Thursday, May 16, 2013
Newton Mayor Setti Warren will be at Mt. Ida College Friday to deliver the commencement address.
Mt. Ida College will honor Newton Mayor Setti Warren with an honorary degree during the school's commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17. The mayor will also deliver the college's commencement address. According to an announcement from Mt. Ida, Warren will receive an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree during the Class of 2013 commencement ceremony. The school will also bestow honorary degrees on Prof. Anita Hill, senior adviser to the provost at Brandeis University, and Paul S. Grogan, president and chief executive officer of The Boston Foundation. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place Friday at 11 a.m. under tents on the lawn behind the campus' Shaw Hall.
A pilot launch at four schools is expected to occur near the end of May.
Progress continues to be made on updating the security systems at 19 Newton elementary and middle schools, as well as for preschool and after-school programs at the Newton Education Center and Newton South High School. The district announced its plans for the security systems in early January, just weeks after a gunman in Newtown, Conn. walked into an elementary school and killed 20 students and six adults. Since then, the district has been working to implement new systems at multiple schools and to update the buzzer system already in place at Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School. The new security measures include implementing buzzer entry systems at the schools' front doors so that guests throughout the day will need to be "buzzed in" for …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A video update with a list of this week's events in the Newton Public Schools, May 12-18, 2013. Provided by the Newton Superintendent's Office and and NewTV.
A listing of events this week in all of the Newton Public Schools, brought to you by the Newton Superintendent's Office and NewTV. Note: The schools are listed alphabetically starting with the high schools, then middle schools and then elementary schools. Skip through the video to find your school.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Lasell grant proposal was one of 50 grants funded by the NEA in its Art Works Design category out of 1,547 eligible applications.
The Teddy Bear Club's founder Laura d'Angosse Perlman received France's Palme Académique Award.
Officials say a student made threats on Facebook related to the upcoming junior elections.
Newton Police will be at Newton North High School Tuesday in response to alleged threats made on Facebook by a former student. Newton North Principal Jennifer Price sent a note to the school community explaining that a former student allegedly made threats on Facebook related to the school's junior elections on Tuesday, according to the Newtonite page on Facebook. Price's announcement reports that Newton Police, "successfully worked with the individual involved and his family to de-escalate the situation," and that the student and his family have agreed to spend this week in western Massachusetts. The student and his family have also apologized for the comments, Price wrote in her announcement. Still, Price wrote, police officers will be …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The reason: Irish prime minister, the speaker, has supported slight changes in Ireland's abortion laws in the wake of a woman's death after being denied an abortion.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley said in a statement today that he would not attend Boston College's commencement because Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is scheduled to speak and: ...the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies. The proposed Irish law would allow abortion if the mother's life is threatened. The bill was introduced after international outcry over the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after being denied an abortion. Halapppanavar was told by a midwife at the hospital that she could not have an abortion because Ireland was "a Catholic country." O'Malley…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
With Steenstrup joining the race, the Ward 2 School Committee seat looks to be contested.
Kimball Terrace resident Andrea Steenstrup announced this week she is joining the race for Newton's Ward 2 School Committee seat. Steenstrup, who moved to Newton in 2007, has served as a Cabot Elementary PTO member as well as a School Council member at Cabot, F.A. Day Middle and Newton North High, according to a press release issued May 8. Professionally, Steenstrup has had experience in various finance roles, including working as the Director of Finance at CIGNA Healthcare, the press release said. She was also the fundraising chair for F.A. Day as well as the treasurer and vice president for finance on the Cabot PTO. “I am a big fan of Newton Public Schools. I would love the opportunity to bring my financial background and hands-on …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mayor Warren had a few seconds of fame in Time Square, thanks to Mount Ida College.
Newton Mayor Setti Warren recently made a big appearance in New York City's Times Square -- and he didn't even have to leave his office at City Hall. Warren was recently featured on one of the Times Square Jumbotrons as part of an ad package promoting the Mount Ida College 2013 Commencement, where Warren will be the featured speaker. According to the Mount Ida College Marketing and Communications Department, the photo was posted on the Reuters sign in Time Square as part of Mount Ida's distribution package through PR Newswire. Warren will receive an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree at the Mount Ida ceremony, which will be held Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m. Newton Patch Facebook | Twitter | Email Updates | Instagram
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and today is Teacher Appreciation Day.
Take the opportunity this week to honor a teacher in your life. May 6-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week and today, May 7, is Teacher Appreciation Day. Although the Newton Public Schools has a policy against teacher gifts, there are plenty of ways to let teachers know how much you appreciate what they do. A simple note or card is always welcome, or a handmade craft from a student. Parents can also donate books to school libraries in honor of a favorite teacher or a donation can be made in a teacher's name to the Newton Schools Foundation (NSF). The NSF's "Honor Thy Teacher" campaign is one way to honor a local teacher. Donations can also be made through individual schools' parent teacher organizations. Check out the Newton PTO Council …