February Update for 14th-18th!

John Harutunian

Black History Month work in advisory

As part of Black History Month, advisories are choosing an area of study regarding influential black figures in American history and today’s society as well as learning about important historical events. Thanks to the work of the advisory writing team, there are many resources available for teachers and students to choose from. In the advisory between Ms. Healy and I, our 8th graders listened to a podcast regarding the background of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision of 1954 that included an interview with Oliver Brown’s youngest daughter, Cheryl Brown Henderson. Other advisories are choosing to research more about influential figures such Ida Wells, Gwen Ifll, Lena Waithe, Sidney Poitier and many more.

Click here to access many resources and projects to continue the conversation at home.

Unified Basketball - Coming to Oak Hill!

Unified basketball is a program sponsored by the Special Olympics that we are introducing in the Newton middle schools this year. Oak Hill has formed a unified basketball team that brings together athletes with disabilities and partners to compete against other Newton middle school and surrounding towns. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to Coach Bridget McAnulty or me.

Click here to view a short video to hear students talking about the powerful effect unified sports has had their lives and for the wider school community.

Reminders for the week:

February Break - One week away!

February break is the week of February 21-25th; we will return to school on Monday, February 28.


Safety Day - Rescheduled for this Monday, February 14:

The faculty reviewed several important safety protocols during a recent meeting and we will be practicing these protocols with students this Monday.


Interested in Auditioning for the Spring Play?

Join Ms. Colella in the auditorium on Thursday, February 17th, directly after school, for a brief informational meeting. Here the title of the show will be revealed along with how and when to audition, the rehearsal calendar, performance dates, etc. See you there!

  • Looking for a Sneak Peek?.... Check out the OHMS Theater: Spring Play 2022 Schoology Group. Join Code: 4VQJ-N49V-7297G

Events Coming in March! SAVE THE DATE:

Middle School Matters - Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7pm

Please save the date for an important community forum with guest speaker Phyllis Fagell. Ms. Fagell is a licensed clinical professional counselor, certified professional school counselor, journalist, and author of the best-selling book “Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help.She is also a Day and North grad! This will be a terrific night filled with important information and dialogue, including how families can help their students navigate through the pandemic. You can take a sneak peek at her work on her website.

Zoom link for this virtual forum at 7pm:

https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/88476468856

Meeting ID: 884 7646 8856

Passcode: 090547

Please RSVP to the forum using this form:

RSVP to Middle School Matters


More details about Middle School Matters forum may be found here:
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Newton South Incoming 9th Grade Information Night for Students and Families

Incoming 9th Grade Student and Family Night at NSHH

The faculty and staff at Newton South High School are excited to welcome the Class of 2026 into our community, and cordially invite you and your grade 8 student to our information night webinar on Wednesday, March 9 starting at 6:30pm. In the week prior to this evening, you will receive videos from various academic departments and programs explaining more about the academic and extracurricular offerings at Newton South High School. This webinar will be an opportunity for us to answer some of the questions that you may have. The Zoom link will be shared via email and posted on the Newton South website prior to the event. Please mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you there!


School House Rock Live!

Oak Hill’s School House Rock Live! Performances COMING SOON! We are excited about the shows coming on March 4 and 5. More information very soon!

Yearbook - Order one today! Don’t get left out!

Dear Parents,

The time is nearing that we have to have our final numbers in for yearbook orders. If you would like to buy a 2021-22 yearbook for your family please follow this link to order one:

Oak hill is Job # 5955; get your order in today! We have worked hard to try and document all of the fun and learning that has been happening in school this year! During the last couple of days of school there is time built in to sign yearbooks so that all of the students may leave a message/memory for one another.

8th grade families: Surprise your graduate in the yearbook by buying an ad! Wish them well on the high school journey, put in a picture of them doing their favorite activity or even a baby pic. If you have any questions please reach out to Katy Oliver at oliverk@newton.k12.ma.us.

Arriving on time: So important for a good start!

Thanks for giving yourself some extra time and try to plan on arriving between 7:25-7:35am. Since my letter earlier this week, the tardy numbers have come down a bit; thank you for your help!


After-School Enrichment Clubs

February 2022 Club List


Questions? Mr. Russell Hunt, huntr@newton.k12.ma.us