Panther Post

February 5, 2023

Message from the Principal

Hello Students and Families,

Bravo to the cast and crew of Matilda, Jr.! The performances were fantastic. As one parent shared with me, The way that so many students are included in this show is just amazing; it is so great to see so many students involved and having fun!” A well-deserved thank you and congratulations go out to our teachers Brent Bueno, Caleb Cutler, Gina Colella & Laura Deschaines. As Brent Bueno explained to the audience, Oak Hill's productions are completely student-run from the acting, the costumes, the lighting, sound, sets and props. The performance is a culmination of the beauty and hard work of our middle school students! Congratulations to everyone involved in the show! See below for a few photos.

February is Black History Month and students will have opportunities to engage in a variety of activities during the month in advisory. Click here to view some of the activities that advisors and their students will be choosing from to learn more.

As you know, Newton residents will be voting on the override March 14th. I have tried my best to summarize the most relevant information in a brief video and in 9 PPT slides. See more below.

I hope everyone enjoys a great week and please write me anytime if you have questions or feedback.



Matilda Jr. Performances

Override Information

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Override Explained and Impact for Oak Hill

9 slides to explain the why of the override and impact for Oak Hill

After-School Music Tuesdays for Oak Hill Students!

Do you play an instrument? Maybe in the String Orchestra or Band at school or even just for fun at home? We are pleased to offer students at Brown and Oak Hill an amazing opportunity to work with some of the finest high school musicians in the state in our new music mentor program on Tuesday afternoons at Newton South.


Thanks to the support of our department Chair Jeff Knoedler and our Principal Tamara Stras, this program is free to all students. You do not have to be enrolled in music at school to join us; just complete this form and bring your instrument next Tuesday! Details of the program are listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely, Newton South Music Teachers,

Lisa Linde, Jazz and Band,

Benjamin Youngman, Orchestra,

January/February Clubs and Athletics!

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Oak Hill Times - Fall Edition - 2022-2023

Oak Hill Times is a student publication. The Editor is Andrew Petrilla and Mrs. Carol Kappel is the teacher advisor.


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Spring Play Auditions Coming February 13 and 14th!

Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Coming This WEEK for all students

Please click here to view the letter that was sent from NPS regarding the YRBS; this is a piece from the letter:

"If you decide you do not want your child to participate in the survey, you should notify the principal of your child’s school no later than January 27, 2023. If you have not contacted the principal, survey administrators will assume that you have consented to have your child participate. This is an active opt-out process..."

Any questions? Please reach out to your student's counselor.

Middle School Activities Fee Payment Information

The middle school activity fee covers all school-sponsored, extracurricular activities within the middle schools, known as Triple E, not including athletics. The annual one-time fee allows students to participate in an unlimited number of Triple E activities.

$60 per student per year not including drama

$100 per student per year if the student participates in drama

Payment Options

  • Mail the application and check to Business & Finance, Newton Public Schools, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460

  • If you wish to apply for a financial waiver, please complete an application located in Aspen. For more information on financial assistance, visit

If payment or financial waiver is not received at the time of registration, an invoice will be issued to your student’s MySchoolBucks account.

Contact or 617-559-9025 for assistance

Upcoming Events

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

SEPAC Brochure Translations are Available!

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) now has its brochure available in the

following languages: Spanish – Chinese – Hebrew – Japanese - Persian – Portuguese – Russian

This document contains important information for families whose children are receiving special

education services (IEP, 504 plan) or who are interested in getting support services for their


For any questions, please contact SEPAC Board member Kim Bordeau at

Click on this link to be directed to the website which has all 7 translations:

PTO Updates!

Click here to read much more that is going on with the Oak Hill PTO:

Questions? Reach out to PTO Executive Board Members: Jenn Martin, Crista Padua, Hannah Schuwarz, Katy Karon, Rachel Leverton & John Harutunian

Useful Links

Yearbook Update:

The 2022-23 Oak Hill yearbook sales are underway. The link to buy your yearbook is here. Approximately 1/2 the yearbooks have been sold at this point. Get your yearbook order in soon. This year we are trying to sell all of our yearbooks in advance and online. Therefore, all purchases need to be made by February or March so that they can be sent to the printers.

8th grade parents: if you want to buy an ad to highlight your student with some pictures from the past and write some words of congratulations you can find a link on the same page you purchase your yearbook. So celebrate your graduate before all of the ad slots are sold.

If you have questions feel free to reach out to our yearbook supervisor, Katy Oliver at

Hear Me Roar!

To all students:

If you would like to contribute to a future newsletter, please click here to learn more about how to make a submission and please come to speak to me.