The Programming Committee plans events throughout the year. Contact Shawna Slack at for more information.

Nov. 17: Support LGBTQ+ Youth

Learn more about LGBTQ+ issues and identities with a representative from Greater Boston PFLAG, an organization whose mission is to provide support for families with LGBTQ+ youth. During this presentation, we will explore topics related to having productive conversations, regardless of whether or not your student  identifies as LGBTQ+. Plus, we will discuss the language and tips for having conversations about LGBTQ+ topics:

  • Understand background information to provide context
  • Learn correct and up to date LGBTQ+ language and terminology
  • Understand the difference between gender identity, sex assigned at birth, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Learn specific practices to make your community a more safe, inclusive and welcoming space
  • Learn to become a more effective ally to students and young people
  • Having conversations about LGBTQ+ topics and identities at home

Please sign up to join us on Nov. 17.

Nov. 19: Q&A with Superintendent, Committee Chair

Q&A with Superintendent David Fleishman and School Committee Chair Ruth Goldman: Mark your calendar to attend this special Q & A with Superintendent David Fleishman and School Committee Chair Ruth Goldman on Nov. 19, 7:30-8:30 pm. Click here to submit your questions in advance. The link for the meeting will be shared as we approach the date. 

Oct. 14: Support Teen Civic Engagement

Join us for a special virtual panel discussion, Supporting Your Teen’s Civic Engagement, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Oct. 14, and learn about the value of civic engagement and the many ways Newton North students can get involved in their community.  A panel of students, community leaders and faculty will discuss current opportunities and the impact students can make. The conversation will be led by NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service Co-Directors Claudia Wu and Terry Yoffie.

Past Program: 2019-20

Virtual Program with Newton Food Pantry – The Newton North PTSO hosted our last program of 2019-2020 on May 14, 2020, with Carol Berlin of the Newton Food Pantry. We thank her for facilitating a discussion with over 50 parents, guardians and students. We learned about the 250 percent jump in people served by the Newton Food Pantry. The pantry is asking for donations of double-bagged paper grocery bags and for individually bagged homemade cloth face masks. Also, applications remain open for the Pantry’s Teen Ambassador Program. Thank you, Carol!

Navigating an Uncertain Future: Applying the New Science of Purpose in School, Career and Life – This webinar was presented by Dr. Belle Liang, PhD, Professor, Boston College and Tim Klein, LICSW, Project Lead, True North, Boston College on April 2, 2020. Parents learned how to support their teens in the face of adversity and also how to make meaningful decisions in a rapidly changing educational landscape.

Adolescent Psychology: The Parent Version – Prominent child development and parenting expert Joani Geltman, the author of “A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens,” offered insights and advice about adolescent behavior on November 19, 2019.

Screenagers The Next Chapter – On October 10, 2019, this film was shown in the NN Auditorium and was followed by a panel discussion with Newton Wellesley Hospital experts in mental health and resiliency, along with Matthew Ford, Newton North School Guidance Counselor.