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Newton Inspires, November 9, 2015

Save the Date for NEWTON INSPIRES: AN EVENING OF IDEAS AND COMMUNITY, Monday November 9, 7-9:45 p.m. at Newton South High School.

We’re excited to announce these amazing speakers, with more to come.  Registration will open soon.  Sign up TODAY to be notified when registrations opens, since sessions will fill quickly. 

  • Rev. Brandon Crowley, Senior Pastor, Myrtle Baptist Church
  • Anita Diamant - Author
  • Dr. Giovanni G. Fazio - Senior physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • David Fleishman - Superintendent, Newton Public Schools
  • Candy Kosow Gold - Producer
  • John Harthorne - Founder and CEO of MassChallenge
  • Stephen Kaufer - President and CEO, TripAdvisor
  • Christopher Landrigan - Pediatric Hospitalist & Patient Safety Expert
  • John Mahoney - Director of Undergraduate Admission, Boston College
  • Ronald Prinn - Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
  • Billy Starr - Founder & Executive Director, PAN-MASS Challenge
  • Genevra Stone - Physician & Olympic Rower
  • Hugh Wolff - Conductor, New England Conservatory

NSF is funding professional development for teachers: Kindergarten to Grade 5 Summer Writing Institute -- teaching students to be effective writers

Teachers from the elementary schools participate in a writing institute to prepare for the informational writing tasks students will be expected to master in elementary grades. Teachers get a chance to explore the writing unit expectations and develop a deeper understanding of the units and their links to the Social Studies content, but also have the chance to write themselves. Deana Lew, a Lincoln-Eliot Literacy Coach, marveled at the depth of understanding the teachers developed through this activity.  A teacher commented, “It was extremely beneficial to create materials for the unit with grade level colleagues.  The Teach Out was terrific – so concrete- and the useful, inspiring activities will help me as a teacher.”

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Newton Schools Foundation: We All Have a Stake in Our Schools by Josh Weiss and Marcia Tabenken, NSF Co-Presidents

A new school year has begun. Thousands of backpack-laden students taking to Newton streets by foot, bike and bus remind us why so many families move here: for the schools.  And it’s not just families who benefit. Our highly regarded public schools offer continuing education, athletic facilities, and cultural opportunities for all Newton residents. They make Newton a desirable place to live and bolster property values. In return, community support and engagement help ensure the continued vitality of the Newton Public Schools. 

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Honor Thy Teacher 2015

NSF's 2015 Honor Thy Teacher Campaign was a great success! features NSF

Real estate website has featured Newton Schools Foundation on its website, which serves local realtors and prospective buyers. Read the article.

NSF Helps Secure Funding for School Gardens from Whole Kids Foundation

Six Newton Public Schools Receive $12,000 in Grants from Whole Kids Foundation® for School Gardens

Foundation helps schools expand classroom education into the garden for students

Newton, MA. (March 2015) – Six Newton Public Schools will each receive a $2000 grant to build or expand their gardens through the Whole Kids Foundation’s (WKF) School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening. Newton Schools Foundation was instrumental in spearheading the grant application process and securing the funds.

Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Dinner A Great Success

Jennifer Price Global Leadership Education Fund (GELF)  dinner was a great success.  The event raised $50,000.

Since its inception, GELF has funded more than 160 students for international travel and given away more than $170,000 in scholarships. This year alone GELF has funded:

  • over $42,000 in grants to
  • 26 students for
  • 9 different international trips to countries that include the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Nicaragua, France, Mexico, Cuba and Italy.

The event was generously sponsored by

NSF Receives Largest Gift Ever: Florence P. Pearl Charitable Remainder Unitrust

The estate of the late Florence (Kessler) Pearl of Chestnut Hill has announced a planned gift of $2 million dollars to Newton Schools Foundation. The gift is NSF’s first planned gift and its largest gift ever. Mrs. Pearl, who was a public school teacher and real estate professional, moved her family to Newton because of its public school system, according to her daughter.