“Summer learning loss” was explored before a standing-room-only crowd at an NEF-sponsored panel in May. Local experts provided data about summertime loss and offered practical suggestions for keeping skills sharp in math (bring playing cards to the beach or track baseball statistics) and literacy (let kids stay up late to read). They also reminded parents to balance academic achievement with relaxation, exploration, and fun. For speakers’ slide presentations, see NEF’s Facebook Page.
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.”
Denise Bruno and Andrea George, 2014 Spelling Bee Co-Chairs
The 2014 Spelling Bee Champs are Othographic Anthophilia (Chyten Test Pret)
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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.