Newton South Principal Joel Stembridge announced to the South community that he’s leaving to become principal of Charlestown High School next school year. Stembridge has been at Newton South since 2009.

Here’s his message:

Dear NSHS,
This afternoon I let the wonderful NSHS faculty and staff know that I have accepted the Boston Public School’s offer to be the principal of Charlestown High School next year. 
It has been an honor to serve the families and students in Newton. I will take with me many fond memories of the NSHS community, both as an educator and a parent, and will greatly miss the creativity, energy, and passion that the NSHS students, faculty, and community shared with me over the past eleven years. I will forever cherish memories of classroom visits, performances, athletic competitions, and conversations. It has especially been a privilege to champion and celebrate so many NSHS students from entering ninth graders through graduation and beyond.
It is a strange time to leave, without having the opportunity to say good-bye, in-person, to students and to their families, so many of whom I had the good fortune to get to know over the past eleven years. I expect we will connect virtually over the course of the next few weeks as there is much work to be done, including celebrating and honoring our senior class. I remain fully dedicated to leading South, albeit virtually, and supporting our students, faculty, and families for the remainder of the school year.  
Best regards,
Joel Stembridge
Principal, Newton South High School

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