Friday, April 17, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Meet the Candidates' Night

Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and Revitalize Maynard Collaborative are presenting the upcoming Meet the Candidates' Night for the upcoming School committee Election.

This event is being held on Wednesday, April 29th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Meet the Candidates' night will be held at the Maynard Town Hall Gianottis Room.

For More information contact:
info@assabetvalleychamber.org (978) 568-0360
revitalizemaynard@gmail.com

Bus Registration 2015/2016

Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year will be on May 4.  Registration will be at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office is on the right side of the Fowler School. 
Forms will available under "forms to download" on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.
Note: if you have a student entering 7th grade 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.
If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids

The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  This can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment, responding appropriately. Visibly this could result in an appearance of clumsiness or weakness, behavioral problems, and difficulties at school and within groups.  Ms. Ditto has been an Occupational Therapist at the Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard for 8 years and will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.
School Pesticide Notification

This notification is being sent to you in conformance with the Children’s & Families Protection Act (Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000).  The Act requires we notify you when pesticides are applied on the outside of public and private schools, day care centers and school age child care programs.

We are having Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive and Green Meadow Elementary School, 5 Tiger Drive,  treated with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System in response to the presence of termites.  We selected this treatment method to reduce risk and hazard to our student population and staff.  At various times during the course of the year, the Waltham Services Company may remove monitoring devices placed below ground in plastic holding stations and replace them with baits lethal to termites.  The pesticidal bait is non-volatile and not accessible or visible from above.

Please feel free to call me at the Business Office at 978-897-8251, Mr. Mela, principal at Fowler School at 978-897-6700 or Mrs. Dankner, principal at Green Meadow at 978-897-8246 should you have questions.

Website:  www.mass.gov/agr, then follow the links to the Children’s Protection page

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

Intro to Theater; Play Announcement

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

Boys and Girls Club After School and Summer Program Jobs

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley seeks candidates for several positions at the Club’s after school and summer programs. Applicants must be enthusiastic, creative, industrious, responsible, punctual, and resourceful and have a genuine passion for working with children.

After School Program Staff

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley is seeking energetic candidates for an after school program staff position for the Beyond the Bell Boys and Girls Club after school program. Beyond the Bell is an after school drop in program servicing students in Grades K-8. This position is responsible for facilitating, organizing and overseeing activities for school age children of all ages and learning abilities in the club areas such as the gym, game room, technology center, homework room and play room. Specialized skills in organizing sports, games and other activities desired. Candidates must be able to work well with all age groups. Experience working with school age children is preferred, but willing to train candidates who possess a positive, upbeat attitude, desire to learn and a passion for working with children. First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain such certifications) is preferred. The ability to be a team player is a must. Candidates must be willing to submit to an all criminal (CORI)) background check. This is a part time position and the scheduled work days can be flexible, however candidates should be able to work a minimum of 2 days a week (M – F) 2:00-6:00 p.m. Optional additional hours will be available on Maynard Early release days and for programs which run during school vacation periods.

Head Counselor for Summer Program

The Boys and Girls Club seeks Head Counselors for our Full and Half Day Summer Programs. Candidates would report to the Program Director and will be responsible for assisting in planning and implementing varied summer recreation programs for children. Candidate is immediately responsible for the children’s safety, participation, and overall enjoyment of the programs.

Head Counselor Responsibilities:
· Directs groups of children in a manner that promotes safe behaviors and improves the quality of the children's interaction with one another.
· Participates and encourages participants to partake in all activities with their groups, making programs fun for their groups, teaching skills, providing encouragement and support, etc.
· Serves as a role model to young children by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct.
· Supervises and guides CIT’s assigned to group.
· Responsible for campers' safety; on the bus, on a trip, at activities, and during transitions.
· Reports any accident to proper camp personnel.
·Takes accurate attendance of campers daily.
· Provides Program Directors with all items necessary for employee file.
· Is attentive to and follow administrative notices defining program procedures and routines.
· Attends and passes preseason CPR and First Aid course.
· Demonstrates teamwork.

