Friday, August 22, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Welcome Back to School Next Week!

The first day of school is coming next week, welcome back.  Since the first day I entered Kindergarten, I always get excited about the first day of school. Wednesday night, the outstanding staff at Maynard High School held the Annual 8th Grade Orientation for Students and Parents.  Something about getting 30 or 40 students in a room is electric!  I had fun catching up with the students and parents and just can't wait until next Thursday for that first day back to school.

International Exchange Program

Also on Wednesday, Educatious International held a Host Family Meeting.  It was a pleasure to meet the host families and I want to thank all of the host families for providing this opportunity for our community to be a cultural center in our region.  You are pioneers!

I was impressed to see the outstanding resources that the International coordinators, MaryEllen McCarthy and Amanda Hemm are providing to help this be a successful initiative.  I am excited to meet the international students and welcome them.  I am sure the rest of our school community is also looking forward to doing the same.

We still have a need for additional host families. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a host family please contact:

MaryEllen McCarthy at or 978-758-2817  
Amanda Hemm at or 617-312-7359. 

WAVM/Music/Sports BBQ

The WAVM/Music/Sports BBQ is being held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 between 6:15 and 7:45.  Our students and staff at this event would also like to invite the foreign exchange students to this event so they can learn directly from the students how wonderful these programs are.  Our students have also volunteered to give the foreign exchange students tours of the high school during that time.  The BBQ is being held on the back patio of Maynard High School.

Fall Sports

Fall Sports have already begun.  If there is any student who missed tryouts, please see Mr. Caruso.  He would like to help you.

Tiger Pride!

We have such respectful students.  I want to thank our Maynard High School Seniors.  I was included in an email between one of our outstanding students and principal Caragianes.  The seniors just wanted to know if we could renew the previous tradition of painting tiger paw prints on Tiger Drive to acknowledge our senior athletes.  This got disrupted by the new construction.  Principal Cargianes responded with a hardy "Best wishes and Go Tigers!!"

In The News

I always like to highlight the good press about Maynard Schools in the Beacon Villager and this week is no exception.  You should pick up a beacon villager at your local retailer.  The Cover Article "Change is on the Horizon" has three great quotes from three great Maynard principals! 

1. In talking about our new additional online course options for this year principal Caragianes said "It can be used as  a remediation assistant, it can help kids who are home bound with an illness or it can challenge kids...We are pretty excited to have a robust package to fill the needs people have"

2. Principal Mela said "It is all about best practice and teaching the Common Core Standards"

3. Principal Dankner said mandated changes create opportunities and followed that up with "It can be exciting to refine the curriculum, so there are lots of great opportunities".

Maynard is fortunate to have such great administrators and teachers who are focused on improving instruction!

On the 3rd page you will also see an Education Spotlight that identifies how our food service director has been providing cutting edge service for over two decades in "Maynard schools strive for the freshest food".  Also on that page are three very interesting "Meet the Teacher" profiles.

Important Events and Reminders:     
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s 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 opportunities available this weekend. For more information go to the following link:

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