Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



Spring and Spring Vacation are Here!

Even though we had a cold front come through last night, it felt like spring at the beginning of the week.  The crocus and daffodils are blooming and the trees are showing their buds.  Inevitably, the warmer weather will be coming.  I hope that all of our students and their families have a happy and safe week during Spring Vacation.

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!

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.

Maynard Candidates’ Night Slated for 4/29

The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Maynard Revitalize Collaborative have teamed up to present a Meet the Maynard Candidates’ Night on Tuesday, April 29th, 7 to 8:15 pm., in the Maynard High School Auditorium. 
The event will include very brief statements from candidates’ for the School Committee, but the bulk of the time will focus on candidates’ for the Board of Selectmen. For more information, please contact the Revitalize Maynard Collaborative (RevitalizeMaynard@gmail.com), or the Assabet Valley Chamber at 978.568.0360 or info@assabetvalleychamber.org.

Contacts:         Sarah Cressy, CEO, Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce
                        Maren Calzia, Revitalize Maynard Collaborative

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.

Town Cleanup: Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 27

Maynard's annual spring town wide clean runs Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 27. The cleanup is organized by the Maynard Litter League with support from Maynard's DPW. During cleanup week, all merchants and residents are asked to do their part by walking the areas around their property and picking up any litter that is there; please don't forget to check bushes, gutters and the roadside of nearby undeveloped land. This should take only a few minutes. And if it is clean by your home or business, consider taking a small bag on a walk one day and picking up some trash along the way. A small effort on everyone's part makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of our town.

To clean up public areas around town, participants can register and obtain yellow bags on April 19 from 9-11 am near the Nason and Main Street Island, April 22-25 during business hours in the DPW office downstairs at Town Hall, or by emailing MaynardLitterLeague at gmail.com. A group cleanup will be held in the downtown area on Saturday, April 19 starting at 10am. For more information, visit the Maynard Litter League page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MaynardLitterLeague

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.

From the Maynard Public Library

The Friends of the Maynard Library are delighted to announce that the third annual Maynard Book Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12. There will be events all day long, so we hope you plan to join us!

As a prelude to the Festival Day, two special events are scheduled on Thursday, April 10. At 3:30, our own Mr. Mark will lead a walking Story Hour to introduce the new installation of Maynard's Story WalkTM. Gather at the library, and then join Mark and others for a walk through downtown, stopping at shops along the way that each displays a page of the story. The first Story Walk will be available for self-guided story tours throughout April and May.

From 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday, the Friends and ArtSpace will host an artists' reception for the Made in Maynard exhibition in the Roosevelt Room. Join us to view the show and enjoy light refreshments with the exhibitors.          



The Maynard SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation on Executive Function Processes by Kalyani Krishnan, M.A. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Fowler School Library.
Executive Function Processes: The keys to successful and independent learning

In this presentation, Ms. Krishnan will share comprehensive information about executive function processes as they affect children's behavior and learning. Her presentation will include definitions and description of executive function processes as well as a discussion of how these processes influence children's success in school and at home. Ms. Krishnan will describe effective approaches to parenting children with executive function weaknesses and navigating stressful times including daily homework. She will present a selection of research-based, tried and true strategies. There will be time set aside at the end for Questions and Answers. Please feel free to write down your concerns, particular situations that arise in your family, and questions that you have and hand them to the speaker when you arrive. Please RSVP and email any specific questions you may have prior to the presentation to mcmasella@hotmail.com.

Kalyani Krishnan, Licensed School Psychologist, is the Assistant Director of Assessment at the Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) and a member of the Research Institute for Learning and Development (RILD) in Lexington. She is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Northeastern University and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Kalyani holds Master’s degrees in linguistics and learning disabilities. For the past 18 years, she has been working with children, families, and schools to optimize learning experiences for diverse learners. At ILD, she provides consultations to families as well as comprehensive evaluations and educational therapy to children, adolescents and adults.

ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY
AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ASSABET VALLEY

The annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 AM to 11 AM at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Great Road (Rte 117), Maynard.  Admission for breakfast is $4/child and $6/age 12 and over.

