January 25, 2023
Interim Superintendent Message
Dear NPS Families,
On Monday, the leadership team and I presented to the School Committee a preview of the 2023-24 school year budget. The presentation was designed to show how the operational override will be considered as the budget is developed. First, we shared the impact of supporting the school budget with $4.5 million via approval of the override. Then, we showed the impact on the budget if the override is NOT approved and the additional $4.5 million is not available to the district.
Since I began my time here in Newton in July, it has become very clear to me that this is a community that wants the best educational opportunities for its students. I remain optimistic that the Newton community understands the importance of supporting our district and this generation of students who have experienced significant disruption as a result of this pandemic.
The presentation we gave to the School Committee can be found here:
FY24 Budget Preview to School Committee - January 23, 2023
I will continue to share information about the budget as we move through the process. I welcome your questions and thank you for your feedback.
Kathleen Smith, J.D.
Newton Public Schools Override Information
Superintendent Search Update
At the School Committee meeting on January 23, 2023, the School Committee was provided with an update on the superintendent search process. The presentation can be found here:
January 23, 2023 Superintendent Search Process Update
Key details include:
The job posting closed on Friday, January 13, 2023. 17 applications were received.
The search committee met and selected semi-finalists.
Semi-finalists will be interviewed on February 4, 2023
Finalists will be announced the week of February 6, 2023
Visits to district and interviews with finalists will be conducted the week of February 13, 2023
The next meeting of the Superintendent Search Committee will be on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Details of the meeting, as well as the entire search process, can be found on the search committee webpage on the district website.
Please contact the Newton School Committee with any additional questions or comments.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is a holiday that originated in China but is celebrated in many Asian countries and by nearly two billion Asians throughout the world. Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the lunar calendar and lasts for fifteen days. This year, Lunar New Year began on January 22, 2023. In the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, specifically the Water Rabbit. The Rabbit symbolizes peace, elegance, and prosperity. We want to also acknowledge that many Asian American and Pacific Islanders do not follow the Chinese/Lunar zodiac.
The Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner, also referred to as the ‘reunion dinner,’ kicks off the holiday. It is a time when families come together and prepare a feast with symbolic dishes that bring good luck and fortune. The first full moon marks the final and fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year. The final day of the holiday is known as the Lantern Festival, during which people often carry lanterns and enjoy sweet treats to mark the end of the celebration.
International Holocaust Remebrance Day - January 27, 2023
January 27th is Designated as International Holocaust Remembrance day. International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world, rejecting any form of Holocaust denial. Commemoration ceremonies are held to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.
Each year the UN designates a theme for the annual commemorations; the theme of 2023 is “Home and Belonging” which asks us to reflect on what these words meant to persecuted individuals during the Holocaust and its aftermath.
Adopted from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Calendar Change for Middle Schools - Feb. 2, 2023
Please note! There has been a change to the calendar for NPS middle school students. There is NO early release for middle school grades 6-8 on February 2, 2022. It will be a full day of school.
February 2, 2023 is still an early release for grades PreK-5 and 9-12.
Override Meeting - Thursday, January 26, 2023
The City of Newton will be hosting a virtual public forum to provide information on the proposed override and debt-exclusions, as well as to answer questions and listen to feedback. Details are below:
When: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Newton Public Schools Override Webpage
Walk, Ride & Roll to School Day - Wed. Feb. 1, 2023
Show your New England spirit by walking, rolling, biking, or taking the bus this winter! Newton is celebrating our Winter Walk, Ride & Roll Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Newton Safe Routes to School is a great resource to help you and your student find safe, fun, and healthy ways to get to and from school!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast Panel
On Monday, January 16, 2023, Newton Public Schools Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kathy Lopes, participated on a panel at the 53rd Annual MLK Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston, MA. The panel discussion, “Reclaiming Our Rights: Education and Activism,” was facilitated by Executive Director of The Teachers’ Lounge, Devin Morris, and included school leaders and elected officials.
