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Jampol reminisces on teaching, tennis, and life at South

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
How long have you been teaching at South for? Over the years, what have you noticed in the changes of the school? In other words, what do you find notable in the history of our school?

Faculty Focus: Mary Scott

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Shira Gans, Volume 33 December 23, 1993 If someone were to ask you to name the best teacher you ever had, you would most likely remember the glowing mentor who taught you to interpret Dostoyevsky, but in this case, the woman who taught you parabolas will most likely spark wonderful memories. Though math itself may be a most soporific institution, one Newton South math teacher has managed to instill enthusiasm in students ...

The problem behind “N”s

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Elana Epstein, Volume 22 February 16, 1983 In the past two years, the number of students failing classes at Newton South has become a serious problem.  Rather than getting “F’s,” the majority of these students are receiving “N’s,” because they are not coming to class. According to a recent Guidance Department study, 336 people (or approximately 24 percent of the school) received at least on “N” in the first quarter of this ...

To education: standardized testing in 2011

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Amanda Sands, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 From the MCAS, a standard proficiency test, to the AP, a test of mastery, students in Massachusetts are subject to a variety of standardized tests that are designed to provide an equal evaluation of students’ abilities. In some cases, the results of the tests are essentially irrelevant to the student herself because her score may only have ramifications for her school’s funding—something to which she may be oblivious. The consequences of some tests however, affect students quite personally, factoring into their college acceptances. Regardless of the consequences, standardized testing has come under scrutiny all over the country.

Sumners on METCO

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
Denebola sat down with METCO counselor Katani Sumner about the current state of the program, which aims to eliminate racial imbalance in education by busing students from Boston and Springfield to neighboring suburbs.

Reactions of the South community

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Abby Posner, Volume 28 June 8, 1988 How does one explain the recent attacks upon METCO? According to history teacher Dr. Ed Jackson, the bottom line is “what it always is...money.” According to Jackson, “METCO attacks can’t be explained by the relative weakness of white liberals.” Jackson feels “education, any education, just costs too much for many people, even if it isn’t getting near enough the support it needs to be effective. ...

Successful METCO program expands to high schools

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By David Eldelstein, Volume 10 December 21, 1970 In response to the intensification of some of the problems of the big cities in recent times, the Newton School System has been hosting black METCO students from Boston. Next year, several of these students will be entering South High to further their educational experience in Newton. Since 1966, students from Roxbury have been coming to Newton schools, starting with the elementary schools and working their ...

Coexistence

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Denebola Staff, Volume 10 November 10, 1970 The discussion between black and white students Monday, November 2, brought into the open racial problems in Newton South. Newton is largely a lily white community; thus our school offers limited ethnic diversiy. While the suburban attributes of Newton have been described as “the clean, the green and the serene” by one woman fighting against NCDF, students in its high schools realize a dynamic environment ...

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