Launching Scholars

Creating a Community of Learners

Why Launching Scholars?

  • A strong association between the study of mathematics and economic success implies that access to advanced math classes is a key dividing the separating disadvantaged and advantaged youth.
  • STEM professors are among the highest paying jobs in the nation job openings in STEM and healthcare continue to grow.
  • Women have only 13% of the engineering jobs in the U.S. and currently make up only 18% of engineering students.
  • MCAS performance disparities in mathematics and science persist among different demographic groups.

How to Get Involved.

  • Summer Camp
  •  Weekly After School Sessions 
  • Math support with our Math teachers
  • Volunteering - High School alumni return to support students at weekly sessions

Summer Camp!

  • Review and preview of G7 and G8 Math content and skills
  • Integration of Social Emotional Learning
  • Fostering a community of scholars (and new friends)
  • Literacy (One School, One Book)
  • Touring Pollard and connecting with Pollard faculty & staff


Hear What Students Have Said:

"I like that it is an activity that I can do with my friends and learn math ahead, plus review."

"I like that I get to learn what nobody else has learned yet."

"my teacher for Launching Scholars is the same teacher for math.. I love it"

"I like how we know what we will learn before we see it in math class... I also like the food"

Contact Information

Nicole Piatelli
Coordinator
781-455-0480, ext. 33106
nicole_piatelli@needham.k12.ma.us

Kelly Robinson 
Coordinator
781-455-0480 ext. 33036
kelly_robinson@needham.k12.ma.us

Toni Burriss
Math Teacher
781-455-0480 ext. 33176
toni_burriss@needham.k12.ma.us

Rachael Silver
Math Teacher
781-455-0480 ext. 33146
rachael_silver@needham.k12.ma.us

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