School Council

The Newton South School Council is a representative school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, students and community members.  The council advises the Principal on budget, school improvement plans and other issues of general interest. School councils are required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.


Later High School Start Time

In 2014-15, the NSHS School Council collaborated to conduct background research regarding adolescent sleep and the implications of a later high school start time. The council also hosted a community forum on this topic in April 2015 and voted to endorse later high school start times in Newton, expressing strong support for NPS’s work to date on the topic in a letter to the School Committee in May 2015. Read the council’s year-end report to the South community here.


Huffington Post Viral Video: “The Case For Starting School Later,” (1:29), posted April 21, 2016

VIDEO: Dr. Chris Landrigan at the Community Forum, NNHS, 1/26/16 (22 mins)

Read the March 10th Boston Globe front page article HERE


Helpful Links

Adolescent Sleep & Later High School Start Time Resources

Later High School Start Time in the Media


High School Start Time in Newton

High School Start Time Working Group Website  (Newton School Committee)

Superintendent’s Letter to the Newton Community – Late Start Time (November 2015)

Superintendent’s Video on High School Stress: Start Time & Other Initiatives     (December 2015)

Dr. Chris Landrigan’s Presentation (PowerPoint) from the Community Forum at Newton North, 1/26/16


Growth Mindset

For the current academic year 2015-16, we will continue to support work on later high school start times throughout Newton as well as collaborate with the Newton North School Council to provide the South community with education and an opportunity for dialogue on the “growth mindset” and its applications to teaching, learning and students’ social-emotional growth.

Growth Mindset Resources (courtesy NNHS School Council)



Principal Joel Stembridge

Co-Chairs  Risa Shames and Chris Steele

Faculty/Staff  Deborah Bernhard, Jennifer Chen, Tom Lee, Charlie Myette, Marcia Okun and Kathy Sabet

Students  Kate Brandel, Sam Ganem, Deana Korsunsky and Morgan Truncer

Parents  Jodi Detjen, Sue Flicop, Liz Hiser and Kathe Shaw-Bassett

PTSO Rep  Emily Prenner

Contact the NSHS School Council

Agendas and Minutes