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

First 6th Grade Creative Arts and Science (CAS) Program

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On Friday we had our first Creative Arts and Science (CAS) program of the year for the 6th graders.   Please be sure to ask your kids about the amazing globe they stepped into today. They learned about the composition of the earth and the various sources of water using a bucket of marbles as the 20 foot globe filled around a classroom full of students.  When the globe reached it’s full height they were treated to a world geography lesson and shown how products are transported around the globe to end up in our neighborhood stores.  Here are some photos. Even our principal, Dr. Harutunian and P.E. Teacher, Mr. Gerson popped in for a visit.  Thank you so much to our parent volunteers Zhanyan Fu,Tracy Lin and Liz Beckett for helping us out and thanks to the PE teachers for moving their classes outside for the day so we could take over the gym.

The CAS program is fully funded by the PTO. So next time you wonder where your PTO tax-deductible contribution is going – here is one example.  We have lots of other great programs scheduled this year for all of the grades at Oak Hill. If you are interested in being part of CAS please get in touch with Shara Ertel and Danielle Lieber at


Show Your School Spirit: Oak Hill Magnets!

Order a 4 x 6 Oak Hill Car magnet for just $5 plus a $5 donation. This heavy-duty magnet affixes to your car with no damage. Get one for all your cars, and don’t forget Grandma and Cousin Bob!  For more information, and to order your magnet, click here.


Volunteers in the School MUST have up-to-date CORI/SORI on file

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at Oak Hill including PTO positions, Field Trips and School-sponsored events. Did you know that parent volunteers are required to have a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) check on file to be able to volunteer in the school?

Are your CORI and SORI background checks up-to-date? If not – or if you are not sure – simply stop by the Oak Hill Office. You must have a photo ID. The process should only take about 10 minutes and must be done at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled school visit (You only need to do it once, and it is good for 3 years from date of approval)

For more information, and to download a form to fill out in advance to bring to the main office, click here:

Thursday 9/29 is an Early Release Day

Just a reminder that Oak Hill Middle School dismissal is 11:30am on Thursday September 29th. 

Picture day is Monday, September 19th

Picture day is tomorrow, Monday September 19th

Don’t forget that tomorrow is picture day at Oak Hill. You should have received an order form from our school photographer Coffee Pond sent home with your child. You can order via that form OR simply go online to, select our state and school, and place your order online.

If you have some time to volunteer, come to the school tomorrow and check in at the front office. We need a few extra parents to help the photographers!

Thanks for your support for this picture-perfect day

Space is Availalbe at Highlands After-School Program

There is still room at the Newton Highlands After-School Program - the place to be for Middle School. The Newton Highlands After-School Program (HASP) offers an exciting option for middle school children. HASP has great activities in the Hyde Gym and at their home base in Brigham House, including art, crafts, games, gym, field trips and homework. Transportation is arranged from the middle school - afterschool and on the late bus! For more information or to enrol your student,  please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or or visit

Newton Destination Imagination – Registration now OPEN

Newton Destination Imagination – Registration now OPEN

Build robots!
Paint scenery!
Perform Improv!
Design Bridges!
Don’t miss this chance to enroll your child in a life-changing experience!

Registration is now open. Read more and register at: NewtonDI

Message from the school: 

Greetings Oak Hill Families of 7th Grade Students,


We would like to alert you that the Grade 7 Parent Coffee previously scheduled for September 14, has been rescheduled for next Thursday, September 15 from 8:45-9:45am in the library. I will be briefly summarize some of the school’s goals for this year and then you will have a chance to meet and mingle with many of the 7th grade teachers.


Also, please note that the principal coffee scheduled for November 16 has been moved toWednesday, November 2 from 8:30-9:30am. These schedule changes have been already updated on the school calendar.


Meet the Teachers at the Grade Coffees

  • Monday, September 12 – Grade 8 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Change for 7th Grade Coffee – Is now scheduled for Thursday, September 15th at 8:45 – 9:45 NOT 9/14 as previously noted
  • Friday, September 16 –  Grade 6 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  •  Monday, September 19  – School Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 22 – Curriculum Night: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 22 – NYC Meeting for Gr. 8 Parents: 6:00-6:50 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29 – Early Release Day at 11:30 a.m.

A Special Thank You to our Oak Hill Community Volunteers!

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We would all like to thank all the amazing volunteers who have stepped up and worked hard to make this a great start to the new school year. From weeding and planting to making tasty desserts and passing out hundreds of slices of pizza – we’ve had an amazing start to the 2016 – 2017 school year! 
Back-to School Clean-Up
A BIG thank you to our volunteers who weeded, planted, mulched, and watered the school grounds the Wednesday before school started. 

Amy Behrens
Simon Foley
Katharina Elbert
Nancy Forsyth
Cindy Li
Svetlana Sereda

Shawna Conaghan Murphy

Teacher Appreciation Lunch 

Another Huge thank you to all the community members who made the appreciation lunch a delicious and lovely event for the Oak Hill Staff. 

