Friday, June 15, 2018

Superintendent's Notes


Weather Forecast for the Last Week of School

I am looking at the forecast for next week.  Monday may be in the mid 90's and the rest of the week may be in the mid 80's.  I have alerted staff to expect the warm temperatures and to seek assistance from the administration if their room is excessively warm.

Please plan on appropriate attire for your child.  If you wish to have them bring a water bottle for additional hydration during school, that will be welcome.  We also have adequate water fountains and staff will be sure to allow students to take hydration breaks. 

As this school year winds down, I am already excited about all of the new opportunities that will be available to our students next year.  I wish you and yours a peaceful summer break and eagerly await the 2018-19 school year beginning in August.   

Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.


When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher(s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).


To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form (available for download at: 
http://www. maynardeducation.org) to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at: http://www. maynardeducation.org

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

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.

Fowler Specialist Classes and a New Elective Process

Fowler Families will be receiving an email explaining the new elective process for some of our specialist classes at the Fowler School.  All students will take Art, Computer Science, Health, and Physical Education to fulfill Massachusetts core requirements.  In addition, through an elective process we are pleased to offer grade level band, Instrumental instruction,  Strings (Violin, Violo, Cello and Bass), Chorus, Engineering, Latin, and Genres of Literature.

A copy of that form will be sent home with the students for parent approval.  Parents, you can assist your students by discussing these options with them and helping them to determine be best choices for their interests.  Next week, students will complete an online form, indicating their preference for the elective options listed above.  We will do our best to ensure that each student is scheduled for their top choices.

Green Meadow Specialist Classes

Green Meadow will have additional specialist classes next year.  The traditional specialist classes include Art, Library, Music and Physical Education.   We will be adding Foreign Language, Computer Science, and Wellness classes for all students in the specialists programs at Green Meadow.  The addition of specialist classes was a win-win contractual agreement that benefits students and staff.

Street and Sidewalk Safety at the Maynard Public Schools

Dear members of our community.  The warm weather will increase the number of students walking and riding bicycles to school.  Concerns have been raised about the safety of Tiger Drive and our sidewalks.  When observing drop off an pick up, I have also had my personal concerns about the speed and safety around the Maynard Public Schools. 

This is a reminder that the speed limit on Tiger Drive is 15 MPH.  In addition, with students walking or using bicycles, it is imperative for car drivers to watch the sidewalks and side of the road to make sure that walkers and bicyclist have the right of way.

In addition, it is safer for vehicles visiting Maynard High School to use the Tiger Drive entrance closest to the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Vehicles visiting the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools should use the Tiger Drive entrance furthest from the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of these safety concerns.

Pesticides Notification

April 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Michelle Resendes
Business Manager

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

2018-2019 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

Please donate to the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund

Maynard residents will be receiving their Excise Bills in the next week.  Included with the invoices, you will find an insert related to the Maynard High School (MHS) Scholarship Fund.  The town of Maynard School Department has established an MHS Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to MHS graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education.  Each year, the Scholarship Committee grants scholarships to deserving students to assist with post-secondary expenses.  This fund depends totally on the support of the general public.  Many cities and towns in the area provide a similar scholarship fund.

Please consider completing the form included with the excise bill, along with your donation ($25, $40, $50 or other).  Please make a separate check payable to Town of Maynard, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 and please note "Scholarship Donation" in the memo line of the check.  If you would like a form sent to you, please email mjtbrannelly@comcast.net

Thank you very much for your support of Maynard graduating seniors.  They greatly appreciate it!




Friday, June 8, 2018

Superintendent's Notes


Maynard High School Senior Awards Night

The Senior Awards night was held Wednesday evening, June 6th.   All of the awards that staff presented, honored our students. The musical selections provided by the band and soloists, were amazing.  It was great to see that we have so many talented students.

This year many of the scholarships were also given out at the awards night.  I was so impressed by the generosity of our community and the number of scholarships our students' receive.  I especially enjoyed hearing about scholarships on behalf of past alumni during the presentations.  I want to thank everyone who contributes the scholarships.

Fowler Specialist Classes and a New Elective Process

Fowler Families will be receiving an email explaining the new elective process for some of our specialist classes at the Fowler School.  All students will take Art, Computer Science, Health, and Physical Education to fulfill Massachusetts core requirements.  In addition, through an elective process we are pleased to offer grade level band, Instrumental instruction,  Strings (Violin, Violo, Cello and Bass), Chorus, Engineering, Latin, and Genres of Literature.

