Category Archives: For Freshmen

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: Freshman Parent Coffee Tomorrow, Sept. 14 at 8AM

The first freshman parent coffee will be tomorrow,  Thursday, September 14, from 8 to 9:30AM at the home of May Chiu at 111 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands.

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.

Freshman Ice Cream Social on Thursday August 31

Students are invited to attend the Freshman Ice Cream Social and orientation on Thursday, August 31st  from 2:30 to 3:30pm. Students will receive their school schedule, photo ID, and be provided with a tour of the school and an ice cream treat. While it’s a nice introduction to Newton South, it is not crucial that all freshmen attend. Students who cannot attend will receive their schedule and ID on the first day of school.

Still Time to Register for Freshman Parent Information Sessions

We have four remaining information sessions for the parents/guardians of incoming freshman. Please RSVP for one of the following evenings with Principal Joel Stembridge. These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we have set up the rsvp responses so that only one parent/guardian may register to attend a session at this time.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register then. Principal Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear about freshman year at the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 7th.

Thursday, August 24th, 7PM  at the home of Sharon Perkulis and Jhonatan Rotberg, 143 Wiswall Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of students in the METCO program at the home of Arlene and John Saia, 218 Maple St., West Roxbury.  Meet METCO Guidance Counselor Katani Sumner along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Parking on Bowdoin or Lincoln Streets. Click here to RSVP.  This session is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for this session, you can do so on the registration page.  We will let you know if space becomes available.

Wednesday, August 30th, 7PM  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services at the home of Suzanne and Lee Feldman, 8 Fredana Rd., Waban.  Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please email  info@newtonsouthptso.org

Helen Haley

Newton South PTSO President
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)

Freshman Information Session for METCO Parents/Guardians on August 28

The Freshman Information Session for parents/guardians of METCO students will take place on Monday, August 28 from 7 to 9PM.  We will announce the location shortly.  METCO Guidance Counselor Katani Sumner will attend this session along with Principal Joel Stembridge.  If your child is not enrolled in the METCO program, you are also welcome to attend this session. To RSVP for this information session, please click here.

RSVP to Attend a Freshman Parent Information Session


We are still taking sign ups for the freshman parent information sessions scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.  Please RSVP for one of the following evenings with Principal Joel Stembridge. These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we have set up the rsvp responses so that only one parent/guardian may register to attend a session at this time.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register then. Principal Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear about freshman year at the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 7th.

Monday, August 14th, 7PM at the home of Michele and Andrew Copelotti, 63 Broken Tree Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, August 24th, 7PM  at the home of Sharon Perkulis and Jhonatan Rotberg, 143 Wiswall Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Parking on Bowdoin or Lincoln Streets.  Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 30th, 7PM  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services at the home of Suzanne and Lee Feldman, 8 Fredana Rd., Waban.  Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

We are still in the process of organizing one additional information session for the parents/guardians of METCO students.  When we have finalized the date and location, we will send out an announcement with that date.

If you have any questions, please email  info@newtonsouthptso.org

Helen Haley

Newton South PTSO President
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)

“Welcome to South” Information Sessions for Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians with Principal Joel Stembridge

We have scheduled several information sessions for the parents of incoming freshman in the coming weeks. Please RSVP for one of the following evenings with Principal Joel Stembridge. These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time. Principal Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear about freshman year at the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 7th.

Monday, August 14th, 7PM at the home of Michele and Andrew Copelotti, 63 Broken Tree Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, August 24th, 7PM  at the home of Sharon Perkulis and Jhonatan Rotberg, 143 Wiswall Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Parking on Bowdoin or Lincoln Streets.  Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 30th, 7PM  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services at the home of Suzanne and Lee Feldman, 8 Fredana Rd., Waban.  Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

We are still in the process of organizing one additional information session for the parents/guardians of METCO students.  When we have finalized the date and location, we will send out an announcement with that date.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@newtonsouthptso.org

Newton South PTSO
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)

Looking for One More Host for Freshman Parent Information Sessions


We are still in need of one more family to host an information session for incoming freshman parents. We like to hold these sessions in the homes of incoming freshman families so parents have a chance to get together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  Principal Joel Stembridge will give an overview of the freshman year experience and answer questions from parents. The sessions begin at 7:00 PM and are finished by 9:00 PM. We already have three sessions scheduled in the last two weeks of August, so it would be great to have one earlier session for families who plan to be away later in the month.  Monday or Tuesday, August 14th or 15th, are available dates. The average size of the sessions is about 40 people and the hosts provide some very light refreshments.  The PTSO can provide folding chairs for extra seating.  If would consider hosting an information session, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

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: Freshman Parent Coffee Tomorrow, Jan. 20 at 7:45AM

Please join us  tomorrow morning for the Freshman Parent Coffee at 7:45 AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room. Members of the guidance staff, House Dean Donna Gordon 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.