The summer positions are seasonal work positions. Hours and schedules vary depending on what program candidates are hired for. Full Day Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 35 hours a week 9:00 – 4:00 PM. Program runs for 9 weeks June 22 – August 21. Half Day Playground Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 20 – 25 hours a week 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Programs run for 6 weeks, 7/6 – 8/14.

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention



Friday, April 10, 2015

Superintendents Notes

Project 351 Update

Emmeline Weeks, an 8th grader at MHS, was chosen as Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 is a nonprofit that builds leadership and community service experiences in 8th grade students across the 351 towns in Massachusetts. Emmeline Weeks and Juan Duran, last year's Project 351 representative organized a Children's Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. As usual, the Maynard community has been generous, donating clothing, shoes and books at all three schools and the public library. On Thursday, 31 students from the 8th and 9th grade participated in sorting bags of clothing, shoes and books. So many volunteers made the work fun and go quickly.  

The dedicated volunteers were: Emmeline Weeks, Liam Caldicott, Lucas Pepin, Max Ludwig, Dante Naylor, Sean Duddy, Elisa Faret-Machado, Adrien Roman, Emma Fitzsimmons, Sophie Copley, Gaby Rodrigues, Nina Insixiengmay, Megan Thompson, Aidan Mullaney, Alissa Ray, Vincent Chen, Ryan Monahan, Jordan Cedeno, Ben Shepardson, Anna Manning, Hannah Booth, David Davila- Hunter, Ben Denaro, Paul Keeffe, Charlie Neuhauser, Georgia Lawton, Joseph Corcoran, Tommy Smith, Diego Ramirez, Jose Duran, and Victor Roman.    
           
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please email Kerry Healy at:


Stay tuned to find out how many bags of clothing were donated!

In Memoriam and Appreciation of Art St. Germain

Art St Germain, Jr. passed away December 1, 2012.  He was a devoted Maynard High School math and science teacher from 1969 until his retirement in 2003.  He also coached Maynard High School hockey and golf.  Art spent his entire career teaching and coaching in Maynard.

His sister, Donna, spent more than two years creating the Arthur L. St Germain, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund (with a starting balance of $418,000!).  Scholarships will begin in 2015 for two deserving Maynard High School seniors. 

Other New Scholarship Options
           
1.  Paul Nickelsberg is the president of Orchid Technologies Engineering & Consulting Inc. at 147 Main St, Maynard.  He has decided to offer two $2,500 scholarships to the 2015 Maynard High School graduating class.

2. Patti Caira and Karen Boyce have started the Kathleen Veleno Memorial Golf Scholarship $1,000, in memory of a friend of theirs who was an avid golfer at Maynard Country Club. 


3.  The Herring Family Scholarship will provide a $400 scholarship to a member of the 2015 Maynard High School graduating class.  This scholarship is in honor of Terry Herring who was a member of the Maynard School Committee for many years.

For more information on the application process for these and the many other scholarships available to graduating seniors at Maynard High School, contact the Maynard High School Guidance Department.

Intro to Theater; Play Announcement

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

Boys and Girls Club After School and Summer Program Jobs

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley seeks candidates for several positions at the Club’s after school and summer programs. Applicants must be enthusiastic, creative, industrious, responsible, punctual, and resourceful and have a genuine passion for working with children.

After School Program Staff
The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley is seeking energetic candidates for an after school program staff position for the Beyond the Bell Boys and Girls Club after school program. Beyond the Bell is an after school drop in program servicing students in Grades K-8. This position is responsible for facilitating, organizing and overseeing activities for school age children of all ages and learning abilities in the club areas such as the gym, game room, technology center, homework room and play room. Specialized skills in organizing sports, games and other activities desired. Candidates must be able to work well with all age groups. Experience working with school age children is preferred, but willing to train candidates who possess a positive, upbeat attitude, desire to learn and a passion for working with children. First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain such certifications) is preferred. The ability to be a team player is a must. Candidates must be willing to submit to an all criminal (CORI)) background check. This is a part time position and the scheduled work days can be flexible, however candidates should be able to work a minimum of 2 days a week (M – F) 2:00-6:00 p.m. Optional additional hours will be available on Maynard Early release days and for programs which run during school vacation periods.

