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PSAT Score Update

Dear Parents/Guardians of Sophomores,

A number of sophomores took the PSAT exam in October and beginning Monday, December 12th students will be able to access scores electronically, via The College Board website. For your reference, I have attached a PSAT/NMSQT sample score report as well as a link to The College Board’s Understanding Your PSAT Scores website as helpful tools for understanding the scores. You can also get additional information from the College Board’s website at www.collegeboard.org.

As you likely know, the PSAT is a practice exam, and scores do not count towards college admissions, nor are they sent to any colleges. Please note that the PSAT score report refers to a “College and Career Readiness Benchmark” and it is possible that your son/daughter’s score may not reach the maximum level. Please do not worry about the benchmark since the PSAT is normed for juniors and this year’s scores serve as a data point for future testing opportunities. Sophomores can take the PSAT again in the fall of junior year and then may take the official SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year. We feel it is important for students to meet individually with their counselors, who will explain the score reports and have a meaningful conversation about future testing options. Therefore, we ask that students schedule meetings with their counselors soon after they get their scores.

The Newton South Guidance Department is committed to providing appropriate advice and personal support regarding college admission testing and eventual post-secondary planning. We hope to stand as a united front with parents/guardians to help students reduce unnecessary pressure related to the PSAT and other similar events and activities.

If you have any questions, please contact your son/daughter’s school counselor.

Sincerely,

Dan Rubin/Kathleen Sabet

Director of Guidance & Counseling/College & Career Center Counselor

Sample PSAT Score Report

Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

Save the Date: Junior Parent Night & PSAT Score Information

Dear Parents/Guardians of Juniors,

As we near the December break, in the Guidance Department our hope is that students are experiencing a challenging, yet manageable junior year. We hope to see growth in students’ academic achievement, extra-curricular participation, while seeking good social and emotional health. During first semester we work with students to help them achieve balance between school, outside interests, and other responsibilities. During the second semester of junior year, the focus naturally shifts more to post-high school planning and therefore, we begin to incorporate more activities associated with that process. We will kick off that process formally at Junior Parent Night on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the NSHS Field House. (Snow date January 19th) 

The purpose of this evening is to become acquainted with information that is essential to the post-graduate planning process. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm in the Field House, where you will hear from a few key people involved in your educational experience. You will then have the opportunity to meet with your child’s counselor in a group setting, when general information will be shared about what to expect for the remainder of the year and transitioning into senior year. Junior students will have a corresponding Guidance Seminar session with their counselor on the same day. For students, this is a follow up session to their first seminar meeting, which took place yesterday, at which time counselors presented an overview and facilitated a question and answer session about what to expect during the spring of junior year.

Most juniors took the PSAT exam in October and beginning Monday, December 12th students will be able to access scores electronically, via The College Board website. We feel it is important for students to meet with their counselors, who will explain the score reports and have a meaningful conversation about future testing options. Students schedule meetings with their counselors soon after they get their scores. For your reference, I have attached a PSAT/NMSQT sample score report as well as a link to The College Board’s “Understanding Your Scores” website. You can also get additional information from The College Board’s full website at www.collegeboard.org.

The College Board has partnered with Kahn Academy for free test preparation for the SAT and students can link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get a free, customized SAT study plan. For more information comparing the SAT and ACT, please refer to the attached Comparing the SAT and ACT document.

Lastly, we encourage you to review the Newton South College Planning Guide. This comprehensive guide serves as a resource manual with rich information to help you navigate the post-secondary planning process. Hard copies will be available for sale at the Junior Parent Night.

If you have any questions, please contact your son/daughter’s school counselor.

Sincerely,

Dan Rubin/Kathleen Sabet

Director of Guidance & Counseling/College & Career Center Counselor

Comparing the SAT and ACT

Sample PSAT Score Report

Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

Lions Pride Day Recap

Newton South athletes and coaches welcomed Adapted Sports New England to our Lions Pride Day last Tuesday (December 6).

Several Paralympians visited our school to share with our students their experiences and to help them to understand the efforts of people with disabilities. Their inspiring stories were showcased through video presentations of past Paralympics and testimonials from our visitors. Our most sincere thanks to Famita Ayan Beku, 2016 Paralympian and Track and Field gold medalist in Rio; Michael Prout, Paralympic Swimming medalist in 2004, 2008, and 2012; Joe LeMar, 1992 Gold medalist in the 800-meter at the Barcelona Paralympics, a member of the Wheelchair Softball National Team, and current Durfee High School track coach; Muji Karim, triple amputee and board member of Adapted Sports New England; Paul Cowan, NE Blazers Wheelchair Basketball coach and organizer of the South Boston Boys and Girls Wheelchair Team; and John Walsh, accomplished athlete and Adapted Sports New England CEO.

