Friday, February 14, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



Congratulations to the Staff and Students of Maynard High School

This week Principal Caragianes received a letter and certificate from the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.  This is what the letter said:

Dear Principal--

Your school was one of only 48 schools across the Commonwealth that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recognized for its high achievement, high progress, and/or narrowing of proficiency gaps. Congratulations on this noteworthy accomplishment. My hope is that your school will serve as a model to schools statewide and that you will continue to make strides to ensure that all students are prepared for success at the next level.

Enclosed you will find a certificate of achievement. Please extend my congratulations to your entire school community--from administrators to educators, staff, parents and most of all, students--on this outstanding accomplishment.

I wish you continued success.

Sincerely.

Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Principal Caragianes has already displayed the certificate and he and I are telling everyone we can about this momentous achievement.  I am excited that this acknowledgement from the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education is more evidence that the Maynard Public Schools are providing a superior education!

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate the students, staff and administration for all of their hard work.  Over the last several years, I have been amazed by their commitment and devotion to our school and greater community.  I am so proud of all of you.

You're invited to a Celebration of Maynard Schools

Save the Date! On Saturday, March 29th, 10 AM to 11:30 AM, everyone is invited to join in a Celebration of Maynard Schools at Maynard High School, Tiger Drive. This exciting event is being presented thanks to collaboration between Maynard Public Schools, Maynard Education Foundation, Maynard Family Association and the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
From 10 - 10:30 AM, tours of Maynard High School will be conducted by Maynard High School Students. From 10:30 - 11 AM, there will be a presentation for parents that will highlight the wonderful, competitive offerings being provided by the Maynard Public Schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. From 11-11:30 AM, refreshments will be served and parents will have an opportunity to ask follow up questions of Maynard school professionals and receive additional information about the specific schools.

Bring your kids! Childcare will be available at this amazing event for children ages 2+. The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley's professional staff and Maynard High School students and teachers will offer this service free of charge. Toddler/pre-school aged children will be engaged in a classroom set up just for the little ones. The gymnasium will offer structured games and activities for children in grades K+. For more information on childcare or to sign your child(ren) up, please contact Wendy Allegrone-Leslie at allegrone@bgcav.org. Reservations are greatly appreciated for planning purposes.

Although new residents and parents of children ages 0-grade 4 are especially encouraged to attend this information packed event, we hope that all residents, young and old, will take advantage of this opportunity to come and learn more about Maynard Public Schools.
Schools are the heart of every community and this is an opportunity to learn all that Maynard's schools have to offer! Questions about the event may be directed to mefgrants@gmail.com Hope to see you there!

MHS Parking/Decal/Fees Q&A

I have received several questions from parents and students  about Student Parking/Decals/Fees at Maynard High School.  I thought that it would be a good idea to provide this Q&A for the whole school community.

1.  Why do we have parking passes when we have plenty of parking spaces with the new building?

Over a decade ago, the State of Massachusetts gave schools the authority to charge fees for student activities/sports and parking as a way to help supplement the costs.  Most school districts adopted the fee system and Maynard did as well. 

Student parking/decals/and fees have never been associated with availability in our lots.  Even with the new High School, we actually do not have an abundance of space but we do have adequate space.  We have designated spaces for visitors, staff, and students.  At this time of year when the snow piles restrict parking in some places the availability does get a little tighter.  

2. How much are the Parking/Decal/Fees?

The fee in Maynard is $30 for the full year of parking and it is prorated to $15 for a half year of parking.  We prorate the fee because some students receive their license or get a car midway after the first semester.

Maynard activity and parking fees have not been raised since instituted over a decade ago and are modest in comparison to our four neighboring high schools.  For example, these are the comparisons for parking fees:

Maynard $30.
Hudson $75.
Nashoba $75.
Acton-Boxborough $200.
Lincoln-Sudbury $300.

3. Where does the money go?

All monies collected at the school level must go into a student activities account to be used only for the benefit of students.  Often time other fundraisers that take place in the school go into this account and we usually most associate this account with the Principals ability to use the funds for good deeds like scholarships to field trips or even clothing for those members of our community who could use the help.  The account manager does keep a separate line for the parking monies. 

4.  Why do we need to have decals on the cars?

Decals are a good identifier that helps the administration determine if all cars are in the correct lots.  Even in schools that do not have a fee, parking decals are used for security purposes.

5.  What are the penalties associated for not parking in a correct location or parking without a decal?

The rules regarding student parking/decals/fees are described in depth in the Student Handbook.  There are also examples of the potential consequences which include towing of vehicles as well as various levels of loss of privileges.  You can find a PDF version of the student handbook at this link:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/about-us/student-handbook

If you have any more questions regarding other policies or procedures, I would always recommend that you speak to the administration at the school as a first step. 

Green Meadow School News: 

In an on-going effort to bring awareness of being a contributing part of a global community, today the faculty and students at Green Meadow School wore their pajamas to school and presented to Mary Brannelly of the Maynard Food Pantry over 200 pairs of pajamas.

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.

12th ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD

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 www.maynardeducation.org. 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 www.maynardeducation.org.

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:



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