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

Coronavirus Resources:

Newton HHS: As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it’s important to have up-do-date information from trusted sources. The Newton Department of Health and Human Services is maintaining a useful COVID-19 website with a Coronavirus Q & A, as well as links to the latest local, state and CDC news and recommendations. Check this site regularly, as it will have the most current updates and alerts for our schools and our community.

Also check out the Brown Helping Brown page if you need assistance (all communications are private and confidential) or would like to offer to help.

Click Here for the City’s 2020-21 School Re-Opening Page for up to date information regarding this upcoming school year.

Notes from Our School Nurse

Newton Public School students are required to be vaccinated against Influenza this year.  The deadline for this vaccination is December 31, 2020.  When your student receives their flu immunization, please send the documentation to me at the Newton Education Center.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to call me at 617-559-6070 or email me

Best,

Lucy Boyer, RN, BSN, NCSN

Education Center Nurse

Back To School Night

We are reinventing Back to School Night this year to be held remotely.  The goal of our Back to School Night is to share with families a curricular overview and information regarding the team and how they are working to support students in this unusual environment.  They will also share specifics regarding expectations and technology platforms such as schoology.

Teams will hold zoom meetings with parents  by grade level on the following dates:

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7PM – 8th grade teams (Turquoise, Emerald & Orange)

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7PM – 7th grade teams (Green, Blue & Teal)

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7PM – 6th grade teams (Red, Purple, Coral)

Team teachers will be sending the zoom links to these meetings the week before the event.  

Families of students in our Metco Program:  We will have a 30 minute meet and greet prior to the team zoom meetings listed above with our administrators and Metco counselor, Gillian vanDelft.  Links will be shared the week before the meeting. 

Multi-team teachers (World language, Physical Education & Health, Fine and Applied Arts) will be creating videos to share their curriculum overview and expectations along with contact information so you may reach them with any questions you have.  These videos will be shared by the teachers during the week of October 19.

Join the Debate Club!

We are thrilled to announce the creation of Brown Middle School’s first-ever Debate Team.

Spend one afternoon a week, on Tuesdays, from 4:30-5:30 learning how to debate from fabulous and experienced Newton South high school debaters. Students will learn the fundamentals of Public Forum Debate, a style of Debate in which students learn how to convince a judge from any background.

Debaters will learn about researching interesting real-world topics such as climate change and animal testing. They will also learn how to write arguments, and learn how debate rounds work. 

This club will be fully remote.  Interested students should email Sarah Hildebrand to ask to have the event added to their GoogleCalendars.  

Opportunities for Students to Engage in Activities at Brown (all activities are optional)

Chorus, Band and Orchestra: Our ensembles will look different this year: live, virtual, full ensemble performance isn’t a reality for our current technology. We will be working hard to provide alternative learning tools to make this year a musically rich and rewarding one for our musicians at all levels.  Mr. Bailey-Adams, Music Teacher and Chorus Director and Ms. Nelson, Music Teacher and Band/Orchestra Conductor have created this google form for students to sign up for their offerings:  Brown Middle School Ensemble Sign Ups.  Please note that the link requires you to be logged into your NPS Google account.  

These activities will happen during extensions starting the week of October 5 as outlined below.  Weeks will alternate “Gold Week” and “Silver Week”.  To simplify this for students, the teachers will send a google calendar invitation that will show up on students calendars at the specific time each occurs.  

Gold Week (Starting Oct. 5)*

Monday Extension – 6 Chorus, 7/8 Band.
Wednesday Extension – Orch (sectionals)
Friday Extension – 7/8 Chorus, 6 Band

Silver Week (Starting Oct. 13)*
Monday Extension – 6 Chorus, 7/8 Orch.
Wednesday Extension – Band (sectionals)
Friday Extension – 7/8 Chorus, 6 Orch.

*Weeks alternate Gold, Silver, Gold Silver, throughout the year.

Art Extension: Starting on September 30 during Extension one of our art teachers, Ms. Walsh, will be offering Art Extension for students interested in exploring their artistic side.  These will be organized by grade level (see below for specific days).  Please email Ms. Walsh at haenelwalsht@newton.k12.ma.us if your child would like to participate.  Team teachers will also be communicating about this opportunity with students.

Mondays at 11:15 – 6th Grade

Wednesdays at 11:15 – 8th Grade

Fridays at 11:15 –7th Grade  

Brown After School Athletics and Enrichment: Please click here to see the various enrichment activities that will be offered to students at Brown this year. 

SEPAC Zoom Group Meeting

If your child is on an IEP or 504 plan or if you are interested in academic or emotional support services for your child, Kim Gallaugher, Brown SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Liaison, will be hosting a Zoom group on Thursday October 29 at 7:30pm.

This will be a chance for parents to get to know each other and for you to share general concerns, questions, and thoughts on any programming you’d like to see provided this year.   All information gathered will be shared with Shari Engelbourg, Assistant Principal for Student Services.

See The Brown Bear Report for the ZOOM link

Please  email Kim Gaullaugher with any questions.