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Annual Appeal

At the end of each calendar year, Newton Schools Foundation holds an Annual Appeal.  This fundraising initiative provides an avenue for community members who value the Newton Public Schools—including past NSF supporters, Newton Public Schools alumni, and parents of Newton Public Schools graduates—to continue to support the important work of NSF.

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2017-18 Annual Appeal

Thank you, Newton community! Your generosity has made a difference for thousands of Newton students. Last year alone, you funded a multitude of new and enhanced educational opportunities, This year, financial support of Newton Schools Foundation from community members like you will build on these promising results for children in the Newton Public Schools:

Here are just a few ways your donation can make an impact:

$25 allows one hour of small group academic support to students participating in The Calculus Project, a program aimed at closing the achievement gap by helping low-income students and students of color reach higher levels in math through tutoring, summer programs, and field trips.
 

Your  donation can help narrow the achievement gap in higher level math by enabling more students to participate in The Calculus Project.

$50 lets one student participate in Generation Citizen, a middle school civics education program to empower young people to become engaged and effective citizens.  The 2016 presidential election and the protests that followed had many young people asking “How can I make a difference?”   NSF funding enabled Day Middle School to pilot Generation Citizen.  

Your donation can help bring Generation Citizen to additional Newton middle schools.

$100 allows one class of 25 middle school students to participate in Responsive Classroom, a teacher-training program that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. Participating teachers have raved about the training and its impact in their classrooms.

Your donation can enable the remainder of Newton’s middle school teachers to receive Responsive Classroom training.

$250 supports five high school students in The DaVinci Program, a new curriculum that examines life’s big questions through science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Your donation this year can help continue this unique three-year interdisciplinary program.

$500 provides six 5th grade band/orchestra students, who demonstrate financial need, with private music lessons at school through the Instrumental Music Enrichment Pilot Program.  Historically very few band/orchestra students at Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School took private music lessons due to cost constraints, unlike many of their Newton peers.  Thanks to community donations, NSF is funding the Instrumental Music Enrichment Program pilot at Lincoln-Eliot.

Your donation this year can help provide the same opportunity to students at other Newton elementary schools.

Last year, following an increase in racist and antisemitic incidents in Newton schools, student leaders from all four Newton middle schools participated in the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference peer mentorship program which provides anti-bias education.  

Your donation this year can allow high school students to participate in this meaningful program.

 
Here are some of the many programs that NSF is currently funding or has funded through Annual Appeal contributions:

Elementary School

  •  The Summer Writing Institute provides teachers with comprehensive professional development so they can implement a new writing curriculum that helps students become proficient writers for the information age. The new curriculum has students writing earlier, more often and in more dynamic ways. With additional funding, the Summer Writing Institute will expand into the 6th grade, where students will continue to build on the skills and lessons they learned in elementary school.
     
  • Responsive Classroom Training is a nationally used, research- and evidence-based way of teaching that improves students’ social and academic skills and raises teachers’ instructional quality. NSF-supported teacher training provided educators with tools to build and sustain an authentic culture of kindness and genuine care, allowing students to take risks, both social and academically.
     
  •  Instrumental Music Pilot Progam at Lincoln-Eliot: The longstanding practice in Newton is to encourage instrumental music students (parents) in grades 5 through 12 to enroll in private lessons. NSF funds will bring professional instrumental clinicians into Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School to support the ensemble music program and give individualized instruction to students who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity for private lessons. With the potential for expansion into other schools, this enriching new program will help to better educate the whole child.

Middle School

  • The Calculus Project is designed to increase the number of low-income African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete calculus in high school. An ambitious effort to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics, the program is comprised of summer enrichment courses and school-year support for students beginning in 7th grade.  It is modeled after a similar and very successful initiative in Brookline. Additional NSF funding will enable the program to expand into the high schools.
  • Sustainable Energy Generation: Wind Turbines and Blade Design is an innovative hands-on engineering curriculum that  teaches students how to generate energy through new blade design for wind turbines. Designed by middle school engineering teachers, the program engages students in hands-on STEM projects. NSF funded the development of curricular materials and supplies at all four middle schools.
     
  • Middle School Advisory: NSF funds went to develop and pilot a program at Brown Middle School aimed to improve students’ sense of safety and connection to adults in school.
     
  • Generation Citizen: Newton eighth graders are learning to be civic activists through Generation Citizen a hands-on educational initiative that teaches middle and high school students how to affect meaningful change in their communities by taking civic action. Newton Schools Foundation funded the successful pilot in two Day Middle School social studies classes in Spring 2016 and provided additional funding for the program’s roll-out this year to all eighth grade social studies classes at Day.

High School

  • Da Vinci Program, piloted this year at Newton South High School, fosters students’ intrinsic motivation for exploring the interconnectedness of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Through its project-based curriculum and distinctive design, the program builds students’ skills in experimentation, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and artistic representation. Students enter the program as sophomores and remain with a small cohort throughout high school.
     
  • The Calculus Project is designed to increase the number of low-income African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete calculus in high school. An ambitious effort to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics, the program is comprised of summer enrichment courses and school-year support for students beginning in 7th grade.  It is modeled after a similar and very successful initiative in Brookline. Additional NSF funding will enable the program to expand into the high schools.
     
  • Science and Society is a new senior interdisciplinary science and history elective at Newton North High School. Through a series of case studies—including the development of the atomic bomb, DNA and how it connects to identity and medical innovation, germ theory and the development of public health, biological evolution, environmental history, the development of modern cities, and the science of race— the course illuminates how science has changed and responded to society over time. Students read primary source documents and historical narratives, hold discussions and debates, and undertake research to learn about the interconnection between science and the evolution of our modern world.