Category Archives: For Seniors

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

 

 

Back to School Updates for Seniors

We will be posting periodic updates this fall with information relevant to senior families. Please stay tuned and contact your child’s counselor with questions about any messages in these updates!

Senior Seminar

Seniors participated in Junior Guidance Seminars last winter and spring in which they discussed researching options for life after high school. For those planning to apply to institutions of higher education (4-year colleges, 2-year colleges, vocational/technical colleges), most will have continued their search during the summer, many visiting colleges, interviewing where possible and appropriate, talking to current college students, reading catalogs, gathering information on- line, and narrowing down their lists to the schools to which they will definitely apply.

The primary focus of the senior guidance seminar this fall is on the practical aspects of the application process including: interviews and visits; suggestions for narrowing one’s list of colleges; the mechanics of completing applications; the importance of strong personal essays; the logistics of processing applications through the guidance department; as well as clarification of student, parent and counselor responsibilities. It is important to note that while not every student intends to apply to college following their high school graduation, there is a heavy emphasis in this seminar on applying to college. Students planning to pursue other pathways (vocational training, employment, gap year, military enlistment) should meet with their counselor (see below). This session is extremely important for every senior — whether s/he has investigated thoroughly enough to be applying early or is still trying to determine a final list of colleges to which to apply. Seniors should follow up on this seminar session with individual appointment with their counselor. Counselors will assist students with whatever they need as they work through the investigation and application process.

College representatives visit NSHS

When college admissions officers visit Newton South High School this fall, students are encouraged to meet with the representatives from the colleges to which they are applying. This is an excellent opportunity for students to make personal contacts with admissions personnel, which can be extremely helpful. However, students must secure their teacher’s permission in advance if they will miss a class. Visits predominantly occur during the school day.

It’s not too late

Students who are unsure of their future plans should see their counselor to follow up on the senior seminar. Rest assured that there is always a wide range of readiness among seniors. All students who are serious about attending college in the fall of 2019 will get there. Some students will apply now and defer enrollment until the fall of 2020, and others may not apply until later. Still others may decide to attend a post-graduate program for a year and then apply to college. (See Options below.)

Options other than college

If you and your child are considering technical schools/colleges or prep schools for a post-graduate year, s/he should meet with his or her counselor to discuss these options. For technical schools and prep schools, the application process is essentially the same as it is for colleges; therefore, students can rely upon information presented in guidance seminar along with their peers.

Some other students may be considering taking a year off before attending college, and it is important for them to know that they can apply to colleges at this time, be accepted and then defer their matriculation for a year at most colleges. In this way, the student completes the process now when they have all the resources around them and need not go through the application process next year. In addition, should they change their minds, they would have the option to attend college in September 2019. You should be aware that there are many positive options for students who take a year off before college — adventures such as travel, community service, foreign study, or work.

Joining one of the military services may be a good option for some students. They too should work closely with their counselor throughout the year in order for them to be as informed and prepared as possible for the transition to their post-high school experience. It is very important to help your child to consider what is really the best next step for him or her.

Tassels Will be Available on Wed. and Thurs. for Seniors Who Did Not Receive Them at Check-Out

Due to a logistical snafu, some seniors did not receive a tassel at Senior Check-Out.  It appears this was a problem for students who just ordered the tassel.  If your child ordered a cap and gown, the tassel should be packed in with the cap. For those seniors who did not receive a tassel, they will be available to pick up in the house offices on Wednesday from 7:40AM until the end of school, and on Thursday from  7:40AM to 11AM. Your child must pick up the tassel at their own house office.  If you are unable to pick up the tassel during those times, Ms. Stonehill will be distributing the remaining tassels to seniors at senior line-up before graduation (beginning at 4PM).

Transportation After SouthFest

With the prom and SouthFest just one day away, we want to encourage you to talk to your kids about their plans for transportation after SouthFest.  Unlike in years past when there were not many options for transportation, most seniors now have their own uber accounts and are used to ordering cars for themselves. We have decided that it makes the most sense to have seniors use their own accounts if they plan to take an uber after SouthFest.  It also will help to keep our expenses down to have seniors pay for their post-Southfest transportation.  If your child does not have an uber account or has any issue with the expense, we are more than happy to order and pay for an uber for them. Please encourage them to ask a chaperone in the front hall area if transportation is an issue and we will make arrangements for them, no questions asked.

South Stage Class of 2018 Senior Curtain Call Souvenir Booklet

Calling all seniors who have ever participated in a South Stage production as a member of the cast, crew or pit orchestra! You are invited to submit your photo and favorite memories or words of wisdom for future South students to the South Stage Class of 2018 Senior Curtain Call souvenir booklet. Please click here to submit your comments and photo online by Tuesday, April 10. It’s very easy, and only takes a moment! Any questions, please email Anabel Cable.

Graduation FAQs

Spring is finally here (despite what we see outside!) and many families of seniors have started to think about graduation. Please click here for  the information about graduation and senior activities on the PTSO website. When we get closer to the date, we will provide information about how to livestream graduation and how to order a DVD from NewTV.

Information on Ordering Caps and Gowns for Seniors

It’s time for Seniors to order caps and gowns for graduation.  Seniors should plan to order caps and gowns in the Student Center during D Block (all three lunches) on the following Monday dates:

  • Mon. March 5  Opening Day for any senior
  • Mon. March 12 for seniors with last names beginning with A-I
  • Mon. March 19 for seniors with last names beginning with J-R
  • Mon. March 26 for senior with last names beginning with S-Z
  • Mon. April 2 Make-Up Day

For more information on ordering, please see the attached flyer and the measurement form.

Information on Ordering Caps and Gowns for Seniors

It’s time for Seniors to order caps and gowns for graduation.  Seniors should plan to order caps and gowns in the Student Center during D Block (all three lunches) on the following Monday dates:

  • Mon. March 5  Opening Day for any senior
  • Mon. March 12 for seniors with last names beginning with A-I
  • Mon. March 19 for seniors with last names beginning with J-R
  • Mon. March 26 for senior with last names beginning with S-Z
  • Mon. April 2 Make-Up Day

For more information on ordering, please see the attached flyer and the measurement form.

Senior Parent Coffee is Tomorrow, Feb. 6 at 7:45AM

Please join us for the senior parent/guardian coffee tomorrow, Tuesday, February 6. The coffee will be held at 7:45AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff, senior class liaison 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.

2018 Yearbooks on Sale Now

Order the 2018 Yearbook by the end of October and receive the discounted price of $85.  To order the yearbook online, click here for a link to the order page and enter the code for Newton South (4560).  Parents of current seniors, there is also a tab on the main page to purchase a senior ad. These ads can be a collage of photos, quotes, and/or a message to your son our daughter. Ads are an extra great way to tell your child how proud you are of them and all they accomplished in their four years at NSHS. If you have any questions, please email John Floros