Category Archives: For Freshmen

Explore the FAQs on the PTSO Website

Did you know that there is an FAQ section on the PTSO website? It has a lot of useful information about schedules, the house system, transportation, who to contact about various issues, and lots more.  Please take a minute to look at our FAQs to see if perhaps we answer some of the many questions that are bound to arise as you and your child get ready for high school. The most useful FAQ categories for Freshman families are General, Logistics, House and Guidance, and METCO.

We usually have a section devoted to special education in our FAQ section.  We have not edited that section in a few years so it’s currently not available while we review and update it. If you click on that link, some out of date announcements may appear as a result of a technical glitch. The FAQs are not currently there, but look for these to return by the beginning of the school year.

Toward the end of the  year, we will also bring back our link to FAQs with important end of the year information. One thing to keep in mind is that freshmen will have final exams during finals week which bumps right up against the last day of school.  And as we all know, the last day of school can change due to snow days and is not finalized until some time in April. So it is best not to make plans at the end of the year without accounting for the possibility of additional days. At South, the policy is that students may not take final exams early. That means that if your student is not in school during finals week (which includes a make up day for students who are ill on the scheduled day of an exam), then they will have to make up their exams on designated days during the summer.

And here are a few important dates to keep in mind in the coming weeks:

  • Thursday, August 30th Freshman Ice Cream Social at South from 2:30 to 3:30 PM
  • Thursday August 30th, Fall Sports Night at 7PM (Meet the Athletic Director and Coaches)
  • Thursday, September 6th Freshman Parent Night at 7PM
  • Wednesday, September 26th Back to School Night at 7PM

 

“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. If we do not have additional space, we ask that only one parent or guardian attend the session. 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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

“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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

“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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

Freshman Parent Coffee is Tomorrow, Wed., March 7 at 7:45AM

Please join us for the Freshman Parent Coffee, tomorrow, Wednesday March 7 at 7:45 AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff and House Dean Charlie Myette 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: 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.