Thursday, September 22, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

 Central Office/8th Grade Relocation

Many parents and staff have shared their thoughts on the 8th grade being located at MHS.  I know this is an important topic for our community.  The school committee will be discussing this topic at the next scheduled meeting on 9/29/2016.

The School Committee will be reviewing the student enrollment numbers at MHS and the considerations with moving the 8th grade out of MHS.  In order to move the 8th grade into Fowler, the Central Office will need to be relocated out of the wing that it currently occupies.  

There will be more details and options discussed at the School Committee Meeting.  If you would like to participate in the discussion, please feel free to attend the School Committee Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library.

Collaborative Town Operations

This week in Maynard, a disturbing incident  in the form of a bomb threat occurred.  I want to assure our school community that the Town Administrator, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and DPW Director have always worked in concert with the schools to provide our students and staff with the resources to combat threats and active incidents.  We have worked together to develop proactive protocols and remain committed to working together collaboratively to be as prepared as possible. 


In regard to the bomb threat at the beginning of this week, this is a police matter.  It is still an active investigation and the Maynard Police Department are still seeking any information anyone might have in regard to this incident.


Get ready for Halloween with the class of 2018!

The class of 2018 is hosting Halloween Costume Sale at Maynard High School Gym on Sunday September 25th from 10:00am to 3:00pm! Costumes start at $5! There will also be a bake sale the same day!

Please email 
odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions!"


Olga Doktorov, M.Ed.

Social Studies Department 


Farmers Market season draws to a close on September 24


Don't miss the Maynard Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept 24, the final date of the 2016 season. Among the local products visitors will find are fruits, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, cookies and other baked goods, pickles, meat, poultry, cheese, eggs (chicken and quail), honey, maple syrup, and fresh brewed coffee and beans. Hometown favorite The Milltown Rounders will entertain at the music tent. The band's repertoire ranges from time honored bluegrass standards to classic rock and roll to down home country. Artisans are photographer Brent Mathison and Brookfield Candle Co. Sudbury Valley Trustees is at the Community Tent and Jam Time will be making balloon animals with the kids. The Market runs 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Mill Pond parking lot on Main Street (near intersection with Sudbury Street) in Maynard. On Oct 1, Applefield Farm, Cookie Lady Treats, The Bake Shoppe, and The Compulsive Baker will all be downtown in front of CVS Pharmacy from 9am - 3:30pm as part of Maynard Fest. For more information:MaynardFarmersMarket.com


Halloween Costume Exchange & Sale @ Farmers Market



Families will want to visit the Maynard Farmers Market on Sept 24 where the Maynard Family Association (MFA) is sponsoring a Halloween Costume Exchange & Sale with all proceeds benefiting Open Table. Bring the kids to the MFA tent where you can: donate costumes or dress-up clothes, exchange your gently used costume for another one ($3), purchase a used costume ($6), exchange, buy, or donate Halloween accessories, or make a cash donation to Open Table. Don't miss this chance to find a great costume and help support Open Table.


Cookbook Club Meets


The October meeting of the Friends of the Maynard Public Library Cookbook Club "From the Farmers Market to the Library Table" will celebrate the local apple harvest with an apple tasting and potluck lunch on Monday, October 17. Copies of the selected book, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverse, are available for check-out at the library circulation desk. Participants should select a recipe that includes apples and other seasonal ingredients, prepare their dish, and bring it to the potluck lunch at noon. The group will enjoy the food, evaluate the recipes and cookbook, and talk about sources of local ingredients. The Friends will provide beverages and paper goods although participants are encouraged to be 'green' and bring their own plate and utensils. All are welcome, but please call 978-897-1010 ext: 103 to register or so that organizers know how many supplies are needed.


Maynard Food Pantry/Maynard Public Schools Partnership for Weekend Food Program

The Maynard Food Pantry has partnered with the Maynard Public Schools to offer a weekend supplemental food program to support children in Maynard schools throughout the school year.

Each week small drawstring backpacks are delivered to Green Meadow and Fowler school for children in the program.  The backpacks contain healthy breakfast, lunch and snack foods.

