Friday, June 13, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



MCAS & PARCC Information Night

This week, several School Committee members brought to my attention concerns they had heard from our community about the state assessments next year.  They felt it would be good for me to provide an informational night since there is quite a bit of confusion about the states field testing process and the differences between MCAS and PARC.

While I initially thought about scheduling this information night with at least a weeks notice, I realized that many folks will have plans immediately after the last day of school on Thursday June 19th.  Therefore, I think it will be prudent to hold this informational night on Wednesday June18, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Coolidge School conference room to provide the opportunity for maximum attendance.  

Summer Family Fun and Learning!

Free Fun Fridays is back.  66 museums & cultural venues are open for free on Fridays all summer. For more information go to the following link:


Sign up for Club Invention this summer
Club Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The hands-on, immersive activities allow students to be young inventors, and do the kinds of things that Hall of Fame Inventors did when they were kids.
In an effort to excite students from Kindergarten up to grade 5 about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the Maynard Public School’s FASC/EXCEL Program has decided to run a Camp Invention in Maynard during the week of July 28 through August 1.  We have already filled up one full class and are looking to fill another. 
Please share these video links with your child to show them some of the activities they could be involved in if they join Maynard’s Camp Invention this year:


In addition, you can learn more about Camp Invention at this link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/CampInvention
Girls and boys will enjoy this unique summer experience, instructed by Maynard teachers.  I know because my daughter and six of her friends participated in Club Invention at their school last summer and absolutely loved it!

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                   
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Student Work Permits

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office enforces Massachusetts child labor laws, including work permit laws, aimed at keeping young workers safe.  We have learned through the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program that 25% of Massachusetts teens injured at work do not have work permits for their jobs at the time of injury.  The work permit plays an important role in keeping young people safe at work.
With summer fast approaching, if your son or daughter is looking for a job and intending to get a work permit, please read this important information from the Attorney General’s Office on our website.


Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family.  Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Superintendent's Notes




 Sign up for Club Invention this summer

Club Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The hands-on, immersive activities allow students to be young inventors, and do the kinds of things that Hall of Fame Inventors did when they were kids.
In an effort to excite students from Kindergarten up to grade 5 about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the Maynard Public School’s FASC/EXCEL Program has decided to run a Camp Invention in Maynard during the week of July 28 through August 1.  We have already filled up one full class and are looking to fill another. 
Please share these video links with your child to show them some of the activities they could be involved in if they join Maynard’s Camp Invention this year:

In addition, you can learn more about Camp Invention at this link:

Boys AND girls will enjoy this unique summer experience, instructed by Maynard teachers.  I know because my daughter and six of her friends participated in Club Invention at their school last summer and absolutely loved it!

 June 8:  Plant a Butterfly Garden!
To earn our bronze award, Maynard Girl Scout Troop 72620 will be planting a butterfly garden at Coolidge Playground and we would love your help!  We want this to be a fun, inter-generational event and are inviting all Maynard residents to join us on Sunday, June 8 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Coolidge Playground (corner of Parker and Elmwood Streets).  Rain date is June 15, same time.  
Just bring a shovel, rake or watering can, as well as your enthusiasm.  You’ll have the opportunity to plant butterfly plants, create a meandering pathway, water plants, spread mulch, or clean up litter.  We will also have a limited supply of decorative stepping stones on hand that you can buy and paint!  We’ll have plenty of ice-cold lemonade and water on hand to quench your thirst.  No need to RSVP, just join us.
For more information, please contact our troop leaders Patty Crossland at 978-461-5911 or Patricia.Crossland@gmail.com.  Or, Linde Ghere at 978-201-0183 or LAGhere@gmail.com

From the Athletic Director’s Desk

Hi Everyone, 

It is hard to believe that another sports season is in the books. Please check my website under the awards tab for this year's award winners.

A special congrats to all the teams and players for a great year. 

However, for athletes, as one season ends another one begins. 

The 2014-2015 Mandatory Sports Information Night will be held on Tuesday, June 10th @ 6:45 @ the Fowler Auditorium. Fall sports meetings will be held after the general session. 

Information regarding the Summer Strength and Conditioning Camp can be found at the following link. 



Thanks to everyone in the Maynard community for their support throughout the year! 

Come out and support the Maynard High School Class of 2018 during Restaurant Week!

Papa Gino’s
Route 117 – Great Road Shopping Plaza, Stow
Phone: (978) 897-9101
Website: https://www.papaginos.com/
Dine in or order take out from Papa Gino’s on Sunday, June 8th between 12pm and 9pm! Papa Gino’s will generously donate 20% of your total purchase to The Class of 2018.
                 
