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

Got Extra Storage Bins?

The Booster Club needs new storage bins—mostly large bins with lids or stackable milk crates, but also a few medium-size bins as well. If you happen to have any extra clean storage bins, we could put them to good use. Please leave them on the porch or in the driveway at 347 Central Street in Auburndale or at the side door near the driveway of 1 Rosalie Road.

Support NSHS Athletics with a Booster Family or Student Pass

Are you tired of your student(s) asking you for money for admission to the Football or Basketball games? Here’s a great way to save the hassle and support Newton South Athletics at the same time. Buy a Booster Family Pass ($60) for admission to all regular-season home football and basketball games for 4 people for the 2017–18 school year ($10 for each additional family member) or a Student Pass ($40) for admission to all regular-season home football and basketball games for the 2017–18 school year. Buy your passes here.

Reminder: Freshman Parent Coffee is Tomorrow at 8AM

The first freshman parent coffee will be held tomorrow,  Thursday, October 11th, from 8 to 9:30 AM at the home of Karly Salim at 15 Harwich Rd. in Chestnut Hill.

This is an opportunity to meet as parents to ask questions, discuss issues, and get to know each other. We have no set agenda, other than socializing and checking in with each other.  Parents are welcome to come late or leave early to fit their schedules.

High School Schedule Survey

For the past year, a committee of Newton South and North faculty members, as well as leaders from the Newton Public Schools, has been meeting to redesign our school’s class schedule. This work is a part of NPS’ effort to shift to later high school start times, which based on research, would provide students with the opportunity for sleep at more developmentally appropriate times. Based on extensive feedback from faculty, students, and families during the 2016-17 school year, the district determined that updating our high school class schedules would facilitate the shift in start times while minimizing impact on student, family, and community life.

During the 2017-18 school year, a joint working group from both high schools began the process of reviewing the current high school class schedules and gathering input from students. The current class schedules at NNHS and NSHS were designed more than 20 years ago. Since that time, many new models for scheduling have emerged that reflect the needs of today’s students and support best practice in teaching and learning. Key elements of those new models include: more embedded time for social and emotional learning as well as academic support, fewer transitions, more flexible times, and more student choice.

We spent time visiting peer districts and comparing their schedules to ours. Interestingly, we found that our current schedules are on the low end of our peer districts for creating flexible times for academic interventions, student choice periods, and social and emotional learning. When reviewing possible new schedules, we also saw the potential to consider increasing our longer instruction blocks during the week to allow for more in depth learning and student-centered, interactive teaching.  Rather than emphasizing total time on learning, optimal schedules focus on meaningful chunks of time in the right frequency to support student learning and engagement.

Now, we would like to hear from you about how the current class schedule works for you and your student. What do you like? What could be improved? We encourage you to provide your thoughts and opinions via this survey. Our next step is to take your feedback, as well as that of our students, and consider it together with the work done by our high school administrators, faculty, and staff. You will hear from us within the next few months as we prepare and share with you a proposed new schedule.

We are committed to developing schedules that maintain the academic excellence and breadth at both high schools while acknowledging the social and emotional needs of our students, as well as staff. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

PLEASE COMPLETE SURVEY HERE

Last Call for PTSO Fall Membership Drive! We Still Need Your Help!

Thank you to all our families who contributed by paying their PTSO membership dues. Through your generous contributions, we have raised close to $56,000. We would still like to get close to our original goal of $65,000 so we can pay for our  basic operating expenses and our SouthFest expenses.

Roughly 50% of our families contributed membership dues, and we are hopeful that we can get more families to make a contribution to the PTSO. Membership dues are the primary source of funding for the PTSO, and we count on that support to fund our contributions to departments and programs, the teacher grant program, staff appreciation, communications, and our student activities like Random Acts of Kindness.

If you pay your PTSO dues now, you can still get a paper copy of the family directory as well as access to the online directory. While we welcome contributions to the PTSO at any time of the year, it is more difficult for us to provide directories after the fall membership drive as we turn our attention to other PTSO work. If you paid your membership dues and would like to make an additional contribution to the PTSO, we would be very grateful for the help. Please click here to pay your PTSO dues or make an additional contribution. Thank you for your support!

Freshman Parent Coffee — Thursday, Oct. 11

The first freshman parent coffee will be held on Thursday, October 11th, from 8 to 9:30 AM at the home of Karly Salim at 15 Harwich Rd.

This is an opportunity to meet as parents to ask questions, discuss issues, and get to know each other. We have no set agenda, other than socializing and checking in with each other.  Parents are welcome to come late or leave early to fit their schedules.

Class of 2019 Fundraiser — Sunday, Oct. 14

Help our 2019 Senior Class raise some funds by starting your holiday shopping early!
You are invited for a fun afternoon of shmoozing and shopping for a great cause!
Please join us on Sunday, October 14 at 1PM at Deb Reich’s House, 5 Mary Ellen Rd, in Waban.

Can’t make it in person? No Problem! Shop this link online and a donation will be made with each purchase to help our seniors fund their year-long memorable activities!
https://www.stelladot.com/ts/px5jv

Thank you for Used Sports Equipment Donations!

The Booster Club raised $800 in our first used sports equipment sale this weekend.  We have quite a few items left, so we plan to have another on 10/13 and then donate the rest to Cradles to Crayons.  Thank you to all the parents who donated items and let us use your home as a drop-off location for the last 2 weeks!

Thank you to Eagle Leasing Company for donating a huge storage container to collect our donations!  We couldn’t have done this without your help! We have decided to make this an annual fundraiser on the last weekend of every September.  

Our next fundraiser is a mattress (not used) and bedding sale in November.  Our vendor will open up a mattress shop at the school offering all the major mattress brands at 30% less than the major retailer price.  Stock up on pillows, bedding, and allergen covers at a big discount! More details coming in October.

 

Close Up Program trip to Wash. D.C. info meeting — Wed., Oct. 10

Every year South sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to go on a week-long trip to Washington DC as part of the Close Up Program. Last year, Bob Parlin, Lisa Soo Hoo, and Jessica Engel brought 27 students to DC to learn about how government works and to gain a greater understanding of how their actions can make a difference.

This year’s trip is scheduled from March 3 to March 8, and enrollment is now open, with registration and a $400 deposit due by November 1. The week is truly a life-changing experience for many of our attendees, as they get the chance to meet with students from around the country to debate issues, hold a mock Congress, visit with our Senators and Congressman Kennedy, and become familiar with the city’s many monuments and museums.

If you are interested in more information about Close Up, go to www.closeup.org.  We will be holding an information session for students interested in the trip J-Block next Wednesday, October 10, in Room 2310. The total cost for the trip is $1732, and that covers the flight to DC, the rooming, the staff for the programs, the meals, and admission to the museums (most of which are free).  Partial financial aid is also available to those who qualify.

If you would like to register for the trip, just send an email to Bob Parlin atrobert_parlin@newton.k12.ma.us or Lisa Soo Hoo atlisa_soohoo@newton.k12.ma.us with the name of your child. They will then send you a code to register online. Close Up is a civics experience like no other, a program that we wish all South students could take part in.

South Stage Dog Auditions! Thursday, October 11, 5:30-8PM

Is your dog destined for stardom? Newton South Stage is looking to cast a small well-trained dog for their upcoming production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, performance dates October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30PM. Auditions will be held at NSHS on Thursday, October 11, between 5:30 and 8PM. Please click here to learn more and sign up for an audition slot (slots are limited so signup is required). Any questions, please email Jock Cable at cable.jdc@gmail.com.