Category Archives: From the PTSO

Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF).

Dear Newton Families,

The Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund began over 10 years ago to ensure global travel was open to any student at Newton North and Newton South. As you may know, one of the many special parts of these two high schools are our exchange and global trips–from France to Spain, Mexico to Argentina, Ghana and Australia.

A lot has happened in the past 18 months for GELF. We are now our own 501(c)3! We are grateful for the years of support from our friends at Newton Schools Foundation, but we felt like it was time to go on our own. We are grateful for our partnership with Newton Schools Foundation and excited to be moving into the future as an established 501(c)3.

Additionally, long time GELF director Samantha Mandel moved into her new role at Newton Community Education and we have now welcomed NNHS Chinese teacher Star Lew as Global Education Developer to assist the Board in managing GELF. Star’s international knowledge and understanding of the Newton high schools is invaluable. Additionally, Star is the Exchange Program Specialist of the Newton-Beijing Jingshan Exchange Program! Finally, our board has been setting our vision for the GELF’s future. That vision includes supporting more students as they have transformative experiences with our global programs.

When our students are able to travel again, we know there will be a surge in demand. In 2018-19, 32 students received $32,994 in scholarships and in 2019-20 we would have awarded 80 students with the total amount of $78,941, had the pandemic not halted some of our trips. We need to be ready for our first wave of student travelers which hopefully will be sooner than later.

With that we need your support! Please consider a year-end fully tax-deductible donation to The Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund so that we may continue to offer life-changing travel experiences for all of Newton’s high school students.

For donations by credit card or PayPal:

For donations by check, payee is GELF. Please send to: GELF c/o NNHS, 457 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460.


The Williams PTO Auction Fundraiser: December 1-12, 2022

Check out The Williams PTO Auction Fundraiser being held December 1-12, 2022.

For Seniors:  Newton South Local Scholarship Applications due January 31, 2022

All seniors in the Class of 2022 are encouraged to apply for the Newton South Local Scholarships.

Local scholarships are awarded through Newton South High School and through the generosity of individual and business donors, community organizations and memorial funds.

The application is brief and includes the submission of a reference from someone outside Newton South High School. The application is available beginning on December 1, 2021 and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.

Based on the criteria of each scholarship, recipients will be selected and notified. While some scholarship awards are announced in March/April, most will be received in early June.

Look for an email on Wednesday Dec 1st with the links to apply.

Contact Ms. Sabet, College & Career Counselor in the College & Career Center or by email if you have questions.

Thank you!


Kathleen Sabet, M.A
College & Career Counselor, Newton South High School,  617.559.6590,

Holiday Cookie Drive

Holiday Cookie drive. If you’d like to donate cookies, please group them in 3-4 cookies per bag (ziplock or other). Cookies should be dropped on 91 Nehoiden Road Waban MA on or before December 20, 2021. Cookies will be distributed to teachers on December 21st at a teacher holiday party.


Thank You!

Holiday Drive
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Get a Pie, Give a Pie

140 Pies in one SUV. 

300 Pies Distributed to the Teachers

Trash Clean Up

The school grounds have been an increasing problem for the city, our neighbors and other students at Newton South. The PTSO will be organizing a week of trash clean up. If you or your club is interested in volunteering for clean up please complete the form and we will reach out to organize your day(s). Principal Stras will sign off on any community hours you have served.

Trash Clean Up

 Newton South Math Team Update

The Newton South math team had its second meet in the Greater Boston Math League and did extremely well. Three team members (Vivek Vallurupalli, Ethan Pang & Elena Baskakova) got a perfect score and a few others were almost perfect. Both Sines and Cosines earned a perfect score in the Team Round.

Students trained hard to get prepared for the meet and the captains did an amazing job running team practices. It is so nice to see all these efforts reflected in the team’s score. Congrats to all the team members, the captains and the math team advisor, Mr. Petrizzi!

As a reminder, the first virtual practice of the Massachusetts ARML team is on Sunday, November 28, and the next two will be on December 11 and 12. If you are interested in ARML, please reach out to Mr. Olson.

South Stage Presents FROSH


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NSHS Weekly Update 11/15 – 11/19

Newton South Students and Families:

Here is a link to the Weekly Update for 11/15 – 11/19. Note that this is an ORANGE week, which affects Lion Block and clubs.

Here’s to another great week at NSHS! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Newton South Artificial Intelligence (AI) Club Announcement

Newton South AI Club will meet on November 9th 2:30 pm

Time: First Blue Tuesday of every month Lion Block,

Location:   Room 3220

All are welcome!!! Let’s explore AI together! Please contact us at

Agenda for November 9th:

Topic: Artificial Neural Networks

– Watch a educational video on ANN (30 minutes)

– Group discussion (15 minutes)