From the school nurse: Learn about e-cigarettes

They’re disguised to look like a permanent marker or a flash drive. They come in flavors like mango, vanilla cupcake, strawberry margarita and pina colada. They’re electronic cigarettes – also known as e-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah, e-juice, e-smoke and more. Using them is vaping, “juuling,” or e-smoking.

We know some students are using e-cigarettes, and we want students and families to have the information they need to talk about preventing and stopping this unhealthy behavior. A 2016 report from the U.S. Surgeon General says:

Your donations are hard at work enriching students' experiences through Grants and Projects

Under the skilled leadership of co-chairs Joel Bloom and Jane Stackpole, Grants and Projects funds have been allocated. Your PTSO dues are being used this year to fund many things--small and large--that will enhance students' educational experiences at Newton North. Here are a few examples of what funds will be used for.

Save the date: Two special programs offered by PTSO on February 13

6:30-6:50 p.m. E-cigarettes, Vaping, and Juuling: Know the risks for your teen

Learn about various forms of vaping currently popular with teens from two experts--Prevention/Intervention Social Worker Alison Malkin (from Newton North) and Public Health Program Specialist Teresa Kett (from the City of Newton's Health & Human Services Department).

7:00-8:30 p.m.: Making the Most of Your High School Years

Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting moved to December 19, 7:00 p.m.

The Newton Community Preservation Committee’s next meeting has been moved from December 14 to December 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Cafeteria, Basement. The CPC will hear the Newton Housing Authority’s request to submit an updated $2.5 million proposal for their Jackson Road/Haywood House (Newton Corner) new senior housing project. A new, future date will be announced for the public hearing on proposed revisions to the program’s funding guidelines, previously scheduled for the December meeting.

Historic Newton offers celebratory events in December

Find distinctive gifts – all on sale – at Historic Newton’s two museum shops. Choose among cards made with fabric hand-woven by children at our fall Hayfest, as well as reproductions of watercolors painted by 19th century Jackson Homestead resident Ellen Jackson, and 3D images. Pick up a candle or a jar of our custom-made pear jam for a hostess gift or stocking stuffer. From picture books about the Underground Railroad to Newton memorabilia, our selection targets all ages.

Newton Free Library offers events for teens in December

Teen Crafterhours, December 4, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Meet once a month a Monday night to make crafts and eat snacks. This week, make mittens out of felted wool and eat snacks! Grades 7-12.

Anime/Manga Club, December 6, 4:00 pm, Computer Center: Come meet on the first Wednesday of every month and hang out with lovers of all things anime! Activities will range from anime screenings, to discussion of our favorite series, manga share and swap, anime-themed crafts, cosplay workshops, art trades and more!  Yummy Japanese snacks will be served. Grades 6-12.

Vice Principal Amy Winston shares plans to use LibraryTrac in LLC

As we approach the December break, I am writing with an update on the NNHS Library Learning Commons. One of my responsibilities at NNHS is supervising and supporting the library and the librarians. This year I have also facilitated conversations with students regarding the LLC and have worked with students and staff to continually improve the atmosphere in the library while ensuring access to academic resources and support.


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