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Volunteers Needed for Back to School Night, Oct. 2

Back To School Night is when parents/guardians meet each of their students’ teachers and learn about what happens in the classroom. It is also the night for distribution of the PTSO Student Directory.

This year’s Back to School Night takes place on Thursday, October 2, from 7 to 9 PM. Student Directory pick-up will start at 6:15 PM by the main entrance, continuing throughout the evening. Paying before October 1 will speed up the distribution process. Payment information is available here. The suggested donation is $60 and extra directories are $10. We are grateful for any additional donations.

The directory distribution process will move much faster the more volunteers we have. Please, please, please click here to sign up to help from 6PM to 7PM (before the teacher presentations begin).

Looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night!

Emily Prenner and Betsy Blagdon, PTSO Co-Presidents
Meryl Miller and Mara Nislick, Directory Committee

Thanks to All One School, One Book Volunteers!

A special thank-you from the PTSO to parents Irena Berezin, Christina Brooks, Eileen Chodos, and Jianmei Fan, who generously gave their time on Friday morning to welcome and shepherd our One School, One Book panelists.

Senior Sibling Photos: Sept. 22, 24, and 29

Seniors with a sister or brother at Newton South should bring their sibling(s) to the lower part of the cafeteria during J Block on Monday, September 22, Wednesday, September 24, or Monday, September 29 to have a picture taken for the yearbook sibling page. For more information, please contact yearbook advisor Alyssa Vachon.

South Stage Theatre: Fall Kickoff Meeting for Parents, Sept. 30, 7 PM 

Join fellow theater enthusiasts at the South Stage Parents Group fall kickoff meeting in Newton South’s Seasholes Auditorium on Tues. Sept. 30, at 7:00 PM. Learn more about this year’s student theater opportunities, meet the faculty directing South Stage, and find out how you can take part in the many parent-supported activities throughout the year, including fundraising and community-building efforts. Come prepared to share your ideas! We welcome returning parents as well as those new to South Stage, and all those whose children are involved in South Stage — whether they are already in a cast, haven’t yet been cast in a production, or work “behind the scenes”! For more information about South Stage, visit Can’t attend but want more information? Send us an email at

Kickoff Meeting of Newton Cares: Sept. 23, 4 to 6 PM

Newton Cares: Coalition for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, is holding a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, September 23 from 4 to 6 PM at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The Coalition’s mission is “to raise awareness and identify strategies to assist in creating a healthy, empowered community that promotes emotional well-being across the lifespan.” All Newton citizens, educators, students, and mental-health professionals interested in the Coalition’s mission are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Julie Sall.

CAP Program Seeks Volunteers

Are you someone who believes that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free?” If so, then join our dynamic team of trained volunteers in the Newton Public Schools’ Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program, who are committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they need to stand up for themselves if faced with a situation involving verbal, physical or sexual assault. We are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The next training begins the week of October 1819 Continuing Education Credits available for MSWs. For more information or an application, please visit our website or email Gail Sommer at

NSHS One School One Book

Today, Friday, September 19, we held our sixth annual One School-One Book event.  As you know, our selection this year, Eleanor and Park, is by Rainbow Rowell. The book is a love story, but more than that it is about identifying as individuals and being resilient.  Eleanor is the new kid on the block.  No friends, bizarre clothes, wild hair and not a great home life.  How does she survive?

For the first time in the history of our event, we had the author of our One School, One Book choice visit our school as part of the event. The entire school heard from Rainbow Rowell, the author of Eleanor and Park, this morning in our field house, and she answered student questions later in the auditorium as one of our panels. (Students submitted questions over Twitter, and were so enthusiastic that for awhile the hashtag #askrainbow was the number 4 most popular search on the social media network. Right below “Talk Like A Pirate Day.”)  Every student attended two of our 12 panels, with a total 32 panelists (Newton South One School One Book 2014 bios) on topics of diverse as beauty, censorship, and ethnicity. Each student also had the chance to talk about the book in a small group with 20 or so of his or her peers.

South wants to extend what we’ve learned into action by helping families like Eleanor’s.  Students are asked to bring canned, dried, and other shelf-stable items and toiletries, such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and shaving cream, to their house office next week.

This is the fifth year Newton South has hosted a One School, One Book event. Previous events have focused on Outliers (2013), Fault in our Stars (2012), Zeitoun (2011), and This I Believe (2010).

I especially love the idea that the primary reward for reading Eleanor and Park is not a grade on a test, but context for a conversation with other students and adults. This is the kind of learning that is not measured on the MCAS or an AP test; rather, this learning builds community, understanding, and shared responsibility. I am proud to be a part of it!

If you have not already, I encourage your entire family (high school aged and older) to read Eleanor and Park, so that you, too, might join in the conversation. In the past we’ve found students to be very excited and interested in carrying on the conversation, so make sure to ask what they learned.

Athlete of the Week — Tamar Bulka, Girls Soccer

According to girls varsity soccer coach, Doug McCarthy, “Tamar has been the backbone of the girls soccer team early in the season. Tamar’s presence in the central midfield (along with fellow seniors Elizabeth Barry and Izi Epshtein) has had a significant impact in the team’s 4-1 start in the 2014 campaign. Her skill and physical strength make her a primary target for opponents to try and shut-down. Despite constant pressure from the opposition, Tamar is a gifted and unselfish playmaker who frequently springs teammates lose to create scoring opportunities for the Lions. Tamar led the DCL in assists in last season, and she’s well on her way to duplicating that feat in 2014.”  Congratulations, Tamar!

Something to Cheer About: 1st Home Football Game, Saturday at Noon

The South Lions will face Boston Latin at home on Saturday, September 20, at 12 Noon.  Coming off  great win last Sunday night against Brookline, the Lions will look to repeat their successful effort.  The Booster Club will be selling spirit wear, and the concession stand will be open for business, so bring cash or a check.  Also if you haven’t yet purchased your Booster Pass go to  A $60 Booster Pass allows 4 people entry into all home regular-season football and basketball games.  Passes will also be on sale at the game.

Updated Schedule for Remaining Team Yearbook Photos

Please note the following updated schedule for the remaining team yearbook photos.  All teams should wear their Home uniforms for the photos.

Tuesday, September 23 at 3:40 PM in the Stadium:

  • Soccer – Boys – Freshman, JV, and Varsity
  • Field Hockey – Freshman
  • Dance and Cheerleading teams

Monday, September 29 at 3:40 PM in the Stadium:

  • Cross Country – Girls

Thursday, October 2 before home game

  • Football – Freshman