In addition to a great breakfast of French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks, children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 AM to 11 AM for $6/picture. Additional activities will include raffles and craft projects for children.

Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. The public is welcome to come and enjoy a great family event! For additional information, please feel free to call (978) 461-2871 or visit www.bgcav.org.

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, April 11, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



Maynard Candidates’ Night Slated for 4/29

The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Maynard Revitalize Collaborative have teamed up to present a Meet the Maynard Candidates’ Night on Tuesday, April 29th, 7 to 8:15 pm., in the Maynard High School Auditorium.  

The event will include very brief statements from candidates’ for the School Committee, but the bulk of the time will focus on candidates’ for the Board of Selectmen. For more information, please contact the Revitalize Maynard Collaborative (RevitalizeMaynard@gmail.com), or the Assabet Valley Chamber at 978.568.0360 or info@assabetvalleychamber.org.

Contacts:         Sarah Cressy, CEO, Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce
                        Maren Calzia, Revitalize Maynard Collaborative

Choral Festival Congratulations for Fowler Students!

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.
Fowler School's Grade 4&5 Chorus, SING, participated for its second year in The Big Sing Central at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA on March 16th.  The chorus sang three pieces to a packed auditorium and participated in a finale selection with the other participating choirs.  They received a certificate for an outstanding performance with comments from the adjudicator including, "This choir obviously loves singing!"
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.

Town Cleanup: Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 27

Maynard's annual spring town wide clean runs Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 27. The cleanup is organized by the Maynard Litter League with support from Maynard's DPW. During cleanup week, all merchants and residents are asked to do their part by walking the areas around their property and picking up any litter that is there; please don't forget to check bushes, gutters and the roadside of nearby undeveloped land. This should take only a few minutes. And if it is clean by your home or business, consider taking a small bag on a walk one day and picking up some trash along the way. A small effort on everyone's part makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of our town.

To clean up public areas around town, participants can register and obtain yellow bags on April 19 from 9-11 am near the Nason and Main Street Island, April 22-25 during business hours in the DPW office downstairs at Town Hall, or by emailing MaynardLitterLeague at gmail.com. A group cleanup will be held in the downtown area on Saturday, April 19 starting at 10am. For more information, visit the Maynard Litter League page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MaynardLitterLeague

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.

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.

From the Maynard Public Library

The Friends of the Maynard Library are delighted to announce that the third annual Maynard Book Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12. There will be events all day long, so we hope you plan to join us!

As a prelude to the Festival Day, two special events are scheduled on Thursday, April 10. At 3:30, our own Mr. Mark will lead a walking Story Hour to introduce the new installation of Maynard's Story WalkTM. Gather at the library, and then join Mark and others for a walk through downtown, stopping at shops along the way that each displays a page of the story. The first Story Walk will be available for self-guided story tours throughout April and May.

From 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday, the Friends and ArtSpace will host an artists' reception for the Made in Maynard exhibition in the Roosevelt Room. Join us to view the show and enjoy light refreshments with the exhibitors.          

The Maynard SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation on Executive Function Processes by Kalyani Krishnan, M.A. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Fowler School Library.
Executive Function Processes: The keys to successful and independent learning

In this presentation, Ms. Krishnan will share comprehensive information about executive function processes as they affect children's behavior and learning. Her presentation will include definitions and description of executive function processes as well as a discussion of how these processes influence children's success in school and at home. Ms. Krishnan will describe effective approaches to parenting children with executive function weaknesses and navigating stressful times including daily homework. She will present a selection of research-based, tried and true strategies. There will be time set aside at the end for Questions and Answers. Please feel free to write down your concerns, particular situations that arise in your family, and questions that you have and hand them to the speaker when you arrive. Please RSVP and email any specific questions you may have prior to the presentation to mcmasella@hotmail.com.

Kalyani Krishnan, Licensed School Psychologist, is the Assistant Director of Assessment at the Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) and a member of the Research Institute for Learning and Development (RILD) in Lexington. She is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Northeastern University and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Kalyani holds Master’s degrees in linguistics and learning disabilities. For the past 18 years, she has been working with children, families, and schools to optimize learning experiences for diverse learners. At ILD, she provides consultations to families as well as comprehensive evaluations and educational therapy to children, adolescents and adults.

ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY
AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ASSABET VALLEY

The annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 AM to 11 AM at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Great Road (Rte 117), Maynard.  Admission for breakfast is $4/child and $6/age 12 and over.

In addition to a great breakfast of French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks, children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 AM to 11 AM for $6/picture. Additional activities will include raffles and craft projects for children.

Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. The public is welcome to come and enjoy a great family event! For additional information, please feel free to call (978) 461-2871 or visit www.bgcav.org.

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, April 4, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



Be a Host Family for an International Student in Maynard

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.

From the Maynard Public Library

The Friends of the Maynard Library are delighted to announce that the third annual Maynard Book Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12. There will be events all day long, so we hope you plan to join us!

As a prelude to the Festival Day, two special events are scheduled on Thursday, April 10. At 3:30, our own Mr. Mark will lead a walking Story Hour to introduce the new installation of Maynard's Story WalkTM. Gather at the library, and then join Mark and others for a walk through downtown, stopping at shops along the way that each displays a page of the story. The first Story Walk will be available for self-guided story tours throughout April and May.

From 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday, the Friends and ArtSpace will host an artists' reception for the Made in Maynard exhibition in the Roosevelt Room. Join us to view the show and enjoy light refreshments with the exhibitors.    
      
The Maynard SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation on Executive Function Processes by Kalyani Krishnan, M.A. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Fowler School Library.
Executive Function Processes: The keys to successful and independent learning

In this presentation, Ms. Krishnan will share comprehensive information about executive function processes as they affect children's behavior and learning. Her presentation will include definitions and description of executive function processes as well as a discussion of how these processes influence children's success in school and at home. Ms. Krishnan will describe effective approaches to parenting children with executive function weaknesses and navigating stressful times including daily homework. She will present a selection of research-based, tried and true strategies. There will be time set aside at the end for Questions and Answers. Please feel free to write down your concerns, particular situations that arise in your family, and questions that you have and hand them to the speaker when you arrive. Please RSVP and email any specific questions you may have prior to the presentation to mcmasella@hotmail.com.

Kalyani Krishnan, Licensed School Psychologist, is the Assistant Director of Assessment at the Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) and a member of the Research Institute for Learning and Development (RILD) in Lexington. She is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Northeastern University and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Kalyani holds Master’s degrees in linguistics and learning disabilities. For the past 18 years, she has been working with children, families, and schools to optimize learning experiences for diverse learners. At ILD, she provides consultations to families as well as comprehensive evaluations and educational therapy to children, adolescents and adults. 

ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY
AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ASSABET VALLEY

The annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 AM to 11 AM at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Great Road (Rte 117), Maynard.  Admission for breakfast is $4/child and $6/age 12 and over.

In addition to a great breakfast of French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks, children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 AM to 11 AM for $6/picture. Additional activities will include raffles and craft projects for children.

Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. The public is welcome to come and enjoy a great family event! For additional information, please feel free to call (978) 461-2871 or visit www.bgcav.org.

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.

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                  
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will remind the Superintendent’s Notes readers of important upcoming events with a reference to the blog where more information can be found.

Staying Connected in a Wired World:  Cyber safety and healthy online behavior Presented by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office

This presentation will be in the Auditorium, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Maynard High School 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA from 7 to 9 pm.
Many of us, including students, are using a variety of technologies every day that have truly revolutionized the way we communicate.  We all may be revealing too much information online, and our children are susceptible to cyber-bullying and online predators.
What’s a parent to do?  Join Ariana Coniglio, the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, to boost your understanding of the issues.  Ms. Coniglio has Masters in Public Health and experience working with youth groups around the issues of teen dating violence, bullying, and cyber-bullying.
The workshop will examine trends and take a practical approach to cyber safety and how to promote healthy behavior online.  Parents will be quizzed on Internet safety, given tips on protecting their children from online predators, and ideas on how to instill common sense behavior in their child’s digital life. The presentation is free and open to the public.
This presentation was made possible by collaboration between the Acton, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils.  To RSVP, please email one of the following contacts:  Acton, Nancy Sherburne at nsherburne@mindspring.com ; Maynard, Jen O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us ; Sudbury, Paula Moyer at sudburysepac@gmail.com.   You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

