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SEPAC AT SOUTH

If your child is receiving special education services at NSHS, please click on this link to view our first “SEPAC at South” newsletter. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about your child, please contact us anytime – thanks!

Your NSHS SEPAC Liaisons
Kim Gallaugher – momofiggy@hotmail.com
Karina Simonian – karinabonbon12@gmail.com

FY23 AP EXAM REGISTRATION: DEADLINE NOV. 15

Taking the Advanced Placement (AP) exam is an important part of all AP courses. Newton South High School expects that all students enrolled in an AP class will register for and take the AP exam. Scoring well on an AP exam can often help students earn college credit. There are TWO steps to the AP exam registration process. Both steps need to be completed for an exam to be ordered.

The DEADLINE is November 15, 2022. Late registration remains open until March 15, 2023, with a $40 late fee.

For more information on exam schedule, registration directions and registration questions, click here.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED NOV. 5-19: For Argentinian Exchange Students & Chaperones

After several Covid-imposed delays, we are eager to finally launch our first language and cultural exchange with our sister school in Argentina, and we are looking for a few additional host families!

The students and their chaperones are arriving on Saturday, November 5, and will be with us until November 19.  Host family responsibilities include integrating the student in your family life, so that they get a glimpse of daily American life as they practice their English language skills.

Students will travel to school in the morning with your child, and after a day or two of shadowing, will spend school days with their chaperones on a variety of excursions around the Boston area.  On the weekends, you will incorporate them into your usual routines, and have them participate in whatever activities or chores your family typically engages in together.

While this is obviously an excellent opportunity for a family with a child studying Spanish, this is not a requirement!  All that we ask is that you be eager to share your daily lives and rhythms with a teen who is eager to learn about our life in the Boston area.

Please contact Cynthia Manthei (mantheic@newton.k12.ma.us) as soon as possible if you are interested or have any questions.

GRIEF SUPPORT: OCT. 29 10AM-4PM

From Surviving to Thriving:  Parents’ Journeys Through Suicide Grief

An interactive workshop for anyone in a parenting role whose child has died by suicide.

FREE Workshop content includes:
• Exploring the unique and complex experience of suicide loss
• Addressing the impacts of suicide loss on individuals, couples, and families
• Learning from long-term parent survivors
• Re-building hope skills

Visit here to preregister and learn more.

THE FROSH PLAY: WRITERS…BLOCKED: OCT. 20-22, 7:30-9:30PM

South Stage presents the annual 9th grade play, Writers…Blocked, on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-22 at 7:30 PM in the Newton South Lab Theater.   Tickets at SouthStage.org.

Come see the work of our newest theatre artists in a series of 10-minute plays about the struggles of writers.  Writers…Blocked is directed by professional theatre artist Jesse Garlick in our intimate black box theater.  Masks are optional.  The running time is 80 minutes with no intermission.  $10 in advance at SouthStage.org.  Tickets will be sold at the door if any remain.

Welcome to Celebrate South Week 10/15/22 – 10/22/22

BLUE WEEK

Newton South Families,

 

We are sending the Update a little early this week to kick off Celebrate South Week!

 

Thanks to the collaboration between our Class Officers, Class Advisors, Fine and Performing Arts Department, Deans, PTSO, and Boosters, we are excited to bring you Celebrate South Week! Students have been receiving information and updates about the upcoming events through Schoology, and we hope you encourage your Newton South Lions to get involved!

 

Our summary calendar of events is below and you can access the more detailed calendar using the button below:

 
Detailed Celebrate South Week Schedule

The detailed calendar can be accessed via the QR code on the flyer.

 

Our kickoff event is the Girls Soccer game Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 PM. There will be free t-shirts for all student fans and burritos, cotton candy and more for sale at the concession stand. The Dance team will also perform at halftime. Come out and support the team and wear ORANGE!

 

Our Spirit Week will run as follows:

  • 10/17: Anything But a Backpack
  • 10/18: This is ME
  • 10/19: Pajama Day
  • 10/20: Tie vs Tie-Dye
  • 10/21: BLORANGE Sprit (9th and 10th wear orange, 11th and 12th wear blue)

 

We hope you enjoy all the amazing events upcoming and have a great week here at South!

 

Sincerely,

 

Jason Williams (he/him/his)

Vice Principal

Newton South High School

 
Spirit Week for 10/17 – 10/21
 
 
Celebrate South Schedule
 

 

Other Updates This Week
NPS Newsletter Released on October 12

NPS released a newsletter on Wednesday, October 12 that you can find here.

