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Reminder: Junior Parent Night is Tomorrow, Jan. 18 at 7PM

Junior Parent Night takes place tomorrow evening,  Wednesday, January 18th, in the Newton South Field House at 7PM.  Parents will first hear from Principal Joel Stembridge, Guidance Director Dan Rubin, and College & Career Counselor Kathy Sabet, and will then break into smaller groups with their child’s guidance counselor.

Prior to Junior Parent Night, there will be a free presentation, “College Admissions Testing: SAT vs ACT” from 6 to 6:30PM in the auditorium.  The goals of the presentation are twofold: to minimize the anxiety that surrounds these tests, and to help students/families begin thinking about their own, unique testing plans. (Which test? When to take? How to prepare?) In this seminar, presented by the Summit Educational Group, we will also explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process, and the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and parents better understand these tests’ design. Sample problems will be examined for the two tests to highlight the differences between them.

AP Exam Registration will begin January 17

Students must register with Total Registration, print two copies of their registration, keep one copy for their records and take the other copy to Mrs. Beth Astone in the Main Office between 2PM and 4PM Monday through Friday. They also need to take a check made out to Newton South for the cost of the exams and with AP written on the memo line. Each exam is $95. Only one check is needed to pay for all exams.

Students must sign up for one of the pre-administration sessions listed on Total Registration. During the session they will fill in ID info on their answer sheets. The dates of the pre-administration sessions are: April 3, 5,  and 27 in Cutler Commons during lunch.  During the pre-administration sessions, students will receive their AP number, which they will need when they want to see their scores in the summer. They need to keep the number in a safe place. If they lose it, I will not have a record of it.

Students who may want to take an exam for which we don’t offer the class should email me. We are not offering all exams. If we are giving an  exam for which we don’t offer the class, students must pay for the cost of hiring a proctor.

Registration begins January 17, and ends March 17. Exams must be paid for by March 24. If students do not pay for their exams on time, an exam will not be ordered for them. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mary Ann Price at MaryAnn_Price@newton.k12.ma.us.

 

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – Monday, Jan. 30

The next Teachers’ Appreciation Breakfast of the school year will be held on Monday, January 30. This is your chance to show appreciation to the staff and teachers of Newton South by dropping off food/drinks or volunteering to set up, clean up or serve as a runner for the breakfast.

This event is a great way to meet staff and teachers and to give back to those who support and help our children. To donate or volunteer, just click on the links below. You can sign up for any house regardless of which your child is in as this is a school wide event!

Cutler

Goldrick

Goodwin

Wheeler

Donations can be dropped off directly at Cutler, Wheeler, Goodwin or Goldrick houses between 7:15 and 8:15AM on Monday, January 30. Runners and set-up volunteers should meet in the Main Office at 7:15AM to receive their supplies and instructions. Volunteers for clean-up are asked to be at the house kitchen at 2PM. Please contact volunteer@newtonsouthptso.org should you have any questions. We thank you for your participation!

Reminder: Junior Parent Night Wed., Jan 18 at 7PM

On Wednesday, January 18th, the Guidance Department will be hosting our annual Junior Parent Night in the Newton South Field House at 7PM. Parents will first hear from Principal Stembridge, Guidance Director Dan Rubin, and College & Career Counselor Kathy Sabet in the Field House. This will be followed by smaller group meetings with your child’s School Counselor. This event serves as the official “kick-off” for post-secondary planning for the class of 2018. We hope to see you there!

Learn About SAT vs. ACT on Junior Parent Night, Wed., Jan. 18

Join us for a free presentation, “College Admissions Testing:  SAT vs ACT,” on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 6 to 6:30PM, in the NSHS Auditorium prior to Junior Parents’ Night. With the first administration of the redesigned SAT last spring and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing. The goals of the presentation are twofold: to minimize the anxiety that surrounds these tests, and to help students/families begin thinking about their own, unique testing plans. (Which test? When to take? How to prepare?) In this seminar, presented by the Summit Educational Group, we will also explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process, and the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and parents better understand these tests’ design. Sample problems will be examined for the two tests to highlight the differences between them.

The Composer’s Concert at NSHS – Thursday, January 19 at 7PM

Join us in the Seasholes Auditorium for an exciting program presented by the NSHS Orchestra, Choirs, Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band, including instrumental, choral and operatic selections by Bizet, Fauré, Berlioz, Del Borgo, Vaughan Williams, and a collaboration with musical guest ensemble, Oak Hill Middle School Concert Band.  Featuring Guest Mezzo-Soprano from the Boston Lyric Opera – Heather Gallagher. Ms. Gallagher’s performance is supported by the Lillian Radlo Resident Artist Fund. www.heatheragallagher.com

 

Winterfest at NSHS – Thursday, January 26 at 7PM

Come for an entertaining night of jazz at Newton South High School. Featured in this performance are all of Newton South’s Jazz Groups: Improv 1, Improv 2, Improv 3, Combo, Lab Jazz and Jazz Ensemble. Van Seasholes Auditorium.

Winterfest II/Ray Smith Memorial Concert at NNHS – Thursday, January 26 at 7:30PM

Join us in the Performing Arts Center at Newton North for a very special collaboration between North & South Choirs and Orchestras – 200+ students on stage! Featuring Guest Mezzo-Soprano from the Metropolitan Opera, NYC – Sandra Piques Eddy.
Ms. Eddy’s performance is supported by the Lillian Radlo Resident Artist Fund. www.sandrapiqueseddy.com

Freshman Parent Coffee: Friday, Jan. 20

Please join us for the Freshman Parent Coffee on Friday, January 20 at 7:45 AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff, House Dean Donna Gordon and class advisers will join us to share information and answer questions.  Refreshments will be served.  Please feel free to come for whatever time fits your schedule.

For Seniors: Financial Aid and Local Scholarship Applications Now Available

Kathy Sabet, Newton South’s College and Career Counselor, would like to remind senior parents to complete the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) if your child has upcoming college deadlines.  With new changes to the FAFSA process, you will submit your 2015 tax information which should expedite the process.  Check out the video , How to Fill Out the FAFSA.

Also, there are a number of scholarships available to Newton South students who are applying or accepted to college or university.  Typically, the amounts are from $500 to $5,000 per student with the majority of the awards in the $1,000 range.  Any student who has attended and graduated from Newton South is eligible to apply.  Students must submit an application and a non-NSHS faculty reference by Friday, February 10th.   Click here for more information and a link to the scholarship application.