Amy Ricciardella
Jessie Xie
Young Lim
Jamie Genser
Amy Ricciardella
Youngshin Lim
Shara Ertel
Danielle Lieber
Katharina Elbert
Shawna Conaghan Murphy
Back-to-School Picnic
What an amazing turnout by our community! A special thanks goes to our dedicated pizza party volunteers who worked tiresely the entire event.
Ying Yu
Kerlley Aime Foley
Arlen Saia
Megan Mierav 
Kirsten von Hassal
Matthew Miller
Mark Holt
Shawna Conaghan Murphy
From start to finish you were incredible volunteers at each event, and because of your dedication and hard work, our new school year is off to a great start. Again, thank you so much for your commitment of time and energy to these important projects.

A Helpful PTO Back-to-School Information Cheat Sheet

A Helpful PTO Back-to-School Information Cheat Sheet

Can you believe the first day of school is this Tuesday!? We are looking forward to a great year at OHMS! Below we have included some helpful dates and reminders to start off the school year. For much complete information, it is recommended by the school administration to review the Oak Hill 2016-2017 Handbook with your child so everyone knows what to expect for the year.

What time does school start?

Each day students need to be present for their first class at 8 a.m. sharp. The school recommends that students arrive by 7:45, so they have time to get their necessary materials and say hello to friends. Many students arrive between 7:30 and 7:45am, and starting soon there will be an option for students to play basketball in the gym starting at 7:15am.

What time does the school day end?

With the exception of Tuesdays and monthly early release Thursdays, the OHMS day ends at 2:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, the school day ends at 1:45 p.m. Don’t forget the first day of school is a Tuesday! Our first early release day is Thursday September 29. The school day ends at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming early release days are 9/29, 11/3, 12/8, 2/1, and 3/9.

Breakfast and Lunch/Cafeteria Expectations

Breakfast is served in the Cafeteria each morning from 7:30 a.m to 7:48 a.m.  There are three lunch shifts each day during the Extension period.  Selections of hot and cold lunches are served in the Cafeteria or students may bring their own lunch.  The cost of lunch is $3.60.  Snacks are also available for an additional fee.  Food service information and menus can be found at All students have lunch accounts – they may pay with cash or by charging their account.  Parents may deposit funds in their child’s lunch account online at On-Line Application for free and reduced rates for lunch and breakfast is found on the Oak Hill Homepage under “Food Service Information and Menus.”  Please fill out the on-line Form (

The annual School Picnic (All School Event) is this Thursday, September 8 from 6pm to 7:30pm next to the softball field.  To kick the year off, your hard-working PTO is offering FREE PIZZA SLICES and live music at this year’s Back To School Picnic. Let us handle dinner for you!

Meet the Teachers and Counselors at the Grade Level Morning Coffees:

  • Monday, September 12 – Grade 8 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 14 – Grade 7 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m
  • Friday, September 16 –  Grade 6 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, September 19  – School Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 22 – Curriculum Night: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 22 – NYC Meeting for Gr. 8 Parents: 6:00-6:50 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29 – Early Release Day – One School, One Book Celebration of Losing It by Erin Fry. Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

Do you know what the difference is between a blue and yellow curb?

Blue Zone: School Drop-off and Pick-Up Zones – From the NPS Website

The city of Newton has created designated drop-off and pick-up areas at many schools in the city. These school drop off and pick up zones have been created and authorized by city ordinance #19-179 and are commonly referred to as “Blue-Zones”.

School drop-off and pick-up zones were designed to allow for improved traffic flow and safer drop off and pick up of students. School drop off zones are in effect Monday through Friday on days that school is in session. The ordinance specifically states:

  • No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of school until the scheduled start of school.
  • No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from one hour prior to the scheduled end of school until 30 minutes after the scheduled end of school.
  • Vehicles may stop in the school drop off zone during the above restricted times to engage in the dropping off or picking up of passengers, which shall not be permitted for a period of longer than one (1) minute.
  • Parking is allowed in a school drop off zone outside of restricted times.

For these drop off and pick up zones to work correctly, the following must occur:

  • No vehicles may be parked or left unattended in a school drop off zone during the restricted times. This includes parents waiting for their child to come out of or go into the school.
  • No illegally parked vehicles can be waiting near the school, for example in restricted parking areas, within corners, blocking driveways, bus stops, etc.
  • Parents should not pick up students when double or tripled parked.
  • Students must enter and exit on the sidewalk side of the vehicle.

Again, for more detailed school information, check out  Oak Hill 2016-2017 Handbook.

We look forward to a positive and community-oriented  year!

Your PTO Presidents,

Kirsten von Hassel,  Megan Meirav,  Matthew Miller, and Shawna Conaghan Murphy