A copy of that form will be sent home with the students for parent approval.  Parents, you can assist your students by discussing these options with them and helping them to determine be best choices for their interests.  Next week, students will complete an online form, indicating their preference for the elective options listed above.  We will do our best to ensure that each student is scheduled for their top choices.

Green Meadow Specialist Classes

Green Meadow will have additional specialist classes next year.  The traditional specialist classes include Art, Library, Music and Physical Education.   We will be adding Foreign Language, Computer Science, and Wellness classes for all students in the specialists programs at Green Meadow.  The addition of specialist classes was a win-win contractual agreement that benefits students and staff.

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.

Street and Sidewalk Safety at the Maynard Public Schools

Dear members of our community.  The warm weather will increase the number of students walking and riding bicycles to school.  Concerns have been raised about the safety of Tiger Drive and our sidewalks.  When observing drop off an pick up, I have also had my personal concerns about the speed and safety around the Maynard Public Schools. 

This is a reminder that the speed limit on Tiger Drive is 15 MPH.  In addition, with students walking or using bicycles, it is imperative for car drivers to watch the sidewalks and side of the road to make sure that walkers and bicyclist have the right of way.

In addition, it is safer for vehicles visiting Maynard High School to use the Tiger Drive entrance closest to the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Vehicles visiting the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools should use the Tiger Drive entrance furthest from the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of these safety concerns.

Pesticides Notification

April 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Michelle Resendes
Business Manager

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

2018-2019 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

Please donate to the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund

Maynard residents will be receiving their Excise Bills in the next week.  Included with the invoices, you will find an insert related to the Maynard High School (MHS) Scholarship Fund.  The town of Maynard School Department has established an MHS Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to MHS graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education.  Each year, the Scholarship Committee grants scholarships to deserving students to assist with post-secondary expenses.  This fund depends totally on the support of the general public.  Many cities and towns in the area provide a similar scholarship fund.

Please consider completing the form included with the excise bill, along with your donation ($25, $40, $50 or other).  Please make a separate check payable to Town of Maynard, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 and please note "Scholarship Donation" in the memo line of the check.  If you would like a form sent to you, please email mjtbrannelly@comcast.net

Thank you very much for your support of Maynard graduating seniors.  They greatly appreciate it!



Friday, June 1, 2018

Superintendent's Notes


Graduation Week Ahead

I am wishing all of our seniors and their families well.  The Senior Awards Night is Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00pm and Graduation is Friday evening, June 8th at 6:30pm.  Let's hope for good weather and an outdoor ceremony on Alumni Field.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talended Youth (CTY)

Please see the CTY Online Instructor Spotlight and learn more about the CTY online programs at the following link:


Thank you to the Green Meadow  PTO's and their Supporters

The Green Meadow PTO Tiger Trot is their largest fundraiser.  Over 500 people attended and it was a huge success.  The Green Meadow PTO funds That are raised provide enrichment programs for all students in Preschool - 3rd grade each year, as well as provide teacher support with Start-Up funds for lead teachers, specialists, and additional staff (e.g. OT/PT, speech, therapists, etc).

This is one great example of the work that the PTO's do in Maynard.  I have to thank all of our PTO's and their supporters for our amazing community support.

Friends of Tiger Football Corn Hole Tournament

Friends of Tiger Football is running a Corn Hole Tournament (3p-7p) and Black and Orange Night (7p-11p) on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Maynard Rod & Gun Club. The $100 team fee covers unlimited lunch, double elimination tournament, prizes for the top 3 teams, and entry fee for Black and Orange Night.

Black and Orange Night includes raffles, cash bar, and live music by Loose Connection (Kenny Patrikis and his band). The entry fee is only $10.00 for some great music and raffles. 

If you would like to put a team in the double elimination tournament please email Tim Lawton at tplawt41@verizon.net

Help support the Friends of Tiger Football as we try to raise $17,000 to replace our aging fleet of uniforms for the upcoming season!!!

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Ice Cream Social 

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP atsepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183.


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.


Street and Sidewalk Safety at the Maynard Public Schools


Dear members of our community.  The warm weather will increase the number of students walking and riding bicycles to school.  Concerns have been raised about the safety of Tiger Drive and our sidewalks.  When observing drop off an pick up, I have also had my personal concerns about the speed and safety around the Maynard Public Schools. 


