Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Superintendent's Notes



Maynard High School Gets Positive Press in  eSchool News a National Publication

The article can be found at:  http://www.eschoolnews.com/current-issue/

In this article Maynard High School teacher, Jean LaBelle, is mentioned as an exemplar of digitally enhanced instruction in the very first paragraph.  Further in the article, the School Committee is recognized for their decision to fund the iPad pilot.  And in addition Maynard High School Teacher Emily Dowd is recognized as an exemplar in her role as the iPad coordinator.  This is the second time in three years that Maynard has received national recognition and it is a testament to all of the great work that happens every day in Maynard Public Schools!

Maynard High School Mock Event on Friday September 27, 2013

Friday September 27, 2013 is a half day of instruction for students.  At approximately noon time there will be safety training and drills for the school staff, police, fire, department of public works, and ambulance services. This drill will be a mock event and we do not want any one in our community to be concerned that it is anything more than training.  The purpose of this training is to test and evaluate our state of emergency readiness.  After the terrible school tragedies that have increased in recent years, we are proactively preparing for these types of events through these activities.

News from The Athletic Director’s Desk

Hi Everyone, 

Homecoming weekend is this weekend!  Come out and support Maynard Athletics as they defend Alumni stadium. On Friday night both soccer programs will face-off against Tahanto. Boys will be at 5:30pm and girls will be at 7:00pm. During the half-time of each game, Maynard Youth Soccer will recognize their players and coaches. On Saturday, in a tough non-league game, the Field Hockey team will face-off against Marlborough at 3:30PM. This game will be played on their regular field behind the high school. Then at 7:00pm, in an important league game the football team will face Narraganset.

Tickets will be sold and will be $7 for general admission for each day. Seniors and non-Maynard students will be $3.  Each ticket will get you into the two games for that particular day. 

Also, girls' and boys' youth basketball is starting up. 

On October 7th, girls will be at the high school and boys will be at Fowler. Please see the Fowler website or contact Wendy at the Boys and Girls Club.<allegrone@bgcav.org>.

November 25th at 5:00PM will be the Bonfire at the Alumni basketball courts.  Mark it on your calendar and be there! 

Kevin Caruso

The Booster Club Shoebox Fundraiser

Back by popular demand, the Maynard Boosters will be holding their semiannual Shoebox Fundraiser!  If you still have gently used shoes that need a new home, please consider donating to our cause.   Sorry, but we cannot acceptski boots, heavy winter boots, roller skates/blades, ice skates, flip-flops/crocs, bedroom slippers or single shoes. Please visithttps://shoeboxrecycling.com/ for more info.

Collections start at the HS during homecoming activities.  There will be bins in place at Alumni at the snack shack.  After Sept 30, donations may be brought to the HS, Fowler and GM lobbies.

Thank you for your support!!

The Maynard Booster Club

DON’T MISS THE 5th MAYNARD HALL OF FAME BANQUET  AND INDUCTION CEREMONY

The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame (MHSAHF) Board is excited to announce its 5th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2013, 6 PM to 11:30 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powder Mill Road, Maynard.  The past four events have been a huge success and have sold out!

At this special event, a formal induction ceremony will take place for the fifth set of inductees to the Maynard High School Hall of Fame: Steve Aulenback,  Charles D'Agata, David Duggan, Cathy Kulevich, John Lent, the Mancini Family - Black & Orange Award (Maynard Bus Service),  Peter Mariani, Sean Morgan,  Paul Shaw, Lynne Dakis Sorg, Donald Torppa and the 1970 Football Team.

It is always a great evening of celebration and a great opportunity to see friends and classmates of Maynard High School.  The festivities will include a cocktail hour (with cash bar) followed by a buffet dinner from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by the induction ceremony and ending with a social.

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $35/ea until November 15th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailing mjtbrannelly@comcast.net  or edmully@msn.com .  The board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale.  Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at http://web.maynard.ma.us/civic/mhsahf to see the list of past years' inductees.

If you know an athlete who you feel deserves to be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame at a future Induction Ceremony, please go to the website and complete a nomination form.  Additionally, donations are always greatly appreciated and may be forwarded to the MHSAHF, PO Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754.  The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) and donations are tax deductible.

Maynard Music Association at Fowler September 2013 Update

Please go to the website at www.maynardmusicfowler.org. to see the latest happenings with band
and chorus!

Website updates this week include:
Sweatshirt order forms – get yours today – the deadline is next week!
Kudos forms for the Music Programs – Congratulate your musician with a KUDO!
• Volunteer opportunities
• Practice Schedules-when to bring your instrument – UPDATED!
• Grades 6/7 Full band pieces for students to listen to & practice with
• MMA meeting schedules – October meeting dates
• 4th Grade Instrument Night
• Private Lesson Teachers
• Casino Night Volunteer opportunities
• Casino Night Grade Level Baskets (Needs) grades 5-7 – Due by Friday
• Casino Night Details and Voucher information – October 1st!
• Photos and more!!!
LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK via the link from the web page!
We need your email addresses! We are creating a bank of emails of band and chorus parent/student by graduation year. If your child or children are in band or chorus (4th graders who will be joining as well) please shoot us an email with an update even if you think we already have it at: brenda@maynardmusicfowler.org or bonnie@maynardmusicfowler.org

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.

