Category Archives: For Freshmen

Picture Day Postponed

Picture Day will not be happening tomorrow, September 14, 2021. The photographer has postponed. More information to follow.

Freshman Parent Meet & Greets

Welcome Parents/Guardians of  Class of 2025!

Come meet some of our fantastic South Team! Principal Stras, Vice Principal Williams and one or two House Deans  will speak and be available for questions at our Parent Meet and Greets.

These meetings are for adults only, parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time.

If you are unable to attend, please click here to submit questions. We will be posting an FAQ for incoming families.

 

To RSVP or to update your response, please click on the links below:

    • Tuesday, August 24th, 6-7PM (METCO)  930 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124. Click here to RSVP.
    • Wednesday, August 25th, 6-7PM 19 Waldorf Road Newton Highlands, MA 02461  Click here to RSVP FULL
    • Thursday, August 26th, 6-7PM 41 Varick Hill Road Waban, MA 02468   Click here to RSVP.
    • Monday, August 30th, 6-7PM 19 Crescent Ave Newton Centre, MA 02459   Click here to RSVP.FULL
    • Tuesday, August 31st, 6-7PM 25 Devonshire Road Waban MA 02468. Click here to RSVP.
    • Thursday, September 2nd, 6-7PM Zoom Virtual Meeting, Click here to RSVP

 

Please be aware in addition to these PTSO sponsored events there are 3 Principal/Vice Principal meetings sponsored by NSHS September 15, 21, and 30th. In addition to a NSHS sponsored Freshman/New Family Orientation September 14 6:30-8PM (more information to follow)

If you have any questions, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org. Thank you, and Welcome to South!

reminder

Don’t forget to activate your directory entry and pay your dues!

Freshman Parent Meet & Greets

Welcome Parents/Guardians of  Class of 2025!

New spots open:

  • Thursday, August 26th, 6-7PM 41 Varick Hill Road Waban, MA 02468   Click here to RSVP.
  • Thursday, September 2nd, 6-7PM Zoom Virtual Meeting, Click here to RSVP

Come meet some of our fantastic South Team! Principal Stras, Vice Principal Williams and one or two House Deans  will speak and be available for questions at our Parent Meet and Greets.

These meetings are for adults only, parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time.

If you are unable to attend, please click here to submit questions. We will be posting an FAQ for incoming families.

 

To RSVP or to update your response, please click on the links below:

    • Tuesday, August 24th, 6-7PM (METCO)  930 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124. Click here to RSVP.
    • Wednesday, August 25th, 6-7PM 19 Waldorf Road Newton Highlands, MA 02461  Click here to RSVP
    • Thursday, August 26th, 6-7PM 41 Varick Hill Road Waban, MA 02468   Click here to RSVP.
    • Monday, August 30th, 6-7PM 19 Crescent Ave Newton Centre, MA 02459   Click here to RSVP.
    • Tuesday, August 31st, 6-7PM 25 Devonshire Road Waban MA 02468. Click here to RSVP. Waitlist has been opened.
    • Thursday, September 2nd, 6-7PM Zoom Virtual Meeting, Click here to RSVP

 

Please be aware in addition to these PTSO sponsored events there are 3 Principal/Vice Principal meetings sponsored by NSHS September 15, 21, and 30th. In addition to a NSHS sponsored Freshman/New Family Orientation September 14 6:30-8PM (more information to follow)

If you have any questions, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org. Thank you, and Welcome to South!

reminder

Don’t forget to activate your directory entry and pay your dues!

Freshman Parent Meet & Greets

Welcome parents/guardians of  Class of 2025!

Come meet some of our fantastic South Team! Principal Stras, Vice Principal Williams and one or two House Deans  will speak and be available for questions at our Parent Meet and Greets.

These meetings are for adults only, parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time.

If you are unable to attend, please click here to submit questions. We will be posting an FAQ for incoming families.

 

To RSVP or to update your response, please click on the links below:

  • Tuesday, August 24th, 6-7PM (METCO)  930 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124. Click here to RSVP.
  • Wednesday, August 25th, 6-7PM 19 Waldorf Road Newton Highlands, MA 02461  Click here to RSVP
  • Monday, August 30th, 6-7PM 19 Crescent Ave Newton Centre, MA 02459   Click here to RSVP.
  • Tuesday, August 31st, 6-7PM 25 Devonshire Road Waban MA 02468. Click here to RSVP.

If you are able to host a Freshman Meet and Greet August 26th or have any questions, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org. Thank you, and Welcome to South!

reminder

Don’t forget to activate your directory entry and pay your dues!

Newton South PTSO Welcome 2021

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

I am Michelle Wetlaufer and I am so excited for my first year as Newton South’s PTSO’s President.  I look so forward to working with all of you to make this school year great.

I am so happy to welcome so many new members to our community including our new Principal, Tamara Stras, and our new Vice Principal, Jason Williams. I am excited for you to meet them as we get the school year started!

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 even when we are apart. Please click here to subscribe to the PTSO Newsletter.