This is a reminder that the speed limit on Tiger Drive is 15 MPH.  In addition, with students walking or using bicycles, it is imperative for car drivers to watch the sidewalks and side of the road to make sure that walkers and bicyclist have the right of way.


In addition, it is safer for vehicles visiting Maynard High School to use the Tiger Drive entrance closest to the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Vehicles visiting the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools should use the Tiger Drive entrance furthest from the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of these safety concerns.


6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride 


It's that time of year again! The 6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC Kids Bike Ride will take place on June 3, 2018 from 8:30 to 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton.


PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had over 200 riders and raised over $43,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple kids’ activities, a kid’s chance and silent auction!


Registration is $15 before May 1st, so register your kids early! Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx.  You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride -Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 


Pesticides Notification

April 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Michelle Resendes
Business Manager

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

2018-2019 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

Please donate to the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund


Maynard residents will be receiving their Excise Bills in the next week.  Included with the invoices, you will find an insert related to the Maynard High School (MHS) Scholarship Fund.  The town of Maynard School Department has established an MHS Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to MHS graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education.  Each year, the Scholarship Committee grants scholarships to deserving students to assist with post-secondary expenses.  This fund depends totally on the support of the general public.  Many cities and towns in the area provide a similar scholarship fund.


Please consider completing the form included with the excise bill, along with your donation ($25, $40, $50 or other).  Please make a separate check payable to Town of Maynard, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 and please note "Scholarship Donation" in the memo line of the check.  If you would like a form sent to you, please email mjtbrannelly@comcast.net


Thank you very much for your support of Maynard graduating seniors.  They greatly appreciate it!




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Superintendent's Notes


Introduction to Fowler's Principal of Leadership and Operations

Many parents and staff have expressed concern about behaviors that have increased at Fowler this year.  We have also received concerns that the administration at Fowler and Green Meadow have been understaffed since last year.

I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new principal of leadership and operations for the Fowler School next year and he will be starting next week to help principal Seyller with the behavioral concerns as soon as possible.  Together this year, they will focus on improving behavior.  Next year he will continue that work as the principal of leadership and operations and Principal Seyllar will be the principal of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

He is a Maynard resident so some of you may already know him from his volunteer work in town.  His name is Dan Costello.  Before I share a brief biography, I would like to add that although we had many talented candidates, Dan was the best person for the job at Fowler.

Dan Costello has been a professional educator for 25 years.  He taught high school history for 5 years and then became the assistant principal at Holy Name Junior Senior High School in Worcester.  His next promotion was as the principal  of Saint Bernards High School in Fitchburg.  He then went on to become the principal of the middle schools in Gardner and Shrewsbury.

Dan worked in the private sector as well.  He spent seven years working for Scholastic and Amplify.  He was a very successful consultant, trainer and project manager.  With Amplify he led two large statewide engagements, one in Rhode Island and one in Mississippi.  Those engagements helped schools learn how to use data to improve instruction and integrate technology in the classroom.

Dan has spent the last year at West Broadway Middle School as a 6th grade teacher and an interim principal.  He's lived in Maynard for 4 years with his wife, Kerry, and his stepdaughter, Brenna (a 6th grader at Fowler).  He served on the Maynard Finance Committee and currently sits on the fire station building committee.

Principal Seyller will be coordinating several parent coffees for parents to meet and wish Dan well in his new position.

"Dealing With Social Media Presentation"

Thursday 5/24/18 we had a presentation for Fowler Students on "Dealing with Social Media" by Dr. Richard DeCapua, a Maynard parent and Associate Dean of Students at Boston College.  In advance of the student presentation, he has already provided professional development for Fowler staff members to help students work on issues regarding the use of social media. 

Dr. DeCapua has extensive experience dealing with students and the problems that can arise with the misuse of social media including bullying, sexting, and other risky behaviors.  His experience with college level students was intriguing to our Fowler students.  As he said to the students, "if college students have trouble with social media, certainly students your age should learn what to do and not to do before you get to college."  Dr. DeCapua has a very positive and upbeat approach and his insights are very helpful in our ongoing work in these areas especially on bullying and sexting.

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 Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Ice Cream Social 

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at sepacoutreach@ maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183.

