Friday, November 17, 2023

Horace Mann Principal Update 11/17/2023

Horace Mann Principal Update
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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Horace Mann Building Project - Meeting Tonight and Next Steps

Please see the message below regarding next steps in the building design process.  Our next meeting is TONIGHT at 6:00 PM.


To the Newton School Building Committee and Design Review Committee:

As noted at the recent SBC meeting on October 26, the Horace Mann Elementary School project has officially moved into the Schematic Design phase! Therefore, going forward, Horace Mann project meetings will be held at the DRC, with the SBC in attendance.

The next two meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, November 15 - 6:00PM (TONIGHT)

Wednesday, December 13 - 6:00PM

The focus of the November 15 meeting will be an overview of the project status including the Feasibility Study and the preferred design option.


You can join this meeting (and future DRC meetings) by clicking on this Zoom link:

Also please note for future planning purposes, 2024 DRC meetings are scheduled as follows:

January 10, 2024

February 14, 2024

March 13, 2024

April 10, 2024

May 15, 2024

June 12, 2024

July 10, 2024

August 14, 2024

September 11, 2024

October 16, 2024

November 13, 2024

December 11, 2024


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Horace Mann Building and Design Committee Meeting Reminder

 Dear HM Families,

As a reminder, there is a meeting of the Horace Mann School Building and Design Review Committees on Thursday evening at 6:00pm. You probably have the link for the meeting already, but if not here it is:

At this meeting we will be going over a few minor changes to the site plan and interior floor plans.

I will also be explaining Thursday evening that this will be our last meeting where the SBC takes the lead. After this meeting, the SBC will join the DRC on Wednesday evenings as we move further into the schematic design phase and start working on Site Plan Approval. This does not in any way diminish the role of the SBC. The DRC has always welcomed feedback, input, and questions from the SBC members. We've still got lots of design work left to do so there will be ample opportunity to stay involved and help continue to shape the future of this project. This transition occurs to align the process with the City of Newton Revised Ordinances that drive the roles and responsibilities of the Design Review Committee.


Josh Morse
Public Buildings Commissioner
Public Buildings Department
City of Newton

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Horace Mann Principal Update 10/22/23

Horace Mann Principal - Update
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Saturday, October 14, 2023

A Message from NPS Principals

Dear HM Families,

Over the course of this week, NPS building and district leaders and the superintendent  have been working together to support our community and to reflect on the week’s events. Collectively, we felt it was important to share the following message as an expression of our ongoing care and learning in these difficult times.  

We share outrage and horror at the Hamas-led terrorist attack against Jewish and Israeli civilians and we recognize that some families did not hear us name those events and feelings in some of our initial communications. The unspeakable acts of violence that have been committed against innocent people are an atrocity. The loss of civilian lives in this attack, and ensuing war, has caused deep and lasting trauma for so many students and families here in Newton. 

As an NPS team, our messages earlier this week were intended to convey support for our Israeli and Palestinian families, our community members with ties to the region, and all those impacted by violence and war. As a part of our commitment to keeping all children safe, we will continue to listen and engage in thoughtful conversations about how best to communicate and to be responsive to our diverse community's needs. 

Through all of our shared work this week, it is abundantly clear that there is a common thread to the diverse viewpoints, opinions, feedback, stories, and reflections we have heard from our NPS families and students. Everyone, regardless of background, faith, or experiences yearns for reassurance that their children are safe and their identities are honored and protected. 

As Dr. Nolin has written and reaffirmed in recent remarks at the city’s forum on hate and antisemitism, please know that our educators remain steadfast in their commitment to ensuring all students are valued, respected, and supported and that our communities are free from harassment, discrimination, and hate. We will continue to work together with our district and school leadership teams to support our students.


Newton Public School Principals 

Friday, September 29, 2023

Facilities Design Update

Facility Design Update
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