 
 
 
South Stage Presents “Writers…Blocked”

South Stage presents the annual 9th grade play, Writers…Blocked, on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-22 at 7:30 PM in the Newton South Lab Theater. Tickets at SouthStage.org.

 

Come see the work of our newest theatre artists in a series of 10-minute plays about the struggles of writers. Writers…Blocked is directed by professional theatre artist Jesse Garlick in our intimate black box theater. Masks are optional. The running time is 80 minutes with no intermission.

 

Tickets are $10 in advance at SouthStage.org. Tickets will be sold at the door if any remain.

 
 
 
List of Colleges Attending Newton South This Week

Attached is a list of colleges visiting Newton South this week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathy Sabet, our College and Career Counselor.

 

The College and Career Center webpage is here.

 
 
 
Photo Retake Day is Wednesday, October 19

On Wednesday, October 19, we will have a photo retake day. This will be an opportunity for students who did not take a photo on our original date or would like to take their photo again. This will also be the last opportunity for seniors to take a photo for ID purposes. The order form for photo day is attached. 

Here is the schedule for the day. The bells will remain the same, but we will announce once a block for students who would like to retake their photo to come down at some point during the block, based on teacher discretion.

 
Grade 9 Elections Taking Place During WIN 3

Grade 9 students will be having class office elections during WIN 3 on Friday, October 21. During this WIN, all grade 9 students will report to the Field House.

 
South’s Second Annual Fence-Decorating Contest Ends October 20!

Get ready for Celebrate South and win up to $100 for your club, group or team by decorating a section of the chain link fence leading to Winkler Stadium Field! All entries must be finished by 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 20.

 

Click here to learn more and claim a section of the fence today!

 
Other Upcoming Events

Monday, October 24: Diwali (observed holiday)

Friday, November 4: Last Day of Term 1

 
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!

 

 

October 10 – 14, 2022

ORANGE WEEK
Newton South Families,

This week marks the halfway point of term 1. Progress reports will be coming out later this week on the Aspen homepage for all students. For each course, this document will show teacher comments, the number of absences (excused and unexcused), and the number of tardies.

Additionally, the document will provide a snapshot for where students are with accordance to our new attendance policy. This will show up as a Y or N depending on the number of excused or unexcused absences. Note that this is just a snapshot and that deans and/or teachers will be or already have been in contact with families of students who are at risk of not meeting the attendance standard in a given course. Any questions about your student can be directed to their house office.

Here is the attendance policy FAQ. All students and families will receive a separate email when progress reports are posted.

Celebrate South Week will be taking place from October 15 – 22 this year! The PTSO, Boosters, and South Class Office have a week’s worth of SPIRIT planned! There will be music, athletics, art, giveaways, spirit days, and fun events! Use the QR Code to link to a detailed calendar of events! Get ready to join with your South community to CELEBRATE NSHS!

See below for the full calendar of events.

Enjoy your long weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday!

Sincerely,

Jason Williams (he/him/his)
Vice Principal
Newton South High School

Student Volunteers Needed to Serve on the Superintendent Search Committee
The Newton School Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on the Superintendent Search Committee. If you are interested in serving on the Search Committee, please complete this form.

The committee will have representatives from the following communities: NPS administration, NPS educators, NPS families, NPS students and general members of the Newton community. If you are not selected to serve on the committee, there will be multiple opportunities for you to provide feedback and input on the selection of the next superintendent.

Please submit the form indicating your interest in serving on the committee by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. The first meeting of the search committee is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

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Other Updates This Week
No School on Monday, October 10

As mentioned in the opening letter, we will have no school on Monday, October 10 due to Indigenous Peoples Day.

As there is no school, we will not have an Advisory. This week, we are asking teachers to dedicate a few minutes during F block on Tuesday to make sure you have signed up for your WIN blocks for the week. Any student not signed up for a Wednesday WIN by the end of the day on Tuesday will be automatically assigned.

South’s Second Annual Fence-Decorating Contest Starts October 11!

Get ready for Celebrate South and win up to $100 for your club, group or team by decorating a section of the chain link fence leading to Winkler Stadium Field! All entries must be finished by 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 20.

Click here to learn more and claim a section of the fence today!

List of Colleges Attending Newton South This Week

Attached is a list of colleges visiting Newton South this week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathy Sabet, our College and Career Counselor.

The College and Career Center webpage is here.

MCAS Results Available in Aspen

MCAS results are available in Aspen for all students who took the test at Newton South during the spring of 2022 (generally juniors who took ELA and Math last March and May, and sophomores who took science last June). These can be found on Aspen in the Documents folder.

