Dear Newton South Students and Families,
A reminder that Back to School Night is Tuesday, October 27th from 7 to 9pm.
- Principal’s Greeting/Community Block 7:00 – 7:10
- A block 7:15 – 7:25
- B block 7:30 – 7:40
- C block 7:45 – 7:55
- D block 8:00 – 8:10
- E block 8:15 – 8:25
- F block 8:30 – 8:40
- G block 8:45 – 8:55
Parents/Guardians will follow your student’s Wednesday schedule, using the same authenticated Zoom meeting links that students use to access each class. This will protect our faculty and community from potential Zoom bombing. Multiple family members can access the evening from different locations simultaneously, using the same Zoom links, if necessary.
Here is a document of faculty zoom links and passwords that you will use for each class with the corresponding block letter. As you will see, some teachers use the same zoom link and password for all of their classes. We have also asked teachers, wherever possible, to include Zoom meeting invites to be available in your student’s Google calendar for class meetings, for easy access.
We will begin in the Community/Advisory block with a welcome from Principal Mark Aronson and an introduction from your student’s Community/Advisory teacher before moving on to A through G blocks.
If you have any “free blocks” of time in your student’s schedule, you may visit the virtual PTSO room from 7:30pm to 8pm:
Meeting ID: 857 0519 0270 Passcode: Lions2021
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/
Meeting ID: 857 0519 0270
For any troubleshooting issues (i.e. if you forget a link, having difficulty logging on, etc.), I will be available from 6:45pm to 8:55pm at the following Zoom location:
Meeting ID: 899 8539 4715
Dial by your location
Find your local number: https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.
Meeting ID: 899 8539 4715
You will also have the opportunity to view video welcomes from the NSHS deans, librarians and from the Newton Families Organizing for Racial Justice (links for these will be shared on Tuesday AM).
Teacher presentations will encompass introducing themselves and giving an overview of the course. The focus will NOT be on individual conversations about individual students. Each session is 10 minutes long with a 5 minute break in between. Please be on time for each session as it is disruptive to have to keep letting people into a meeting.
Sessions may be recorded for later viewing for families that can’t attend Tuesday night but we have asked teachers to “pin” themselves on Zoom so the recordings only show the teacher during the presentations, and not the parents viewing the presentation. The recordings will then be posted to your student’s Schoology page where it will remain for viewing until the end of the week. Another option for teachers who don’t record their Tuesday night session is to create/record/post their own video presentation in addition to the Tuesday night session, covering the same material that they addressed with their “live” classes, and having it available by the end of the week, also on Schoology.
Chris Hardiman, NSHS Interim Vice Principal