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

Thank you for your donations for the Staff Appreciation Lunch!

Thank you to all the families who contributed food, supplies, and time to make last week’s Staff Appreciation Lunch a success. The Oak Hill staff appreciated the refreshments as they prepared to welcome our students back to school. A special note of thanks goes to Tamar Chamassian for organizing the overall event!

Volunteers Urgently Needed for Picture Day next Wed 9/11

VOLUNTEERS STILL URGENTLY NEEDED: Please sign up here if you’re able to volunteer next Wednesday 9/11.

Oak Hill School’s Picture Day is coming up this Wednesday, September 11th. The school is dependent on parent helpers for the day to go smoothly. Over 600 students plus an additional 100 staff will have their photo taken on this day. The process takes most of the morning, from 7:30 AM to 11 AM.

It would be helpful to have parent helpers at all times, to help the photographers, assist with names at the table, and to help keep the lines under control.

The school photography company gives money to the PTO – last year it was over $2,000 – and makes scholarship packages available to families. So having parent support is critical. Please sign up here if you’re able to volunteer.

FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED! Lunch for Oak Hill Staff on Thursday 8/29

Please consider donating a main dish for this week’s Mexican-themed fiesta lunch for our Oak Hill Middle School Teachers and Staff on Thursday, August 29th, from 11:30 to 1:00 in the school cafeteria.



Student MBTA Charlie Card Information

Student Charlie Cards (S-Cards) can be obtained for free at Oak Hill’s main office.  A student card is valid for one year, from Sept. 1st – Aug. 31st. It offers student discounts on the MBTA bus, subway, Ferries, and Commuter Rail, including a $30 monthly T pass (regular cost $90).

A monthly pass or up to $10 can be placed on the S-card. Funds can be deposited onto the card on board a bus, at a fare vending machine or at a subway station.

Real time tracking of the #52 bus is available at  Scroll down to your stop to see when the bus will arrive.  The #52 bus stops on Wheeler Ave, in front of Oak Hill School.

Urgently Needed TODAY: Volunteers Still Needed to Decorate for Graduation

We still need volunteers to help TODAY from 2:30 PM onwards. Please email Shawna at or sign up below if you can pitch in, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. Thanks for your help!

Volunteers Needed: Graduation Reception

Dear 6th and 7th grade families:

In continuation of the wonderful tradition of 6th and 7th grade families hosting the graduation reception, please help us make the 8th grade graduation ceremony extra special for the students and their families.

We need 6th and 7th grade families to donate refreshments and help us set up and clean up on the morning of June 18th.

Thank you for helping to make this a special day for our graduating 8th graders and their families! Please sign up here:

Volunteers Needed: Field Day

6th and 7th Grade Parents:

Field Day for 6th and 7th graders is happening on the Oak Hill fields on Monday, June 17th, from 8 AM – 11:30 AM.

We need 15-20 parents to help with the water/ refreshments centers and assist the teachers as needed. Please consider signing up for a 1-hour slot or longer:

For all volunteers, Mr. Drinan, our PE teacher, will follow up as we get closer to the event.


8th grade girls: Interested in playing for South next year?

Newton South High School Girls’ Soccer meeting

For all 8th grade girls who are interested in playing soccer at South, they’ll be a meeting on Thursday, June 6th in the Brown Cafeteria at 3:15PM.

The meeting will take about 45 minutes. Newton South coaches and players will talk about the Girls’ soccer program, answer questions, and hand out an information packet. This meeting includes 8th grade girls from Brown, Oak Hill, transfer students, and those coming to NSHS from private schools.

Couldn’t make it to The Giving Project Dinner but want to contribute to our fabulous organizations?

Giving Project Donations will be open for two more weeks (until June 14), so please be generous. We are hoping to raise $2000 this year!

The organizations selected by Oak Hill and Brown Students address a number of issues in our community:

  • There is a poverty problem in Newton but we rarely see it. One Can Help assists people who are often ignored because they are in the juvenile court system and can’t afford even a bus pass or a laptop.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death among 15-44-year olds. Project Semicolon offers help and understanding to those with mental health issues to reduce the stigma attached to those issues.
  • Being of different backgrounds or faiths shouldn’t prevent people from seeing their commonalities. Kids 4 Peace trains kids from diverse backgrounds to be interfaith peace leaders.
  • A Newton family founded Cape Crafts 4 Kids to expose underserved kids to art by providing art supplies and programs at a large food pantry on Cape Cod. They hope to expand to Boston food pantries this year but need funding to make it happen.

Please click on the Donate button found here:

Thank you to Oak Hill PTO volunteers!

Thank You to the 80+ Oak Hill Families for Volunteering This Spring!

Newton Serves Volunteers – We want to thank all the amazing volunteers who worked hard weeding, raking, mulching, and planting the Oak Hill grounds to make the front of the school look spectacular! Thank you Oak Hill families, Principal Harutunian, local church organizations, and team leaders Katherina Elbert and Shawna Conaghan Murphy.

National Teacher Appreciation Week — A Scrumptious Success
A heartfelt thank you goes out to over 80 families who contributed to the National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! The appreciation lunch and breakfast treats were 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 special week.

The PTO would like to extend a special note of thanks to Shawna Conaghan Murphy, who was the lead organizer for this event and countless other staff appreciation events over the years! Thank you, Shawna!