Known as one of the oldest MLK celebrations of its kind in the country, Lopes joined a number of Massachusetts’ elected officials, educators, clergy and more to raise awareness about the essential significance of education in the pursuit of social justice.
To watch the full panel discussion, click HERE
Newton S.P.A.C.E Summer Program
Newton S.P.A.C.E. (Summer Program for Academic and Creative Endeavors) is a four-week summer enrichment program run by the Newton Public Schools from July 5th through July 28th. Students entering kindergarten through 9th grade in the Fall of 2023 are eligible to attend.
We offer two programs - an upper camp (entering grade 5-entering grade 9) and a lower camp (entering kindergarten-entering grade 4).
Visit the S.P.A.C.E.website for more information or REGISTER NOW!
Kindergarten for 2023-24
Calling all kindergarteners for the 2023-24 school year! If you or someone you know has a student who meets the age requirement to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2023, please complete this survey.
In the survey, let us know you are coming and to tell us a little bit about your student. This helps us to plan staffing and programming for next year. So, if your student turns 5 prior to September 1, 2023, please join us!
Day Middle School - Service Heroes
Charlotte Sutcliffe, Evan Finamore, Olivia McGloughlin, and Ella Hamel, eighth graders from F.A. Day Middle School were recently selected as Newton’s 2023 Project 351 Ambassadors for their inspiring ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. Project 351 is a non-profit organization that empowers a youth-led movement for change powered by eighth-grade students representing every city and town in Massachusetts.
Founded in 2011, Project 351 is a youth-led movement for change powered by an eighth-grade unsung hero selected to represent every city and town in Massachusetts. Over their year’s term, Ambassadors develop the skills and confidence to mobilize schools and communities in four statewide service campaigns. At the close of their service year, Ambassadors are invited to continue to hone skills and lead communities as a member of the Alumni Organization.
Congratulations to our Day Middle School students on their selection as service heroes!
Newton South - More Service Heroes!
Newton South high school students Vassili Syssoev and Sam Klein were honored through the Boston Celtics' Heroes Among Us program during a Celtics game earlier this month.
The Newton seniors started a landscaping and powerwashing company and soon started offering complimentary service to seniors and those with disabilities in the Greater Boston area. Since the start of their “Community First” program to serve individuals in need, they have donated more than $3000 worth of services.
Student Landscape is online at studentlandscape.com.
The Boston Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us” program honors “outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities.”
Congratulations to these high school service heroes!
Newton South Jazz Groups to Attend Prestigious Competition
The NSHS Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo have BOTH been selected as finalists in the 15th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition in NYC! We are honored to be chosen to for this exclusive, audition-only, national jazz program.
Newton South is the only Massachusetts school to have groups selected. To have BOTH of our top jazz performance groups selected is a testament to the hard work of teachers Lisa Linde, Emiel De Jaegher, and their students.
This is the sixth time the Jazz Ensemble has been accepted to this festival and the fourth time for the Jazz Combo! We are proud to continue this tradition of excellence.
Youth Services - Job and Career Workshops
Let’s Get to Work (ages 13.5 – 18 years old)
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm
City Hall, War Memorial, 1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Join Youth Services for two employment-focused workshops in preparation for summer and post high school employment, as well as internship opportunities. Interested young people do not need to register for both dates.
Tuesday, February 21st
How to apply for a job
Cover letter & resume review
Preparing for an interview
Thursday, February 23rd
Offer letters & onboarding documents for employers
Obtaining a work permit
Click HERE to register.
Career Exploration Event Series (grades 7 – 12)
Upcoming Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Dates: February 16, March 23, April 27, & May 18
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
Join Newton Youth services and the Newton Free Library for a four-part series exploring careers through in person discussions with professions working in the industry. Industry exploration includes STEM (February), Medical (March), The Trades (April), and Human Services (May).
Click HERE to register.
Elementary/Middle/High School Positions Open!
Would you like to work for the Newton Public Schools? We are hiring! NPS has open positions for the following:
Special education aides, Behavior Therapists,
Part time early literacy aides
Part time math intervention aides
Instructional Support Staff (substitutes)
Following this link to apply: