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Special Schedule for Thanksgiving Week

Click here to view the special schedule for Wednesday, November 26, including a Pep Rally in the Field House.

  • Early Dismissal: Wednesday, November 26 at 10:50AM; buses depart at 11AM.
  • NOTE: Class drop deadline(without penalty) for grades 10-12 is Monday, November 24.

Emotional Wellbeing Committee Meeting, Sunday, November 30, at 7PM

The Emotional Wellbeing Committee will be meeting on Sunday, November 30, at 7PM at Emily Prenner’s house (702 Chestnut Street in Waban, corner of Chestnut and Woodward).  At our last meeting we clarified the goals of our group – to modify Newton South school culture by education and de-stigmatizing mental illness, help students with their emotional wellbeing, and collaborate with other groups across Newton to help achieve these goals.  At this meeting we will continue our conversation around the concrete activities we are are engaging in so we can achieve our goals.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@newtonsouthptso.org

Important Dates for Winter Sports Registration and Tryouts

Students interested in participating in Winter sports at South should note these dates:

  • Monday, November 24, 2:45PM:  Last day to take the ImPact concussion test.  All Freshmen, Juniors, and students participating in sports for first time at South have to be tested this year.
  • Wednesday, November 26:  Deadline for Winter Sports registration.  Students must be registered to tryout.
  • Monday, December 1.  Winter sports tryouts start.  See schedule (PDF).

For Theatre Parents: South Stage Winter Season Auditions, December 2 and 3

Is your student is interested in acting in one of South Stage’s upcoming productions, or working in theatre tech (costumes, lights, sound, scenery or props)?  Auditions are coming up  for the winter season productions: Almost, Maine (February 5, 6 and 7), and The Rocky Horror Show (March 12, 13 and 14).  Vocal and monologue auditions will take place on Tuesday, December 2 from 2:15 -5PM, and dance auditions will take place on Wednesday, December 3 from 3-5PM. Information about the auditions and about South Stage Tech can be found on the South Stage website,  http://southstage.org, and at the call board by the Seasholes Auditorium. If students have questions, they should see Mr. Knoedler.  His schedule is on his office door, by the auditorium entrance.  If you would like to join the NSHS parent group supporting our Theatre Arts program, please email  southstageparents@gmail.com.  If you have a student taking a music, art or theatre class, we hope you have heard about the recently created Newton South Arts website: www.newtonsoutharts.com.

Ninth Grade Postural Screening Week of December 8-12

The annual Postural Screening Program will be take place during the week of December 8-12. Massachusetts General Laws require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems. This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation. The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when standing and bending forward and will be done by a school nurse or Physical Education, Health and Wellness teacher.  Boys and girls are screened separately and privately.  The results are recorded in the confidential school health record.  If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a health care provider. Continue reading

Winter classes with Newton Community Education

Registration is now open for winter classes with Newton Community Education! For high schoolers, we offer SAT Prep for the verbal and math portions of the reasoning test, as well as several sections of Driver’s Ed (including over all three vacation weeks). For parents adjusting to the idea of college, join us for Making Informed Financial Decisions for College, or You Can Afford College If…  Or if you’re a parent looking for a nice night out, we have lots of classes that you might enjoy, in cooking, computing, crafts, and more. For younger siblings we have many great offerings at most of our elementary and middle schools. Highlights for Winter include Shark Tank Jr, Imagination Authors, The Stockmarket Game, and more. And we have vacation programs for younger kids too. Don’t miss our two big events: the fabulous Celebrate Newton Craft Fair at Newton South on Sunday, December 7, where you can view the talents of local artisans and shop for holiday gifts, and the annual Camp Fair at Newton North on Sunday, January 25, where you can shop for your kids’ summer programs. High schoolers looking for summer jobs can stop by and say hi that day too! For more information or to register for classes, call our office at 617-559-6999 or visit our website at  newtoncommunityed.org. NCE is part of the Newton Public Schools. When you support our program, you support our schools.

Important Dates This Week

Monday Nov. 24: 

  • Last chance to take the ImPact test! at 2:45PM.  Students who missed this week’s dates will have one last opportunity to take the test.  All 9th graders, Juniors and students participating in sports for first time at South have to be tested this year.  Please sign up at the Athletics Dept. Office.

Tuesday, Nov. 25:

  • Winter Season Dance Team meeting 2:00 PM in the Dance Studio.
  • Winter Season Cheerleading meeting 3:30 PM. in the Field House.
  • Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 PM.  All Fall athletes will receive their certificates. Please come to join us.

Wednesday, Nov. 26: 

  • Deadline for Winter Sports registration.  Only students who have registered will be allowed to tryout.  Please stop by the Athletics Dept. Office before Wednesday if you need access to a computer terminal.

Register Online for Winter Sports by Nov. 26

Dear Parents:
Winter sports season is about to start! Each sport had informational meetings during the past month where the students received directions to register for the season. As it was communicated back in early October, registration is now online. Coaches will not collect paperwork or athletic fees on the first day of pre-season.  Please be advised that only registered students will be able to tryout for sports.  The deadline for registration has been moved up to Wednesday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are the directions to be able to participate:

BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION: Complete the online concussion course.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all athletes, band members, cheerleaders, and parents/guardians take an online concussion course each year.  As you complete the registration process, you will be required to sign-off indicating that you both (parent/guardian and student) have completed the online course.

http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000 or
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html

HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HANDY:  Doctor information, Health insurance information, Date of current physical.
Please notice that all students must have a current health physical on file in the nurse’s office.  To comply with DPH regulations, schools have the option to choose to adopt a policy that requires physical examinations within 12 or 13 months of the student’s last physical. Newton South will honor the 13-month period. Once a student’s physical has expired, the student will no longer be eligible to participate. To regain eligibility, a new physical form must be on file at the nurse’s office.

BEGIN YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION using this link to FamilyID:
https://www.familyid.com/newton-south-high-school/2014-15-winter-sports-season

1. Create your secure Family ID account by entering your family name, e-mail address, and password. You will receive an e-mail with a link to confirm your new account.

2. Fill out the information requested on the registration form. You will receive an e-mail from FamilyID confirming your registration. You can log back into FamilyID.com at any time to update your information and to check on the sport for which you are registered.

3. Make sure that you click on “Save & Continue,” review your entries, then click on ‘Confirm Registration’.

If you have questions regarding the registration process please call Family ID customer service at 1-888-800-5583. They offer 24/7 support.

The process takes around 15 minutes from beginning to end. You can submit your payment online, or you can send a check to the Athletic Dept. Office. Information about waivers is also included in the web page.

We look forward seeing your student participating in winter sports.  Please help us to make the start of the season smooth and free of anxiety.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Pat Gonzalez, M.Ed., CAA
Director of Athletics

Winter Sports Tryouts Begin Dec. 1 — Check Schedule

The Winter Season try-out schedule is here:
http://nshs.newton.k12.ma.us/sites/nshs.newton.k12.ma.us/files/user/6/NSHS-Athletics-TryOuts-Winter1415.pdf

Friday Spiritwear Sales Now Accepts Credit Cards

Every Friday, 11AM to  1PM, the Booster Club sells Lions merchandise outside the cafeteria.  We now accept credit cards for all purchases.  Consider buying a South T-shirt, sweatpants, or hat for a holiday gift this season.