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Success Stories

For more than 20 years, Newton Schools Foundation provided grants to teachers whose creative and innovative proposals enhanced students’ learning experiences.  Through these grants, educators at all levels have developed new curricula, generated innovative teaching methods that have been used throughout the system, expanded their professional skills, and augmented the learning opportunities available to all Newton Public Schools students. Between 1985 and 2009 Newton Schools Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in grants.

Read some of our success stories

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.

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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.

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Middle School

The Calculus Project

56 middle school students participated in a summer program to help them achieve in accelerated math courses as they progress through high school.  Targeting black, Hispanic and low-income students, this program engages students in intensive summer classes and then provides ongoing tutoring and mentoring throughout the school year. NSF support paid for the program’s teachers and student transportation.

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Middle School

The K-5 Summer Writing Institute

NSF funds paid for teachers from the elementary schools to participate in a writing institute to prepare them to teach the informational writing skills unit elementary students will be expected to master. 

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Elementary School

Green Trail Project

The Green Trail at Newton South High School is a cohesive link between the wetlands project, South's organic garden, the greenhouse, and the aquariums representing the Charles River and Boston Harbor.

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High School

Focus on Art

The goals of this grant included bringing the art world into the classroom and having the equipment to share student work across the grades.  Students were able to access the electronic libraries of museums and galleries worldwide.  Images and information enhanced the curriculum through the study of individual artists and artistic movements.

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Schoolwide

Publishing Center

NSF funding supported the creation of a new Publishing Center at Bigelow Middle School, enabling students and staff to create professional-looking documents and stunning multi-media graphics.  NSF funds paid for eight new computers, an image scanner, three digital cameras, a large color printer, and Adobe’s Creative Suite software. This grant doubled the number of computers available to student journalists and designers for the Bigelow Beat school newspaper.

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Middle School

Spanish Literacy

Literacy is a skill that needs to be enhanced in all content areas, even in Spanish.  The Spanish Department at Brown Middle School, with funding from NSF, developed its reading curriculum by incorporating new reading materials that interested the students, and broadened the scope of both culture and language.  This gave students the opportunity to develop strategies for reading in a foreign language.

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Middle School

Oceanography Program

NSF support enabled Newton North High School to offer a capstone course—a special research course for seniors—in the sciences: Oceanography.  The Oceanography course explored the complex physical, chemical, and biological relationships that affect our oceans and in turn our coastlines, our weather, and our food. Through the course, students gained a deep understanding of oceans, their impact on us, and strategies to protect them and keep them healthy.

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High School

Raising Global Conciousness

A grant from NSF funded a comprehensive evaluation of the Global Communities Program and “Linked” History and English Programs at Newton South High School.  The findings helped faculty understand the impact of these programs on students’ attitudes about global issues and perceptions of their teachers, classes and school community.

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High School