Junior Parents’ Night – Thursday, January 15, 7:00pm in Field House (Snow Date 1/20)

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2016:

Happy New Year! It’s the time of year when we begin to focus much of our time and attention on juniors. The Newton South Guidance Department cordially invites you to attend Junior Parents’ Night on Thursday, January 15 at 7:00PM (snow date:  January 20) in the NSHS Field House. This important evening will formally begin the post-high school planning process.

No matter how long we have been working with high school students, it is always exciting to play a part in launching them into young adulthood. The evening of January 15th will allow us to introduce you to many of our resources and best practices for working in partnership with you and your son or daughter. Principal Stembridge will begin the evening, followed by Barbara Brown and Kathy Sabet, our College and Career counselors, who will talk about their important role in the college planning process. I’m pleased to also have an opportunity to speak with you abouthelping students maintain a balance in all of their activities, particularly with the addition of college and career planning activities.

Upon completion of the program in the Field House, counselors will meet with the parents/guardians  of their students in break-out groups. If you’re not certain who your son or daughter’s counselor is, please ask them. During the groups, a range of topics will be covered, including an admissions overview, testing schedules, researching colleges, gap year and other important information. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, but because we expect many parents to attend and hope to cover as much information as possible, please reserve specific questions about your child for another time. Counselors will hold Junior Planning Seminars with students on Friday, January 16 during B Block.

We know the college and post-high school transition can be a challenging time for parents and students, but I want to assure you we are here to assist through this important milestone. I hope all of your questions will be answered over the course of the evening, but even more information, please refer to the Guidance Department link on the Newton South website.

I look forward to seeing you on January 15th.

Shelly Borg
Director of Guidance