Street and Sidewalk Safety at the Maynard Public Schools

Dear members of our community.  The warm weather will increase the number of students walking and riding bicycles to school.  Concerns have been raised about the safety of Tiger Drive and our sidewalks.  When observing drop off an pick up, I have also had my personal concerns about the speed and safety around the Maynard Public Schools. 

This is a reminder that the speed limit on Tiger Drive is 15 MPH.  In addition, with students walking or using bicycles, it is imperative for car drivers to watch the sidewalks and side of the road to make sure that walkers and bicyclist have the right of way.

In addition, it is safer for vehicles visiting Maynard High School to use the Tiger Drive entrance closest to the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Vehicles visiting the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools should use the Tiger Drive entrance furthest from the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of these safety concerns.

6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride 

It's that time of year again! The 6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC Kids Bike Ride will take place on June 3, 2018 from 8:30 to 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton.

PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had over 200 riders and raised over $43,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple kids’ activities, a kid’s chance and silent auction!

Registration is $15 before May 1st, so register your kids early! Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx.  You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride -Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

Pesticides Notification

April 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Michelle Resendes
Business Manager

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

2018-2019 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

Please donate to the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund

Maynard residents will be receiving their Excise Bills in the next week.  Included with the invoices, you will find an insert related to the Maynard High School (MHS) Scholarship Fund.  The town of Maynard School Department has established an MHS Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to MHS graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education.  Each year, the Scholarship Committee grants scholarships to deserving students to assist with post-secondary expenses.  This fund depends totally on the support of the general public.  Many cities and towns in the area provide a similar scholarship fund.

Please consider completing the form included with the excise bill, along with your donation ($25, $40, $50 or other).  Please make a separate check payable to Town of Maynard, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 and please note "Scholarship Donation" in the memo line of the check.  If you would like a form sent to you, please email mjtbrannelly@comcast.net. 

Thank you very much for your support of Maynard graduating seniors.  They greatly appreciate it!



Friday, May 18, 2018

Superintednent's Notes


Safety Committee Presentation

Today we learned that at least ten people were killed as a result of a shooting in a high school in Texas. These tragedies deeply affect each of us.  For the past three years, the Maynard Public Schools, in partnership with the Maynard Police Department and the Maynard Fire Department, have been instituting safety procedures in the schools to do all we can to protect students should an unthinkable attack occur.  On Thursday night, May 24, 2018, Dr. Gerardi and members of the School Safety Committee will be updating the Maynard School Committee about our safety initiatives.  This meeting will be held at Maynard High School beginning at 7 p.m. Parents of students preK-12 as well as interested community members are most welcome to attend and participate in this meeting.  

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Ice Cream Social 

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at sepacoutreach@ maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183.

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.

Street and Sidewalk Safety at the Maynard Public Schools

Dear members of our community.  The warm weather will increase the number of students walking and riding bicycles to school.  Concerns have been raised about the safety of Tiger Drive and our sidewalks.  When observing drop off an pick up, I have also had my personal concerns about the speed and safety around the Maynard Public Schools. 

This is a reminder that the speed limit on Tiger Drive is 15 MPH.  In addition, with students walking or using bicycles, it is imperative for car drivers to watch the sidewalks and side of the road to make sure that walkers and bicyclist have the right of way.

In addition, it is safer for vehicles visiting Maynard High School to use the Tiger Drive entrance closest to the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Vehicles visiting the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools should use the Tiger Drive entrance furthest from the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of these safety concerns.

6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride 

It's that time of year again! The 6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC Kids Bike Ride will take place on June 3, 2018 from 8:30 to 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton.

PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had over 200 riders and raised over $43,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple kids’ activities, a kid’s chance and silent auction!

Registration is $15 before May 1st, so register your kids early! Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx.  You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride -Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

Pesticides Notification

April 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Michelle Resendes
Business Manager

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

2018-2019 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

Please donate to the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund

Maynard residents will be receiving their Excise Bills in the next week.  Included with the invoices, you will find an insert related to the Maynard High School (MHS) Scholarship Fund.  The town of Maynard School Department has established an MHS Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to MHS graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education.  Each year, the Scholarship Committee grants scholarships to deserving students to assist with post-secondary expenses.  This fund depends totally on the support of the general public.  Many cities and towns in the area provide a similar scholarship fund.

Please consider completing the form included with the excise bill, along with your donation ($25, $40, $50 or other).  Please make a separate check payable to Town of Maynard, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 and please note "Scholarship Donation" in the memo line of the check.  If you would like a form sent to you, please email mjtbrannelly@comcast.net. 

