Category Archives: For Seniors

Correct Link for PTSO Fundraiser $4000 for Class of 2021

Each year, the Newton South PTSO organizes and funds SouthFest, an after-Prom celebration for all seniors and their dates at South.  While the pandemic has brought many challenges, the PTSO is focused on making this event happen for the senior class. With plans still being confirmed with the Mayor’s office, Parks/Rec and Newton Health & Human Services, we are moving forward to make this year’s SouthFest a safe, compliant, and most importantly, memorable evening for our departing seniors.

The PTSO and faculty have worked closely with the Class of 2021 officers and have submitted a proposed plan for a combined Prom/SouthFest event to Parks/Rec and Newton Health and Human Services.   The proposed event is planned for June 6 (rain date June 7).  In addition, we hope to provide year-end celebration events such as 21-Day Countdown celebration with food trucks during lunch blocks; and a last day of school event with banner signing and ice cream truck.

The PTSO has spent an average of $14,000 for SouthFest over the years.  This year, we budgeted $10,000 with the uncertainty of the school year.  But given the planned return of students to campus, we are asking for your help to fund a gap of $4,000 so we can celebrate the senior class in a safe yet festive way. The donations will fund multiple tents to comply with current social distance protocols and entertainment activities. And this year, donated funds will also help offset Prom ticket costs.

Donate today
http://newtonsouthptso.org/southfest/donation/

If you would like to contribute in a different way, we encourage you to be an adult monitor during the event as it will require more oversight.  The Class of 2021 is grateful for your support.

SENIORS – Cap & Gown Order Update!

ORDER DEADLINE April 16, 2021

IF YOU DO NOT NEED A CAP AND GOWN FOR ANY REASON, please let Mrs. Stonehill know as soon as possible at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us

HOW TO ORDER A CAP AND/OR TASSEL ONLY.   REMINDER – You must drop off or mail HARD COPIES of both the order form and your my school bucks receipt Julie Stonehill,  Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, 02459.

The ONLINE process:

  • Pay for your items on My School Bucks
  • Print out your receipt
  • Fill out the order form (Cap and tassel order form 2021)
  • Mail your receipt and order form to Julie Stonehill,  Newton South H.S.,
    140 Brandeis Road, 02459

The MAIL-IN process:

  • Send cash or check
  • Check must be made out to Newton South High School w/ “Graduation 2021” written in the memo space
  • Fill out the order form (Cap and tassel order form 2021)
  • Mail your payment and order form to Julie Stonehill, Newton South
    H.S., 140 Brandeis Road, 02459

The IN-PERSON process

  • Put your cash or check in an envelope
  • Check must be made out to Newton South High School w/ “graduation 2021” written in the memo space
  • Fill out the order form (Cap and tassel order form 2021)
  • Deliver your payment and order form to Mrs. Stonehill’s mailbox, which
    is located in the Goldrick House teacher’s room OR to the Main Office.

Seniors: Caps and Gowns, Order by April 16th

Hello Families of the CLASS OF 2021!

Save-the-Date June 10, 2021.  Time and schedule will be announced by South as soon as they are available.

IT’S TIME TO ORDER  YOUR CAP & GOWN FOR GRADUATION!  All orders must be received by APRIL 16, 2021.   If you have any questions, please contact Julie Stonehill at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us


Please see this Memo for detailed order instructions. and deadlines.

  1. You must create a MySchoolBucks account if you do not have one already, to complete the order form and payment. See MySchoolBucks instructions here.
  2. Download and complete the South CapGown Measurement Form.

IF YOU DO NOT NEED A CAP AND GOWN FOR ANY REASON, please let Mrs. Stonehill know as soon as possible at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us

Order Forms must be returned by April 16, 2021. 

  • Forms and receipts can be dropped off at school for those students who are attending in-person.
  • All other student forms should be mailed in to be received by April 16, 2021 to:

Julie Stonehill
Goldrick House
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

 

April 3 Deadline Class of 2021 Senior Baby Photos

Hello Class of 2021 Parents!

We have reserved some space in this year’s yearbook for the traditional display of baby pictures of this year’s graduates, and we want to invite you to submit a photo of your graduate by this time next week.

The instructions: 

— Upload a picture of your graduate in their younger and more innocent years to THIS FOLDER. (I’ll leave you to decide what constitutes a baby picture. In the past, we’ve had newborns up to pre-teens.)

— Please only upload ONE photo. We have a lot of details to take care of to get this year’s book done (close to) on time, so don’t have time to choose among photos.

— Once the photo is uploaded, change the name of the photo to the name of your graduate (so we don’t have 200 photos labeled image1114.jpeg and no way to ID them in the book).

