Category Archives: From Newton Public Schools

For New Families: Introduction to Guidance Services at South

To Freshmen Parents and other Parents/Guardians who are new to Newton South,

Welcome to Newton South! Each year, at this time, it is exciting to usher in a new freshman class, as well as the families new to our community. Please click here to learn more about the services of the NSHS guidance department. I also encourage you to check the school’s Guidance Department website for resources and other information throughout the year.

Shelly Borg, Director of Guidance

CAP Program Seeking Volunteers

Are you someone who believes that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free?” If so, then join our dynamic team of trained volunteers in the Newton Public Schools’ Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program, who are committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they need to stand up for themselves if faced with a situation involving verbal, physical or sexual assault. We are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The next training begins the week of October 1819 Continuing Education Credits available for MSWs. For more information or an application, please visit our website or email Gail Sommer at

Register for Oct. 18 PSAT on Sept. 8, 10, or 11

The PSAT will be given at Newton South High School on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

  • Newton South students that are members of the Class of 2016 and the Class of 2017 are eligible to take the exam.
  • Home-schooled students who live in the South district may also register for the exam.
  • Students from other schools/school districts must take the exam at their own school.
  • An exam has been ordered for every member of the Class of 2016.
  • Registration for sophomores is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is no make-up date for the PSAT.
  • Please contact Maimonides School as soon as possible (617-232-4452) for information on testing options for students that cannot test on October 18 for religious reasons.

Information Regarding APPROVED College Board Accommodations:

  • Students that may qualify for approved College Board accommodations should have received information in January of 2014.
  • Students can contact their guidance counselor if they have any questions.
  • If a student has an I.E.P. with the Newton Public Schools, they are not automatically guaranteed approval from the College Board.
  • Students that have approved accommodations must bring a copy of their College Board letter with their SSD number to PSAT registration.

Registration Dates and Information:

  • Registration will be on September 8, 10, and 11, 2014 in THE CAFETERIA DURING ALL LUNCHES.
  • The exam cost is $30 cash or check. The check must be made out to Newton South High School with “PSAT” and student’s FULL name on the MEMO line.
  • Students that have approved accommodations must bring a copy of their College Board letter with their SSD number to PSAT registration.

Check back to the NSHS website for more PSAT information. If you have any questions, please contact NSHS faculty member Jennifer Dolan.

Host Family Needed for Chinese Exchange Teacher

If you and your family have ever wanted to know more about China, we have an extraordinary opportunity for you! The Newton Beijing-Jingshan School Exchange Program is seeking a family to host a Chinese teacher during the fall semester of the 2014-2015 school year. This is a great chance to learn about Chinese culture while sharing your own family’s culture and traditions. All participants speak English and are eager to learn about and take part in American family life. The teachers will arrive mid-September and depart mid-January. They will teach in the Newton Schools schools.

To explore this unique opportunity, please contact:

Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program

The Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program spring newsletter is available here. Please download the file and read about up-to-date program activities. For more information, contact Michael Kozuch at

Angier’s Final Fling – Thu., June 19, 6-8pm The Angier Field

Come join in the Final Fling of Fun as we celebrate all that our beloved Angier School has stood for all these years. Share your favorite Angier memories with your friends and neighbors as we have our Final Fling of Fun on the Angier Field on Thursday, June 19 from 6-8pm.  There will be bouncy structures, obstacle course, fun for all ages, food to purchase (Benny’s Crepes – sweet and savory) and some fun desserts. Come for the food and fun and stay for the friends to share your final memories of Angier. We hope you can join in this Final Fling of Fun. This is a community event. ALL are welcome! Spread the word.

Zervas School Expansion Survey

The Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council is sponsoring a survey to gather neighborhood input about the upcoming Zervas School expansion project. To fill out a very brief survey, please go to or call 617-340-9262 for more information or to get a paper copy. Click here to see the latest project plans from June 4. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Steven Feinstein at

Angier Project Update and Waban Area Council Meeting, Thu., June 12

There will be an Angier Project Update meeting on Thursday, June 12, at 7pm at the Waban Library Center. These meetings will be held regularly on the second Thursday of each month for the duration of the project. The Waban Area Council will hold its monthly meeting immediately following at 7:30pm. Please visit to view the agenda and learn more about issues of importance to Waban.

Part 5 of An Open Conversation Lecture Series for Parents of Teens: Don’t Hate, Appreciate, Thu., Jun. 19, at Newton Free Library

Learn more about talking to teens about body confidence, eating disorders and media literacy. How can parents start the conversation, model healthy behaviors and teach young people not to put others down based on looks. In the Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 7-8:30PM.

Fifth part of a five-part series of workshops for parents around the topics of wellness, stress management, and communication sponsored by The Newton Free Library and Newton Youth Services. This series is held in Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 7-8:30 pm and is free and open to all. As part of the Youth Stress grant awarded to the Newton Health & Human Services Department this program is being offered by Newton Youth Services and Newton Free Library in partnership with Newton Cares, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Riverside Community Care, the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology and the Multiservice Eating Disorders Association. Presenters include mental health professionals and experts in adolescent development and communications.

Child Assault Prevention [CAP] Program – Helping to Keep Newton Children SAFE, STRONG & FREE since 1991

Now seeking Volunteer Prevention Specialists for the 2014-2015 School Year (16 Continuing Education Credits available for MSWs). The CAP Program relies on trained volunteers to teach elementary students simple strategies to reduce their vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault. Volunteers work in teams, led by an experienced team captain. Training is provided. This year’s training begins October 18, 2014. Volunteer commitment is 4-6 hours per month, for one school year. For more information and to set up a screening interview please contact Gail Sommer, Director, 617-969-5906 x143, or Visit our website for more information.