Friday, February 28, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

School Committee Budget Presentations

The School Committee has had several very successful meetings this week in regard to the FY15 budget.  Unfortunately this is a difficult year and we will continue to have budgetary decisions being made at every school committee meeting for the foreseeable future.  Due to having over 100 citizens in attendance at our budget community meeting, the school committee decided to have the next few regular school committee meetings at the Fowler library.  Already on the agenda for the next School Committee meeting on March 13, 2014 is a consideration to eliminate all non-mandatory transportation costs. 

In addition to their regular meetings, the School Committee Budget Subcommittee will be doing a presentation at the Board of Selectmen Meeting on Tuesday March 4, 2014.  The meeting will start at 7:00pm but the School Committee will not likely be presenting until about 8:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the Gianotis Room at Town Hall.  If the attendance is similar to the School Committee Community Budget meeting there may only be standing room.  However do not let that hinder your attendance and support of the school department budget.   

Beauty and the Beast at MHS Performing Arts Center

The first musical to be produced in the new Performing Arts Center, Beauty and the Beast, will open in just a few short weeks! The performances will be on March 15th, 16th, 21st, and, and 23rd.  The show has 80 cast members and 20 crew members.  We need to thank the community members who have been building and painting sets, selling tickets and making costumes.  Don't miss the first performance in the new MHS Performing Arts Center!

Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Booth on the following dates and times:
5:00 – 7:00 PM
6:00 – 8:00 PM
5:00 – 7:00 PM
6:00 – 8:00 PM
6:00 – 8:00 PM
9:00AM – 1:00 PM

Tickets may be purchased online via mktix:

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 -Don’t Forget to Get Tickets

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

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 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 Hope to see you there!

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