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LiNK Club Raises Awareness on Crisis in North Korea

April 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Brian Yoffe South’s Liberty in North Korea club hosted a raffle to raise money for Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), an international organization, which helps North Korean refugees. The raffle took place on April 16 and 17 during J block in the field house, where students could purchase tickets for $2 apiece. Prizes included Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, Starbucks packages, and candy. LiNK is an organization that was formed nearly 10 years […]

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Boston Marathon Finish Line Evacuated After Unattended Backpacks Discovered

April 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Valerie Gomez The area around the Boston Marathon finish line was evacuated Tuesday evening as police investigated two unattended backpacks left along Boylston Street and Exeter Street. According to CNN, thousands gathered all along Boylston Street to pay their respects to last year’s Boston Marathon runners. Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Vice President Joe Biden, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick attended the ceremony. At last year’s marathon, three people died, and more […]

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Junior and Freshman Classes Pilot PARCC

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Winson Ye Six math classes of juniors piloted the PARCC exam  Tuesday April 8 and Wednesday April 9 as part of the second round of testing within the past two weeks. Four freshmen classes from different curriculum levels were also randomly chosen to take the tests last week. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, commonly abbreviated as the PARCC, is a collection of states that work together in […]

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Tertulia 2014 Schedule

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Stream Tertulia Live A Block: MC- Ian and Amy 1. Michael H. 2. SASA 3. Charles P. 4. Jordie 5. Spitz 6. Stav 7. Caolinn   B Block: MC- Ian and Amy 1. Sam Sharon 2. Nikki C. 3. New Tones 4. Tajea 5. Fosters 6. Hannah Lass 7. Monica, Linsey, Bomi, Fiona 8. Jonah Cochin   F Block: MC- Connor 1. Sr. Jampol 2. Dance Academy (Siagel) 3. Richard Denitto’s band 4. […]

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Newton Man Arrested For Waltham Murder

April 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Valerie Gomez Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton was arrested on March 26 in Windham, Maine, as a suspect in connection to the fatal shooting of a Waltham teenager. According to WCVB, local police were able to track down Poulin with the help of Waltham Police and Massachusetts State Police. Tyler Zanco, 17, a senior at Waltham High School, was shot in the Gardencrest Apartments parking lot March 20 during an attempted drug […]

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Seniors Line Goldrick Staircase with Cupcakes

April 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Brian Yoffe As students and faculty arrived at school this morning, they were greeted by 2,000 cupcakes lining the stairwell in Goldrick House. Senior Hattie Gawande created the ideas as a senior prank for April Fool’s Day. Gawande and seniors Nicki Oppenheim, Fiza Ansari, and Margalit Glasgow organized the prank, and 35 seniors and two underclassmen took part in the baking process. Each participant made 24-48 cupcakes with which they lined the […]

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Global Communities Program Travels to China and Galapagos Islands

March 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Winson Ye After spending over a week travelling abroad to the Galapagos Islands and China as part of the Global Communities Program, the two groups of participating South students have returned enthusiastic about their experiences. The trip to the Galapagos Islands took place from March 7 to March 16. Students travelled by airplane from Logan International Airport to Miami and then finally to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. From there students flew […]


District to Implement “Signs of Suicide” Program

March 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Brian Yoffe In a recent email to parents and faculty, Principal Joel Stembridge stated that the Newton community has collaborated with experts in Boston and other schools in the country who have experienced similar student suicide situations to create a long-term plan to prevent suicides. At the heart of the plan is the Signs of Suicide program, which is a “nationally recognized research-based program.” The program teaches students how to recognize the […]

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Students React to Venezuelan Protests

March 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Valerie Gomez Venezuelan protests hit close to home for South students. Major opposition protests began in Venezuela Feb. 12 when students demanded increased security after a female student was allegedly raped on a university campus. According to CNN, protesters are fighting against record inflation, shortages of food, and increased crime. As more protesters are being detained, more, especially mothers, are joining the protesters, urging the release of those detained. Protesters want to […]

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Students Embrace SAT Changes

March 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Brian Yoffe Many students say they welcome the recently announced changes to the SAT. In an effort to make the SATs more compatible with students’ academic skills, the College Board recently announced significant changes to the exam to be implemented in 2016. The College Board recognized more students have been taking the rival exam, the ACT, this past year and hoped that these changes would encourage more students to take the SATs. […]