Photo Retake Day is Wednesday, October 19

On Wednesday, October 19, we will have a photo retake day. This will be an opportunity for students who did not take a photo on our original date or would like to take their photo again. This will also be the last opportunity for seniors to take a photo for ID purposes. The order form for photo day is attached.

As we get closer to the date, a more detailed schedule for photo retake day will be available.

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 19: Passin’ Time during WIN 1 (10:45 – 11:10)
Wednesday, October 19: Photo Retake Day
Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM: Writers…Blocked: The Frosh Play
Friday, October 21: Grade 9 Class Elections during WIN 3
Saturday, October 22, 7-10 PM: Senior Homecoming Dance

Reminders for Students
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!

Lunch

Please be sure to clean up after yourselves when you are done eating. We have sometimes seen trash left at tables and other parts of the building which has created extra, unnecessary work for our custodial staff. Remember our school values – Choose Kindness, Listen First, Show Respect, and Take Responsibility.

Students are permitted to eat in the following locations:
The Student Center
Outside, when the weather permits (picnic tables are outside Wheeler House and in the Student Center Courtyard)
The Wheeler, Goldrick or Goodwin Commons
The Field House Lobby
Any supervised area where staff give expressed permission
Auditorium Lobby Tables

Students are NOT permitted to eat in the Library, Auditorium, Lecture Hall, or in hallways.
Students are also not permitted to eat on the floor.

We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to maintain a safe, healthy environment for all.

October 3 – 7 2022

BLUE WEEK

Newton South Families,

 

Welcome to the first week of October!

 

First, we want to wish peace and goodness to all those who are celebrating Yom Kippur this week. Please note that we will not have school on Wednesday, October 5 due to the holiday.

 

We are one week away from the halfway point of term 1, and with this halfway point comes progress reports. Teachers will be posting comments for students by Wednesday, October 12. We will then post a progress report document to Aspen. Stay tuned next week for more details about this process.

 

Regarding this week, we have an important safety day during advisory on Monday, October 3. Click below for the schedule:

October 3 Safety Day Schedule

All blocks will meet, but will be shorter to accommodate a special 50-minute advisory. During this advisory, students and staff will work through our different emergency procedures, culminating with an evacuation towards the end of the block. While we hope to never need to use these procedures, it is vital that we are prepared to respond to keep our students, staff, and community safe. If students have any concerns after these drills are concluded, we welcome them to reach out to their dean, counselor, or another trusted adult.

 

Last, but certainly not least, the district released a newsletter on Wednesday, September 28 that can be accessed here.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Jason Williams (he/him/his)

Vice Principal

Newton South High School

 

 

Update on NSHS Phone Outage on Wednesday, September 28

As you know, Newton South briefly lost phone and Internet service towards the end of the school day on Wednesday, September 28. Thanks to the work of our IT team, we were able to resolve this issue later in the afternoon after dismissal. While we hope to not have an issue like this occur again, we would like to use this experience as an opportunity to discuss what would happen in the event we temporarily lost phone service in the future.

 

First, if there ever is a phone outage and you are unable to contact the school, we will send you a message through School Messenger asking for families to call the Superintendent’s Office if they need to reach Newton South. In case of an emergency, we would still be able to call 911 as we have special infrastructure in place separate from what went offline on Wednesday. We may additionally cancel activities that take place after school if we need to maintain the safety of our students and phone issues were to continue past the end of the school day.

 

We would also like to acknowledge that some families have raised concerns about the limited cell phone coverage in the Newton South area. We and the City of Newton are aware of these issues and share your concerns about the effect of the limited coverage and its implications for communication, especially in moments like Wednesday afternoon. We will continue to partner with the city to look for solutions to this issue that might allow two-way communication to continue to flow between our school and the greater community.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to resolve this unexpected issue on Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

This Week's Updates
 
 
List of Colleges Attending Newton South This Week

Attached is a list of colleges visiting Newton South for the week of 9/26 – 9/30. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathy Sabet, our College and Career Counselor.

 

The College and Career Center webpage is here.

 
 
 
Safety Day on Monday, October 3

On Monday, October 3, students and staff will review our emergency response plan during an extended Advisory, expected to be about 50 minutes.

 

During this advisory, students and staff will practice several drills and a school evacuation and learn about ways we can stay safe while we are in school. We will run an adjusted schedule that can be accessed here.

 

While we expect the safety day block to last 50 minutes, there may be unanticipated circumstances which may lead the evacuation portion of the block to extend a few minutes into B block.

 
No School on Wednesday, October 5

As mentioned in the opening letter, we will have no school on Wednesday, October 5 due to Yom Kippur.

 
 
 
Celebrate South Week: October 15 – October 22

New this year!