MAYNARD Council on Aging Announcement 
The Council on Aging Monthly Business Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall, 195 Main Street, Room 201..  This is an Open Meeting.
The Maynard Board of Health Senior Flu Vaccination Clinic will be provided on Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the COA Drop-In Center, in the Fellowship Hall of the Union Congregational Church on Main Street.
Seniors’ Ice Cream Social:  On Tuesday morning, October 22, an Ice Cream Social will be held at the COA Drop-In Center.  Please call Joan Meakin at 978-897-2687 for information about the time and to reserve a place at the Social.
NOTE:  The November Council on Aging meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013, Town Hall, Room 201, 10 AM
Trips to WalMart and Solomon Pond Mall will resume soon.  For further information contact David Hull, COA Dispatcher, at 978-897-1032. 
Thank you.
Marcia Curren, Director                                                                                                                    Maynard Council on Aging
More Details can be found on the September 19th blog

An Invitation from the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
SEPAC invites you to attend an Update on Special Education in Maynard, presented by Jill Greene, Director of Special Education in Maynard. The presentation will take place on October 7, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm.
This event is free and open to the public and we encourage both parents and educators to attend. Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.
More Details can be found on the September 19th blog

Maynard Downtown Spruce-up on Sunday, September 29, 2013
If you are part of a non-profit or community group that would like to become involved, please email RevitalizeMaynard@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RevitalizeMaynard

More Details can be found on the September 12th blog.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Superintendent's Notes

School Committee agenda includes a presentation on Anti-Bullying presentations

Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea of the “Social Success in Schools” initiatives will be attending the September 26th school committee meeting.  They will be presenting a summary of the information they provide during their presentations to students, parents, teachers, and administrators.  They provide great information to help student understand social skill issues and how to deal with those issues when they reach the bullying standard.  They also help us to have a common vocabulary around social issues and bullying.  Feel free to come to our meeting as a preview of the full presentations that will be scheduled in our schools this year. 

MAYNARD Council on Aging Announcement 

The Fiscal Year 2014 COA Line Dancing program started on Thursday, September 19.  Lessons will be held every Thursday, from mid-September to mid or late May 2014, at the Concord Street Circle Common Room.  There will be a Beginners’ class is 1:30 PM to 2 PM, and a class for dancers with some experience is from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM, but all are invited to join in.  Please wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.  Ellen AuClair, a professional line dance teacher, will conduct the classes.  This is a free program sponsored by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

NOTE:  The Council on Aging Monthly Business Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall, 195 Main Street, Room 201.  Three speakers are planned: Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator; Eric Smith, Town Planner; and Kevin Caruso, Director of the Maynard High School Athletic Department. The business meeting will follow.  This is an Open Meeting.

The Maynard Board of Health Senior Flu Vaccination Clinic will be provided on Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the COA Drop-In Center, in the Fellowship Hall of the Union Congregational Church on Main Street. There is no charge for this service, but please bring your Medicare and/or other Insurance cards.

Seniors’ Ice Cream Social:  On Tuesday morning, October 22, an Ice Cream Social will be held at the COA Drop-In Center.  Please call Joan Meakin at 978-897-2687 for information about the time and to reserve a place at the Social. The usual Drop In activities will also be available.  There is no charge for the Social or for visiting the Drop In which is supported by a Grant from MA Elder Affairs.

NOTE:  The November Council on Aging meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013, Town Hall, Room 201, 10 AM.  The Minuteman Senior Services SHINE counselors will make a special annual presentation on Medicare.  They will explain the benefit and coverage changes which will occur in December 2013.  This is a very important and informative meeting, and we urge all Seniors to attend this meeting.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.  This is an Open Meeting.
Trips to WalMart and Solomon Pond Mall will resume soon. 

For further information contact David Hull, COA Dispatcher, at 978-897-1032. 

Thank you.
Marcia Curren, Director                                                                                                                    Maynard Council on Aging

An Invitation from the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend an Update on Special Education in Maynard, presented by Jill Greene, Director of Special Education in Maynard. The presentation will take place on October 7, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm.

This event is free and open to the public and we encourage both parents and educators to attend. 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://SEPAC.maynardschools.org.

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.

Maynard Downtown Spruce-up on Sunday, September 29, 2013
If you are part of a non-profit or community group that would like to become involved, please email RevitalizeMaynard@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RevitalizeMaynard

More Details can be found on the September 12th blog.

Exciting 16th Annual Maynard Road Race
to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

For additional information or to have an application sent to you, please leave a message at 978-461-2871 or 978-764-5279.  Applications are also available at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard or by visiting www.onyourmarxracing.com  Take advantage of the on-line registration. 