If you feel this program will benefit your family and you would like more details please contact your child’s teacher or call the main office of your child’s school

Fowler School- 978-897-6700
Green Meadow- 978-897-8246

Thank you
Maynard Public Schools and the Maynard Food Pantry

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.

August MMA News

MMA (Maynard Music Association) is off to a busy start. 

Our website has a new look and a new address:  Maynardmusic.org.  Please check us out!  Thanks to Brenda O’Neil and her son Patrick for all their hard work in creating this site.

Farewell and thank you to our 2016 Fowler Co-Chair Christine Barilone, and our high school treasurer Tom Babaian and secretary Maureen DeVos.
Our new officers for this year are as follows:
Fowler School:
Chair: Annemarie Paczkowski
Treasurer: Stephanie Gavin

High School: 
Chair: Bonnie Wilson
Treasurer: Stephanie Gavin
Secretary:  Annemarie Caloggero
We are in need of a webmaster and a secretary at Fowler.  If you would like to volunteer, or share a role with a friend or spouse, please email Annemarie at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

Our monthly meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the Fowler library.  Fowler meetings will start at 7:00, joint business at 7:30, and High School at 8:15.  Our first meeting will be held on September 7th.  All are welcome.

Plans for our 7th annual Casino Night are underway.  Please contact Bonnie Wilson for a meeting schedule or ways you can volunteer:  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.  Specifically we are in need of:

·         Grade level baskets for 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th; 

·         Volunteers to help plan the event or help the day of the event, dealers

·         Program ads, table sponsorships for gaming tables

·         Prizes in the form of donations, gift cards or theme baskets


Maynard Mandatory Level 3 Water Conservation Restriction


Please be advised that the Maynard Public Water System has increased the water restriction to a full outdoor water ban. This restricts all non-essential outdoor water use. This is in effect until further notice.


Regards,
Aaron Miklosko

Director of Public Works

Town of Maynard


For more information, go to the Town of Maynard homepage at:


http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/


Special Town Meeting


The Town of Maynard will be holding a special Town Meeting on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Fowler Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive.  For more information please go to the Town Web site at:



http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/gov/town-meeting/

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


The First Day of School for Students

This is the first day of school for our students and I am excited that the school year has begun.  I was fortunate to participate with our staff in the professional development and preparations for this opening day.  I am looking forward to visiting the classrooms and seeing all of the wonderful staff and students teaching and learning. 

August Maynard Music Association News

The MMA (Maynard Music Association) is off to a busy start.  Our website has a new look and a new address:  Maynardmusic.org.  Please check us out!  Thanks to Brenda O’Neil and her son Patrick for all their hard work in creating this site.

Farewell and thank you to our 2016 Fowler Co-Chair Christine Barilone, and our high school treasurer Tom Babaian and secretary Maureen DeVos.  Our new officers for this year are as follows.

Fowler School:
Chair: Annemarie Paczkowski
Treasurer: Stephanie Gavin

High School: 
Chair: Bonnie Wilson
Treasurer: Stephanie Gavin
Secretary:  Annemarie Caloggero

We are in need of a webmaster and a secretary at Fowler.  If you would like to volunteer, or share a role with a friend or spouse, please email Annemarie at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

Our monthly meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the Fowler library.  Fowler meetings will start at 7:00, joint business at 7:30, and High School at 8:15.  Our first meeting will be held on September 7th.  All are welcome.

Plans for our 7th annual Casino Night are underway.  Please contact Bonnie Wilson for a meeting schedule or ways you can volunteer:  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.  Specifically we are in need of:
·         Grade level baskets for 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th; 
·         Volunteers to help plan the event or help the day of the event, dealers
·         Program ads, table sponsorship's for gaming tables
·         Prizes in the form of donations, gift cards or theme baskets

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 Mandatory Level 3 Water Conservation Restriction

Please be advised that the Maynard Public Water System has increased the water restriction to a full outdoor water ban. This restricts all non-essential outdoor water use. This is in effect until further notice.

Regards,

Aaron Miklosko
Director of Public Works
Town of Maynard

For more information, go to the Town of Maynard homepage at:

http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/

Special Town Meeting

The Town of Maynard will be holding a special Town Meeting on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Fowler Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive.  For more information please go to the Town Web site at:


http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/gov/town-meeting/

Friday, August 26, 2016

Superintendent's Report


2016 Summer Countdown

I am so excited about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year that I am counting the days until August 31st when our students will be starting the school year!  There are 4 more calendar days between now and then. :)

The staff will be starting a few days early to make sure that everything is ready for opening day.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the schools and you will be directed to someone who can help you.

