Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Needham Spelling Bee teams spell a win at the annual Needham Education Foundation's spelling bee.
The term "neossology," the study of young birds spelled a win for one team at the Needham Education Foundation's Spelling Bee last week. The winning team represented the Needham Board of Selectmen, made up of Selectmen John Bulian and Dan Matthews and Lindsey Kiser. This year's is the 22nd annual bee, and it features a collection of celebrity word pronouncers: Partner at Last Minute Productions Gary Gillis, Olin College President Richard Miller, and Lowell Spinners Announcer Mike Riley. Special attractions include complimentary refreshments and a commemorative NEF Bee Cupcake available for purchase from Treat Cupcake Bar. Newly designed hats and T-shirts featuring the NEF Bee will also be available for purchase. This year, the Bee’s lead…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The 22nd annual NEF Spelling Bee coming this week to raise money for the Needham Education Foundation and introduce you to some new words.
Do you know the meaning of "samizdat"? A team who was able to spell it last year won the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) Annual Spelling Bee. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 in the Needham High School gymnasium. (for the handful of readers not familiar with the term "samizdat," it is a Russian word meaning "disseminating censored materials.") This is the 22nd annual spelling bee, and it features a collection of celebrity word pronouncers. This year's guests are Partner at Last Minute Productions Gary Gillis, Olin College President Richard Miller, and Lowell Spinners Announcer Mike Riley. According to a press release (see PDF), there will be 50 teams competing for the title of “Best Spelling Team of the Year…
Friday, November 16, 2012
Innovative pilot program connects traditional disciplines–a key for 21st
century learning and problem-solving
Friday, November 16, 2012
Needham's schools have scored the largest grant in its 22-year history to put towards local education programs, and they're launching an interdisciplinary program with that money. The pilot program aims to dismantling the silo approach in education, where English and language arts classes, maths and sciences are all taught in a disconnected fashion, according to a press release from the Needham Education Foundation (NEF). The grant scores Needham's schools a cool $111,500, which they say is the first step toward taking down the silos. With the help of Needham educators, the program is intended to develop cross-disciplinary connections between these subjects. “Students who take the course will gain valuable skills in the cross-disciplinary…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Vote Sept. 6-19 to help secure funding for educational programs in Needham.
Next week, the Needham community will have the chance to help the Needham Education Foundation secure up to $250,000 to support educational programs in town. The Needham Education Foundation, or NEF, will be participating in a contest through the Chase Community Giving Program, in which charities are awarded grant money based on the number of votes they receive online. Voting will begin Thursday, Sept. 6 and will end on Sept. 19. Facebook users can vote online at www.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving, and Chase bank account holders can vote through the Chase website, www.ChaseGiving.com. Prizes will range from $10,000 to $250,000, and winners will be determined later in September, based on how many votes each charity receives. “An online …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Needham Education Foundation will fund 19 projects at local schools, from a poetry slam to an expanded robotics program to art, dance and physical education lessons.
From a “poetry slam” at Mitchell Elementary School to a student theater project at the high school to a district-wide presentation about overcoming bullying, 19 new and expanded programs will be keeping Needham students busy and learning in the coming year thanks to grants from the Needham Education Foundation. NEF Small Grants Committee co-chairs Steve Guerriero and Sara Berney announced the recipients of $58,832 in fall grants at the Nov. 15 Needham Public Schools School Committee meeting, reading the list of programs that would receive funding through the volunteer-run community organization. “The grant pool was very strong,” said Guerriero, a teacher at High Rock School, noting that about 24 applications came in for the fall grant …
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Large grant concept papers are due Oct. 15.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) is accepting applications for its fall 2010 grants program. The NEF is a non-profit community foundation chartered to fund innovative educational programs that are outside normal public funding. Each year, NEF awards dozens of grants that bring learning to life for hundreds of public school students. Large grant concept papers are due at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 15, 2010. Following a review of all papers, a select group of applicants are invited to prepare a full application. The full large grant applications are due Friday, December 10, 2010. Fall small grant applications are due at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 22, 2010. The NEF runs a second small grant cycle in the spring. Applications for NEF …