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…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The former Boston University hockey player will help kick off the district's 2012-13 disability awareness programs.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy will speak at three Needham elementary schools this week, with his powerful message of believing in yourself and setting positive goals, regardless of the challenges you face. Roy achieved his own goal of winning a hockey scholarship to Boston University. But 11 seconds into his first collegiate game in 1995, a crash into the boards broke two vertebrae and severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed him from the neck down. With intensive physical rehabilitation, Roy completed his college degree; became an author, motivational speaker and activist; and launched a foundation to fund research on spinal cord injury and to help survivors. His appearance at Mitchell, Broadmeadow and Newman …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Members of the Rehoboth Minutemen visited the school on Oct. 5 for a special lesson made possible by a Needham Education Foundation grant.
The crack of musket fire, the scent of a camp fire, the steady beat of a drum alerting soldiers to action—these are just some of the sights, sounds and smells Hillside Elementary School students experienced on Friday, Oct. 5 as they traveled back in time to the days of the American Revolution. Members of the Rehoboth Minutemen set up camp behind the school and offered students in grades 3-6 a close-up look at what life was like for a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Students moved in groups between six different stations, where they heard a military officer talk about his experience, saw the comparatively cramped quarters of the average soldier, held some of the medical tools from the late 1700s (from an old-fashioned hearing aid to false…
Monday, September 24, 2012
NCYSAP's program offers a free, safe place for teens to have fun and socialize after local sporting events.
More than 250 Needham teens turned out for the second 5th Quarter event of the fall season following the Needham High School football team's game against Braintree on Friday, Sept. 21. Sponsored by the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, the event included free pizza and refreshments, a live DJ, ping pong and foosball. The program is supported by donations from the community as well as this year's primary event sponsor, the Needham Education Foundation. The office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey also co-sponsored this event. Parent volunteers are always needed to help set up for 5th Quarter, to pick up pizza, serve and break down afterward. Contact Bob Timmerman or Karen Mullen if you'd like to donate …
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 …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Educational programs will include a Revolutionary War encampment, various visiting authors and artists and disability awareness.
Continuing its tradition of helping to fund educational enrichment programs in the Needham Public Schools, the Needham Education Foundation has awarded more than $46,000 in small grant money for the spring 2012 cycle. Programs reach children in every school building in the district, from elementary up to high school, and include a variety of events from visiting artists and authors to a Revolutionary War encampment at Hillside Elementary School. "These are definitely thinking outside the box and have a lot to give to students," School Committee member Kim Marie Nicols said of the 15 grants announced on Tuesday, March 20. Fourteen of the 15 grant applications were submitted online via the Needham Education Foundation's new Web form at …
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 …