Grades 7 & 8

Middle Years Program

Newman's program, through the holistic MYP curriculum, addresses students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being. We provide students the opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage their lives and take responsible actions in their future.
Each year, Newman students  engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary course that involves multiple subject groups. Students also complete one long term project, deciding what they want to learn, identifying what they need to know, and planning the process through completion.
Newman MS students experience: volunteering, tennis, kayaking, ice skating, rock climbing and traditional team sports as well as mindfulness practice.

Areas of Study

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)

Creativity, Action and Service enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning.

CAS at Newman

IB Middle Years Learner Profile

IB Middle Years Learner Profile

MYP Spanish Class - Learning to Drive

Newman Cares- Blankets of Hope

Newman students wrote notes of inspiration to people experiencing homelessness.

Newman students wrote thoughtful notes for blankets to be distributed to local shelters.  Blankets of Hope is an educational nonprofit helping students practice empathy and kindness by donating blankets - each paired with an inspirational handwritten note - to those experiencing homelessness.

Our community came together with the organization of our Cardinal Connects Club to offer words of encouragement to residents of local homeless shelters.  The organizations that received the blankets included:

Woods-Mullen shelter for women, Boston

Bridge House, Lynn

Lifebridge, Salem

Bridge House, Lynn

Pine Street Inn, Boston

Thanks to all who participated in this wonderful gesture.

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Spring activities are abundant at Newman.
Gayle Schafer

Students have a huge variety of clubs, sports and activities to discover and pursue their passions.

A robust line-up of clubs, sports and activities are offered at Newman and are an important part of the life of the school. Spring weather allows us to resume many of the outdoor sports we offered in the fall.

Our offerings support the IB pillar of CAS, creativity, activities and service which provides students opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work.

Clubs and activities may meet daily or weekly.  Newman teachers and staff are club mentors, though the interest and energy of each club is driven by student participation.  The clubs and activities offered each year reflect the interests and activities of the current student community.

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Theatre:  Where Dreams Come to Life...May 21, 2021
Gayle Schafer

Drama Club is an inclusive space where students interested in all aspects of theatre can express themselves.

The Drama Club is one of the newest additions to club life at Newman. Drama Club is an inclusive space where students interested in all aspects of theatre can find a like-minded community. We have students interested in acting, musical theatre, stage management, and backstage crew! At the end of the year, Drama Club students will be presenting their Showcase based on the theme "Dreams". This will include musical performances, monologues, scenes, and perhaps even a short play, all performed virtually and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations. These students have shown incredible resilience to continue to pursue their passion for theatre even throughout this pandemic.

We chose the theme of Dreams because it's important to remember your hopes and aspirations even in the face of unprecedented adversity.

We hope you can all join us!

Friday, May 21, 2021 12:30 PM

Live Stream


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"Women in Media"- Theme of the Women's Empowerment Club event
Gayle Schafer

Members of the vibrant Women's Empowerment club from all grade years and genders presented and analyzed movie and media examples.

Last week our active Womens' Empowerment club hosted an evening centered around the theme of "Women in Media".  Students and faculty joined the evening event to see engaging presentations and participate in lively discussion. 

Each member presented a media clip focused on the sub-topics and ran the discussion for their media piece.  The sub-topics included:

  • Historical Figures
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Disney Characters

Clips included "Hidden Figures, On the Basis of Sex, Harriet, He Named me Malala, Legally Blonde and advertising clip Misty Copeland 's Under Armour Ad.

The Women's Empowerment Club is a student led discussion group that focuses on social justice for all people. Each year students host an event with outside speakers and student entertainment around issues important to the group. 

Thank you to Rayne '21 for hosting this thought provoking evening for the Newman community.

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"Wartime Aide" Chapter founded and run by Newman students
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A non-profit organization founded by Newman students to educate fellow students about refugee issues.

Wartime Aide

Wartime Aide, founded by a Newman School student, Sam '22 focuses on educating high schoolers about refugee issues.

Wartime Aide was founded by a Sam, Newman School Class of '21.  He set out to sponsor and support refugee students coming to the United States. The group fundraised to meet this goal and even sponsored a refugee who attended The Newman School.  Sam talks about when they realized they were not fully equipped to sponsor refugees on a large scale.

"We came to study and appreciate the complexity of refugee issues. Therefore, we shifted our mission to educate the public and high schoolers about refugee issues. We have a podcast called The Refugee Report where we explain different refugee crises, refugee issues, and interview those who have worked with refugees (here is the link: We are also working on a Tik Tok campaign in which we make short videos about refugee issues. 

Prior to the pandemic, we also had a chapter program in which a high school chapter would be given a discussion guide and video about a refugee issue."

Sam '21, Founder and President, Charles '21, Vice President and Harper '22, Secretary.

For more information about our mission click here.


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