Friday, June 28, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Achieving Excellence
in the Maynard Band Program                                                               
 
Grace Wilson, One of our outstanding 8th grade students this year, has been invited by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) to play Trombone with Junior Repertory Orchestra (JRO) for the 2013-2014 season!  She has been selected from over 800 of New England’s finest young musicians to be a part of one of the nation’s most prominent youth orchestras. Congratulations to Grace for being recognized for her excellence!

With the 8th grade being taught at the new Maynard High School next year, some concerns were brought to the administrations attention about the size of the high school band.  I give credit to MHS Principals Caragianes, Fowler Principal Mela, Fine Arts Lead Teacher Jennifer Lilly, and MHS Band Teacher Cindy Erickson for working together to brainstorm solutions for next year and into the future to continue to provide a robust program.

Family Fun
and Educational Field Trips                                                                                        
 
The best part of summer for me are family fun and educational field trips.  Being as frugal as I am, I also love a bargain.  There are 60 museums and cultural venues in our state that are free on Fridays.  You can print up a brochure with all of this information at: http://highlandstreet.org/2013-HSF-FFF.pdf

Maynard Farmers’ Market
opens June 29                                                                                      
 
The 2013 Maynard Community Farmers’ Market begins its season on June 29 and will run Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine, through October 5 in the Main Street parking lot (near intersection with Sudbury Street) at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. 

New vendors at the market this year include: Wheatless Bliss, cooking in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and offering a full range of baked goods and granola, some of which are also dairy-free or vegan; BlueJay Greenhouses, selling hanging baskets in 10" and 12" sizes which contain mixed million bells, verbena, scaevola, and petunia as well as 4- 1/2" pots up to 12"mixed containers of gerbera daisys, new guinea impatiens, fuchsia, coleus, black & blue salvia, and potato vine;  and CamCo LLC who will offer cedar planter and railing boxes and vegetable seedlings and take orders for her custom-made PVC greenhouses, grow tents and row covers. For returning weekly vendors, Applefield Farm, Brigham Farm, and Nagog Hill Farm have produce and cut flowers; Big Sky Bakery, Cookie Lady Treats, and Hobson's Homemade are all baked goods vendors; Meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and honey will be available from Balance Rock Farm, and 3cBaking sells homemade dog biscuits.  Periodic vendors will include CupKaties, Nashoba Valley Extracts, and Farm Stand Honey as well as two artisans each week.

The market has weekly musical entertainment, children's activities, wellness demonstrations, and community information. The June 29 market will feature the first-ever Market-Season Kickoff Costume-Parade! Dress yourself, dress your baby, and dress your pooch. From simple to extravagant, all levels of costume creativity are welcome. For anyone needing costume help, a costume-creation station hosted by Aimee Ledwell of Red Shoe Arts, will be available starting at 9am. The parade will begin at 10:30am. For musical entertainment, Dan and Faith play their dream-inspired original folk music from 9-11am and from 11:15-12:45am, Sam Francis, a folk fusion singer songwriter with a New England sentiment will perform. Pathways to Wellness is at the Wellness tent.  Later in the season, look for the July 20 Chef's Day Out event which will feature a cooking demo by Chris Basile of Quarterdeck Seafoods. For more information, email: MaynardFarmersMarket@gmail.com For the latest schedule information, 'Like' Maynard Farmers' Market on Facebook.or follow us on Twitter.

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.

Have a safe summer starting with the Fourth of July

Go to the link titled Fireworks Safety Tips 2013:
https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-public-school/documents-to-download

Friday, June 21, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Reflections and Refocusing                                                                                                            

The Maynard school community has a lot to be excited about when reflecting on this, the last day of the school year.  If you get a chance to read what Mr. Cargianes wrote in his Principal’s Notes this week you can see just how much has been accomplished this year at Maynard High School. https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/news-and-events/principal-s-page                                                                                                                                                     
I am very proud of all of the success that I see in all of the Maynard Public Schools.  It is extremely gratifying for me to receive the many emails that I do from parents and guardians confirming what I already know; Maynard Public Schools provide a superior education in our region!
Many parents and guardians have emailed me this week about the wonderful experience their children have had this year.  Some of these correspondences even commend the entire time spent at one level of our school system (i.e. elementary, middle, or high school).  Most of the time they praise many of our staff individually including: administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, and nurses just to name a few.  The theme is often a message of personalization, programs, and growth.  The parents appreciate the personalized experience that can only be found in a small school system, they recognize our outstanding programs, and they appreciate the growth they have seen in their children.  I even had one person from a mid-west state email me that they were relocating to the Boston metro area and Maynard was one community they were considering to move to because of the progressive educational programs we offer.
While that is great feedback, we are always striving to improve.  We need to refocus our excitement from this school year and use that optimism to propel us through the school year ahead of us.  The Maynard Leadership Team (MLT) has a significant amount of proactive work that we are planning over the summer around safety and security. The staff and administration will receive professional development with the Maynard Police and Fire Departments before the school year starts and all of these town agencies will plan some coordinated events to practice what we learn.  We will also be holding a community forum on the Maynard Public School’s Bullying Plan in late August for parents and community agencies to provide input into the development of a revised plan.
Maynard is a great town and the school community has a lot to be proud of from our past achievements and excitement for the future prospects.  The future looks quite bright to me!

