Thursday, May 9, 2013

Superintendent's Notes

Remembering Maynard’s Own Fundraiser 

Remembering Maynard's Own (RMO) is sponsoring a 300/100 raffle to support the RMO scholarship fund. The fund provides financial support for Maynard High School students, living in Maynard, that want to play sports, music, WAVM, etc., but do not have the money to pay the activity fees. To date, the fund has awarded over $35,000 in scholarships since 2005.

The raffle will be limited to 300 tickets sold and the cost of a ticket will be $100 per ticket.
While this is an expensive ticket, the odds are better than the average raffle.  The grand prize is $10,000 and second prize is $5000. The rules and regulations governing the Mass State Lottery will be followed with all taxes being the responsibility of the winner. A $5000 gift will be provided to the Maynard High School Athletic Department to enhance the athletics program. The remaining $10,000 will go to RMO to fund scholarships for the 2012-13 season. The drawing will be on May 18, 2013.

If you are interested in purchasing a 300/100 ticket, please send a $100 check or money order to Remembering Maynard's Own, PO Box 268, Maynard MA 01754. You can also contact one of the board members: Mark Yanchewski (Pres), Pete Stades (VP), Diane Dahill (Sec/Treas), Mary Pillivant (Sec), Bill Poz (Board of Trustees (BOT), Susan Jarmo Carter (BOT), Mike Chambers (BOT).
American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Save a date for a road to a cure on Friday, June 14th from 6 pm through Saturday June 15.  The Relay for Life will take place at Alumni Field (Rt. 27 & Rt. 62). 

Come enjoy activities, entertainment and learn how you can make a difference in the fight against cancer.  With your help, we are celebrating a world with less cancer and more birthdays!  Please extend this invitation to others who share your passion.  All are Welcome.

More information can be found on the following links:

May News from the Maynard Music Association-Fowler School

At the end of April, the Junior High School Concert Festival for Band and Orchestra took place in Groton-Dunstable and the Big Sing Central for Chorus took place at St. Mark's School in Southborough.  Our students are learning more about their own musicianship as well as learning from their peers in surrounding towns. They are representing Maynard in bigger venues on bigger stages and they are making us proud!

Junior Central Districts:
The Fowler School, one of 75 schools that participated, was represented in the orchestra for the Massachusetts Central Districts by Grace Wilson, on trombone. The orchestra program included the following pieces: Overture to Rienzi, Russian Sailors Dance, Norwegian Dances and Hatikvah.   For more information on Central Districts, visit our website under "Competitions".

The Big Sing:
Many Fowler parents attended the Big Sing to hear our Fowler Harmony Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Lilley, perform three selections - Dodi Li, Aya Ngena and Green Eggs and Ham. The Big Sing is an adjudicated performance for choral students in the central Massachusetts area.  For the first time with a Fowler chorus, the students performed on a large stage in a beautiful performance hall as a small group and then performed with six other schools as a combined choir on the emotional, moving and timely selection, Give Us Hope.

39 students in grades 4-6 included: Hazelyn Aroian, Taylor Capello, Micaela Carey, Eva Charbonneau, Chloe Donovan, Aurora Estabrook, Elisa Faret-Machado, Mattie Hazel, Caroline Jordan, Graham Josephson, Luca Kramer, Jenny Livolsi, Reese Lowery, Jordan Lowery, Emma Lowery, Molly McPhail, Elizabeth Midey, Alexis Mortimer, Reilly Mulligan, Dante Naylor, Charlie Neuhauser, Carolyn Norris, Melissa O'Leary, Caitlyn O'Leary, Zoe Pepin, Lucas Pepin, Alyssa Ray, Nick Reilly, Nicholas Reiniger, Lauren Roche, Gaby Rodrigues, Gabriela Roman, Adrian Roman, Ian Sharpe, Jessica Skavicus, Molly Sullivan, Simone Tricca, Sarah Umbrell, and Lilly Wilson.

The Harmony Choir (4th-6th graders) bridges a gap in our choral offerings in Maynard.  We would love to see choral programs for this grade level to provide continuity and consistent choral instruction, for grades K-12.

Kudos to Ms. Lilley and the Fowler Harmony Chorus!!

What parents can do for MUSIC programs in Maynard: 
·         ** Stay in the loop with our website
·         Check out the informational website for Central District:
·         Encourage practice and private instruction (see our website -
·         Encourage signing up for chorus and support the ongoing effort to maintain chorus programs at Fowler.
·         **Let our administrators know how valuable music education and the arts have been to you and your child(ren) in band, jazz band, jazz ensemble, and chorus. Mention what programs you would like to see continue and grow. Consider the strong learning connections among music, science and mathematics in terms of creativity and critical thinking skills in our students- write a letter! Drop our administrators an email!
o       Re-read Dr. Gerardi's February 2013 Beacon Villager Article on STEAMM initiatives in Maynard: Maynard Superintendent: Comprehensive STEM approach the focus at MPS - Maynard, MA - The Beacon-Villager
o       Additional resource: an article/blog about life lessons learned through music education on CNN's Schools of Thought written by Andrew Schwartz.: My View: Everything I need to know, I learned in music class – Schools of Thought - Blogs
·         **Support Maynard Music Association at Fowler: be a volunteer, attend monthly meetings, support Casino Night (our biggest fundraiser!)
·         **Like us on Face book (Maynard Music Association)

Calendar of Events and Forms:
Please visit our website for details on upcoming events and forms that you will need.

May 10th: Great East permission slips due to Mr. Brisson (see website)
May 14th: our next MMA meeting at 6:30PM at the MHS library.
May 23rd: Spring Concert 7pm (dress code on website)
May 24th: Great East Festival for 7th and 8th grade (info and form on website)

Bonnie Wilson and Brenda O'Neil
Co-Chairs, Maynard Music Association- Fowler School

Important Events and Deadline Reminders                                                                                                         

In an effort to streamline these notes, I will remind the Superintendent’s Notes readers of important upcoming events with a reference to the blog where more information can be found.

College opportunities this summer for MHS juniors and seniors
MHS juniors and seniors have opportunities to take transferable STEM courses for credit at only $100 per course. Contact us at (781) 239-2700 or
Details in the Thursday, May 2, 2013 posting

Bus Registration 2013/2014
Registration is on a first come, first served, space available basis.
Details in the Friday April 26, 2013 posting

Change in Preschool Hours for FY14
Details in the Friday April 26, 2013 posting

Girl Scout Donations for Buddy Dog Humane Society
Items may be dropped off from now until May 9th at drop off boxes located at Green Meadow, Fowler, Maynard Library, and Middlesex Savings Bank on Nason Street.
Details in the Friday April 26, 2013 posting.

MHS Diaper Drive
Drop your diaper donations off at any of the three schools in Maynard from May 6-17, 2013
Details in the Friday April 26, 2013 posting.

Busing For the 2013-2013 School Year (FY14)   
Separate start times for MHS (7:45), Fowler (8:05), and GM (8:30) starting next fall. 
Details in the Thursday April 19, 2013 Posting.

Maynard High School "LAST DANCE"                                                                                
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:30 - 11 PM at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive.                       
 Details in the Thursday April 11, 2013 Posting.    
Exterior Pesticide Spraying at Maynard High School, Fowler School and Green Meadow School This will take place during the spring season.
Details in the Thursday April 11, 2013 Posting.

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