As we kick off our 2021-22 school year, the PTSO is launching our School Directory Confirmation process and our Annual Dues Campaign Look for an email to confirm your families’ directory information.  Every family must confirm their information to be included in the online and printed version.  When you confirm your information you will have an opportunity to contribute to our annual Dues Campaign.  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. This donation will ensure we meet our 2021-22 budget of $66,000.

As this school year begins, I thank you all for joining me on this journey whatever part you may play. I ask you to keep in mind my personal motto  ‘that which does not bend breaks’. Whether it is from an Aesop Fable or Tanzanian Proverb it has especially come in handy these last 18 months. I hope that you can join me in maintaining flexibility as we re-enter the new school year.  I know we all are looking forward to creating an amazing (slightly normal?) year for our kids.

If you have questions or you would like to volunteer for one of our committees please don’t hesitate to contact me at info@newtonsouthPTSO.org.  Stay tuned for more news as we prepare for the start of the school year on September 9, 2021.

Stay well and enjoy the rest of the summer days!

NSHS PTSO President,
Michelle Wetlaufer

Course Verifications for Next School Year

Last week, email was sent to students that South had extended the window until midnight Friday, April 16 for students to fill out the course verification form located here:  https://forms.gle/uH1rxtnfv3vYNXdG8

There are still around 300 students out of 1800 that have not filled out the form.

A reminder that ALL NINTH, TENTH AND ELEVENTH grade students need to fill out the form, EVEN if no changes to their requests need to be made.

By late Monday morning, 4/26, updated verification forms reflecting any changes to student course requests for next year made between 4/14 and 4/16 will be published to the documents section of Aspen. 

Finally, please be aware that NO changes to courses and schedules may be requested by students after 4/26 as we need to start staffing our courses and determining final numbers of course sections. 

Course Verification Day: Wed., April 14

Verification Day: Wednesday, April 14th:

On Wednesday, April 14th, all classes for students will be asynchronous so that students can use the opportunity to check in with their counselor and/or teachers for last-minute questions, course recommendation approvals, or anything else that may need to be discussed related to courses for next year.
At approximately 5:00 pm on this day (4/14), course verification forms will be published to Aspen for every student. Students will be able to find their course verification form in the Documents section in their Aspen account.
From 5:00 pm on 4/14 through 4:00 pm on 4/16, students will then need to fill out a Google verification form (that will be shared with them on 4/14 via both Aspen and Schoology by me) where they will make any final, last-minute changes or course requests, rank their selections, etc. Instructions will be clearly indicated on the form. Please know that ALL students will need to fill out the form, EVEN IF NO CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE as we need to have a record that EVERY student has verified that the courses on their verification form in Aspen are accurate.
By late Monday morning, 4/26, updated verification forms reflecting any changes to student course requests for next year made between 4/14 and 4/16 will be published to the documents section of Aspen.

Finally, please be aware that NO changes to courses and schedules may be requested by students after 4/26 as we need to start staffing our courses and determining final numbers of course sections. Therefore, STUDENTS, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAREFULLY REVIEW YOUR COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR AND MAKE THOUGHTFUL DECISIONS, KEEPING IN MIND BALANCE AND SIGNING UP FOR COURSES THAT YOU ARE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN!

UNESCO Program Virtual Information Meeting: March 16 & 17

The UNESCO Program will be hosting a virtual information meeting on March 16 & 17 for all students who are interested in applying for the 2022 Program (see poster for details).

Description: Students will attend the 3-day International Meeting of the UNESCO Associated Schools.  Prior to traveling to the conference, students will brainstorm, implement, document, and produce a project around the conference theme: 2022 Diversity of Cultural Expressions.  At the conference, students will present their projects to students, teachers, and UNESCO organizers.  After the conference, students will tour historical sites and landmarks in and around Lisbon, Portugal, learning and experiencing Portuguese history and culture.

Eligibility:  CURRENT (2020-2021) Newton South freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Application Process & More Information:  Please visit the UNESCO Program website for more information and inside looks at the student experiences over the years and themes. Applications for 2022 will be made available on the site AFTER the information meeting.

Websitehttps://pavaos.wixsite.com/pavao/unescoportugalprogram

Zoom Link: https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/83667560104 Passcode: dogao2021

UNESCO 2022 – Information Meeting Flyer

Reminder: Grade 9 Student Orientation on Jan. 27

Please view the details of the upcoming Grade 9 Orientation in January for cohort B and  Remote 9th Grade Students’ Last Names = Lo – Z

Click to view Grade 9 Orientation Details.

Any questions, please contact your house Dean or Mx Parker at parkerv@newton.k12.ma.us

NSHS Grade 9 Orientation! Jan. 20 & Jan. 27

Please view the details of the upcoming Grade 9 Orientation in January.  This information was provided in an email sent from Mx. Tori Parker on 1/13.  UPDATE is that Cohort C will attend on Jan 20th!   

  • Wednesday 1/20 @9-11:30AM Cohort A and  Cohort C: and
    Remote 9th Grade Students’ Last Names = A – Li;
    and
    10th-12th Grade New to South!
  • Wednesday 1/27 @9-11:30AM Cohort B; Remote 9th Grade Students’ Last Names = Lo – Z

Click to view Grade 9 Orientation Details!

Any questions, please contact your house Dean or Mx Parker at parkerv@newton.k12.ma.us