Superintendent Attempts To Move Forward Following Plagiarism Incident

September 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Jack Hooker and Dar Alon Editors-In-Chief Newton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Fleishman addressed students at Newton South on Friday afternoon, making his first appearance at the school since the incident last spring. “Today, I am speaking to you about a serious mistake that I made,” Fleishman told the junior global english class. “For me, it was obviously the most significant and most humiliating failure of my professional life.” The Lions Roar […]

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Superintendent Fleishman Reflects on Plagiarism Scandal

September 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Winson Ye Superintendent David Fleishman apologized to teachers  at last Wednesday’s open meeting of all Newton teachers.for a “sloppy and hasty” graduation speech in June. Fleishman also said he will visit with students at both North and South soon after the start of the school year to answer any questions they might have. “As one who typically devotes considerable energy to both my written pieces and speeches, I learned a painful lesson […]

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‘14 Grads Feel Let Down, Look For Forgiveness In Wake Of Speech Incident

July 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Dar Alon and Mary Levine Members of the Class of 2014 said they were disappointed to hear that Superintendent David Fleishman had borrowed words and phrases from Gov. Deval Patrick in the speech he gave at June’s South graduation. The school committee fined Fleishman one week’s salary, about $4,900, earlier this week because of the incident. Setti Warren, mayor of Newton, supports the school committee’s decision regarding Fleishman’s fine. “I support the […]

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Underclass Awards

June 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Book Awards — Colleges provide criteria and book; unrelated to admission Brandeis Sally Stack Brown Hyunnew Choi Columbia Rachel McVittie Cornell Ian Paul Dartmouth Najiye Honca Harvard Siddarth Roychowdhury Holy Cross James Patti Mt. Holyoke Hannah Elbaum Princeton Jae Sung Lee Smith Eli Lerner Wellesley Gabriella Sinclair Wheelock Nora Stein Williams Minori Ito Yale Michaela Nesson School-Wide Awards C. Wayne Altree Award – Excellence in American History Jae Lee and Patrick Reilly Kevin […]

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Newton Free Library to Host Community Wide Book Reading

June 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Winston Jiang and Ava Morollo The Newton Free Library launched Newton Reads: On the Same Page to hold its first ever community wide book reading of The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider this Fall. On May 3rd, Newton Free Library and Newton Cares, the coalition for suicide prevention and mental health awareness, hosted a kick-off event for the reading of this book. Liz Rowland, the teen librarian at Newton Free Library, […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Brown University Basketball Star Sophie Bikofsky

June 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Jillian Marks Newton South was established in 1960 and since then over 50 classes have graduated. We all know some of the bigger names that walked the same halls as we do today, such as The Office stars, John Krasinski and B.J. Novak. But Newton South boasts a lot of successful alum that we seem to know little about – authors, journalists, a Nobel Prize winner, and even a Bollywood actress. While […]

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Waban Library Center to Build Brick Patio

June 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Valerie Gomez The Waban Library Center, a private library and community space completely staffed by volunteers, is building a brick patio on its lawn this summer. As an effort to fund the Patio Brick Project, people can purchase bricks inscribed with their choosing of tribute, celebration, or memorial in order to reach the goal of 2,000 dollars. Through June 30, 4 by 8 inch bricks are being sold at $75, after that […]

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Global Sustainability Class Opens Green Trail

June 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Brian Yoffe Michael Kozuch and his Global Communities sustainability class opened South’s Green Trail this past week. Kozuch and a class of eight seniors officially opened the trail during J block last Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Cutler House. Kozuch said he hopes the Green Trail will educate students on the current environmental issues threatening the world today and shows them how they can help by creating a more sustainable community. […]

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Junior Daniel Shaar Heading to MIT

May 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By David Zhang Daniel Shaar, a junior, was accepted early into MIT this fall and will finish high school a full year earlier than he originally planned. Shaar has had his sights set on MIT since he was nine years old. “I was at my uncle’s wedding and his friends were all from Harvard. They asked me if I wanted to go to Harvard when I grew up and I responded that I’d […]

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Increased Participation in Class Elections Linked to the College Process

May 28, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

By Winson Ye and Brian Yoffe In today’s world, applying to college is a rigorous four year process in which students must work tirelessly throughout high school in order to distinguish themselves from the vast competition that is their friends and peers. According to Ivywise, this year’s college acceptance rates hit a record low with some schools accepting as few as five percent of its applicants. With this competition comes a higher standard […]