Category Archives: For Freshmen

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

Reminder Jan 20 & Jan 27 Grade 9 Orientation Information

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 Wed, January 13th.  If you are not receiving mail from the school directly, please update your Aspen contact information.

  • Wednesday 1/20 @9-11:30AM  for Cohort A and half of Cohort C
  • Wednesday 1/27  for Cohort B and the other half of Cohort C

Students who are in the Remote Cohort will also participate, on one of those days!

Click to view Grade 9 Orientation Details!  Any questions, please contact your house Dean or Mx Parker at parkerv@newton.k12.ma.us.

Reminder Tonight 7PM – 9th Grade and New to South Parent/Guardian Webinar

Dear Parents/Guardians of Ninth Grade and New to South,

Reminder that the webinar is tonight at 7PM.  Your link and password to access the webinar was sent to families.  Please see the agenda for the webinar.  Thank you.

AGENDA:

Introductions

  • Principal Introduction (Mark Aronson)

  • PTSO Intro (May Chiu)

  • Deans Welcome & Counselors Introductions  (Deans, Counselors)

  • Developmental Message & Guidance Team Introduction (Dan Rubin)

    • Stacey Bishop – Adjustment Counselor/METCO Counselor

    • Katani Sumner – METCO Counselor/English co-teacher

    • Brian Deleskey – Prevention Intervention Counselor

    • Kathy Sabet – College and Career Counselor

    • Clinicians team at South: Sarah Gentile, Carly Edelstein, Kathleen Solage, Steve Feinberg, Tracey Murphy, Andrew Aspel

  • Special Education Welcome Message – (Melissa Gamble)

  • Student Affairs and Restorative Practices (Tori Parker)

  • Whole School Info by Deans

  • Q&A (time permitting)

Ninth Grade and New to South Dean and Counselor Webinar – Thursday, Oct 8 at 7PM

Hello Families of Ninth Graders and Students New to South,

Below is the information you need to log in to the Ninth Grade/New to South Webinar to be hosted by your child’s deans and counselors on Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 to 8:30PM. You will be provided an overview of the roles of deans and counselors and lots of information will be shared about a variety of topics such as communication methods at the high school level, the function of the house system and much more. There will also be an opportunity for a moderated Q & A. We hope to see you then!

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Ninth Grade/New to South Webinar

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/84671701706
Passcode: 487055

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13126266799,,84671701706#,,,,,,0#,,487055#  or +16465588656,,84671701706#,,,,,,0#,,487055#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 846 7170 1706
Passcode: 487055
International numbers available: https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/u/kcbZdsOOHp

Freshman Secret Student Game – Sign up by Wed, Sept. 30

PTSO Freshman Secret Student Game

WHEN: October 1, thru October 31, 2020
To sign up CLICK HERE. Provide your name, email address, cell phone number, mailing address, and any allergies. Sign up ends 9/30.

Participants will receive an email with contact information for one classmate by October 2.
Connect with other 9th grade students for some fun and friendship.

Here’s how it works… All who sign up will be assigned a classmate to be an anonymous
“Secret Student” to for one month. This role involves sending regular encouraging texts, memes, video links, emails, letters, or small gifts (under $5) and clues to your identity.

Simultaneously, every participant will also be on the receiving end of a Secret Student.
At the end of 4 weeks (on October 31) all identities should be revealed and a special Halloween Treat provided (think candy bar, silly photo, or fun meme).

Hopefully, some friendships will be sparked. At the very least, two connections will be made, and the previous 4 weeks will have included some mystery and fun to pass the
time.

Click to view details about the game – NSHS G9 Secret Student

Questions, please contact our parent coordinator Julia Hamilton

JOIN the Grade 9 Secret Student Game – Sign up by 9/30

PTSO Secret Student Game for Freshman Students

WHEN: October 1, thru October 31, 2020
To sign up CLICK HERE. Provide your name, email address, cell phone number, mailing address, and any allergies. Sign up ends 9/30.

Participants will receive an email with contact information for one classmate by October 2.
Connect with other 9th grade students for some fun and friendship.

Here’s how it works… All who sign up will be assigned a classmate to be an anonymous
“Secret Student” to for one month. This role involves sending regular encouraging texts, memes, video links, emails, letters, or small gifts (under $5) and clues to your identity.

Simultaneously, every participant will also be on the receiving end of a Secret Student.
At the end of 4 weeks (on October 31) all identities should be revealed and a special Halloween Treat provided (think candy bar, silly photo, or fun meme).

Hopefully, some friendships will be sparked. At the very least, two connections will be made, and the previous 4 weeks will have included some mystery and fun to pass the
time.

Click to view details about the game – NSHS G9 Secret Student

Questions, please contact our parent coordinator Julia Hamilton