NEWBURYPORT – More than 50 community members joined the Newburyport Education Foundation and Newburyport Public Schools as we recognized Dr. Michael Strem and Strem Chemicals, Inc. for leading the transformation of a new learning space that cultivates creative and flexible “thinkers and doers” through interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum and activities.

“The ongoing, generous support of Mike Strem and Strem Chemicals, Inc. enabled us to create an interactive STEM lab that benefits than 500 students in grades one through three,” said Megan Ashe, NEF president. “As teachers implement the new science curriculum, movable resources from the lab will be available for hands-on work in the classroom as well as in the lab, maximizing their use. Mike and Strem Chemicals have long supported science education in our schools, and now they have taken it to the next level with one of the first-of-its-kind labs in the state.”

NEF Award nominations are now open

We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

Excellence in Education “Ed” Award: Given to an individual in the community whose leadership, acts and support have raised the level of excellence in the Newburyport Public Schools

Cindy Johnson Volunteer Award: Given to an individual who has given an extraordinary amount of hours, effort and unselfish support to the NEF over a number of years.

Business Partner Award: Given to a company that has made particularly noteworthy contributions to the NEF and Newburyport Public Schools.

Nominate an individual, organization or business today online at our website at All nominations are due by Friday, April 7.

Monte Carlo Night

Monte Carlo Night (Poker Tournament & Casino Games) is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at the Newburyport Senior/Community Center

By popular demand, the NEF’s Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament has expanded to Monte Carlo Night that will include casino games. Whether you are hitting the Blackjack tables, rolling the dice at Craps, spinning the wheel at Roulette or going ALL IN in at the Texas Hold’em Tournament, you do not want to miss this event. “How can you improve on an event that has been a great success and lots of fun like the Annual Texas Hold’em Tournament,” asked Claude Elias, Monte Carlo Night committee chairperson, “Expand it and make it twice as fun and entertaining by adding casino games, music, and a more social atmosphere.”

Tickets will be available starting on Monday, Jan. 30, at All tickets will include access to event, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Texas Hold’em Tournament Ticket ($125) – Includes entrance into the Texas Hold’em Tournament and casino chips for table games.

Casino Games Ticket ($75) – Includes casino chips for table games ONLY (no Texas Hold’em).

Purchase tickets before Saturday, March 4, and receive a $25 gift certificate to Oregano Ristorante and Pizzeria, compliments of owner Claude Elias. Please note that this is a 21+ event. Cocktail attire is encouraged, black tie optional.  Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. 

NEF Open Golf Tournament

The 9th annual NEF Open Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 22, at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye, N.H.  We are busy planning this event, but want readers to save the date.

These special events will support the following NEF campaigns in 2017:

District-Wide STEM Initiative – includes the completion of the innovative, hands-on Strem Chemicals, Inc. STEM Lab at the Bresnahan Elementary, while increasing grade appropriate accessibility to STEM environments and experiences for all students at the Molin, Nock and High School.

Phase 3 of NHS Auditorium A/V Renovation - will replace outdated and underutilized rigging.

Additionally, we are supporting some exciting programs at all grade levels.

School Happenings – NHS Business Department

During the 2015-2016 school year, NHS Business Teacher, Christine Simmons, established a chapter of MASS DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) to allow students to be a part of an extracurricular business club that is easily integrated into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition. Simmons stated, “I really enjoy my role because of the students’ willingness and involvement.”

The NHS DECA has had a great second year, with a membership increase of 58% and attended non-competitive events such as the Fall Leadership Conference, and DECA Celtics Night. Three members qualified for the State Competition at the District 3 competition in January: Max Rundlett came in 2nd place in ASM Automotive Service Marketing, Tristan Cassidy came in 3rd place in AAM Apparel Accessories Marketing and Zack Hogan came in 2nd place in Business Finance Services (BFS).

The NHS DECA will also be sending a Quiz Bowl Team to compete at SCDC (State Career Development Conference) March 9th- March 11th at the Boston Marriott, Copley Plaza. “Our goal is to place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the State competition to qualify for ICDC (International Career Development Conference) in Anaheim, CA this coming April,” shared Simmons.

The Newburyport Education Foundation has supported the Business Department and the NHS DECA program through Business Coalition Partnership Grants. For more information about the Business curriculum or DECA program at Newburyport High School, contact Christine Simmons at

Corporate and individual volunteers are the backbone of the NEF’s success. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help out with the following:

Guest Speakers and Presenters for all educational levels, outreach, donor relations, marketing, and event planning.

If you are interested in learning more about our special events or volunteer opportunities, please contact us at or (978) 463-7893. 

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