Category Archives: From the PTSO

Senior Families: My School Bucks Lunch Account Funds

Dear Class of 2021 Parents and Guardians,

As you near the end of your school year you may have questions about the funds in your student’s My School Bucks lunch account. We realize that you may not have added any funds to this account this year but may have lingering funds from previous years and want to let you know there are two ways to handle those funds:

If you have another student attending NPS you can request that the MSB funds be transferred to that student’s account. You can also request a refund of the MSB funds.
To process a transfer or refund request please submit the following information to Stephen Marshall in the Business & Finance Office with the heading “MSB Lunch Transfer” or MSB Lunch Refund”.

Transfer

Student Name, LASID, and School for account to be transferred FROM
Student Name, LASID, and School for account to be transferred TO
Refund

Student Name
Student LASID
School
Mailing Address
If you have any questions please contact Stephen Marshall at marshalls@newton.k12.ma.us. Please note, that as the volume of refunds and transfers increases these transactions could take four to six weeks and we thank you in advance for your patience.

Term 3 Report Cards

Updated Term 3 report cards have been published to the documents section of Aspen. The document you are looking for is entitled: NSHS 2020-21 Term 3 Report Cards Updated 4/27.

Any teacher grade corrections or errors that were made should now be reflected in the updated report card. Any term 3 grade corrections made from this point on will just appear on the Academics Tab in the student Aspen account and students/families will need to contact their house office or school counselor IF they want a pdf. of an actual updated report card.

If there are any specific questions about a grade, please contact the appropriate teacher.

Graduation Scheduled for June 10th!

The graduation date is June 10th (times below). Rain date is June 11th.

Due to state guidelines, there will be TWO graduation ceremonies, one for Cutler and Goodwin House, and another for Goldrick and Wheeler House.

The exact times are:

4:00PM  Cutler and Goodwin

6:00PM Goldrick and Wheeler

The ceremonies will be held at Winkler Stadium (South’s multi-purpose turf field).

There will be a limit of 4 TICKETS per graduate.

NEW TV will be livestreaming the entire event for those that are unable to attend.

Again, more information will be forthcoming so please stay tuned.

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021!

More Senior Events Info

The Class Officers have organized the following events for all Seniors in the Class of 2021.  Please note that registration is required for all these events. Seniors should check the Class of 2021 social media Facebook and Instagram for updates too.  If your senior has any questions, please have them contact their Class Office.

Decision Day, When: May 4th
Where: At NSHS
What: Come to school wearing the gear of whatever college/university/gap-year/activity you are doing next year! If on zoom, rock your sweatshirt or hat on there! Show the strength of the class of 2021!

Senior Picnic, When: May 11th, 11:30 – 1pm
Where: Tentatively Baseball field
What: Join us on the baseball field to have fun playing lawn games and eating snacks while the rest of the school is taking MCAS. Bring a blanket and sit on the grass with friends or enjoy a snack while playing frisbee.  Price: Free

Link to sign-up (students must use their NPS log in to sign-up): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezdfIpZ8NigNgUIzwcRyNYqdj0Eo2cZvZ3bVjcpZagLXfahA/viewform

Graduation Countdown Event in collaboration with the PTSO,
When: May 18th, 6:30 – 8pm
Where: Courtyard adjacent to the 6000s, hugged by Brandeis road. Map is available in the sign-up form.

What:  PTSO (with class office) is hosting the Newton South Senior 21-Day Countdown on Tuesday, May 18th from 6:30 – 8PM on the side grass area by the tent.  Masks and social distancing will be required at all times.  This is an event for current enrolled Class of 2021 Newton South Seniors only.  Catering by Blue Ribbon BBQ and Mo’s Ice Cream Truck.  Price: Free

REGISTRATION is REQUIRED, NO WALK-INS. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIPN07qY0pYA_Va9kAJLMPRCuS8soEqcu6OYBAjZ_MDiIREg/viewform

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Sign up here:  https://signup.com/go/nXhmOJJ

How to Order Senior Yard Signs

Celebrate your Senior with a yard sign and share their achievement during this difficult year.  Newton-based Signal Graphics is the supplier. Ask for Joe!

Order by June 6 to receive by June 10th.  Online orders will be accepted till July.

