Friday, June 13, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



MCAS & PARCC Information Night

This week, several School Committee members brought to my attention concerns they had heard from our community about the state assessments next year.  They felt it would be good for me to provide an informational night since there is quite a bit of confusion about the states field testing process and the differences between MCAS and PARC.

While I initially thought about scheduling this information night with at least a weeks notice, I realized that many folks will have plans immediately after the last day of school on Thursday June 19th.  Therefore, I think it will be prudent to hold this informational night on Wednesday June18, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Coolidge School conference room to provide the opportunity for maximum attendance.  

Summer Family Fun and Learning!

Free Fun Fridays is back.  66 museums & cultural venues are open for free on Fridays all summer. For more information go to the following link:


Sign up for Club Invention this summer
Club Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The hands-on, immersive activities allow students to be young inventors, and do the kinds of things that Hall of Fame Inventors did when they were kids.
In an effort to excite students from Kindergarten up to grade 5 about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the Maynard Public School’s FASC/EXCEL Program has decided to run a Camp Invention in Maynard during the week of July 28 through August 1.  We have already filled up one full class and are looking to fill another. 
Please share these video links with your child to show them some of the activities they could be involved in if they join Maynard’s Camp Invention this year:


In addition, you can learn more about Camp Invention at this link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/CampInvention
Girls and boys will enjoy this unique summer experience, instructed by Maynard teachers.  I know because my daughter and six of her friends participated in Club Invention at their school last summer and absolutely loved it!

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.

Student Work Permits

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office enforces Massachusetts child labor laws, including work permit laws, aimed at keeping young workers safe.  We have learned through the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program that 25% of Massachusetts teens injured at work do not have work permits for their jobs at the time of injury.  The work permit plays an important role in keeping young people safe at work.
With summer fast approaching, if your son or daughter is looking for a job and intending to get a work permit, please read this important information from the Attorney General’s Office on our website.


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 Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (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 www.mass.gov/agr. 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.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Superintendent's Notes




 Sign up for Club Invention this summer

Club Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The hands-on, immersive activities allow students to be young inventors, and do the kinds of things that Hall of Fame Inventors did when they were kids.
In an effort to excite students from Kindergarten up to grade 5 about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the Maynard Public School’s FASC/EXCEL Program has decided to run a Camp Invention in Maynard during the week of July 28 through August 1.  We have already filled up one full class and are looking to fill another. 
Please share these video links with your child to show them some of the activities they could be involved in if they join Maynard’s Camp Invention this year:

In addition, you can learn more about Camp Invention at this link:

Boys AND girls will enjoy this unique summer experience, instructed by Maynard teachers.  I know because my daughter and six of her friends participated in Club Invention at their school last summer and absolutely loved it!

 June 8:  Plant a Butterfly Garden!
To earn our bronze award, Maynard Girl Scout Troop 72620 will be planting a butterfly garden at Coolidge Playground and we would love your help!  We want this to be a fun, inter-generational event and are inviting all Maynard residents to join us on Sunday, June 8 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Coolidge Playground (corner of Parker and Elmwood Streets).  Rain date is June 15, same time.  
Just bring a shovel, rake or watering can, as well as your enthusiasm.  You’ll have the opportunity to plant butterfly plants, create a meandering pathway, water plants, spread mulch, or clean up litter.  We will also have a limited supply of decorative stepping stones on hand that you can buy and paint!  We’ll have plenty of ice-cold lemonade and water on hand to quench your thirst.  No need to RSVP, just join us.
For more information, please contact our troop leaders Patty Crossland at 978-461-5911 or Patricia.Crossland@gmail.com.  Or, Linde Ghere at 978-201-0183 or LAGhere@gmail.com

From the Athletic Director’s Desk

Hi Everyone, 

It is hard to believe that another sports season is in the books. Please check my website under the awards tab for this year's award winners.

A special congrats to all the teams and players for a great year. 

However, for athletes, as one season ends another one begins. 

The 2014-2015 Mandatory Sports Information Night will be held on Tuesday, June 10th @ 6:45 @ the Fowler Auditorium. Fall sports meetings will be held after the general session. 

Information regarding the Summer Strength and Conditioning Camp can be found at the following link. 



Thanks to everyone in the Maynard community for their support throughout the year! 

Come out and support the Maynard High School Class of 2018 during Restaurant Week!

Papa Gino’s
Route 117 – Great Road Shopping Plaza, Stow
Phone: (978) 897-9101
Website: https://www.papaginos.com/
Dine in or order take out from Papa Gino’s on Sunday, June 8th between 12pm and 9pm! Papa Gino’s will generously donate 20% of your total purchase to The Class of 2018.
                 
                  How do you participate?  It’s so simple! All you need to do is get some great food and bring a Maynard flyer with you!  In an effort for the restaurants to provide you with the best service and to get the flyer needed to identify this fundraiser, please RSVP to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us by Tuesday, June 3rd to provide the restaurants with a sense of guest numbers. However, RSVP is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this event.

* Any guest participating with this flyer may not redeem additional coupons.

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.

Honor your Child's Teacher by Giving a Teacher Tribute this Year

Looking for a unique end-of-year gift for your child's teacher that makes a difference? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher (s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in their name to the Maynard Education Foundation. (The amount of your donation will remain confidential.)

Proceeds from the Teacher Tribute program benefit MEF's grant program that enables teachers to pilot innovative programs, participate in professional development activities, and enrich our schools' curriculum.

To make a donation, please mail a check and the following form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 OR donate online at www.maynardeducation.org and make a note of the name (s) of the teachers you would like to honor.

Thank you for participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program!
___________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT:  The deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 6, 2014.  Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.                  

MEF Teacher Tribute Donation.  I/we will support the MEF Teacher Tribute Program with a gift of:

$100             $75               $50               Other $______

Honoree’s Name/School: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Your Name:

 ___________________________________________________________________________

Your Address: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Please print your name as you wish to be acknowledged in the letter to your honoree, (i.e. the Smith Family):

 ___________________________________________________________________________
  
This gift should remain anonymous in honoree letter and in any donor recognition

This gift should remain anonymous for donor recognition purposes only, (your name will still be given to your honoree).  To receive periodic e-newsletters from MEF, please provide your e-mail address: 
 ___________________________________________________________________________

Please mail checks to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or

Donate online at www.maynardeducation.org.

 Maynard Education Foundation *  PO Box 89, Maynard, MA  01754 *  mefgrants@gmail.com

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 Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (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 www.mass.gov/agr. 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.