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

Maxine Celeste Chansky Spring Tertulia – Thursday, April 12, all day in the Seasholes Auditorium. Parents welcome!

Newton South’s Spring Tertulia, an all-day dance, music and performance celebration in memory of former student Maxine Chansky, will take place on Thursday, April 12, in the Seasholes Auditorium. Parents are welcome to watch – there are reserved seats in the mezzanine. The event will also be live-streamed so that you can watch from home or office. To get to the livestream of the event, please click here.

The Spring Tertulia was conceived as a celebration of the arts in memory of  South student Maxine Celeste Chansky, and in honor of her graduating class of 1999.
The event was sponsored by the Maxine Chansky Scholarship Fund, a gift from Maxine’s family, in conjunction with the Newton South Enrichment Program. Continue reading

South Stage Class of 2018 Senior Curtain Call Souvenir Booklet

Calling all seniors who have ever participated in a South Stage production as a member of the cast, crew or pit orchestra! You are invited to submit your photo and favorite memories or words of wisdom for future South students to the South Stage Class of 2018 Senior Curtain Call souvenir booklet. Please click here to submit your comments and photo online by Tuesday, April 10. It’s very easy, and only takes a moment! Any questions, please email Anabel Cable.

Faculty Appreciation Breakfast is Wed., April 11: Last Chance to Participate

We are very appreciative of all that have volunteered so far to help with the final Faculty Appreciation Breakfast of the year but we still need a bit more help:

  • COFFEE (especially CUTLER)
  • BAGELS (Goldrick)
  • BAKED GOODS (Cutler
  • VEGGIE Platter (all Houses),
  • CHEESE Platter(except Goldrick)
  • FRUIT Platter (except CUTLER)
  • !VOLUNTEERS! -especially Set up for Goodwin, a few more Runners and Clean up.

To donate or volunteer, just click on the links below to see which houses are still in need of food/drinks or assistance.   We separate by house for organizational purposes but remember that your children have teachers from every house so you can sign up for any house regardless of which house your child is in as this is a schoolwide event. Please sign up today!





Donations can be dropped off directly at Cutler, Wheeler, Goodwin or Goldrick houses between 7:15 and 8:15AM on Wednesday, April 11.   Runners and set-up volunteers should meet in the Main Office at 7:15AM to receive their supplies and instructions.  Volunteers for clean-up are asked to be at the house kitchen at 2pm.

Please contact Laurie Utstein at should you have any questions.

We thank you for your participation!

Last Chance to Donate to Success@South!

Thanks to all of our families who have donated to Success@South.  We have raised 35% of our goal of $20,000 to support the wonderful fine and performing art programs at South.  We need to wrap up the campaign for the year, so if you have been meaning to donate, now is the time!   Please help us to finish strong by donating today. 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.  Thank you for your support!


Join Us to Help Beautify the South Grounds on Sun., April 29 from 12-2PM

Bring your family  and friends and join us in getting the grounds at Newton South ready for spring! On Sunday, April 29 from 12-2PM, we will be cleaning lawns and garden beds, spreading mulch, and planting flowers. Please bring gardening tools if you have them (rakes, shovels, buckets, wheelbarrow, gloves). This activity is part of the annual Newton Serves community event. Please sign up here.  Just scroll down and look for the Newton South activity listed on the sign up sheet.  We look forward to a great afternoon!

Newton South Annual Used Book Sale – Save the Dates!

This popular event will be held the week of May 21. We will need many parents (and students!) to help set up and sell during the week and of course we need your book donations! April vacation week is a great time to start spring cleaning! We need lots of donations: popular fiction, classic fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and non-fiction of all types. Books should be in clean condition (no mold) and relevant for our high school students.

There will be an Eagle storage unit parked next to Goldrick after April vacation and donation hours will be posted on it, as well as announced in the PTSO newsletter. Pickups can be arranged if necessary, more details after April vacation. Volunteer signups for collecting and sorting books and working the week of the book sale will be sent out in late April.

We are also looking for a new leadership team for the book sale after this year, please contact Suzanne Freudberg at if you are interesting in finding out more and shadowing this year. It’s a great community builder that the students and staff look forward to each year, as well as providing funds for the English department to use in a variety of ways.

Volunteer Opportunity: Host a Grade Level Parent Social in May

We need hosts for the last round of PTSO grade-level parent socials this May.  These are the spring equivalent of the parent coffees we hold in the fall, but we hold them in the evening so have stopped calling them coffees because it was too confusing! These fun and informative events take place in private homes, from 7:30-9PM. This year, we will combine the parent socials for freshman and sophomore parents into one event so that parents from the two grades can meet and share their questions and knowledge.  We need two hosts, one from the junior classes, and one from the freshman or sophomore class.  If you are interested in hosting, please email the PTSO.

Please Support SouthFest 2018

Planning is underway for SouthFest, Newton South’s after-prom event, organized and run by parent volunteers.  Our goal is to provide a safe and fun post-prom experience for seniors with or without dates.  SouthFest takes place at the school directly after the prom which is on Tuesday, June 5.  We have lots of food, tattoo artists, psychics, bounce houses, and other fun activities. Continue reading

You’re invited! Join the fun at the 10th Anniversary GELF dinner – Saturday, May 5, 6:30-11:30PM at Newton North High School

Want to eat well and do good? If you believe in the value of study abroad, come to the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF)’s annual benefit dinner at Newton North! You will

  • Enjoy a delectable five-course tasting menu paired with fine beer and wine.
  • Be served by Newton Public Schools administrators
  • Mingle with friends and community members
  • Revel in live music and dancing
  • Support a scholarship fund that creates transformational educational travel opportunities for Newton North and Newton South high school students through the Newton Public Schools

Buy dinner tickets or make a donation here.

See what the Newton TAB has said about the GELF dinner and the life-changing benefits of studying abroad here.

Spring Sports Challenged by Weather Conditions

Spring is here, and April showers (and snow) are testing our patience. We truly appreciate your understanding and flexibility adapting to the ever-changing weather. Newton grass fields are still closed due to the field conditions and the impossibility of making them safe to play at this time. Please check Twitter and the Athletics page for announcements of last-minute changes. As of today (Friday, April 6), we had to shift our JV and Varsity Baseball games to Cambridge in the hopes of playing the games. The Freshman game has been postponed to a later date. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 7) the Varsity and JV Softball games will be played at West Roxbury High School–Varsity at 11am, followed by JV. The Lacrosse and Track schedules have not been modified. Students should come prepared for all kinds of weather, and it’s a good idea to bring a large trash bag so they can keep their belongings dry.