Friday, February 23, 2018

Superintendent's Notes



Congratulations to our Student Athletes

The girls basketball team finished the regular season with a 16-4 record and are the Togo tournament champs.  Senior Garvey Cummings won an All Tournament Award and Freshman Hailey Malozzi won the tournament MVP Award.  

The boys basketball team has reached the finals for the third consecutive year.  The finals are tomorrow night at the Kneller Gymnasium at Clark University in Worcester at 6:00 pm.  

Science Festival at Framingham State University

Through Maynard’s affiliation with the Metrowest STEM Network we have been given the opportunity to invite Maynard residents to the Science Festival at Framingham State University.  There will be demonstrations and hands on activities for learners of all ages including kids, teens, and adults.  You will meet science and engineering professionals and mingle with fellow science enthusiast.  The Keynote speaker is John Grant, PhD from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Day: Saturday
Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

For announcements and updates visit the website at :  www.christa.org/science-festival
For questions contact: cmc@framingham.edu

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.

"Starting the Conversation:  College and Your Mental Health". 

Our NAMI affiliate will be holding the 5th annual panel presentation on college and mental health on March 12, 2018.  This year, it is being hosted for a second time by Lexington High School from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  This presentation is directed to an audience of juniors, seniors, and their parents.  Previous years' programs have been well-attended, indicating there is a need for this type of program and open to all communities.

MHS National Honor Society February Food Drive

The MHS National Honor Society has organized a food drive for the month of February.  Their goal with this project is to raise awareness for the Maynard Food Pantry and their needs and involve the entire community in a successful drive. They plan to have collection boxes in all three schools, several locations in Maynard including Citizens Bank, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, Maynard Library and Serendipity Cafe; as well as boxes at Shaw's in Stow, Global Gym and Stop and Shop in Acton.

The following items are needed: 

-Soups (Progresso, Campbell's, heart soups, etc.) Typically 18-19 oz cans.
-Jello and Instant Pudding mixes
-Canned beef stew, chili 
-Chef Boyardee items (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.) 

Influenza Update (from the Maynard Public Schools Health Services Department)

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for
January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.  *ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 degrees in addition to either cough or sore throat.

To keep influenza-like activity from spreading in the school community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has symptoms of the flu. Use this form to determine whether your child should attend school and when they can return.

Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of XXX.X degree fever and a cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.
For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:
THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS:
Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.



http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf




Friday, February 16, 2018

Superintendent's Notes

Congratulations to all of our athletic teams.

The Girls Basketball Team beat West Boylston in the final League game of the regular season to be the league champs.  The boys basketball team are undefeated and also league champs.  Both teams made the playoffs and will be playing in tournaments over February vacation.

We also had a number of Maynard Athletes participated in the Assabet Regional Technical High School Hockey cooperative program.  Good luck to them as they finish their season this week.

"Starting the Conversation:  College and Your Mental Health". 

Our NAMI affiliate will be holding the 5th annual panel presentation on college and mental health on March 12, 2018.  This year, it is being hosted for a second time by Lexington High School from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  This presentation is directed to an audience of juniors, seniors, and their parents.  Previous years' programs have been well-attended, indicating there is a need for this type of program and open to all communities.
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.

MHS National Honor Society February Food Drive

The MHS National Honor Society has organized a food drive for the month of February.  Their goal with this project is to raise awareness for the Maynard Food Pantry and their needs and involve the entire community in a successful drive. They plan to have collection boxes in all three schools, several locations in Maynard including Citizens Bank, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, Maynard Library and Serendipity Cafe; as well as boxes at Shaw's in Stow, Global Gym and Stop and Shop in Acton.

The following items are needed: 

-Soups (Progresso, Campbell's, heart soups, etc.) Typically 18-19 oz cans.
-Jello and Instant Pudding mixes
-Canned beef stew, chili 
-Chef Boyardee items (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.) 

Influenza Update (from the Maynard Public Schools Health Services Department)

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for
January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.  *ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 degrees in addition to either cough or sore throat.