Head Counselor for Summer Program
The Boys and Girls Club seeks Head Counselors for our Full and Half Day Summer Programs. Candidates would report to the Program Director and will be responsible for assisting in planning and implementing varied summer recreation programs for children. Candidate is immediately responsible for the children’s safety, participation, and overall enjoyment of the programs.

Head Counselor Responsibilities:
· Directs groups of children in a manner that promotes safe behaviors and improves the quality of the children's interaction with one another.
· Participates and encourages participants to partake in all activities with their groups, making programs fun for their groups, teaching skills, providing encouragement and support, etc.
· Serves as a role model to young children by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct.
· Supervises and guides CIT’s assigned to group.
· Responsible for campers' safety; on the bus, on a trip, at activities, and during transitions.
· Reports any accident to proper camp personnel.
·Takes accurate attendance of campers daily.
· Provides Program Directors with all items necessary for employee file.
· Is attentive to and follow administrative notices defining program procedures and routines.
· Attends and passes preseason CPR and First Aid course.
· Demonstrates teamwork.

The summer positions are seasonal work positions. Hours and schedules vary depending on what program candidates are hired for. Full Day Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 35 hours a week 9:00 – 4:00 PM. Program runs for 9 weeks June 22 – August 21. Half Day Playground Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 20 – 25 hours a week 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Programs run for 6 weeks, 7/6 – 8/14.

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

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Superintendent's Notes


        Boys and Girls Club After School and Summer Program Jobs

        The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley seeks candidates for several positions at the Club’s after school and summer programs. Applicants must be enthusiastic, creative, industrious, responsible, punctual, and resourceful and have a genuine passion for working with children.

        After School Program Staff
        The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley is seeking energetic candidates for an after school program staff position for the Beyond the Bell Boys and Girls Club after school program. Beyond the Bell is an after school drop in program servicing students in Grades K-8. This position is responsible for facilitating, organizing and overseeing activities for school age children of all ages and learning abilities in the club areas such as the gym, game room, technology center, homework room and play room. Specialized skills in organizing sports, games and other activities desired. Candidates must be able to work well with all age groups. Experience working with school age children is preferred, but willing to train candidates who possess a positive, upbeat attitude, desire to learn and a passion for working with children. First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain such certifications) is preferred. The ability to be a team player is a must. Candidates must be willing to submit to an all criminal (CORI)) background check. This is a part time position and the scheduled work days can be flexible, however candidates should be able to work a minimum of 2 days a week (M – F) 2:00-6:00 p.m. Optional additional hours will be available on Maynard Early release days and for programs which run during school vacation periods.

        Head Counselor for Summer Program
        The Boys and Girls Club seeks Head Counselors for our Full and Half Day Summer Programs. Candidates would report to the Program Director and will be responsible for assisting in planning and implementing varied summer recreation programs for children. Candidate is immediately responsible for the children’s safety, participation, and overall enjoyment of the programs.

        Head Counselor Responsibilities:
        · Directs groups of children in a manner that promotes safe behaviors and improves the quality of the children's interaction with one another.
        · Participates and encourages participants to partake in all activities with their groups, making programs fun for their groups, teaching skills, providing encouragement and support, etc.
        · Serves as a role model to young children by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct.
        · Supervises and guides CIT’s assigned to group.
        · Responsible for campers' safety; on the bus, on a trip, at activities, and during transitions.
        · Reports any accident to proper camp personnel.
        ·Takes accurate attendance of campers daily.
        · Provides Program Directors with all items necessary for employee file.
        · Is attentive to and follow administrative notices defining program procedures and routines. · Attends and passes preseason CPR and First Aid course.
        · Demonstrates teamwork.

