Category Archives: From the PTSO

Staff Winter Party 2022

Thank you to everyone who donated money, time, and food!


Staff Winter Party

Donate Money for Holiday Party (Cookies, Coffee, Hot Chocolate etc)

Holiday Party Donation
Money For Cookies


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NSHS Music presents an
Alumni Holiday Jazz Concert
Thursday, December 22 at 7 PM
Newton South Seasholes Auditorium
Recent grads join the award-winning South jazz groups onstage for a festive evening of swingin’ holiday hits.
$10 suggested donation.  Proceeds allow our music groups to participate in spring music contests and festivals, as well as supplement the small budget for sheet music and instrument purchases and maintenance.  Thank you for your support.

From the Vice Principal Nov 13, 2022

November 14 – 18, 2022


Newton South Students and Families,

We are fewer than two weeks away from Thanksgiving! We hope that term 2 has been off to a good start for everyone here at South. Students, remember that you have a number of resources available to you if you ever need any assistance. If you do need any help, be sure to reach out to your teachers, counselors, dean, or another trusted adult.

As a reminder, now that term 2 has begun, you will want to make sure your schedule on Aspen is showing your Q2 schedule and not your Q1 schedule. Here are instructions on how to do this.

Students and families: Report cards will be posted later this week to Aspen. You will receive an email notification when this happens.

The district released a newsletter on Wednesday, November 9 that can be found here.

Here’s to another week at South! Let us know if you have any questions.


Jason Williams (he/him/his)

Vice Principal

Newton South High School


Updates This Week


South Stage Presents The Visit, a Tragicomedy by Freidrich Dürrenmatt

Thursday-Saturday, November 17-19 at Newton South Seasholes Auditorium

Tickets at

A wealthy woman returns to her hometown to exact revenge on the man that betrayed her—or, as she puts it, to “buy justice.” Will the town vote to execute the man who betrayed her for justice (and the money she is offering), or will their compassion for their fellow citizen save his life? Directed by Paige Perkinson.



MCAS Retests Continue This Week

MCAS retests will take place on the following dates:

  • Math: November 15 and 16
  • Makeups: November 17 and 18

**the previous newsletter incorrectly reported Math happening last week. ELA took place last week and Math is taking place this week.**

Students who are testing should have received an email on Wednesday, November 2 with details. If you are signed up to take the test but did not receive this email, please email Mr. Williams as soon as possible.

For students who are testing: Bring a charged, NPS-issued Chromebook and #2 pencils. Report directly to your testing location by 9 AM.

For all other students: The library will be open for quiet study only on November 15 and 16. Students from directed study will not be allowed to go to the library on these dates.


2nd Annual Turkey Toss Wednesday, November 23

Back by popular demand is the 2022 Turkey Toss! Last year, we had over 1000 students and staff join us in these festivities, and we hope to have even more of you join us this year! The Class of 2023 would like to invite you to our 2nd annual Turkey Toss, hosted by the Senior Class Officers. This year, it will take place on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Do you and a friend have what it takes to assemble and represent your Graduating Class? If so, please email Mr. PJ Quern and Ms. Sabet to reserve your spots for a mandatory tryout during WIN1 on Wednesday 11/16. Consider now and keep an eye out for more details through Schoology updates and Class Office social media pages. Winners will receive a trophy for bragging rights and a $20 gift card.

Being mindful of food preservation, the Senior Class Officers have found two families who have generously offered to receive the frozen turkeys for consumption over Thanksgiving Recess. A huge thank you to those two families for making sure these turkeys don’t go to waste while ensuring our Newton South students have the best time expending their energy through fowl play (yes….puns absolutely intended!).

Here is the schedule for Wednesday. All classes will meet for 35 minutes, followed by the Turkey Toss at the Stadium. Students will then have a chance to pick up lunch back in the cafeteria on the way home.


Close Up Washington, DC Trip

The registration deadline for our March 2023 Close Up Washington, DC trip is approaching soon! 10th, 11th, and 12th graders interested in civics, government, and history will spend a week in our nation’s capital and experience our democracy at work. Please see this information sheet for more details on the trip and registration process. The deadline is November 17, 2022.

Email Lisa Soo Hoo, NSHS history department, with questions.


Ligerbots FLL Robotics Tournament & STEAM Expo on 11/19

The LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning high school robotics team, will be hosting a FLL Robotics tournament and a STEAM Expo on Saturday, November 19th, from 12-5pm at Newton North High School. Watch middle school teams who built and programmed robots out of Legos to compete in the FIRST Lego League Competition (FLL) go head to head at the tournament. Also come to the free STEAM Expo event open to the public, to support South and North Clubs who have come to help LigerBots spread STEAM, interact with other High School Robotics teams from across the state, and visit local companies/organizations like the Massachusetts National Guard.

Masks are required except for designated eating locations and admission is free! We hope you can stop by!


Superintendent Search Updates

Superintendent Search Survey Open Until November 21

The superintendent search has entered its “engagement” phase in which the search committee is soliciting feedback and input from the Newton community to help identify and select the next superintendent for our district. Your feedback will assist the School Committee in understanding your perspective as candidates are recruited, screened, and interviewed for the position.