                  How do you participate?  It’s so simple! All you need to do is get some great food and bring a Maynard flyer with you!  In an effort for the restaurants to provide you with the best service and to get the flyer needed to identify this fundraiser, please RSVP to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us by Tuesday, June 3rd to provide the restaurants with a sense of guest numbers. However, RSVP is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this event.

* Any guest participating with this flyer may not redeem additional coupons.

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                  
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Honor your Child's Teacher by Giving a Teacher Tribute this Year

Looking for a unique end-of-year gift for your child's teacher that makes a difference? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher (s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in their name to the Maynard Education Foundation. (The amount of your donation will remain confidential.)

Proceeds from the Teacher Tribute program benefit MEF's grant program that enables teachers to pilot innovative programs, participate in professional development activities, and enrich our schools' curriculum.

To make a donation, please mail a check and the following form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 OR donate online at www.maynardeducation.org and make a note of the name (s) of the teachers you would like to honor.

Thank you for participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program!
___________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT:  The deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 6, 2014.  Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.                  

MEF Teacher Tribute Donation.  I/we will support the MEF Teacher Tribute Program with a gift of:

$100             $75               $50               Other $______

Honoree’s Name/School: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Your Name:

 ___________________________________________________________________________

Your Address: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Please print your name as you wish to be acknowledged in the letter to your honoree, (i.e. the Smith Family):

 ___________________________________________________________________________
  
This gift should remain anonymous in honoree letter and in any donor recognition

This gift should remain anonymous for donor recognition purposes only, (your name will still be given to your honoree).  To receive periodic e-newsletters from MEF, please provide your e-mail address: 
 ___________________________________________________________________________

Please mail checks to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or

Donate online at www.maynardeducation.org.

 Maynard Education Foundation *  PO Box 89, Maynard, MA  01754 *  mefgrants@gmail.com

Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family.  Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Superintendent's Notes







Ice Cream Social
The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings to its 5th Annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. This family event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! Students from the Best Buddies program at the Maynard High School will be there to help younger students with the crafts and activities, and to help serve ice cream!
This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please contact Jennifer O’Leary with any questions or to RSVP at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.  (RSVP is helpful but not required)
A message from the Athletic Director - Kevin Caruso


It is hard to believe, but the high school spring regular season has come to an end.

The baseball team finished 15-5 and will play in the MIAA tournament. They beat AMSA in the first round and will play Millbury in the second round on Monday @ 4:00 @ MHS.  Congratulations to the following players who were named league all-stars: Robbie Oliphant, Joey Westerman, Brenden Dyer, and Zach Boerman.

The softball team finished 5-12 with a solid 27-16 win in their last game vs. West Boylston. The girls worked hard all year and their improvement shined through at the end. Congratulations to the following players who were named league all-stars: Lindsay Egan and Erin Wesley.

Both JV teams performed well and showed signs of a bright future. The softball team only had 3 losses!

Both middle school teams have a couple weeks left of games so it will be great to see them continue to improve.

The boys track team finished 3-4 with continued improvement by all. Captain Jeff Gately will move on to the state qualifier meet on May 31st at Fitchburg State. He will compete in the 400 hurdles and long jump. Jeff  was also named league all-star.

The girls track team finished 5-2 with a second place performance in the league meet. Ashley Chiasson, Anabelle Dentino, Rosie Cobb, Shannon Smith, Brenna Smith and Amalia Luciano all qualified for the state qualifier. Congratulations to all these girls for being named league all-stars.

The Maynard-Bromfield lacrosse team finished 4-14 which was an improvement from last year. Matt Lalli played defense and finished the year with three points.

The LS/Maynard Girls Rugby team finished their season on Saturday with a win and ended up 3rd in the state! Alyssa Bremar and Ashley Otieno represented Maynard with pride! 

Student Work Permits - A message from the Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office enforces Massachusetts child labor laws, including work permit laws, aimed at keeping young workers safe.  We have learned through the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program that 25% of Massachusetts teens injured at work do not have work permits for their jobs at the time of injury.  The work permit plays an important role in keeping young people safe at work.

With summer fast approaching, if your son or daughter  is looking for a job and intending to get a work permit, please read this important information from the Attorney General’s Office on our website at::


Come out and support the Maynard High School Class of 2018 During the Restaurant Week!

Roasted Peppers
65 Main Street, Maynard. 
Phone: (978) 461-9932
Website: http://www.roastedpeppers.biz/index1.jsp
Dine in or order take out from Roasted Peppers on Thursday, June 5th between 4:30pm and 9pm! Roasted Peppers will generously donate up to 15% of your total purchase to The Class of 2018. 

Papa Gino’s
Route 117 – Great Road Shopping Plaza, Stow
Phone: (978) 897-9101
Website: https://www.papaginos.com/
Dine in or order take out from Papa Gino’s on Sunday, June 8th between 12pm and 9pm! Papa Gino’s will generously donate 20% of your total purchase to The Class of 2018.
                 
