Summer Greetings!

It is almost time to welcome you back to South! We are looking forward to the return of energy and creativity that students and faculty bring to the halls and classrooms. What follows are important details to guide you through the opening of school for the year.

Please use our website as your home page for all Newton South information. We continue to improve our timely and thorough communication to you via our website, and our commitment to you is that our calendars, timelines, and news will be current throughout the year! http://nshs.newton.k12.ma.us. Also, please note that in accordance with Newton Public School’s Green policy, we are placing many important documents online including:

NSHS calendar

  • NPS calendar
  • Guidance letter
  • Guidance calendar
  • Block schedule
  • Bus schedules
  • College and Career Resource Center– PSAT and SAT information\
  • Sex and health letter
  • Student parking information
  • Link to Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) web-site

Our One School/One Book selection is The Other Wes Moore. The response from students has been extremely positive, and we eagerly anticipate a meaningful conversation with our Newton South community. Our school-wide event will be on Friday, September 25.

Please read the following sections carefully:

The first official day of classes (Tuesday, September 8) will be a full day for freshmen, but a late arrival day for upperclassmen.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin their day at 11:45 a.m. Upperclassmen who ride a school bus should be at their usual stops at 11:00 a.m. Please be patient. Buses will not be at every stop at exactly that time, but they will get all bus riders to school by 11:45 a.m. A detailed schedule for the rest of the day, which will end at 1:55 PM for all grades, is on the Newton South website.

You’ll find your updated draft list of classes you are registered for on ParentConnect, and student schedules will available on ParentConnect on Friday, August 28.  Some upper-class homerooms have moved to new locations, so be sure to check. Consult your guidance counselor if you have any questions about your schedule and be sure to check the guidance calendar on our website for dates of meetings and test registrations relevant to particular grade levels.

Guidance counselors and department heads will be available in the Student Center on Tuesday, September 1 from 9 am – 11:30 a.m. to resolve scheduling issues prior to the start of school. Students (or parents) with any of the following issues can seek to resolve them at this time:

  • Missing an English, History, Science, Mathematics or World Language class
  • Missing a class to continue pursuit of a strong interest (for example, if a student has been in orchestra for the past 2 years, and was not scheduled into orchestra this year but requested it)
  • Scheduled for the incorrect level of a course (e.g. Honors instead of College Preparatory)
  • Scheduled for the wrong class (excluding cases where a student was given their alternative course rather than their first choice)
  • Not scheduled for a full-time student load (i.e. fewer than 24 blocks for grades 9, 10; fewer than 22 blocks for grades 11, 12 – must have Housemaster approval)

Students/parents must first see their guidance counselor to get approval for any changes from the appropriate department heads.

We are all looking forward to seeing everyone soon.