The latest announcements from the Principal, PTSO, and NPS...

Reminder: Freshman Parent Night is Tues., February 13

On Tuesday, February 13 at 7PM, parents and guardians of freshmen are invited to attend 9th Grade Parents’ Night in the NSHS Auditorium. You’ll hear information about upcoming freshmen events, transitioning to 10th grade, MCAS preview, and Q&A with Department Heads regarding program offerings and course selection.

Senior Prom Tickets on Sale

Senior Prom Information

Who: All NSHS Seniors and their guests

When: June 5th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where:  State Room, 60 State Street, 33rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Cost:

$85 – Wednesday, Jan 31st, Thursday, February 8th & Wednesday, February 14th

$90 – Wednesday, February 28th & Wednesday, March 7th

$95 – Monday, March 12th THRU Monday, March 19th

Ticket Sales end Monday, March 19th, J BLOCK. Tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria/student center beginning on Wednesday, January 31st. Tickets will be sold per the tiered pricing schedule above. Please make checks payable to Newton South High School with Student Last Name & Class of 2018 on the memo line.

Please find more detailed information and the permission slip here:  Class of 2018 – Prom Permission Slip Packet

 

Informational Meeting for Prague Summer Program: Wed., February 14

We are happy to announce that we still have LIMITED SPACES for 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 click here for more information and click here for the application.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 14, at 6:30PM 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.

**If you went to the first informational meeting, there is no need to come to this one.

Reception for parents of students on IEPs/504s: Thurs., March 1

To all Newton South parents of students on IEPs and 504s who are interested in a mingle/meet and greet with Melissa Gamble, Department Chair of Special Education, please join us on Thursday, March 1st in the faculty dining room at 7 pm.

Please RSVP using the doodle poll, and in the comments section, include your student’s grade, and 1 or 2 topics of interest to you. After you put your name in, scroll down to the bottom to find the comments section. Then just hit SEND. The deadline for RSVPs is February 23, 2018. Desserts and cold beverages will be served.

For more information, please contact Jo-Louise Allen, Newton South liaison.

 

Fundraiser for American Heart Assoc.: Thurs., March 1

Have some fun on Thursday, March 1, from 2:10-3:20 pm in the Field House while raising money to benefit the American Heart Association.

HeartChase is the American Heart Association’s good-cause competitive race with exciting physical activities that create awareness to prevent heart disease while also raising money to fund lifesaving research.

Teams compete against each other in fun, heart-healthy challenges that test knowledge and skill related to physical fitness, nutrition, and hands-only CPR.   We would like to ask you, as members of the Newton community, to consider helping Newton South High School raise money for HeartChase through a financial or an in-kind donation (an in-kind donation would include gift cards or food for after the event). Financial support will help us reach our goal of $1,000, while in-kind donations will be used to support the event and all of our participants.

With your support, our school can make a great impact on the health of our students and community.  The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Your gift will help fight our Nation’s No. 1 and 4 killers, heart disease and stroke, by funding research, educational programs and advocacy efforts in our community.

Heart Chase2018

 

Congratulations to the Newton South Jazz Ensemble!

Congratulations to the Newton South Jazz Ensemble, which earned one of three coveted spots in the national Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival in New York on April 20 – 22, 2018!  Newton South is one of only a dozen ensembles in total that will perform in the competition.

The weekend will start with a visit to a New York jazz club Friday night, followed by clinics with renowned artists, jam sessions with students from across the country, live jazz on Saturday and then the competition and awards ceremony on Sunday. This year’s festival also includes a film showcase, archival exhibit, student jams, a full day of instrumental clinics, a panel exploring the music of Charles Mingus, and performances from the Mingus legacy bands. All events are open to the public. More details to be announced here. 

 

Newton South Graduation: Thurs., June 7

As families begin to make plans for the coming months, we wanted to confirm that Newton South Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 7th from 5-7PM in the Field House.  We will send out more detailed information in the next few weeks.   In addition, the Senior Prom and SouthFest will take place on Tuesday, June 5th.

Flu Facts from the Nurse

February School Health Newsletter: Flu Facts

Local rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) continue to rise. They’re already higher than in the past few years with weeks of flu season still expected. We understand many families are concerned, so here are a few flu facts to keep you in the loop.

ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or a sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health posts a weekly flu update on their blog most Fridays with the latest information about how ILI rates are looking in the state.

It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without a medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. These guidelines are also good common sense for adults in the workplace. This checklist can help families determine when to stay home and when to return to school or work. 

The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns. It may seem elementary, but in conjunction with a flu vaccine, thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent all kinds of illness including the flu.

How to wash your hands:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.

Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Visit www.newtonma.gov/flu or call 617-796- 1420 to find out when the next flu shot opportunity is with the public health nurse at City Hall.

Some information adapted from here and here.

 

Success@South 2017-18: Campaign for the Fine and Performing Arts

 

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Success@South 2017-2018 Campaign Goal:  Raise $20,000 for the Newton South Fine and Performing Arts Program

The goal of the annual Success@South Campaign is to raise funds for a project which will have a direct, substantial impact on the student experience at South. Over the past few years, the parent community has raised funds to rejuvenate the library, build a STEAM lab for the DaVinci program, and revitalize the College and Career Center. This year we would like to provide some much needed support to our fine and performing arts programs.

Over 1500 students take part each year in one of many dynamic classes and programs offered by the Fine and Performing Arts Department. A glance through the program of studies showcases an array of wonderful opportunities–photography, painting, glass techniques, ceramics, acting and directing, technical theater, music production, jazz ensemble, ukulele, bucket drumming, and many, many more.  We are fortunate to have twelve teachers and a technical director who devote themselves to opening new avenues for creativity, curiosity and community to our kids through this amazing array of art offerings. In this video, More From Our Kids, you can hear firsthand from South students about the vital role of the arts in their education.

However, the capacity of the arts program at South to provide a first-rate learning experience is hampered by a lack of equipment and materials as well as an overreliance on outdated equipment.  The growth of the student body at South has outpaced the resources of our arts program.  The NPS Budget allocates only $7 per student for art each year. By providing more and better equipment and materials through our fundraising efforts, the Fine and Performing Arts Department will be able to increase the number of students who can participate in arts programming. The department will also be able to significantly enhance the experience of students who will spend more time doing art and less time waiting to use limited or poorly functioning equipment.

Arts education is a critical component of the learning experience for our children. By participating in art programs, our children learn valuable lessons in creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. In addition, the arts provide many students with a place to build their confidence and to let loose and have fun. For more information on the financial constraints and needs facing our arts programs, click on Success @ South/See and Be Seen. Please help to support our exceptionally important arts program by making a contribution to Success@South. Contributions to Success@South are tax deductible and may be eligible for matching funds from your employer. Please click here to donate. We thank you for your support.

WISHLIST ITEMS:

  • Digital and Video Cameras
  • Musical Instruments
  • Ceramic Wheels
  • Secure Storage Areas for String Instruments
  • Appropriate Speaker for the Band Room
  • Printer and Ink for the Fine and Performing Arts Computer Lab
  • Display Cases and Boards to Showcase Student Art

 

Informational Meetings

  • Baseball: Wednesday, February 14, after J-block in the Wellness classroom. Coach Aiena will attend the meeting.
  • Boys Tennis: Wednesday, February 14, in room 3101 at the end of J-block.