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NSHS Community Dinner: Register Now!

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to attend the Second Annual Newton South Community Dinner on November 8 from 6 to 10PM. If you’re on the fence, don’t be! Our first Community Dinner last year was a great success. Parents and South staff and faculty so appreciated the chance to meet each other and come together independent of our teens’ events and activities. The format of the evening is a classic Progressive Dinner: all participants get together for appetizers at one home, separate into groups of 8 to 12 to have dinner at locations across the City, and reconvene for dessert. You don’t want to miss this fun-filled community-building event that also benefits this year’s Success@South campaign. Deadline to register is November 1, but seats are going fast. Sign up HERE.

Join NSHS Trips this Spring (Costa Rica Informational Meeting: Oct. 21)

A group of teachers and seniors from Newton South High School is planning to travel to Costa Rica in March 2015 for the EF Global Student Leaders Summit. The Summit includes an impressive tour of Costa Rica which investigates the county’s rich bio-diversity, as well as a two-day leadership conference in San José, where students from around the world will learn about and collaborate on solutions to our most pressing global environmental issues. You’ll also hear from world-renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall! For more information please click here.

Madhumita Bhattacharya and Brandon Schmidt will be hosting an informational/enrollment meeting for parents and students on October 21 at 6:30PM in Room#3122. Please RSVP by emailing Mita Bhattacharya so that we know how many families to expect at the meeting. We hope you and your child can join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Prague Summer Program 2015 (Informational Meeting Oct. 21)

Next summer will be the 27th year of Newton Summer School’s Prague Summer Program.  Since 1990, students from Newton South and Newton North have travelled to Central Europe to experience the history and culture of Krakow, Poland, Prague, The Czech Republic, and Dresden and Berlin, Germany, first hand. Parents and students are invited to a short informational meeting on Tuesday,  October 21 at Newton North High School, starting at 6:30pm in the Film Lecture Hall.

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For Parents of Seniors: Financial Aid Night, Wednesday, Oct. 22

Parents are invited to attend a free presentation on college financing. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 7 to 8:30PM in the Newton South auditorium. This is offered through MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority), the Commonwealth’s resource on planning, saving and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative, Carla Minchello, Director of Financial Assistance at Bentley University, will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including types of financial aid, how to apply using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and determining financing options for your family. Families are encouraged to visit MEFA before and after the seminar for e-books, calculators and helpful tools and resources.

“The Pressured Child” with Dr. Michael Thompson: October 23

On Thursday, October 23 at 7PM, Dr. Michael Thompson will speak on “The Pressured Child” at Newton North in the Auditorium. The push for students to excel at school and get into the best colleges has never been more intense. Through his experience as a clinical psychologist, school consultant and speaker on the topics of children, schools and parenting, Dr. Thompson, co-author of Raising Cain,  addresses America’s performance-driven obsession with the accomplishments of its kids – and provides a deeply humane response. This event is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored by Bigelow Middle School PTO, Day Middle School PTO, Newton North High School PTSO, Newton South High School PTSO, PTO Council and The Newton Partnership.

Support Newton Cares and Our Community: Next Meeting Oct. 23

The Newton Cares Coalition was formed last year to bring greater awareness to mental health issues, to help prevent suicides in our community, and to find ways to support those who have been bereaved by suicide. Newton Cares is a community partnership that requires active and broad-based involvement. The next meeting is October 23, from 4 to 6PM at the Newton Senior Center. Please attend. Also consider joining one of our four subcommittees – Postvention (the short-term response following a suicide), Youth, Adult, Advocacy – to brainstorm ideas and develop priorities for the next six months. Continue reading

Deadline for Discount on 2015 NSHS Yearbook: Oct. 31

Time is running out to take advantage of the early-bird special on your Newton South High School Yearbook. Buy one before October 31 and save $20! To order a book or an ad, click here. If you have any questions please contact yearbook advisor Ms. Vachon.

Global Communities trip to Cuba in April – Applications due November 7th

The Global Communities Program is planning a senior trip to Cuba for April vacation. Please note: this is not the Cuba trip sponsored by the World Language Department and you do not have to be a member of the Global Communities Program to go. The focus of the trip will be sustainable agriculture, culture, and environment. The estimated cost is $2,600, which includes flights from Miami to Havana, home stays, and all visas, entrance fees and meals. If you are interested in hearing more about the trip, please email Kirsten Russell or students can attend planning meetings on Wednesdays during J-blocks.  Applications are due November 7.

Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on Nov. 10

November 10 is our first Teacher Appreciation Breakfast of the school year. Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts are a small way that the South community expresses its gratitude to the teachers, staff, and administration for all of their hard work throughout the year.

It takes a village (over 100 volunteers!) to fully staff and supply each of the three breakfasts that we host during the school year. Please consider bringing a homemade or store bought tasty treat for this very special occasion. Click on your house (below) to see what is needed. If your house’s volunteer slots are already filled, please consider donating to another one.

Cutler – Goodwin – Goldrick – Wheeler

Donations can be brought directly to the house office, or left in the front office between 7:15 and 8:30AM on November 10. If this time frame is inconvenient, please contact Bonnie Barber  for alternate arrangements. Thank you to all who participate!

Winter Sports Information Sessions for Students

Winter sports information meetings for students interested in participating are scheduled during J Block for the following dates:

  • October 21:  Boys Indoor Track – Wellness Classroom
  • October 28:  Girls Basketball -Gym B
  • October 29:  Girls Indoor Track – Wellness Classroom
  • October 29:  Wrestling – Wellness Classroom
  • November 5: Boys Basketball -Wellness classroom
  • November 6: Alpine and Nordic Ski – Health Class Room