Category Archives: Newton Public Schools

11th Annual Newton Inspires to Showcase Creativity in the Classroom and Honor our True Inspirations: Newton’s Teachers and Staff

Tuesday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm at Angier Elementary School

Newton Public Schools teachers and staff will be the center of attention at the 2022 Newton Inspires event presented by Newton Schools Foundation.  On Tuesday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm at Angier Elementary School, our emcee former WGBH host Barbara Howard will lead a live conversation with NPS teachers, who will discuss their work in the classroom and what keeps them inspiring our students to learn and achieve.  Tuesday, May 3rd is also Teacher Appreciation Day.

Join other community members for lite fare, musical performances, testimonials and a short film highlighting some of the NSF grants that are being implemented in all of our schools.  Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased here.  NPS teachers and staff are invited as NSF’s guests.

This year’s lead sponsors are Northland and The Village Bank. Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can visit  https://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/sponsor-newton-inspires/. All proceeds go to Newton Schools Foundation, which funds grants to allow teachers to try new approaches in the classroom, professional development for educators, and programs that address inequities associated with race, income and social identity.

Newton Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance excellence and equity in the Newton Public Schools. www.newtonschoolsfoundaiton.org

School Committee Resolution on FY23 Budget

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, the School Committee passed a resolution expressing our concern that the proposed FY23 budget, including 4 million dollars worth of cuts to balance the budget with the allocation of funding provided by the City, will have a serious negative impact on the students of Newton.  

The text of the resolution is as follows:

“Because this is a critical time in the lives of our Newton students as we are emerging from two pandemic years, the 4 million dollars worth of cuts in the proposed FY23 budget to reach the allocation are too deep and too painful.  We do not believe we can shift 4 million dollars of cuts from other areas of the budget that would make them less painful – shifting cuts would just cause different pain, but deep pain nonetheless.  Therefore, the School Committee resolves that the current budget allocation of $262,070,208 is not enough to run the schools without serious negative impacts on our kids.”

The resolution passed 8-0-1, with Mayor Fuller abstaining.

The School Committee is hosting office hours this Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please login via Zoom using the following login information:Join Zoom Meeting
https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/81283294592

Meeting ID: 812 8329 4592
Passcode: 449186

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Please note that the entire School Committee will not be present and attending members may be limited in their responses given the constraints of Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.

If you wish to submit a question in advance, please use this form: School Committee Office Hours Registration and Questions Form

Please note that we will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 4th and all members of the public wishing to make a statement regarding the budget will be heard.  If you wish to speak at this public hearing, please fill out the form linked below with your name and address.  The form will close at 6:00 pm on April 4, 2022.

Form – Request to Speak at Public Hearing on the FY23 Budget

There will be an opportunity to sign up in “real time” during the meeting by using the “raise your hand” feature on Zoom. Speakers will be called in the order in which they signed up, first come-first speak, followed by those who raise their hand during the meeting, or at the discretion of the Chair.

Newton SEPAC & DECE: Special Education and Civil Rights Review

The Newton SEPAC, in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be hosting a parent orientation to learn about the upcoming Special Education and Civil Rights Review* happening in our district. 

Join us Tuesday, Feb 15, 7:00PM for this live presentation + Q&A, followed immediately by our Open Board Meeting (Agenda). 
DESE & NPS at 7PM: https://stream.lexikeet.com/newtonNon-English speakers can select a translated language (Chinese, Spanish, or Russian). Ask questions using the chat tool, and they will be answered live. Questions typed in other languages will be translated for the panelists. The session will be recorded in all 4 languages and posted publicly.

Open Board Mtg at 8:15PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84359553994Then click to join important Newton special ed discussions.

*Read about how parents can be involved in the DESE review process.

English Language Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) Meeting – February 3rd

The English Language Parent Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

ELPAC supports ELL families districtwide and collaborates with schools and districts to improve the ELL programming. 

Meetings are held every other month. Interpreters and/or same language groups are provided with RSVP by January 31, 2022. The February 3, 2022 meeting topics are: Newton Free Library Resources & ACCESS Testing.

RSVP to the meeting here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjxQInxlKSYX_TVwVp5Dr6B4jKC0BBOqXxixNPI91VayV5pw/viewform

Once you RSVP, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend the meeting virtually.

Attached please find translated invitations. Email invitations have also been sent to ELL families from the district ELL office.

Accepting Pre-K Applications for 2022-23 School Year – Newton Early Childhood Program

Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) is now accepting applications for students for the 2022-23 school year. NECP will be moving to its new location at 687 Watertown St. midway through next year. The fully renovated building will be completely customized for NPS’ littlest learners! If you have a preschool-age child and would like to learn more about enrolling in this fantastic program in an amazing new space, please visit the application process section of the NECP website at: www.newton.k12.ma.us/NECP.

Newton Community Education – Social Media Job Position

If you’re great at social media and would like a flexible, remote job that is only a few hours a week, look no further! Newton Community Education is searching for a dynamic, creative, and social-media-savvy individual to spend a few hours a week managing our social media presence (mostly Facebook and Instagram). This is a paid position that can be done largely from home with flexible hours, and it is a great way to get involved with meaningful work in our community. You can read more about Newton Community Education here, and more details about the position can be found here. Resumes/cover letters can be emailed to brooksca@newton.k12.ma.us and mandels@newton.k12.ma.us.

One to One Mentoring, accepting applications

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “big brother/sister program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 40 years.  If you think your elementary-aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can commit 2 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – you should contact us. 

