This Week’s Updates Sept 5, 2022

We are excited to welcome students to Newton South on our first day of school, Tuesday, September 6. School runs from 9:00 AM – 3:25 PM on Tuesday (9:00 AM – 3:45 PM on other days of the week).


Here is a copy of the schedule. Grade 9 students will arrive at 9 AM following the regular bus schedule (see below). For students in grades 10 through 12, buses will start their run at 12:00 PM for an arrival to South by 12:30 PM. They will otherwise follow the same stops in the bus schedule detailed in the next section. Note that lunch will only be provided for grade 9 students.


The bus schedule for Boston routes can be found here.


Student schedules were posted to the Aspen homepage on Friday, September 2. Please follow this schedule for A-G blocks on the first day of school. If you have any questions about your schedule, please see your counselor at the start of school.

WIN Blocks for the Week of 9/5 – 9/9

We will follow a regular schedule on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week. However, students will not be signing up for WINs this week. Instead, there will be special programming that students will go to based on their grade.


Please see this document for more information.


September 8 is Student Photo Day

Students in grades 9 – 11 will be taking their photos on Thursday, September 8. Students will be called down with their class to take their individual photo in Gym B. Please listen for announcements throughout the day and go with your class when you are called.


Here is the detailed schedule.


Students and families: Click or tap on the picture at the left to learn more information about ordering pictures. You can go to and enter code 3597523. If you or your family have any questions about ordering pictures through Legacy Studios, you can reach out to them directly at

9th Grade/New to South Night on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM

New to South and 9th Grade Parent Night will be held on Thursday, September 8 for families of 9th graders and families of students who are new to South. This event will run from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and be held virtually. See below for the webinar link:

Passcode: newlions


This will be an opportunity for families to meet the deans and counselors, learn more about Newton South, and ask questions. The webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to make it and/or wish to rewatch the webinar at a later date.

The South Stage Frosh Play Starts Monday, Sept. 12

The Frosh Play is a no-cut, low-stress way to get involved in South Stage, make friends, and connect with the school. Actors should attend as much as possible the week of Sept. 12 after school (MWTHF 4-6 pm, T 3:30-5:30). We will play drama games and read from the scripts we are considering. At the end of the week, everyone will be cast in an evening of 10-minute plays to be performed on Oct. 20-22. Ninth graders interested in backstage crews are welcome to attend the first week or go directly to Lab Theater. Visit for more information about the Frosh Play and tech opportunities.


Upcoming Family Events
  • Thursday, September 15, 7:00 PM: Back to School Night (in person) (slight time change)
  • Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM: Senior Parent Night (Virtual)

Other Information

August 31 District Newsletter

The most recent district newsletter was released on Wednesday, August 31 and can be found here.


Note that this newsletter has updated Health and Safety guidelines for the 2022-2023 school year.

Bus Passes

To download your bus pass from Aspen:

1) Log into Aspen

2) Click on Family Tab at the top

3) Click on Child’s Name

4) Click on Documents Side Tab

5) Look for and download Bus Pass 2022-2023 document


Your pass will have the 4-digit number on it, but also use the bus schedule to determine what letters (i.e., AA, VV) go with that bus, as that is what you will see in the bus’s side and rear windows.


Newton bus routes can be found here.

Boston bus routes can be found here.


Don’t have a bus pass but want one? Bus registration has re-opened. Visit this page to learn more.


If you have any questions about the buses, please reach out to Transportation at

Meals at NPS This School Year

Please see the following reminder from the district newsletter regarding School Meals at NPS:


Once again this year, Massachusetts will provide free meals in schools. However, the program this year is different from the last two years. Please read to understand the differences and actions you must take.


What is free?

FIRST meals are free for all students. However, SECOND meals and A LA CARTE ITEMS (at middle/high school) must be paid for with cash or through the MySchool Bucks account.


What is the cost of a SECOND meal?

The student charge for second meals is $5.50 for middle and high school students.


What do you mean by “all meals must be validated by student?”

This means that all student meals will be served from the cafeteria and each student must have their meal scanned at the Point of Sale register – even though the first meals are free.


How can I pay for SECOND meals and A LA CARTE items?

Please create or check your family MySchoolBucks lunch account to ensure there are funds available if your child purchases a second meal or a la carte items (middle and high school only).