• Spellers compete in the NEF's Annual Spelling Bee

    Spellers compete in the NEF's Annual Spelling Bee

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    Student building at "Let's Build Engineering Extravaganza"

  • Teacher working with students on Robotics Are Elementary program

    Teacher working with students on Robotics Are Elementary program

  • Students performing Charlie Brown

    Students performing Charlie Brown

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Interview with Co-Presidents

Sarah Winig and Kelly Partridge both joined the board of the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) three years ago and have since become co-presidents of the organization.

The NEF raises funds and awards grants to the public schools for programs and equipment that falls outside of public funding.

The NEF was founded in 1990 by Needham High alumni, who built a sustaining fund that helps the foundation today, though it still raises money each year. The grants have paid for all kinds of school programs, such as the DaVinci Engineering Lab, interdisciplinary projects and small grants to pay for authors or performers to come speak to the kids. Winig and Partridge sat down with The Needham Times to discuss the work they have done with the NEF. Read the full interview.

2015 Spelling Bee

Thank you to everyone who attended our 24th Annual Spelling Bee.  Hundreds attended to cheer on the 50 teams that participated in this year’s Bee!
Congratulations to the winners of the Elementary Round (tied):  Broadmeadow School and Eliot School!

Elementary Champs

Pictured, left to right – Top Row:  Emma Fleck, Brendan Szeto, Steven Qie
Bottom Row:  Jackie Liebman, Lucy McHugh, Caroline Berney

Congratulations to the overall winners of the 2015 Bee:  High Rock/Pollard Teachers!

HR-Pollard Champs

Pictured, left to right:  Anna Kuebler, Gary Gillis (Bee Pronouncer), Caitlin Harding, Maryellen Shea

2014 Spelling Bee a Resounding Success!

On April 9th 40 teams came together for the 23rd annual NEF Spelling Bee. Teams included middle and high school students, teachers, parents and local business people, all gathering to test their spelling knowledge. Chyten Test Prep came away as the victors, the most difficult word: “triskaidekaphobia”, which means fear of the number 13. It was a fun-filled evening, with hundreds of spectators cheering on the spellers. As co-chair Denise Bruno said, “It’s a fun community event! It brings so many community members together.”

2014 Spelling Bee Co-Chairs

Denise Bruno and Andrea George, 2014 Spelling Bee Co-Chairs

2014 Spelling Bee Winners

The 2014 Spelling Bee Champs are Othographic Anthophilia (Chyten Test Pret)

Here are links to articles that appeared in the local papers:

Needham Times article
Needham Times Photo Gallery
Hometown Weekly Article

NEF Announces Recipients of 2013-2014 Large Grant Awards

Grants Support iPad Pilots in Elementary Schools and Interdisciplinary Learning at High Rock

The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) announced the recipients of its 2013-2014 Large Grants. Three grants totaling over $40,000 were awarded. Two grants support iPad pilot programs at Newman and Hillside Elementary Schools.  The third grant supports an interdisciplinary partnership between social studies and visual arts for 6th graders at High Rock School.

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Sigh/Omelas

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A one-man show, written and performed by actor Steve Kidd, was performed for 406 students in eighth grade at the Pollard Middle School. The play was originated by Steve following several summers of work at a camp for HIV-positive children. He wrote the play in an effort to inspire young people to do public service through telling the stories of some of these children and families. He combines actual stories of children living with HIV/AIDs with excerpts from Ursala Le Guin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”

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