The Orange Book is a guide to life at Newton North.  The latest version of the Orange Book is available below.  Future revisions will be posted as they are made.

Getting Oriented
People and their Roles
In the Course of the Day
Rules and Procedures
Contact Information
Dress Code
House Plan
Important Locations

I. Getting oriented

Contact information
You can find phone numbers and email addresses for administrators, faculty and staff at the school web site at You can contact them by using this format:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

House plan
Newton North High School is divided by grade level into four houses. Each house has about 450 students. You will stay in the same house all four years.

Adams House: Room 277 Barry House: Room 220
Beals House: Room 135 Riley House: Room 11

House office numbers are (617) 559-6310 for Adams, 559-6320 for Barry, 559-6330 for Beals and 559-6340 for Riley. To reach the main office, call 559-6200. You may also go to the school system's web site, for information. The athletics web site,, includes team information and a link to schedules at Theatre Ink's web site,, has information about the school's teaching and working theatre. To read school news every day during the academic year, go to, and pick up a newspaper every other Friday

Important locations
Adams House - 277
Art Studio – 127
Athletic Office - 210
Barry House - 220
Beals House- 135
Bursar—Main Office - 111
Campus Aides - 108
Career and Technical Education Office - 112
Career Resource Center- 110
Computer Lab - 217
Counseling Department Office - 105
Data Center - 111
EDCO - 373
English Office - 359
Fine & Performing Arts Office – 162
Health Office - 109
History Office - 359
International Café – 132
Language Lab – 215
Lecture Hall – A111
Library - 225
Little Theatre - 173
Main Office - 111
Mathematics Office – 460
Metco Office - 134
Performing Arts Center - 172
Records Office - 111
Riley House – 115
School Store - 138
Science Office - 460
Special Education – 216
Student Help Center & Enhanced Study – 240/242
Tigers Loft - 117
Work-Study -
World Languages Office - 241

II. People and their roles

Along with classroom teachers, there are others who work to support the school and its students.

Athletic Director
The Athletic Director supervises, coordinates and manages the interscholastic athletic program and serves as the Department Chair for the Health and Wellness department.

Campus aides monitor the school building and the school grounds. They work closely with administrators.

You are assigned to a counselor. Counselors work with two grades each year (9th & 11th or 10th & 12th). Usually, your counselor will follow you through your four years, working with your housemaster to support you throughout your high school career. Counselors provide information about academic, personal and career-related decisions. You can also meet with the prevention/intervention counselor if you are struggling with abuse, anger or stress, or if you would like support to stop smoking or using other substances. You can call or visit the office of the prevention/intervention counselor (room 339) if you believe you need support; counselors, administrators, parents, faculty or staff may refer you.

Custodians maintain the building from the pool to the classrooms to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Custodians help meet the equipment and environmental needs of the school.

Department heads
Department Heads are responsible for teaching and learning in their particular subject areas (i.e. English, History, Science). They address concerns students and parents may have about individual classes, teachers, curriculum levels, and schedule changes.

Housemasters facilitate student learning and are a primary resource for students and families. They are available to address all aspects of students' academic and social progress. Housemasters also enforce the school's policies and procedures.

House Administrative Assistants
House Administrative Assistants provide support to housemasters, faculty and staff. They keep records of absences, tardiness and excuse notes. They help with locker assignments and keep track of mail and student obligations. For any questions you have about the school and how it works, your house administrative assistant will help you find the answers.

The Librarians support all grades and classes by co-teaching with classroom teachers.  The library acts as the hub of the school, and the librarians act as a conduit between students, faculty, and parents in all aspects of research and innovation.

The Health Office is located next to the Main Office in room 109. Among other services, the nurse arranges for students' health examinations and immunizations, does screenings and makes referrals (See dismissals, below). Students who need to see the nurse should report to class and get a note from the teacher before going to the nurse's office, except in case of an emergency.

As the leader of the school, the principal fosters coordinated efforts among the faculty and staff to support all students. While overseeing the budget, staffing and general operations, the principal sets priorities for Newton North High School's direction and growth.