To keep influenza-like activity from spreading in the school community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has symptoms of the flu. Use this form to determine whether your child should attend school and when they can return.

Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of XXX.X degree fever and a cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.
For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:
THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS:
Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents.pdf

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-spanish.pdf

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf

A Message from the Friends of Maynard Soccer about Fundraising 

Friends of Maynard Soccer is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which was organized to support the school soccer programs.  Its first mission is to improve playing fields in Maynard, specifically focused currently on Fowler field.  They have created a Face book page, and started a gofundme page towards that effort.  If you would be kind enough, please search for Friends of Maynard Soccer on Face book and like our page (if you have not done so already!).  On that page you will see our gofundme page.  If you will consider a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated, and truly show that we are all working together to make this project a reality!  The link to the gofundme page is here:.



Friday, February 9, 2018

Superintendent's Notes


Staff and Student Recognition from Maynard Music Programs

I thought I should share the following thank you quote in an email that a parent sent to the Fowler Music and Band Teacher, Kevin Kozik.

"Thanks for supporting the Fowler students last weekend and accompanying them to the Jr. District tryouts on Saturday 2/3.  Your encouragement of our musicians means a lot to them and to the families.  Let's hope for great success for all the kids who tried out!" 

It is important to note that both our music teachers and students at all levels go above and beyond their traditional school day in these competitions.  The staff prepare students to actually bring original music for the competition too.  Our staff and students are so talented!

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team qualified for the Clark Tournament and earned the top seed at 14-1. Their first game is Sunday 2/18 @ 7:45pm at Clark University vs. Uxbridge. 

Here is a link to the full bracket:  


Staff Recognition

It is important to recognize all of the members of the Maynard DPW and School Custodians for the work that is required to open up our schools in the winter.  They are all unsung heroes often starting as early as 2:00 am to plow, sand, salt, and shovel during our winter storms.  We have had some difficult weather this week and I cannot thank them enough for their support throughout the year.

20th Annual Maynard Road Race

Save the date.  The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley is very excited to announce that the 20th Annual Maynard Road Race will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 with a start and finish at Battle Road Brewery, 24 Sudbury St, Maynard (Mill and Main)! All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Every year, Race Day draws people from many different communities. The fabulous Kids Race Route and Big Race Route will be enjoyed by young and old alike. This year's Big Race will be chip timedThere will also be activities after the Races for the entire family. We encourage everyone to wear your St. Patty's themed running costumes to embrace the holiday!!
The 1 Mile Kids Race, for children 4-11 years old, will begin at 10:00 AM, with the same start and finish as the larger races. All participants will receive a running number and a ribbon. They will also have snacks and drinks at the end of the race. The entry fee is $10/ea.
The 5K Run/2M Walking Races will begin at 11:00 AM sharp at the Mill and Main parking lot, 24 Sudbury St (Battle Road Brewery location). Registration for these races will take place from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM in front of Battle Road Brewery. There will also be a Kid Zone, food, vendor booths and 10% off all food at Battle Road Brewery following the races.
Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony for the top male/female overall and top finisher male and female in all categories: junior/high school/open/sub-master/master/senior/super senior and senior max. All 5K Run/2M Walking entries received by Wednesday, February 21, 2018 will be guaranteed a free t-shirt. Entry fees are $35 in advance/$40 day of the race. The entry fee for ages 18 and under is $25.
Register on line and/or view the Race Route by going to www.bgcav.org. For additional information, please leave a message at the Boys & Girls Club (978) 461-2871. Applications are also available at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Great Rd, Maynard or by visiting www.bgcav.org.

MHS National Honor Society February Food Drive

The MHS National Honor Society has organized a food drive for the month of February.  Their goal with this project is to raise awareness for the Maynard Food Pantry and their needs and involve the entire community in a successful drive.

During the month of February, any person attending a Maynard home basketball game that brings in a donation will receive $1 off the entry fee for games.   

They plan to have collection boxes in all three schools, several locations in Maynard including Citizens Bank, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, Maynard Library and Serendipity Cafe; as well as boxes at Shaw's in Stow, Global Gym and Stop and Shop in Acton.

