Category Archives: From Newton Public Schools

Emergency Text Messages

A note from the Newton Public Schools:

The Newton Public Schools has implemented an emergency text messaging system. In the event of an emergency, NPS will alert you via text on your cell phone. Please note that this system will ONLY be used for emergencies, including weather-related school closings or delays. It will not be used to share information about regular school events or operations.

To receive emergency text messages, you MUST opt-in to receive text messages. You can do this by logging into Aspen and selecting “yes” in the drop-down box below your cell phone number in the contact information section.

Newton Public Schools Job openings

NPS is actively interviewing for the following job openings:


See the flier here and apply online at

Why So Early? Rethinking the High School Start Time: A Community Forum

Why So Early? Rethinking the High School Start Time:
A Community Forum
Tuesday, January 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Newton North High School Cafeteria

Concerned about the impact of limited sleep on your student? There is a lot of evidence that delaying the start time for high school can improve the physical and mental health of students, reduce tardiness, and improve learning in school. Newton is in the process of studying a later start time for the two high schools. The School Committee has formed the High School Start Time Working Group to study the benefits and challenges of doing so. Find out more at

On January 26, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Newton North cafeteria, the Newton North School Council is sponsoring a forum to inform the community about the benefits and challenges of a later high school start time in our city. We are pleased to be joined by Superintendent David Fleishman, Working Group and School Committee members Ellen Gibson and Ruth Goldman, and Dr. Christopher Landrigan, a Newton parent and a physician and researcher in the Division of Sleep Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We will also hear from high school students and faculty about their experiences. We welcome your participation in the conversation about a later high school start time in Newton.

Even if you attended the forum last April at Newton South, this forum will have updated information, including where the process stands right now in Newton, as well as a new keynote speaker.

• Please forward this message to your Newton contacts–especially Middle & Elementary School families who may be just learning of this effort.

• Sign up to receive updates at

• Find resources on teen sleep and later high school start time here

Notice on student assignment hearing

May 11, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Additional student assignment scenarios will be presented.

May 18, 2015 – 7:45PM

Education Center, Room 210, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville MA

You are invited to attend a public forum on the Student Assignment Review. There will be draft boundary change scenario maps available for review and a brief description of the context and process to-date. The focus of the forum will be on your comments and feedback which are important to this process. Please join the Student Assignment Working Group for this important opportunity to provide feedback. All scenarios are in draft stage and are subject to change.

Student reassignment update and Budget Hearing

The Student Reassignment Working Group update to the School Committee has been moved to 5pm this Thursday, March 26, and held in the Education Center (room 210). More details will follow, but this will be a substantial presentation with various scenarios presented. This update will be followed by the Public Hearing on the FY2016 NPS Budget and a few other topics. The meeting is expected to be well attended, so if you plan to come consider arriving early.

We urge all of you to follow the process and share this date and new time with your communities. The meeting should be available online and on NewTV as well.

Updating your contact information with Newton Public Schools

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the past, at the beginning of every school year you have been asked to submit your contact information on what was known as the “Yellow Emergency Contact Sheets.” Starting this year we will be collecting all of your emergency contact information electronically through ParentCONNECT. Please use the ParentCONNECT link below to review and update your contact information as needed.

ParentCONNECT web site:

Once you log in, click on your child’s name or click on the Student & Contact Info link on the left. If the information shown is not accurate, please consult the resources below for guidance on updating your contact information.

If you have questions we suggest that you first review the short videos on contact editing provided below. Otherwise to send us a question or feedback please contact us at

To find out how to update your contact information watch this video (3 1/2 min)

To learn Contact Edit Detail Video (3 1/2 min)

To take a tour of the ParentCONNECT system watch this video (6 1/2 min)

If you do not remember your password please use the “Forgot your password?” link at the bottom of the login page.

If you have any technical issues or questions please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions: Click here to review Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional technical issues or questions please contact the ParentCONNECT help desk at

Thank you

Early Release Wednesday

Wednesday, March 20th will be an ealy release day (MCAS switch day) with schoool ending at 12:30 p.m.

Newton celebrates “Unplugged and Connected” month in March

If sometimes you and your family just feel too “plugged in,” Newton offers a month-long remedy in March.   For the 10th year in a row, “Unplugged and Connected” hopes to promote, invigorate, and strengthen personal relationships by minimizing the use of computers, televisions, and telephones.   With the aid of a colorful calendar available here or at, Newton Unplugged suggests events and activities for each of the 31 days of March which encourage people to approach the month differently than the other harried, electronically-charged times of the year.

Highlights include: “No Homework Night” on March 13th; a Marathon Staged Reading of “Wonder” by RJ Palacio on March 16th; the Recycled Obstacle Course and Recycled Craft Workshop on March 20th; a special edition Funtastic Friday for 4th graders on March 22nd and more!

Newton “Unplugged and Connected” is a proud collaboration of Newton Community Service Center, through its Child Assault Prevention program, Newton City Hall, and the Newton School Department.

DARTS Pre-Applications Now Available

Information and pre-applications for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s popular summer overnight camp, DARTS (Days in the Arts) 2013 are now available from the music & visual art teachers at your child’s school.  All students currently in grades 5, 6, & 7 who have never attended DARTS are eligible to participate in Newton’s designated time frame, July 29-August 2, 2013.

The pre-application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15th.  Fifteen (15) students will be selected by lottery to represent Newton at DARTS along with students from Boston, Beverly, Lanesborough, Sheffield, and Berkshire Hills.  The cost to attend DARTS remains $500 for week jam-packed with arts instruction and arts excursions during the week.

Richard P. King
Fine Arts Coordinator K-8, Newton Public Schools

Early Release Wednesday

Please note:  Wednesday, February 6 is an Early Release Day. School will end at 12:30 p.m.