Vice Principal
The vice principal schedules student activities and the use of the building spaces. She oversees all aspects of MCAS testing, portfolios and scores. The vice principal also works with the library teachers on maintaining the library as a useful, creative, accessible space for student work.

III. In the course of a day

Bike racks/Skateboards
You may park your bike at the "Tiger Drive" entrance or at the theater entrance. If you use skateboards for transportation and/or recreation, you should leave them in their locker during the school day. You are prohibited from using skateboards during the school day, in school or on school property. We expect students using skateboards to be courteous to others, and we encourage the use of proper safety equipment.

To use school transportation, you need a bus pass. To order your pass, you can go to the Newton Public Schools web site at and click on transportation. You can also call (617)-559-9052 for financial aid information. All school rules and disciplinary actions apply to students while they are riding a school bus. For up to date information regarding bus times, please refer to the transportation page on the Newton School systems website (

At the beginning of the year, upperclassmen are eligible to participate in a parking lottery. For more information, call the main office at 617-559-6200.

You receive your locker assignment from your homeroom teacher. You are responsible for putting a lock on your locker. Do not share lockers. Your locker is school property and is subject to search under reasonable suspicion standards. You are responsible for the maintenance of your locker. Defaced or damaged lockers must be reported to your House Office immediately. Defaced or damaged lockers may be treated as a financial obligation, which must be paid prior to graduation. You should not bring large amounts of cash or valuables to school and/or store them in your locker. Under no circumstances does the school assume liability for personal possessions that you bring to school. If you have any questions about your locker, see the house administrative assistant.

The cafeteria serves 3 lunches. First lunch is for freshmen only, second lunch for sophomores and mixed grade level classes, and third lunch for upper classmen. If you have open campus privileges, you may use the cafeteria during your unscheduled periods.

For information about free and reduced lunches, please see your housemaster. Students who do not have lunch money on a particular day should see the director of food services.

A campus aide monitors the cafeteria throughout the day. You are expected to behave appropriately in the cafeteria and to clean tables after eating. Failure to adhere to these expectations may lead to disciplinary action by your housemaster.

Homeroom is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A student will stay with his/her homeroom for all four years. During homeroom, teachers disseminate important information and documents.

Locker rooms
You are not to enter the physical education and athletic locker rooms except during your assigned physical education periods. After school, only members of in-season athletic teams are allowed in the locker rooms. To help prevent theft, students are encouraged to report instances of unauthorized persons in the locker rooms. Unauthorized persons are subject to search and disciplinary action.

X blocks are part of the school day. On Mondays, X block is from 2:25- 3:20. On Thursdays, it is from 2:40- 3:20. During both X-blocks, you can meet with your teachers to receive extra help.  A teacher may require you to come to a conference or make up a test during an X-block. Academic responsibilities take priority over sports, activities and most out-of-the-building commitments. You can also attend meetings of clubs and organizations during X-block. All clubs and organizations welcome all students.

Clubs and organizations
Every year, early in the first term, you can attend Club Day to find out more about student organizations.

Policy-making organizations

Academic Standards Committee
This committee -- which includes representatives from every department, two parents, two students and the principal --makes decisions about issues affecting the school's curriculum. The committee also makes policy on issues such as class rank, credits, cheating and plagiarism.

School Council
One result of the Mass. Education Reform Act of 1993 was the establishment of school councils throughout the commonwealth. The Newton North School Council includes representatives from the faculty, administration, parents, community and students. The School Council advises the principal on educational goals and needs, reviews the school’s budget and prepares the school improvement plan.

Student Faculty Administration Board
The Student Faculty Administration (SFA) Board makes policy for the school. The board meets weekly. It is a group that can make major changes in the way the school operates. The board consists of elected representatives from each class as well as members of the faculty and the administration. All are elected annually. The PTSO sends two representatives, who are non-voting members. Each meeting begins with a principal's report. Then the group discusses board members’ proposals. Often, the board forms subcommittees to investigate concerns and make recommendations. After the board votes, the principal may still exercise veto power.

IV. Rules and procedures

The rules and procedures in this section are not all-inclusive. You should also refer to the Opportunities in Secondary Education course catalog, and to Students' Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, which applies to all Newton students at the high school level.