        The summer positions are seasonal work positions. Hours and schedules vary depending on what program candidates are hired for. Full Day Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 35 hours a week 9:00 – 4:00 PM. Program runs for 9 weeks June 22 – August 21. Half Day Playground Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 20 – 25 hours a week 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Programs run for 6 weeks, 7/6 – 8/14.

        Light It Up Blue at Clock Tower

        On April 2nd families and friends of people who are impacted by Autism will join together in front of Clock Tower Place to watch the town clock turn blue to raise awareness of Autism in the community. Adding itself to the list of international landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, and many more, Clock Tower’s blue lights will be a symbol in Maynard that the town supports our community members who are impacted by Autism.

        Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign created by the organization Autism Speaks. The event was initiated by Maynard High School student, Jae Mannion.  In 2012 Jae along with the Whalen family of Stow raised money to pay for the plastic tube covers for the 48 lights, which light the clock every evening.  Kevin Whalen, owner of Stow Ace Hardware, has helped support Jae in his efforts.  Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children; one in 70 boys in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

        The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The organization is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

        The Community is invited to the to watch the clock turn Blue at 7:00pm on Thursday April 2nd in front of Clock Tower Place. Following the clock lighting will be a puzzle cake party for all who attend. Global Goods will host a raffle to benefit Autism Speaks. Residents are encouraged to Light their Houses Up Blue by purchasing a blue light for their home at Stow Ace Hardware! Maynard and Stow students are encouraged to wear blue to school on April 2nd. For more information, please visit the following website www.lightitupblue.org. Or contact Danielle Mannion at dmannion@millisps.org. or join the Facebook Group Light It Up Blue Maynard!


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

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

       The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
       by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools


Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention

Monday, March 30, 2015

Superintendent's Notes


        Light It Up Blue at Clock Tower

        On April 2nd families and friends of people who are impacted by Autism will join together in front of Clock Tower Place to watch the town clock turn blue to raise awareness of Autism in the community. Adding itself to the list of international landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, and many more, Clock Tower’s blue lights will be a symbol in Maynard that the town supports our community members who are impacted by Autism.

        Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign created by the organization Autism Speaks. The event was initiated by Maynard High School student, Jae Mannion.  In 2012 Jae along with the Whalen family of Stow raised money to pay for the plastic tube covers for the 48 lights, which light the clock every evening.  Kevin Whalen, owner of Stow Ace Hardware, has helped support Jae in his efforts.  Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children; one in 70 boys in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

        The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The organization is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

        The Community is invited to the to watch the clock turn Blue at 7:00pm on Wednesday April 2nd in front of Clock Tower Place. Following the clock lighting will be a puzzle cake party for all who attend. Global Goods will host a raffle to benefit Autism Speaks. Residents are encouraged to Light their Houses Up Blue by purchasing a blue light for their home at Stow Ace Hardware! Maynard and Stow students are encouraged to wear blue to school on April 2nd. For more information, please visit the following website www.lightitupblue.org. Or contact Danielle Mannion at dmannion@millisps.org. or join the Facebook Group Light It Up Blue Maynard!


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

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools


Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention

Friday, March 20, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard's Got Talent at MHS

The 2nd Annual "Maynard's Got Talent" hosted by the Class of 2017 is coming up quickly.  Come see our amazing student performers as they vie for prizes in this fun filled evening of acts of all kinds.

The Particulars:
Friday, March 27th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium
$3 Students and seniors
$5 Non-students
Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket to win one of the many prizes set aside for audience members.
*There will be a Bake sale at intermission and extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase*
Come one, come all!

