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The City of Newton Gets a Virtual Face-lift – The Times They Are A-Changin’
Here in the City of Newton, MA, we have a new mayor, a new school superintendent, and a new high school almost complete. The changes are just beginning. Have you logged onto the city website lately? It has a new look and feel and that is a good thing and long overdue.
Even more exciting for me is the new Newton Public Schools’ website. It presents a similar look and feel of the city site. It is built with an Open-Source platform called Drupal but If you don’t speak geek, suffice it to say that this is free software and the wave of the future. The Newton Public School’s Technology Department has been doing their homework. I particularly loved the Parent’s page which had an easy link to the City’s look-up for Voting, DPW, and School Districts. This is truly an excellent example of technology used in a practical way to serve the community. Look forward to more good things coming our way.
The Showcase on Main Street at Newton North High School on March 2nd was an amazing array of students presenting their work to incoming 8th graders and their families. Most of the exhibits illustrated a new direction in education referred to as integrated curriculum. For example, the things you learn in a carpentry class could also be quite useful for set design in theatre arts. Stir in the required mathematics needed for building and you connect three curriculum areas. Technology is reaching into most classrooms in one way or another.
There are other useful connection happening at Newton North. The Graphic Arts Department produces most of the high quality posters for Theatre Ink (the school theatre company.) The Newtonite (school newspaper) writes about a presentation about Graphic Novels. The Library website links to the stories in the Newtonite. This is just the beginning.
I loved school but many times especially in high school I was bored to death. I know it’s a difficult world today in many ways but seems like the academics in high school is changing for the better. These kids at North that night impressed me as engaged, enthusiastic and helpful. I’m excited for those incoming Freshman but, regardless, I would never want to relive the adolescent years!
Newton North High School graduate, Shawn Reddy, designer and winner. Congratulations, Shawn! You have a bright future ahead.
Three amazing design school graduates competed in the contest to design the perfect Oscars dress for Robin Roberts. An eggplant-colored one shoulder gown, designed by Shawn Reddy, graduate of Newton North High School, was the winning design. Over 40,000 people logged in to vote and more than half preferred Shawn’s design.
“Thank you all for making me feel like a princess on Oscar night.” – Robin Williams