Here is a link to the program information and application: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DUJsVEX4rEVbyJZkzSgZ8hH-CUttDSGNuhjBlK0BZWc/edit?usp=sharing

For questions or more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at youngr@newton.k12.ma.us or 617-315-8733

— 
Rebecca Young, LICSW
School Social Worker, Newton Public Schools
Countryside Elementary & One to One Mentoring
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

NEWTONES ACAPELLA INFO MEETINGS & AUDITONS

Do you like to SING or BEATBOX? Audition for Newtones Acapella! We are Newton South’s student-run Acapella group, and auditions are right around the corner! Informational meetings are scheduled for this week so don’t miss out! Go to an info meeting and then sign up for an audition here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0d44aead2aa0ffc61-newtones1

NEWTON & NPS – COVID-19 Links

Newton Public Schools – COVID-19 Updates:https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/COVID19
City of Newton – COVID-19 Updates:https://www.newtonma.gov/government/health-human-services/public-health/covid-19
City of Newton – Mayor Fuller’s Email Updates:https://www.newtonma.gov/government/mayor-fuller/updates
Massachusetts Department of Health – COVID-19 Updates:https://www.mass.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Massachusetts Department of Education – COVID-19 Updates:https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19
MA Governor’s Office – COVID-19 Updateshttps://www.mass.gov/covid-19-updates-and-information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
World Health Organization (WHO)https://covid19.who.int

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NPS District News – August 11, 2021

NPS District News

August 11, 2021

Message from the Superintendent

Dear NPS Families,

We have certainly learned from this pandemic that we must stay flexible and remain ever vigilant as the environment can change quickly. Since I last wrote two weeks ago, the COVID situation has indeed continued to evolve. As a district, we have continued our planning for health and safety measures, academic learning, and social and emotional supports for students and staff in preparation for this school year.

Next week, we will share definitive information with you on the health and safety protocols we will use across the district at the start of school. While DESE has issued recommendations, each district is responsible for developing their own health and safety policies and practices. We are working closely with our Medical Advisory Group and expect to have a series of recommendations from them early next week.

While we remain vigilant on health and safety issues, we have continued to make progress in other areas of focus in our district. One such area is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which was strengthened this year with the hiring of our first DEI director. I encourage you to review the end-of-year report included in this newsletter for details on the important work that will continue to take place in the coming year.

Visiting our in person programs this summer was a keen reminder of the joy students experience from connecting with their teachers, other school personnel, and each other. We are very much looking forward to beginning the year in person and expect that this will be a meaningful experience after last year’s challenges.

I will be back in touch next week when we have more information to share.

Sincerely,

David Fleishman

Health Protocols

As you are well aware, the COVID health situation is ever-changing. While the health data will not impact our plans for full, in-person school, it will impact the health and safety measures that are in place during the school day. Our primary goal is to minimize disruption to student learning this coming school year.

We are meeting regularly with our Medical Advisory Group and Newton HHS to discuss the most recent health data and the health and safety measures that will be in place in our school buildings this fall. We are also monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other federal and state agencies.

Decisions on health and safety protocols will be made in consultation with the Medical Advisory Group and the Newton Health and Human Services Department. We expect a formal recommendation from our Medical Advisory Group during the week of August 16th and will share it with you at that time.

Please Get Your COVID Vaccine!

Vaccinations are the most effective tool against COVID-19 and against the spread of the virus, including the development and spread of new variants. The most important thing we can do right now as a community is vaccinate all students currently eligible. It protects you, those around you, and other vulnerable members of our community.

Together with HHS, we are encouraging ALL ELIGIBLE STUDENTS to be vaccinated prior to the start of school.

You can find the list of vaccination sites in Newton here: www.newtonma.gov/covidvaccine or you can visit the state’s vaccination website at: www.vaxfinder.mass.gov

The state provides in-home vaccinations for anyone 12 and older who is unable to get to a vaccine location. Call 833-983-0485 Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. to register.

If you have additional questions or need assistance acquiring a vaccine, please contact Newton HHS at 617-796-1420 or visit www.newtonma.gov/health.

Building Ventilation and Maintenance

We are continuing our preventive maintenance program for all HVAC systems in our buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, replacement of older unit ventilators, checking HVAC functionality, replacement of filters, and cleaning of systems. In addition, NPS is engaged in its usual summer deep clean of all buildings.

If you would like to review the project undertaken last fall to repair, upgrade, and improve the ventilation systems in all school buildings, please visit this webpage: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/3804

Maintenance staff and contractors are hard at work to ensure our buildings are ready for the return to full, in-person school come September.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

It is a great pleasure to share the end-of-year report from Kathy Lopes, Newton’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This report highlights the promising work taking place across the district as we strive to be a more dynamic and effective district in addressing racism.

Over the past year, school districts across the country have elevated their focus on race and equity. Here in Newton, we are guided by our understanding that the work is never done and that continuous learning is essential if we are going to improve. Our commitment to racial justice is steadfast and resolute and we are excited about what lies ahead.

Aspen Login Information

Login information to access Aspen, the district’s student information system, was sent today to NEW students and families. Returning families will receive login reminders at the end of August. Homeroom teacher assignments and schedules will be available at the end of August as well. Please watch for information from your child’s school for the specific timing of homeroom and schedule availability.

New Bus Registration Period – Aug. 13-22

Registration for bus transportation for the 2021-22 will re-open on Friday, August 13. If you have not already registered, please do so by August 22.

Bus registration takes place using the MySchoolBucks portal. Please login into or create an account in MySchoolBucks to register. Here is the link: www.myschoolbucks.com. Registration details, as well as additional transportation information, can be found on this webpage: www.newton.k12.ma.us/transportation

2021-22 School Year Calendar and Hours

Just a reminder that the school hours for the 2021-22 school year have shifted. You can find the new hours here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/810.

You can download the school year calendar, with holiday observances and vacation weeks, here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2#calendar1/20210727/month