Category Archives: For Juniors

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

Please join us for the  Junior parent/guardian coffee tomorrow, Thursday, February 7th, from 7:45-8:45AM 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: Junior Parent/Guardian Night and ACT/SAT Presentation- Wed., Jan. 23

The Guidance Department will be hosting our annual Post-Secondary Planning Night for the parents/guardians of Juniors in the Newton South Field House at 7PM on Wednesday, January 23rd. Parents will hear from Principal Stembridge, Guidance Director Dan Rubin, and College & Career Counselor Kathy Sabet in the Field House. This will be followed by smaller group meetings with your child’s School Counselor. This event serves as the official “kick-off” for post-secondary planning for the class of 2020.

Prior the guidance event, interested parents are welcome to join us from 6-6:45pm in the auditorium to learn more about SAT & ACT testing. Charlie O’Hearn, Founder and CEO of Summit Educational Group, will be our presenter.

Hope to see you then!


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

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

List of Colleges at Newton North High School College Fair on Tues., Oct 2 and Wed., Oct 3 at 6PM

Newton South students are invited to attend the College Fair at Newton North High School on Tuesday, October 2nd  and Wednesday, October 3rd from 6-7:30PM. 

Click here for the list of schools which will be at the College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Click here for the list of  schools which will be at the College Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 3



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

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.