— If absolutely you can’t make Google work, you can just email the photo to baronb@newton.k12.ma.us (I’m trying to keep a flood of these photos out of my inbox, though, so would really prefer it if you could use the Google folder directly.)

The deadline: End of the day, Saturday, April 3 (it’s a hard deadline, unfortunately. We need to get the book to the publisher as close to on time as we can.)

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. Baron baronb@newton.k12.ma.us

 

 

Ticketing/Towing Unregistered Cars at South

Juniors, Seniors, and NSHS Staff,

Please be aware:

As of Monday, 3/22/21, we need to begin sticker ticketing (the orange ones that stick to windows), and if it is a second+ offense – towing, cars parked without permits/placards on campus.

All WHITE lined spaces are Staff parking:

  •  any cars without NSHS Staff parking permit stickers will be ticketed (first offense) or towed (second+ offense).
All YELLOW lined spaces are PAID Student Spaces:
  • any cars without NSHS Student parking permit stickers/student placards will be ticketed (first offense) or towed (second+ offense).
  • these YELLOW numbered spaces are specifically assigned to individual students on their cohort days.
  • any unassigned car parked in a student’s paid space will be ticketed (first offense) or towed (second+ offense).

Staff, please be sure you have a parking sticker! (See Ms. Connolly in the main office if you need one!)

Students, we have very limited spaces left.  If you would like to purchase a parking space for the remainder of the year, fill out this form using your NPS email address.  The final lottery will be run Tuesday, 3/23, at 9am.  Be sure you enter before then!  Spaces this year are $75, which mirrors the bus fee and goes directly to the City of Newton (not South).

Don’t want to pay for a space?  The only place you can park on campus without being ticketed/towed are the few spaces next to the football field.  Be sure to get here early if you’re planning to park there!

Thank you, all!

If you have questions, please email Ann Dinsmore at dinsmorean@newton.k12.ma.us 

With love,

Mx. Tori Parker

Coordinator of Student Affairs and Restorative Practices

Department Chair of: EL, Campus Aides, and Library

Newton South High School

Newton, MA 02459

617-559-6700

AP Exam Update – Technology & Test Dates

Please see latest update on 2021 AP Exams from Mrs. Price.  Please contact her directly if you have any questions at pricem@newton.k12.ma.us.  

I am sending you information about communication, requesting a refund for an AP exam, selecting which device you will use if you are going to take an AP exam online, and update on test dates.

All students should: 

  1. Checking in with classmatesI have heard from some parents that their child is not receiving my emails. I want to ask you a favor. Can all students please check with classmates and friends to see if they received the latest information? If they haven’t, can you please share it with them? Thank you very much.
  2. Cancel an exam/Request a refund.  If you wish to cancel an exam and request a refund, you must log on to your Total Registration account to do so. A request for a refund must be made by 6:00 p.m. on May 2, 2021.
  3. Technology check-inThis year Mr. Brian Hammel, Instructional Technology Specialist at Newton South, is going to handle the technology preparation of the digital AP testing. Mr. Hammel will answer any questions you may have about the device you are going to use if you are testing online.  
  4. Technology requirements for online AP Exams. If you are going to take an AP exam online, I am adding the general technical requirements from the College Board 2020-2021 AP Digital Testing Guide for devices that will be used for taking an exam:
  • Each student will need access to a laptop or desktop computer (Mac, Windows, or school-managed Chromebook). iPads may be used if they fit the technical requirements.
  • The computer can be a personal computer (except for Chromebooks) or a school-provided computer but must not be shared between students after exam setup is completed.
  • Smartphones are not permitted for testing. Students’ personal Chromebooks may not be used for 2021 digital AP exams. ”
  • Contact Mr. Hammel with any questions that you have about the device that you plan to use. He can be reached at hammelb@newton.k12.ma.us. If you going into the building, you may meet with Mr. Hammel. His office is in the library behind the circulation desk.

It is important that you decide now which device you are going to use for online testing. Starting April 8, the College Board will send directions to you through your College Board account on how to download and install the digital testing application to your device. You will need to complete the exam setup for each exam you plan to take one to three days before each exam. You are responsible that your computer is ready for the exam. 

Update on 2021 Exam Dates

I am writing this email blast about the 2021 exam dates. Right now the College Board has everyone scheduled to take their exam(s) at South in person from May 3 to May 17. You will see that if you log on to your CB account.

In previous emails, I have let you know that we are using the in person dates for WL and Music, and that we are encouraging students to take all other exams online at home. Online exams will not be given at school.

