Category Archives: From the PTSO

Regular Schedule on Thurs., December 14

This Thursday, December 14, is the second day of parent/teacher conferences. Conferences will begin at 4:30PM, and school will end at the regular time for students. There is no special schedule for this day.

Children of the Candy Corn’s “The Annual Chili Cook-Off” show — Fri., December 15

Come see Children of the Candy Corn’s first show of the year, “The Annual Chili Cook-Off”!  A night of laughs and improv at Newton South High School.

Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm in the Newton South Auditorium.

Admission: $5 at the door (proceeds go to SouthStage).

We hope to see you there!


Families Organizing for Racial Justice Meeting — Wed., December 20

Dear Parents,

As part of our effort to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, the Newton Public Schools are focusing on helping teachers, students, and parents talk about racism and how to reduce bias. In order to facilitate this important work among parents, we have contracted with parent coach, diversity educator and NPS parent, Amy Behrens, to support parent groups working on community building and racial justice. She and her planning team of FORJ/RCI – Families Organizing for Racial Justice and awareness of Race, Culture, and Identity – are supporting parent volunteers from all of the Newton public schools on a monthly basis.

Parents can meet each other and form groups that facilitate the development of inclusive communities that promote racial justice. Our goal is to have an active team of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in the monthly all-school meetings, which offer opportunities for further education, team planning time and networking. Parents are welcome to join at any time.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, December 20th 7:30-9pm at Mason-Rice Elementary School (149 Pleasant St.). Superintendent Fleishman, Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets, and teacher Jen Tomaneng will be sharing and answering questions about the “Courageous Conversations” program being rolled out over a 5-year period in our schools. Schools teams may also have time to meet.

Please RSVP here or email Amy to let her know you’d like to be on the email list for more information about FORJ project.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Amy Behrens and the FORJ/RCI planning team


NSHS Marine Biology Students Fundraising for Water Filters to Help Puerto Rico

In response to the ongoing public health crises in Puerto Rico following the Hurricane Maria disaster, the students in B Block Global Marine Biology at South is fundraising in order to purchase much-needed water filters to be sent and distributed throughout affected areas of Puerto Rico.

Cash donations are appreciated, as well as checks made out to Newton South High School with “PRWater Filters” written on the memo line. Checks/cash should be brought to any of the house offices or to advisory teachers.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated, as lack of access to clean drinking water is an ongoing and critical public health concern in Puerto Rico.

The cost of one filter including shipping is $75. More information about where these filters will be sent and how they will be utilized can be found here. 

Prague Summer Program Informational Meeting — Thurs., January 11

We are happy to announce the Prague Summer Program.  SInce 1990, we have traveled to Central Europe to experience the history and culture of Poland (Krakow), the Czech Republic (Prague) and Germany (Dresden and Berlin) first hand.  This is an exciting opportunity for students to undertake an amazing trip while earning a semester’s history credit (2.5 credits). Please see the brochure: 2018 Prague Single Page Brochure

Date of trip: June 27 to July 14, 2018.

Cultural Enrichment: Architecture, Music, Theater, Field Trips to Auschwitz, Salt Mines, Lidice, Cesky Krumlov, Berlin Wall, Volkswagen Factory, Military Museum, plus much more.

Cost: $4,395

Please join us on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Newton North High School’s Film Lecture Hall for a short informational meeting for students and parents.  If you have any questions, please contact Albert Cho.

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences on Tues., Dec. 5 and Thurs., Dec. 14

A reminder that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, December 5 from 1:00 to 4:00PM and Thursday, December 14 from 4:30 to 7:30PM.

Winter Sports Season Starts

Welcome back, Winter athletes and coaches! We have 500 students participating this season! Please mark your calendars for the parent/athlete/coach meeting on Monday, December 4, at 7pm, at the Field House. Students and one parent must attend the meeting.

Early Release and Special Schedules – Tues., Dec. 5 and Thurs., Dec. 7

Students will be released early on Tuesday, December 5 for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Buses will leave at 1PM.  Thursday, December 7 will also be an Early Release for Professional Development. Buses will leave at 11AM.


Lions Pride Day

Lions Pride Day will take place on Tuesday, December 5, at 1:15pm,in the Field House. The event will be held on the early-release day. All Winter athletes are required to attend. Practices will follow this meeting.

NSHS School Council Meeting – Tue., Dec. 5

The next meeting of the Newton South School Council is on Tuesday, December 5th at 4:30PM in the Faculty Dining Room. Comprised of administration, faculty, parents, and students, the Council advises Principal Stembridge on budget, school improvement plans, and other issues of interest to the South community. Council meetings are open to all. For more information about the Council, click here.