The latest announcements from the PTO Council and NPS...
Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of song, hot chocolate and fun! Sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs. Then, enjoy some hot chocolate courtesy of PhysicianOne Urgent Care, or tea from David’s Tea, and delicious snack bars donated by KIND, as you watch a “Rockettes” performance by Creative Dance Steps Studio.
All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland! Please bring a donation for Newton’s Food Pantries. For more information, visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org or call 617-796-1540.
December 1st, 6:00 pm
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
On Wednesday, October 19th, the district will host a community forum on potential changes to the high school start time. The forum is an opportunity for you to provide your feedback on the positive and negative impacts of a start time change. Several potential scenarios will be presented. Some change only the high school hours. Others change school hours at all schools. The working group’s year-end report can be found on the district website. Potential scenarios can be found here. Attached is a flyer on the forum. Please consider attending to share your feedback. Or, email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for Newton Inspires TODAY!
On November 14th, people from across Newton’s 13 villages once again will gather at Newton South High School for NSF’s 6th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community.
Newtonians representing a variety of fields and interest areas will share their insights, ideas and impressions. Be Inspired at Newton Inspires. Sessions fill fast so don’t delay signing up.
November 14th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Newton South HS
Join Mayor Setti D. Warren and Rep. Kay Khan at the program No Regrets: Newton and the Opioid Epidemic. Featuring If Only, a short film by James Wahlberg and an interactive panel discussion with special guest Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and others affected by this epidemic.
For all teens and adults.
October 6th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street
Last year, I shared information with you about the important work Newton is doing to examine the impact of high school start times on students. Since Newton began its work, several other districts across the state have begun to investigate whether a change in high school start time is right for their district. The growing interest in high school start time is a reflection of the compelling research demonstrating the unique sleep cycles of adolescents and the potential consequences of sleep deficit.
A working group spent the 2015-16 school year reviewing sleep research, investigating processes in other districts, and gathering survey feedback from Newton students, faculty, and families. Regular updates were provided to the School Committee, posted to the district website, and distributed via email. A final report with survey results and analysis was issued in June 2016. Click here for the full report End of Year Report.
From the research and feedback, the High School Start Time Working Group has created six potential “scenarios” for consideration. These scenarios move the high school start time later. Some impact only the high schools while others impact all schools in the district. These scenarios were presented to the School Committee on Monday, September 19, 2016 and can be viewed here.
The next step is for you, the NPS community, to provide your feedback on the potential changes to the start times. As a district, we want to hear your thoughts on the benefits, costs, and implications of any changes, as well as your feedback on the value of undertaking this effort. We have scheduled a community forum for Wednesday, October 19th at 7 p.m. at Angier (1697 Beacon St.) at which the Working Group will share information and listen to your feedback. We hope you will attend. We will also share information through PTO meetings this fall, as well as through school newsletters. To share you feedback directly with the Working Group, please send an email to: email@example.com. For more information visit the district website at www.newton.k12.ma.us/page/2553.
I look forward to hearing your feedback this fall as we consider whether a later high school start time is right for the Newton Public Schools.
David A. Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools