South Athletes and Families: Save The Date: Forum on High-School Start Time, Jan. 26 at NNHS

Concerned about the impact of limited sleep on your student? Much evidence shows that later start times for high school can improve the physical and mental health of students, reduce tardiness, and improve learning in school. The School Committee has formed the High School Start Time Working Group to study the benefits and challenges of later start times for the two high schools.

Save the date! Join the Newton South PTSO and Newton North’s School Council on January 26 at 7:00PM in the Newton North cafeteria to continue the community conversation around the impact of inadequate sleep on our teens and to explore the research on and impacts of starting high school later. The featured speaker will be Dr. Christopher Landrigan, Director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Research Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital—who is also a South parent. Others include Supt. David Fleishman, Working Group and School Committee members Ellen Gibson and Ruth Goldman, and high-school students and faculty. Your input is welcome. If you missed last April’s forum at South, this is an important way to catch up on the research and join the conversation—with a new keynote speaker and updated information.

For more information, visit, where you will find resources and can sign-up for periodic updates.