Thursday, March 28, 2013

Superintendent's Notes 3/28/13
Dr. Robert J. Gerardi, Jr.
Office: (978) 897-2222  Fax: (978) 897-4610

MAYNARD HIGH SCHOOL "LAST DANCE"                                                                              Help us bid farewell to Maynard High School before it is closed forever to make way for a new era with the "soon to open" new Maynard High School.  Join in the festivities of the Maynard High School Last Dance on Saturday, June 15, 2013,  6:30 - 11 PM at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive.
Enjoy cocktails and appetizers from 6:30-7:30 PM, dinner stations from 7:30-9 PM, and dessert/coffee later in the evening.  There will be a cash bar with beer and wine.  Music will be provided by Drastic Measures.  Be prepared to dance!  There may be some additional entertainment surprises throughout the evening.  Dress is business casual.
Tickets are $40/each or $75/couple and can be purchased by contacting Colleen Moore/Jeanne Ignachuck (978) 897-2222, Jim McCann (, Mary Brannelly (, Danielle Mannion ( or by going to the Maynard Education Foundation website  Proceeds will benefit the Maynard Education Foundation.
It will be an evening filled with great food, great entertainment and great people reminiscing with friends about their years at Maynard High School.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the old and the new while taking part in this historic, fun evening.  Buy your tickets early - they are limited!

Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley Bring Simply Social Kids to Maynard Public Schools                                                                                                                                           
This parent workshop is co-Sponsored by: Maynard's SEPAC, Maynard High PTO,
Fowler PTO, Green Meadow PTO, Maynard Family Association, and the Maynard Education Foundation.

Conflict & Collaboration - Helping Kids Navigate Peer Relationships:
In this seminar for parents, we will share the language and ideas on discerning the difference between bullying and conflict, how to defend and deflect negativity and mean comments, conflict resolution skills, when to tell and when it's tattling and how to walk and talk with confidence. We will also address the key role that adults play (as well as what to do AND say) to prevent bullying from occurring or continuing. This workshop is open to general public.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-2705.

Monday, April 8th: 9am-11am OR Tuesday, April 23rd: 7pm-9pm

Location: Fowler School Auditorium
Cost: FREE
Guest Speakers: Nadine Briggs (Simply Social Kids) & Donna Shea (ThePeter Pan Center)

Pesticide Spraying
Maynard High School, Fowler School and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care and school age childcare programs.

Tiger Times, get it while it’s hot!                                                                                                          The February/ March Tiger Times is on line at so make sure you read it!

I always enjoy the reading about the Students of The Month and the Teacher Spotlights because we learn more about our school community this way.  However, I was particularly fond of the article on page 17 titled Rising to the Top: Maynard Realtors get a taste of the new initiatives going on in Maynard public Schools, by Brenno Castro.  This article highlights an event that many of us including administration, teachers and students participated in.  The outcome was an overwhelming success and we are planning similar forums for the future.                                                                                                                                     

Athletic Department News
Thanks to Miss Dowd, the Athletic Department Newsletter has gone 21st century!  
Click on the link to view the newsletter!  
SEPAC Announcment                                                                                                                           The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend a presentation on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) - what it is and how is it used for students - presented by Brian Macauley, Maynard Autism Specialist. The presentation will take place on April 1, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. 
This event is free and open to the public and we encourage both parents and educators to attend. Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at 978-897-2705.
Learn more about The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at

Economics Class Project
The economics class is having a promotion for If you buy an item of at least $10 in value, put the promo code in at the end of the transaction and get $10 off the product.

The promotional code is WTR13ML and the locker number is dr393.  Those of you familiar with this can use the code on a personal locker number if an account has already been set up.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the economics and athletics accounts and this promotion expires in April, so act fast!
Boosters Announcement
Attention Seniors: Applications are currently being accepted for the John Walsh Memorial Booster Club Scholarship. Please see guidance to review the eligibility requirements and pick up an application. Applications are due no later than April 1, 2013.

Attention Maynard Families and local businesses: The Maynard Booster Club is currently seeking sponsorships for trophies to be awarded at the Winter and Spring Sports Nights honoring our middle school and high school athletes. The sponsorship cost per trophy is $35.00. All sponsors are listed in the event program. Trophies are awarded to athletes who are selected based on performance and dedication during the season. Please consider making a donation in support the accomplishments of the student athletes. Every effort will be made if a request is made for a specific sport.

