Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard Students Start School in only 23 days!

I hope everyone is enjoying this season but are also as excited as I am to get the 2014-2015 school year started!  Even though this is the middle of our summer vacation, there are some important messages and reminders that I would like to share. 

A message from Amanda Hemm - International Student Coordinator

A number of international exchange students, who have chosen to spend this academic year at Maynard High School, will be arriving over the next month.  This is a really exciting time for the school and our community.  The students are coming to learn more about our culture but ultimately end up sharing theirs as well.  Keep an eye out for opportunities to interact with the students and welcome them to Maynard.
We are still looking for host families for three students.  Host families would welcome the student into their home and be given a stipend of $700 per month to cover expenses.  The students would need a room with a bed, dresser, and desk. If you aren’t able to commit to the year but are still interested in trying it out we are also open to “Welcome families” who would host a student for 2-4 weeks until a long term placement could be made.
If you are interested in learning more about how to become a host or welcome family please contact me, Amanda Hemm at ajelzey@hotmail.com or 617-312-7359.  You can also contact Jodi DelRazo, Regional Manager of Educatius, at 617-543-8626.

Meet our students:
Haoze (Tom) Wu, 18 years old, lives with his father, mother, and 4 year old little brother in Xian China.  Tom enjoys playing soccer, basketball and enjoys American music and films.  His dream is to become a professor and hopes that studying in another country will help him reach his dreams. He looks forward to getting a degree from MHS.
Jose Cabezas is a 14 year old from Madrid, Spain.  He will be entering the 9thgrade at MHS.  Jose lives with his father, mother and 3 older sisters (ages 25, 20, and 17). Family and friends play a key role in his life. “I would love to live in a home with younger children so I can help take care of them, children are fun and cheerful” says Jose. He loves dogs.  Jose enjoys skiing, golf, swimming and is very excited to learn about Maynard!
Julie Grape is a 16 year old from Asker Norway.  Julie has a younger brother (12) and sister (10).  She loves fashion, volleyball and spending time with family and friends.  Julie also speaks Spanish.  She wants to have a close relationship with her host family and is looking forward to spending quality time with them.  Julie’s passion is Media and she attends a media focused high school in Norway.  She looks forward to school each day and is excited to see all the opportunities Maynard High School can offer.  
Central Office Relocation Public Meeting for Community and Parent Input, August 12, 2014
Unfortunately, the Maynard Public Schools Central Office finds itself in a situation where this building cannot meet the needs of its current inhabitants without expensive major renovations and upgrades.
With the 8th grade class moving from Fowler to the new MHS there is some space available in the Fowler School for a Central Office Relocation.  At the July 24, 2014 School Committee Meeting several potential temporary and permanent locations were discussed.  
The School Committee approved the hiring of an architect to develop a feasibility study of the various options.  To be specific, the 5th grade wing and the Band room are the current areas where space has been identified.  The School Committee has had great success with Architect Brooke Trivas, of Perkins + Will, 225 Franklin Street, Boston, MA.  
Brooke and I will be hosting a meeting to explain the various options being considered and we would greatly appreciate parent and community input.  The meeting will be held at the Fowler Assembly Hall on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
Important Events and Reminders:                                                                                                      
In an effort to streamline the notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Summer Family Fun and Learning!

Free Fun Fridays are happening now!  There are still four more weeks for this opportunity available.  There are 66 museums & cultural venues that are open for free on Fridays all summer. For more information go to the following link:

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