Updates and Information
On Reopening Our Schools

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July 14, 2020


Dear Needham Public Schools Families:

As our COVID-19 Advisory Committee and staff Task Forces continue planning for the reopening of school in September, it is critical to understand the concerns and perspectives of our families. (The COVID-19 Advisory Committee presentations are available for your review:
June Advisory Meeting/Presentation and July Advisory Meeting/Presentation)

We are grateful to the 2,642 families who participated in the
District Survey administered in June, which is a 46% participation rate, and we will continue to incorporate their responses and suggestions into the planning process.

Now we are asking all NPS families for specific information so we can understand how best to support your children and your families.  We need you to please take a few minutes to complete this survey: 
July NPS Family Survey

I expect to provide additional information about our school reopening plans in the next few weeks. Next Thursday, July 23rd at 5:00 p.m. School Committee Chair Andrea Longo-Carter and I will host a virtual Open House to share initial planning and ideas and respond to questions and comments. The link to the Open House will be sent early next week.

Please complete the survey now! 
July NPS Family Survey

Many thanks for your assistance and support.


Dan Gutekanst
Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the website of the Needham Public Schools! I hope you will find the information you need to learn about the people, programs, and activities that make our school system a dynamic learning experience for all students.

​The Needham Public Schools has developed a framework for educational excellence, innovation, and equity - a Portrait of A Needham Graduate - that will inform the district's work going forward. Needham Public Schools will support all our students in becoming creative thinkers and problem solvers, communicators and collaborators, socially and culturally responsive contributors, responsible and resilient individuals, and empowered learners. Our students' collective and individual success depends on developing these Portrait competencies in preparation for the future that awaits them. I encourage you to review the Needham Public Schools 2019 Performance Report for examples of current teaching practices aligned with this Portrait vision, along with ideas and challenges for boosting student learning around each of the district priorities.

​Through this website, the Needham Public Schools commits itself to share timely information with students, parents, staff, and community members who depend on updated and helpful information and assistance. I invite you to join the superintendent’s listserve to receive periodic emails about various school programs and events. Please join now!

​Additionally, the Needham School Committee wishes to hear from members of the community about issues and concerns critical to the schools and its many programs. You may contact them at schoolcommittee@needham.k12.ma.us and ask a question or make a comment.

​We are proud of our school district and are happy to share information about the Needham Public Schools with you.


Daniel E. Gutekanst, Ed.D.
Needham Public Schools
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