Friday, February 13, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Boys Basketball Tournament


Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team  The boys' regular season record is 16-3 and they once again went undefeated in the league for their second consecutive league championship. They will play in the Clark Tournament over vacation. Due to the snow, the schedule might change, stay tuned in! 

Maynard High School Principal’s Coffee

The Maynard High School principal’s coffee that was originally slated for this past Monday was snowed out.  This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 3rd at 7:00pm in the High School Media Center.  I am looking forward to attending and discussing matters of interest at Maynard High School and across the district.  Please join us!

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.

Digital Learning Parent School Community Forum

We are planning to hold an evening forum about digital learning for parents and community members on Wednesday, February 25th, at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library.  A District Technology Committee (Digital Learning) has been meeting since this fall.  Members hope to write a five year plan to present to the Maynard School Committee for their consideration.  Before beginning a draft of the plan, members want to inform parents of what they are doing.  More importantly, we would like to receive feedback on our efforts.  

We have also contracted with a well-respected firm, Bright Bytes, to help us gather data. Teachers and students (from third grade on) have been completing a brief survey,  We cordially invite parents to participate in the survey by going to www.BByt.es and entering the following access codes: for Green Meadow: 946AP; for Fowler BE97P; and for Maynard High School 8J2VP.  Since the survey only takes five minutes, you may wish to complete a survey for each child.  If time constraints won't allow this, please consider completing a survey for your eldest child.

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a weeklong, nationally-acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities.  Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers.  This summer at Camp Invention, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!

Where: Fowler School
When:  July 27-31 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Director:  Sharon Drozen
Register:  Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention

13th Annual Taste of Maynard

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $161,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com during the year, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!

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 sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

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