Please help the NNHS PTSO Teacher Appreciation Committee create a delightful Retirement Tea to express gratitude to retiring NNHS faculty and staff. The tea will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 2:45 p.m., in the Library Learning Commons. Donations of food and volunteer time are needed!
See Cabaret Troupe perform May 9-11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Little Theatre at Newton North. Cabaret Troupe is a group of dedicated performers who tell stories through the unique medium of contemporary musical theatre. In addition, they will showcase a balance of comedic and dramatic numbers. Moreover, they will foster vibrant acting performances through song. Directed by Tèa Baum and Rebecca Lev, with musical direction by Andy Bean.
Energetic volunteers gathered at Newton North on Sunday, April 28, 2019, for the eighth annual Operation Bold Paint; they left the building having refreshed a dozen classrooms and offices. Stated Principal Henry Turner, "Thank you for your hard work with Newton Serves. The newly painted spaces look fantastic, and there were many smiling faces on Monday."
Parents/guardians of art students are invited to Art Morning on Friday, May 10, 7:00-9:00 a.m., in the first floor art studios at Newton North (rooms 124, 127, 129, and 131). The works of art will remain on display for the rest of the day for the greater school community.
Newton North's Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), with the support of faculty advisors Chris Alberg and Lisa Goldthwaite, hosted ToBGlad Day on Friday, May 3, 2019. Trans, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity Day is an annual event held at North to celebrate, educate, and stimulate conversation. See the poster below for descriptions of the day's events. Faculty and staff were invited to sign up their classes to attend sessions.
Art Major 4 seniors are painting murals on the walls of Newton North as one of their final projects. Students submit a design proposal that is reviewed by administrators. Once their proposal is approved, students are assigned a location. They begin by outlining the mural in pencil. Over the course of weeks, they use acrylic paint to create their mural. Art teacher Shannon Slattery provides guidance by visiting the students as they work.
Families gathered to feast and learn at the PTSO's second annual Multicultural Night, held in the NNHS cafeteria on April 30, 2019. Participants had the opportunity to share traditions and try new crafts; browse beautifully prepared displays featuring clothing, books, photos, posters, and more; and taste delicious foods from around the world. The event even reunited two fellow high school alumnae after 30+ years!
The next NNHS gathering of FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) will take place on Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the International Cafe at Newton North. All parents/guardians are invited to bring a dish, snack, or beverage to share, and to join in a discussion about excerpts from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. R.s.v.p.
The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, has only a few slots open for the fall. We’re hosting three Open Houses on the following dates: Saturday, May 11, Wednesday, May 29, and Monday, June 10, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., at Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year.
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Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo coming up on January 7, 2020!
FUNDRAISING The PTSO holds three major fundraisers during the year for parents/guardians. The PTSO also solicits funds from local businesses. See these charts to get a sense of how the funds are raised and how the donations are used at Newton North.
To learn how you can earn money for the North PTSO click on the logo.
As the use of e-cigarettes (called vaping) has increased, so has the risk of more teens becoming addicted to nicotine, the active ingredient in e-cigarettes. In particular, with its cool design, Juul has helped popularize vaping among teens. Juul devices were designed to look like a tech product; one of the designers worked for Apple before joining Juul. Juul now makes up 68 percent of the $2 billion e-cigarette market. According to the Surgeon General, in addition to nicotine, Juuls contain the following:
Here are some other facts about e-cigarettes.
Here are some healthy ways to take your mind off Juuling.
FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says
How to Talk to Your Kids about Vaping (WBUR)
Vaping, Marijuana, and the Effects on the Adolescent Brain with Dr. Ruth Potee
To Curb Youth Smoking, Vaping, FDA Announces Plan Aimed at Flavored Products
In-house experts share strategies at PTSO program on October 26, 2018: “Just Think: Vaping, alcohol, marijuana--Know the risks for your teen”
Watch this six-minute video about Juuling with your teen, and use it to start a discussion.
Click on the picture to view or download the 2016-17 Student Handbook (1MB pdf).
NNHS communtiy news is posted in OurNewton.org. OurNewton is also looking for volunteer writers, photographers, editors, and staffers. Can you help?
Click on the poster to link to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.