Friday, August 31, 2012

Hi Vin,

I am new to blogging technology as well.  Many other people probably have similar questions so it would be good for me to post the answers for them as well. 

Let me answer your questions and concerns as follows:

1. I am curious about the Teachers' Professional Development Days and the type of seminars and activities that are conduced. 

Each year the professional development is aligned to the District Improvement Plans (except when we have important state legislated requirements which override the District Improvement Plans as we did this year).

I just wrote an article that will be published in next Thursday's Beacon Villager.  That article will explain a little more about the content and quality of presenters for the recent professional development days.  The short answer is that most of our professional development this year will be on the legislatively mandated new educator evaluation system.  We are proud that the Maynard Public Schools is one of twenty five districts in Massachusetts that have an agreement to start this year.

2.  Are there programs for all staff members on these days?

Professional development obligations and expectations are spelled out differently in the different contracts,  For the most part teachers and administrators attend all of the same professional development.  Paraprofessionals attend some of the same professional development as Administrators and Teachers but not all of the same activities. 

There are also times when it is appropriate for different groups of teachers to receive different types of training based on the Districts Improvement Plans.  During those years, there may be many different activities going on during one professional development day.

3. Is attendance mandatory?

These two days are mandatory for all teachers.  There are some exceptions for Administrators and Paraprofessionals.

4. Is there an accounting available to the public of those who attend and those who - were scheduled - but did not attend? 

There is definitely an accounting of those who attend and those who don't.  We don't find this to be a problem and the rare occasions when someone doesn't attend is when they are very ill.  Often it is an inconvenience for them to makeup the training they missed.  We do not make personnel information available to the public because of confidentiality reasons.

I hope that this information was helpful and please feel free to email or call me at any time.

Bob Gerardi

Welcome to the 2012 2013 School Year

I would like to welcome the entire Maynard School Community back for the upcoming school year!  We have had a great start to the school year with only a few scheduling issues to address.  We will continue to work on those final details.   In addition to having all the students in school this week, we had many events designed to bring constituents together at the beginning of the year as well. 

Last week we held several “Meet and Greet” events for staff who are new to their positions in Maynard.  At Maynard High School we had parents meet the new Principal Chuck Caragianes and the new Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera.  We also held a “Meet and Greet” for the new Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Teacher, Emelia Gamboni.

Other noteworthy events included:
The Kindergarten Orientations this week at Green Meadow
A “Meet and Greet” for grades 4 & 5 students and parents at Fowler.
A back to school picnic for grades 4 & 5 students and parents at Fowler.
The Music & Fall Sports Kick-off BBQ-for all Student Members of grades 9-12.
The 2012 Tiger Golf Tournament

The Superintendents Notes should begin next week once we have all of the contact data rolled over into a new system.