Category Archives: Middle Schools

A Visit to the Allen Homestead for Children and Families

This visit invites children and their families to travel 150 years back in time to imagine what it would have been like to live and learn at the Allen home and this historic school. 

This historic house was once the home of Nathaniel Allen, founder of The West Newton English and Classical School. Nathaniel Allen was a progressive educator who provided equal opportunities for girls and boys in racially mixed classrooms even before the Civil War. His curriculum was innovative, and students from all over the world came to attend his school.

Guests will explore the parlor, a classroom, and even the bowling alley as we learn about the family, the students, the school, and the unique curriculum. Our visit will finish in the barn, where you will have the opportunity to try some of the games and activities that children enjoyed at this time.  

We hope you can join us to learn about the history of this newly renovated Newton treasure. Each visit will run approximately one hour. Free event, 3rd grade and up, registration required. 

Dates: Sunday, December 11 3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, December 15  4:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, January 22  3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, January 26  4:00-5:00 PM Please register here

Waban Lights & Family Sing-Along

Date: Sunday, December 4

Time: 4:45pm

Location: Waban Library Center (1608 Beacon St)

‘Tis the season for celebrating with neighbors. The holiday season is nearly here and what better way to kick it off than with the Waban Improvement Society’s annual Waban Lights & Family Sing-Along event.   

We look forward to lighting up our beloved Waban Library Center building and surrounding grounds and turning the entire area into a wonderland of light to enjoy throughout the winter. Before we flip the switch to light up the WLC, please join us for hot chocolate, sweet treats and a festive community sing-along featuring songs celebrating the winter holidays.

Sign up for Superintendent Search Focus Groups

The Newton Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee is conducting a series of in-person and virtual focus groups designed to solicit perceptions of the district and its services to students, staff, and families. Participants will also be asked for input on what they consider to be the most effective characteristics for the district’s next superintendent. There are several dates and times available from November 17th – 20th. If it is a virtual group, you will receive a link via email prior to the focus group. All in-person focus groups will take place at 100 Walnut St., Newton.To sign up for a focus group, please use this link to a Sign Up Genius form (you do not need to create an account to sign up:*Please note that names will not display on the Sign Up Genius form to maintain confidentiality prior to the group meeting.If you are unable to attend the focus groups, you may provide feedback through the online survey at:

Robotics Tournament and STEAM Expo

The LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning high school robotics team, will be hosting a FLL Robotics tournament and a STEAM Expo on Saturday, November 19th, from 12-5pm at Newton North High School. Watch middle school teams who built and programmed robots out of Legos to compete in the FIRST Lego League Competition (FLL) go head to head at the tournament. Also come to the free STEAM Expo event open to the public, to support North and South Clubs who have come to help LigerBots spread STEAM, do a variety of super cool STEAM activities and demonstrations, interact with other High School Robotics teams from across the state, and visit local companies/organizations like the Massachusetts National Guard.

Masks are required except for designated eating locations and admission is free! We hope you can stop by!

Teen Stress Survival Guide Workshop

Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library
December 14th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This workshop led by Families for Depression Awareness staff and a Licensed Mental Health Professional, will teach teens how to identify symptoms of stress and, identify strategies to manage it, as well as how to find help if things start to feel like “more than just stress”.
Register here: Stress Survival Guide Workshop Tickets

City of Newton Youth Services in partnership with Families for Depression
Awareness, The Newton Free Library and The Newton Youth Commission

Superintendent Search Survey

Dear NPS Families,
The superintendent search has entered its “engagement” phase in which the search committee is soliciting feedback and input from the Newton community to help identify and select the next superintendent for our district. Your feedback will assist the School Committee in understanding your perspective as candidates are recruited, screened, and interviewed for the position.The survey linked below is designed to solicit perceptions of the district and its services to students, staff, and families. Based upon these perceptions, you will also be asked for input on what you consider to be the most effective characteristics for the district’s next superintendent. Newton Superintendent Search SurveyThe survey will be open from November 7 – 21, 2022.Please also watch your email for upcoming opportunities to provide feedback via in-person and virtual focus groups. As always, detailed information can be found on the search committee webpage on the district website.

Students performing with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s opening concert on November 20

Tickets are just $10 each with code FRIENDS! 

Support students at Newton South who are performing in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s opening concert on Sunday, November 20, at 3 PM at Symphony Hall in Boston. Maestro Benjamin Zander conducts Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben (The Hero’s Life) and Beethoven’s most famous symphony, No. 5.

Join us in person or access the live stream to watch from the comfort of your own home. Tickets and info available here:

Use promotional code FRIENDS to receive the $10 tickets (available in sections B and C). Please redeem by Friday, November 18 at 12:00 (noon). 

Newton Neighbors Gift Card Drive for Thanksgiving

As we approach the holiday season, Newton Neighbors is looking to support our neighbors struggling to put food on the table. Last year, through the support of our community, Newton Neighbors provided 150 families throughout Newton, Brockton, and Waltham with $50 supermarket Gift Cards! With increasing food costs, the goal is to give out $75 gift cards this holiday season through partner agencies to families in Newton, Waltham, and Brockton. The Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive will run from November 1 – 19. 

Art as Therapy Program

My name is Sarah Moriarty and I am the Education Coordinator at the New Art Center in Newtonville. I’m reaching out to discuss our new Art as Therapy program for middle and high school students. 

We at the New Art Center believe that the visual arts are an important tool for self-expression and emotional wellbeing. This program, developed with and facilitated by a licensed art therapist, seeks to provide a space for middle school students to express their feelings through artistic mediums. 

I’ve attached a sheet with more information and details about the program. We hope that you can forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested. 

I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Thank you,

Sarah Moriarty

She/Her/HersEducation Coordinator 61 Washington ParkNewton, MA 02460