Category Archives: Athletics

From the Athletic Director

Boys’ Basketball Informational Meeting

The Boys’ Basketball informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 28th at 2:40PM in the Field House. Coach Matthews will attend the meeting.

Reminder: Bus Protocols for Athletes

Massachusetts state regulations require that all students and coaches riding buses wear face masks covering their nose and mouth during their trips. All bus windows also have to be open.

Food is not allowed to be consumed on buses–as required by the bus company’s food allergy protocol. Thank you for your collaboration.

Football Tonight

The Football team will host their first home game of the season tonight, Friday, September 24th at 6:30PM. The varsity squad will play Waltham at Winkler Stadium under the lights. Admission will be charged: $7 adults and $5 for students.

Home Athletic Contests This Weekend

Friday, September 24th

Girls 9th Grade Soccer vs Wayland – 4:30PM

Varsity Football vs Waltham – 6:30PM 

**Blorange Spirit in the Lions’ Den**

Athletics Calendar

Full Athletics calendar, including away contests, is HERE

Always check the online athletics calendar or Athletic Department Instagram (@nshsathletics) for any schedule updates.

Concession Stand Kick-Off at Tonight’s Football Game

Free Snack and Drink for All South Students

Tonight–Friday, September 24th at 6:30PM–during the Football game at Winkler Stadium, the Booster Club will be opening up the refreshment stand. We will also have NSHS Spirit Wear (t-shirts and other gear) for sale.

To celebrate the first home game of the season and welcome everyone back, all South students attending the game will receive a free drink and snack with their admission, courtesy of the Newton South Booster Club.

Many thanks to the parent volunteers, the Booster Club Board and to Coach Dalicandro who helped us make this happen.

Enjoy the game. Go, South!

P.S. We still need a few more folks to work the Concession Stand TONIGHT. Sign up HERE

 

Become a Booster Club Team Rep

The Booster Club had a great first meeting this week. Thank you to all who attended!

We are still looking for some team reps.

This is a new position in our organizational structure. It’s part of our overall efforts to strengthen the Booster Club’s support of South’s athletes, teams, coaches and Athletic Department. Our goal is to have a Rep for each team, at all levels, who coordinates support for their student’s team and provides a connection to the larger Athletic community through the Booster Club.

The Team Rep will share team requests, provide communication, feedback and support broader initiatives that help all South teams and the Athletic program. This coordination will allow the Boosters to provide consistent support to all our teams, student-athletes and coaches.

Team Reps must be the parent/guardian of an athlete on the team they representing. If you are interested in becoming a Team Rep, please be in touch with your student’s coach.

Questions? Email us! 

Team Rep Responsibilities

Provide Team Support – *As directed by the Coach*

Lead and or coordinate volunteers to:

  • Support the team coach with strengthening team spirit (e.g., team dinners, senior recognition events, community service activities)
  • Support the coach on fundraising initiatives
  • Build community among team parents and fans at all team levels (e.g., distribute rosters, email lists, coordinate family meet & greets)
  • Promote news about the team to the Booster Club
  • Work with coaching staff to understand needs of the team and appropriate resources for funding (team fundraising vs. Booster Club)

Serve as Team Rep to the Booster Club 

  • Represent their child’s team at monthly Booster Club meetings
  • Share updates, spirit-building ideas with other teams through Booster Club meetings
  • Provide input on Booster Club activities and participate and promote Booster Club fundraising efforts back to individual team
  • Vote on funding requests to the Booster Club (to come)
  • Serve as a point person for funding requests to the Booster Club (to come)

As mentioned above, the role of the Team Rep is to coordinate support for a team, not to do it all on their own. We also appreciate parent input/feedback on this position as we grow and evolve our program.

We look forward to working with you!

More Booster Club Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to Team Reps, the Booster Club is looking for all kinds of general volunteers–from selling Spirit Wear and helping plan events to Concession Stand sales and general help.

Many hands make light work. Meet fellow South athletics parents and guardians. Help us promote community and school spirit!