SAT Preparation Support

Exciting news: We’re partnering with the College Board so that all students who want to go to college can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost.
The College Board just announced that they’re redesigning the SAT for 2016, and we’re partnering with them to make free, world-class prep materials. Know anyone preparing for the SAT? Let them know by spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art; interactive learning tools that give you deep practice and help you diagnose your gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you are taking the SAT in 2014/15, you can start practicing today with hundreds of previously unreleased Math, Reading, and Writing questions from real SATs and more than 200 videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question:

Our goal is nothing short of leveling the playing field for every student taking the SAT, so please help us reach as many people as possible.
Elizabeth
Content Lead at Khan Academy
PO Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042

Friday, March 21, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



You're invited to a Celebration of Maynard Schools

Save the Date! On Saturday, March 29th, 10 AM to 11:30 AM, everyone is invited to join in a Celebration of Maynard Schools at Maynard High School, Tiger Drive. This exciting event is being presented thanks to collaboration between Maynard Public Schools, Maynard Education Foundation, Maynard Family Association and the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
From 10 - 10:30 AM, tours of Maynard High School will be conducted by Maynard High School Students. From 10:30 - 11 AM, there will be a presentation for parents that will highlight the wonderful, competitive offerings being provided by the Maynard Public Schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. From 11-11:30 AM, refreshments will be served and parents will have an opportunity to ask follow up questions of Maynard school professionals and receive additional information about the specific schools.

Bring your kids! Childcare will be available at this amazing event for children ages 2+. The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley's professional staff and Maynard High School students and teachers will offer this service free of charge. Toddler/pre-school aged children will be engaged in a classroom set up just for the little ones. The gymnasium will offer structured games and activities for children in grades K+. For more information on childcare or to sign your child(ren) up, please contact Wendy Allegrone-Leslie at allegrone@bgcav.org. Reservations are greatly appreciated for planning purposes.

Although new residents and parents of new born children to grade 4 are especially encouraged to attend this information packed event, we hope that all residents, young and old, will take advantage of this opportunity to come and learn more about Maynard Public Schools.
Schools are the heart of every community and this is an opportunity to learn all that Maynard's schools have to offer! Questions about the event may be directed to mefgrants@gmail.com Hope to see you there!

Staying Connected in a Wired World:  Cyber safety and healthy online behavior Presented by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office

This presentation will be in the Auditorium, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Maynard High School 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA from 7 to 9 pm.

Many of us, including students, are using a variety of technologies every day that have truly revolutionized the way we communicate.  We all may be revealing too much information online, and our children are susceptible to cyber-bullying and online predators.

What’s a parent to do?  Join Ariana Coniglio, the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, to boost your understanding of the issues.  Ms. Coniglio has Masters in Public Health and experience working with youth groups around the issues of teen dating violence, bullying, and cyber-bullying.

The workshop will examine trends and take a practical approach to cyber safety and how to promote healthy behavior online.  Parents will be quizzed on Internet safety, given tips on protecting their children from online predators, and ideas on how to instill common sense behavior in their child’s digital life. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This presentation was made possible by collaboration between the Acton, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils.  To RSVP, please email one of the following contacts:  Acton, Nancy Sherburne at nsherburne@mindspring.com ; Maynard, Jen O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us ; Sudbury, Paula Moyer at sudburysepac@gmail.com.   You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                   
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will remind the Superintendent’s Notes readers of important upcoming events with a reference to the blog where more information can be found.

