The latest announcements from the Principal, PTSO, and NPS...
The Girls Ice Hockey program will start a new co-op next winter with Newton North. Interested students and their parents will meet at Newton North on Monday, June 18, at 5pm. The team will be Varsity level only. Please come to this meeting if you want to play in the winter.
The Boys Volleyball team faced Taunton on Tuesday, June 12, at the North Sectional Semifinal. The team fought hard against a strong opponent but fell short in their great effort. We said farewell to our four seniors and thanked them for their commitment to the sport. Ariel Fine and Josh Kos were selected by Mass Boys Volleyball to play at the All-Star game—congratulations!
George Winkler (“Wink” or “Coach”), a former Newton South Athletic Director, passed away on Monday, June 4, at the age of 91 surrounded by his family. George served in the Marine Corps before his career in education. He was a graduate of Boston University, where he earned 11 varsity letters playing football, basketball, and baseball. He was a favorite receiver of quarterback Harry Agganis. He was inducted into The Agganis Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the Agganis Foundation. Coach Winkler was devoted to his student-athletes and a mentor to many. The Newton South High School field is named in his honor. George had been inducted into the NSHS Athletic Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts HS Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame.
The last day for ImPact testing for incoming Freshmen and rising Juniors will be Monday, June 18. Please sign up online to reserve a spot.
The Booster Club will be collecting gently used sports equipment in September. As you clean out your garage, basement, attics, and sheds this summer, please consider donating any gently used sports equipment to our first-ever NSHS Booster Club Ski and Sports Equipment Sale in September. Here’s your chance to donate unused sports equipment for a good cause! We’ll take bikes, skis, skates, cleats, dance shoes and apparel, balls, sticks, golf clubs, scooters, racquets, pads, helmets, skates, mats, snowboards, bocce sets, roller blades, bats and gloves, equipment bags, and any other sports equipment or apparel in gently used condition (less than 5 years old). We’ll announce drop-off times and locations at the beginning of the 2018–19 school year.
On Thursday, the Art Department is hosting a Create Art/Create Community Day to bring students together to hang out, make art, and eat ice cream. The PTSO is going to help out with the ice cream part of the event as our last Random Acts of Kindness activity for the year. We could use six or seven parent volunteers at the end of the day to scoop ice cream and help with restocking supplies. If you are available from 2:15 to 3:45 to help out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers who volunteered at SouthFest! With your help, we were able to provide our seniors with a fun and safe place to go after the prom. We had great decorations, wonderful food (the kids were very hungry!), and lots of fun activities. We could not put on SouthFest without the support of all of the parents who show up to decorate, chaperone, serve food, check the kids in and out, work at the casino tables, and clean up. It was a late night but it was fun!
Special thanks to Heidi Gambino who once again worked her decorating magic and turned the school into a festive luau. Also a huge thank you to Elyssa Freedman and her fantastic team including Jonathan Freedman, Michael and Svet Levin, and Peter Shaevel who solicited a truly awesome spread of food and then set it up, served it, and cleaned it up. We are also very grateful that Andrea Cymbalista Cohen came out of retirement to give the food committee the benefit of her long SouthFest experience.
While the party is behind us for this year, we have not raised enough money to cover our costs. We are still about $4,000 dollars short of our $16,000 fundraising goal (most of the money goes to pay for the entertainment–inflatables, casino, arcade games, photo area, psychics and tattoo artists). We had more kids this year than last year or the year before, and the seniors tell us that providing lots to do is a big draw for them to attend. We would like to continue to provide the same level of entertainment in the coming years, but won’t be able to do so if we can not cover the cost. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here. (online donations or checks both welcome). Thank you for your support!
The next meeting of the Newton South School Council is this Tuesday, June 12th 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.
Final exams begin on Monday, June 18th. For the schedule of final exams and the last day of school, please click here.
To thank our wonderful staff for the hard work they do all year long, the PTSO sponsors a breakfast on the last day of school. The last day of school for the staff is Monday, June 25th. We are looking for three people to pick up coffee and bagels before the breakfast and two or three people to help set up from 8:30 to 9:30 on Monday morning. If you are able to help for an hour, please email email@example.com.