The following items are needed: 

-Soups (Progresso, Campbell's, heart soups, etc.) Typically 18-19 oz cans.
-Jello and Instant Pudding mixes
-Canned beef stew, chili 
-Chef Boyardee items (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.) 

Maynard Music Association Update

We hope to see Fowler and MHS music parents at our March 7th meeting held in the Fowler School library - 6:30 Fowler, 7:15 Fowler/MHS, 8-9 MHS planning. There's much to plan for this spring & for 2018-2019!

Looking ahead, we need Fowler parents to be readers for the MHS Music scholarships, we need MHS music parents to help plan the music banquet, and we need you to mark your calendars for our annual Jazz Cafe (Fowler Stage Band and MHS Jazz Band event) held on Friday, March 30th at 7 pm. Details will be posted in March.

Most of all, we need YOU! Thanks in advance for learning more about what support for music education looks like in Maynard by attending our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month Fowler School library - 6:30 Fowler, 7:15 Fowler/MHS, 8-9 MHS planning.

Next up: The Calendar

March: 
·    MHS Scholarship Committee - Fowler parents needed
·    MHS Music Banquet Committee -MHS parents 9-11 needed
·    3/1-3 MHS All-State Conference
·    3/30 Jazz Cafe (Fowler Stage Band & MHS Jazz Band
April: 
·    4/28Junior Districts Festival for Fowler band and choral students
·    MHS Scholarship Committee meets
·    MHS Senior Scholarships due from Seniors
·    MHS Music Banquet Committee meets
May: 
·    5/16 Spring Concerts for MHS
·    5/23 MHS Ensembles 
·    TBD MHS Great East Festival, 
·    5/28 MHS Memorial Day Parade AND MHS Music Banquet
·    5/30 Fowler Bands & Stage Band
June: 
·    6/1 Fowler Band to Great East Festival
·    6/6 4th Grade concert
·    6/8 MHS Graduation
Questions?? -


Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler
Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler
Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS
Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS
Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

Kurt Severance:  Webmaster 


Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association 

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.

Influenza Update (from the Maynard Public Schools Health Services Department)

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for
January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.  *ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 degrees in addition to either cough or sore throat.

To keep influenza-like activity from spreading in the school community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has symptoms of the flu. Use this form to determine whether your child should attend school and when they can return.

Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of XXX.X degree fever and a cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.
For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:
THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS:
Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.



http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf

A Message from the Friends of Maynard Soccer about Fundraising 

Friends of Maynard Soccer is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which was organized to support the school soccer programs.  Its first mission is to improve playing fields in Maynard, specifically focused currently on Fowler field.  They have created a Face book page, and started a gofundme page towards that effort.  If you would be kind enough, please search for Friends of Maynard Soccer on Face book and like our page (if you have not done so already!).  On that page you will see our gofundme page.  If you will consider a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated, and truly show that we are all working together to make this project a reality!  The link to the gofundme page is here:.



Friday, February 2, 2018

Superintendent's Notes



Funding Our Future

The Maynard Public Schools Business Manager, Michelle Resendes, organized and facilitated an interactive Funding Our Future event this Wednesday January 31, 2018.  She enlisted support from the  Maynard High School National Honor Society who were table coaches guiding the discussion.  Members of the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, School Committee, and Community Preservation Committee as well as many school community members attended this event. 

National Honor Society President, Olivia Palmer, commented at the School Committee Meeting on Thursday February 1, 2018 that Funding our Future was a successful event.  She also noted that even the students learned a lot about school finance.  Finance Committee member Ken Estabrook also commented that this should become an annual event because it was so informative.

I need to thank Michelle, the National Honor students and all the attendees for making this event so successful.  This collaborative effort is an example of why Maynard is such a wonderful community.

MHS National Honor Society February Food Drive

The MHS National Honor Society has organized a food drive for the month of February.  Their goal with this project is to raise awareness for the Maynard Food Pantry and their needs and involve the entire community in a successful drive. They plan to have collection boxes in all three schools, several locations in Maynard including Citizens Bank, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, Maynard Library and Serendipity Cafe; as well as boxes at Shaw's in Stow, Global Gym and Stop and Shop in Acton.

