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Community News announcements are posted as a service to parents, not as an endorsement from the PTC.  We will post announcements from any Town of Needham non-profit organization that might be of interest to the Broadmeadow community.  To request inclusion of your announcement, please send the information to

Superintendent Needs Your Help!!

posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:53 PM by Alyssa Stern

Dear Needham Public Schools Families:

I need your help!

One of the key activities outlined in the 2017-18 Needham Public Schools Goals is to “develop a strategic plan for technology.” The intent of this key activity is for the district to have agreements in place about its vision and accompanying actionable recommendations that further technology-enabled teaching, learning, and organizational productivity. It is this strategic plan that will guide the district's future programmatic, operational, and financial decisions regarding technology.
A broad-based team whose members reflect the insights/thinking of various grade levels and program areas across the district is currently engaged in the work of developing this plan. The charge for the group is to draft a long-range plan for technology in the Needham Public Schools with clear goals and milestones that are aligned with the national strategy outlined in the Future Ready Learning (U.S. Department of Education).
As part of this process, we need to ensure that our work is informed by and reflects the thoughts, attitudes, and opinions of all the constituencies within the Needham school community and beyond. To this end, the strategic planning team is asking for about 10 minutes of your time before January 26, 2018, to provide us with your perspective on various aspects of current use and future directions for technology within the district.

By completing this survey (, you will be contributing to the team's thinking and be helping to ensure that all our schools and programs are well-positioned to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills to navigate the realities that they may face in the future.
With many thanks and much appreciation,

Dan Gutekanst
Superintendent of Schools

5th Annual Civics Bee Sunday, March 11

posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:51 PM by Alyssa Stern

The Civics Bee is a friendly competition between teams of high school students and community members and is provided at no cost to participants. It encourages civic knowledge and engagement with questions on local, state, and federal government. For more information, click here.

2018 April Vacation in Beijing

posted Dec 23, 2017, 5:53 AM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 5:53 AM ]

Needham Public Schools will once again collaborate with Boston Ivy to provide an amazing educational opportunity for families and students to travel to Beijing, China over April break. Over the past 3 years, Needham educators, students, and parents have traveled to "sister-schools" of The Mitchell School, The Hillside School, and Pollard Middle School. 

For questions, please contact Tamatha Bibbo, Principal at Pollard Middle School ( More details about a parent and student information meeting to come.

NEF Large Grant Applications Due January 23rd

posted Dec 23, 2017, 5:52 AM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 5:52 AM ]

Do you have an innovative and collaborative idea that has the potential to make a broad and lasting impact on Needham public school students? The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) is now accepting Large Grant applications for funding up to $15,000. They can support one- or two-year programs and can benefit the entire school system, multiple schools, an entire school, or a distinct population within the system. Past awards include Google Virtual Reality Expeditions Kits at High Rock, a portable planetarium for the Science Center, and funding for interdisciplinary learning pilot programs. For two-year grants, applicants must re-apply to explain the need for a second year of funding (up to $15,000 for the second year, but approval is not guaranteed). Applications are due January 23rd with award notification in late February and funds available in April. Questions? Please visit or contact Maureen at

Needham Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

posted Jun 12, 2017, 1:21 PM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

Are you someone that believes that all children have the right to be "Safe, Strong and Free?" If so, then join our dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to teaching children in the Needham Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with a situation involving verbal, physical or sexual assault. We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The next training begins in October.

For more information or an application, please visit our website at
or contact Caren Nemtzow, Director, at 781-444-2415, ext. 2120 or

Sign Up for Citizens for Needham Schools(CNS) Email Newsletter!

posted Oct 29, 2014, 9:00 AM by Sarah Winig   [ updated Jan 8, 2016, 7:03 PM by Alyssa Stern ]

Be informed about Needham's schools -­- subscribe to the Citizens for Needham Schools (CNS) email newsletter at CNS advocates for strong public schools in Needham and educates the community on district-­-wide issues such as school department funding and capital projects. The CNS newsletter provides busy families with relevant, factual and timely information on key school initiatives, and with building projects on the horizon for Hillside, Mitchell and Needham High, now is the time to get informed!

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