SAT Preparation Support

Exciting news: We’re partnering with the College Board so that all students who want to go to college can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost.
The College Board just announced that they’re redesigning the SAT for 2016, and we’re partnering with them to make free, world-class prep materials. Know anyone preparing for the SAT? Let them know:
By spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art; interactive learning tools that give you deep practice and help you diagnose your gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you are taking the SAT in 2014/15, you can start practicing today with hundreds of previously unreleased Math, Reading, and Writing questions from real SATs and more than 200 videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question:
Our goal is nothing short of leveling the playing field for every student taking the SAT, so please help us reach as many people as possible.
Elizabeth
Content Lead at Khan Academy
PO Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042

Boston College is Opening its Doors to Our Students

The Boston College's Splash program offers high school students a window into the college experience with a full-day of FREE classes created and taught by BC students. Courses range from "Battles of the Books: Popular Fiction versus Literary Fiction" to "The Biochemistry of Music" and "Investing: How to Make Money."  Our high school students will have the freedom to schedule whichever courses interest them most.  We believe that by allowing college students to share their passion for learning, they can encourage our students to find a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge.  All are welcome at BC Splash, on campus April 6th
The registration period is Wednesday March 5th to Wednesday April 2nd at:
www.bcsplash.com
MHS/Massachusetts Bay Community College Concurrent Courses

Juniors and seniors interested in taking a current MHS concurrent course for Massachusetts Bay Community College credit should see their counselor for a registration packet. Approved classes are AP Literature, AP Chemistry, AP US History, AP Biology, Advanced Anatomy, AP Calculus, and Honors Pre-calculus. The first course is free and additional course are at very reasonable prices for college credits.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students to improve their college applications and for parents to save money.  Contact the MHS guidance department with any questions.



Friday, March 14, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



Staying Connected in a Wired World:  Cyber safety and healthy online behavior Presented by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office

This presentation will be in the Auditorium, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Maynard High School 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA from 7 to 9 pm.
Many of us, including students, are using a variety of technologies every day that have truly revolutionized the way we communicate.  We all may be revealing too much information online, and our children are susceptible to cyber-bullying and online predators.
What’s a parent to do?  Join Ariana Coniglio, the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, to boost your understanding of the issues.  Ms. Coniglio has Masters in Public Health and experience working with youth groups around the issues of teen dating violence, bullying, and cyber-bullying.
The workshop will examine trends and take a practical approach to cyber safety and how to promote healthy behavior online.  Parents will be quizzed on Internet safety, given tips on protecting their children from online predators, and ideas on how to instill common sense behavior in their child’s digital life. The presentation is free and open to the public.
This presentation was made possible by collaboration between the Acton, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils.  To RSVP, please email one of the following contacts:  Acton, Nancy Sherburne at nsherburne@mindspring.com ; Maynard, Jen O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us ; Sudbury, Paula Moyer at sudburysepac@gmail.com.   You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

SAT Preparation Support

Exciting news: We’re partnering with the College Board so that all students who want to go to college can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost.
The College Board just announced that they’re redesigning the SAT for 2016, and we’re partnering with them to make free, world-class prep materials. Know anyone preparing for the SAT? Let them know:
By spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art, interactive learning tools that give you deep practice and help you diagnose your gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.
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The Athletic Directors Update

Hi Everyone,
 
With the completion of the Winter Season Sports Banquet the winter season is officially over.
Here are some highlights:

Boys Basketball:
Congratulations to Coach Howes for reaching 200 career wins!

Mid Wach D- League Champions
Clark Tournament appearance
Mid Wach D- Referee Association Sportsmanship Award Winners
Ryan Fowler- League MVP
Sean Peterson- League All-Star
Joe Westerman- League All-Star
Ryan Fowler-1000 career points

Team Awards:
Ryan Fowler- MVP
Robbie Oliphant- Unsung Hero
Jeff Gately- Coaches Award

Freshman Awards:
Kamren Tallen- Most Improved
Andrew Skavikus- Unsung Hero
Stephan Gargas- Coaches Award

Captains for next year: Cal Howes, Zach Boerman, Reese Lesage


Girls Basketball:
Lauren Lappas- League All-star
Izabella Gubala- League All-star
League Sportsmanship Award

Team Awards:
Lauren Lappas- MVP
Meagan Capone- Coaches Award
Rachel Fitzgerald- Unsung Hero

Freshman Awards:
Nora McCarthy- Most Improved
Nina Cutler- Coaches Award
Garvey Cummings- Unsung Hero 
Captains for next year:  Anabelle Dentino, Shannon Smith

Hockey:
Clayton Dahill- League All-star
Jack O'Callaghan- League All-star

Wrestling:
Jake Kennedy- All-state/Nationals wrestler
Ronan Ball- All-state/New Englands and Nationals Wrestler

A special congratulation to 8th grader, Samantha Dahill for being the goalie for the Assabet Valley U 14 Girls Hockey team.  Last Sunday her team won the Massachusetts State Championship and has qualified for the US Nationals, in Buffalo, this April.