Enjoy this weekend and let's all look forward to a successful school year!

Maynard Mandatory Level 3 Water Conservation Restriction

Please be advised that the Maynard Public Water System has increased the water restriction to a full outdoor water ban. This restricts all non-essential outdoor water use. This is in effect until further notice.

Regards,

Aaron Miklosko
Director of Public Works
Town of Maynard

For more information, go to the Town of Maynard homepage at:

http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/

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.

Special Town Meeting

The Town of Maynard will be holding a special Town Meeting on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Fowler Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive.  For more information please go to the Town Web site at:

http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/gov/town-meeting/

A Note from the MHS Director of Music

Dear MHS Music Students and Families,

Welcome to the Music Department at Maynard High School!  I'm so looking forward to the upcoming year-we have a lot to look forward to!  After an amazing year, culminating in high gold for the chorus and platinum (near perfect score) for the band in the New England competition, this year will be just as exciting with our upcoming Disney trip in April! This note is to help you know where to navigate to find the resources you'll need through the year. 

--for info on the Disney Trip (and we sure are looking forward to having everyone get to perform in Disney and learn at the Disney workshops-what a once in a lifetime experience!)  go to the MHS website. Scroll down until you see a list of links. Click on "2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip" and you'll find all the forms and info. you need.

--for general music information such as dates/calendar, uniform needs, lesson teachers (contact them quickly/early so you get a good time-they are beyond fabulous-we are SO lucky to have them come to MHS to teach our talented students!!), go to www.maynardmusic.org.
You can also find it via the MHS website, scroll down to the list of links, and you'll see Maynard Music Association.

--for leaders-officers and section leaders-please plan on attending the leadership meeting in the music room on Monday, August 29th, 2:30-3:45.  Please also plan to attend the chorus orientation on Wed. if you're a chorus leader/officer.

--for students new to the HS band (8th grade and anyone new to the district), we will have orientation for you during band the first day

--for students new to the HS choruses (8th grade and anyone new to the district or who is in chorus for the first time this year), we will have orientation from 2:15-2:40 Wednesday, August 31st. (this will make sure all those in soccer can get to your scrimmages in time)

--for all music students, the bbq for music, sports and wavm is Tuesday, August 30th at 6:15 in the front patio. Please come and enjoy seeing your friends, meeting some new ones, and having a great bbq. There will be info available on the MMA (Maynard Music Association) table including calendars for the year, sweatshirt orders, etc.

Hope this is helpful to you all and hope that you enjoy the last weeks of summer. Get out those horns, sing at the top of your lungs, and get ready for a phenomenal year!
Mrs. Blanchard
Director of Music, MHS

Maynard Public Schools Dual Enrollment Program 

On August 24 at 9:00 AM, Maynard High School will host a free Accuplacer exam for all students in the Class of 2017 and 2018 who are interested in dual enrollment courses at MassBay or Lasell College.  Students interested in taking this assessment should register here by August 19.  

Anticipated Dual Enrollment Offerings (Contingent upon enrollment)
Fall offerings through MassBay-  (Hosted at MHS)
Introduction to Psychology
Principles of Management

Spring offerings through Lasell College- (Hybrid/online)
Biology OR English Composition (depending on interest)

If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please register for the FREE Accuplacer exam on August 24.  REGISTER HERE


Monday, August 15, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Special Town Meeting

The Town of Maynard will be holding a special Town Meeting on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Fowler Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive.  For more information please go to the Town Web site at:


Cross Country Fundraiser

The Cross Country fundraising was a success.  As a result we will have a Cross Country team. This sport will be open to boys and girls 7-12. All will participate. 
A special thank you needs to go out Julie Berry and a group of parents who worked on and participated in the Cross Country fundraiser.

