Category Archives: For Juniors

Reminder: Junior Parent/Guardian Evening Social is Tomorrow Night

Please join us tomorrow evening, Tuesday May 15th at 7:30PM, for the Junior Parent/Guardian Social at the home of Janice and Rick Lipof, 105 Baldpate Hill Rd. We will celebrate the end of the school year, and will have some time to talk about what is in store for next year and to answer any questions you have about the next step for your kids at South.

Junior Parent Coffee is Tomorrow Morning, Tues., Jan. 30

Please join us for the junior parent/guardian coffee tomorrow,  Tuesday, January 30. The coffee will be held at 7:45AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff, junior class liaison Marc Banks 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.


Junior Parent Coffee : Tue., Sept. 26, 8-9:30AM

The first junior parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, September 26th, from 8 to 9:30AM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem at 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban. Look for the green houses at the end of the road.

The NSHS PTSO holds grade-wide parent coffees three times during the school year. This is an opportunity to meet as parents to ask questions, discuss issues, and get to know each other. We have no set agenda, other than checking in with each other about topics relevant to the school year.  The coffees operate like open houses and are very flexible. Parents are welcome to come late or leave early to fit their schedules.

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.


Reminder: Presentation on Supporting Your Child through the College Application Process, Tomorrow, Wed. Feb. 1 at 7PM

Please join us tomorrow evening from 7 to 8:30PM in the NSHS Auditorium for Cindy Kaplan’s presentation, “Keep the Sanity, Lose the Stress! How to Support your Kid through the College Application Process.” Cindy has a Master’s in psychology and is a certified parent coach, and is also the parent of a Newton South senior. She will talk about tools and strategies you can use to help your child manage the stress of navigating the college application process. She will also discuss ways in which you can use the process as an opportunity to strengthen and enrich your relationship with your child.

Reminder: Junior Parent/Guardian Coffee Tomorrow, Jan. 27 at 7:45 AM

Please join us tomorrow morning for the Junior Parent/Guardian Coffee at 7:45 AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room. Members of the guidance staff, House Dean Josepha Blocker 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: Junior Parent Night Tomorrow, Jan. 25 at 7PM

Junior Parent Night will be held tomorrow evening, Wed., Jan 25 at 7Pm in the Newton South Field House. The program will begin with brief remarks from Dan Rubin (Director of Guidance) and Kathy Sabet (College & Career Counselor) before transitioning to more detailed presentations with your child’s counselor.

The Newton South College Planning Guide for the Class of 2018 will be on sale outside the Field House before the program begins for $10.  If you are able to bring exact change, that would be much appreciated.  The guide is also available online.

Reminder: Junior Parent Night is Tomorrow, Jan. 18 at 7PM

Junior Parent Night takes place tomorrow evening,  Wednesday, January 18th, in the Newton South Field House at 7PM.  Parents will first hear from Principal Joel Stembridge, Guidance Director Dan Rubin, and College & Career Counselor Kathy Sabet, and will then break into smaller groups with their child’s guidance counselor.

Prior to Junior Parent Night, there will be a free presentation, “College Admissions Testing: SAT vs ACT” from 6 to 6:30PM in the auditorium.  The goals of the presentation are twofold: to minimize the anxiety that surrounds these tests, and to help students/families begin thinking about their own, unique testing plans. (Which test? When to take? How to prepare?) In this seminar, presented by the Summit Educational Group, we will also explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process, and the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and parents better understand these tests’ design. Sample problems will be examined for the two tests to highlight the differences between them.

Save the Date: Junior Parent Night & PSAT Score Information

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 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the NSHS Field House. (Snow date January 19th) 

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 the same day. For students, this is a follow up session to their first seminar meeting, which took place yesterday, at which time counselors presented an overview and facilitated a question and answer session about what to expect during the spring of junior year.

Most juniors took the PSAT exam in October and beginning Monday, December 12th 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 will explain the score reports and have a meaningful conversation about future testing options. Students schedule meetings with their counselors soon after they get their scores. For your reference, I 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

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.


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