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Former student inspired to join Peace Corps

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Jane Hogan, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 By high school I had only traveled as far a Quebec City, but I loved reading books set in foreign countries. At Meadowbrook Junior High I was in the International Relations Club, and at Newton High, I joined a Senior Girl Scout troop with an international focus. My plan was to be selected for a foreign travel/study program. Instead, a high school senior was sent to ...

Our role in world affairs

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Denebola Staff, Volume 3 March 12, 1963 One of the increasing concerns of the United States is our relations with other countries. Modern transportation and the Cold War have made us become aware of the necessity of learning to understand other peoples, their cultures and traditions, and similarities and differences. High schools across the country, realizing this need, are fostering numerous programs to further understanding and friendship between individuals of different nationalities. Newton ...

Principal Seasholes describes African life

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
An extraordinary collaboration between Harvard University and the Newton Public Schools helped create a new school in Nigeria. Newton South took leadership and supplied collaborative teachers and administrators to make this dream-like project possible. The teachers and administrators spent significant time in the African nation to establish a firm foundation for the school. They built curricula on western-democratic educatin, and trained and supported Nigerians to carry on the work themselves. This is the account of former South Principal Van Seasholes’s experiences in Nigeria.

The history of South’s World Language Department

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Daniel Fuchs, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 Throughout its 50-year history, South has offered a wide variety of world languages and language-related programs to its students. Currently, in addition to Spanish and French, South offers Russian, Chinese and American Sign Language programs. In the past, however, South has offered Italian and German in response to what was then a demographic and cultural interest, especially in the case for Italian. “There was a significant Italian population ...

South’s most popular language: Spanish

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Audrey Daum, Volume 13 January 31, 1973 Despite increases or decreases in the high school enrollment in the various foreign languages, the overall interest in foreign languages has remained about the same in recent years. A report released last October by the United States Office of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) includes a section of figures pertaining to the study of foreign languages. The report shows that Spanish is moving ahead of ...

Spanish taught new way: Petrillo heads program

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Denebola Staff, Volume 2 January 22, 1963 What! No homework for Mr. Petrillo’s 1-1 section of Spanish! “You see,” he replied, “The students are learning to speak and understand oral Spanish before they attempt to write or learn the formal grammar of it.” This method consists of listening to tapes in the language laboratory at least three times a week. Each student, among the 13 participating, has a book which shows pictures of ...

Language lab goes hi-tech

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Charley Bandes, Volume 28 June 8, 1988 The students enter the room and calmly take their assigned cubicles. They wear a headset which allows them to hear their teacher’s commands. Every cubicle is fitted with a video screen that enables the students to watch as well as listen to his lesson. They proceed to study prerecorded educational tapes. During all of this, the teacher simply maintains discipline. No, this scene does not come ...

South students respond to the Vietnam War

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Denebola Staff, Volume 7 April 6, 1968 On Saturday, March 16, the “Greater Boston High School Committee To End The War in Vietnam,” held a rally on the Boston Common. The Committee’s platform is “end the war, the draft, and high school complicity with them.” The Committee’s political position is set forth in its newspaper by arguments for and against the two Socialist Workers Party candidates. It opposes the war and the draft, and supports ...

South students respond to the Iranian Hostage Crisis

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Robert Schlossman, Volume 19 November 28, 1979 On Friday of last week, one of the several Iranian students attending Newton South was verbally and physically assaulted in Cutler house. While the incident was relatively minor, this act shows an insensitivity and level of immaturity uncharacteristic of Newton South’s  student body. Furthermore, it was unprovoked and a nonconstructive reaction to the current situation in Iran. Unfortunately the attack was representative of a wave of anger ...

South students respond to the Persian Gulf Crisis

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Jennifer Heyman, Volume 30 December 21, 1990 Before August 2, 1990, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers was only a topic for World History students at South. But the world has changed tremendously in the last year, and out of the birthplace of Western Civilization comes a new enemy. Students at South are not talking about Sennacherib and Nebuchadnezzar, but about Saddam Hussein and the Persian Gulf Crisis. Opinions at Newton ...

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