Friday, August 30, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


The First Week of School in Maynard MA

We have had a great start to the new school year.  The administrators, teachers, and paraprofessional began their week on Monday with three days of outstanding professional development.  The topics included security and safety, supporting students with diverse learning needs, differentiated instruction, technology integration, and the new evaluation system.  I cannot thank all of these professionals enough for their dedication to a continual cycle of improvement.  They are modeling lifelong learning for our school community!

In my last Superintendent’s Notes, I expressed my concern for the traditional traffic issues at the beginning and end of the school day.  As a result of the traffic we have had some busing delays. We are working on a plan to reduce these delays as early as next Tuesday afternoon.  I appreciate how patient everyone has been.  

A Message from the Athletic Director – Kevin Caruso  
                                                                                                     
Hello Everyone,

The 2013-2014 athletic season is now underway. Well over 150 athletes have been working hard since the week of August 19th. Middle school soccer also started on the first day of school.  

It starts for real next week as all the teams but football have their opening games. The first home football game is Sept. 13th. Please come out and watch our athletes compete for their league championship. The Maynard-Bromfield Tigers are led by Sean Peterson and Preston Wilkey; the Boys Soccer team is led by Ryan Fowler, Robbie Oliphant, and Jeff Gately; the Girls Soccer team is led by Isabella Gubala, Rachel Fitzgerald, and Nicole Hajek; the Golf team is led by Bailey Loughlin, and Clayton Dahill, and the Field Hockey team is led by Lindsay Egan, Kimmie Lamoureux and Erin Wesley. We also have a young and energetic Cheerleading squad led by Coach Katie Cushing.  

If you are looking for the latest up-to-date schedules, please use the following link. 

You can also sign-up for automatic notifications when last minute changes are made. 

You can also find more information about what is going on in the Athletic Department by going to the Athletics Website. 


Lastly, please check out the Fall Season Preview! 

http://www.flipsnack.com/76FC9A58B7A/ft9l7qes

GO TIGERS

Friday, August 16, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


The New Maynard High School  

Principal Caragianes and I have spent a considerable amount of time at the new Maynard High School.  We have been meeting with the contractors to make sure that the project is proceeding as it should.  We are excited for the parents and students who will have the opportunity to visit the new school during the orientations next week.

As members of the Building Committee and Construction Committee we have learned about the phased construction completion process and would like to share this with our school community.  These phases have been in the construction plan all along and do not represent a deviation or delay from what was expected.  The initial occupancy of this building is for students and staff to begin the school year on time.  However, finish work and landscaping will continue until the total project completion date of December 1, 2013.  This is why we have not yet planned the community open houses or ribbon cutting ceremony yet.

As a result of the phased completion process, we would like to identify how that will impact our first few months in school.  One example is the driveway.  There will be one driveway off of Tiger drive that will bring everyone up to the Athletic Wing Entrance of the new Maynard High School.  Because the old Maynard High School will still be in the deconstruction and landscaping phase for several months, the circular driveway in front of the building and other parking lots will not be finished until late fall.  The single parking lot that we will all be using will contain more parking spaces than the combined capacity of all the parking lots at the old Maynard High School so this will be acceptable.  However, having everyone enter through one wing of the building will obviously be an inconvenience at first compared to the optimal complete driveway design.

Internal finish work will not occur during the school day so that our students will not be distracted.  Although the finish work will ultimately affect the aesthetics of the building, the educational functionality of the building will be in place when we open.  Even in the current phase, this new Maynard High School is magnificent.                                    
                                                                  
Reminder of New School Start/End Times                                                                              

High School:  7:45a.m.-2:05p.m.                                                                                                 
Fowler:  8:05a.m.- 2:20p.m.                                                                                                           
Green Meadow:  8:30 a.m.-2:50p.m.

School Lunch Update                                                                                                                      
Due to USDA requirements on minimum lunch pricing, the school committee was advised and approved these lunch program costs for the upcoming year.

Breakfast:                                                                                                                                        

All Schools $1.50

Lunch:                                                                                                                                        

Green Meadow- $2.75                                                                                                                 

Fowler- $3.00                                                                                                                                       

High School- $3.25-$3.50

Important Events and Reminders                                                                                                          

The 2013 Maynard Farmers’ Market                                                                                                               
The 2013 Maynard Community Farmers’ Market continues through October 5 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine 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. For more information, email: MaynardFarmersMarket@gmail.com For the latest schedule information, 'Like' Maynard Farmers' Market on Facebook.or follow us on Twitter.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Maynard Public Schools will be Starting in Three Weeks :)                                                              

Summer goes by so quickly and we are already three weeks away from the start of school for students on August 29, 2013.  If you would like to print a copy of the most recent 2013-14 school year calendar, you can go on the school website under “Documents to Download” at this link and find a printable PDF:


On the Maynard Public Schools home page, under announcements (on the right side of the page), it is identified that buss passes will be mailed out the week of August 12, 2013.  Also, if you are interested in finding out about student class assignment(s) before school starts, that information can be found by contacting the school building office.  They will be able to notify you when that information will be ready and where it will be posted.

Reminder of New School Start/End Times                                                                                    

High School: 7:45a.m./2:05p.m.                                                                                             

Fowler: 8:05a.m/2:20p.m.                                                                                                   

Green Meadow: 8:30a.m./2:50p.m.

School Lunch Update                                                                                                                         

Due to USDA requirements on minimum lunch pricing, the school committee was advised and approved these lunch program costs for the upcoming year.

Breakfast:                                                                                                                                              
All Schools-$1.50

Lunch:                                                                                                                                              
Green Meadow-$2.75                                                                                                                     
Fowler-$3.00                                                                                                                                    
High School-$3.25-$3.50

Notes from the AthleticDirector                                                                                                            

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe it's August. To ensure your son/daughter is eligible to play sports please make sure to take care of the following:

1.
Current physicals
: These must be on file in the nurse's office of the school your son/daughter attends. Physicals are only good for 13 months. If your son/daughter has an appointment during the summer, please send the form to the central office at 12 Bancroft Street to my attention (Kevin Caruso), or have your son/daughter bring it to the first day of practice.

2.
Online registration
is at the following website: https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/atheletic-department/.

New this year is the one time only registration for all three sports.  Please make sure you read the Student-Athlete handbook that is located in the Athletic Forms tab.

3.
Activity fees:
Please make arrangements to pay this before the start of the season. Speak to Jeanne Ignachuck at the Maynard Public Schools Central Office at 12 Bancroft Street.  For any questions, please contact me about waivers and scholarship opportunities. All prior balances from previous years must be paid in full.


Important Dates:

August 19th:
Football/Cheerleading start date
August 22nd:
All other Sports start date.
Please contact coach for details.
August 27th:
Music and Sports BBQ, 5PM at Alumni Basketball Courts
Sept. 27/28:
Homecoming Weekend! More details to follow!

See you soon!

Kevin Caruso

 

Important Events and Reminders                                                                                                         

The 2013 Maynard Farmers’ Market                                                                                                    

The 2013 Maynard Community Farmers’ Market continues through October 5 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine 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. For more information, email: MaynardFarmersMarket@gmail.com For the latest schedule information, 'Like' Maynard Farmers' Market on Facebook.or follow us on Twitter.