Friday, May 31, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Seeking interest in the first MHS international exchange program to India 

Mark Twain once stated: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream, Discover.” As you know, travelling allows one to open their perspectives, build tolerance for diversity, as well as learn first-hand about the history and culture of the world.  These are experiences that one learns from and remembers their entire life.  I am very excited to let you know that we are seeking student interest in an opportunity to participate in Maynard High School's 1st ever International Exchange Program with a school in New Delhi, IndiaThere will be more information presented at the June 6, 2013 school committee meeting.  If approved, student's will visit and explore several major historic cities visiting exciting places like the Taj Mahal, Delhi Hut, and Akshardham, as well as participate in schooling, and rich community service.  The program will run for three weeks from December 13th through January 4th (tentatively) with students from India joining Maynard High School in the spring of 2014.  Please see Assistant Principal, Ms. Vadhera for an application and additional information. This is an opportunity you will not want to miss!

Holly Family Fundraiser
A member of our school community lost everything in a house fire on May 10, 2013.  Come for a night of food, fun, and friendship to benefit Deb Holly.  The event will be held on June 21, 2013 from 7PM to Midnight at the Maynard Lodge of Elks.  for more information and tickets contact:
Denise Lawton - lawtonden@yahoo.com
Kristen Enneguess - kennegues@hotmail.com 

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.

Girl Scout Early Bird Registration!                                                                                                       Join us in the Roosevelt Room in the Maynard Public Library on Thursday, May 30th from 5pm to 7pm to register for Girl Scouts in the fall.  Beat the rush and join now!  Registration costs $25 per girl and $15 per adult.  Financial aid is available.
Details can be found in the Friday May 24, 2013 posting

Help Raise Lyme Awareness; Learn More About Lyme Disease and Other Tick Bourne Illnesses!
This important presentation will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.  at the Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason Street, Maynard, MA  01754
Details can be found in the Friday May 24, 2013 posting

Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Annual Spring Ice Cream Social: SEPAC invites families of students receiving special education to attend the Annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 3rd for at The Fowler School Cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.       
Details can be found in the Thursday May 16, 2013 posting.
News from the Athletic Director
·         If you or a local organization would like to sponsor a banner, please contact me. The banners are $225 per banner.
Details can be found in the Thursday May 16, 2013 posting.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life
More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RelayForLifeMaynardMa
Details can be found in the Thursday, May 9, 2013 posting.

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 ksutherland@massbay.edu.
Details can be found in the Thursday, May 2, 2013 posting.

Maynard High School "LAST DANCE"                                                                               
 Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:30 - 11 PM at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive.                        
Details can be found in the Thursday April 11, 2013 Posting.    
                                         

  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Superintedent's Notes


Girl Scout Early Bird Registration!  


Attention to the parents of all girls entering Kindergarten and up!  Have you ever been interested in your daughter joining Girl Scouts?  Join us in the Roosevelt Room in the Maynard Public Library on Thursday, May 30th from 5pm – 7pm to register for Girl Scouts in the fall.  Beat the rush and join now!  

We are also looking for adults who would like to volunteer (mom's, dad's, anyone over 18) either becoming a new troop leader, or helping us out with an existing troop.  Share your Girl Scout experiences with a new generation!  Registration costs $25 per girl and $15 per adult.  Financial aid is available.

Help Raise Lyme Awareness; Learn More About Lyme Disease and Other Tick Bourne Illnesses!

This important presentation will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.  at the Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason Street, Maynard, MA  01754

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.

Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Annual Spring Ice Cream Social: SEPAC invites families of students receiving special education to attend the Annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 3rd for at The Fowler School Cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.       
Details can be found in the Thursday May 16, 2013 posting.
News from the Athletic Director
·         If you, or a local organization would like to sponsor a banner, please contact me. The banners are $225 per banner.
Details can be found in the Thursday May 16, 2013 posting.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life
More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RelayForLifeMaynardMa
Details can be found in the Thursday, May 9, 2013 posting.

May News from the Maynard Music Association-Fowler School
Please visit our website www.maynardmusicfowler.org for details on upcoming events.
Details can be found in the Thursday, May 9, 2013 posting.

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 ksutherland@massbay.edu.
Details can be found in the Thursday, May 2, 2013 posting.

Maynard High School "LAST DANCE"                                                                                
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:30 - 11 PM at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive.                       
Details can be found 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 can be found in the Thursday April 11, 2013 posting.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


SEPAC Annual Spring Ice Cream Social:
The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend the Annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 3rd!  Families of students receiving special education are invited to attend this social. We will have ice cream, crafts, coloring, light music, and books, as well as some snacks and drinks. The social will take place on June 3, 2013 at The Fowler School Cafeteria, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.
Learn more about The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at http://www.maynard.k12.ma.us/for-parents/parents-as-partners