Spring Sport Reminders: 

8-12 baseball and softball starts March 17th. 
7-12 boys and girls track starts March 17th. 

Middle School baseball and softball starts March 31st. 

Kevin Caruso, C.A.G.S
Athletic Director
Maynard High School
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
Office: 978-897-6168, Fax:    978-897-6089
Email: kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us
Boston College is Opening its Doors to Our Students
The Boston College's Splash program offers high school students a window into the college experience with a full-day of FREE classes created and taught by BC students. Courses range from "Battles of the Books: Popular Fiction versus Literary Fiction" to "The Biochemistry of Music" and "Investing: How to Make Money."  Our high school students will have the freedom to schedule whichever courses interest them most.  We believe that by allowing college students to share their passion for learning, they can encourage our students to find a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge.  All are welcome at BC Splash, on campus April 6th
The registration period is Wednesday March 5th to Wednesday April 2nd at:
www.bcsplash.com
Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                   
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will remind the Superintendent’s Notes readers of important upcoming events with a reference to the blog where more information can be found.

MHS/Massachusetts Bay Community College Concurrent Courses

Juniors and seniors interested in taking a current MHS concurrent course for Massachusetts Bay Community College credit should see their counselor for a registration packet. Approved classes are AP Literature, AP Chemistry, AP US History, AP Biology, Advanced Anatomy, AP Calculus, and Honors Pre-calculus. The first course is free and additional course are at very reasonable prices for college credits.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students to improve their college applications and for parents to save money.  Contact the MHS guidance department with any questions.

Beauty and the Beast at MHS Performing Arts Center

The performances will be on March 15th, 16th, 21st, and, and 23rd.  The show has 80 cast members and 20 crew members.  We need to thank the community members who have been building and painting sets, selling tickets and making costumes.  Don't miss the first performance in the new MHS Performing Arts Center!

Tickets may be purchased online via mktix:

 http://ww1.mktix.com/page.php?wpage=events/eventdetail.htm&Parent=MHSM-E37474

You're invited to a Celebration of Maynard Schools

Save the Date! On Saturday, March 29th, 10 AM to 11:30 AM, everyone is invited to join in a Celebration of Maynard Schools at Maynard High School, Tiger Drive. This exciting event is being presented thanks to collaboration between Maynard Public Schools, Maynard Education Foundation, Maynard Family Association and the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
From 10 - 10:30 AM, tours of Maynard High School will be conducted by Maynard High School Students. From 10:30 - 11 AM, there will be a presentation for parents that will highlight the wonderful, competitive offerings being provided by the Maynard Public Schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. From 11-11:30 AM, refreshments will be served and parents will have an opportunity to ask follow up questions of Maynard school professionals and receive additional information about the specific schools.

Bring your kids! Childcare will be available at this amazing event for children ages 2+. The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley's professional staff and Maynard High School students and teachers will offer this service free of charge. Toddler/pre-school aged children will be engaged in a classroom set up just for the little ones. The gymnasium will offer structured games and activities for children in grades K+. For more information on childcare or to sign your child(ren) up, please contact Wendy Allegrone-Leslie at allegrone@bgcav.org. Reservations are greatly appreciated for planning purposes.

Although new residents and parents of children ages 0-grade 4 are especially encouraged to attend this information packed event, we hope that all residents, young and old, will take advantage of this opportunity to come and learn more about Maynard Public Schools.
Schools are the heart of every community and this is an opportunity to learn all that Maynard's schools have to offer! Questions about the event may be directed to mefgrants@gmail.com Hope to see you there!