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 fiancée 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



Friday, March 6, 2015

Superintendent's Notes


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 fiancée 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!

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

SEPAC Presentation on 3/2/15 "Social competence is more than you think"

The world of friendships is a socially-complex, ever-changing fluid environment that often eludes our children with special needs. In this presentation, Dot Lucci will present information on social and emotional development, social skills and social thinking and how if all of these are in-synch social competence is achieved.  Social competence allows children to initiate, maintain and sustain peer relationships that can develop into friendships.  Please join us on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 for this presentation to parents and educators of all students of all ages.   Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at jenniferoleary1@verizon.net or 978-897-2705 if you plan to attend.

Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who brings over 30 years of experience in special education and psychology.  She has an advanced degree from the University of Massachusetts and is certified as a school psychologist. She has extensive background in neuropsychology while at the Boston University Medical School. She holds teaching certificates in early childhood, elementary and special education. Ms. Lucci has numerous publications in the field and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE). She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School at Lesley University and Antioch College.  Ms. Lucci is currently consulting in the Maynard Public Schools.

Coolidge Re-use Task Force Forum

Please come to a facilitated discussion to get ideas for the future of the historic Coolidge School.
Saturday February 28th, 10 am - Noon.  Roosevelt Room, Maynard Library

The Coolidge School has served Maynard for more than 100 years.  In December the school's main tenant, The Maynard Public Schools Administration, vacated the building.  Now the town must decide what to do with Coolidge - use it for a community need, sell it, or tear it down.
This forum is hosted by the Coolidge Re-use Task Force, a committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to study  the options and make recommendations to the board.  As a first step, we really want to hear from the community!

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.

Digital Learning Parent School Community Forum

We are planning to hold an evening forum about digital learning for parents and community members on Wednesday, February 25th, at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library.  A District Technology Committee (Digital Learning) has been meeting since this fall.  Members hope to write a five year plan to present to the Maynard School Committee for their consideration.  Before beginning a draft of the plan, members want to inform parents of what they are doing.  More importantly, we would like to receive feedback on our efforts.  

We have also contracted with a well-respected firm, Bright Bytes, to help us gather data. Teachers and students (from third grade on) have been completing a brief survey,  We cordially invite parents to participate in the survey by going to www.BByt.es and entering the following access codes: for Green Meadow: 946AP; for Fowler BE97P; and for Maynard High School 8J2VP.  Since the survey only takes five minutes, you may wish to complete a survey for each child.  If time constraints won't allow this, please consider completing a survey for your eldest child.

Maynard High School Principal’s Coffee

The Maynard High School principal’s coffee that was originally slated for February 9th was snowed out.  This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 3rd at 7:00 pm 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!

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a week long, 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 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
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

13th Annual Taste of Maynard

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 pm to 7 pm at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 pm; entertainment will continue until 7 pm.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $161,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com during the year, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Boys Basketball Tournament


Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team  The boys' regular season record is 16-3 and they once again went undefeated in the league for their second consecutive league championship. They will play in the Clark Tournament over vacation. Due to the snow, the schedule might change, stay tuned in! 

Maynard High School Principal’s Coffee

The Maynard High School principal’s coffee that was originally slated for this past Monday was snowed out.  This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 3rd 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!

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.

Digital Learning Parent School Community Forum

We are planning to hold an evening forum about digital learning for parents and community members on Wednesday, February 25th, at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library.  A District Technology Committee (Digital Learning) has been meeting since this fall.  Members hope to write a five year plan to present to the Maynard School Committee for their consideration.  Before beginning a draft of the plan, members want to inform parents of what they are doing.  More importantly, we would like to receive feedback on our efforts.  

We have also contracted with a well-respected firm, Bright Bytes, to help us gather data. Teachers and students (from third grade on) have been completing a brief survey,  We cordially invite parents to participate in the survey by going to www.BByt.es and entering the following access codes: for Green Meadow: 946AP; for Fowler BE97P; and for Maynard High School 8J2VP.  Since the survey only takes five minutes, you may wish to complete a survey for each child.  If time constraints won't allow this, please consider completing a survey for your eldest child.

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

13th Annual Taste of Maynard

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $161,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com during the year, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors


The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Digital Learning Parent School Community Forum

We are planning to hold an evening forum about digital learning for parents and community members on Wednesday, February 25th, at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library.  A District Technology Committee (Digital Learning) has been meeting since this fall.  Members hope to write a five year plan to present to the Maynard School Committee for their consideration.  Before beginning a draft of the plan, members want to inform parents of what they are doing.  More importantly, we would like to receive feedback on our efforts.  

