7th annual Just Think expo attracts and educates teens and families

The NNHS PTSO-sponsored Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo took place on January 23 in two parts. During lunch blocks, interested Newton North students had conversations with representatives from non-profits about numerous topics including sun safety, dating safety, pedestrian and bike safety, mental health support, and marijuana myths and facts. They also had a chance to learn about local agencies with teen programs, including John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club, Newton Free Library, and West Suburban YMCA.

Water bottle fillers installed at Newton North

All ten Newton North water fountains have now been enhanced with a water bottle filler in order to reduce waste from plastic bottles. Please encourage students to take refillable bottles to school! This project, begun last year, was a joint effort of Jonathan Halpern and SFA (Students, Faculty, Administration), PTSO’s Grants and Projects committee, PTSO co-president Rex Clark, executive assistant Anna Ford, and NPS plumbing supplier Kennedy & Sons. The bottle fillers were funded by a gift from the Class of 2016 with help from the PTSO.

Happy Birthday Mozart Concert, an evening of everything BUT classical music! January 27, 7:00 p.m. NSHS

Come warm up at Newton South’s Seasholes Auditorium on Friday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy a fun evening of music and dance! Performing will be students from Plaid Stepdad (indie music), Old News (American standards), Euphonic (a cappella), the Wes Silver Experience (jazz), and the South Asian Student Association Zamaana dance troupe (Bollywood).

Tickets are $5.00 at the door, with concessions available at intermission. Great mix of fun for the whole family!

Think spring--think softball!

Newton Girls Softball, a recreational league for Newton girls in grades Kindergarten – 7, provides an experience that fosters positive self-esteem, team spirit, and individual growth through personal achievement and as a team member. Players of all skill levels will have a fun and rewarding experience.

Can you donate an instrument you no longer need?

“Hi, My name is Abigail Miller. I am in eleventh grade at Newton South High School. Right now, I am running an instrument donation drive because I really enjoy playing music and hope that I can help others get the chance to love it as much as I do. Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, the instruments I collect will be donated to local nonprofit organizations and schools who provide music education to underserved populations.

Special ed discussion touches on communication and transitions

Parents/guardians joined Kate McCarthy, head of the Special Education department at NNHS, for an informal discussion on January 19. Here are some of the topics that were talked about.

Activities: making Club Day more inclusive; holding a second Club Day later in the year; students who don't make a sports team are sometimes invited to be manager or scorekeeper; Freshman Cabaret is led by a special ed staffer and is welcoming; Jane Kenslea has expertise in helping students get involved

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