If you are interested in sponsoring one or more trophies for this academic year, please send a check: The Maynard Booster Club, PO Box 438, Maynard, MA 01754 or contact a member of the Maynard Booster Club at for more information. 

Opportunities for 21st century learning around Social and Cross Cultural Skills
Purnima Vadhera, the Maynard High School Assistant Principal, has been working with several organizations to create a menu of international experience options for our students at Maynard High School including touring trips, trips with a focus (e.g. studying literature, history, etc.), traditional exchange programs, as well as conference/summit opportunities for high school students.  

Design for Change:
Design for Change is an organization that fosters service learning. Students are encouraged to attend the spring summit in March with key note speaker Kiran Sethi to obtain additional information in regards to service learning opportunities.

Global Student Leader Summit on Environmental Sustainability:
This will be held in 2013 with Key note speakers Al Gore and Oscar Arias in Costa Rica and in 2014 on the New Global Economy in Shaghai, with key note speaker Jon Huntsman.  The students learn first hand from experts on global issues in regards to environmental sustainability and what each of them can do (Scholarships available). 

The Triangle Coalition:
There is a series of programs in Washington for high school students to promote innovative thinking and problem solving in regards to global issues.

The World Affairs Council: 
They believe that education is the U.S.’s top security issue, and offers programs in support of educational initiatives, including:
  • Academic World Quest for high school students which is an annual knowledge-based competition for high school students. There are nine rounds of questions that focus on a variety of international issues.
  • The Global Travel Scholarship is a program that provides funding for selected high school students to travel abroad to participate in experiential learning to France, China, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Italy.
  • International Student Summit and International Youth Forum which provides high school students with an opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively with their peers across the state and around the world.
Please contact Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera at for additional information on any of the above programs.

London Cultural Connections
we still have spaces left for the 2013 program! The program is highly experiential.  During the London Cultural Connections course we cover theatre, literature, history, art, architecture, social and political mores - from Henry VIII to the present day.

In theatre, we study and act out the Shakespeare play before we see it at the Globe Theatre; after watching Regeneration, we see War Horse in the West End, discuss World War I, visit the Imperial War Museum, and read War Poetry. We also see a couple of other shows with British connections - including The 39 Steps, with four actors playing one hundred and sixteen roles, most of them played by two men! We explore the Romantics and travel to read Wordsworth at Tintern Abbey, in Wales, followed by a trip down a Welsh coal mine to experience the Industrial Revolution. We visit The Victoria and Albert Museum, John Soane's House, The Tate Modern and The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery.

You will see from our website that we experience most of the important London attractions that have literary and historical input for our curriculum. These are all connected to seminars and discussions. Related DVD's are a daily feast. We go shopping!

The Venue:  We are based in a hotel near Kew Gardens

For Parents: The students often travel to London together, are met at the airport, and are supervised 24/7, so, for parents who might be anxious, it is a safe environment. We are in daily contact with home through e-mail and phone if needed. Regular e-mails are sent with updates of our activities.
Dates:  Saturday, July 6-20, 2013
Suitable For:
• students who are hungry for an experiential two weeks making British connections these help with high school courses in literature, history, social studies and art
• students who do not have summer plans yet
• students who want to add to the resume for college applications with rich experience and strong recommendations from us

Below is the link to the
London Cultural Connections website. This will be our nineteenth year! Please let me know if you can think of anyone who might want to participate in this inspiring program. It looks great on future applications and we can also give a strong letter of recommendation on completion of the course.
ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM: See website for fees and other details, please see the following website: or contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Vadhera at for additional details or Ms. Ros Thomas-Clark 617-512-0052
Maynard High School is Seeking Host Families
Maynard High School has forged a partnership with Educatius International to bring students from possibly 23 different countries to Maynard High School. Unlike traditional foreign exchange programs that are usually two weeks in duration, this program allows the students to go to Maynard High School for a full year. The benefits of foreign exchange programs are many.  Often times host families report the sharing of culture and values to be a major benefit.  Also, lifelong friendships that lead to international travel is another potential exciting benefit.

Since this is a big commitment there is a $700 per month, per student, compensation offered to the host families in an effort to defray the additional costs.  Host family are also encouraged to spend some time sharing our countries culture with the foreign exchange student living with them. In New England this can easily be accomplished by visiting museums and historical locations on a weekend day trip.

If you are interested in learning more about being a host family, please contact the Maynard High School Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera.  You can reach her by emailing or calling Maynard High School and ask for her extension.

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