Maynard Farmers’ Market 
Opens June 29                                                                                           

The 2013 Maynard Community Farmers’ Market begins its season on June 29 and will run Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine, through October 5 in the Main Street parking lot (near intersection with Sudbury Street) at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. 
New vendors at the market this year include: Wheatless Bliss, cooking in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and offering full range of baked goods and granola, some of which are also dairy-free or vegan; BlueJay Greenhouses, selling hanging baskets in 10" and 12" sizes which contain mixed million bells, verbena, scaevola, and petunia as well as 4- 1/2" pots up to 12"mixed containers of gerbera daisys, new guinea impatiens, fuchsia, coleus, black & blue salvia, and potato vine;  and CamCo LLC who will offer cedar planter and railing boxes and vegetable seedlings and take orders for her custom-made PVC greenhouses, grow tents and row covers. For returning weekly vendors, Applefield Farm, Brigham Farm, and Nagog Hill Farm have produce and cut flowers; Big Sky Bakery, Cookie Lady Treats, and Hobson's Homemade are all baked goods vendors; Meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and honey will be available from Balance Rock Farm, and 3cBaking sells homemade dog biscuits.  Periodic vendors will include CupKaties, Nashoba Valley Extracts, and Farm Stand Honey as well as two artisans each week.
The market has weekly musical entertainment, children's activities, wellness demonstrations, and community information. The June 29 market will feature the first-ever Market-Season Kickoff Costume-Parade! Dress yourself, dress your baby, and dress your pooch. From simple to extravagant, all levels of costume creativity are welcome. For anyone needing costume help, a costume-creation station hosted by Aimee Ledwell of Red Shoe Arts, will be available starting at 9am. The parade will begin at 10:30am. For musical entertainment, Dan and Faith play their dream-inspired original folk music from 9-11am and from 11:15-12:45am, Sam Francis, a folk fusion singer songwriter with a New England sentiment will perform. Pathways to Wellness is at the Wellness tent.  Later in the season, look for the July 20 Chef's Day Out event which will feature a cooking demo by Chris Basile of Quarterdeck Seafoods. For more information, email: MaynardFarmersMarket@gmail.com For the latest schedule information, 'Like' Maynard Farmers' Market on Facebook.or follow us on Twitter.

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 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.

Have a safe summer starting with the Fourth of July
Go to the link titled Fireworks Safety Tips 2013:

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.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Class of 2013 College Acceptance
I cannot express how proud I am of the class of 2013.  They have been outstanding students and have left a legacy of improved achievement.  Last year, I was very proud of the fact that the state data on college attendance rates had Maynard higher than two of the four surrounding high schools in our immediate region.  This year, our college attendance rate has increased!

Of course, the class of 2013 should also be proud of themselves as many of them got accepted into their first choice colleges and the programs of their choice.  If you are interested in seeing where our students were accepted, go to this link: 


Bullying Awareness
The School Committee is working closely with the administration to review all policies and protocols to make our schools as safe and caring as we possibly can.  We will be having agenda items on each school committee agenda until this is thoroughly defined and communicated.

As we prepare for more opportunities to dialog about this issue, I may be sending some updates through these notes.  Please keep an eye out this summer for this information as we are sincerely looking for input from all constituents on the issue of bullying.

Have a safe summer starting with the Fourth of July
The summer months are a great time for rest and rejuvenation.  Unfortunately, some holidays have inherent dangers built into the festivities.  The next big holiday is the Fourth of July.  Did you know that the tip of a sparkler can be as hot as 1200 degrees?  This and other facts in regard to commercial fireworks and safety are on the attached link titled Fireworks Safety Tips 2013:


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 can be found in the Thursday, May 2, 2013 posting.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Bullying Concerns 
The Maynard Leadership Team (MLT), School Committee Chair Amy Rebecca Gay, and School Committee Member Ken Estabrook met this week to focus our energies around the bullying concern in our community.  We began identifying what policies, programs and practices are working well and where we might need to improve.  We developed a three-pronged approach to address this concern that includes examining: 1. Policies and Protocols, 2. Resources, and 3. Training and Awareness. We will continue to have this as an important agenda item at upcoming school committee meetings and are looking to assemble a Bullying Community Forum to solicit input from various stakeholders.

School Committee Member Estabrook also sent me the following link:.  

 
This link has some very good information about what schools and families can do about bullying.

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.

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.                                             

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.