presented to veterans on Memorial Day.      
 
Each participant in the Memorial Day presentation that happens here at North will be given a handmade piece. Students and teachers will also be encouraged to come to Ceramics anytime during the third week of May to pick up a piece to give to a veteran whom they know.
 
Eileen Gagarin and Cindy Masoff
Fine Arts Department

Beatlejuice and Friends: The 2nd British Invasion of Needham to be held April 29, 7:00 p.m.

The Plugged In Band Program is excited to present the British Invasion of Needham, featuring Boston’s #1 Beatles cover band, Beatlejuice and Friends, on Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m., at Powers Hall in Needham. This 21+ event will provide an evening of amazing music, dancing, a cash bar and fish & chips and other delicious options provided by Captain Marden’s Cod Squad – all at a modest price. The event will support the Plugged In Band Program in Needham.
Since 2002 Plugged In has been teaching youth how to be in a rock band, the importance of using their music to make positive change in the world, and instilling in them the confidence to do so.  Plugged In is a welcoming place where young musicians can express their creative side, be nurtured, and learn to give back to their community. What makes Plugged In special is a commitment to including all students, regardless of their ability to pay or the costs associated with accommodating students with special needs. In this environment of compassion and acceptance, all of students learn the power of helping others. 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Powers Hall
1471 Highland Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
Tickets are $35 per person in advance online at www.pluggedinband.org and $45 per person at the door.

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