Recently the Newton district administration decided to offer the dates from Administration One for those students whose families feel that an in person testing would better fit their child’s needs.

I apologize in advance for any and all inconveniences.  I am going to start making changes on Tuesday, March 16 afternoon. Please look at the changes and contact me with concerns, starting Wednesday, March 17. I would like to have this finished by Tuesday, March 23.

  1. Students who are taking a World Language exam or Music Theory are scheduled to take the exam during Administration 1. I am not going to change those dates. They are correct.
  2. I am going to assign all other students to an online testing date.
  3. If the test dates are correct, you do not need to contact me.
  4. Seniors and other students with obligations related to graduation/class activities and who are taking Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics Mech, Physics E & M, and Stats need to email me and let me know that a change needs to be made. I anticipate that other changes will need to be made as well. If you have already emailed me about a change, you can forward the same email to me.
  5. I am aware that some students may be double booked for two exams at the same time, and that changes may need to be made for students approved for extended time who have two exams on the same day. I’m not sure that there are great solutions for every situation, but I will do my best to try and make the schedule work.

Time to Order Caps & Gowns for Graduation!

Hello Families of the CLASS OF 2021!

Save-the-Date June 10, 2021.  Time and schedule will be announced by South as soon as they are available.

IT’S TIME TO ORDER  YOUR CAP & GOWN FOR GRADUATION!  All orders must be received by APRIL 16, 2021.   If you have any questions, please contact Julie Stonehill at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us


Please see this Memo for detailed order instructions. and deadlines.

  1. You must create a MySchoolBucks account if you do not have one already, to complete the order form and payment. See MySchoolBucks instructions here.
  2. Download and complete the South CapGown Measurement Form.

IF YOU DO NOT NEED A CAP AND GOWN FOR ANY REASON, please let Mrs. Stonehill know as soon as possible at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us

Order Forms must be returned by April 16, 2021. 

  • Forms and receipts can be dropped off at school for those students who are attending in-person.
  • All other student forms should be mailed in to be received by April 16, 2021 to:

Julie Stonehill
Goldrick House
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

 

Cisco Summer Externship for 2021

The Cisco summer externship is a fantastic experience open to any senior or rising senior.  Cisco has twice (!) been ranked as the #1 place to work in the world and this competitive program is a fantastic opportunity to learn about our Conscious Culture and what makes Cisco unique.

The summer externship is a 2 week, 100% virtual opportunity to learn about Cisco, Cybersecurity, design thinking, personal branding, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  We are accepting applications through April 4th.

Students must:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted)
  • Graduating in 2021 or 2022
  • Demonstrable interest in business and/or technology
  • Ability to work virtually Monday through Friday

Students can apply at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/fb5cd652154545afb5d02ab74fbbd9d3

For any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at stfriede@cisco.com

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Update on AP Exams

Please see the update below on AP Exams schedule at NSHS.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Price at pricem@newton.k12.ma.us

Mrs. Price will submit the AP exam order to the College Board this Friday, March 12, 2021.

All students should log on to their College Board account before this Thursday, March 11, 2021, and check that he/she can see the exams for which you have registered. If there is a problem, please contact Mrs. Price. 

The only students who can test with accommodations are those who have been approved by the College Board. If you have been approved, the College Board has assigned a Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) number to the student. s.

Students can receive a complete refund for his/her AP exams by logging on to his/her Total Registration account and requesting a refund. The deadline is May 2, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Starting May 3, 2021, refunds for AP exams will not be available. If you have a question about this, please contact Mrs. Price pricem@newton.k12.ma.us

 

Time to Order Caps & Gowns for Graduation!

Hello families of the CLASS OF 2021!

Save-the-Date June 10, 2021.  Time and schedule will be announced by South as soon as they are available.

IT’S TIME TO ORDER  YOUR CAP & GOWN FOR GRADUATION!  All orders must be received by APRIL 16, 2021.   If you have any questions, please contact Julie Stonehill at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us


Please see this Memo for detailed order instructions. and deadlines.

  1. You must create a MySchoolBucks account if you do not have one already, to complete the order form and payment. See MySchoolBucks instructions here.
  2. Download and complete the South CapGown Measurement Form.

IF YOU DO NOT NEED A CAP AND GOWN FOR ANY REASON, please let Mrs. Stonehill know as soon as possible at stonehillj@newton.k12.ma.us

Order Forms must be returned by April 16, 2021. 

  • Forms and receipts can be dropped off at school for those students who are attending in-person.
  • All other student forms should be mailed in to be received by April 16, 2021 to:

Julie Stonehill
Goldrick House
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459