After school
If you are involved in a faculty- or staff-supervised activity, you may stay in the building after school in designated areas. If you are not in a supervised activity, you should leave the building no later than 20 minutes after the end of the school day. For example, athletes will be waiting in the athletic office area. Any students with questions or concerns about staying after school without faculty or staff supervision should see their housemaster.

Appearance/dress code
You are expected to dress in a manner that does not disrupt the educational process. Staff may request a student to alter dress deemed inappropriate or disruptive to the educational process. You should see your housemaster, if you have questions. Also, the Board of Health requires that you wear shoes in the building.

Athletic equipment
Athletic equipment should not be in the halls or classrooms. The athletic department provides space for you to store your equipment during the school day. You may also store equipment in your locker. You may not use any athletic equipment (basketballs, field hockey/hockey/lacrosse sticks, footballs, frisbees, skateboards, etc.) in any area besides the gymnasium. Keep these items properly stored and use them only with teacher approval and supervision.

Teachers maintain records of student attendance in each of their classes.  In addition, one period each day is considered the daily attendance period.  If you are absent during the daily attendance period, an automated phone call will be made to your home, indicating that you are absent from school.  Daily attendance is taken at the following times:

  • Monday: C-block
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: homeroom
  • Friday: B-block.

Your parents are required to call the house office to excuse any absences by 10am on the day of an absence. 

Tardy to School
Your parent or guardian should call the house office and indicate your expected time of arrival.

If you arrive to school late, you will need a note with the time of arrival. You should report to the house office with the note. Do not bring the note to the teacher.
Students arriving late without a note should go directly to class. The house office will not provide an excused note.

When students leave school early, they must bring a note from home to the house office.  

The house secretary will provide a dismissal slip. If you do not get a dismissal slip prior to leaving the school, your absence will be considered unexcused.
If you are ill, the school nurse should dismiss you.

Please bring all notes to the house office. If the secretary is unavailable, you may drop the note off in the box provided. Please be sure your name, the date and the time of arrival are written clearly across the top. Thank you for your cooperation.

You will receive an N with your academic grade if any of the following occur during a single marking period in a class that meets four times per week:

  • Nine total absences or
  • Nine total times tardy or
  • Three unexcused absences

In a class that meets twice per week, you will receive an N with your academic grade if any of the following occur during a single marking period:

  • Four total absences or
  • Four total times tardy or
  • Two unexcused absences

In each class the teacher will establish his/her tardy policy. If a student is more than 25 minutes late to class, the student will be considered absent. (Excused or Unexcused)

All absences, whether excused or unexcused, count toward an N except absences that are the result of MCAS, A.P. exams, Special Education testing and school-sponsored exchanges.

A student who earns an "N" for one term in a one-semester course or two "N's" in a full year course may receive an "N" for the year. A student who earns two "N's" in a one-semester course will receive an "N " for the course. A student who earns three "N's" in a full year course will receive an "N" for the course. A student who earns an " N " in the fourth term may receive an "N" for the course.

Unexcused Absences (cuts):
For a student's first unexcused absence in a class the teacher will talk with the student about the absence and notify the housemaster, and may assign consequences.

For a student's second unexcused absence in a class the teacher will notify the appropriate housemaster as soon as possible of the absence. The school will contact families and appropriate consequences will be assigned.

For a student's third unexcused absence in a class the teacher will notify the appropriate housemaster of the absence. The housemaster will meet with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian, and will assign the appropriate consequences.

All additional unexcused absences may result in an immediate suspension and a required parent/guardian re-entry meeting.

Building evacuation
In the event of a building evacuation, proceed to your teacher's assigned muster station where your teacher will take attendance. Shelter in place/lockdown can be a response to safety concerns within or outside of the building. Please follow your teacher's directions in the classroom. If you are not in a classroom, you should report immediately to the nearest classroom, the film lecture hall or the auditorium. Failure to follow staff instruction during any and all safety procedures is a very serious offense and may warrant disciplinary action.

Cancelled classes
You are required to report to a designated place when your class is cancelled. Attendance will be taken.

