Category Archives: For Sophomores

Black Light Bash for the Sophomore Class this Friday, May 3

The Class of 2021 Black Light Bash is this Friday, May 3rd, from 6:30-10 in the Student Center at Newton South. Much of the advertising for this event has been through social media. Just in case it has not come to your attention, we are sending around the  Black Light Bash Form with more information and the permission slip. It is the hope of the class officers and the class advisors, that every sophomore will attend!

Reminder: Sophomore Parent Coffee is Tomorrow, Fri., Jan. 25 at 7:45AM

Please join us for the  sophomore parent/guardian coffee tomorrow morning, Friday, January 25th from 7:45AM to 8:45 in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff  and class advisers will join us to share information and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Please feel free to come for whatever time fits your schedule.

Reminder: Sophomore Study Release Forms Due– Deadline Extended to Mon., Jan. 7

During the second semester, sophomores have the option to use different areas of the school during their directed study periods. Please see Sophomore Directed Study Release Form FY19 for more information and to give signed permission.  Signed forms must be returned to the house offices. The deadline for a January review has been extended to Monday, January 7th. Forms returned after the Monday extended deadline will be reviewed after February break.

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

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.


Dan Rubin/Kathleen Sabet

Director of Guidance & Counseling/College & Career Center Counselor

Sample PSAT Score Report

Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

PSAT Registration

Dear Parents and Guardians of 10th & 11th graders –

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year. We hope you had a restful summer and that your children are excited for a great year ahead. Believe it or not, it is time for us to register students for the PSAT exam that will be offered at Newton South on Saturday, October 13th. The PSAT is offered just once a year, in October.

All 11th graders who intend to pursue a 4 year college/university path are encouraged to take the PSAT as a practice experience for subsequent college entrance exams. Additionally, some sophomores may choose to take the PSAT as well to have a low-stakes entry into college standardized tests.

Please visit the PSAT registration page on the Newton South website for more details about the exam and how your child can register to take it.


Dan Rubin

Director of Guidance

Black Light Bash for Sophomores is on Sat., April 7 from 7:30 to 10:30PM

The Black Light Bash for Newton South sophomores will be held this Saturday, April 7th from 7:30 to 10:30 in the NSHS Student Center. Tickets are on sale all this week during lunch for $25. Students should dress casually and wear white.  This event is only open to Newton South sophomores.  Newton South staff will be checking bags at the door and will also conduct random breathalyzer tests.  Please remind your daughter/son that they can not re-enter the bash once they leave.

Reminder: Sophomore Parent Coffee is Tomorrow at 7:45 AM

Please join us for the  sophomore parent/guardian coffee tomorrow,  Tuesday, January 23, at 7:45AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff, House Deans and class advisers will join us to share information and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Please feel free to come for whatever time fits your schedule.

Newton South College Planning Guide is Online

Did you know that Newton South has a College Planning Guide?  At Newton South, we understand that students take different paths after they graduate. While the majority of Newton South graduates pursue some form of post-high school education, the Counseling Department has designed this Guide to be relevant to all Newton South students and families contemplating college and other educational or vocational options. To access the online version of the guide, click here.  Hard copies of the guide are also available in the College and Career Center for $10.


Reminder: Sophomore Parent Coffee Tomorrow, Oct. 11 at 8AM

The first sophomore parent coffee will be held tomorrow, Wednesday October 11, from 8 to 9:30AM at the home of Margie Ross Decter and Adam Decter, 20 Vine St., Chestnut Hill.

This is a chance to visit with other parents, and to talk about questions and issues that are on your mind.  Feel free to come late or leave early as your schedule allows.

SouthFest Urgently Needs Volunteers! Please Sign Up!

Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered so far to help at SouthFest or made a donation to support this great event. We have great food, entertainment and decorations.   But we need YOU to make SouthFest safe and successful!   We don’t allow senior parents to volunteer at the event, so we depend on non-senior parents to pay it forward  by volunteering, knowing that other parents will take a turn to ensure your kids’ fun and safety when it is their turn for SouthFest. And though it takes place late at night, it’s a lot of fun to meet other parents and spend time with the seniors at SouthFest.   SouthFest takes place on Tuesday June 6 from 11:45 PM to 3:00AM.  We are urgently in need of chaperones and casino volunteers, primarily for the late shift, 1:00 to 3:00AM (though we still have few early spots).  We could also  use a few volunteers for the clean up crew after the party.  Please click here to volunteer for a shift at SouthFest.

We are also still in the midst of raising funds for SouthFest. We are just about half way to our goal, but still  need a lot of help from the community to get us the rest of the way. Please consider making a donation to support this great event.  Click here to donate online or find out how to donate by check.