Category Archives: Community Notes

Newton 9-11 Memorial Scholarship Application

Thanks to our generous contributors, we can offer, starting in 2023, annual scholarships to Newton high school students. By engaging current students to write about 9-11, we hope to preserve the lessons of that fateful September day. To apply, please see the application.



When schoolwork goes the wrong way!

Our many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting has developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. We tutor special education such as ADHD, autism, executive function, learning disabilities, anxiety, behavior, life skills, and gifted. We also tutor regular education and test preparation. In addition to academic subjects, we teach children organization, homework coaching, study skills, and time management. All subjects and ages are taught. Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. Call 781-492-8700 or log on to

Tennis lessons for kids and adults

Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering tennis lessons for kids and adults and new this summer tennis camps for kids.

See all the offerings :

Green Newton School Connections meeting 

 Thursday, 2/9/23 at 4:30 pm. CLICK HERE for the Agenda and Zoom link, and please share with anyone who might be interested in helping us make our schools more sustainable.

Tickets on sale now! A Cappella April!

A Cappella April! is coming to Newton South High School on Saturday, April 1. This one-night only, all-ages event features R & B/Soul/Pop a cappella group Ball in the House, with special performances by Newton student groups: Bigelow Beats, Brown Middle School A Cappella, The Northern Lights, and The Melocotones. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students. Seating is reserved. Proceeds from this event will be used for future Creative Arts & Sciences programming. 

Tickets available through Seat Yourself:

For more information contact Stacey Moriarty:

Drive for Five for the Newton Community Freedge is back!

Newton Neighbors is organizing another Drive for Five for the Newton Community Freedge.

Kindergarten Soccer – Spring Registration is OPEN to Newton Pre-K and Kindergarten Children

Register by March 1st for the spring season!

  • Pre-K League: for Newton children who are entering kindergarten in the fall of 2023
  • Kindergarten League: for current Newton kindergartners

Since 1993, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where girls and boys develop friendships, learn teamwork and gain confidence.

We play on Saturday mornings at the Oak Hill Middle School fields, starting April 29th and will run for six (6) weeks.

Join us and meet other families in your neighborhood!

Game times are based on school assignment and will be communicated after teams are created (in early April).

Kindergarten Soccer is a program created and hosted by the Zervas Elementary School PTO since 1993.

PIANO LESSONS: Gloria Jasinski 

Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617.566.9704, email:

ActiveMinds Tutoring

Keep your hearts warm and minds warmer with ActiveMinds Tutoring. Shine bright with our tutors who care. 16 years providing tutoring for all academic subjects, studying skills, and standardized test prep (SAT/ACT, ISEE, SSAT). Contact ActiveMinds to learn more about our personalized plans with experienced tutors. 617.227.2225 | |

Tutoring Services

I’ve lived in and around Newton for 7 years and have tutored lots of students at both Newton North and South high schools, and overall I’ve been tutoring high schoolers for 18 years — both freelance and with well-known firms like Kaplan, Summit, and Chyten (now Livius).  My main areas are SAT/ACT prep, math, writing, and research skills.

I’ve recently started my own tutoring firm called “Merv Academic” ( and have a personal profile on Wyzant as well: Wyzant Profile.  I’d love to have the chance to work with more Newton students!

I’d be happy to provide more information, references, or testimonials. 


Steve Markofsky

617 893 1195