Monday, June 17, 2013
The School Committee wants to reduce the fees for a variety of activities in the Newton Public Schools.
Newton parents may not have to shell out as many dollars for school activities such as music and sports next year. The surplus in the school budget means that the School Committee and district officials can consider reducing or even eliminating the fees, which can be nearly $2,000, according to a report on Boston.com. Combined high school fees for music, sports and other programs - the Supercap - can be as high as $1,800 per family, but that could drop to $1,200, according to the report if a proposal by school adminstrators is adopted, the Globe reported. Relief may also be on the horizon for elementary and middle school students. The School Committee reportedly asked the adminstration to look at ways to cut elementary music fees and fees…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Global Education Leadership Fund was launched in the Spring of 2008 when Newton community members combined funds to support two students who had the desire, but not the financial means, to attend a school trip to Prague.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Newton was one of 18 districts (125 schools total) that did not get the emergency plans in to the state on time.
Updated 11:30 p.m. The Newton Public Schools failed to meet the Sept. 1, 2012 deadline to turn in medical emergency response plans for its 21 schools, according to a recent I-Team report on CBS Boston. Newton was one of 18 Massachusetts school districts that did not get the emergency plans in to the state on time, according to the report. Schools are required by law (known as Michael's Law) to submit to the state a plan outlining ways they respond to medical emergencies, including details on a rapid communication system, a list emergency contacts, methods for CPR and first aid training as well as the location of defibrillators. The law was passed in May 2012 following the death of 16-year-old Michael Ellsessar, who suffered cardiac …
Friday, December 28, 2012
As part of Inclusive Schools Week, students created a quilt square that illustrated the idea “It’s Ok to…”
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list recognizes schools that are helping and embracing America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The following is a press release issued by Mount Ida College: Newton, MA—Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Mount Ida College to its Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Mount Ida College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. …
Friday, December 30, 2011
We recap the top five school stories that impacted Newton in 2011.
Throughout this week, we'll be looking back at some of the most read stories from the year gone-by. Today, we're recapping the top five Newton school-related stories that brought you, the readers, to our site. If you're new to Newton Patch, these recaps will be a way to familiarize yourself with what Patch has been up to during 2011. If you're a longtime reader, this is your chance to reminisce. The stories below are in no particular order. 1. Schools, Newton Teachers Association agree on contracts After a year without a contract and deciding to forego scheduled raises at the start of the school year, the Newton Teachers Association (NTA) agreed to a three-year deal with the School Committee in late October. The contract was officially …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The F.A. Day Middle School project looks to add six classrooms, expand the cafeteria and revamp administrative areas.
At its last meeting for the term and the year, the Newton Board of Aldermen last night approved designs for an expansion and renovation project at F.A. Day Middle School. The designs, which have been approved by the Design Review and Public Facilities Committees, plan to add on six classrooms, expand the school cafeteria, revamp administrative areas and rebuild the school's west entrance. In addition, the board gave its OK to appropriate $643,500 for the design work and "other related expenses" for the renovations at F.A. Day Middle School. The design funding was previously approved by the Public Facilities Committee (6-0-1 in favor), Programs and Services Committee (6-0 in favor) as well as the Finance Committee (7-0-1) in favor. …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
With the new classrooms projected to be open by October 2011, what do schools do for the first month students are back?
With a new proposed modular plan on the table for School Committee consideration, School Department officials are working on a tight timeline to get students into the new classrooms by the start of school. If the committee gives its approval of the plans at its meeting next Monday, the project will be on a path to completion by the fall. However, students may not be able to occupy the new classrooms until sometime in October. Two modular classrooms are proposed at Zervas Elementary and one each at Burr and Horace Mann Elementary Schools. In addition, Building Commissioner Stephanie Gilman said at Monday night's School Committee meeting the sprinkler systems for the new modulars could take even longer. The city is currently pursuing the …
Susan Tanchel, a Newton resident comes to the Watertown-based school from Gann Academy in Waltham.
Dr. Susan Tanchel will take over as the new head of school at the Jewish Community Day School, beginning July 2011, officials from the Watertown-based school announced today. She succeeds the retiring Head of School, Ruth Gass. A Newton resident, Tanchel comes to JCDS from her current post as Associate Head of School at Gann Academy, the pluralist Jewish high school in Waltham. “My goal is to help JCDS grow from strength to strength,” Tanchel said in the school's announcement. “This is an exceptionally warm and joyful school which truly lives up to its mission to kindle a love of lifelong learning and a commitment to Judaism in its students. My predecessor, Ruth Gass, leaves a tremendous legacy – strong academics, a vibrant community, …
The plan includes four modulars and an estimated price tag of $1.6 million.
After having to reconsider its initial facilities recommendation due to unexpected sprinkler costs, the School Committee now has a new recommendation to consider that outlines four modular classrooms at three of the district's elementary schools. The plan, which was presented during a special School Committee meeting last night, would install two modular classrooms at Zervas and one each at Burr and Horace Mann Elementary Schools. Sprinkler systems -- which are now required with the new additions -- would also be installed with the modulars. "Tonight’s recommendation is to allow the School Committee to get as much information as possible," said Deputy Superintendent/Chief Administrative Officer Sandy Guryan. "We’re working every day on …