                  How do you participate?  It’s so simple! All you need to do is get some great food and bring a Maynard flyer with you!  In an effort for the restaurants to provide you with the best service and to get the flyer needed to identify this fundraiser, please RSVP to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us by Tuesday, June 3rd to provide the restaurants with a sense of guest numbers. However, RSVP is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this event.

* Any guest participating with this flyer may not redeem additional coupons.

Honor your Child's Teacher by Giving a Teacher Tribute this Year

Looking for a unique end-of-year gift for your child's teacher that makes a difference? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher (s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in their name to the Maynard Education Foundation. (The amount of your donation will remain confidential.)

Proceeds from the Teacher Tribute program benefit MEF's grant program that enables teachers to pilot innovative programs, participate in professional development activities, and enrich our schools' curriculum.

To make a donation, please mail a check and the following form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 OR donate online at www.maynardeducation.org and make a note of the name (s) of the teachers you would like to honor.

Thank you for participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program!
___________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT:  The deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 6, 2014.  Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.                  

MEF Teacher Tribute Donation.  I/we will support the MEF Teacher Tribute Program with a gift of:

$100             $75               $50               Other $______

Honoree’s Name/School: 

____________________________________________________________________________

Your Name:

 ___________________________________________________________________________

Your Address: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Please print your name as you wish to be acknowledged  in the letter to your honoree, (i.e. the Smith Family):

 __________________________________________________________________________
  
This gift should remain anonymous in honoree letter and in any donor recognition

This gift should remain anonymous for donor recognition purposes only, (your name will still be given to your honoree).  To receive periodic e-newsletters from MEF, please provide your e-mail address: 
 ___________________________________________________________________________

Please mail checks to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or

Donate online at www.maynardeducation.org.

 Maynard Education Foundation *  PO Box 89, Maynard, MA  01754 *  mefgrants@gmail.com

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                   
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

2014/2015 Bus Registration

The School Committee voted at the May 1st meeting to increase bus fees to $260 for the 1st child and $215 for the 2nd child each additional child beyond 2. 
Registration will be on May 19th. Forms will be available in school offices and on our website on May 16th under “Forms to Download”.  No registrations will be accepted before May 19th.  Please call Colleen Moore if you have any questions (978) 897-2222.


Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.





Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



Food Related School Day Celebrations

I was made aware of recent concerns about the changes this year in the traditional end of the year school day celebrations that include food.  I am sorry if the administration did not clearly articulate this change in advance to all of our constituents.  However, I will take this opportunity to provide everyone with the timeline of events and facts that went into the decision to review the administrative regulation regarding these types of celebrations.

At the end of last year we had an incident with a student who had an undiagnosed allergic reaction requiring an ambulance ride to a hospital.  Also, the school nurses are required to keep track of the list of students with diagnosed life-threatening allergens.  The nurses have seen these lists grow significantly and track this information in order to manage the required medication available and keep teachers informed about the needs of the children in their classrooms.  As a result of these facts and the research on increasing undiagnosed life-threatening allergic reactions, the school nurses decided to review the Maynard Public Schools Health and Wellness Administrative Regulation and make multiple recommendations to me.

While I did not approve all of the school nurses recommendations, I realized the need to keep our students safe during the school day and make the change to eliminate food based school day celebrations.  I also reformed the Health and Wellness Committee and asked Kevin Caruso to be the Chair of that committee.  The Committee's goal was to review the rest of the nurses recommendations and other concerns around fitness.  At this time the Wellness Committee has only chosen to focus on school day events so you may see school related events outside of the school day that still have food related celebrations.

In addition, I also know that the principals allowed the school nurses in each building to do a presentation to the entire staff at the first scheduled faculty meeting of the year.  I also know that the PTO at Green Meadow was made aware of this new policy and changed their traditional school day ice cream social event into an end of the year crafts event.   

Again, I am sorry that this information did not get disseminated well enough to everyone.  I appreciate all of those who have made creative accommodations and would suggest that anyone in need of other creative solutions speak to the school nurses and principals.

Sincerely,
Bob Gerardi 

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                  
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

2014/2015 Bus Registration

The School Committee voted at the May 1st meeting to increase bus fees to $260 for the 1st child and $215 for the 2nd child each additional child beyond 2. 
Registration will be on May 19th. Forms will be available in school offices and on our website on May 16th under “Forms to Download”.  No registrations will be accepted before May 19th.  Please call Colleen Moore if you have any questions (978) 897-2222.