 

“CELEBRATE SOUTH” WEEKwill take place Saturday, October 15 – Saturday, October 22! The PTSO, Boosters, and South Class Office have a week’s worth of SPIRIT planned! There will be music, athletics, art, giveaways, and fun events! Be on the lookout for the calendar of events and get ready to join with your South community to CELEBRATE NSHS!

 
Denebola Customink Fundraiser

One of our student newspapers, Denebola, is fundraising! Here is a link to their Customink page.

 
Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 12: Midterm Comments Due

Saturday, October 15 – 22: Celebrate South Week

Wednesday, October 19: Passin’ Time during WIN 1 (10:45 – 11:10)

Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM: Writers…Blocked: The Frosh Play

Saturday, October 22, 7-10 PM: Homecoming Dance

 

 

Reminders for Students
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!

 
Lunch

Please be sure to clean up after yourselves when you are done eating. We have sometimes seen trash left at tables and other parts of the building which has created extra, unnecessary work for our custodial staff. Remember our school values – Choose Kindness, Listen First, Show Respect, and Take Responsibility.

 

Students are permitted to eat in the following locations:

  • The Student Center
  • Outside, when the weather permits (picnic tables are outside Wheeler House and in the Student Center Courtyard)
  • The Wheeler, Goldrick or Goodwin Commons
  • The Field House Lobby
  • Any supervised area where staff give expressed permission
  • Auditorium Lobby Tables

 

 

Students are NOT permitted to eat in the Library, Auditorium, Lecture Hall, or in hallways.

Students are also not permitted to eat on the floor.

 

We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to maintain a safe, healthy environment for all.

 
 
 
Consider Opting-In to the NPS Chromebook Repair Fund
We encourage you to sign up for our Optional Chromebook Repair Fund. For $25 per year, all accidental damage to the device, including screen cracks, liquid spills, damages from dropping, etc. will be covered. Sign-up and payment for the Chromebook Repair Fund is done through the MySchoolBucks Portal.

Hello Newton South,

 

 

Happy October! The leaves are turning, the building is full of energy, and the school year is off to a great start! I am writing to tell you about some important upcoming schoolwide and classroom events that will be taking place over the next few weeks.

 

 

Safety Training
 
 

As a part of our safety protocols, we train all of our students on what to do in the event of an emergency inside the school or an emergency outside the school, but in our near vicinity. We conducted this training today during a special long Advisory.
 

During this training, we had a fire drill. If you live in the neighborhood, you may have seen emergency vehicles at the school, and I want to assure you that there was no cause for alarm. Over the last few years, the Newton South Safety Team has worked diligently in partnership with community emergency responders, Newton Health and Human services, the school department and in-building clinical staff to build an age-appropriate training that gives students the necessary information to stay safe, while not unnecessarily raising student anxiety. That being said, we understand that these drills may have a different impact on everyone, and wanted to invite you to reach out to your student’s guidance counselor or dean if you have questions or concerns about these drills and this training.

 

 

Social Justice Curriculum

In keeping with our goal of creating educated citizens and embedding anti-racist and culturally responsive practices into our curriculum, our 9th grade history and English teachers will be delivering important upcoming lessons. These lessons are the beginning part of an overall curriculum focus on human rights, genocide, and social justice, which are woven through students’ four years of history and English education.

 

 

In the next couple weeks, our ninth grade students will learn about the history and meaning of common hate symbols. The lesson our teachers use has been adapted from one developed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in 2020 (“Swastikas and other Hate Symbols”). As the lesson plan states, our goal is to “provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the importance of symbols in our society, understand more about specific hate symbols, and identify strategies for responding to and eliminating hate symbols.”

 

 

After learning about hate symbols in history classes, the 9th graders will read a short story in their English classes which involves the use of a hate symbol. Through discussions about the story, students will have an opportunity to reflect further on the impact of hate symbols and ways to respond to their use.

 

 

Our staff has been thoughtful about how to deliver these important lessons in a way that will support student growth. We also recognize that these lessons may cause a variety of emotions for different students, and we welcome your continued partnership as we support your 9th graders.

 

 

NPS Non-Discrimination Protocol

Towards the end of October, students from all grade levels will be trained in the Newton Public Schools Non-Discriminiation Protocol. This protocol, developed with input from educators, parents, community members and students, guides our practice for handling any incident of hate, discimination, or retaliation in all Newton Public Schools. It outlines both our approach to discipline and our philosophy regarding education and restoration practices when these situations occur. Even in communities like ours, which are vigilant about creating spaces where those of all identities can celebrate who they are, incidents occur. We strongly believe that we have the choice as a community as to how we respond. The protocol describes a process for discipline, for education, for restoration and for therapeutic interventions following such situations. Our four deans and the South Human Rights Council, unfortunately, have already used this protocol for a few incidents which impacted a few students at a time. When incidents impact a small group of people, we do not notify the entire community; however, we handle them with the same level of respect and thoroughness as we would in an incident that impacted more people.

