9th grade treats teachers and staff to TGIF breakfast

9th grade class liaisons Kathleen Kusiak, Jane Stackpole, and Vicki Spetter bravely oversaw their first TGIF breakfast on April 28, delighting teachers and staff. Grateful breakfast eater Mark Wadness of the Links Program wrote the following: 

Please pass on to the TGIF Committee how much breakfast was appreciated this morning! I know I felt bad, as did a few other staff members, who ate and ran back to our rooms without even saying thank you! We are very grateful for the spread and the time and effort that volunteers put in to showing their appreciation to the staff. Again, please relay our many thanks. 

Thank you to Kathleen, Jane, and Vicki and to all of the parent/guardians who helped, including 

Jen Abbott, Alicia Bowman, Sandra Bu, Nancy Caulfield, Sandy Connors, Margaret Crook, Sharon Donnelly, Mary Kathryn Fallon, June Ferestien, Gail Fitzgerald, Deborah Gilpin, Selene Gisholt, Jennifer Glenn, Trudy Good, Jen Hyde, Ellen Jawitz, Joanne Kazarian, Rhanna Kidwell, Jeong Ja Kim, Melissa Lerou, Julie Lindstrom, Karen Manning, Kristen Marshall, Linda McLaughlin, Pam McVey-Richard, Selina Pandolfi, Jasna Pecnik. Julie Redmond, Elizabeth Reilly, Lisa Robinson, Deb Rooney, Joanne Simpson, Marcia Tabenken, Laura Woodward, Julie Youdovin, and Cory Zhou.

Newton North's Anna Ford runs marathon for Newton Schools Foundation

Newton North's own Anna Ford, administrative executive assistant to Principal Turner, jack of all trades, and secret weapon of the PTSO, raised approximately $4,000 for Newton Schools Foundation through her Boston Marathon run on April 17, 2017. This was Anna's fourth Boston Marathon and ninth overall. Special thanks to business donors A&E Fire Protection and McKeown Electric.

Thank you, Anna, for the hours you spent training, fundraising, and running on behalf of Newton Public School students!

Click here to donate post facto.

Click here to read about Anna in the Newton TAB.

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.


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