Category Archives: For 8th Grade

South Stage Parent Social, Sunday, May 31 – Rising Freshmen Parents Please Come!

South Stage is Newton South’s highly-acclaimed theatre department, where students and faculty collaborate to put on a broad program of quality performances in fall, winter and spring, with support from the South Stage parent group. Known at NSHS as particularly warm and accepting, South Stage is a great place for your rising Freshman student to make friends, learn fabulous communication skills, and have a blast! To learn more, parents of current 8th grade students are welcomed and encouraged to join us Sunday, May 31 from 7-9pm, at the home of Theresa St.John-Siegel and Steve Siegel, 160 Allen Avenue, Waban. No RSVP required. Come hear about next year’s show schedule, learn how your student can audition for the Frosh Play (a play where all Freshmen who audition get speaking parts) and other shows. Find out about opportunities to learn technical skills such as costume-making, set-building, set and light design, etc. This is a great opportunity to network with experienced South parents who are available to help you transition your student. If you have any questions or would like to add your email to the South Stage mailing list, please email

Parents and students are also invited to join us at our one remaining play of the 2014 -2015 school year, which is our 32nd joint Shakespeare project with Newton North. This year the high school students will perform MacBeth in the Newton South Courtyard on May 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets on sale at, but please be advised that this show contains graphic scenes of medieval armed combat and blood (PG 13).

South Stage Parents Group Spring Meeting

Thurs. June 12, 7:30-9pm
35 Bracebridge Road, Newton Centre (home of Andrea Roman and Tom Gloria)

We are looking forward to meeting you and your incoming 9th grade students! The South Stage Parents Group works behind the scenes to support our very successful theatre program at South. We assist Jeff Knoedler, the Theatre Arts Director in setting budgets, raising funds, and managing some of the logistics for the eight productions held each year.

At our year-end meeting on the 12th, we’d love to get your input as we review this year’s activities, and plan next year’s fundraising and parent social events. And we’ll raise a glass to the wonderful productions of the 2013-2014 season!

We are expanding our organization and could use volunteers next year to participate in the following areas: Email list management, PR & email communications, Graphic design, Local business fundraising and donations, Poster distribution, Bookkeeping, Event volunteer coordination, Food deliveries to rehearsals. No role is too time-consuming or demanding. We have many small tasks for willing volunteers.

Even if you’re not sure about volunteering, please feel free to come meet fellow theatre parents. Questions? Contact Ruth Rosenblatt or Andrea Roman at: Please drop us a note if you think you’ll be attending.

Ask your 8th Grader about the Creative Arts and Sciences program yesterday

While you are stuck inside with your 8th graders today, take a moment to ask them about the play Sigh/Omelas they saw yesterday.  
Sigh/Omelas was written, produced, and performed over 800 times by Stephen Kidd. Throughout the play, Mr. Kidd becomes different characters, flowing effortlessly from one to another.  It is based upon his experiences working in a summer camp with children who have HIV/AIDS.  Sigh/Omelas tells actual stories of children living with AIDS and their struggle to live with this debilitating disease in a biased and uninformed society. Excerpts are integrated throughout the production from Ursula Le Guin’s short story about a flawed utopia entitled “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”.   Prior to the performance, the children read and discussed the short story and did related projects in the classroom. Ask them what they thought about the story and how it related to the characters in the play, and what they took away from the program.
This the 9th year in a row that Steve Kidd has performed Sigh/Omelas at Oak Hill.  The performance was presented by the Oak Hill Creative Arts and Sciences Committee which is funded by your contributions to the PTO.
And a huge thank you to all the families who made donations to Camp AmeriKids (the inspiration for Continue reading

Latin at Newton South

Latin is offered to incoming 8th graders at Newton South.  For parents interested in learning more about the program, please see the letter from Newton South Latin teacher, Mr. Lanckton, which can be found on the “From Newton Schools” page

NSHS Presentation on Special Education Programs for Gr. 8 Parents


 Presentation for Parents of Current 8th Grade Students

in Special Education, Class of 2017

WHEN:  Thursday, November 15, 2012

TIME:  8:30am to 9:30 am

WHERE:  Newton South High School Faculty Dining Room


  • Introduction of key members of South team
  • Transition process
  • Short presentation of special education programs at South for current 8th grade parents (incoming class of 2017)
  • Questions and answer

Kathy Farnsworth, Special Ed. Dept. Head, Newton South

Jennifer Truslow, Asst. Principal Brown Middle School

Shari Engelbourg, Asst. Principal Oak Hill Middle School

Lisa Wilensky, Coordinator of Academic Support, Newton South

Kevin Lenane, Inclusion Facilitator Connections Program, Newton South

Kevin Flynn, Compass Program, Newton South

Steve Feinberg, Southside Program, Newton South


For 8th Grade Parents: Panel Discussion by NSHS Parents, April 12

The PTO will host a panel discussion for 8th Grade parents this Thursday, April 12, 7PM-8:30PM, featuring parents who have children in both Oak Hill and Newton South HS. It will be in the Oak Hill school library, with (decaffeinated) coffee. We did this last year, and 8th Grade parents found it quite helpful to hear tips and perspectives from parents of Newton South HS kids.

Grade 8 Staffing Update

Dear Families of Team 8-2 Students,

As you may know, Mrs. Monica Swain, Team 8-2 English teacher,  gave birth to her third child, a daughter, in June right after school ended. Mrs. Swain will return from her maternity leave on Monday, September 19. Continue reading

Class of 2011 DVD for Sale

Dear Families of Eighth Graders,

Would you like to have a lasting memory of your child’s middle school journey? You can own your own copy of the “Moving On” DVD, a collection of photographs of the Class of 2011. DVDs will be on sale at the “Moving On” ceremony on Wednesday morning, June 22, 9:00AM for only $10.00. Proceeds to support Oak Hill’s technology fund – we are in the process of purchasing new  computers for the Mac Lab.


Rosa Sterk, Instructional Technology Teacher

Peter Klapes, Eighth Grade Student

8th Grade: Returning from Canobie Lake at 2:30PM tomorrow

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

8th graders will return from Canobie Lake at 2:30 tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, not 3:30 or 4:00 as was written in an earlier communication. Students will be able to take the regular 2:30 bus tomorrow. If the Canobie Lake bus returns after 2:30 due to traffic, for example, there are still late buses available at 4:15 for Newton and 5:00 for Boston.

Thank you,
Eva Thompson

8th Grade: Going to Newton NORTH next year?

Is your 8th grader headed to Newton North in the fall? If so, the NNHS PTSO wants to include your family in its directory. Please complete the directory form at