Information on cancelled classes is posted each morning at each house office and on the T.V. monitors around the building.

Card playing/Gambling
No card-playing or gambling-style games are allowed in the school. Any form of gambling involving an exchange of money or goods may lead to disciplinary action.

Computer use/internet
You are expected to use the computers and internet appropriately at all times. If you fail to 
do so, strict restrictions will result that may include direct staff supervision at all time. Your housemaster will notify your parent or guardian when necessary. Misuse of any school computer related to invasion of privacy, libel or obscenity might result in suspension.

Any staff or faculty member may assign you detention. Failure to serve the detention with the staff or faculty member may result in further disciplinary action at the discretion of your housemaster.

Educational Team Conference
An Educational Team Conference (ETC) is a meeting chaired by a counselor that can be requested by a student, parent/guardian or any staff member to review a student's academic progress.

Electronic equipment policy
Before entering class, turn off and put away any and all equipment including ipods, mp3 players, cameras, cell phones, etc. Outside of class, use the equipment in ways that are appropriate and considerate of others. Use of electronic equipment in a way that violates a student, staff or faculty member's privacy or amounts to malicious defamation is strictly prohibited and will result in school consequences and possible police notification. Any misuse of electronic equipment will result in its confiscation. Failure to turn over the equipment to a teacher will result in disciplinary action up to suspension. It is at your housemaster's discretion whether to return confiscated items after school.

Elevator Use
Students who have a medical reason for using the elevator must report to the health office to request an elevator pass. Students using the elevator without staff permission are subject to disciplinary consequences.

Extracurricular events/behavior
While you are present at occasions including but not limited to athletic competitions, dances, field trips and foreign exchanges, you must follow the rules in the Students' School Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Students who are considered absent in more than two classes on a given day may not participate in activities on that day.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have special circumstances, you must see your housemaster to be considered eligible for the given day. Student athletes must consult with the Athletic Director to be considered eligible in a given day.

Supervisors of extracurricular activities may create a more restrictive policy for participation in an activity. This policy should be in written form and distributed to all participants..

Field trips
Parental and teacher signatures are required for your participation. It is your responsibility to bring in all forms with the signatures of your parent/guardian and your teachers by the assigned deadline. All school rules apply while on a field trip.

Absence from class for a field trip counts toward an N.

You are responsible for communicating with your teachers and for making up missed homework and assignments.

Thanks to the generosity of the PTSO, the principal has a fund that helps support students who cannot afford the whole cost of a field trip. Please see your housemaster for more information.

Final exams
You must take final exams on the days and times the exams are scheduled. You may not take a final exam early. If you have an excused absence for missing a final exam, you must take the exam on the make-up day or at a time the department head of that subject determines. See your housemaster with any questions or concerns.

You will face disciplinary action including possible police notification for graffiti or "tagging" that defaces, damages or destroys school property.

You are not allowed to bring guests to school.

Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 269, Sections 17-19, it is a crime to "haze" a student, that is, to participate in "any conduct or initiation into any student organization which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person."

Students shall not threaten or intimidate other students to prevent them from reporting violations of this policy or any district or school rules.

Homework over vacations and religious holidays
Students should not receive homework over religious holidays or during vacation, and should not have "major" assignments due upon return to school after a break. See your housemaster with any questions or concerns.

All students must identify themselves to faculty and staff. Not giving your name when asked may result in a one-day suspension.

Leaflets, notices and posters Leaflets and notices
Individual members of the school community may personally distribute leaflets or notices to other members of the school as long as they do not disturb classes or disrupt the school program.

The identity of the group or individual distributing the information must be clearly noted on any documents. Use of mailboxes, school bulletin notices and the public address systems 
require specific approval from authorized staff members (advisors and/or housemasters), and distributed materials must conform to School Committee regulations

Posters and signs should be displayed only on kiosks and bulletin boards and must be initialed by an advising staff member prior to posting. Failure to follow the protocol will result in posters/signs being removed. Posters or signs should NOT be placed on any painted surfaces, windows or doors of the school. Please remove posters and signs promptly after the event has taken place.

