METCO's 50th year in Newton will be celebrated on April 29

Newton Public Schools will commemorate 50 years of partnership with METCO, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc., on Saturday, Apriil 29, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Newton North High School. Join NPS at this special evening to celebrate the past, present, and future of the METCO program. Light appetizers and desserts will be served. For more information, please visit

March Madness wraps up at Library Learning Commons

The NNHS Library Learning Commons (LLC) coordinates a number of programs and contests at Newton North that are designed to encourage independent reading. In March they participated in a national promotion called March Madness concurrent with the NCAA basketball tournament. Students voted for their favorite books as did students around the country, resulting in a national winner. The winning young adult novel was All the Bright Places.

Newton Family Singers host benefit concert for Best Buddies on April 9, 4:00 p.m.

The Newton Family Singers and Team Believe have joined together to bring you a concert with a purpose. Join the One Voice, A Concert Benefiting Best Buddies where the Newton Family Singers will sing a program of songs about strength, diversity, inclusion and friendship by an eclectic group of popular artists such as Natalie Merchant, U2, Katy Perry, Matisyahu, Carole King and many more. These songs are sure to inspire and bring joy to you and your family!

Heartbreak Hill Road Race and Family Walk to be held April 15

The snow has almost gone, and it’s time to start dusting off those running (or walking) shoes! The 25th annual Heartbreak Hill Road Race and Family Walk is a perfect way to shake off some of that cabin fever! Just one mile, up and down famed Heartbreak Hill!

Every runner receives an official digital-clock time, a race medallion, goody bag and a free ticket to the pre-race pasta party at Newton City Hall on Friday, April 14. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place runners in each category win a trophy!

Newton North student educates others about concussions

Having suffered several concussions over the past few years, Newton North student Lily Winton is working to educate other students and their families about the impact of concussions and to provide useful information that can help students dealing with the aftermath of concussions. She gave her first public presentation on March 21 at Day Middle School. Read more about Lily's work in the Newton TAB. 

Businesses and volunteers needed for Financial Reality Fair on May 19

Newton North business student Hayley Soehle is working with teacher Robert Kane and other students to plan the second annual Financial Reality Fair on May 19, from 8:50 to 11:15 a.m. The fair will run along the lines of a game of Life and will enable student participants to experience the responsibilities and budgeting decisions they will face when they begin living on their own.

Teens age 14-15 invited to participate in mental health study

Genesis Vergara, a research assistant with the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Lab at McLean Hospital,  is involved in conducting a research study to improve the understanding of mental illness in youth.

At present, they are recruiting adolescents aged 14-15 years with depression or anxiety to participate in research designed to better understand brain connections and mental illness. Adolescent participants will be administered a clinical interview and self-report questionnaires, and eligible participants also will receive an MRI brain scan.


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