We are also grateful to Spalding Rehabilitation Center for bringing wheelchairs and staff to allow our students to experience what it’s like to play as a Paralympian Basketball player. Special thanks to the Dartmouth College interns, our Boys Volleyball players, and our coaches for helping officiate the sit-down volleyball games.

After introducing the different sports and the excitement of competition via video clips and testimonials, our students were able to participate in sit-down volleyball games and wheelchair basketball games, learning by doing.

The goal of the day was understanding inclusion and developing empathy. Check out the photos of this wonderful day on our Twitter and Instagram accounts!

Meet the Coaches Night Recap

Our Meet the Coaches Night was held last Monday (December 5). A small number of families attended the event. Our coaches dedicated this extra night to our families and made themselves available for questions as we start a new season. If you didn’t attend, please review the Athletic handbook and the forms in FamilyID. Please pay special attention to the information regarding concussions and opioids.

Winter Sports Fees Now Due

All dues for Winter sports are now due. Please send your check to the Athletics Office or use UniPay in order to play in the first regular season game. If your need financial assistance, please fill out the waiver form and return it to our office as soon as possible. Click here to access the form.

Boys Hockey Scrimmage

The Boys Hockey team scrimmaged against Newton North on Wednesday (December 7) to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. Travis came to the game and dropped the puck to start the action. It was a great night with outstanding performances by both teams and a supportive crowd. The Newtons did a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

Food Pantry Collections

The Athletics Office continues to collect nonperishable food items for Newton Food Pantries. Did you know that 1 in 8 families in Newton uses the pantries monthly? Help us to help by dropping off your donation by the Athletics Office door.

Swimming to Host Wayland

The first home contest of the Winter season will take place today (Friday, December 9) at 4PM. The Swim team will host Wayland at the Newton North High School pool. Come support your team!

Announcement: New Special Education Department Chair

As many of you know, our current Special Education Department Chair, Kathy Farnsworth, will be retiring at the end of December.  On behalf of the entire Newton South Community, I extend congratulations on a terrific career and we are especially thankful for her steady, thoughtful, and caring leadership at South over the past 6 years.  She will be missed!

I am also pleased and excited to announce that Melissa Gamble, our current Assistant Special Education Department Chair, has agreed to be our next Special Education Department Chair!

Throughout our process, Melissa impressed with her passion for students, her understanding and interest in meshing general and special education services and professionals, and her strong commitment to the entire NSHS community.  It’s especially exciting that Melissa knows us so well (and we know her!), and so I anticipate a smooth transition in January.

I want to thank Kathy Farnsworth for her support in this process, as well as the faculty and parents who participated in our search and interviews.  This is a big win for South, and for our special education families in particular.

Success@South 2016-17 Campaign for the Newton South Library

 

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Success@South 2016-2017 Campaign Goal: Raise $20,000 for the Newton South Library

For many Newton South students, the library is the heart of the school. It’s a comfortable and calm oasis in the midst of our bustling and lively high school. A place where kids can go to do many things—find a quiet place to read or study, work on a group project, play a board game, get help with a research project, or chat with friends. The library is such a popular place that it logs over 2,000 visits per day, more than the entire student body of South!

A few years ago, Success@South raised funds which dramatically enhanced the library space, including the installation of the ever popular technology counter where students can work on and charge their laptops and other devices. A visit at almost any time of day highlights that the library is well loved and heavily used, with students filling most every seat or walking around as they do research, seek help from the librarians, or simply relax and stretch. The library is an awesome place but the facilities are in need of updating in order to better serve the needs of our students. Our dedicated team of librarians and some enthusiastic students created this webpage to give you a glimpse of daily life in the library and to demonstrate their plans to make it a more functional and comfortable space. Please check it out!

Our goal for this year’s Success@South campaign is to enhance and improve the Library’s facilities in order to support its mission to be a warm and welcoming place where kids can learn, study and relax.  Success@South is an annual campaign to raise funds for a critical improvement project which is beyond the scope of the annual NPS budget.  The PTSO and Principal Joel Stembridge choose a project which promises to have a substantial, positive impact on student life at Newton South. Contributions to Success@South are tax deductible and may be eligible for matching funds from your employer. We thank for your support.

WISHLIST ITEMS:

  • Free standing private study carrels to increase the available spaces in the quiet study area and remove the group tables which are less conducive to quiet study
  • Comfortable reading chairs to replace broken chairs and create more casual seating for students who are in search of a more relaxed environment
  • Computer tables to increase the number of computers available in the student accessible areas of the library
  • Display shelves to more effectively organize and showcase reading material

Please click here to donate