Category Archives: Accomplishments

NNHS/NSHS Math Teams at Harvard-MIT Math Tournament

Newton North and South HS Math Teams did well in the recent Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament among about 900 students competing on November 15 at Harvard:

  • Anna Ellison from Newton North tied for 2nd place in the Theme Round and 3rd place in the Individual Round.
  • Newton NORTH Tigers ranked 9th in the Team Round and 9th overall for the tournament.
  • Newton SOUTH Sines ranked 7th in the Guts Round.

The next Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament will be held on February 21 at MIT.

NNHS Greengineers Build a Musical Tree

The NNHS Greengineers recently completed a two-year project in innovation and environmental design:  The Music Tree — a 13-foot sculpture of foam, cloth, and paint installed on the school’s “Main Street.”  It’s powered by a bicycle and plays music, charges students’ cell phones, and serves as a gathering point.  The Music Tree was inspired by El Arbol, a similar project by Rock the Bike, and the Greengineers hope that the project will inspire the use of alternative energy sources.  The team recently exhibited the Music Tree at the Massachusetts STEM Summit.  Other current Greengineering projects include a playground swing that pumps water, a biodiesel refinery, and an aquaponics center. Greengineers-MusicalTree

NSHS Math Team Placed #1 in New England Championships

This news is a little late but still important:  Newton South HS’s Math Team came in first place among large high schools competing in the New England Association of Mathematics League competition last May.  Congratulations to Zhe Wu, David Cao, Margalit Glasgow, Daniel Shaar, Evan Zeng, Jason Ma, and Andrew Shaughnessy.

Newton North HS’s team also placed well — 6th of 21 large high schools competing in the region.  Congratulations to Anna Ellison, Kavish Gandhi, Ying Gao, and Julia Feinstein.

Separately, the two teams — the Newton South Sines and the Newton North Tigers — are members of the Greater Boston Mathematics League, in which they placed second and third overall across five meets last year.

MassBay Receives $525K STEM Grant from U.S. Dept. of Labor

This week Representative Joe Kennedy III announced that MassBay Community College and Bristol Community College each will receive $525,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor for additional instructors and equipment to accelerate students’ achievement and attainment of STEM degrees and certifications that match skills needed in the Massachusetts economy.  These grants will be provided through Complete College America’s Guided Pathways to Success initiative.

Bowen After-School Program Wins STEM Grant

The Bowen After School Care Program in Newton is one of 30 after-school programs in Massachusetts to win an Engineering Adventures grant from the Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary program, funded by the Boston philanthropy network SheGivesBoston.  Engineering Adventures involves students in six STEM design challenges that complement in-classroom learning.

NNHS Science Team Places Second in Nationwide TEAMS Competition

By winning second place in the State TEAMS competition last spring, the Newton North HS Science Team earned the right to be one of two teams representing Massachusetts at the national TEAMS competition in Washington, DC at the end of June.  At that national event, eight NNHS students at the Grade 9/10 level competed in written, verbal, and problem-solving challenges focused on this year’s theme, Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities.  In nationwide ranking, the NNHS team placed 2nd overall, 1st in the written competition, and 3rd in problem-solving.  Congratulations to David Reiss-Mello (captain), Derek Baker, Bowen He, Amy Huang, Katherine Gao, Shuming (Andrew) Sun, Nicholas Zhang, and Lucy Zheng!

NNHS Science Team: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser to Support Their Success, June 21

The Newton North HS Science Team won second place in the State TEAMS competition and will be one of two teams representing Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, DC.   The team is holding a booksale event to introduce rising freshmen to the high-school team and to raise funds for its trip to DC:

During a Mystery Architecture Competition at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, June 21, 1-5PM, the team hopes to talk with rising freshmen about high-school life and the Science Team.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a share of all in-store sales in their Burlington store on June 21 — as well as all online sales at www.BN.COM/bookfairs.com during June 21-26 — for purchases made with the Science Team’s book fair ID (#11384203).

Help the NNHS Science Team Attend Two Summer Competitions

The Newton North HS Science Team seeks financial support for trips to two competitions this summer:

To make a donation to help the NNHS Science Team attend these competitions for which they have qualified on merit, you may send a check (to “City of Newton” with “NNHS Science Team” in the memo line) to:

Amy D. Picard Winston, Department Head
Science and Technology/Engineering
Newton North HS
457 Walnut St., Newton, MA 02460

NNHS’s Steve Chinosi: One of 24 ‘Inspirational Teachers of the Year’ Recognized by MIT

Newton North HS teacher — and Chief Innovation Officer and coordinator of Newton’s Innovation Lab and Greengineering program — Steve Chinosi has been named one of twenty-four MIT Inspirational Teachers of the Year, selected worldwide from nominations by current MIT students.  The award “recognizes outstanding secondary school teachers who inspire in their students a love of learning, encourage them to pursue excellence, and give them the skills and enthusiasm they need to make a positive difference in the world.”

Local Maker’s Success at MIT’s Edu DesignShop

Kevin Osborn — a key driver in helping local libraries develop programs in the Maker movement — saw a recent NewtonSTEM notice about MIT’s Edu DesignShop and decided to apply.  He was one of 100 selected (out of over 230) for this two-day workshop to “learn about ‘design thinking’ and use it to design for a systemic change in education.”  The wide-ranging participants — from a fourth grader to a 62-year-old policy maker — were grouped in interdisciplinary teams of four, and each team was challenged to identify and develop an idea for improving education.

At the workshop, Kevin was assigned to a team with a Bronx English teacher (Paul Allison), a Creative Tech director at a private school (Jonathon Schmid), and an MIT Sophomore (Victoria Dean).  Alternating among sessions of sketching, brainstorming, prototyping, and hands-on development, the team struggled to find common ground.   In the end, however, the team was excited to present its vision of Connecting Makers with Educators to develop projects that can span subjects and incite student creativity.  They got others excited, too:  Kevin’s team was one of four winning teams awarded $1000 to help develop its idea further.