Friday, January 16, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard High School Safety and Security

In an effort to keep our school community fully informed, I am providing the link to today's press release from District Attorney Marrian T. Ryan's office, at:

I was pleased to read the following quote from Maynard Police Chief Dubois:
"We appreciate the close partnership with the school official's in helping us to act on this reported threat so quickly." 

I would like to add that the school administration appreciates the support we receive from the Police, Fire and all of the Town of Maynard Departments.  Maynard is a wonderful town and we solve our problems collaboratively!

Maynard High School Music Accolades

This week five students from MHS will be performing at the Sr. District music festival. They were accepted by audition among hundreds of area music students. These talented musicians are: Helen Gerondeau-french horn, Jeff Umbrell-trumpet, Grace Wilson-trombone, Sam Jones-tenor voice, Karima Haddouch-soprano voice. This is a huge accomplishment-there is no differentiation made between school size--just who performed the best.

Next week, Jeff and Grace earned the right (via how highly they scored) to audition for All-State, and the following weekend, we have 6 MHS 8th graders auditioning for Jr. Districts.

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.

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors

The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at or 978-897-0650.

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