Category Archives: From the PTSO

Still Hoping to Reach Our Goal for PTSO Dues!

Thank you to all our families who have paid their PTSO membership dues so far. Membership dues are the primary source of funding for the PTSO, and we count on that support to fund our contributions to departments and programs, the teacher grant program, staff appreciation, communications, and our student activities like Random Acts of Kindness.

We have raised close to $48,000 but we are still hoping to get to our goal of $65,000. If we reach the $65,000 goal, we can pay our operating expenses for the year and also pay for SouthFest, the PTSO sponsored party after the prom. Raising enough money to pay for SouthFest now has two big advantages. First, we can plan in advance for the evening’s entertainment (75% of the expenses are for entertainment). We will be able to reserve and put down deposits early, knowing we can bring the same level of great activities to our seniors this year. And second, we won’t have to go back to you in the spring with repeated requests to help us raise the funds for SouthFest. So far, fewer than 50% of our families have paid their PTSO dues, so we are optimistic that we can hit our fundraising goal if we can increase the participation rate.

If you pay your PTSO dues now, you can still get a copy of the directory at Back- to -School Night without waiting in line to pay. Please click here to pay your PTSO dues or make an additional contribution. Thank you for your support!

Important Information About Back-to-School Night on Wed., Sept. 26 at 7:00PM

Back-to-School Night, this Wednesday, September 26, at 7PM, is an important time for parents/guardians to meet their students’ teachers and learn about what happens in the classroom. Vice-Principal Candice Beermann sent  an email to families on Friday  with details about the evening. Parents can access a copy of their schedule for the evening in the Aspen Family/Student portal by going to the published reports section on the right where you will find a document entitled “Back to School Night South”. Students will also receive a paper copy of the schedule in advisory on Tuesday. Ask your student for your copy.  A map of the school can be found here.

Back-to-School Night is the busiest evening of the year at Newton South. Please keep in mind that Brandeis Road will be one way between the school’s main entrance and Greenwood St. for the evening. Parking can be a challenge so consider walking, carpooling, or parking by Oak Hill or Brown. Please leave enough time to pick up your directory and navigate your way through South to your first “class” at 7PM. We hope you have time after picking up your directory to socialize with friends  but we ask that you move into the cafeteria to catch up because it gets very crowded in the main hallway and slows down the directory distribution process. Also, please be respectful of the school’s neighbors and their driveways. Wear comfortable shoes—there is lots of (brisk) walking.

Student Directory pick up will start at 6:15PM by the main entrance, continuing throughout the evening. See the following post.

The Spirit Gear Table will be open at 6:15PM on Back-to-School Night.
Parent nights are always very busy at the Spirit Gear table, so we will be open early this Wednesday for anyone who wants to get their shopping done before it gets crowded. We have re-stocked our inventory and have some new colors and sizes available.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at Back-to-School Night!


Information on Directory Distribution at Back-to-School Night: Volunteers Still Needed

Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 26  is the night for distribution of the PTSO Student Directory. Student Directory pick-up will start at 6:15PM by the main entrance, continuing throughout the evening. Paying before September 25th will speed up the distribution process. Payment information is available here  The suggested donation is $70 and extra directories are $10. We are grateful for any additional donations. If you are unable to pick up your directory on Back-to-School Night, we will distribute those directories to the house offices within a week (so have your child check in his/her house office after October 4th. Directories will be labeled with your child’s name).

We are looking for volunteers to help with directory distribution. We have one volunteer slot still open for the shifts prior to the start of the teacher presentations, and we are still looking for a few current parents to volunteer from 9-10PM with some end of the evening tasks.  In addition, we need some volunteers to help out from 7-9PM.  If you have friends whose kids have graduated, please encourage them to volunteer to help out for those shifts.

Early Release this Thurs., Sept. 27

Thursday, September 27th  will be an early release day for professional development. Buses will depart at 11AM. Click here to view the special schedule.

Reminder: Spirit Week Starts on Mon., Sept. 24!

Our first Spirit Week this year starts on Monday, September 24th, and includes a Pep Rally on Friday the 28th as well as several night games under the lights. Please encourage your student(s) to participate in this celebration of the Newton South community and fall sports by dressing for the following themes:

9/24 Blackout
9/25 USA
9/26 Tropical
9/27 Sports
9.28 South Spirit ( Orange/Blue)

Freshmen/Juniors: Blue
Sophomores/Seniors: Orange

And please support our teams by attending these games Under the Lights. Students wearing South spirit gear (South colors) will pay just $1 for admission. All games start at 7PM except Boys Soccer on 9/23 which starts at 6:30PM:

Sunday, September 23rd        Boys Soccer v. Acton-Boxborough   Tonight!!

Monday, September 24th       Field Hockey v. Westford (All  proceeds from the Field Hockey game will be donated to the American Heart Association)

Friday September 28th          Football  v Boston Latin

Saturday September 29th     Girls Soccer v Brockton

Reminder: Freshman play rehearsals begin Mon., Sep. 24

The Frosh Play begins rehearsals on Monday, September 24, after school till 5:30PM (students can get the late bus home). This is a no-audition, no-cut production: every student who comes to rehearsal will be cast in one or more speaking roles in a night of 10-minute plays. Actors should plan to attend as many rehearsals this week as possible, and should be available for rehearsal three or four days per week during September and October, and available daily in November. Performances take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 15, 16, and 17, at 7:30PM. More info is available at

South Stage Presents Hustle: Oct. 4-6 at 7:30PM

South Stage presents “Hustle” – October 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30PM in the Lab Theatre
Join us for the first production of the season! Written and directed by Newton South senior Bobby Lovett, Hustle tells the story of best friends Eli and Rosa. Rosa’s been getting stalked for a year by an old acquaintance from middle school named Alex. Now she’s dating him. Yes, it’s as convoluted as it sounds, and it only gets worse from here. When the melodramatic Alex goes to Eli for relationship advice, Eli reluctantly helps as best as he can. Upbeat humor transforms into a series of mental health disasters, leaving friendships in shambles and people unhinged as Eli scrambles to make things right, a job he knows he is unqualified for.Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase online from tomorrow (Monday, September 24) at or at the door.

Special Schedule for One School, One Question on Fri., Sept. 28

On Friday, September 28th, Newton South will hold its One School, One Question event.  You can view and download the schedule for One School, One Question here.

Voter Registration at Newton South, Wed., Sept. 26

The League of Women Voters will be registering students to vote in the cafeteria at Newton South from 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Wednesday, September 26th. Students who are 16 and 17 are eligible to pre-register to vote. You will need your ID number and can register with a drivers’ license number, learner’s permit number or the last four digits of your social security number.  Please see the LWV flyer for full information.

Booster Club Used Sports Equipment Sale on Sat., Sept. 29

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal on sports equipment! We have skis, boots, poles, lacrosse equipment, baseball gear, balls, gently used cleats, dance shoes and lots more! The sale takes place from 9 am to noon on 9/29. You can find the sale at the back of the school across from the tennis courts. Newton South High School is located at 140 Brandeis Rd in Newton Center. Come support Newton South athletes and get some great bargains!

If you would like to support the cause, we appreciate your donations of all gently used sports equipment. We will accept all equipment and apparel for all sports, including shoes/skates if they are in good condition.
Feel free to drop off gear near the door of any of the following dropoff houses:
347 Central Street in Auburndale
75 Dickerman Road
627 Chestnut Street in Waban
1 Rosalie Road off Dedham St (drop at door on driveway side of house)