Lost and found
If you have lost or found an item such as a cell phone, ipod, keys or a wallet, go to the main office to inquire and check with your house office. Lost items are often stored in a designated area in the cafeteria.

Main Street and the halls
Main Street, the school's main corridor on the first floor, is open to students before school, between classes, during lunch and during X-blocks. STUDENTS MAY ONLY EAT IN THE CAFETERIA OR DESIGNATED OUTSIDE AREAS.

Students may not be on Main Street or in the halls, while classes are in session. Main Street is open to students during lunch, X-blocks and for 20 minutes after school while students who are not under faculty supervision are leaving the building.

Presence on Main Street is a privilege not a right and appropriate behavior is expected there at all times.

Newton North has mediation programs that offer students and staff a non-punitive method of resolving conflicts. Anyone interested in mediation of a dispute can contact the peer mediation coordinator to request mediation. Many disputes can be resolved at this level, allowing participants to come to agreements responsibly.

In addition to assigning consequences, if a dispute appears to be unsettled and may result in further interruption of the educational process, your housemaster may refer you to mediation.

Participation in mediation may be strongly recommended in such situations, but it is typically voluntary on the part of all participants.

You are responsible for returning, in a timely manner, all classroom and library books, athletic equipment, cameras, musical instruments and other school equipment entrusted or loaned to you.

You are responsible for returning materials in the same condition in which they were entrusted or loaned to you, or you will need to pay the cost of repairing or replacing any damaged or lost materials.

You are responsible for the locker that is assigned to you. Your locker is for your use only and must be maintained in good condition. Report any problems or damage immediately to your housemaster. Your locker, like textbooks and other school equipment, is treated like an obligation, as you will be held responsible for it.

Outstanding obligations may prevent you from participating in extracurricular activities, and/or face detention or any records being sent.

Seniors with outstanding obligations will not receive caps and gowns.

Open campus policies
All seniors have open campus privileges.

Freshmen and first-semester sophomores DO NOT have open campus privileges and are not permitted to be outside the school building without adult supervision during the school day. They are assigned directed studies during their unscheduled blocks. Students are expected to bring appropriate materials for independent study. Regular and punctual attendance is expected.

All students may be on the Cafeteria mall during their lunch block. Second-semester sophomores and juniors who demonstrate good citizenship and are in good academic standing are eligible for open campus. These students may go to the cafeteria, library, computer lab, or work with a teacher in a supervised setting. Students with open campus privileges may gather in designated areas on campus or leave campus.

Students with open campus may not be present in the following areas: behind the athletic complex on the Hull street side, inside the multi–purpose stadium, parking lots, adjacent walkways, landscaped areas and neighboring yards around the school building. The housemaster or parents/guardians can deny or revoke open campus privileges at any time. Parent(s) and guardian(s) may opt their child out of open campus privileges by contacting the appropriate housemaster.

Plagiarism policy
No student will use anyone else's work without proper attribution. Plagiarism is the improper use of, or failure to give credit to, another person's writing, visual or musical representation, or ideas. It can be an act as subtle as inadvertently neglecting to use quotation marks or references when using another source or as blatant as knowingly copying an entire paper, or parts of a paper, and claiming it as your own. —Edited version of statement from, p. 1, May 15, 2000

Policy on Plagiarism, Cheating, and Forgery
Teachers will discuss plagiarism, cheating, and forgery in every class at the beginning of a course and discuss academic and ethical reasons for avoiding these behaviors. Teachers will make it clear that they will be vigilant about plagiarism, cheating, and forgery.

Consequences/penalties for plagiarism, cheating, forgery
If a teacher believes that an offense has occurred, he/she will meet with the student. When it has been determined t that the student has committed a first offense, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. The teacher and department head will decide whether the student deserves a chance to redo the work and how the zero will affect the term grade. The teacher or department head will inform the housemaster. The housemaster will keep records by student of each offense. The housemaster may choose to suspend a student for a first offense. The teacher or department head will inform the parent. When a student commits a second offense, the student receives a zero for the assignment with no make-up, and the term grade will reflect this zero. The student will serve a one-day suspension. Suspension automatically results in a letter in the student's file. Further offenses will result in more serious disciplinary action.

