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Arena Day for Scheduling Issues on Tuesday August 30th

A listing of classes that each student has been registered for is available on Skyward’s Parent or Student Access.  Guidance counselors and department heads will be available in the Student Center on Tuesday, August 30th from 9AM to 11:30AM to resolve scheduling issues prior to the start of school. Students (or parents) with any of the following issues can seek to resolve them at this time:

  • Missing an English, History, Science, Mathematics or World Language class
  • Missing a class to continue pursuit of a strong interest (e.g., if a student has been in orchestra for the past 2 years, and was not scheduled into orchestra this year but requested it)
  • Scheduled for the incorrect level of a course (e.g. Honors instead of Curriculum I)
  • Scheduled for the wrong class (excluding cases where a student was given an alternative course rather than his/her first choice)
  • Not scheduled for a full-time student load (i.e., fewer than 24 blocks for grades 9, 10; fewer than 22 blocks for grades 11, 12 – must have House Dean approval)

Students/parents must first see their guidance counselor to get approval for any changes from the appropriate department heads.

There will be a second Arena Day on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 7th.

If you are no longer planning on attending Newton South High School this fall, please contact the school registrar at 617-559-6511 to facilitate the transfer of your school records.

Students will receive their new schedule in Advisory on the first day of school.

Fall Meet the Coaches Night and Lion’s Pride Day

“Meet the coaches night” will be held on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 PM at the Field house. After a general meeting teams will meet with their coaches in separate areas. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this important night where you will have the opportunity to talk to coaches and ask questions about the incoming season.

“Lions Pride Day” will be held on Sept. 2nd from 10 AM to 12 PM. Friday is a day of regular practices too. Make sure you ask your coach about the practice time.

Lions Pride day is a combination of Team bonding, community service and the kick off of G-Week sponsored by Gatorade.  G-Week will introduce athletes to the benefits of sports nutrition through education and G series products for before, during and after practice.

All athletes will meet at the Field House at 10 AM.

-Students interested in Cheerleading please contact our new coach Mrs. Sinanian at purplediana@gmail.com or call the Athletic Office

Freshman Ice Cream Social on Thursday September 1st

Students are invited to attend the Freshman Ice Cream Social and orientation on Thursday, September 1st from 2:30 to 3:30pm. Students will receive their school schedule, photo ID, and be provided with a tour of the school and an ice cream treat. While it’s a nice introduction to Newton South, it is not crucial that all freshmen attend. Students who cannot attend will receive their schedule and ID on the first day of school.

Summer Reading Reminder

The basic summer reading assignment for all South students is to read one of the One School, One Question choices plus two books of the student’s choosing, although some upper-level classes have specific requirements. Check out the complete list here: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2426  If you have any questions, email English department chair Brian Baron at brian_baron@newton.k12.ma.us
Our One School, One Question day this year will be on Friday September 23rd when students and faculty will take a half day to discuss “Who has power in America’s democracy?” as a school.

Looking for Volunteers for Back to School Lunch

On Thursday, September 1st, the PTSO will host a lunch to welcome the faculty and staff back to school.  We have a couple of volunteers to help with set up but could use one more person at 9:30 am for additional help.    We could also use two people to help with clean up at 12:30.  If you are able to help at either of these times, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Welcome Back, Athletes, Coaches, and Parents!

The Fall season is under way! We have over 400 students enrolled this season and ready to represent Newton South with pride.  The Fall tryout schedule can be found here:  http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/domain/1176.

We start the Fall season with some changes in the Athletics department. After many years of service to our student-athletes, coaches, parents, and wellness teachers, Mrs. Castoldi has resigned to become the new Wheeler House secretary. We will miss her, and we wish her many more years with the students at South.

Our new Administrative Secretary is Ms. Kristen Hoffman. Kristen comes to us after working in the Westfield State University athletics office. A graduate of WSA with a master’s in Public Administration, she is an accomplished collegiate basketball player who also has experience as a coach at the college level.

Please stop by our office and welcome Ms. Hoffman to our Lions’ Den!

Important Dates for the Start of Fall Season

“Meet the Coaches Night” will be held on Thursday, September 1, at 6:30 PM at the Field House. After a general meeting, teams (and parents) will meet with their coaches in separate areas. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this important night during which you will have the opportunity to talk to coaches and ask questions about the upcoming season.

“Lions’ Pride Day” will be held on Friday, September 2, from 10 AM to 12 PM. (Friday is a day of regular practices, too. Make sure you ask your coach about your practice time.) All athletes will meet at the Field House at 10 AM. Lions’ Pride Day is a combination of team bonding, community service, and the kick-off of G-Week sponsored by Gatorade. G-Week will introduce athletes to the benefits of sports nutrition through education and G series products for before, during, and after practice.

Sports Fees Due the Day After Teams are Selected

A reminder that sports fees are due the day after teams are selected. Payment can be done online using UniPay (link is also on the NSHS Athletics website) or by check (made out to “Newton Public Schools”) delivered to the Athletics office.

Save the Dates: Soccer and Football Under the Lights

Please mark your calendars for our great week of home games under the lights!

  • Boys Soccer will host Concord Carlisle on Tuesday, September 27.
  • Football (versus Cambridge) will be on Friday, September 30.
  • Girls Soccer will host Bedford on Saturday, October 1.

Students Interested in Cheer

We are also welcoming a new Cheer coach to South this fall. Mrs. Diane Sinanian has joined our coaching staff. Students interested in the Cheer squad should email her at purplediane@aol.com.