Friday, May 9, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

2014/2015 Bus Registration

The School Committee voted at the May 1st meeting to increase bus fees to $260 for the 1st child and $215 for the 2nd child each additional child beyond 2.  Registration will be on May 19th. Forms will be available in school offices and on our website on May 16th under “Forms to Download”.  No registrations will be accepted before May 19th.  Please call Colleen Moore if you have any questions (978) 897-2222.

Maynard Community Gardeners 20th Annual Plant Sale                                                                                            
Don’t miss the best plant sale around!  MCG offers a wonderful selection of local, freshly-dug perennials, and annuals.  We’re now offering hanging baskets and annuals!  The plant sale is being held on the corner of Maple and Summer Streets on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.  For more information or to join our club, visit:

Massachusetts Bay Community College STEM Expo

Dr. Chitra Javdekar and the STEM faculty would like to invite you to MassBay’s STEM Expo. In addition, we would also like to use this opportunity to try to capture students who have not yet committed to a college to explore Mass Bay as a place where they can get their start. We also provide an affordable option for financially savvy families. We are happy to provide transportation for those who need it; just let us know as soon as you can.

Please share this event with parents/guardians, teachers, and students. We are excited to showcase the innovations and accomplishments of our current students.

For more information contact:

Marina Bograd
Assistant Professor and Chair - Engineering Dept.

Maynard Music Department Congratulations

We would like to congratulate Jeff Umbrell and Ryan Chiasson. 

Jeff Umbrell auditioned and was accepted to the All State Band. He played in Symphony Hall in Boston in March. This is a huge honor as they only accept enough musicians to make up one band, one chorus and one orchestra!

Jeff and Ryan Chiasson received another amazing musical honor last week. They were both accepted into the Sousa Bands of America New England Festival with top seats in the wind ensemble!  They will be rehearsing during April vacation with the best student musicians in New England and performing up in Maine at the culmination of the event!

 Natick Mall Summer Camp 2014

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to education, they are hosting in-store Summer Camps.

For more info about the camps’ descriptions: Natick Summer Camps
·        For ALL Camps: 10am-12pm for 8-10 ages and 1pm-3pm for ages 11-13         
·        Registrants MUST adhere to the specific age groups and designated time
·        All Summer Camps are FREE of cost
·        Registration links are live                       
·        Registration is for the ENTIRE week  for questions contact
Week 4*
Smart Photo Taking
June 23-26
Week 5
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
June 30-July 3
Week 6
Smart Movie Making
July 7-10
Week 7
Smart Photo Taking
July 14-17
Week 8
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
July 21-24
Week 9
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
July 28-31
Week 10
Smart Movie Making
August 4-7
Week 11
Smart Photo Taking
August 11-14
Week 12
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
Week 13
Smart Game Coding/Smart Game Designing
August 25-28

China Visit

Over April Vacation Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera and I had the good fortune to visit 5 cities and three schools in ten days.  It was an ambitious schedule and it felt very much like “The Amazing Race”. 

If you are interested in hearing more about the potential educational benefits of developing partnerships with schools in China, I will be presenting more information about this trip at the school committee meeting next Thursday night.

Important Events and Reminders:    
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir Upcoming Performances

Congratulations are in order for the members of the Fowler School Harmony Choir (6th & 7th grade chorus).  These students participated in the prestigious MICCA music festival on April 6th at Norwood High School.  The Harmony Choir earned a bronze medal for their performance and received high scores from judges for tone quality, technical facility, and dynamic control.
If you missed the festivals, don't worry; both of these choirs will be performing on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Fowler School Auditorium.  Mark your calendars!
SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir are both un-auditioned, after-school choruses run by FASC with support from the Maynard Music Association.  Look for new members welcome next fall.

Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family.  Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at or Claudette Rowe (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.

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