Category Archives: From the PTO

Important Message from John Jordan – Wednesday, May 31

Brown Families,

This afternoon, staff received a report of what was believed to be threatening behavior earlier in the school day.  We take any threat to school safety extraordinarily seriously.  Therefore, an investigation began immediately. Interviews were conducted and the Newton Police Department was contacted.

At this time the Newton Police Department is currently investigating the alleged threat.  We will go forward with a normal school day tomorrow.  Our strong partnership with the police department gives us confidence in our decision to hold school.  As part of our ongoing response, there will be a police presence in the building tomorrow as well as support staff available to address student concerns.

We take the safety of our students, our staff, and our entire community very seriously.  We are proud of the students who brought this possible threat to our attention.  Thank you for your patience and support as we work to ensure safety for all.


John Jordan

Newton South Preschool Accepting Applications for September 2017

The Newton South Preschool is a child development lab school and is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Newton South High School. In addition to providing high quality early education and care, the program serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking early childhood courses.

We serve children 2.9-5 years old. The program is open from 7:00am-5:00pm and follows the Newton Public Schools calendar. Full day and half day options are available. Our teachers hold M.Ed.’s in Early Childhood and are licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our program is accredited by NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Please contact Kevin Lenane by email or at 617-559-6533 if you are interested in enrolling or would like a tour.

Reminder: Newton SEPAC Presentation on Assistive Technology

Wednesday, April 5, 7:15-9pm

The Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will host a presentation on Assistive Technology on Wednesday, April 5. Kayla McAlister, Assistive Technology Specialist for the Newton Public Schools, will speak on the technology available in the district. She will cover the definition of an AT consultation vs. an AT assessment in grades K-12. Kayla determines which device and/or strategy is the best fit for the student by following the SETT Framework: Looking at the Student, their Environment, and the Tasks they need in their educational setting in choosing the appropriate Tool. Kayla has a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a M.S. Ed in Assistive Technology from Simmons College.

Location: Room 210 at The Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville
7:15pm – Light refreshments and networking
7:30-9pm – presentation

Nominate a Non-Profit for the Giving Project

Deadline Friday, April 7

Nominations are due this week for the Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project, a very special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a difference!

This year, the goal of the Giving Project is to shine a light on organizations in the Greater Boston area currently working to help our world become a safe, welcoming and thriving place for everyone.

Click here to nominate a non-profit and get the details about how the Giving Project works.

You can also sign up for the potluck dinner on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30pm in the Brown Cafeteria, at which the 5 finalists will be presented and voted on by the Brown and Oak Hill communities.

If you have any questions or would like to help in any aspect of the planning, please email Anabel Cable.

Events for Incoming 6th Grade Families

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm

Parents and guardians of current 5th grade students are invited to meet with Principal John Jordan and members of the Brown community on Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm sharp in the auditorium. This meeting will initiate the process of transition into the 6th grade.

You will have an opportunity to learn about the 6th grade program and school-wide activities, as well as the orientation process that has been designed to support your children as they move into a new school at the end of this year.

Thursday, April 6, 8:45-9:45am
5th grade parents and guardians will also have the opportunity to visit Brown in session on the morning of Thursday, April 6, 8:45-9:45am. Stop by the cafeteria to meet school counselors and Brown parents, have a cup of coffee and be matched up with a current 6th grade student guide to take you on a tour of the school.