Category Archives: From the PTSO

The Booster Club Is Looking for Volunteers!

The Booster Club needs a new treasurer for 2019–2020 (and beyond, if available), and we can always use more help with Spirit Gear sales and other fundraising events. If you can be of assistance, please send an email with your contact information to president@nsboosters.com. If you can take on the Treasurer position (thank you!), it would be helpful if you could start training this year.

Check Out the Latest Newton South Wellness Newsletter!

The Wellness Department at Newton South publishes a regular Wellness Newsletter to share news of a variety of wellness initiatives around the school, to motivate, and communicate the values of living a wellness lifestyle to students, faculty/staff, and community members. For the latest issue, please see Newton South Wellness Newsletter – V3 IS 2.

From the School Nurse

Please see the December 2018 newsletter from the nurse for information about common winter illnesses, what do to, and when to keep your child home.

Planning Meeting for GELF Benefit Dinner on Wed., Jan. 16

Global Educational Leadership Fund (GELF) needs you! Announcing the 1st planning meeting on Wednesday, January 16 at 7 pm at Newton North, room 103, to begin planning for our annual GELF Benefit Dinner—a community celebration which includes a fabulous dinner, live music and dancing, an amazing auction, and much more. Join our team! Meet other parents! Donate a little time! Be creative and have fun! Make a difference in a student’s life and help make dreams come true!  Join us on January 16 at 7 pm at Newton North to learn more about how you can get involved.
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Urgent: We Need Parents to Join the Search Committee for Wheeler House Dean

Our wonderful Wheeler House Dean Donna Gordon is retiring at the end of the year and the search for a new dean is underway. The PTSO is looking for 2 parents to sit on the screening committee for the search.  Ideally, we would like Wheeler House parents to serve on the search committee.  In February, there will be an opportunity for all interested parents to meet the finalists and provide feedback. The search process will be fairly intense, requiring two one hour after school meetings to identify values and sort through candidates as well as two all day (8 hour) interview days in the last week of January. There will likely be one post-interview afternoon meeting as well.  The first meeting of the search committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th from 2:45 to 3:45. If you are willing to serve on the screening committee, please submit your name as soon as possible to info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Looking for Parents to Join the Search Committee for Wheeler House Dean

Our wonderful Wheeler House Dean Donna Gordon is retiring at the end of the year and the search for a new dean will begin in January. The PTSO is looking for 2-3 parents to sit on the screening committee for the search. The search process will be fairly intense, requiring a few after school meetings in mid-January to identify values and sort through candidates as well as 2-3 all day (8 hour) interview days in the last week of January.  The number of interview days depends on the number of finalists the committee selects to interview.

Ideally, we would like Wheeler House parents on the search committee. In February, there will be an opportunity for all interested parents to meet the finalists and provide feedback. If you are interested in serving on the screening committee, please submit your name as well as a brief paragraph explaining your interest to info@newtonsouthptso.org by December 22nd.

Thanks to Our Parent Volunteers

Many thanks to Heidi Gambino, Suzanne Feldman, Jan Small, Ginna Martin, and Pam Weinfeld, our parent volunteers who helped to set up the food for teachers before the evening Parent-Teacher Conferences last Thursday.  There was lot to be done in a short period of time and we could not have done it without you!

Still Need Volunteers to Help with Setting up Faculty Appreciation Event on Thurs., Dec. 13

On Thursday, December 13th, the PTSO will be providing some snacks for the teachers prior to the evening Parent-Teacher Conferences.  The plan is to set up food in the break rooms in each house office and the main office. We still need three volunteers from about 2:30 to 3:30 to help with the set up. This mainly involves setting up the break rooms with plates/napkins/utensils/water as well as delivering and setting up the food in each break room. If you are able to help with this, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

NSHS School Council Meeting – Tues., Dec. 11 at 4:30PM

The next meeting of the Newton South School Council is on Tuesday, December 11th 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.

WISE Program Seeking Job Shadows and Internship Opportunities for Students

The WISE Program is turning to the community to help us secure job shadow or internship opportunities for our students. The WISE (WISE Individualized Senior Experience) Program allows second semester seniors to complete projects or job shadows/internships of their own design and receive academic credit. WISE helps seniors develop skills that they will need as they leave high school for college, work, or a gap year. Many of the 100 students participating in the WISE program this year are interested in exploring a career through a job shadow or internship. Our placements start at the beginning of April and run through the end of May. WISE students complete either part-time or full-time placements depending on their schedule and that of the agency.

Our WISE students have had so many positive experiences at agencies and businesses in Newton in the past. We are looking for placements for our WISE students in these areas this year:

  • Medical practice offices (pediatrician, dermatology, gastroenterology, for example)
  • Businesses – marketing, public relations, product development
  • Pharmaceutical

If you are able to sponsor a student at your place of business, office, or agency please contact Marla Wiener (marla_wiener@newton.k12.ma.us).
Thank you.