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

Boys and Girls Club Sign Ups

NERF LASER BATTLE: You children won’t want to miss this great event!!  Join the folks from Guard Up! As they transform the Boys and Girls Club into an amazing arena utilizing inflatable obstacles for a Nerf Laser Battle!  This program is a mix of storytelling and imaginative play with Nerf and laser blasters along with lessons in teamwork and creative problem solving all while fighting off the zombie hordes!  Participants will fight monsters and solve puzzles while honing their social skills and developing confidence and leadership qualities through games that require strategy and teamwork.  Why pick up a video game when you can experience the action unplugged? DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY MARCH 16!!!!
Boys and Girls Club Gym: Saturday March 21, 11:00AM – 1:00 PM.  FEE: $30
All participants must have a completed waiver filled out before participation found online: www.guardup.com/event 

A message from Kevin Caruso, Maynard Athletic Director
Hi Everyone,
Despite all the snow we had, the winter regular season schedule was relatively unharmed and is now complete.  Here are some highlights.

The boys varsity basketball team finished their regular season 16-3. For the second year in a row, they went undefeated in their league and won the league championship. They qualified for both the Clark Tournament and the MIAA Basketball Tournament. They went  1-1 in the Clark Tournament, beating a good Douglas team and lost to Sutton, the two-time defending Clark Champion.  They earned a 4th seed in the MIAA tournament and played Douglas on Tuesday night. They had a rough start, but didn't quit and came back to make it a game! 

This year the boys program was lucky to have a JV and freshman team. Both teams were young and improved a lot over the course of the season. The JV team was  15-4, only losing to Nashoba, Hopedale and Littleton. The freshman team which played all 9th grade teams, but consisted of mostly 8th graders,  finished 6-8 after starting 0-4.

The middle school boys team was very competitive and worked hard every day. Even though this young group only won 2 games, they never got discouraged and always had a positive attitude on and off the court. This is a great group of kids with tons of potential and should be a great season next winter. The future looks bright for the Maynard Basketball Program. 

The girls varsity basketball team finished 6-14. Needless to say, they had a challenging year, but in the end, I think it was a great learning experience for all who were involved. The team was led by senior captain, Anabelle Dentino, and junior captain, Shannon Smith. The expectation is that the underclassman will work hard in the off-season to improve their game. Basketball is definitely a sport that needs constant practice in order to improve. The JV team worked hard and will also be expected to work on their skills in the off-season.

The girls middle school team won four games, but only lost their games by 8 points or less. They remained competitive all season and were dedicated to constant improvement.
We also had a few student-athletes compete in hockey for Assabet and Wrestling for Nashoba. A summary for those performances will come out with the awards news when I get the information from their coaches.

Jake Kennedy took 3 in the state tournament and Ronan Ball took 2nd place at the State tournament.  Jake Kennedy took 7th and Ronan Ball won the All-State tournament  Friday at Salem High School.  Ronan also won outstanding wrestler in MA and will wrestle in the New England's Friday night in North Andover.

Important Dates:

Monday, March 30th: 7th/8th grade baseball/softball starts 

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools


Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention

Friday, March 13, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

PARCC Testing

When I was at the Finance Committee meeting on Monday night, I picked up a Boston Parents Paper in the lobby of Town Hall.  You can also find the article I am referencing online at:

 Bostonparentspaper.com

I found one article that was titled "State of Education: Is PARCC The Next Generation Assessment Test Massachusetts Is Searching For.  I liked this article because it highlighted that there will undoubtedly be some sort of next generation assessment.  Whether the State Board of Education adopts PARCC as it is or whether they request the Commissioner of Education to redesign MCAS to be just like PARCC, this is the type of assessment testing our students will be receiving in the future.  The reason is that traditional achievement test measured content knowledge and this new generation of testing measures applied knowledge through problem solving as well as content knowledge.

I have been hearing from the principals that there are increasing request to opt out of PARCC.  The short answer is that we have been told by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that we should notify the public that opting out is not an option this year.  We have to put a test in front of each student.