A Note from the MHS Director of Music

Dear MHS Music Students and Families,

Welcome to the Music Department at Maynard High School!  I'm so looking forward to the upcoming year-we have a lot to look forward to!  After an amazing year, culminating in high gold for the chorus and platinum (near perfect score) for the band in the New England competition, this year will be just as exciting with our upcoming Disney trip in April! This note is to help you know where to navigate to find the resources you'll need through the year. 

--for info on the Disney Trip (and we sure are looking forward to having everyone get to perform in Disney and learn at the Disney workshops-what a once in a lifetime experience!)  go to the MHS website. Scroll down until you see a list of links. Click on "2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip" and you'll find all the forms and info. you need.

--for general music information such as dates/calendar, uniform needs, lesson teachers (contact them quickly/early so you get a good time-they are beyond fabulous-we are SO lucky to have them come to MHS to teach our talented students!!), go to www.maynardmusic.org.
You can also find it via the MHS website, scroll down to the list of links, and you'll see Maynard Music Association.

--for leaders-officers and section leaders-please plan on attending the leadership meeting in the music room on Monday, August 29th, 2:30-3:45.  Please also plan to attend the chorus orientation on Wed. if you're a chorus leader/officer.

--for students new to the HS band (8th grade and anyone new to the district), we will have orientation for you during band the first day

--for students new to the HS choruses (8th grade and anyone new to the district or who is in chorus for the first time this year), we will have orientation from 2:15-2:40 Wednesday, August 31st. (this will make sure all those in soccer can get to your scrimmages in time)

--for all music students, the bbq for music, sports and wavm is Tuesday, August 30th at 6:15 in the front patio. Please come and enjoy seeing your friends, meeting some new ones, and having a great bbq. There will be info available on the MMA (Maynard Music Association) table including calendars for the year, sweatshirt orders, etc.

Hope this is helpful to you all and hope that you enjoy the last weeks of summer. Get out those horns, sing at the top of your lungs, and get ready for a phenomenal year!
Mrs. Blanchard
Director of Music, MHS

2016 Summer Countdown

I am so excited about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year that I am counting the days until August 31st when our staff and students will be starting the school year together!  I believe there are 15 more calendar days between now and then. :)

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 Public Schools Dual Enrollment Program 

On August 24 at 9:00 AM, Maynard High School will host a free Accuplacer exam for all students in the Class of 2017 and 2018 who are interested in dual enrollment courses at MassBay or Lasell College.  Students interested in taking this assessment should register here by August 19.  

Anticipated Dual Enrollment Offerings (Contingent upon enrollment)
Fall offerings through MassBay-  (Hosted at MHS)
Introduction to Psychology
Principles of Management

Spring offerings through Lasell College- (Hybrid/online)
Biology OR English Composition (depending on interest)

If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please register for the FREE Accuplacer exam on August 24.  REGISTER HERE



Monday, August 8, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Cross Country Fundraiser

The Cross Country charity auction is live! They’ve got Celtics tickets, a chance to be a ball boy or girl with the Celtics before a game, signed sports collectibles, gym memberships, etc. Here’s the link:


I was the 22nd person to register and it was easy.  The auction closes this Tuesday just before midnight.

SEPAC Meet and Greet Carol Riccardi-Gahan

Please join us in welcoming our new Director of Student Services, Ms.
Carol Riccardi-Gahan!

Tomorrow on Tuesday, August 9th at 7pm in the Fowler School Library, the SEPAC
will hold an informal Meet & Greet with Ms. Gahan for parents of
students receiving special education services. This is a great
opportunity to get to know our new director and her vision for the
Department of Student Services! Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Jessica O'Toole at 
sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or (978) 897-0650.

2016 Summer Countdown

I am so excited about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year that I am counting the days until August 31st when our staff and students will be starting the school year together!  I believe there are 22 more calendar days between now and then. :)

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 Public Schools Dual Enrollment Program 

On August 24 at 9:00 AM, Maynard High School will host a free Accuplacer exam for all students in the Class of 2017 and 2018 who are interested in dual enrollment courses at MassBay or Lasell College.  Students interested in taking this assessment should register here by August 19.  