The following items are needed: 

-Soups (Progresso, Campbell's, heart soups, etc.) Typically 18-19 oz cans.
-Jello and Instant Pudding mixes
-Canned beef stew, chili 
-Chef Boyardee items (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.) 

SEPAC Meeting - What Do You Need to Know about Special Education

What Do You Need to Know about Special Education? The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library. With the school year well underway, this is sometimes the moment when parents are discovering issues and realizing questions. Do you have questions about what services might be available for your child? Questions about how the evaluation process or the IEP process works? Come bring those questions or concerns to a conversation with SEPAC parents who can help explain the process. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978-394-6183).
Influenza Update (from the Maynard Public Schools Health Services Department)

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for
January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.  *ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 degrees in addition to either cough or sore throat.

To keep influenza-like activity from spreading in the school community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has symptoms of the flu. Use this form to determine whether your child should attend school and when they can return.


Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of XXX.X degree fever and a cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.

For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:

THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS:

Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.




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 Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA) Book Group on 2/7/18

MARA is hosting an upcoming book group at the Maynard Art Space Gallery on 63 Summer street in Maynard.  The book, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas is a young-adult novel and specifically geared toward adolescents aged 13 years and older.  The book group will get together on February 7that 6:30. 

A Message from the Friends of Maynard Soccer about Fundraising 

Friends of Maynard Soccer is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which was organized to support the school soccer programs.  Its first mission is to improve playing fields in Maynard, specifically focused currently on Fowler field.  They have created a Face book page, and started a gofundme page towards that effort.  If you would be kind enough, please search for Friends of Maynard Soccer on Face book and like our page (if you have not done so already!).  On that page you will see our gofundme page.  If you will consider a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated, and truly show that we are all working together to make this project a reality!  The link to the gofundme page is here:.



Friday, January 26, 2018

Superintendent's Notes

Staff Highlights

The Beacon featured Green Meadow in their series on building community.  Many of our staff go above and beyond their traditional duties and I cannot thank them enough.  I am very proud of their efforts.  In this article they highlight one of the many programs that Mr. Mehigan has developed and volunteered to do all on his own.  I love the student quotes because they demonstrate the positive impact great teachers like Mr. Mehigan have on children in Maynard!  You can find the article on line at the following link:


Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA) Book Group on 2/7/18

MARA is hosting an upcoming book group at the Maynard Art Space Gallery on 63 Summer street in Maynard.  The book, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas is a young-adult novel and specifically geared toward adolescents aged 13 years and older.  The book group will get together on February 7that 6:30. 

Maynard Public Schools Finance Night

When: January 31, 2018
Where: Fowler Assembly Hall
Time: 7:00 pm

Maynard Public Schools is hosting and interactive community forum aimed at helping residents and community members understand the fundamentals of school finance.  The 90 minute interactive presentation will allow small groups to discuss the basic revue and expense elements of public education to learn more about how schools address the issues related to public school financing.  To help us plan accordingly, please register at:


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.


Green Meadow Preschool Information Night

Green Meadow School offers an integrated preschool program, accredited by NAEYC, that is open to all Maynard residents.  We will be holding an Information Night on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Green Meadow School.  At this time we will be talking about our program and accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year.  Come and learn about our program, meet the staff, and ask questions.  For more information call Donna Dankner at 978-897-8246.  The snow date for this event will be Thursday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

A Message from the Friends of Maynard Soccer about Fundraising 

Friends of Maynard Soccer is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which was organized to support the school soccer programs.  Its first mission is to improve playing fields in Maynard, specifically focused currently on Fowler field.  They have created a Face book page, and started a gofundme page towards that effort.  If you would be kind enough, please search for Friends of Maynard Soccer on Face book and like our page (if you have not done so already!).  On that page you will see our gofundme page.  If you will consider a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated, and truly show that we are all working together to make this project a reality!  The link to the gofundme page is here:.