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Superintendent's Newsletter 03.15.2024

Posted Date: 3/15/24 (2:15 PM)


Family Newsletter   |  March 15, 2024

Dr. Jennifer O'Neill

Superintendent's Message 

Last night, the annual Budget Hearing took place at the School Committee meeting. Attendees received information about the budget process and what NPS would need to retain our current level of services for all students, along with a look at historical budget increases. Norton is in a difficult budget position this year- not just Norton Public Schools, but our community as a whole. Costs have increased overall and we do not have enough revenue coming in to be able to accommodate budget increases that our town departments need and deserve. 

The Norton School Committee and our administrative team are committed to working closely with the Selectboard and the Finance Committee to think creatively to see if there are other potential contingencies that could help support a modest increase for all departments. We know that we are always more effective when we work together in the best interest of our community. 

It is important for our Norton families to understand that despite any contingencies, we will still have a reduction in staff and programming for the upcoming year, as we are not able to fund a level service budget as a school community. This is not something that I am taking lightly as your Superintendent, but be assured that we will be making decisions that we believe are in the best interest of all Norton students. 

Congratulations to Kerri Murphy, Norton High School Teacher

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award

2024 Massachusetts Affiliate - Educator Honorable Mention

Ms. Murphy studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked in industry as an engineer and consultant across the U.S. before following her pathway to Education. She taught math for 17 years and started teaching Computer Science 7 years ago. Kerri now teaches Computer Science & Robotics at Norton High School, chairs a community STEAM team, and coaches High School eSports, robotics, and Boys Varsity Tennis. She is the 9-12 Leader and Advocacy Leader for the Greater Boston Chapter of CSTA and an ECS Facilitator, where she focuses on ensuring access and equity in CS. Congratulations to Kerri for this well deserved recognition!

Shop Fridays!

Here are the some updated pictures from the Norton High School Pre-Apprentice Program.



March 18th

Elementary Term II Report Cards

March 20th - 21st

Elementary Conferences

March 21st

Elementary Early Release (Conferences)
Norton Middle School Report Cards

April 4th

Norton High School Term III Marks Close

April 12th

Districtwide Early Release (Professional Development)
Norton High School Term III Report Cards

April 15th -19th

April Vacation

Virtual Backpack
This week's NPS Virtual Backpack flyers include: 
          • Rho Kappa Pizza Tyme Fundraiser
          • Norton Parks and Rec - Spring Egg Hunt
          • Interview Preparation Class
          • Rally Against Cancer - Team Norton Public Schools
          • Eagle Scout Fundraiser
          • g4g Day - free educational event
          • Little Wiffels Sign Ups
          • Affordable Housing Lottery

To submit a flyer to the Virtual Backpack, please contact Pam Anderson at