Category Archives: Athletics

NPS Announcement Today: Required COVID Testing for HS Extracurriculars

Newton Public School’s partnership with JCM to provide Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing at South started on March 8th.  But 30% participation from NSHS families is low compared to some neighboring districts seeing 75% participation.

Today, Superintendent Fleishman sent an update to all families: Required COVID Testing for HS Extracurriculars.  See below for details:

“As you know, we have made every effort over the past several weeks to encourage voluntary participation in our COVID testing program. Unfortunately, our participation rates are not meeting expectations nor are they at the level at which the pool testing is significantly useful in terms of gauging infection rates. In addition, COVID cases are rising among young people and there have been outbreaks in other towns and cities linked to athletics. Given we are returning more students to the building beginning April 26, we have determined we need to take more significant action.

Given we are returning more students to the building beginning April 26, we have determined we need to take more significant action.

Therefore, we have made the decision to MANDATE TESTING for all high school extracurricular activities. This is a mandate not only for students participating in athletics, but for any students participating in in-person extracurricular activities.

If your student participates in any in-person extracurricular activity, they must be enrolled and participate weekly in our pool testing program.”

5 Easy Steps to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and Get Started:

Step 1: Sign the consent form here to give your consent once.  The consent form can be found in the Aspen Student/Family Portal.

Step 2: Create an account at JCM Analytics (testing vendor) website at  PLEASE NOTE: once you sign the consent form, there is a brief lag time before your consent is uploaded to JCM.  You will NOT be able to create an account until your information is uploaded. Data will be uploaded on Monday and Thursday mornings by 8:30 a.m. You can access JCM after this time to create an account.

Step 3: Get the QR Code from JCM – you get the code once, save it on your phone or print it out.

Step 4: Pick up Nasal Swab Kit at School

Step 5: Bring the Swab Kit with QR back on his/her designated cohort day. Get a new kit for the following week. No news is good news!

Fall 2 Sports Award Night Sat, May 1

Fall 2 Sports season Awards Day will be Saturday, May 1. We will use the same format that was in place for the previous two seasons.

The awards will take place by team appointment time. Only the students receiving awards for each program and their parents will be attending the event. The slots are by program and include all levels of the sport.

The event will take place in Gym B.  Attendees will enter by using the outside entrance doors.

Please notice that with Spring teams in session,  times were selected to accommodate coaches and athletes participating in both seasons.

  • 10:00 AM  Girls Volleyball 3 levels
  • 10:15 AM Unified Basketball
  • 10:30 AM Football 2 levels
  • 10:45 AM Girls Track 2 levels
  • 11:00 AM Boys Track 2 Levels
  • 11:15 AM Dance
  • 12:30 PM Cheer – presentation will be held after car wash.

Girls Volleball

The Girls’ teams want to thank the support that coaches, parents, staff personnel, and their remote fans gave them during the season.

Fall 2 was filled with great moments, joyful experiences, and memories that will continue to strengthen the players’ bonds. Our coaches had the opportunity to develop skills and nurture community building by creating spaces for the students to thrive.

Closing the season by playing outdoor volleyball against the coaches was a fun closure to a great year.

Spring Sports Registration

Just one week ahead and we need to prepare for your season safety protocols.

Please notice that due to COVID guidelines some sports have a cap on the number of athletes that can sign up for the sport.

We realize that this can be disappointing to some late registrants yet we have to follow guidelines that allow an extensive number of students to safely participate in our programs.

The Spring Tryout schedule will be released on Monday, April 19. You will find it by clicking on the Athletic Tab on our school website and scrolling down the menu.

Boys Volleyball

Boys volleyball this Spring! Athletes wanted!!

Have a high vertical? Highly coordinated? Want a chance at winning a state championship and being part of a supportive team? No prior experience required. Join one of the top programs in the state. Register for tryouts on the Newton South Athletics website.

You can also reach out to our Head coach Lucas Coffeen at

Unified Basketball

From Coaches Strongin and Rodriguez:

“This season, Unified Basketball still held on as one of the strongest teams in the state. We gave NSHS three consecutive wins this season; a perfect season. We had a full roster of 25 athletes. Our goal this season was to give everyone a real and meaningful sports experience, and thanks to our athletes we were successful. Our athletes worked harder this season than any year previous. Our team was a constant reminder that friendship, respect, and inclusion are very much present at NSHS.  We are extremely thankful to the athletes for making this an overall great season.”

DCL Cheer and Dance

The Cheer and Dance teams competed at the DCL tournament on Saturday, April 10. The competition was held outdoors for the first time in league history. Both teams had strong performances and represented South well.

With only 4 athletes the Cheer squad vowed judges by sticking all their stunts and their tumbling sequences!

The dance team presented a very solid routine with extensive use of space and multiple fronts. Their rhythm and coordination earned them the Dance trophy.


The Football team closed their season on  Friday, April 16 by hosting Weston High School.  Thank you Lions for a great season!

Track Team

Our track teams finished their Indoor season on Monday when they hosted league rival Cambridge Rindge and Latin.

The teams were great hosts and their performances showed their hard work during their most unusual season.

Summer Basketball Shooting Clinic

Steve Matthews current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the DCL Large Champion Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run four-day shooting clinics this summer.  Attendees will learn how to shoot with perfect form. The clinics will include all aspects of the game of basketball. There will be lectures, drills, contests, and games.

Location:  Cold Spring Park, 1094 Beacon St. Newton, MA 02461

Dates & Session Times:

  • Monday, June 28th – Thursday, July 1st
  • Tuesday, July 6th – Friday, July 9th
  • Monday, July 26th – Thursday, July 30th
  • Session 1: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Session 2: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • *Each session limited to 24 attendees

Boys & Girls entering grades 5-9 (Fall 2021). View clinic flyer.

Please complete and submit the application online at: