The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...
We are delighted to announce that this spring, the Giving Project is back! Inspired and led by English teacher Becky Cohen, the Giving Project provides an opportunity for the Brown community to raise awareness and support for a favorite charity or non-profit organization. Students and faculty are invited to nominate a cause, and explain why they support it. The nominations are shared with the entire community, and 5 causes are chosen to be showcased at a fundraising community potluck dinner to be held at Brown on Tuesday, May 16. The funds raised at the dinner are then shared between those 5 causes.
This is a very special and popular Brown initiative, but we need parent volunteers to help Ms. Cohen coordinate the project. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help or are interested in finding out more. Thank you!
Auditions for the Spring Play will be held on Wednesday and Thursday after February vacation. Interested students should see Ms. Miller to sign up and get a form. Auditions are open to all students in 7th and 8th grade.
Auditions for the Showcase Concert will also take place the week following February vacation. Interested students should contact Ms. Wadsworth. The Showcase Concert is an opportunity for small groups, and vocal and instrumental solos to perform, and is open to students in all grades.
The School Committee is scheduled to continue their discussion of a later high school start time in Newton at their next meeting tomorrow night, February 13 at 7pm and will possibly be taking a vote.
If you did not have a chance to give input, or you feel strongly about one or more of the proposed scenarios–or the issue in general–you can send a note to the school committee or attend the meeting on Monday February 13 at 7pm in the Ed Center (100 Walnut Street, Newtonville). Arrive a few minutes before 7pm and sign in to give a statement during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.
Background: The High School Start Time Working Group reported on feedback from stakeholders about scenarios under consideration and made a presentation to School Committee on January 23. The Working Group received over 3,000 responses to the survey on the 6 scenarios from parents, students and teachers.
Read the report here. There is some concern about the cost trade offs and both the financial and human resources needed to accomplish a later high school start. It is possible that, in addition to considering one of the 6 scenarios, the School Committee will decide to make no changes to the existing start times (7:40am @ Newton South, 7:50am @ Newton North).
As a reminder, the scenarios are:
- Shift all Schools 20 Minutes Later
- 8:30am High School Start
- Switch Elementary/High School Starts
- Switch Elementary/High School Starts & Shift
- 9:00am High School Start
Read more about the 6 scenarios HERE