Review days
Before final exams, teachers will allow time to review course material so students can see how to prepare for tests. During those days, teachers should not present new material.

Sent to house office/disciplinary
You must report directly to the house office if a staff member sends you for disciplinary reasons. If your housemaster is not available, you are expected to wait in or outside of the house office. Students who do not report directly to the house office will be subject to suspension.

State law prohibits smoking inside school buildings and on school grounds. A city ordinance prohibits smoking on public property and in cars within 300 yards of the building. People violating the ordinance face a warning, then a $50 fine for the second offense, a $100 fine for the third offense and a $200 fine for the fourth with the option of attending smoking cessation classes. Students caught smoking on school grounds will be subject to disciplinary action.

Student Identification.  
All students will be issued a student I.D. in the Fall. If you lose your I.D. a replacement can be obtained in the main office for a nominal fee.

Student records
The school will make your record available to you and your parent/guardian. The school will not give out certain information without your or your parent/guardian's authorization.

Student Schedules
Each student is required to carry 24 periods of classes per week, per semester. Per order of the school committee, students participating in an approved extracurricular activity may carry 22 periods. Students are responsible for maintaining a full schedule.

Teacher assessments and recommendations
All sophomores and juniors need a teacher assessment from one of their teachers. In addition, many seniors need college recommendations. Sophomores obtain one teacher assessment from a sophomore teacher. Juniors obtain one teacher assessment from a junior teacher and may ask one or two junior teachers to agree to recommend them for college. Teachers of sophomores and juniors who agree to write an assessment must sign a form that students return to their house offices.

Prospective students
Newton North welcomes prospective students to visit the school and shadow a current student. Prospective students may visit if they fit into one of the following categories. 1.) They currently attend an independent or parochial school, live in Newton North's district, and are considering attending Newton North the following school year. 2.) They currently attend a Newton middle school, live in Newton North's district, have been accepted to a private or parochial school, but are also considering attending this school. 3.) They currently live in Newton, attend Brown or Oak Hill middle school, live in Newton South's district, but have been granted a cross-district transfer to attend this school. 4. They do not live in Newton, but their families are moving to Newton.

To arrange such a visit, a parent or guardian of the prospective student must contact the Counseling Department Office at (617) 559-6230. All visits must be arranged a minimum of one week in advance. Visits are permitted from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. No visits may be scheduled during the last week of a marking period or the week preceding a vacation.

Current Newton North students may not, under any circumstances, bring a visitor to school. Unauthorized visitors will be required to leave campus immediately.

To arrange such a visit, a parent or guardian of the prospective student must contact the Counseling Department Office at (617) 559-6230. All visits must be arranged a minimum of one week in advance. Visits are permitted from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. No visits may be scheduled during the last week of a marking period or the week preceding a vacation.

Current Newton North students may not, under any circumstances, bring a visitor to school. Unauthorized visitors will be required to leave campus immediately.

V. Other resources
In addition to this handbook for students, there are other resources with useful information about the school and how it works.

The Newton North Writing Handbook is a guide to help you write clearly and effectively. It includes rules for documentation, punctuation, grammar and usage.
Opportunities in Secondary Education is the course catalog. It describes every course the school offers and covers graduation requirements, curriculum levels, grade point averages, state requirements and summer school.

The PTSO offers The Parent Survival Guide which outlines how the school is organized, including its schedule and its various programs, ranging from the EDCO Secondary Education Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to SPARC—the Senior Program of Alternatives to Regular Classes. It includes a year-by-year guide to help parents keep their children on track and lists community service and travel opportunities open to students.

The Reference Guide to Athletics at Newton North has a statement of purpose, a list of the sports the school offers, and the rules and regulations governing participation in athletics. Other chapters describe tryouts, team selection, athlete/coach relationships, playing time, team captains, equipment, awards, support services and governing bodies.

The Students' Rights and Responsibilities Handbook is an important and comprehensive resource. You should have received it in homeroom at the beginning of the year.  If not, see your house secretary to obtain a copy.