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

Annual Campaign Kick-Off 2023/24

The PTSO uses the dues raised for direct support to each department from music to mathematics. We also spend dues on website, e-communications and directory software. In addition, we sponsor parent coffees, meet and greets, teacher and student appreciation events and fund staff grants. Please consider adding extra support so that we can plan full year of activities!


Classs of 2024 Senior Activities & Lawn Sign Donations

Hello Class of 2024 Senior Families!

The PTSO sponsors several end-of-year senior activites and we are grateful for your contributions now!  Click and scroll down to see the Senior-specific contribution options including:

  • Order a lawn sign (with or without your student’s name) and have it delivered right to your house.
  • Contribute to SouthFest, our well-attended and popular afterprom party hosted at the school which provides a safe AND FUN night for our seniors.
  • Contribute to the Senior Sendoff lunch, a great end-of-year tradition for all of our seniors.

2023 New Family Meet & Greet Zoom Meeting (August 28, 2023)

Our Virtual 2023 New Family Meet & Greet with Principal Stras, Vice Principal Williams and House Deans was very informative.  Thank you to all who joined!

Click here to watch the meeting.

Welcome Home – Welcome Back

Welcome home to Newton South and welcome returning and new families! We hope this email finds you and your loved ones doing well. 

PTSO Newsletter The PTSO works with South Administration and staff to communicate information in a timely manner, help support and engage our community for input and ideas, and to stay connected.. Please click here to subscribe to the PTSO Newsletter.


Your annual Dues donation is used 100% to support our school community and enrich the experiences of our students at South. The PTSO relies on annual donations of $70 from each Newton South family. 


Please click here to see the full list of open volunteer opportunities. If you have questions or you would like to volunteer for one of our committees please don’t hesitate to contact us at  Stay tuned for more news as we prepare for the start of the school year on September 5, 2023.

Stay well and enjoy the rest of the summer!

NSHS PTSO co-Presidents,

Maggie Schmidt and Will Adams

Volunteer Spots 2023/2024

Lawn Sign for Seniors


The window has closed for personalized lawn sign, however, we will be ordering a few extra blank signs. Please email if you are interested. You will be invoiced through PayPal or can write a check to NewtonSouthPTSO

All proceeds from this sale will go to funding SouthFest!

Meet and Greet Host Families

The new family meet and greets are a way we help new families become familiar with Newton South. The events are hosted by current families in their yards (or inside their homes) The host will typically have light snack or beverages available (not required). The principal, vice principal, and a dean will take questions for approximately one hour. 

The host family typically has an incoming 9th grader but is not themselves a new family to South. All meet and greets are held from 6-7. 

Thursday, August 17th 

Tuesday, August 22nd

Thursday, August 24th


Please email if you are interested.

School Council

We are looking for additional parents to participate in school council. School council is a 2-year commitment. If you child will be a senior 2023-2024 you are able to nominate yourself however your term will only be one year. 

If we receive more than 7 responses a vote will take place on June 4. Please nominate yourself by June 2. Email If you are planning staying on the board for your second year also email us to confirm. 

For 2023-2024 the Monthly meetings will be held the last Thursday of the month 6PM-7PM at NSHS. (3rd Thursday for holidays)

The PTSO school by-laws can be found here.

This is your chance to help make an impact at NSHS!

AP Coordinator

AP Coordinator is a year round position. During the year you will facilitate students signing up for the exams. This work can be done from home. You will work closely with our Vice-Principal, Jason Williams. The ideal candidate would be organized and responsive to student emails. 

During the first two weeks of May you will be at Newton South High school coordinating the exam. There are exam proctors, however, you will be there to assist and organize all day for two weeks. you must be available and at school the full day for those two weeks.

Lastly you cannot have a student taking the AP test.

Stipend is $4200

Interested candidates should email Principal Stras

SouthFest Fundraising

SouthFest is 3 Weeks Away!

Please donate today

Dues 2023/2024$38,604$50,000

It’s time to think about Southfest! Every year, the PTSO celebrates the senior class with an after-prom extravaganza held at a transformed Newton South. The entire class is invited – attending prom is optional – and the party includes food trucks, entertainment, inflatables, and more! 

For more than 20 years, this event has been free for all seniors and their guests. Because costs have increased this year, we are counting on senior parents and caregivers to help fund the festivities. The suggested donation is $40; any contribution, however, will help us create a fun-filled night for seniors to be together and make memories, right here in Newton.  

Please click here to donate to Southfest 2023. It’s a joy to see our kids reach the finish line of their high school career. Let’s send them off in style!