Category Archives: From the PTSO

Please Help! SouthFest Can’t Happen without More Volunteers and Donations

We don’t have enough volunteers right now to run SouthFest safely and we really need parents to help.  At this point, we have some volunteers for the 11-1 shift but we still have too many empty slots to pull it off.  We have almost no volunteers for the 1-3 shift. We know you are busy and tired, and it is hard to ask you to stay up until 3 AM on a Tuesday night, but we cannot run SouthFest unless we find enough parents who will commit to one late night to ensure that our seniors have a safe and fun place to go after the prom. Senior parents cannot help that night so we depend on parents from other grades to volunteer. And you will get to take the year off when your kids are seniors!  To get to the sign-up page, please click here. If you have questions about any of the volunteer jobs, please email

We still need a lot more financial support as well. In addition to all the great entertainment options (inflatables, mini-race track, photo booth, psychics and tattoo artists), we have other expenses including decorations, police and fire details, and the custodial staff.  We need around $16,000 to cover the SouthFest expenses, and so far have raised about $5,000. We are thrilled to get donations of any amount and we thank you for your contribution. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here.

Senior Send-Off – Mon., June 4: Need Desserts and Volunteers

Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to provide desserts or help out at the senior send-off lunch on  Monday, June 4th.  We still need just a few more volunteers to bring in cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. between 7:00 AM and 12:30 PM, as well as parent volunteers to help clean up between 3:30 and 4:15.  Please click here to sign up.  Parents from all classes are welcome to sign up!

Reminder: Special Schedules for MCAS Testing – Wed. and Thurs., May 23-24

Math MCAS tests for Sophomores are scheduled at Newton South for Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th. Freshmen, Juniors, and Seniors will have a later start time both days. Click here for the bus and arrival schedules for those days.

Freshman-Sophomore Parent/Guardian Social: Thurs., May 24

Please join us for the Freshman/Sophomore Parent Social on Thursday, May 24th at 7:30PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St. in Newton Highlands. If the weather is good, we will be out in the yard. Enter through the gate on Bowdoin St. We will celebrate the end of the school year, and will have some time to talk about what is in store for next year and to answer any questions you have about the next step for your kids at South.  We hope that bringing the freshman and sophomore parents together at one event will give you the chance to meet more people and share experiences.

Book Sale: May 22-25 — Still Need Volunteers

The book sale is finally here (May 22-25) — and we need your help!

The schedule has many holes, especially on Monday afternoon (for setup) and also on Friday. Please check the signup schedule and see if we have a fit!

Many thanks to those who have already signed up, and to everyone who has donated books!

Also, don’t forget to send your student with money for the book sale. The summer reading selections will also be available for purchase! The students choose one of five titles, all books are priced at $12 each.


Dance Marathon Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital: Fri., May 25

All Newton Public Schools families and kids are invited to register for the first annual Newton South Dance Marathon to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Dance Marathon, organized by Newton South’s Raise A Smile Club, will take place on Friday, May 25 from 5 to 10 pm in the Newton South cafeteria. The evening will include performances by SASA’s Zamaana, Newtones, KungFu, and Brown Middle School’s DEAFinitely as well as food, raffles, tattoos, face painting, and, of course, dancing!

Register here!


Senior Information and FAQs

The PTSO website has an archive of all of the information that we have shared this spring – please take a look at the Graduation FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the details.

Senior Prom and Southfest

The senior prom will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston from 7:00 p.m.– 11:00 p.m.. Following the prom, the PTSO and SouthFest Parent Committee have organized an extravagant after-prom celebration at Newton South from 12:00 midnight – 4:00 a.m.  SouthFest is for ALL seniors (whether they have attended the prom or not), and prom dates.

Senior Check-Out

“Senior Check-Out” will be Monday, June 4th. Seniors should come to Gym B between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to fulfill any final obligations. This process takes about 30 minutes. At this time, seniors will receive their caps and gowns, graduation tickets, graduation parking pass and their cumulative records folder. They will also complete the final senior survey through Naviance, if they have not done so already, ensuring that South has the appropriate information regarding any final transcripts that need to be sent to the students’ chosen schools.

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation rehearsal is required for all who wish to participate in the ceremony and will be held in the Newton South Field House, at 1:15 p.m. on June 4th.  Following rehearsal, students can pick up their yearbooks if they haven’t already done so.  Then all seniors, faculty and staff are invited to a Senior Send-Off Lunch sponsored by the PTSO. The lunch will be held in the Student Center beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Graduation for the Class of 2018 will be held at the Newton South Field House, on Thursday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m.  Doors to the Field House will open at 4:00 p.m. and close at 4:45 p.m. for the processional of graduates.  Seniors should arrive at 4:00 p.m. to line up in Wheeler Commons.

Graduation Tickets and Parking

Each senior will receive 6 tickets and one parking pass for parking in one of the school lots. These will be given to seniors at Senior Check-Out on June 4th. If you need additional tickets, see if a friend has any extra or email your child’s house secretary to be put on a waitlist for extra tickets. During check-out, we will be collecting back any extra tickets that students do not need and will redistribute those tickets to families on the waitlist.

As per agreement with Newton Police and Fire Departments, Brandeis Road will be one-way eastbound from the Parker Street entry to the Greenwood Street end on the afternoon and evening of graduation. This one-way restriction will begin at 3:30 p.m. and end after the Newton Police deem it appropriate. Parking will be permitted on both sides of Brandeis Road where appropriate. You will not need parking permits for the spots along Brandeis Road.

Please see the Senior Graduation letter 2018 from the principal for more details.


Seniors Must Complete Graduation Survey in Naviance

All seniors must complete the Graduation Survey in Naviance. This is required in order to receive your diploma. For students attending college, please indicate where to send your final transcript through this survey. You may only request one college to send your final transcript.

To access the survey:  Login to Naviance>Click the tab(top right corner) About Me> My Surveys>Surveys Not Started> 2018 Graduation Survey

We advise you to do this sooner than later and fill out all areas thoroughly.

New Program Seeks Photo Equipment Donations

The “New Media Communities” program, a linked English and History class for 10th graders, seeks assistance for its fall launch.  The course aims to integrate media production into the traditional scope and sequence of the 10th-grade curriculum. David Weintraub and Jamie Rinaldi would like to have a few higher quality cameras on hand for students to use for their projects.  Do you have a DSLR or a digital video camera that you no longer use? They can also use any “no longer needed” photo equipment (tripods, cases, etc.).


Your donations will allow all NMC students equitable access to high-quality equipment. Please contact Jamie Rinaldi. Thank you.


SEPAC Presents Post-Secondary Transition Programming Talk: Thurs., May 31

Jobs Programs as part of Post-Secondary Transition Programming:                            Districts’ Obligations and Best Practices

Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 7:30 – 9 pm

Newton Education Center, Room 210: 100 Walnut Street, Newton, MA

Speakers: Julia Landau and Jill Renolds

Julia Landau, Esq. of Mass. Advocates for Children, Senior Project Director of Special Education and the Autism Center, will present on districts’ obligations to provide jobs programs. Attorney Landau has contributed to legislation such as the Autism Omnibus Bill, and ARICA (requiring insurance to cover autism treatment).

Jill Reynolds, Director of Disability Jobs Programs, of Public Consulting Group will present on transition jobs programs best practices. Ms. Reynolds helps public entities like cities, school districts, and state organizations set up disability jobs programs and collecting best practices.

Email with any questions.