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Thanks to NCE

The Athletics Department is very grateful to Newton Community Education for their generous donation toward the new Field House scoreboards. Thank you, NCE, for supporting our student-athletes!

Winter Season in Full Swing

  • The Boys and Girls Ice Hockey teams traveled offshore to play their games. The Girls team defeated Martha’s Vineyard 1-0 with 8 minutes left in the game! The Boys team played two games on Nantucket. They tied the first game 5-5 and won the second 8-3.
  • The Girls Basketball team won their home opening against Bedford 60-29, while the Boys Basketball team gave a great battle against Bedford, with a final score of 43-48.
  • The Swim team defeated Cambridge in both boys and girls divisions.
  • The Wrestling team won their home opener against Acton-Boxboro. This year the team has many new members.
  • The Girls Gymnastics team’s first meet is today (Friday, December 15) against Newton North.
  • Our Boys Gymnasts are part of the Newton team that will be defending the State title this season.
  • Both Track teams will travel to Reggie Lewis today for their first league meet.
  • The Dance team will provide the halftime performance at our Friday basketball games. The team was the runner-up at the Fall State Championship.
  • Nordic and Alpine athletes are making great use of our Fitness Center while waiting for the snow to fall. Both teams have more than 30 participants.

Please check our Athletics page for schedules, and come to support your team!

Donations for Pine Street Inn

During Lions Pride Day our student leaders asked all of our Winter teams to collect hats, gloves, and socks for the homeless. You can bring the items to the Athletics office and leave them in the box marked for that purpose by Friday, December 22. We encourage all of our athletes to think about the needy during this time of the year. Our leaders will take the donations to the Pine Street Inn shelter. Thank you for your kindness.

Winter Sports Fees Now Overdue

The fees are due for the Winter season. Please see below for payment options:

  • Unipay: Pay online with Unipay. Go to the Athletics page of the Newton South website and click on the red box called “Unipay Gold.” Select “NSHS” on the drop-down menu.
  • Check: Write a check, payable to Newton Public Schools, and bring it directly to the Athletics office.
  • Waiver Form: Waiver forms are available online as well as in the Athletics office for families requesting financial assistance. A blank waiver form can be found on the FamilyID registration page. Please note that all waiver forms must be sent to the Newton Public Schools Business Office and that waiver information is strictly confidential.

Here’s a breakdown of the Athletics fees for the 2017–2018 school year:

  • All sports (except Football, Ice Hockey, Alpine Skiing): $325 per season per sport
  • Football, Ice Hockey, Alpine Skiing: $425
  • HS Athletics Family Cap: $975 (high school sports only)
  • Family Supercap: $1,500

As always, please contact the Athletics Department at 617-559-6599 with any questions.

Regular Schedule on Thurs., December 14

This Thursday, December 14, is the second day of parent/teacher conferences. Conferences will begin at 4:30PM, and school will end at the regular time for students. There is no special schedule for this day.

Children of the Candy Corn’s “The Annual Chili Cook-Off” show — Fri., December 15

Come see Children of the Candy Corn’s first show of the year, “The Annual Chili Cook-Off”!  A night of laughs and improv at Newton South High School.

Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm in the Newton South Auditorium.

Admission: $5 at the door (proceeds go to SouthStage).

We hope to see you there!


Families Organizing for Racial Justice Meeting — Wed., December 20

Dear Parents,

As part of our effort to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, the Newton Public Schools are focusing on helping teachers, students, and parents talk about racism and how to reduce bias. In order to facilitate this important work among parents, we have contracted with parent coach, diversity educator and NPS parent, Amy Behrens, to support parent groups working on community building and racial justice. She and her planning team of FORJ/RCI – Families Organizing for Racial Justice and awareness of Race, Culture, and Identity – are supporting parent volunteers from all of the Newton public schools on a monthly basis.

Parents can meet each other and form groups that facilitate the development of inclusive communities that promote racial justice. Our goal is to have an active team of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in the monthly all-school meetings, which offer opportunities for further education, team planning time and networking. Parents are welcome to join at any time.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, December 20th 7:30-9pm at Mason-Rice Elementary School (149 Pleasant St.). Superintendent Fleishman, Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets, and teacher Jen Tomaneng will be sharing and answering questions about the “Courageous Conversations” program being rolled out over a 5-year period in our schools. Schools teams may also have time to meet.

Please RSVP here or email Amy to let her know you’d like to be on the email list for more information about FORJ project.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Amy Behrens and the FORJ/RCI planning team


NSHS Marine Biology Students Fundraising for Water Filters to Help Puerto Rico

In response to the ongoing public health crises in Puerto Rico following the Hurricane Maria disaster, the students in B Block Global Marine Biology at South is fundraising in order to purchase much-needed water filters to be sent and distributed throughout affected areas of Puerto Rico.

Cash donations are appreciated, as well as checks made out to Newton South High School with “PRWater Filters” written on the memo line. Checks/cash should be brought to any of the house offices or to advisory teachers.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated, as lack of access to clean drinking water is an ongoing and critical public health concern in Puerto Rico.

The cost of one filter including shipping is $75. More information about where these filters will be sent and how they will be utilized can be found here. 

Prague Summer Program Informational Meeting — Thurs., January 11

We are happy to announce the Prague Summer Program.  SInce 1990, we have traveled to Central Europe to experience the history and culture of Poland (Krakow), the Czech Republic (Prague) and Germany (Dresden and Berlin) first hand.  This is an exciting opportunity for students to undertake an amazing trip while earning a semester’s history credit (2.5 credits). Please see the brochure: 2018 Prague Single Page Brochure

Date of trip: June 27 to July 14, 2018.

Cultural Enrichment: Architecture, Music, Theater, Field Trips to Auschwitz, Salt Mines, Lidice, Cesky Krumlov, Berlin Wall, Volkswagen Factory, Military Museum, plus much more.

Cost: $4,395

Please join us on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Newton North High School’s Film Lecture Hall for a short informational meeting for students and parents.  If you have any questions, please contact Albert Cho.

Winter Sports Night Wrap-Up

Thank you to the parents who attended our Winter sports night. We were exited to share with them the work that our coaches and athletes are doing within the frame of our core values. Your support and understanding is invaluable. We encourage you to check the presentation by clicking on the link under announcements on the Athletics page if you were not able to attend Monday night.