The survey linked below is designed to solicit perceptions of the district and its services to students, staff, and families. Based upon these perceptions, you will also be asked for input on what you consider to be the most effective characteristics for the district’s next superintendent.

Newton Superintendent Search Survey

The survey will be open from November 7 – 21, 2022.

Please also watch your email for upcoming opportunities to provide feedback via in-person and virtual focus groups. As always, detailed information can be found on the search committee webpage on the district website.


Focus Group Sign Up for Students

The Newton Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee is conducting a series of in-person and virtual focus groups designed to solicit perceptions of the district and its services to students, staff, and families. Participants will also be asked for input on what they consider to be the most effective characteristics for the district’s next superintendent.


There are several focus groups between November 17-20th. If the group is virtual, you will receive a link via email prior to the focus group. All in-person groups will take place at 100 Walnut St. in Newton.

To sign up for the focus group, please use this link to a Sign Up Genius form (you do not need to create an account to sign up:

*Please note that names will not display on the Sign Up Genius form to maintain confidentiality prior to the group meeting.

If you are unable to attend the focus groups, you may provide feedback through the online survey at:



Other Information

NPS Newsletter from Wednesday, November 9

The district released a newsletter on Wednesday. If you missed it, you can find it here.


Upcoming Events

November 23: Half Day (schedule here)

November 24-25: Thanksgiving Recess

November 28: Winter Season Begins

December 7: Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

December 13: Parent Teacher Conferences, 2 – 5 PM

Winter Sports Registration Opened November 1

Winter Sports registration opened on November 1, 2021 on FamilyID. Here is the link to register. Please send updated physicals to Ms. Kristen Hoffman in the athletics department prior to the start of tryouts.

The winter sports season begins on Monday November 28. Tryout times will be announced on the Athletics website at a later date.


Book Drive from November 7 – 18

Do you have any old (but still in good condition) books that you’d like to donate? From Monday, November 7th to Friday, November 18th, there will be bins outside of the main office and at the Wheeler entrance to collect books. Donated books will be brought to the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory, where they’ll be sorted and distributed to kids in need throughout the Boston area. Please make sure that any donated books are appropriate for children and teenagers, and that they are still in good condition (covers should be on, pages shouldn’t be ripped, etc).


Get Involved!

It’s never too late to get involved at Newton South!

Want to catch a game? View the athletic calendars here: Newton South Athletics Calendar

Want to join a club but don’t know where to start? Here are a list of clubs at Newton South!


Math and Writing Center Schedules

Need extra help in math or writing?

Here is the Math Center Schedule. If you have any questions, reach out to Mr. Marchica.

Here is the Writing Center Schedule. If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Dornbrook.

Please submit your questions for our Senior Year Preview Coffee

Senior Year Preview
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Teacher Appreciation Lunch November 8, 2022


The Mathematics Department at Newton South High School is looking for a long term substitute effective immediately. We had a teacher take a leave for the month of November, and the person lined up to serve as a substitute withdrew with no advance notice. The job consists of teaching 4 classes (3 preps, 2xMath 2 honors, 1xMath1 accel/honors, 1xStatistics). We are also considering individuals who may be able to cover a portion of the total assignment. Please direct all inquiries and any questions to the contact listed below.

Alex Kraus
Mathematics and Computer Science Department Chair
Newton South High School


It is time for the third annual Newton Neighbors Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive!

Did you know that 1 in 10 of our neighbors struggles to feed their family?  1 in 10 of our neighbors sits down to an empty plate. Help us to support our neighbors in need this holiday season.

Last year, through the support of our community, Newton Neighbors provided 150 families throughout Newton, Brockton and Waltham with $50 supermarket Gift Cards!  With increasing food costs, the goal is to give out $75 gift cards this holiday season through partner agencies to families in Newton, Waltham, and Brockton.

The Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive will run from November 1 – 19.  Any donation, of any size, will help us achieve our goal. Donate online at or mail a check to Newton Neighbors, PO Box 590141, Newton, MA 02459.

Newton Neighbors is working through partner organizations in Newton, Waltham, and Brockton to distribute gift cards to families and will not be distributing gift cards directly. All direct requests will be referred to appropriate partners.

Newton Neighbors’ mission is to facilitate community connection, mutual aid, and access to resources and support for all people who live, work, pray, play and/or learn in Newton, MA, and other local communities.

Teacher Appreciation

Our next Teacher Appreciation event is November 8th. The PTSO is sponsoring a luncheon for the teachers. Our luncheons always include desserts and drinks including allergy options. Please donate a meal below.

At this luncheon we will also be including note cards from parents/students thanking the teachers. We will be printing out all notes that are submitted though the form below and placing them on the tables at the luncheon. The teachers REALLY LOVE seeing their names and all the thanks. 


Teacher Appreciation Meals February 3, 2022
Meals for Teachers


Teacher Appreciation Thank You Notes: November 2, 2021
Include Family Name on Thank You Note?

Student Appreciation Events Donations

Donate to sponsor student appreciation events. Student Appreciation Days are sponsored by the PTSO and happen 4-5 times per year. So far we have been able to give out ice cream and donuts. 

Student Appreciation
Sponsor Student Appreciation
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