Category Archives: From the PTO

Volunteers Wanted for Annual Back-to-School Cleanup on Thursday 8/30

Please give an hour or two of your time on Thursday, August 30th for OHMS annual Back-to-School Cleanup from 9:00-12:00. This is a fun and rewarding community effort to make Oak Hill extra warm and inviting for all of our children and teachers as they start the new school year. Come solo or bring your middle schooler with you to help plant, weed, rake, mulch, and sweep. Yummy treats will be provided to keep everyone energized. Please email if you can help out at

Can’t Make it on the 30th? No worries, you can still be a part of making our school beautiful! We need volunteers to help water the flowers during the first month of school, and It only takes seven minutes. You can volunteer to water for one time only or sign up for a recurring day of the week. Whether it’s early morning or sunset, the flowers are always happy to see you! It is a rewarding way to be active in your child’s school.

We welcome donations too – We are looking for contributions to improve our building and grounds. Please feel free to donate any plantings—from your favorite perennial to fall mums!  If flowers are not your thing, we also wish for:
• one large flower pot,
• an oscillating sprinkler,
• four sections of split-rail fence to protect our flowers next to the overhang.

If you have any other donations, just email Shawna to see if we can use it to beautify the school. Please email if you would like to volunteer or donate at

Join the PTO to host Back To School Lunch for Teachers Thursday 8/30

Next week the Teachers are back and gearing up for the new school year. They work hard to create an engaging environment for our kids and an action-packed school year!

To show our appreciation, the PTO is sponsoring a Mexican-themed fiesta lunch for our Oak Hill Middle School Teachers and Staff on Thursday, August 30th, from 11:30 to 1:00 in the school cafeteria.



Open House 8/29 @4:00 for Highlands After Care (Oak Hill & Brown Middle School)

Are you looking for after-school activities for your 6-8th grader? There is an after-school
program, open since 2008, for Brown and Oak Hill Middle School students!

Open House:
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands Please join us for lemonade, to learn more about the program, and to see the wonderful space that is the Home base of this great program.

The Highlands After-School Program (HASP) provides a safe, supervised, enriching after-school environment that meets the needs of middle school children attending Oak Hill and Brown Middle Schools, with a home base at Brigham House and use of the Hyde Gym.

Transportation is arranged from the middle schools on school buses. Activities include sports, art, cooking, science & exploration, time to do homework, field trips, community service, and team building. It will be a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework.

Space is limited… enroll today!
Please direct any questions to: Rochelle Acker @ 617.999.4617 or or

Thank You

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time and donated money to make the 2017-2018 school year a success.  Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Help the Oak Hill PTO kick off a great 2018-2019 school year. Volunteer Today!

Congratulations 2018 Graduate and Thank You to OHM Parent Who Voluntered

Congratulations to all 2018 Graduates!
Graduation day at Oak Hill Middle School is an emotional time for parents and students alike.  We wish our graduates a happy summer and a smooth transition to High School.

Thank You for Making our Graduation Ceremony Extra Special
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make the graduation a wonderful celebration for the Oak Hill graduates. So many families generously donated decorations, refreshments, and their time. The gym looked spectacular, and there were plenty of tasty treats for the graduates and their families to enjoy after the ceremony. Thanks again for all your help!

Shout-outs go out to the following families:
Danielle Lieber
Kerlley Aime
Hellen Scarr
Roya Salamipour
Connie Lau
Mila Zoya
Cheryl Williams
Marika Tatsutani
Zhanyan Fu
Meghan Mogan
Allyson Poole Foster
Alyssa Chen
Hsu Family
Sherry Xiao
Sonja Weldon
Dion Rhodes
Kirsten von Hassel
Shawna Conaghan Murphy

And all the parents who helped at the last minute!


Thank You OHMS Volunteers for Making the Appreciation Lunch a Huge Success

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the families who contributed to the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch! The lunch was a huge success because so many families generously donated their time, cooking, and money. The teachers, aides, administrators, guidance counselors, secretaries, custodians, librarians, nurses, substitutes, athletic staff, and coaches were so appreciative to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Thanks again to everyone who showed their gratitude to the entire Oak Hill staff by contributing to the lunch!

Here’s a note we received from one of our teachers:  I want to thank you and let you know how much our teacher luncheon and breakfast last week was appreciated. The food was absolutely delicious and SUCH a TREAT for us during the school day. Thank you for all of the time you spent on the organization of this and the setting up, cleaning up, etc! It is another reminder of how grateful I am to teach in this community.

