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Signs of Suicide Parent/Guardian Workshop, Mon., Apr. 28, 7-8:30PM at South

Please join experts from the Riverside Trauma Center for a parent/guardian evening. All are invited! Who should attend? Parents/guardians of seniors: preview the video, learn how the discussion will go, and take a look at the screening tool so (if your child is 17 or younger) you can decide whether to opt-in for the screening; also, learn about the signs of depression and the risk factors for suicide as you prepare to launch your senior. Parents/guardians of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors: learn about the signs of depression and the risk factors for suicide; find out what to expect if the Signs of Suicide program is rolled out to younger grades next year. For questions, please email Marlene Kenney, LICSW, City-wide Suicide Prevention and Wellness Specialist.

Sign Up to Help Accept and Sort Books (Starting April 28)

We are looking for volunteers to accept book donations for the annual Newton South Book Sale. We will have a storage unit in the parking lot (near Goldrick/Wheeler) where people will be dropping off their gently used books. We need people to accept the donations, and then organize them by genre (popular fiction, classics, cookbooks, etc.) inside the unit.

We are accepting book donations on Mondays and Thursdays from April 28 until May 15 from 7:15-8:15AM and 2:30-3:30PM. We are hoping to get two volunteers for each shift. The book sale will be held the week of May 19 and volunteer sign-up for the sale hours will be posted shortly. Contact Suzanne Freudberg or Bonnie Barber with any questions. Signup to help by clicking HERE.

Part 2 of An Open Conversation Lecture Series for Parents of Teens: Success under Stress, Wed., Apr. 30, 7-8:30PM at Newton Free Library

Newton is a high achieving community. Can how we define success contribute to the stressors in our lives and the lives of our teens? If we can’t eliminate stress, how do we teach our children to manage it in healthy ways? In the Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 7-8:30PM.

Second part of a five-part series of workshops for parents around the topics of wellness, stress management, and communication sponsored by The Newton Free Library and Newton Youth Services. This series is held in Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 7-8:30 pm and is free and open to all. As part of the Youth Stress grant awarded to the Newton Health & Human Services Department this program is being offered by Newton Youth Services and Newton Free Library in partnership with Newton Cares, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Riverside Community Care, the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology and the Multiservice Eating Disorders Association. Presenters include mental health professionals and experts in adolescent development and communications.

Sign Up for Self-Defense Class taught by Newton Police Officers at Newton South High School

Local police officers will teach basic self-defense techniques in a fun and exciting hands-on training course, Saturdays, May 10, 17, & 31 at 9AM–1PM for girls and 1:30–5:30PM for boys in the Newton South High School small gym. Mothers are also invited to register in the girls program. The course is suitable for high school students of all grades and physical abilities. Senior class students will be given priority for both courses. Students must attend all three sessions to complete the program. The women’s program will feature the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) component. There is no charge for either of these programs. Please sign up with Lieutenant Spalding, NPD, by completing this online registration form, and complete the appropriate waiver form (GIRLS formBOYS form). If you have any questions, please e-mail info@newtonsouthptso.org or Lieutenant Spalding.

Volunteers Wanted to Help Install Gutters on Newton South Greenhouse

The Newton South Global Sustainability class is looking for volunteers to help install gutters on the greenhouse. These gutters would help to collect rainwater to be used for the Newton South farm. We are looking for parent volunteers with experience with roofing or building. We can supply materials to build the gutter. If you are interested, please contact us at andrew_thompson@newton.k12.ma.us

Girl’s Track and Field: Recap April 9 Against Wayland and Boston Latin

Coach McChesney states, “we have our largest and hopefully deepest team in a few years. Our immediate goal is to put ourselves in the position to win every dual meet this season. In the powerful DCL that will not be easy, but these kids showed focus and poise in our first outing and our marks are ahead of what I expected. We also look to score a number of points in the Division meet and see if that puts us in the hunt.  Continue reading

NSF’s Celebration of Excellence Benefit Gala – Sat., May 3

On Saturday May 3rd please join me at the Newton Schools Foundation Celebration of Excellence benefit as we will honor nine outstanding individuals who have made a positive, lasting impact on the Newton Public Schools, its students and the Newton community. I am thrilled that two of Newton South’s own, Chuck Hurwitz, current Ligerbots coach, former science teacher and Department Chair, and Mary Scott, Vice Principal, are among those being recognized.  Continue reading

Update from Joel Stembridge

I am writing to you from United Airlines Flight 528 as I return from workshops at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Los Angeles.

During the past several months, I have been sorting out how to help steer us through this challenging time. Losing three of our young people is no more fathomable now than when we first heard the sad news. And yet we have all learned much about suicide, and the importance of destigmatizing conversations about mental health.

I come away from the conference secure that our response to date has been in line with best practices throughout the country. We can be very proud of our collective work to support our students and staff as they continue to negotiate high academic standards on one side, and the very human need to heal on the other. Our community’s willingness to talk openly about the issues, and to put resources to work in support of these conversations, is exemplary. And, of course, we have a lot yet to accomplish.

Before providing an update on our next steps, please allow me to share some thoughts about our shared responsibility to create and maintain a supportive, positive school culture. Continue reading

REMINDER: AP Exam Administration and Payment: Mon., Apr. 14 = LAST DAY TO REGISTER DURING D BLOCK

The last AP pre-administration sessions will take place tomorrow, April 14, in Cutler Commons. This session will allow students to receive their student pack and to fill out identification information on their answer sheets. The times are below:

D Block 10:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
1st lunch 10:50 – 11:20
2nd lunch 11:25 – 11:55
3rd lunch 12:05 – 12:35

These pre-administration sessions take place during the lunch blocks. Students should report to Cutler Commons at the beginning of their lunch period and not during class. Students may not come during a class. Passes will not be given to excuse a late arrival to class. Students are encouraged to bring #2 pencils (not mechanical) to these sessions. Payment for AP exams is due this Thursday, April 17, in order to avoid a late fee. Click here for information about exam payment. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann Price at MaryAnn_Price@newton.k12.ma.us.

Finalists For AD/Wellness Department Chair – Parent Meetings: Mon., Tue., & Wed., 4/14-16

The finalists are Patricia Gonzalez (Monday), Katrina Antonellis (Tuesday), and Tom Bresnahan (Wednesday). Parents are invited to meet with the candidates from 10-10:50AM this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (4/14-16), and to provide written feedback after the meeting. During the rest of the day, each applicant will meet with coaches, students, wellness teachers, and administrators. We hope that you will join us in the teacher’s cafeteria at 10AM on Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday to meet the candidates and share your feedback. Click here for full message from search committee.