More Details can be found on the September 6th blog.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Student enrollment analysis and the location of third grade in FY15

When Maynard High School was planned as a school with grades 8 through 12, the logic was that third grade would be able to move from Green Meadow to Fowler.  We postponed that move for this year to reduce the transitional issues that would be required as we opened the new high school. 

At last week's school committee meeting, I explained that I would form a committee to analyze the data around the location of the third grade for next year (FY15).  I would like parent, teacher, and administrator representation on this committee.  Any parents or community members who would like to participate are welcome. Please email me or call my office if you are interested.

At that meeting I also identified one financial barrier to moving the third grade: we reduced our budget this year by $34,000 by equalizing the bus runs with the current student populations at Fowler and Green Meadow.  Moving the third grade to Fowler would cause an imbalance in student population and would increase the need for another full bus.  This would increase our budget by over $40,000 next year.

As I have been proactively examining student enrollments, I have noticed another concern with moving any grades next year.  Our student enrollments are increasing significantly at all three levels: Maynard High School, Fowler, and Green Meadow.   Anecdotally I attribute this to Maynard's investment in a 21st century high school and quality 21st century instruction in all of the schools.  However, instead of relying on my intuition, I plan on having an independent outside enrollment projection performed through the New England Development Council (NESDEC). I will also look for better demographic projections as well. 

When I first came to Maynard two years ago, one concern was that our district was too small to be efficient.  We hoped that the new high school would retain students in the district so that we could maximize our services in the Maynard Public Schools, leverage an economy of scale, and keep state tuition in Maynard.   These enrollment increases are evidence that we are accomplishing this goal.

Being frugal, I have made every effort to hold independent audits of systems and reduce inefficiencies while increasing services.  I assure you that the Maynard Public Schools will not repeat the maintenance mistakes of the past.  We now have a facilities manager who oversees the regular maintenance of the buildings, we have sufficient custodial staff to clean and make minor repairs, and we have long-term plans in place for each building.   This staffing and planning is aimed at using each building to its maximum life span.  We will maximize the use of each building with these increased class sizes to be as prudent as possible. 

Fowler Back to School Picnic for Grades 4 & 5

There will be a back to school picnic on Tuesday September 10th from 6 to 7 pm at Fowler.  Bring your family, pack a dinner, and enjoy the music from WAVM!  If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will move the picnic indoors, so don't let that stop you!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, please "like" our "Fowler School PTO" page on Face book to keep up with what's going on!

Thanks so much,
Sue Hines & Justine St. John, Fowler PTO Co-Chairs

Exciting 16th Annual Maynard Road Race
To Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Mark your calendar for the upcoming 16th Annual Maynard 5KRun/2M Walk Road Race on Saturday, September 21, 2013. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.  This is always a terrific family event with people coming from many different communities!  The exciting newer race route has made the event even more exciting! The very popular Kids Race will be part of this year's event again!

The 1M Kids Race, for children 4-11 years old, will begin at 10:00 AM, with the same start and finish of the larger races.  All participants will receive a running number, be timed and will receive a medal. They will also have snacks at the end of the race.  Entry fee is $7/ea.

The 5K Run/2M Walk Races will begin at 11:00 AM sharp on Summer Street across from Memorial Park! Registration for these races will take place from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 52 Nason Street, Maynard.  There will also be kid activities and music to enjoy prior to the races.

Medals will be awarded for the top male/female overall and top three finishers male and female in all categories: junior/high school/open/sub-master/master/senior/super senior/senior max. Entry fees are $25 in advance or $30 day of the race.

The race route will start and end in Maynard Center, winding through the streets of Maynard.  An awards ceremony will take place following the races.

Following the races, stay in Maynard Center to enjoy food and drinks from participating restaurants and specials from Maynard businesses. 

For additional information or to have an application sent to you, please leave a message at 978-461-2871 or 978-764-5279.  Applications are also available at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard or by visiting www.onyourmarxracing.com  take advantage of the on-line registration. 

Walking information for Green Meadow Students attending the Boy’s and Girl’s Club

This year the Maynard Public Schools was able to provide some transportation to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club on buses 1 and 3.  The Boy’s and Girl’s Club Staff have volunteered to start walking any students wishing to participate including the Green Meadow students assigned to Buses 2 and 4 after school to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club starting soon.  Please call Wendy Allegrone to register at 978-461-2871.

Bus Information

Bus #4 for the High School and Fowler students will reverse the route on the way home starting Monday, September 9. Bus #4 for Fowler will start the route at 6:55 a.m.

Good Press                                                                                                                                              

If you get a chance, please read the September 5th edition of the Beacon Villager news paper.  On Page A3 there are some excellent Meet the Teacher and a Meet the Principal articles.  What I loved most about all of the comments was the commonality in their answers to the question “What attracted you to the Maynard School system?”   Fowler Assistant Principal Carrie Duff best summarized it in her response “I was looking for a small school district with a strong culture of supporting students and meeting their individual needs.”

There are some wonderful pictures of the first day of school on Page A4 and on B1 and B6 is a great article about the Maynard Bromfield Tigers Football Team!  Go Tigers!