Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Superintendent's Notes

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I can guarantee you that I will eat my share of the turkey!  I also love Thanksgiving because after I go to the first half of the Maynard Football game, I go to the second half of the football game at the high school that I graduated from.  It is a great time for me to reconnect with long time friends.  Maynard has not had a home Thanksgiving Day game in five years so I hope to see a big crowd tomorrow!

If you are looking for exciting topics of conversation for your Thanksgiving meal or at the game, perhaps you would like to ask friends and family if they are interested in taking on a high school intern this spring. We are trying to place some seniors in the following fields for their Senior Projects: cosmetic dermatology, medical research (interest is stem cell research), veterinary, animation, and small business development.  Even if you are in a different field of interest, we are always looking for a variety of career mentors for our students participating in the senior project.  If you or friends are interested in being senior project mentors, please email Jean LaBelle at:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Notice Regarding Students Walking from Green Meadow and Fowler by the New High School

There was a sidewalk on the right side of tiger drive where students from Fowler and Green meadow could walk in front of the old high school.  Unfortunately that was not in the design of the new high school.  I am concerned for student safety and would ask parents to remind their children that at this point they should use the path to the left of the sidewalk at its ending spot from Fowler.  This side area to the neighboring street has always and will continue to be cleared for passage during inclement weather.  We will be painting lines and put up signs to help guide the students but we would appreciate your help in reminding them.

Parent Workshop: The Secrets to Social Success: How to Support All Students in School

As part of our district-wide initiative to promote social success for all students, we are pleased to announce a free workshop for parents.  The objective of this initiative is to bring anti-bullying/social enrichment programs to students, school personnel and parents.
Dates:  Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (7:00 to 9:00 PM) OR Thursday, December 5, 2013 (9:00-11:00 AM)
Location: Fowler School Auditorium
Presenters: Nadine Briggs (Simply Social Kids) and Donna Shea (Peter Pan Center)
In this seminar for parents, the presenters will share language and steps to improve the social lives of children and adolescents, and how to teach them strategies to address issues of bullying in their school environment.  They will also address the key roles adults play in promoting positive social experiences for children and adolescents.
This workshop is open to the public.  

The 4th Annual Winter Social

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings to its 4th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Green Meadow School Cafeteria.   This event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family!  Students from the High School Best Buddies program will also be there to help with crafts and activities.
This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please contact Jennifer O’Leary with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-897-2705.
Learn more about The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at

Maynard Cadette Girl Scout Troup 72595 will be Gift Wrapping

Greetings all holiday shoppers! Are you stressed, thinking about all of the gift wrapping you still need to do? Maynard Cadette Girl Scout Troop 72595 is offering its services this holiday season to earn money for troop activities. Members of the sixth grade troop will be located in the Fowler School lobby on Wednesday, December 11th from 2:30 - 6 PM, ready to wrap all of your holiday treasures. Stop by any time that afternoon! We are requesting a $1.00 donation per item. We had many happy customers last year who got most or all of their holiday wrapping done at once! Please come visit us on the 11th! Happy Holidays!

Maynard High School Band Congratulations

Members of the MHS band and chorus travelled to Grafton HS on Nov. 16th to audition for the Sr. District Music Festival.  We are thrilled to report that 5 MHS musicians were accepted! 4 of them scored so highly they received All-State recs. Remarkable for such a small school!

Congratulations to:
Ryan Chiasson
Jeff Umbrell
Helen Gerondeau
Emmet Karner
Monica Conroy

These students will be performing in Mechanics Hall in Worcester in January.

Important Events and 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.

The New Maynard High School Community Tours on Thanksgiving Day Morning

On November 28, the new Maynard High School will be open for community tours before the Thanksgiving Day Football Game which starts at 10:00 a.m. Tours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Come see the new High School and watch a great football game!

The Official Maynard High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Maynard Community is cordially invited to attend the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Maynard High School on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  Reception and Tours will be from 12:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m. the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA  01754.

All Community Winter Concert! Wed. Dec. 18th

If you play a band instrument or sing and would like to be part of this special event, please e-mail Mrs. Blanchard at so that we can get the music to you. We welcome all alumni and anyone living in the town of Maynard or having a connection to the town, to come and perform with us!

More Details can be found on the October 11th blog

Remembering Maynard's Own (RMO) Fundraiser

An original Remembering Maynard's Own Quilt created by Pauline Mclaughlin will be raffled.  Tickets are $5 each.  Checks can be sent to Remembering Maynard's Own Quilt, P.O. Box 268, Maynard, MA 01754.

More Details can be found on the October 11th blog

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