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Students, Faculty Struggle to Find Parking In School Lots

March 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Noy Alon and Min Park News Reporters At the beginning of each semester, Juniors and Seniors rush to the main office to purchase parking passes for the upcoming semester. This year, some Seniors have characterized the stressful process that is purchasing a parking pass as a “parking fiasco.” In describing this problem, Seniors have said that they did not receive priority over the junior class in regards to purchasing parking passes. Senior […]


Newton South To Host “Dance For A Cause” On March 22

March 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Miranda Lassar Managing-Editor of Community News Newton South will host “Dance for a Cause” on Sunday March 22, featuring the Dance Academy of Siagel Productions. “Dance for a Cause” is a fundraiser for Sanfilippo Syndrome, a genetic disease that prevents its victims from walking, talking, and even eating. Steve Siagel, owner of Siagel Productions and the Dance Academy of Siagel Productions, started this event with his friend and colleague, Reia Connor, whose […]

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South Students Decide How To Balance Their Honors Courses

March 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Noy Alon and Min Park News Reporters March 18 is Registration Day at Newton South-a day in which many students are presented with the challenge of deciding how many honors classes they can accommodate into their busy lives for the upcoming school year. At South, honors and AP level courses (with the exception of freshman honors math) are available only from sophomore to senior year. When choosing which classes to take at […]

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Faculty Council, South Senate Consider Removal of Weighted GPAs

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Lucy Kim and Chloe Frantzis News Reporters In a meeting on March 5 with South Senate, the Faculty Council discussed the possibility of removing weighted GPAs from Newton South. The GPA represents the average of each of a student’s grades for the level-courses he or she is enrolled in. South’s weighted GPA expresses a student’s grades from sophomore to senior year on a scale from one through five, depending on the course […]

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Senior Zach Grossack Accepted To National Bridge Team

March 05, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

by Miranda Lassar and Sam Hirschhorn News Reporters For Senior Zach Grossack, playing cards is an everyday activity, but not just for fun. Grossack is a member of the U.S. National Bridge Team and won his first open National Bridge tournament this past summer, breaking the record for youngest National Bridge champion. Bridge is a complicated card and mind game, with similar strategies to chess and poker, requiring strategy, instinct, analysis, and preparation. […]

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Students, Teachers Try To Move Forward After Six Snow Days

March 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

by Winson Ye News Reporter This year, Newton students and teachers have been kept home from school for six days in the wake of a series of blizzards that dumped snow upon Massachusetts in record-fashion. While students have enjoyed these six days to relax and catch up on sleep and homework, teachers have been concerned with keeping their classes on track. Advance Placement (AP) teachers, in particular, have had difficulty in trying to […]

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South Students React to the Potential Impacts of the Keystone XL Pipeline

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

by Ava Morollo News Reporter President Obama recently vetoed a bill that would allow the Canadian company TransCanada to build an approximately 2,000 mile oil pipeline that stretches from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. While the U.S. State Department is attempting a second push to get the bill accepted, the pipeline continues to raise international controversy. Forbes found that due to the United States’ inability to come to a conclusion […]

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Newton-Jingshan Exchange Students Embrace Cultural Changes

February 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rachel Honigsberg Imagine stepping off a plane and immediately being immersed in a new culture that you will live in for several months. Each year, this seemingly daunting task is embraced and highly-anticipated by the students participating in the Newton-Beijing Jingshan Exchange Program. The program, which began in 1979, allows students from the Jingshan school in Beijing to live in Newton for four months in the fall. Afterwards, Newton High School students […]

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Newton High Schools to Announce More Late-Arrivals Schedules on MCAS Testing Days

February 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Brian Yoffe Managing-Editor of School News Newton South and Newton North high schools have decided to alter this year’s MCAS schedule in order to accommodate more stringent state testing requirements. The schedule change will give each grade not taking MCAS on an MCAS testing day a late-arrival schedule. From March 24-26 and May 12-13, only the sophomore class will report to school at the regular time to take the English Language Arts […]

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Senior Alexia Vernet Speaks on Race at South in Remembrance of Martin Luther King

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Winson Ye News Reporter South Senior Alexia Vernet joined students from Oak Hill and Brown at Temple Emanuel Monday morning to present their speeches written in commemoration of Newton’s 47th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Superintendent David Fleishman, the principals of Newton South, Oak Hill, and Brown, and Mayor Setti D. Warren were among the community leaders present during the celebration. Traditionally, the celebration has showcased students’ original essays that […]