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RSVP for Freshman Information Sessions: New Date, New Session

Please don’t forget to RSVP for one of the Freshman Information Sessions with Principal Joel Stembridge.  These meetings are for adults only, and the same information is covered at each session.   We have added an additional date for parents of METCO students, as well as changed the date for parents of students receiving special education services.

Tuesday, August 19, 7PM at the home of Jean Smith, 19 White Pine Road, Newton Upper Falls. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 20, 7PM [NOTE THE NEW DATE] for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services, at the home of Emily Prenner and Chris Steele, 702 Chestnut Street, Waban. Meet Special Education Department Chair Kathleen Farnsworth along with Principal Stembridge. Please park on either Woodward Street or Larchmont Ave. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 26, 7PM at the home of Janice and Rick Lipof, 105 Baldpate Hill Rd, Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 27, 7PM [ADDITIONAL DATE] for parents of METCO students, at the home of Nava and Paul Erwin, 43 Sycamore Street, Roslindale.  Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, August 28, 7PM at the home of Debby and Erik Belt, 6 Wamesit Road, Waban. Click here [link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-freshman-info-session-belt-home-in-waban-tickets-12588473463] to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org

“Welcome to South” Information Sessions for Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians with Principal Joel Stembridge

Please RSVP for one of the following evenings with Principal Joel Stembridge. These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Principal Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, we highly recommend you attend the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 4 at 7PM.

Tuesday, August 19, 7PM at the home of Jean Smith, 19 White Pine Road, Newton Upper Falls. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 20, 7PM [NOTE NEW DATE!  Rescheduled from August 21 to August 20.]  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services, at the home of Emily Prenner and Chris Steele, 702 Chestnut Street, Waban. Meet Special Education Department Chair Kathleen Farnsworth along with Principal Stembridge. Please park on either Woodward Street or Larchmont Ave. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 26, 7PM at the home of Janice and Rick Lipof, 105 Baldpate Hill Rd, Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, August 28, 7PM at the home of Debby and Erik Belt, 6 Wamesit Road, Waban. Click here to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@newtonsouthptso.org

Newton South PTSO
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)

Coming Soon: Directory Confirmation Process

Be on the lookout in the next week for an email from directory@newtonsouthptso.org to confirm your family’s information for the PTSO online directory.  We’ll send each family at Newton South a confirmation email after we sort through the information we’ve received from the middle schools. Please note:

  • The information you submit for the PTSO directory is separate from the emergency information you submit to Newton Public Schools using the ParentConnect system.
  • My School Anywhere is the name of the company that produces the PTSO directory. The information is secure and password-protected.
  • The PTSO and My School Anywhere will never share contact information that you submit for the PTSO directory with any outside entities.
  • Please pay attention to the section in the confirmation email about what information to be published both the print and online versions of the directory.
  • After you confirm your information, you have the ability to pay for membership from within the directory website. We ask each family to make a suggested donation of $60 to fund the operations of the PTSO. These donations are the only source of funding for the PTSO, and 100% of the funds are used for student and teacher-related activities. If the suggested donation is a financial hardship, please contact us at info@newtonsouthptso.org. Any such conversation will be kept in strict confidence. No one will be denied a directory due to financial constraints.

Both the printed and password protected online versions of the PTSO student directory are included in the benefits you receive when paying your PTSO dues. The annual creation and publishing of the directory is a volunteer effort by dedicated parents like you, working hard to coordinate the information of 1400+ families. Your quick and accurate response will be tremendously helpful.

Thank you for making this a smooth process!

Help Needed For Back-To-School Teacher Lunch 8/28

Every year, we welcome our teachers back the week before school begins. To show our appreciation for them, we will host a lunch on August 28. If you are available during the day, please consider signing up to help by clicking here.

Student Tour Guides Needed for Freshman Parent Tours 8/28

Starting at 2PM on August 28, we need 10 students to lead freshman parents around the school. If students in your family are interested in helping out, please email us at info@newtonsouthptso.org.

PTSO Seeks Newsletter Editor(s)

Would you like to provide an essential service to the Newton South community — and have an online audience of thousands — while gaining early access to school announcements?  The PTSO seeks one or two parents to write and/or edit posts for this newsletter.  The task is mainly weekly with a flexible schedule, and occasionally there’s a rush announcement.  We’re using WordPress, so the posting is easy.  If you’re interested — or if you have questions — please email newsletter newsletter@newtonsouthptso.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time of year, we start to receive questions from families with questions about Newton South. The PTSO publishes a set of answers to frequently asked questions on our website – newtonsouthptso.org. The direct link to the FAQs is here. The Newton South school website is also a helpful resource.

2014 PSAT Information for Newton South

The PSAT will be given at Newton South High School on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

  • Newton South students that are members of the Class of 2016 and the Class of 2017 are eligible to take the exam.
  • Home-schooled students who live in the South district may also register for the exam.
  • Students from other schools/school districts must take the exam at their own school.
  • An exam has been ordered for every member of the Class of 2016.
  • Registration for sophomores is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is no make-up date for the PSAT.
  • Please contact Maimonides School as soon as possible (617-232-4452) for information on testing options for students that cannot test on October 18 for religious reasons.

Information Regarding APPROVED College Board Accommodations:

  • Students that may qualify for approved College Board accommodations should have received information in January of 2014.
  • Students can contact their guidance counselor if they have any questions.
  • If a student has an I.E.P. with the Newton Public Schools, they are not automatically guaranteed approval from the College Board.
  • Students that have approved accommodations must bring a copy of their College Board letter with their SSD number to PSAT registration.

Registration Dates and Information:

  • Registration will be on September 8, 10, and 11, 2014 in THE CAFETERIA DURING ALL LUNCHES.
  • The exam cost is $30 cash or check. The check must be made out to Newton South High School with “PSAT” and student’s FULL name on the MEMO line.
  • Students that have approved accommodations must bring a copy of their College Board letter with their SSD number to PSAT registration.

Check back to the NSHS website for more PSAT information. If you have any questions, please contact NSHS faculty member Jennifer Dolan.

Senior Apparel Orders Due 8/14

It’s time to buy senior apparel! Students who want to buy their senior apparel can fill out the form below (all clothing is unisex adult sizes). The deadline for the order is Thursday, August 14th, and students will pay when the items are distributed during the 1st week of school. Click here to order.

Host Family Needed for Chinese Exchange Teacher

If you and your family have ever wanted to know more about China, we have an extraordinary opportunity for you! The Newton Beijing-Jingshan School Exchange Program is seeking a family to host a Chinese teacher during the fall semester of the 2014-2015 school year. This is a great chance to learn about Chinese culture while sharing your own family’s culture and traditions. All participants speak English and are eager to learn about and take part in American family life. The teachers will arrive mid-September and depart mid-January. They will teach in the Newton Schools schools.

To explore this unique opportunity, please contact: Samantha_Mandel@newton.k12.ma.us