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NEF and NPS Thank the 2019-2020 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all of the 2019 – 2020 NEF Grant recipients! We appreciate your time and effort in making learning come alive for Needham Public School students! This year, NEF awarded 26 grants, totaling $106,700, benefiting students at every Needham school.
 

We wish that we could have held our annual Grants Reception to celebrate with all of this year’s grant recipients, however this year, our celebration will need to be virtual. The NEF truly appreciates the time and effort grant recipients have put into applying for their grants. Needham Public School students benefit so much from their thoughtfulness and creativity.

Superintendent Daniel Gutekanst would like to thank the grant recipients for their dedication to innovation and creativity in education. Please click the link below to view his video message:

 

The NEF Co-Presidents Seema Meloni and Joanna Herrera would also like to share their appreciation:

 

 

2019 – 2020 NEF Grant Recipients

Ann Ahnert

“Language-based Student Stability Chairs” (Pollard)

Robyn Briggs

Co-Grant Writers: Kate Bergeron, Nicole Burnor

“Your Voice Matters. What’s Your Story?” (Needham High)

Claudia Carpenter

Co-Grant Writer: Christine McAllister

“Arts Education Professional Development Opportunity” (All Elementary)

Christopher Dancy

“Cornell’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program” (High Rock)

Steve Dornbusch

“Charles Coe, Poet in Residence” (Pollard)

Jane Evans

“History At Play – “A Revolution of Her Own!” (Pollard)

Jennifer Grant

Co-Grant Writers: Maggie Charron, Jessica Downey, Jeannine Schroder

“Mindfulness at High Rock” (High Rock)

Hardeep Jassal

“Cooking For Kids” (Sunita Williams)

Elaine Kohen

“Professional Development at NSTA National Conference” (All Elementary)

Marissa Krantz

Co-Grant Writers: Erin Mack

“HR Digital Art Integration: Logitech Crayon Grant” (High Rock)

Cathy Lunetta

Co-Grant Writers: Luke Darling, Elizabeth Kuzmeski, Matthew Sylvestre

“Accessible Trike for 3rd Grade Rodeo” (All Elementary)

Molly Mullin

Co-Grant Writers: Jennifer Murray, Jennifer Potter

“Vox Books- Books that Talk! Express Grant Multi-school” (Broadmeadow, Eliot, Newman)

Catherine Nanda

Co-Grant Writer: Alejandra Acevedo

“Broadmeadow Lego Mobile Makerspace Grant” (Broadmeadow)

James Odierna

“PBLWorks Project Based Learning Workshop” (High Rock, Pollard, Needham High)

Anjali Petersen

Co-Grant Writer: Jane Shilalie

“Playful Learning: Enhancing Computational Thinking & Spatial Reasoning for All Learners through Mathematical Games” (Mitchell)

Rosemary Rose

Co-Grant Writer: Lynn Gotwals

“Sensory Pathways for Mitchell” (Mitchell)

Paige Rowse

“Author Jen Deaderick @TheNHSLibrary” (Needham High)

Jenn Scheck-Kahn

Co-Grant Writer: Rosemary Rose

“Sensory Pathways for Eliot” (Eliot)

Mackenzie Schnyer

Co-Grant Writers: Lisa Garsh, Angela Mullin, Lissa Williams

“Pedometers for Movement, Math, and More!” (Broadmeadow)

Kara Shea

Co-Grant Writer: Dayna DiCicco

“Google Virtual Reality Expeditions Kit” (All Elementary)

John Shea

Co-Grant Writers: Tammy Ghizzoni, Judith Wojtczak

“Math Recess: An experience in play and learning” (District-wide)

Mark Smith

“Pollard Middle School African Drum Program” (Pollard)

Jen Tuttelman

Co-Grant Writer: Patricia Mullen

“Grow Racks for NHS” (Needham High)

Erin Vacaro

“Imagination Playground Medium Blocks Set” (Sunita Williams)

Alison Weeks

Co-Grant Writers: Mary Beth Arigo, Laurie Blakely, Stephanie Hamel

“Brain Builder Breaks: Achieving Emotional Regulation through Constructive and Creative Projects” (Broadmeadow)

Karen Wilfrid

“Improv and the 4 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking” (Pollard)

 

NEF Funds Four Spring Grants Totaling $22,301

At the Needham School Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) announced the recipients of four grants totaling $22,301 in the spring grant cycle. A multi-school grant will fund a 30-unit Virtual Reality Expeditions kit to be shared across all five elementary schools which will allow teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips.

Awarded grants also include:

  • 32 African drums will be used for strings students at Pollard to work on rhythm, timing, listening skills, and group dynamics. They will also be utilized in 7th and 8th grade classes for a unit on drumming technique and the history of West African drumming.
  • A set of medium blocks at Sunita Williams will be used for indoor recess, STEAM projects, buddy activities, and more by K-5 students.
  • With the help from student groups and teachers, a four-tiered indoor Terraponic grow rack will allow everyone at the High School to watch the process of plants growing from seed to plate. The grow rack will reside in the cafeteria where the produce will be served to students.

