The latest announcements from the Principal, PTSO, and NPS...
NSHS Principal Search is underway! Take this opportunity to have your voice heard regarding what’s important in the selection of a new principal for South. Please click to take the survey today!
We have 2 parent volunteers from South on the SAC. The survey feedback will provide input to all the SAC members interviewing the candidates. There will also be future forums with semi-finalists in early March with South students, faculty and parents.
Below is the email update sent by Superintendent Fleishman on January 13, 2021 to South Families regarding the Newton South Principal search process.
Dear South Families,
As you are aware, Mark Aronson is serving as Interim Principal for the school year, and will be leaving in June. I am grateful for Mark’s dedication and commitment during this very challenging year. I know Mark will do everything possible to support the school through the end of the school year.
Selecting a principal is one of the most critical decisions made by a superintendent. Principals are expected to provide excellent educational leadership, establish a positive school culture, and manage the daily operations of the building. We have formed a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) that includes administrators, faculty, students and parents/guardians. The SAC will conduct first-round interviews and recommend semi-finalists.
Parents and guardians will have the chance to meet the finalist candidates when they visit Newton South. We are also interested in getting your feedback on a series of questions as we begin the principal search https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QDC6ZLK.
While this has indeed been a most difficult year, we are excited about the opportunity to hire a new leader for Newton South, and I look forward to working with the South community as we embark upon this important task.
Superintendent of Newton Public Schools
Hello Newton South Families,
We really enjoyed meeting with many of our students on Monday for an optional informational session on hyflex. If your Newton South student was unable to attend, we would highly recommend that they view the slides and/or listen to the session recording prior to coming into the building. You may also find it valuable to watch this presentation alongside them to find out more about our HyFlex safety precautions and to get a sense of what your student’s day will be like.
We are also holding an optional Student Q & A Session during lunch on Monday, January 25, from 12:20 – 12:55; your student may also find it helpful to attend this. All students can get the Zoom link for this in their Schoology calendars. As always, we welcome one-on-one conversations with any of our students whenever they would be helpful. Please encourage them to reach out!
We are so excited to begin this next chapter with your child!
All the best,
Marc Banks, Goldrick House Dean
Josepha Blocker, Cutler House Dean
Meaghan Martin, Wheeler House Dean
Charlie Myette, Goodwin House Dean
Hello Students and Families,
Please see this important letter regarding second semester (term 3 and term 4) schedules posted on Aspen, and the form to fill out if you are requesting a move to distance learning as we begin the hyflex model on 1/28.
The change request form is due Mon. Jan 25th.
Any updates to schedules & classrooms will be posted on Aspen on Wed. Jan 27th.
NSHS Interim Vice Principal
Please view the details of the upcoming Grade 9 Orientation in January for cohort B and Remote 9th Grade Students’ Last Names = Lo – Z.
Please note the following dates regarding Term 2, HyFlex schedule this week, and report cards from Interim Vice Principal Chris Hardiman.
1. Last day of Term 2 for seniors was Friday, 1/22.
2. Last day of Term 2 for 9th, 10th and 11th graders is on Tuesday, 1/26 (and report cards will be posted Friday, 2/5 by 5:00pm).
3. Tuesday, 1/26: ALL classes for ALL grades are asynchronous EXCEPT for community and flex block, which will be synchronous. Teachers of juniors have been asked to assign limited work this day because more than half of the junior class will be taking the PSAT’s from 9:15am to 1:00pm that day (and some students who receive accommodations won’t be done with testing until 2:30pm)
4. Wednesday, 1/27: 9th grade orientation for cohort B and remote students last name LO – Z and asynchronous work for ALL grades (more info will be shared by Mx. Tori Parker, Student Life Coordinator)
5. Thursday, 1/28: First day of Hyflex for COHORT B! We look forward to seeing you in person and continuing to connect with our distance learners.
6. Friday, 1/29: Report cards for SENIORS ONLY will be published in Aspen by 5:00pm
On Tuesday, January 19, the South Deans hosted a student webinar during Flex Block (3:10PM – 3:55PM).
Click to view the presentation slides and/or listen to the session recording. Building, health and safety and classroom protocols are reviewed.
All previous news and updates on HyFlex can be found at the Newton South PTSO website under ther FAQ section HyFlex Updates: https://newtonsouthptso.org/frequently-asked-questions/hyflex-updates/
Coach Rotatori let us know that the Strength and Conditioning Clinic have a large group of students participating. The athletes are following intense workouts and they come each early morning ready to excel.
Unified Strength and Conditioning team meets online each Wednesday. Eight partners and athletes form this new program at South. Coaches Strongin and Deleski report that the team is working hard and enjoying this new athletic opportunity.
The girls’ Co-Op Hockey team completed a four games-series vs Braintree. The Crush tied one game, won one game, and dropped 2 vs the Wamps. They are practicing this week while waiting for the Walpole team health report.
The boys’ gymnastics team opened their virtual season on Tuesday. The scoring will be released when their opponent completes the series this weekend.