School Council

The Newton South School Council is a representative school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, students and community members.  The council advises the Principal on budget, school improvement plans and other issues of general interest. School councils are required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.

Read the NSHS SC’s Bylaws here.

For more information, please contact the NSHS School Council at


  • Principal Tamii Stras
  • Co-Chairs  OPEN
  • Faculty/Staff Rachel McNally and Michelle Caine
  • Students Ananya Kadwe, Andreas Demoor
  • Parents Kia Freeman, Sumukh Tendulkar, Johnathon Sheena, Helen Scarr, Rakashi Chand, Didem Vardar Ulu, Tammy Tsikar, 
  • PTSO Michelle Wetlaufer

Click to view School Council Agendas and Minutes



Traffic around Newton South

Social/Emotional Well Being of Students

Researched pros and cons of Weighted GPA, 19 GPA Research Summary April 28

19 Newton South Traffic Study Jan28 to School Committee

Later Start Letter to School Committee 6-18


Op-Ed, “Insist on Later High School Start in Newton,” Newton Tab, May 21, 2016

Huffington Post Viral Video: “The Case For Starting School Later,” (1:29), posted April 21, 2016

VIDEO: Dr. Chris Landrigan at the Community Forum, NNHS, 1/26/16 (22 mins)


Helpful Links

Adolescent Sleep & Later High School Start Time Resources

Later High School Start Time in the Media

High School Start Time in Newton

High School Start Time Working Group Website  (Newton School Committee)

Superintendent’s Letter to the Newton Community – Late Start Time (November 2015)

Superintendent’s Video on High School Stress: Start Time & Other Initiatives     (December 2015)

Dr. Chris Landrigan’s Presentation (PowerPoint) from the Community Forum at Newton North, 1/26/16

Growth Mindset

In 2015-6 we hosted a discussion with hands-on activities to give parents a window into the important educational concept of growth mindset, showing how teachers are using it to encourage and support students. The discussion was led by Jennifer Chen, a math teacher at South and Principal Joel Stembridge and included student insights and a thoughtful discussion with parents, teachers and students.

Growth Mindset Resources (courtesy NNHS School Council)