 

 

After following the protocol, we have heard from those impacted that they felt supported and heard. While there is “no perfect” when these incidents happen, we are hopeful that we are moving in the right direction. Our FORJ (Newton Families for Racial Justice) and PTSO partners were trained in this protocol last year, and can serve as resources for parents. If you would like to discuss the protocol with a fellow parent, please reach out to PTSO Council Co-Presidents, Terry Prasad and Elsa Janairo at co-presidents@newtonptocouncil.org.

 

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month
 
 

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Our Spanish Service Club has shared a series of options for teachers to use in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated annually from September 15th to October 15th. Thank you to Spanish teacher and club advisor Cynthia Manthei for her work on this!

 

 

We also have a new exciting initiative taking place during WIN to support wherein students of Hispanic and Latinx heritage meet as a community to celebrate their shared experiences. Thank you to Gene Stein and Helena Alfonso for leading this group of students!

 

As a school, we have begun our year’s work on social-emotional learning, excellence in instruction and equity of access to our curriculum. Below, I wanted to highlight some things that are underway.

 

 

Newton South Lions in Action!

 

South Stage Designs!
 
 

In a demonstration of a bit of theatrical STEAM, students Anna Wright-Lee and Leah Vashevko designed and constructed a scenic element for the upcoming South Stage production of “The Visit.” The play is set in a fictional Eastern European country, and the scenic design concept reflects various Steampunk elements. This gear was carved out of extruded polystyrene, placed on a wooden mounting bracket, and anchored by a vertical boom pole. The gear moves up and down, rotates around the pole, and spins with a motor triggered remotely by our light control board. Thanks to South Stage Technical Director Ryan Spruck for his guidance!

 

 

Newton South Girls Volleyball Raises Money for Breast Cancer!
 
 

Each year South and Needham play volleyball matches to raise money for breast cancer research through the Dig Pink organization, alternating the match location between Newton and Needham. 2019 was our fundraising high mark with just over $10,000 for the cause by Newton and Needham. We’re proud and driven to keep this tradition going strong each year!

 

 

This Friday, October 7th, Newton South will host the Dig Pink Fundraiser game against defending state champs Needham High School! We want to make this event bigger, louder, and more successful than ever!! If you would like to make a donation or know someone that would:https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/18541

 
 
 

The Game

 

Family members and friends are encouraged to attend the event wearing pink like our players and coaches. Each team will play their own game in center court in the Field House.

 

 

9th Start: 10/7, (approx.) 5pm

JV Start: 10/7, 6 pm*

Varsity Start: 10/7, 7:30 pm*

*Start times are approximate.

 

 

Which fan has the best serve? Fans will get to test their serves in a contest for fun prizes between the JV and Varsity match. Tickets $5 at the door.

 
 
 
Unified Basketball Season is Starting!

The Unified Basketball Team opens their season at home on Thursday, Oct. 6th. The game will start at 4:30 PM in the Field House. Come to support our Unified athletes and partners!

 

 

Announcing the First Annual Celebrate South Week!
 
 

October 15th thru October 22, 2022

 

Get ready for a week of exciting athletic competitions, PTSO treats, student performance, club events, Spirit Days, and more! More information to come!

 

 

COVID Reminders

As cold and flu season begins, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the NPS COVID protocols. It is very important that students stay home if they are sick. Some important guidelines regarding COVID, more specifically:

 

  • COVID positive individuals should isolate for 5 days.
  • After the isolation period, students and staff may return to school once ALL of the following are true:
    • Fever has been absent for 24 hours without use of fever-suppressing medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen;
    • Symptoms have improved; AND
    • At least five days have passed since symptom onset or a positive test result, whichever is earlier.
  • Isolation can end on day 6 as long as the individual wears a mask through day 10.
  • Please let our nurses, Gail Kramer and Karleen Kiritsy, know if you test positive.

 

Some have expressed concern about staying home if they are sick because of our new attendance policy. (Our FAQs here.) Please, please, stay home if you are ill. All absences due to illness, including COVID are excused. If you are concerned about the impact of illness on your child’s attendance, please contact your child’s dean.

As always, we appreciate your partnership in making the South a safe, spirited learning community. For those of you celebrating Yom Kippur, I wish you a meaningful and reflective day.

 

Best,

 

Josepha Blocker

Acting Principal