The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...

Brown Summer Reading

6th Grade

7th Grade

Choice #1

Choice #2

8th Grade

Choice #1

Choice #2

9th Grade

Click here for the Newton South High School Summer Reading 2018 list.

School Supplies — No Preordered Kits Program for Fall 2018

FYI to all Brown families for next year: You haven’t missed anything!

The PTO is NOT hosting a School Supply Kit Program for this coming school year.  Due to both execution and distribution challenges with the vendor last year, the school administration and the PTO are not offering a pre-order program for Fall 2018.

The school administration will update families with basic school supply lists for the 2018-19 school year. Individual teams and classroom teachers may also update with any additional specific needs.  As of now, this information is still forthcoming so for now there is no action required for parents. We do know that students should have two locks, one for their personal locker and one for the gym locker so you might have locks available so that your child can practice how to open them.

Remember John Jordan always says, the only thing you really need for the first day of school is a pencil and a lunch or lunch money!

As soon as the PTO receives a list from the school we will be sure to post it on our website and we will pass it along.

Newton South Preschool Program- Space Available

Newton South Preschool Program has space available in our Preschool One (3-4 year olds) and Two classrooms (4-5 year olds) for September 2018 and 2019!


Newton South Preschool Program, a high-quality Early Education program located at Newton South High School is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  NSHS Preschool is a child development lab school and serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking Early Childhood courses.  Our classrooms have 3 full time teachers, all licensed in Early Childhood Education under the MA DOE.  The program is open from 7:00 am-5:00 pm with full day and half day options available.  Our program is accredited by NAEYC.


Check out our website:


Please contact Kevin Lenane, Program Facilitator, if you are interested in enrolling your child or would like a tour.


Contact info:  (email)

or call 617-559-6533


How can you feel connected to Brown while your students are developing their own new friendships and becoming more independent in middle school?

One way is to get involved at Brown as a volunteer. There are SO MANY ways you can help, whatever your availability, skill set and enthusiasms. Every hour of time contributes to positive outcomes for our kids and helps us stay connected as well.


Below is a list of committees and roles that are in need of additional volunteers this year. Click here or below to sign up for any of the roles below. You may indicate specific interests in the comments section of the sign-up. Email if you would like more details on any of the committees or positions.

Thank you!

  • Newsletter Editorial Committee (3) – Help with our weekly Brown Bear Report, our e-newsletter. As a part of a rotating team of editors you will review incoming content and stage in MailChimp for review by editorial lead/co-presidents. Training provided. Great off-site volunteer opportunity.
  • Library (4) – Working with the Library Coordinator be a part of a team who helps in the library. Shifts are approximately once every 6 weeks.
  • Brown Wear Pop- Up Sales (4) – Be a part of BrownWear! Join our PopUp Sales Team for occasional clothing/gear sales at events such as Back-to-School night, parent visiting days, etc.
  • Back-to-School Night – Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 (2) – Purchase & set up light snacks for the social hour during Back-to-School Night (Arrive at school 5:30pm to set up)
  • Co-Chair or Chairs of Annual Fall Parent Social (2) – Last year’s all-parent event was a fabulous Sunday Brunch! In prior years, our Fall Social has been a weeknight wine & cheese reception. It is wide open to interpretation! Let us know if you are interested!
  • Catering: Snack & Coffee Ordering (2) – Coordinating parent volunteers to bring snacks and supplies as well as set up for several Teacher/Staff & Parent events throughout the school year, including Parent/Teacher Conferences and parent visit days. Looking for 1-2 coordinators.
  • 6th Grade Parent Social(s) (6) – Plan and coordinate 6th Grade parent evening social(s). Looking for co-chairs and committee members.
  • Brown Working Theater – 2018-19 School Year (4) – Lead Coordinator and Committee needed to assist Choral and Music Teacher Mr. Bailey-Adams and the faculty with parent communication and organizing parent volunteers for the Brown musical and play.
  • Book Fair – May 2019 (6) – Cashiers and merchandising help. School day and evening hours available.
  •  8th Grade/Class of 2019 End-of-Year Events Committee – April-June 2019 (6) – 8th Grade Parents. Organize end of year events for 8th grade. 1-Canobie Lake Class Trip, 2-Evening Party at school, 3-Assist with Moving on Ceremony. Need a committee leader.

Sign up HERE

Grade 6 Cross-Country Enrichment Program – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 19

Registration for Brown Cross-Country Grade 6 Fall enrichment program must be completed by September 19, 2018 on FamilyID. Click here for registration information.

Registration for Fall Varsity Sport Grades 7 and 8 – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 6

The Grade 7 and 8 fall varsity sport programs include boys and girls soccer, football and cross country. Registering on FamilyID is the only way to sign up for a fall sport. ​DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018. Click here for registration information.

Look For Brown School Directory Confirmation Email Later This Month

In mid-August, parents/guardians will receive an email with instructions and a link customized to your family for confirming your information for the Brown School Directory. The Directory is published every year in print and electronic form by the PTO to facilitate communication within our community and is separate from the Newton Public Schools-maintained Skyward student information system.

Due to software and security measures, access to the Directory can only be given to families who confirm their information–even if none of it has changed from last year.  The Directory confirmation email will come from “Brown PTO Directory” at the address If you have a tight spam filter or are concerned about email going to your Promotions folder, please add it to your address book now.