We have also contracted with a well-respected firm, Bright Bytes, to help us gather data. Teachers and students (from third grade on) have been completing a brief survey,  We cordially invite parents to participate in the survey by going to www.BByt.es and entering the following access codes: for Green Meadow: 946AP; for Fowler BE97P; and for Maynard High School 8J2VP.  Since the survey only takes five minutes, you may wish to complete a survey for each child.  If time constraints won't allow this, please consider completing a survey for your eldest child.

Changes in Head Lice Information and Support

I would like to thank parents Ann Stachowicz and Michelle Grace for meeting with principal Dankner and the school nurses today to discuss the very important public health issue of Pediculosis (Head Lice).  We discussed how many districts in Massachusetts still adhere to old practices that are not in line with the current research and guidance on this issue.  We also discussed how these differences and the voluminous amount of misinformation or information that has not been proven by the medical community makes this topic even more challenging for everyone involved.

While the Maynard Public Schools is very conscientious about state and federal laws, we came to the conclusion that there is always room for improved communication and support.  Collaboratively we developed some short term and long term improvements. 

In the short term we will add information to the Maynard Public Schools Health Website which can be found at:


On this website at the bottom of the page you will see links to information on Head Lice.  More information will be added soon.

One article that will be coming soon from Continuing Nursing Education is titled "Demystifying Pediculosis: School Nurses Taking the Lead."  Please read this article as it was very helpful for us to have a better understanding of the topic.  We used this to discuss some strategies around parent notification.  We looked at information on page 5 under Myth #9 Letters to Parents or Guardians When a Case is identified at school are a Good Way to Control The Spread of Head Lice.  The research in that section and the information in the following two paragraphs titled Confidentiality Violations and The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act helped us to understand why old practices are illegal and would put Maynard at risk of litigation.

We found a school wide parent notification letter in the Comprehensive School Health Manual from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  This does not notify parents of individual classrooms having outbreaks of Head Lice.  It will be used to notify the whole school community as soon as Head Lice is identified in each school.

In the long term we discussed adding more information about Head Lice and Universal Precautions in the student handbooks.  We also talked about other outreach opportunities including Kindergarten Orientation and the backpack information.

I am confident that these new changes will improve the information and support needed on this very important topic.

 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

13th Annual Taste of Maynard

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $161,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com during the year, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!.

Boys Basketball News!

Congratulations to the boys basketball team for qualifying for the Clark Tournament as the three seed.  They open up on February 16th at 1:00 pm vs. Douglas.  See the following link for more information:



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.

Maynard High School Coffee with the Principal

Principal Caragianes has asked me to participate in the upcoming Maynard High School Coffee with the Principal.  As he always strives to maximize opportunities for all families to participate, there will be an evening and morning coffee scheduled to accommodate everyone's calendar.  The dates and times for the upcoming events are:

Monday February 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                                                                        
Tuesday February 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Please join us in our beautiful Maynard High School Media Center for coffee and an opportunity to for discussions about Maynard High School and the greater school community. 

Maynard Youth Basketball Announcements

The Boys & Girls Club of Assbet Valley is excited to announce that Maynard Youth Basketball will be holding our second Annual Alumni Basketball Game on February 7, 2015 from 6 PM - 12AM. 

The first part of the evening will consist of two basketball games of MHS Alumni and current high school basketball players.  MHS players from 1988-1999 will be playing MHS players from 2000-2009 at 6pm.  The second game of the evening will be MHS players from 2010-2014 playing against the current MHS high school players at 7pm, both at Maynard High School Gym. 

When the games end we will all head to the Maynard Lodge of Elks for raffles, silent auctions, 50/50 drawings, light food, and a cash bar.  All money raised will help our basketball program with gym costs, league costs, replacement uniforms, and allowing every child a chance to play basketball in Maynard regardless of financial ability.  The tickets for the evening are $20 (Game and Elks), $15 (Just the Elks) and $5 for just the games and will be available at the Boys and Girls Club starting January 20th.  Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the night of the event.   
  
We need your help with this event!! The following positions need to be filled to help make this amazing, fun fundraiser a success:

1.  2-3 volunteers for following up on the letters for sponsors, raffle prizes, and food donations.
2.  4-5 volunteers to work the concessions at the game between 5:15pm-7:30pm (Halftime of the 2nd game) (45 minute shifts)
3.  2  volunteers to work the gate at the game from 5:15pm-7:15pm
4.  2 volunteers to work the door at the Elks from 8:00pm - 9:00pm (collect and check wristbands)
5.  4-5  volunteers  to sell raffle tickets and 50/50 squares from 8:00pm -9:30pm (1/2 hour shifts)

To volunteer or for questions, please email Wendy Allegrone-Leslie at allegrone@bgcav.org.

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors



The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.