Thursday, February 6, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Snow Day Apology

I humbly apologize for the multiple school cancellation messages that went out Tuesday night for the snow day.  

I have not yet mastered the technology to send out one message to all staff and families but I continue to learn what not to do.  I hope that I am less like Payton Manning under pressure and can be more like Tom Brady.

I am embarrassed to admit that the message that went out at 12:30am was set to go out at 9:30pm.  Unfortunately I accidentally set it for 9:30 pm pacific time which resulted in a delivery at 12:30 am eastern time.  The other messages resulted from other program template factors.

My goal for the future will be to have one message go out between 5:00am to 6:30am or 6:00pm to 8:30 pm on evenings when the call is obvious.  Again, I am sorry for any inconvenience that the late calls may have incurred and will do my best to prevent that from happening in the future.

The MathCounts Competition
Fowler students participated in the MathCounts ( competition on Saturday, February 2nd at the Meadowbrook School in Weston.  More information on the competition can be found on the following link:

Seven Fowler Math Club participants from the seventh grade attended.  In the team competition were Charlie Neuhauser, Michael Boyle, Lauren Roche, Max Ludwig.  Individual competitors from Fowler were Michael Barilone, Caitlyn O'Leary, Lucas Koskinen.  Mr. Sinopoli is optimistic that we can continue to complete in this yearly event and foster participation in other math activities for our students.  

Mr. Mark Sinopoli is the Math Club coach and Mr. Drew Prozeller is the assistant coach.  They have 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders who attend Math Club on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30. There are about 20 students regularly attending.  A few more students drop in as their schedule permits.  There are no requirements to come to the club meetings.

During these sessions this year, they have worked on topics such as:  Problem Solving, Cryptography, The Game of Nim, Tetracubes, Pentacubes, and Figurate Numbers.  In the future, topics will include the Mathematics of solving a Rubiks' cube, the Sierpinski Triangle, the Mathematics of Knots, and much more.

There are several goals that they have during math club which include how to explain mathematical ideas, developing strategies for finding general rules for patterns, making connections between verbal, numeric, graphic, and algebraic representations, and optimizing strategies in competitive games.  All activities tie in to the Common Core State Standards of Mathematical Practice and are accessible by students in all grades and at all levels of mathematical proficiency.  They spend some time refining communication about mathematics as students are encouraged to explain their reasoning when solving problems in a risk free setting.

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 Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 12th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 2, 2014, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Shoot the Cat" and raffle/silent auction prizes. Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $5/child 5 and under, $10 ages 6-12 by calling Jim McCann (978) 897.3148, Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators. Our goal is to create funds that will allow MEF to provide annual grants to teaching professionals. As we begin our 13th year, we have raised over $200,000 and have awarded grants totaling in excess of $140,000 to Maynard educators. These grants have been utilized for Innovation and Discovery endeavors that benefit Maynard children in the classroom. We specifically look for grants that will not only benefit the immediate children within a specific class but will become self-sustaining and benefit a much broader audience for years to come. It is crucial that our students be supported to increase their competitive advantage so they are prepared for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza. Each year, it becomes more successful. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation! Visit our website at

The American Legion and Auxiliary invite you to participate in:
The Boys State and Girls State Selections

This is an opportunity for Maynard High School students in the junior class.  The American Legion and Auxiliary invite you to participate in the Massachusetts Boys State and Girls State selection process. Each year American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units sponsor one or more high school juniors for the Boys State and Girls State citizenship program. This is a unique opportunity for young men and women from Maynard High School and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School to gather for a fun-filled week of exploring how our government works.

For more information about Boys and Girls State see the flyer posted on our website at:

1 comment:

  1. LOL- better lots of messages than no messages!