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The 2016 “Honor Thy Teacher” Campaign raised over $40,000 and recognized over 800 teachers at each of Newton's 21 public schools.  Over 400 Newton residents made donations to NSF.    Learn more



Calculus Project Match Yields Nearly $40,000

Thank you to all the participants in our March fundraising challenge to support the Calculus Project.  Community contributions combined with matching funds from a generous donor yielded nearly $40,000 for the Newton Public Schools’ ambitious initiative to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics. Since the Calculus Project launch in 2013, 95 students have participated in the program. Learn more



At the February 25 School Committee Meeting, Newton Schools Foundation presented Dr. David Fleishman, superintendent of the Newton Public Schools, with a check for $105,000 for 2015-16. This donation represents NSF's yearly contribution to fund innovative educational programs that are difficult to address in the school department’s operating budget. The funds that NSF raises support Newton Public Schools initiatives that prepare students to thrive in today’s complex world, ranging from specialized curricula inside and beyond the classroom to pioneering professional development for faculty to closing the student achievement gap.

Left to Right Bruce McVittie, NSF Treasurer; David Fleishman, Superintendent; Marcia Tabenken, NSF Co-President and Mayor Setti Warren




GELF Dinner A Success

The 8th Annual Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund Dinner Raised $58,600

Thanks to all who came to the eighth annual GELF benefit dinner on April 2nd, 2016! Through the generosity of our donors, the night was a huge success, well surpassing its fundraising goal of $50,000 for a grand total of more than $58,600!

NSF Funds New Elementary Music Program

NSF is funding a pilot program in elementary music modeled after El Sistema, established in Venezuela, to introduce low-income children to instrumental music. Read more

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.

AP United States History Summer Academy

This summer program engaged 12 rising juniors of color with structured academic support to enable them to succeed in AP US History. Emphasizing skills in advanced-level reading and note-taking, writing, test-taking and the general content of the AP course, the program prepared students for this challenging college-level course.  During the academic year students will be clustered together in a section taught by the summer lead teacher and meet bi-weekly for ongoing support.

High School

Middle School Engineering and Sustainable Energy Generation: Wind Turbines and Blade Design

The middle school engineering teachers designed an integrated and innovative curriculum with a focus on energy generation through new blade design for wind turbines. This program will engage students in hands-on STEM projects that haven’t been offered before.  NSF funded probes, measurement tools and curriculum development materials at all four middle schools.

Middle School