2020 Spelling Bee Cancelled

Given the Town of Needham Public Health and Superintendent’s announcements that all public events be cancelled, the NEF Spelling Bee this Sunday March 15th will not take place. While we are disappointed that we can’t all come together as a community for this fun and friendly competition, we are grateful for the tremendous amount of support from our sponsors and participants. The generosity of our community allows us to continue funding innovative programs in our Needham Public Schools.

Head of Class Sponsors

 

 

Star Student Sponsor

 

 

Team Sponsors
Babson College

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

The Boston Ability Center

Copley Motorcars

High Rock/Pollard PTC

The Kramer Family

Mitchell PTC

The Nagler Group

Needham Women’s Club

Newman PTC

Needham High School PTC

Sunita Williams PTC

 

 

Raffle Donors
Alison Borrelli Photography

Elizabeth Grady

Gstarfit

Hazel’s Bakery

Lisa and Matt Nagler

Needham High Athletic Department

The Peaceful Pooch Grooming Co.

Sweet Basil

Trader Joes

Volante Farms

Advertisers
The Boston Ability Center

Bostonblinds

Brookline Bank

The Bulfinch Group

Burbspace

Carrie Reddish, DMD

Chestnut Dental

Dedham Savings

Fidelity Bank

Glicksman Orthodontics

Hearth Pizzeria

The Leader Family

Little Red Wagon Playschool

Louise Condon Realty

The Nagler Group

Needham Goes Purple

Needham Pediatrics

Needham Soccer Club

Neighborly Fence Company

PEX Health and Fitness

Plum Street Advisors

Provider Insurance Group

Representative Denise Garlick

Soma Physical Therapy & Rehab

Tobin Beaudet Schools

William Raveis

Teams
Briarwood Rehabilitation

Broadmeadow PTC

Eliot PTC

The Leader Family

Needham Baseball & Softball

Needham Community Council

Needham Exchange Club

Needham Finance Committee

Needham Free Public Library

Needham Pool and Racquet Club

Needham School Committee

Needham Soccer Club

Needham Women’s Club

Needham High School PTC

Rotary Club of Needham

Sunita Williams PTC

 

 

Bee Posters Donor
Flashprint

 

NEF Funds 10 Winter Grants Totaling $34,296

At the Needham School Committee on Tuesday, the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) announced the recipients of 10 grants totaling $34,296 in the winter grant cycle. A large grant will allow 35 middle and high school teachers to participate in a three-day Project-Based Learning (PBL) workshop, where they will design a project to implement in their own classroom and learn skills and strategies to design and implement additional PBL activities in the future. PBL is at the forefront of educational methods that teaches many of the skills linked to the district’s recently-developed Portrait of a Needham Graduate competencies. 

Awarded grants also include:

  • Charles Coe, an African-American professional poet, author, and teacher, will spend a week helping 7th grade students use poetry as a lens for their own life experiences, and teaching them the importance of creative expression.
  • Mitchell students in grades 1 through 5 will benefit from visually-based math puzzles that support a deeper understanding of concepts for all students, including ELL and other high-needs learners. 
  • ImprovBoston will bring their program “Lessons of Improv: The 4 Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking)” to Pollard, allowing 7th grade students to take the stage alongside the cast in an environment of supported risk-taking. 
  • To promote enhanced concentration through body stimulation, Balance Ball Chairs will be added to 7th and 8th grade Language-based special education classrooms. 
  • Master Lego Model Builder Ian Coffrey will introduce Kindergarten students at Broadmeadow to the basics of design, planning, and project management to create large structural towers using mobile Lego makerspace kits.
  • Logitech Crayons will be available to High Rock students as a tool for art and technology integration in all curriculum areas, expanding the ways they can learn and create, and providing accessibility to students who experience physical or sensory barriers to traditional art learning. 
  • Six creative calming stations with puzzles, project kits, and games will be installed throughout Broadmeadow for children needing a break from class due to stress or the need for self-regulation. The selected materials are creative, meditative, or cooperative, and will bring about a sense of accomplishment and self-efficacy when completed by a student.
  • One High Rock teacher, a member of the school’s Equity Steering Committee, will participate in Cornell’s four-course online Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, which will provide training to support more inclusive practices to benefit both students and staff at the school.
  • An accessible three-wheeled bike will be available for students for whom a two-wheeled bike either is not safe or inaccessible in order to participate in the third grade “bike rodeo” at all five elementary schools.

NEF Honored at Staples Connect Grand Opening

Last week, members of the NEF, Needham Select Board, and Newton-Needham Chamber helped celebrate the (re)opening of Staples Connect on Highland Ave, which will offer new meeting and co-working space and expanded services to the Needham community.

The NEF was honored to receive a generous donation from Staples which will help us continue to fund innovative and impactful programs in the Needham Public Schools. Thank you, Staples!

Find out more in this recent Needham Times article!

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