Anticipated Dual Enrollment Offerings (Contingent upon enrollment)
Fall offerings through MassBay-  (Hosted at MHS)
Introduction to Psychology
Principles of Management

Spring offerings through Lasell College- (Hybrid/online)
Biology OR English Composition (depending on interest)

If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please register for the FREE Accuplacer exam on August 24.  REGISTER HERE





Thursday, July 28, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

2016 Summer Updates

The Maynard Public Schools are vibrant and busy in the summer months as well as during the school year.  With our ESY program and College Gate there is a lot of learning going on.  In the central office we are working on preparations for the next school including hiring many staff, scheduling, program oversight, program expansions, etc.

Usually much of the planning is not newsworthy.  However this summer we have an exciting student/family initiative, a dual enrollment initiative, and a very important hiring decision that should be shared sooner than later.

I am so excited about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year that I am counting the days until August 31st when our staff and students will be starting the school year together!  I believe there are 32 more calendar days between now and then. :)

Cross Country Fundraiser

Currently, Maynard has no Varsity Cross Country team.  However, a committed group of student athletes plan to change that. A club team is now forming and reaching for varsity status. Cross Country is a no-cut Fall sport open to boys and girls in grades 7-12. This is a great opportunity for your student to be part of a team, build new traditions, and push the envelope of their own speed and fitness goals. For more information about joining the team, contact Kevin Caruso at:

kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us.

If the team can raise $5000, the district will authorize the team in forming a grade 7-12 Varsity cross-country squad. They’re activity crowdfunding at:


They are well on their way toward their goal. All contributions are tax-deductible, and every bit helps! For those who’d rather contribute by check, checks payable to "Maynard Public Schools" can also be mailed c/o Julie Berry, P.O. Box 23, Stow, MA 01775. If they do not reach our goal, all checks will be returned.

They’re also hosting a Fundraising Pizza Night at Papa Gino’s in Stow on Friday, July 29, from 5-9. Mention you’re there to support Maynard Cross Country, and 20% of your food order will go to the team. They’re also seeking donated silent auction items, and corporate sponsors. Sponsorships and recognition opportunities are available for contributors, including prominent name or logo placement on shirts and sweatshirts, banners, and the website we’re creating.

For more info, please contact Julie Berry at:  julie@julieberrybooks.com.

Maynard Public Schools Dual Enrollment Program 

On August 24 at 9:00 AM, Maynard High School will host a free Accuplacer exam for all students in the Class of 2017 and 2018 who are interested in dual enrollment courses at MassBay or Lasell College.  Students interested in taking this assessment should register here by August 19.  

Anticipated Dual Enrollment Offerings (Contingent upon enrollment)
Fall offerings through MassBay-  (Hosted at MHS)
Introduction to Psychology
Principles of Management

Spring offerings through Lasell College- (Hybrid/online)
Biology OR English Composition (depending on interest)

If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please register for the FREE Accuplacer exam on August 24.  REGISTER HERE

Introduction to the New Director of Students Services in Maynard

I am excited to announce that the School Committee has appointed Carol Riccardi-Gahan as the new Director of Student Services.  She is a veteran educator with years of experience in Special Education teaching and administration.  She has been a director of Student Services for over a decade in three other communities including Blackstone, Norfolk, and Uxbridge Ma.  This gives her a wealth of experience to draw upon.

She has already been in the district several days a week for the month of July before her official date of hire on August 1, 2016.  She has been getting to know some of our staff and our programming.  During the summer months there are many critical Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) reports and other concerns that need to be resolved.  I have already been impressed with her child-centered decision-making and her proactive resolutions to the concerns that have come up so far. 

I have also been impressed with her personable nature.  I feel that she will be able to collaborate effectively with the school community of Maynard as we seek to help all of our students succeed.  

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.

International Exchange Program

Educatius International is seeking a host family for a female student from Brazil who will be here for the first semester only.  She is sixteen years old and is hoping to live with a Jewish family, however that is not mandatory, and we can make arrangements for her to attend a synagogue with another family.  She is very excited to be coming to Maynard so she can improve her English language skills and live in the “countryside” where there are farms and horse stables.  She is looking forward to experiencing a school that is very different from hers in Brazil.

Educatius reimburses host families $800 per month for their expenses, and because it is considered a reimbursement no taxes are taken out.  Please contact MaryEllen McCarthy atmccarthy.clan@verizon.net for more information.