Shout-outs go to the following parents:(in no particular order)

Roya Salamipour, John Curran, Christina Kim, Kunling Wu, Sharon Perkulis, Zhenja Iosilevich, You Li, Alicia Collins, Laura Scharf, Leah Arteaga, Sherry Xiao, Jennifer Heberlein, Lisa DePalma, Christina Kim, Sharon Tamir, Emma Peralta, Lisa Weinman, Patricia Mendez, Anat Yosfan, Debbie Whitney, Heejeong Kim, Rosemarie Mitchell, Galina Perlin, Svetlana Sereda, Anat Linden, Jamie Lu, Olga Morgovsky, Heather Knapp, Karen Chow, Lynne Lim, Suzy Peled-Spigelman, Lou Bonegio, Sandy Wilkie, Lisa Sobczak, Anna Chernobaeva, Shara Ertel, Tonia Walker, Lisa Terrizzi, Remi Dansinger, Katharina Elbert, Vita Chudnovsky, Olga Morgovsky, Alison Larkin, Jamie Genser, Aaron Harris, Rachael Rosner, Lisa Terrizzi, Eileen Deignan, Rosemarie Mitchell, Chrysa Bliati, Heini Kekalainen, Darlene Nedeljkovic, Leah Arteaga, Lori Feinberg, Ester Benros, Jessica Berns, Helen Scarr, Megan Cohen, Dongqing(Holly) Peng, Gayathri Natarajan, Helen Scarr, Jessie Xie, Kirsten Von Hassel, Shawna Conaghan Murphy



Field Day, Graduation, & Tile Legacy Project Sign-Ups

The end of the 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching and we are looking for parent volunteers to support our teachers and staff. Please consider signing up to join our school in making these events special for our kids.

6th and 7th grade Parents:
FIELD DAY: Thursday, May 31st, 8:30am-11:30am. We need volunteers to support our PE teachers during this kid-favorite outdoor event. Sign up here:

We also welcome you your help on the Tile Project (see below). It is a very busy year for 8th grade families and we really need parent support on the tile project. If you can, please consider helping us on this fun project. It will give you a jump start on the year your kids will be creating legacy tiles!

7th grade Parents:
GRADUATION: The 8th Grade’s Celebration of Success Ceremony will be Friday, June 22nd starting at 9:00AM. We need 7th grade parent volunteers so 8th grade families can enjoy the graduation. We’ll need parent volunteers June 21st, the day before, to set up a few hundred chairs and put up some decorations. We’ll also need some parents to provide refreshments (lemonade, cookies) for the event. Please help us make our 8th graders graduation day special. Sign up Here:

8th Grade Parents:
GRADUATION: June 22nd. We’ll need parent volunteers June 21st, the day before graduation, to set up a few hundred chairs and put up some decorations. We also welcome some parents to provide refreshments (lemonade, cookies) for the event. If you would like to assist, please sign up here:

8th GRADE THANK YOU BREAKFAST: The 8th grade teachers do so much to ensure our graduating class has a great send off. From the NY trip planning to tile projects and graduation, they regularly go above and beyond for our students. Please help us thank them with a breakfast on June 14th. Sign up here:

TILE PROJECT: Next time you are at Oak Hill, look up and see the rows of tiles completed by past 8th grade classes. This is a wonderful tradition that cannot be completed without help from you. Volunteers are needed to organize and lead this project. Currently we are scheduled for June 8th and planning is underway! There are 194 kids across 9 classrooms, and we would like to have at least 2 parent volunteers for each classroom. Sign up here:  

Please Sign Up Today: PTO Positions for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Oak Hill Middle School PTO is looking for parents for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. No experience is necessary and there are opportunities for all levels of commitment from a few hours a week to once per year. Get involved and have fun!  Please Sign Up today so we can ensure a transition from outgoing volunteers.

Oak Hill PTO 2018-19 Positions

We are also looking for 3 parents to lead the Oak Hill PTO. You will work with the Principal and key educators to create a memorable school experience for our children. At the middle school level, it is a manageable and rewarding commitment, and a great way to be an active part of your child’s middle school experience. If you are interested in learning more, sign up or email us at THANK YOU

Nothing done for children is every wasted. Get involved today!


National Teacher Appreciation Week May 9th Lunch

Don’t Forget National Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

Thank you to all of the families who have signed up for the Teacher Appreciation Lunch for this coming Wednesday, May 9th. We still have some slots left to fill.

For families who made a monetary contribution, please use this link  and type: “Teacher Appreciation Lunch” in the section for notes about students/grades.

Thank you, your donations have helped to fill in some of the lunch gaps and make the lunch even more special. All of the various contributions will be followed up with a thank you. For any questions about the TA lunch, please contact

Thank you for Newton Serves Volunteers

A BIG Thank You to the Volunteers who Made Newton Serves a Huge Success at Oak Hill Middle School.

We would like to thank all the amazing volunteers who worked hard weeding, raking, mulching, and planting the Oak Hill grounds last Sunday afternoon to make the school look spectacular! Thank you Oak Hill families, Principal Harutunian, local church organizations, and team leaders Katherina Elbert and Shawna Conaghan Murphy.

Volunteers Needed – We are currently looking for volunteers to water the flowers once a week. Please reach out to Katherina or Shawna to sign up at