News from the Athletic Director

Hi Everyone,
  • The boys' and girls' track teams both finished their season 5-1 and second in the league. Shannon Smith, Rosemary Cobb, Ashley  Chiasson, Mikaela Corbett, Anabelle Dentino qualified for the Central Mass MIAA tournament for the girls and Ryan Fowler, Colby Lesage, Sean Peterson, Jeff Gately, and Andrew Wilkins qualified for the boys. The Varsity baseball team also qualified for the MIAA tournament.  
  • The Booster Club sponsored Spring Sports Banquet will be May 22nd in the high school cafe/auditorium. 6:15 social and 6:45 ceremony.
  • The MIAA mandated sports information night is scheduled for Tuesday June 4th at 7:00 in the Fowler auditorium. At this meeting, I will be discussing the MIAA rules, the Student-Athlete Handbook, the 2013-2014 athletic offerings, the new scheduling website,  and the summer training program. Attendance is mandatory in order to be eligible for the 2013-2014 season.
  • Starting June 24th, the Maynard Athletic Department will be running a Strength and Conditioning Program at Fowler. The program will be run by Corianne Zerbey, a former MHS student-athlete and certified personal trainer. The morning conditioning session will be available for students in grades 6-12 and run from 10-11am (M,T, Th,F).The afternoon strength and conditioning program will be available for students in grades 9-12 and run for an hour and half starting at 4:00PM or 4:45PM(M,T, Th,F). The cost of the conditioning sessions will be $150 for the summer and the cost for the strength and conditioning sessions will be $200 for the summer. Scholarships and special pro-rated fees will apply. Please email me for details or register online using the following link. https://docs.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1p7UJlwrMCvkR3878Mbzq7K-zxa3H7ydW5vq-DLoGpKg/viewform?sid=4d80178e744d12b0&token=cfiDJj0BAAA.SmiLOQF-RR7IU5ObhjqYwA.bdFFS0RGLexVUR1H_KqFfA
  • The Maynard Athletic Department is looking for new championship banner sponsors. The department will be purchasing new and improved banners for the gym next year, and to help defy the cost, the department is asking people to sponsor a banner. A plaque will be created and mounted in the gym to commemorate the banner sponsors. If you, or a local organization would like to sponsor a banner, please contact me. The banners are $225 per banner.
  • Food for thought: "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." Muhammad Ali
That is all for now, thanks for listening! Happy Spring!

Sincerely,
Kevin Caruso

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.

Remembering Maynard’s Own Fundraiser 
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.
Details in the Thursday, May 9, 2013 posting

American Cancer Society Relay for Life
More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RelayForLifeMaynardMa
Details in the Thursday, May 9, 2013 posting

May News from the Maynard Music Association-Fowler School
Please visit our website www.maynardmusicfowler.org for details on upcoming events.
Details in the Thursday, May 9, 2013 posting

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 ksutherland@massbay.edu.
Details in the Thursday, May 2, 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.

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.
  

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 www.maynardmusicfowler.org 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 www.maynardmusicfowler.org
·         Check out the informational website for Central District: http://www.cdmmea.org/junior-festival.html
·         Encourage practice and private instruction (see our website - www.maynardmusicfowler.org)
·         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 - CNN.com 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 www.maynardmusicfowler.org 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 ksutherland@massbay.edu.
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.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Superintendent's Notes

Fowler Community Fair

Friday May 3, 2013 (rain or shine) from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm the Fowler Community Fair will be held.  Each year the Fowler Staff and PTO sponsor a fundraiser to support students whop need assistance with school events such as Nature's Classroom, activity fees, field trips, and more.  There will be food from the grill, popcorn, candy, snow cones.  The events tomorrow will include; a raffle, a dunk tank, a bouncy castle, a bake sale, a book sale, train rides, face painting/tattoos, Flower/plant sale, kidnap your teacher, music, fun and more.  Hopefully I will see you there.

Boston Marathon Fundraiser

The Athletic Department and Student Government will be sponsoring a fundraiser on Friday, May 3rd for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. There will be a gate fee of 3 dollars to watch the track meet vs. Assabet and baseball/softball games vs. West Boylston. Additional donations will be welcome. Thank you in advance for your support!

Art Matters

All invited to art show and reception! Tuesday, May 7th, at ARTspace, 63 Summer St., from 5-8pm. Each Green Meadow 2nd grader has 5-6 pieces of art to show.

College opportunities this summer for MHS juniors and seniors

I attended the Mass Bay Framingham state university Getting Ready for College event last Saturday with my daughter who is a senior this year.  We learned quite a bit about various college options and what to expect from a parent and students perspective during the first year of college.

I was very impressed to find out that our MHS juniors and seniors have opportunities to take transferable courses for credit at only $100 per course through their Summer Bridge Program.  This is a two week, fun, hands-on STEM Learning Experience.  They are offering the following two ten-day courses:
MN 1340 – Engineering designs come to life with 3D technology
CS 140 – Interactive multimedia to create animation

Or the following four 2.5 day workshops:
Artbotics: build a flower or a toy and make it move
Race to the finish line: A Lego robot competition
Storytelling and games with Scratch
Mobil Apps with App Inventor

These are exciting opportunities that I am hopeful our school community can take advantage of.

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.

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.

SEPAC Presentation on Promoting Social Skills-                                                                         
May 6, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. Details in the Thursday April 11, 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.