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News from the Newton PTO Council

State Legislators meet with PTO Council

PTO Council had a very informative meeting with our state delegation at our May meeting. Thank you so much Ruth B. Balser, Kay Khan and Cynthia S. Creem for taking your time to join us and for your hard work at the statehouse.

Newton is lucky to have you represent us!

Donor Will Match $25,000 for Calculus Project in March!

The Newton Schools Foundation is honored for the second consecutive year to have a very generous donor who will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the community to the Calculus Project during the month of March.

Double your impact and donate today: www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students.  Since its 2013 launch, enrollment growth in high-level mathematics among traditionally underrepresented student groups is significant:

• Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
• African-American student enrollment has tripled.
• Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Here’s how the program works: Calculus Project students attend intensive small-group
summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster attitudes
that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among
peers in the program. During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school
academic support. The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-
perceptions about academic accomplishment.

Your support this year will help deepen and extend the Calculus Project’s reach.
Currently serving 109 students in grades 7-10, the program will welcome a new cohort of
30 incoming 7th graders this summer. If we successfully complete this match challenge,
the resulting $50,000 will support nearly half of the students in the Calculus Program for
this coming year—including the entire new 7th grade cohort.

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s
success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools,
private foundations and corporate donors, and generous individuals like you.
Please help us meet the donor match challenge. Please Donate today!

www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org

High School Start Time Forum – October 19th at 7:00 pm

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 laterstart@newton.k12.ma.us.

Newton Inspires 2016

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

Yoga Open House

Try a yoga class during open house week. Please sign up in advance at this link or call 617-393-3590.

K-Grade 2 (age 5-7) – Mondays, 3:45 –4:30 pm
Free class on September 26th, Series:  October  3rd – December 19th, $132

Grades 3-5 (age 8-10) Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 pm Continue reading