Thank you very much for your support of Maynard graduating seniors.  They greatly appreciate it!



Friday, May 11, 2018

Superintendent's Notes


Leading the Nation Senior Project Business and Community Luncheon

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Leading the Nation Campaign culminated this week at the Maynard Leading the Nation Senior Project Business and Community Luncheon.  Many guest officials from the state and local community attended.  All of the officials stayed to participate or observe the senior project panel presentations. 

Keith Westrich, the Associate Commissioner for the Office of College, Career, and Technical Education was impressed with the staff and students from the Maynard Public Schools.  Bob LePage, the Assistant Secretary for Career and Technical Education, presented opening comments in the picture above.  They both commented that Maynard High School Senior Project should be a model for the state of Massachusetts in authentic assessment of student learning.

Senior Project Showcase:
Families with students of all ages are invited to see examples of the Maynard High School senior project graduation requirement which demonstrates academic proficiency through an authentic assessment.

You are cordially invited to attend the Senior Project Showcase on Monday, May 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Maynard High School gymnasium. All students who completed a Senior Project will be on hand to discuss their experience in the program. They will have a tri-fold board and artifacts available to explain their research, internships, and projects. You will have a chance to mingle with other guests and ask the students questions about their work. 
Coffee and light refreshments will be available. We hope you can make it!

Street and Sidewalk Safety at the Maynard Public Schools

Dear members of our community.  The warm weather will increase the number of students walking and riding bicycles to school.  Concerns have been raised about the safety of Tiger Drive and our sidewalks.  When observing drop off an pick up, I have also had my personal concerns about the speed and safety around the Maynard Public Schools. 

This is a reminder that the speed limit on Tiger Drive is 15 MPH.  In addition, with students walking or using bicycles, it is imperative for car drivers to watch the sidewalks and side of the road to make sure that walkers and bicyclist have the right of way.

In addition, it is safer for vehicles visiting Maynard High School to use the Tiger Drive entrance closest to the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Vehicles visiting the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools should use the Tiger Drive entrance furthest from the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 27.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of these safety concerns.


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.

Graduation Fundraiser

fundraiser
There are 3 options available:

 Black Package  $40: offers the yard sign with the name of the senior as well as the college they are planning to attend along with 3 graduation balloons

Orange package $30:  offers a yard sign with just the name of the senior as well as 1 balloon

Balloons only $5 per balloon:  offers a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2018” written on them. 

Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4.  We will place the balloons and yard signs on the house of the designated senior on June 7th!

Place your order by emailing:


May 16th

Olga Doktorov, M.Ed.
Social Studies Department 

6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride 

It's that time of year again! The 6th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC Kids Bike Ride will take place on June 3, 2018 from 8:30 to 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton.

PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had over 200 riders and raised over $43,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple kids’ activities, a kid’s chance and silent auction!

Registration is $15 before May 1st, so register your kids early! Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx.  You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride -Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

Pesticides Notification

April 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Michelle Resendes
Business Manager

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

2018-2019 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

A Message for Parents in Grades 5 Through 8 About Transitions and Choices

I am very aware of the growing consideration for alternate school choices to the traditional neighborhood public school.  For any parent considering alternatives to the Maynard Public Schools, I would encourage you to meet with me individually before you make that decision.  You can contact me in the following ways:

Email: rgerardi@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: (978) 897-2222
Visit: Central Office at Fowler School

This dialog is very important for me to learn concerns and share my thoughts too. I will make myself available seven days a week and anytime (morning, daytime, or evening) that is convenient for you.

Please donate to the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund

Maynard residents will be receiving their Excise Bills in the next week.  Included with the invoices, you will find an insert related to the Maynard High School (MHS) Scholarship Fund.  The town of Maynard School Department has established an MHS Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to MHS graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education.  Each year, the Scholarship Committee grants scholarships to deserving students to assist with post-secondary expenses.  This fund depends totally on the support of the general public.  Many cities and towns in the area provide a similar scholarship fund.

Please consider completing the form included with the excise bill, along with your donation ($25, $40, $50 or other).  Please make a separate check payable to Town of Maynard, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 and please note "Scholarship Donation" in the memo line of the check.  If you would like a form sent to you, please email mjtbrannelly@comcast.net. 

Thank you very much for your support of Maynard graduating seniors.  They greatly appreciate it!