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Have a Great Summer!

In this last newsletter of the 2013-2014 school year, we wish to thank all the many volunteers who make the Newton South community what it is — a valuable resource and reliable foundation for our kids and our families. We’d also like to thank the South teachers and staff, who give so much to our students, above and beyond curriculum and standards.

Please join us in thanking Lori Lass, on her retirement from the PTSO board, for her amazing dedication as co-President of the PTSO for the last two years. Her kindness, helpfulness, organization, and constant good cheer set the highest standard for PTSO leadership and continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Enjoy your summer! The PTSO newsletter will return in August!

Lori Lass (departing co-President) – Emily Prenner and Betsy Blagdon (co-Presidents for 2014-2015)

Newsletter Subscription Info

If your email address changes over the summer, or if you know a parent who doesn’t receive the newsletter, please click here to register. If you no longer have a child at Newton South, please click “Update your Profile” at the bottom of this email. If you will have a child at South in the future, please do not click Unsubscribe – we will not be able to add you later. To stay in touch with other South families over the summer, consider joining other parents in your grade on facebook. Click here for more info.

PTSO Directory Updates

The online PTSO directory will be unavailable during the month of July, as we update the student records. The online directory will be available with a contribution to the PTSO again in the fall, after all the information has been confirmed. Please confirm your family’s information when we send the notice. We thank you for your patience in advance – 1400 families is a lot to process!

Student Record Updates

If your student’s information has changed or your student will NOT be attending Newton South in the fall, please email Jan O’Neil, the Newton South Registrar, or call 617-559-6500. Alternatively, if you know of a family moving INTO the Newton South district who will have a student attending Newton Public Schools next year for the first time, please encourage them to contact Jan as soon as possible, and to email the PTSO at so they can receive important information in the newsletter. If your student already attends Brown or Oak Hill Middle Schools, you do NOT need to call, as registration is automatic from the feeder schools.

Freshman Principal Coffee Hosts Needed

If you are interested in hosting an evening Freshman Parent Coffee with the Principal in August, focusing on either Special Education or the METCO program, please contact Emily Prenner and Betsy Blagdon at

Congratulations to all sports teams for a great 2013-14 season

The Booster Club Board would like to congratulate all of South’s coaches, players, managers and trainers for a tremendous 2013-14 season.  Weather on the court, field or gym the Newton South community is proud of all its student athletes for their handwork, dedication and sportsmanship.  Have a great summer and we look forward to the 2014-15 season.

From Guidance: New Guidance/College and Career Counselor

I am pleased to announce that Kathleen Sabet has accepted our offer to become our new (.5) Guidance Counselor and (.5) College and Career Counselor.

Kathy and her husband will be moving back to Massachusetts after relocating to California in 2012. Kathy has more than 15 years of experience in secondary schools and college settings, most recently as a guidance and college counselor at Calabasas High School. Prior to working in California, Kathy was a school counselor at Westborough and Sharon HS; Career Counselor at Bridgewater State University; Asst. Dir. of Recruiting/Career Counselor at Babson Graduate School of Management; and Asst. Dir. of Admissions at Newbury College.

Kathy has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Mary Washington College, a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, and a a Post-Graduate College Counseling Certificate from UCLA.

I’d like to thank Barbara Brown for her help during our selection process, and for offering to mentor Kathy next year. I also wish to thank our interview committee for the many hours of time they devoted:

Divya Balakrishnan, Teacher
Marcy Davidson, Counselor
Donna Gordon, Housemaster
Bruce Henderson, Parent
Dave Kershaw, Counselor
Jim Medeiros, Counselor
Emily Prenner, Parent

Please join me in welcoming Kathy to Newton South!

Warm regards,
Shelly Borg

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 20. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by a parent. School nurses will not be available after June 20 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Newton residents were diagnosed with both Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus last year. Take steps to avoid getting sick!
• Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
• Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
• Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
• Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. Both the flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at by mid-September, in preparation for the October/November clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for NSHS will be on Thursday, November 20. Forms (available mid-Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by November 17. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!


Class of 2015 – Senior Portrait Process Has Begun!

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2015,

The time has come to plan for the 2015 yearbook at Newton South High School. This year we have made arrangements for Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch to take our senior portraits. Seniors may have already received an appointment card through the mail (Click here to see sample). The initial mailing will come in a four-color envelope containing a brochure showing the various sitting plans available along with the appointment card which will indicate the specific day, time, and location that he/she will be photographed. It is the responsibility of each senior to re-schedule his/her appointment if the day and time is not convenient.

Here are the summer Senior Portrait schedules: Schedule by Name, Schedule by Time. Please contact Terry Bleiler at or 781-789-0778 with any questions you may have, as the PTSO has no direct involvement with the process.

To confirm or modify your senior portrait session, please utilize the company’s online scheduling website located at: The appointment card mailed to you (or the above linked schedules) will contain your confirmation code to access the online scheduling website.

In the interest of uniformity and quality, all senior portraits that will appear in the 2015 yearbook must be taken by Prestige Portraits. ONLY INFORMAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS TAKEN BY PRESTIGE STUDIO IN THE COURTYARD ADJACENT TO THE GYM AREA MAY BE USED FOR THE SENIOR SECTION OF THE YEARBOOK!


After the portraits are taken, proofs will be mailed to you from Prestige Portraits and you will be asked to select which pose you would like submitted to the yearbook. Seniors may also order personal picture packages from the price list enclosed with the proofs.

We urge all seniors to have their portraits taken during the summer at the times indicated on their appointment cards and not to wait until the fall when the weather and darkness can become a factor. Any questions you may have can be answered by the Prestige representative to Newton South, Terry Bleiler at 781-789-0778.

Thank you for your support!
Your Newton South Yearbook Staff

Bring Back Your Library Books!

Please check around your house for Newton South library books. The library is open to return books.