 However, I think the more important message is that this assessment is preparing our children for the type of test that will dictate their graduation.  Any child graduating after 2019 will have to pass this type of test.  My youngest daughter will not be graduating until 2022,  I was ecstatic that her school is also administering PARCC.  I want her to have as much experience as possible with these next generation assessments.  My hope is that this additional year will prepare her to excel at theses types of tests and utilize that learning in her post high school years.   We try to make our decisions based on what is best for our students during and beyond school attendance.

I applaud our teachers and administration for being willing to participate in PARCC this year.  The transition has net been easy but our current students as well as future students will benefit from the experience of being the first group in the state to participate and learn from this new generation of testing.

SEPAC Meeting

On Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm, the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler School library. Director of Student Services, Jill Greene, will be the guest speaker to give updates on Special Education in Maynard. Topics for discussion will be the most recent Special Education survey, parent discussion groups, the status of current programming, staff, and district initiatives, and professional development plans. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or call 978-897-2705.

Boys and Girls Club Sign Ups

NERF LASER BATTLE: You children won’t want to miss this great event!!  Join the folks from Guard Up! As they transform the Boys and Girls Club into an amazing arena utilizing inflatable obstacles for a Nerf Laser Battle!  This program is a mix of storytelling and imaginative play with Nerf and laser blasters along with lessons in teamwork and creative problem solving all while fighting off the zombie hordes!  Participants will fight monsters and solve puzzles while honing their social skills and developing confidence and leadership qualities through games that require strategy and teamwork.  Why pick up a video game when you can experience the action unplugged?

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY MARCH 16!!!!
Boys and Girls Club Gym: Saturday March 21, 11:00AM – 1:00 PM.  FEE: $30
All participants must have a completed waiver filled out before participation found online: www.guardup.com/event 

MAYNARD SUMMER ACTIVITIES FAIR! Join local vendors, businesses, camps and programs on Sunday March 15th from 1:00 – 4:00pm at the Boys and Girls Club for the first Maynard Summer Activities Fair.  This free to the public event will feature a wide range of local youth activities ranging from typical day camps and programs, preschool programs, arts, science, enrichment, gymnastics, sports, archery,  dance, music and more.  This fair gives parents an amazing opportunity to meet the directors, ask questions and find out information on great summer options for their children.  Programs that will be in attendance are Toddler Time, Boys and Girls Club full and half day programs, Excel, Wicked Cool for Kids, Warriors Way, Club Invention, Kids Cooking Green, Revolution Yoga, Miss Tricia’s Dance Studio, Art Signals, Music Together of Assabet Valley, Denault Studios, 77 Arts Academy, On the Mark Archery, and Top 100 Basketball with more expected to add to the line-up. 


Nick Cacciolfi
Director of Operations
Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley
212 Great Road
Maynard MA 01754

PI Day

Pi Day is usually celebrate on March 14th to represent 3.14.  This coming Saturday is a once in a century alignment when March 14, 2015 can be represented as 3.14:15.   If you chose to celebrate Pi Day at 9:26 and 53 seconds in the morning the notation would be 3.14:15:9:26:53.

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

The Green Meadow 2nd Grade Hoops-A-Thon 

The Green Meadow PTO looks forward to this event every year to watch the 2nd graders show off their shooting skills in the GM gym while pledging for the Grace Vernal Pool Study.  These dribblers are raising funds for the 2015/2016 second-grade class, who will get to participate in the year-long hands-on study with habitat naturalists from Mass Audubon. Students learn about natural wonders in the classroom and get to see how the school’s vernal pool grounds change throughout the seasons. This memorable and educational experience for students is made possible through the funds that the GM PTO raises.

Please help these Hoops-A-Thoners reach this year’s goal of fully funding this $4,000 program, by pledging for a current 2nd grader, or send a check to the GM school made out to GM PTO, in an envelope marked GM PTO Vernal Pool.

Your contribution is tax deductible and the entire amount will be used directly for this unique interactive program at our school.

