Friday, April 5, 2013

Superintendent's Notes




Congratulations to the staff and students of WAVM!
The students of WAVM were notified at the Annual Millis High School Digital Media Conference that they won first place in the National Academy of Television Arts and Science Boston/New England High School Awards for their entry in "New General Assignment, Light News".

This is the first time that our students have entered this contest.  Many high schools throughout New England enter so this is a quite an honor.  The awards will be given out on June 1st at the NECN television studio.  The award will be on display at the WAVM studio later that week.  

New College Partnership News!                                                                                                   
You may have read about the Maynard Public Schools college partnership with Massachusetts Bay Community College in the current Beacon Villager on pageA6.   However, I have more great partnership news today.  We are proud to announce that Massachusetts Bay Community College with Framingham State University is hosting a barbeque for those communities in a partnership with these colleges.  This event will include several recurring 15-minute workshops for superintendents, parents, teachers, students, and high school counselors. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 4:00PM. The topics will include:          
                                                                                                                        
1.  How to pay for college? /Financial advising 101 (what parents need to know)                        
2.  What are the benefits of starting at a community college instead of going straight to a 4-year school?      3.  I have an IEP: what disability services are available?                                                                
4.  Using articulation agreements/what I need to know about transfer from the get go?                     
5.  Time management/College expectations                                                                                               
6. Withdrawals, deadlines, and other student actions parents need to be concerned about           
7. What is the Accuplacer?

My daughter is a senior in high school and I am looking forward to attending this from a personal as well as professional perspective.   I hope to see you there.

Conflict & Collaboration:  Helping Kids Navigate Peer Relationships
The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley Presents a Free Parent Workshop on Bullying Prevention

Parents are invited to join guest speakers Nadine Briggs from Simply Social Kids and Donna Shea of The Peter Pan Center on Monday, April 8th from 9am-11am at the Fowler School in Maynard for a workshop in preventing bullying.   There will be an evening program featuring the same guest speakers later in April for families that cannot attend during the day.

Made possible by a grant from the Sudbury Foundation, this workshop features Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea.  They each have a wealth of experience working with children of all ages and their parents with regard to peer social interaction.  Nadine and Donna will lead a lively conversation on the differences between bullying and conflict, how to defend and deflect negative comments, conflict resolution skills, when to tell an adult and when it is tattling, and of course the key role adults’ words and actions play in preventing bullying from occurring or continuing.  Make sure to bring your questions!

The discussion will take place in the Fowler School Auditorium.  Fowler School is located at 3 Tiger Drive. 

We are proud to co-sponsor this event with Maynard’s SEPAC, Maynard High PTO, Fowler PTO, Green Meadow PTO, Maynard Public Schools, the Maynard Education Foundation and the Maynard Family Association.

The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley is dedicated to promoting the growth of young people in Acton, Bolton, Concord, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury by empowering them to become productive, caring, responsible citizens.  To learn more about the Club, please visit us at www.bgcav.org, or visit our facility at 212 Great Road in Maynard.

To learn more about our presenters, Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea, visit www.simplysocialkids.com and www.peterpancenter.com.

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley Survey                                                                          The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley is conducting a survey to determine if families and youth in Maynard, and its surrounding communities, in Grades 1-8 are interested in new recreational opportunities that would include youth of all abilities participating together.  Your answers to this survey will remain anonymous.  If you would like to participate in the survey, please complete it by April 15th, 2013.


If you prefer, a paper version of this survey will be distributed through the backpacks at Green Meadow and the Fowler School, or you may get one from the Boys and Girls Club directly. Please return your completed survey to the school office or to the Boys and Girls Club at 212 Great Road, Maynard, MA 01754 by April 15th, 2013.  If you have any questions about the survey or inclusive recreation for youth of all abilities, please contact WendyAllegrone-Leslie at 978-461-2871 or allegrone@bgcav.orgThank you for participating in this survey.

Music Notes
Maynard Music Association at Fowler
Scholarships:
Maynard Music Association offers scholarships to Fowler music students each year. We have been fortunate to fund over $1000 in scholarships for private study lessons for the past few years due to your generous support of our Casino Night fundraiser.

Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to apply. Students will need to fill out the scholarship form that is available from Mr. Brisson or on the MMA website - www.maynardmusicfowler.org.

Forms are due to Mr. Brisson by Friday, April 26th, 2013. Students will need to check with Mr. Brisson regarding audition pieces and are also responsible for submitting recommendation forms to teachers in addition to the application form. Auditions will take place in June.

Please encourage your musician to give the audition a try! It is a great opportunity to practice how to prepare a solo piece and how to participate in an audition in a very supportive environment.

Next Meeting: Fowler parents...we need YOU!
Our next MMA meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm in the high school library. We will be voting to fill vacated positions and could really benefit from parent participation from grades 4-12! Needed: High School co-chairs, general secretary for the group. Email: oatiewilson@yahoo.com if you can fill these vital roles.

Many thanks,
Bonnie and Brenda
Co-chairs, Maynard Music Association at Fowler
Press Release
March 29, 2013

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 (jmsmccann182@gmail.com), Mary Brannelly (mjtbrannelly@comcast.net), Danielle Mannion (dmannion@millisps.org) or by going to the Maynard Education Foundation website http://maynardeducation.org.  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.

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 www.mass.gov/agr. 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 http://snack.to/fz1mank1 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!  

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 pvadhera@maynard.k12.ma.us 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

LCC WEBSITE:
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: www.londonculturalconnections.net or contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Vadhera at pvadhera@maynard.k12.ma.us for additional details or Ms. Ros Thomas-Clark 617-512-0052 rostc@comcast.net.
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 pvadhera@maynard.k12.ma.us or calling Maynard High School and asking for her extension.

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