  • Check out these ongoing ways to help our teams and South Athletics HERE
  • Sign Up to work the Concession Stand TONIGHT, Friday, September 24th, HERE

Get Your Car Washed by the Girls Soccer Team!

The South Girls Varsity Soccer Team will hold their Annual Charity Car Wash this Saturday, September 25 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM in front of South.

2021 marks the 20th year that the team has washed cars to raise money to support worthy charities.  Please come out and support the squad this Saturday.

Booster Club First Meeting of the Year – Thursday Night!

Reminder! The Booster Club will hold our first general meeting of the 2021-22 school year on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 pm via Zoom.

The Booster Club supports the student-athletes, coaches and athletic program of NSHS and promotes school and community spirit.

Please join us to learn how you can get involved, support your student’s team and the overall sports program at South. All parents and guardians are invited.

 Register here to join the meeting

From the Athletic Director

South sports teams complete their first week of competition!

Field Hockey opened their season under the lights when they hosted Lincoln Sudbury last Friday. The athletes were supported by a festive group of students during the game. The Lions fought hard and, though the score didn’t turn out in their favor, they are making great progress. The team hosted Ursuline on Saturday and played to a 2-2 draw.

Boys’ Soccer is one of our young squads. They defeated Boston Latin on Friday behind a hat trick from Nico Tuelet. On Saturday they tied Wellesley High School 2-2. The team has been showing steady improvement at each game. Their grit and resilience is a trademark!

Girls’ Soccer defeated Boston Latin at West Roxbury on Friday 6-2 and traveled to Sandwich on Saturday for a non-league contest, prevailing over SHS 4-0. The team shows scoring power and a solid defense. The Lions are undefeated.

Girls’ Volleyball opened their home schedule vs Cambridge. The varsity squad defeated CRL 3-1. Our JV squad is lead by first-year coach Vicky Wong and our 9th-grade team is coached by first-year coach Ashlee Daust. The teams traveled to Newton North Saturday.

The Golf Team opened their season on August 31. Our team is using a new scoring system of Match Play. The one-on-one competitions against opponents are exciting and closely-contested.

Football opened their season at Winchester High School. The team’s come-from-behind game was a thriller. The game also featured the Cheerleading and Dance teams. The Lions visited Brookline on Saturday night, where South’s visiting Lions’ Den came out in force to cheer on their school! Final score NS 21 Brookline 6.

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country opened their season at Lincoln Sudbury on Tuesday. The Boys JV and varsity teams swept their opponents while the JV girls defeated LS and the varsity girls ran a highly-contested race against the Warriors. Both teams’ next race will be held at Concord Carlisle on Thursday when they run against Bedford and C-C.

Unified Basketball opens its practice schedule this week. The MIAA/Special Olympics has not released their game schedule yet. Coaches Strongin and Rodriguez lead 33 student-athletes eager to participate and ready to go!

NPS COVID Protocol for Athletics and Extended Theater Productions

You can find the NPS protocols here. Please review the information with your student-athlete as soon as possible.

MASKS – Indoor mask use is required of all athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators. Gaitors are not allowed in NPS.

SPECTATORS – This season two (2) family members per player will be allowed to attend the indoor competitions.

There is no limitation for outdoor spectators at this time.

LOCKER ROOMS – Open each day from 8:30-9:00 am. The locker rooms will open again at 3:45 pm for students to change for practices and games. No equipment or clothes will be left in the locker rooms. As during last school year, the student’s gym bag is their locker.

FOOD – Sharing food or drinks is not allowed at this time (no cakes, cupcakes, pizza, fruits, seeds, etc.)

TRANSPORTATION – By the state mandate, students have to wear a properly fitted face mask while in buses, windows must be open and proper distance should be kept.

Athletics Bus Update

We are grateful to the families and athletes that made last week’s games and matches possible by self-transporting and carpooling.

The bus driver shortage is affecting many communities in Massachusetts, especially in transportation for extracurricular activities. We continue to work with the NPS Director of Transportation and Eastern Bus to monitor the situation. However, last-minute cancelations are beyond our control. We are doing everything possible to avoid canceling and postponing contests. Thank you for your understanding.

