Friday, March 21, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

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 new born children to 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!

Staying Connected in a Wired World:  Cyber safety and healthy online behavior Presented by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office

This presentation will be in the Auditorium, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Maynard High School 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA from 7 to 9 pm.

Many of us, including students, are using a variety of technologies every day that have truly revolutionized the way we communicate.  We all may be revealing too much information online, and our children are susceptible to cyber-bullying and online predators.

What’s a parent to do?  Join Ariana Coniglio, the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, to boost your understanding of the issues.  Ms. Coniglio has Masters in Public Health and experience working with youth groups around the issues of teen dating violence, bullying, and cyber-bullying.

The workshop will examine trends and take a practical approach to cyber safety and how to promote healthy behavior online.  Parents will be quizzed on Internet safety, given tips on protecting their children from online predators, and ideas on how to instill common sense behavior in their child’s digital life. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This presentation was made possible by collaboration between the Acton, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils.  To RSVP, please email one of the following contacts:  Acton, Nancy Sherburne at ; Maynard, Jen O’Leary at ; Sudbury, Paula Moyer at   You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

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.

SAT Preparation Support

Exciting news: We’re partnering with the College Board so that all students who want to go to college can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost.
The College Board just announced that they’re redesigning the SAT for 2016, and we’re partnering with them to make free, world-class prep materials. Know anyone preparing for the SAT? Let them know:
By spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art; interactive learning tools that give you deep practice and help you diagnose your gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you are taking the SAT in 2014/15, you can start practicing today with hundreds of previously unreleased Math, Reading, and Writing questions from real SATs and more than 200 videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question:
Our goal is nothing short of leveling the playing field for every student taking the SAT, so please help us reach as many people as possible.
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Boston College is Opening its Doors to Our Students

The Boston College's Splash program offers high school students a window into the college experience with a full-day of FREE classes created and taught by BC students. Courses range from "Battles of the Books: Popular Fiction versus Literary Fiction" to "The Biochemistry of Music" and "Investing: How to Make Money."  Our high school students will have the freedom to schedule whichever courses interest them most.  We believe that by allowing college students to share their passion for learning, they can encourage our students to find a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge.  All are welcome at BC Splash, on campus April 6th
The registration period is Wednesday March 5th to Wednesday April 2nd at:
MHS/Massachusetts Bay Community College Concurrent Courses

Juniors and seniors interested in taking a current MHS concurrent course for Massachusetts Bay Community College credit should see their counselor for a registration packet. Approved classes are AP Literature, AP Chemistry, AP US History, AP Biology, Advanced Anatomy, AP Calculus, and Honors Pre-calculus. The first course is free and additional course are at very reasonable prices for college credits.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students to improve their college applications and for parents to save money.  Contact the MHS guidance department with any questions.

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