A message from Kevin Caruso, Maynard Athletic Director

Hi Everyone,
Despite all the snow we had, the winter regular season schedule was relatively unharmed and is now complete.  Here are some highlights.
The boys varsity basketball team finished their regular season 16-3. For the second year in a row, they went undefeated in their league and won the league championship. They qualified for both the Clark Tournament and the MIAA Basketball Tournament. They went  1-1 in the Clark Tournament, beating a good Douglas team and lost to Sutton, the two-time defending Clark Champion.  They earned a 4th seed in the MIAA tournament and
played Douglas on Tuesday night. They had a rough start, but didn't quit and came back to make it a game! 

This year the boys program was lucky to have a JV and freshman team. Both teams were young and improved a lot over the course of the season. The JV team was  15-4, only losing to Nashoba, Hopedale and Littleton. The freshman team which played all 9th grade teams, but consisted of mostly 8th graders,  finished 6-8 after starting 0-4.
The middle school boys team was very competitive and worked hard every day. Even though this young group only won 2 games, they never got discouraged and always had a positive attitude on and off the court. This is a great group of kids with tons of potential and should be a great season next winter. The future looks bright for the Maynard Basketball Program. 
The girls varsity basketball team finished 6-14. Needless to say, they had a challenging year, but in the end, I think it was a great learning experience for all who were involved. The team was led by senior captain, Anabelle Dentino, and junior captain, Shannon Smith. The expectation is that the underclassman will work hard in the off-season to improve their game. Basketball is definitely a sport that needs constant practice in order to improve. The JV team worked hard and will also be expected to work on their skills in the off-season.
The girls middle school team won four games, but only lost their games by 8 points or less. They remained competitive all season and were dedicated to constant improvement.
We also had a few student-athletes compete in hockey for Assabet and Wrestling for Nashoba. A summary for those performances will come out with the awards news when I get the information from their coaches.
Jake Kennedy took 3 in the state tournament and Ronan Ball took 2nd place at the State tournament.  Jake Kennedy took 7th and Ronan Ball won the All-State tournament  Friday at Salem High School.  Ronan also won outstanding wrestler in MA and will wrestle in the New England's Friday night in North Andover.

Important Dates:
Wednesday, March 11th: Winter Sports Ceremony, 6:45pm ,  FOWLER AUDITORIUM
Monday, March 16th: High School Spring Sports Start (7-12, Track)/(8-12, Baseball/Softball)/ (8-12, Co-op boys Lacrosse) and (8-12, Co-op girls Rugby)
Monday, March 30th: 7th/8th grade baseball/softball starts 
Maynard High School Principal’s Coffee
The Maynard High School principal’s coffee that was slated for this past Tuesday was snowed out for a second time.  This event has been rescheduled to coincide with the MHS PTO meeting on Thursday March 19rd at 7:00pm in the High School Media Center.  I am looking forward to attending and discussing matters of interest at Maynard High School and across the district.  Please join us!


Bye Bye Birdie" to be Performed at Maynard High School

Maynard High School is proud to present “Bye Bye Birdie”, the popular ‘50s musical, next month. “Bye Bye Birdie” is the story of Albert, a songwriter and manager of Conrad Birdie, a famous rock star, who makes girls and women of any age swoon! Kim, a teen girl from Sweet Apple, OH, is chosen to be the lucky recipient of Conrad’s last, much-publicized kiss before he heads off to war.  Chaos ensues! Kim’s boyfriend is upset, her girlfriends are hysterical and Albert’s long-suffering fiancĂ©e Rose is at war with his overbearing mother!

The talented cast and crew consist of over 50 students from MHS and the Fowler School.  The students have poured hours of their time and effort into rehearsals in order to present this fabulous musical for the enjoyment of the Maynard community and are excited about their contribution to the performing arts in our town.

Performances will be as follows: Saturday, March 14 at 7:00PM; Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March  22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online atwww.mktix.com and at scheduled times at the Maynard High School Box Office. 

Thanks so much
Cindy and the cast and crews and BBBirdie!

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention