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Donor Will Match $25,000 for Calculus Project in March!

The Calculus Project at Newton’s middle and high schools is closing the achievement gap in higher-level mathematics. Newton Schools Foundation is honored for the third consecutive year to have a very generous donor who will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the community to the Calculus Project during the month of March.

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students. Since the program’s 2013 launch, enrollment growth in higher-level mathematics among traditionally underrepresented student groups has been significant:
• Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
• African-American student enrollment has tripled.
• Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Additionally, the enrollment rate of Calculus Project 9th graders in honors math exceeds that of total Newton Public Schools 9th graders, and is nearly twice the rate of 9th graders who were eligible for The Calculus Project but did not participate.

Here’s how the program works: Students selected to participate in the Calculus Project attend intensive small-group summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster attitudes that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among peers in the program.

The 2018 summer program includes instruction in Computer Science, field trips to STEM-related companies, and college campus visits for rising 11th graders with a focus on STEM majors and careers, During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school academic support. The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-perceptions about academic accomplishment. Currently serving 138 students, the Calculus Project will reach full scale next year with five cohorts of students in grades 8-12.

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools, private foundations and corporate donors, and the Newton community through donations to Newton Schools Foundation. To learn more about this innovative program that’s making a meaningful impact for Newton students, or to make a donation, visit

Psychological First Aid training

Free Psychological First Aid training. Psychological First Aid has long been established as the gold standard of disaster responses. Created by a global team of experts, it is the only intervention endorsed by both the World Health Organization & the U.S. government for use in the aftermath of traumatic events.

The goal of this comprehensive two-day training is to prepare participants to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response skills following large-scale disasters or critical incidents, such as homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, & similarly distressing events.

This program is free & open to all. Nursing CEUs available. Registration is required. To sign up, go to and register as ‘guest’. For more information, view this flyer.

March 13th and 14th, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
345 Walnut Street, Newton

Newton Power Choice Program

The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program called Newton Power Choice, which will provide an opportunity for Newton to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply. Newton Power Choice is a form of group purchasing known as an electricity aggregation.

Newton Power Choice will provide:

  • Greener electricity
  • Price stability
  • Consumer protections
  • New electricity choices

As a program participant, you will have greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply. You will receive a standard amount of renewable electricity automatically, above the minimum amount required by state law, without choosing any of the options. (The standard amount is still to be determined.)

Or you can choose to:

  • Opt up to 100% renewable electricity.
  • Opt down to receive no additional renewable energy electricity above the state law requirement, but retain the program benefits of price stability and consumer protections.

More than 125 communities in Massachusetts are already engaged in electricity aggregation. But no other community has done what Newton is doing, which is to undertake an ambitious campaign to persuade electricity customers to opt up to 100% renewable electricity. Newton aims to have many more customers getting all of their electricity from New England renewable projects than any other community.

Participating and opting out: All Eversource Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled. But participation is not required. Electricity customers may opt out of the program before being enrolled or at any time with no fee or penalty.

For more details on Newton Power Choice, see

Zervas Online Auction

Grab a great deal at the Zervas Online Auction!

Need a night out? Bid on a gift card to Grill 23, The Beehive or the Cambridge Brewing Company.

Want to fulfill your goal to exercise more in 2018? Scoop up some classes at Barry’s Boot Camp, Pure Barre or Soul Cycle.

How about a summer camp for the kids? Check out the offerings for LINX camps, Camp Chickami or Dexter Southfield summer camps, among many others.

Grab a great deal, and support your local Newton Zervas Elementary School! Opening March 5th and running through March 12th, check out the amazing offerings at

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Newton has Talent needs you

In order to fund valuable youth programs (including Students of the Month, RYLA, Interact, and yearly scholarships) and community grants, the Rotary Club of Newton produces a musical talent competition called Newton Has Talent.

This year they’re trying REALLY hard to get adults to enter.  To participate in the competition, an individual (or one member of an ensemble) has to work, live, or go to school in Newton. And entries are FREE before March 1st so don’t wait!

Check out more information on this flyer.

The Chaos of Clutter: Why it Happens and How to Help

Do you have a family member or friend whose home is cluttered? Are you worried about their safety and well-being?

Join Patty Underwood (LICSW) for a workshop that will provide information about the psychological reasons why clutter happens and how you can help. RSVP is requested, not required:

March 1st, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Newton Free Library

Attention dog lovers

Dogs residing in Newton must be licensed by April 1st every year. Persons with dogs, please see this important information.

Vacation Week Family Movie Day

The Newton Parks & Recreation Department and West Newton Cinema have teamed up to offer family movies on February 22rd. Coco and Paddington 2 will run at 11:00 am.

Special pricing is $8.00 and includes movie, popcorn and drink. Ticket sales (cash only) begin at 10:00 am. See for more information.

Think Big Networking Event

Ever wondered about the jobs people do in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math? Think Big is a chance for middle- and high-school students to network and talk one-on-one with professionals working in a variety of STEM careers such as software engineering, medicine, architecture and chemistry. Find out what they do, how they got there and whether their career might be a good fit for you!

Presented in partnership with NewtonSTEM and the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton. Refreshments provided by Cabots. For Grades 6-12. Online registration required through the Newton Free Library event calendar:

Parents, please note that to maximize the number of students we can accomodate, adults will not be allowed in the event. If you are giving your student a ride, kindly wait in another part of the library or you may drop them off and come back to pick them up when we conclude at 4:00.

March 3rd, 2:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

Great concert, great cause

Mark your calendars for an amazing concert featuring Gospel and Jewish music to support the Mass Ave Baptist Church’s Project Manna – hot meal program and food pantry to benefit the homeless and hungry.

Some of the groups that will be performing are the Mass Ave Baptist Church Choir, Boston
Children’s Chorus – Young Men’s Ensemble, Gospel Love Tones, Shir SHalom from Temple Shalom, Guys in Ties from Temple Emanuel and MORE! Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors. For more informationa and tickets, visit

March 20th, 7:00 pm
Temple Emanuel, Newton