The options are:

  • Generic NSHS Sign
  • Personalized Sign
  • Personalized Banner

To order, click here: https://www.sgprints.com

441 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458
(617) 332-4414

Wednesday Schedule Update

Due to the state’s requirement of a full five-day-a-week school return, beginning on Wednesday, May 19th, our Wednesday schedules will no longer have a combination synchronous and asynchronous blocks. Here are the schedules for Wednesdays beginning 5/19: Wednesdays

 

 

Spirit Wear Sales are Back, Fridays, 10:45-1p

Get your NSHS Spirit Wear this Friday, and every Friday, through June 11. Find us in the courtyard, outside the cafeteria, each Friday from 10:45 – 1:00 pm. We’ve got South hoodies, crewnecks, t-shirts, hats and more.

Can’t make the sale? Email the Booster Club and we can arrange a pick-up at another time.

We also need parent volunteers to keep the sales running each week. Please click here to help at a sale.

Go Lions!

May/June School Calendar

To help with planning for the end of the year activities, the  May/June calendar  will make it easier for viewing weeks at a time. Please know that we will do our best to keep this calendar updated with relevant events and share out any updates in the weekly Friday memo. 

 

COVID Surveillance/Pool Testing Reminder and Update

As Newton South prepares for a full in-person return to school after April vacation, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE families to enroll their student in our COVID-19 testing program. Testing is one of the best ways we have to quickly identify infection and reduce the possibility of in-school transmission. 

It’s a quick process to enroll:

  • Students then create an account at JCM (do it here!) enter your NPS email, select “Forgot Password prompt”, follow the email verification process, log in and the QR Code will appear. You can then take a picture of your QR code and you will use that same code every week that you test.
    1. For the first time you are going to test, you can either go to the main office to pick up a test kit, or come to the faculty dining room at the times listed further down in the email below.
    2. If step b. above is too confusing or you get stuck, as long as your parent/guardian completed step a. above, you can just show up to the South testing center on the designated days (more info below) and a staff member will give you a test kit with instructions and we will also gladly give you your QR code that you will need each week when you come to test (taking a picture of the QR code with your phone is a common strategy that works since most students always have their phone with them).

*Over the next two weeks, due to the special schedules for MCAS, the testing center hours will be slightly different than this past week. Please follow the schedule below beginning on Monday and continuing through May 11th

Monday, May 3rd and May 10th:

The testing center will be open from 12:00 – 1:00pm in the Faculty Dining Room …located next to the cafeteria in the hallway near the lecture hall—AVAILABLE FOR ALL IN-BUILDING STUDENTS

Tuesday, May 4th and May 11th:

The testing center will be open from 12:00 – 1:00pm in the Faculty Dining Room …located next to the cafeteria in the hallway near the lecture hall—AVAILABLE FOR ALL IN-BUILDING STUDENTS

Also, the testing center will be open from 3:45 to 4:30pm in the Faculty Dining Room…located next to the cafeteria in the hallway near the lecture hall–designed for students who are distance learning who are involved in extracurricular activities regularly at South

As a way to incentivize participation in the pool testing program, we have purchased Dunkin’ gift cards that we have then placed into random test kits. When students come to submit a test and pick up another test for the following week, they may be among the lucky winners who pick up a kit that contains a gift card. Another reason to SIGN UP FOR TESTING IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!

If you have any questions, please see this NPS page: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/3826 or if you can’t find your answer there, please reach out to me and I will see if I can help or point you in the right direction. Thank you!

MCAS Updates

Please note: Sophomore and Junior families should have received a separate email from our MCAS coordinator, Faye Cassell with more details regarding room assignments, etc. If you didn’t receive an email or have any specific MCAS testing questions, please contact Faye at: cassellf@newton.k12.ma.us. Please do not contact Chris Hardiman regarding specific MCAS related questions. 

MCAS testing for 10th graders begins on Monday, May 3rd with a special class schedule for all grades.

Below is the block schedule for all of the MCAS dates over the next two weeks and, newly added, dates for 9th grade science MCAS in early June.  Please note that in order to balance out blocks with all of the required testing days, we needed to move blocks around more than is typical in a regular MCAS year. We know this can be disruptive to scheduling after school appointments and activities but we appreciate your flexibility and understanding during this difficult year.

 May and June MCAS Schedule