The latest announcements from the Principal, PTSO, and NPS...

Still Need Volunteers to Help with Setting up Faculty Appreciation Event on Thurs., Dec. 13

On Thursday, December 13th, the PTSO will be providing some snacks for the teachers prior to the evening Parent-Teacher Conferences.  The plan is to set up food in the break rooms in each house office and the main office. We still need three volunteers from about 2:30 to 3:30 to help with the set up. This mainly involves setting up the break rooms with plates/napkins/utensils/water as well as delivering and setting up the food in each break room. If you are able to help with this, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

NSHS School Council Meeting – Tues., Dec. 11 at 4:30PM

The next meeting of the Newton South School Council is on Tuesday, December 11th at 4:30PM in the Faculty Dining Room. Comprised of administration, faculty, parents, and students, the Council advises Principal Stembridge on budget, school improvement plans, and other issues of interest to the South community. Council meetings are open to all. For more information about the Council, click here.

WISE Program Seeking Job Shadows and Internship Opportunities for Students

The WISE Program is turning to the community to help us secure job shadow or internship opportunities for our students. The WISE (WISE Individualized Senior Experience) Program allows second semester seniors to complete projects or job shadows/internships of their own design and receive academic credit. WISE helps seniors develop skills that they will need as they leave high school for college, work, or a gap year. Many of the 100 students participating in the WISE program this year are interested in exploring a career through a job shadow or internship. Our placements start at the beginning of April and run through the end of May. WISE students complete either part-time or full-time placements depending on their schedule and that of the agency.

Our WISE students have had so many positive experiences at agencies and businesses in Newton in the past. We are looking for placements for our WISE students in these areas this year:

  • Medical practice offices (pediatrician, dermatology, gastroenterology, for example)
  • Businesses – marketing, public relations, product development
  • Pharmaceutical

If you are able to sponsor a student at your place of business, office, or agency please contact Marla Wiener (marla_wiener@newton.k12.ma.us).
Thank you.

Newton South Local Scholarship Application is Now Open for Seniors

The Newton South Local Scholarship Application for seniors is now open! Please click here for a link to the application and recommendation form. Students will need to use their Newton LASID to log in to the application. It is not possible to save an application in progress, but students may edit their responses after submission. The application should take 30-45 minutes.

The application requires information about students’ academic and extra-curricular information as well as family’s financial information and Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA. Additionally, students will need to submit one recommendation from a non-Newton South adult.

Once students submit an initial application, they will be added into a Schoology course that will allow them to track the status of their required components (application, EFC, recommendation letter).

Questions can be directed to Faye Cassell at faye_cassell@newton.k12.ma.us or Room 2309. As the Local Scholarship Committee, we act as the point people between students and donors and can answer any questions students may have.
We encourage all students to apply! Even though many scholarships are need-based, others are determined by potential major, the neighborhood the student lives in, and even what elementary school they attended!

The deadline is February 15, 2019. Notifications are sent in early June.

Coming to Parent-Teacher Conferences? Get Some Holiday Shopping Done at the Spirit Gear Table

The Spirit Gear table will be open during parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, December 13. Pick up some Spirit Gear for your son or daughter and all the other Newton South fans in your family! Spirit Gear makes great holiday gifts, and we just reordered some of our missing sizes and ordered some new items.

Get the 2019 Yearbook Before the Price Increases in the New Year

Buy the 2019 yearbook before the price increases in the new year! This year’s book has an Augmented Reality feature for the first time ever, at no additional cost. By downloading a free app on your smartphone, you can scan a picture and it will bring you back to those special moments with additional photos and videos! Go to www.yearbookforever.com to place your order.

You can also buy an ad to congratulate your student on all of their achievements and hard work during their time in high school! You can use the same link to order a yearbook and purchase an ad. Simply click on “Create a Senior Ad”at the bottom of the order page.

Freshman Postural Screening on Jan. 7: Only Students Who Sign Up Will be Screened

Postural screening for freshman will take place on Monday, January 7th during J block.  You must register your child if you would like her/him to be screened.  Students who are not registered will not be screened. Registration Forms must be returned to the nurse’s office by January 4th. Please see the Postural screening opt in notification  for more information.

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions about postural screening.

Gail Kramer, R.N., School Nurse
Email:  gail_kramer@newton.k12.ma.us
Telephone: 617-559-6575

 

Information on BMI Screening for Sophomores

BMI screening for all sophomores will take places in their wellness classes under the supervision of the school nurse. Please contact the nurse if you choose not to have your child participate in the screening. Please see Growth screening parent notification for more information.

Gail Kramer, R.N., School Nurse
Email:  gail_kramer@newton.k12.ma.us
Telephone: 617-559-6575

 

PSAT Scores to Be Released Next Week

Dear Parents/Guardians of Sophomores,

A number of sophomores took the PSAT exam in October and beginning Monday, December 10th 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 and PSAT Scores Released Next Week

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 23rd, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the NSHS Field House. (Snow date January 24th) 

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 Friday, January 25th.

Most juniors took the PSAT exam in October and beginning Monday, December 10th 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 are able to explain the score reports and have a meaningful conversation about future testing options. Students may schedule meetings with their counselors soon after they get their scores. For your reference, we 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