Maynard Community Gardeners 20th Annual Plant Sale                                                                                            
Don’t miss the best plant sale around!  MCG offers a wonderful selection of local, freshly-dug perennials, and annuals.  We’re now offering hanging baskets and annuals! 
The plant sale is being held on the corner of Maple and Summer Streets on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.
For more information or to join our club, visit: www.MaynardGardeners.org

SING and the Fowler School Harmony Choir Upcoming Performances

Congratulations are in order for the members of the Fowler School Harmony Choir (6th & 7th grade chorus).  These students participated in the prestigious MICCA music festival on April 6th at Norwood High School.  The Harmony Choir earned a bronze medal for their performance and received high scores from judges for tone quality, technical facility, and dynamic control.
If you missed the festivals, don't worry; both of these choirs will be performing on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Fowler School Auditorium.  Mark your calendars!
SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir are both un-auditioned, after-school choruses run by FASC with support from the Maynard Music Association.  Look for new members welcome next fall.

Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family.  Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



2014/2015 Bus Registration

The School Committee voted at the May 1st meeting to increase bus fees to $260 for the 1st child and $215 for the 2nd child each additional child beyond 2.  Registration will be on May 19th. Forms will be available in school offices and on our website on May 16th under “Forms to Download”.  No registrations will be accepted before May 19th.  Please call Colleen Moore if you have any questions (978) 897-2222.

Maynard Community Gardeners 20th Annual Plant Sale                                                                                            
Don’t miss the best plant sale around!  MCG offers a wonderful selection of local, freshly-dug perennials, and annuals.  We’re now offering hanging baskets and annuals!  The plant sale is being held on the corner of Maple and Summer Streets on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.  For more information or to join our club, visit: www.MaynardGardeners.org

Massachusetts Bay Community College STEM Expo

Dr. Chitra Javdekar and the STEM faculty would like to invite you to MassBay’s STEM Expo. In addition, we would also like to use this opportunity to try to capture students who have not yet committed to a college to explore Mass Bay as a place where they can get their start. We also provide an affordable option for financially savvy families. We are happy to provide transportation for those who need it; just let us know as soon as you can.

Please share this event with parents/guardians, teachers, and students. We are excited to showcase the innovations and accomplishments of our current students.

For more information contact:

Marina Bograd
Assistant Professor and Chair - Engineering Dept.


Maynard Music Department Congratulations

We would like to congratulate Jeff Umbrell and Ryan Chiasson. 

Jeff Umbrell auditioned and was accepted to the All State Band. He played in Symphony Hall in Boston in March. This is a huge honor as they only accept enough musicians to make up one band, one chorus and one orchestra!

Jeff and Ryan Chiasson received another amazing musical honor last week. They were both accepted into the Sousa Bands of America New England Festival with top seats in the wind ensemble!  They will be rehearsing during April vacation with the best student musicians in New England and performing up in Maine at the culmination of the event!

 Natick Mall Summer Camp 2014

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to education, they are hosting in-store Summer Camps.

For more info about the camps’ descriptions: Natick Summer Camps
     
·        For ALL Camps: 10am-12pm for 8-10 ages and 1pm-3pm for ages 11-13         
·        Registrants MUST adhere to the specific age groups and designated time
·        All Summer Camps are FREE of cost
·        Registration links are live www.microsoftstore.com/natick                       
·        Registration is for the ENTIRE week  for questions contact Lisa.Casillo@microsoft.com
                    
MICROSOFT NATICK SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE
Week 4*
Smart Photo Taking
June 23-26
Week 5
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
June 30-July 3
Week 6
Smart Movie Making
July 7-10
Week 7
Smart Photo Taking
July 14-17
Week 8
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
July 21-24
Week 9
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
July 28-31
Week 10
Smart Movie Making
August 4-7
Week 11
Smart Photo Taking
August 11-14
Week 12
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
August18-21
Week 13
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
August 25-28

China Visit

Over April Vacation Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera and I had the good fortune to visit 5 cities and three schools in ten days.  It was an ambitious schedule and it felt very much like “The Amazing Race”. 

If you are interested in hearing more about the potential educational benefits of developing partnerships with schools in China, I will be presenting more information about this trip at the school committee meeting next Thursday night.

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                   
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir Upcoming Performances

Congratulations are in order for the members of the Fowler School Harmony Choir (6th & 7th grade chorus).  These students participated in the prestigious MICCA music festival on April 6th at Norwood High School.  The Harmony Choir earned a bronze medal for their performance and received high scores from judges for tone quality, technical facility, and dynamic control.
If you missed the festivals, don't worry; both of these choirs will be performing on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Fowler School Auditorium.  Mark your calendars!
SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir are both un-auditioned, after-school choruses run by FASC with support from the Maynard Music Association.  Look for new members welcome next fall.

Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family.  Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.