From the Athletic Director

Dr. Lellock Gets a Second Chance…at Running the Boston Marathon

From the Newton Schools Foundation (NSF):
NSF has been the lucky recipient of a Boston Marathon charity bib number for many years and we have been fortunate to recruit committed NPS staff and alums who have trained hard and fundraised for the schools.

Last year one of those educators was South English teacher Jasmine Lellock. It was to be her first Boston Marathon. Well, we all know what happened.

According to Dr. Lellock, “After finally qualifying for the marathon–a lifelong goal–and fundraising for NSF, I lost the opportunity to run the in-person race. I was able to run the virtual race in 2020 with my running partner, and now this fall, I will be able to finally run the in-person race for the first time.

“Over the years, my students and fellow teachers have benefitted directly from the grants offered by NSF.  My colleagues and I learned from summer professional development on anti-racism, and my Shakespeare students had the chance to meet a famous actor and playwright. I’m grateful to Newton Schools Foundation for their efforts! I hope you will help me reach my goal of $5,000 to support a cause near and dear to my heart.”

So, on October 11th–the new date for the 2021 Boston Marathon–come out and cheer for South’s own Dr. Lellock and help her reach the finish line.  You can also make a donation to her run in support of NSF and grants to the schools here.

Sports Buses

Our district, like many districts in the state, continues to face transportation challenges as a consequence of state-wide bus driver shortages.

This week we were able to avoid canceling contests by moving games to later times, dismissing students earlier, and asking our parents to transport their children to their games and meets. Our athletes were able to participate without interruption thanks to the parents’ help and the quick action of our coaches.

The situation at the bus companies continues to be difficult and also affects transportation for our opponents, requiring numerous game time changes home and away. We are extremely grateful for our families’ help on such short notice, since–to take last Tuesday as an example–notification about bus cancelations reached our office after 11:00AM.

Please check the Athletics Website often on game/meet days, since changes are posted under announcements there as well as pushed out on social media:
Twitter@NSHS_Athletics  •  Instagram@nshsathletics

NSHS Receives MIAA Sportsmanship Honor

Newton South Athletes were recently recognized with a place on the 2020-21 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll. The South teams demonstrated great sportsmanship during all seasons last year. In a pandemic year, our athletes showed not only grit and resilience but also lived our CORE VALUES by embracing good sportsmanship.

National Coaches Day

This past Wednesday was National Coaches Day, a nationally designated day to celebrate high school coaches. Newton South has a very dedicated group of coaches who work tirelessly throughout the year on behalf of our athletes. They provide opportunities for all our students to succeed while enjoying the sports they love. We thank them for their dedication and celebrate having them in our midst.

Please honor this occasion by reaching to your student-athlete’s coach to share a moment or an action that made a difference for you or your child. You will make their day!

South Golfer Headed to State Sectionals

Lions’ golfer Will Freudenheim has qualified for the Golf State Sectional tournament with a record of 8-1. The Sectional Championship for Division 1 North will be held at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester on Tuesday, October 19. Coach Flynn will accompany Will in his quest to qualify for the MIAA All-State tournament.

Girls Basketball Informational Meeting

A reminder that the Girls Basketball informational meeting is on Tuesday, October 19 at 2:40 PM in the Field House. Interested students can get information about the program and meet Coach Rogers at that time.

This Weekend

Friday Games
The Field Hockey teams hosted Weston on Friday night at the stadium field. Congrats to both teams for holding Weston scoreless!

Girls Volleyball teams hosted Wayland in a DCL showdown of two excellent programs. Varsity took the win, 3-1!

The Varsity Football team traveled to Westford Academy, while we didn’t come out on top, our Lions fought hard.

Saturday Games
The JV Football team will host Westford Academy at 1:00 PM at Brandeis Road field.

The Boys JV and Varsity Soccer teams will host Brookline under the lights. JV starts at 5:00 PM followed by Varsity at 7:00 PM. The Varsity record is 3-3-2.