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Thank you to Volunteers for Faculty Appreciation Breakfast!


A great big thanks from the PTSO to all the parents and families, who generously gave their time to help out and/or donate breakfast food and drinks for this past Wednesday’s Faculty Appreciation Breakfast.   Without your participation and generous contributions, this event would not have been possible as well as a great success! The teachers, guidance counselors, deans, house secretaries, aides, custodians, librarians, nurses, athletic staff and coaches, entire administrative staff are so grateful to be recognized for their efforts.  The breakfast goes a long way toward acknowledging the hard work they put in all year for our kids. Thank you again to everyone who showed their gratitude to the entire NSHS staff by being a part of this event!

Please Support SouthFest 2018

Planning is underway for SouthFest, Newton South’s after-prom event, organized and run by parent volunteers.  Our goal is to provide a safe and fun post-prom experience for seniors with or without dates.  SouthFest takes place at the school directly after the prom which is on Tuesday, June 5.  We have lots of food, tattoo artists, psychics, bounce houses, and other fun activities.

In addition to being organized and run by parent volunteers, SouthFest is entirely funded by donations from the South community. We rely on donations across all grades, so please consider making  a donation even if your son or daughter is not a senior. It’s a great way to pay it forward for the time when your child reaches this milestone year. To make a donation to SouthFest, please visit the SouthFest donation page.

Very shortly, we will be sending out more details about volunteer opportunities. We need the most help on the day of SouthFest, setting up, chaperoning the event, and cleaning up.  Senior parents are welcome to help with set up and clean up, but we ask that they do not volunteer during the event itself.  That means we depend on parents from other classes to help out during the event which takes place between 11:30PM and 3:00AM.  It is a late night but it is a lot of  fun for both the seniors and the parents who help out that night.

Thank you for your support in helping to make SouthFest happen for our seniors!

Help us Beautify the NSHS Grounds – Sun., April 29

Bring your family and friends and join us in getting the grounds at Newton South ready for spring! On Sunday, April 29 from 12-2PM, we will be cleaning lawns and garden beds, spreading mulch, and planting flowers. Please bring gardening tools if you have them (rakes, shovels, buckets, wheelbarrow, gloves). This activity is part of the annual Newton Serves community event. Please sign up here.  Just scroll down and look for the Newton South activity listed on the sign-up sheet.  We look forward to a great afternoon!

South Stage Presents the Senior Showcase – April 26, 27

South Stage presents the Senior Showcase – April 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM, and April 28 at 2 PM, in the Lab Theater at NSHS.

Tickets will go on sale soon for the South Stage Senior Showcase, featuring two productions.

  1. A Little Box of Oblivion, a short comedy directed by Alisa Rabin ’18

It is a lovely spring day in an urban park. A woman is settling on a park bench to read the paper when a woman rushes on with a box. Before she can say no, the box has been left on the bench with instructions that the box cannot be moved, knocked, tilted or opened. A series of motley characters then begin to arrive, each with an increasingly alarming theory about the contents of the box.

  2. The 2018 Senior Cabaret, coordinated by Windley Knowlton ’18 and Elijah Lawrence ’18

Song and dance directed and performed by members of the Class of 2018

Tickets cost $10 and will be available to purchase online at  or at the door.


Please Help with NSHS Annual Book Sale – May 22-25

Clear Your Shelves & Get Ready for the NSHS Used Book Sale!

The NSHS annual Used Book Sale will be held May 22-25 and YOUR help is needed to make this great tradition a success! Book donations will be accepted beginning just after April vacation.

Start your spring cleaning and put your surplus books to good use. Start clearing your bookshelves and keep an eye out for the book donation trailer next to Goldrick House later this month.

Volunteers are the key to the Book Sale’s success. We’ll be asking for your help soon — an hour or two is a huge help. Stay tuned for volunteer sign-up notices.

Proceeds from the sale support literacy programs at Newton South.

Join us at the 10th Anniversary GELF dinner – Sat., May 5

10th Annual GELF Dinner: Saturday, May 5 from 6:30 – 11:30 pm at Newton North High School

Want to eat well and do good? If you believe in the value of study abroad, come to the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF)’s annual benefit dinner at Newton North! You will

  • Enjoy a delectable five-course tasting menu paired with fine beer and wine.
  • Be served by Newton Public Schools administrators
  • Mingle with friends and community members
  • Revel in live music and dancing
  • Support a scholarship fund that creates transformational educational travel opportunities for Newton North and Newton South high school students through the Newton Public Schools

Buy dinner tickets or make a donation here.

See what the Newton TAB has said about the GELF dinner and the life-changing benefits of studying abroad here.

Please Help the LigerBots Get to the Detroit World Championship!

The LigerBots, Newton’s combined North and South high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, have qualified for the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit from April 25-28. The LigerBots’ ranked 24th out of 209 New England teams at the finish of the April 11-14 New England District Championship, and won two awards at district level events, earning the right to join 400 other FRC teams from around the world in Detroit.

The team now has only 10 days to arrange for hotels and bus transportation to Detroit and is undertaking a short-term fundraising drive to make sure that every LigerBot who wants to go with them has the chance to make the trip. First, they need $5,000 for the competition registration fee and are then hoping they can fundraise the $15,000 for a bus (2 days each way to Detroit). If you’d like to help out, please visit our website, message the team on Facebook, or email if you are a corporate sponsor.

Booster Club hosts Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball show – Sat., May 19

On May 19th, Newton South Booster Club is hosting a fun-filled comedy basketball show with The Harlem Rockets.
Tickets are on sale now!

An Important Program about Mental Health and Addiction: Tomorrow, Tues. April 10 at 7PM

Attend the April 10th Chris and Kathi Sullivan presentation for a chance to get your child’s Semi/Prom ticket paid for by Kathi Sullivan!

Former New England Patriot Chris Sullivan and his wife Kathi will be at Newton South Lecture Hall on Tuesday April 10 from 7:00-9:00pm to share their powerful stories of mental health, addiction, and making good choices. We encourage parents to attend this powerful program with their children and hope that it will start a dialogue about safe, healthy behaviors. Parents who attend the program will have their student’s name entered into a drawing to have their Semi or Prom ticket paid for/reimbursed by Kathi Sullivan. Read more about the program in this Letter to South Families.



Maxine Celeste Chansky Spring Tertulia – Thursday, April 12, all day in the Seasholes Auditorium. Parents welcome!

Newton South’s Spring Tertulia, an all-day dance, music and performance celebration in memory of former student Maxine Chansky, will take place on Thursday, April 12, in the Seasholes Auditorium. Parents are welcome to watch – there are reserved seats in the mezzanine. The event will also be live-streamed so that you can watch from home or office. To get to the livestream of the event, please click here.

The Spring Tertulia was conceived as a celebration of the arts in memory of  South student Maxine Celeste Chansky, and in honor of her graduating class of 1999.
The event was sponsored by the Maxine Chansky Scholarship Fund, a gift from Maxine’s family, in conjunction with the Newton South Enrichment Program. Continue reading