Family members who may be available to transport student-athletes: please complete a Volunteer Driver Application and a CORI/SORI Form and submit both forms, along with a copy of your driver’s license, registration and insurance information to the front office at South. 

Please note: If student-athletes drive their own vehicle, they may only transport themselves and not another student.

Newton South Fitness Center

The fitness center is open after school for in-season and out-of-season athletes.

Will McGrath, a certified strength and conditioning coach, will work with our athletes, coaches, and out-of-season teams to provide challenging workouts in a safe and controlled manner. The center is open daily for three hours after school. Fitted facemasks and cleaning protocols are required to use the room. Students have to check in by using their phone cameras to scan the QR code. For safety reasons, the room can be only be used while supervision is present.

Please welcome Coach McGrath to South!

Vaccination Requirements & Covid Testing

Please read this important information from our Vice-Principal.

Use the form included to upload your student’s vaccination card. Students must be logged into their NPS Google account to use this form, allowing us to easily connect your response with your name. Please have each student in a family log in separately or on their school-assigned device to complete the form.

Students have to check symptoms daily before attending practices by using this form regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccination information:

Evidence continues to show that the vaccines are highly effective at preventing infection, hospitalizations, and death.

Still not vaccinated? We are hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people 12 and older at two sites, Newton North and Newton South High Schools. The time and date are the same for both locations.

Vaccines are also readily available at pharmacies (Keyes Drug in Auburndale, Union Pharmacy in Newton Centre, CVS and Walgreens), and other locations in Newton and across the state. Find a location at vaxfinder.mass.gov.

In addition to the health benefits to individuals and the community, fully vaccinated students will experience fewer quarantine/testing requirements in the Newton Public Schools.

Booster Club – First Meeting Thursday, 9/23 @ 7:30 pm

Please join the Booster Club for our first general meeting of the 2021-22 school year on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 pm via Zoom.

The Booster Club supports the student-athletes, coaches and athletic program of NSHS and promotes school and community spirit. Please join us to learn how you can get involved, support your student’s team and the overall sports program at South. All parents are invited to join.

 Register here to join the meeting

Become a Team Rep!

The Booster Club is expanding! 

As part of our efforts to strengthen the Booster Club’s support of South’s athletes, teams, coaches and Athletic Department, we are adding the position of Team Rep to our organizational structure. Our goal is to have a Rep for each team, at all levels, who coordinates support for their child’s team and provides a connection to the larger Athletic community through the Booster Club.

The Team Rep will share team requests, provide communication, feedback and support broader initiatives that help all South teams and the Athletic program. This coordination will allow the Boosters to provide consistent support to all our teams, student-athletes and coaches.

Team Reps must be the parent/guardian of an athlete on the team they representing. If you are interested in becoming a Team Rep, please be in touch with your child’s coach, and plan to attend the Booster Club’s first meeting on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 pm. Questions? Email us! 

Team Rep Responsibilities: 

Provide Team Support – *As directed by the Coach*

Lead and or coordinate volunteers to:

  • Support the team coach with strengthening team spirit (e.g., team dinners, senior recognition events, community service activities)
  • Support the coach on fundraising initiatives
  • Build community among team parents and fans at all team levels (e.g., distribute rosters, email lists, coordinate family meet & greets)
  • Promote news about the team to the Booster Club
  • Work with coaching staff to understand needs of the team and appropriate resources for funding (team fundraising vs. Booster Club)

Serve as Team Rep to the Booster Club 

  • Represent their child’s team at monthly Booster Club meetings
  • Share updates, spirit-building ideas with other teams through Booster Club meetings
  • Provide input on Booster Club activities and participate and promote Booster Club fundraising efforts back to individual team
  • Vote on funding requests to the Booster Club (to come)
  • Serve as a point person for funding requests to the Booster Club (to come)

As mentioned above, the role of the Team Rep is to coordinate support for a team, not to do it all on their own. We also appreciate parent input/feedback on this position as we grow and evolve our program.

We look forward to working with you!