Category Archives: From the PTSO

Post-Secondary Transition 101: Thurs., March 15 7-9PM

Post-Secondary Transition 101: Understanding Student Rights and Best Practices

Thursday, March 15th from 7-9PM in Rm. 304 of the Newton Education Center, 100 Walnut St., Newton

Transition describes the years (age 14 on) that a student is in special education when the IEP must focus on the student’s departure from special education into adulthood, a vision statement for post -secondary life, and getting the skills through IEP goals to make the vision a reality.

Julia Landau, Esq. of Massachusetts Advocates for Children will present on the law and what districts need to do to regarding transition assessment and services.

Jill Reynolds, Director of Disability Employment Programs at Public Consulting Group, will present on the value and best practices of a jobs program, a cost-effective transition cornerstone.

da Vinci Application for Rising Sophomores

Please click here for a link to the application for rising sophomores interested in joining the da Vinci program for the 2018-19 academic year.  The application is due by Sunday, March 18.

Information on the WISE Program for Juniors

Please consider the WISE (WISE Individualized Senior Experience) Program when thinking about your schedule for next year.  The Newton South High School WISE Program began in 2000 with 21 students, and this year there are 75 senior participants.  The WISE program offers eligible seniors the opportunity to work outside the classroom during Term 4 on a substantive educational undertaking of their own choice.  It is an exciting opportunity for students to work on an intensive project of their choosing focusing on one of four areas–academic, creative, community service, and/or career exploration.  Students may work in one area or combine several.  WISE encourages students to develop their independence, confidence, and sense of responsibility as they take charge of their own learning. WISE also helps provide a bridge from high school to college, to a gap year, or to work. Many of our WISE students look to our internships as an exciting way to gain experience or explore a career. Some examples of past projects/internships include:

  • Volunteer at the Dedham Animal Rescue League
  • Business Internship at TJX
  • Compose Music
  • Internship at the State House
  • Design a School Mural
  • Internship at a Newton Elementary School
  • Internship in Physical Therapy

WISE is a Pass/Fail elective class. Students receive academic credit for their work, and as part of the program, are also required to read material related to their topic, keep a journal/blog of their work and reactions, complete two interviews, and do a final oral presentation. Some examples of past projects/internships include:

More information is available on the NSHS WISE website.

Newton South Class of 2019 College Planning Guide is Online

The Newton South Class of 2019 College Planning Guide is now available online. While the majority of Newton South graduates pursue some form of post-high school education, the Counseling Department has designed this Guide to be relevant to all Newton South students and families contemplating college and other educational or vocational options. To access the online version of the guide, click here.

Term Three Wellness Newsletter

Please check out the latest issue of the Newton South Wellness Newsletter – V2 IS 3

Fundraiser for Speech and Debate Team at Chipotle on Tues., March 20

The Newton South Speech & Debate Team will be holding a fundraiser at Chipotle (on Needham Street) on Tuesday, March 20 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the Newton South Speech & Debate Team when you order. We get 50% of everything you spend!

South Stage’s performance of Cabaret will go ahead tonight (and Friday and Saturday) at 7:30PM in the Seasholes Auditorium.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.

Cabaret presents the cautionary tale of people who, while not directly contributing to the Nazi party, contributed to making a hospitable environment for the virus of fascism. Set against the debaucherous backdrop of Weimar Berlin, Cabaret asks the essential question of “What happens when good people do nothing to stop evil?” Bright lights and glamorous parties quickly descend into political turmoil, and characters soon discover that being complacent is just as bad as being complicit in the rise of hatred. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $10 for general admission, and can be purchased online at PG for language and mature themes.

Be sure to arrive early to browse South Stage’s Silent Auction. Click here for a preview of the fabulous items donated by local businesses and families!

Help to Support the Fine and Performing Arts by Donating to Success@South

Thanks to all those families who have already donated to the Success@South campaign to support fine and performing arts programs at Newton South! We still have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal and would appreciate any donation which your family is able to make. There is more information available on the PTSO website about the campaign including a great video where you can hear students talk about the importance of arts education to their high school experience.

New for this year’s fundraiser, we have some great T-shirts available for purchase. You can show your Fine and Performing Arts spirit while donating to Success@South.   We have three Varsity designs available for Music, Art and Theatre.  A special student designed T-shirt is also available.  To purchase a T-shirt, please click here.  All proceeds go to support Success@South. To make a donation, please click here.  Thank you for your support!

NSHS School Council Meeting: Tues., March 6 at 4:30PM

The next meeting of the Newton South School Council is this Tuesday, March 6 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.

Freshman Parent Coffee: Wed., March 7 at 7:45AM

Please join us for the Freshman Parent Coffee on Wednesday March 7 at 7:45 AM in the Newton South Faculty Dining Room.  Members of the guidance staff and House Dean Charlie Myette will join us to share information and answer questions.  Refreshments will be served.  Please feel free to come for whatever time fits your schedule.