Monday, February 23, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

SEPAC Presentation on 3/2/15 "Social competence is more than you think"

The world of friendships is a socially-complex, ever-changing fluid environment that often eludes our children with special needs. In this presentation, Dot Lucci will present information on social and emotional development, social skills and social thinking and how if all of these are in-synch social competence is achieved.  Social competence allows children to initiate, maintain and sustain peer relationships that can develop into friendships.  Please join us on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 for this presentation to parents and educators of all students of all ages.   Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at jenniferoleary1@verizon.net or 978-897-2705 if you plan to attend.

Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who brings over 30 years of experience in special education and psychology.  She has an advanced degree from the University of Massachusetts and is certified as a school psychologist. She has extensive background in neuropsychology while at the Boston University Medical School. She holds teaching certificates in early childhood, elementary and special education. Ms. Lucci has numerous publications in the field and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE). She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School at Lesley University and Antioch College.  Ms. Lucci is currently consulting in the Maynard Public Schools.

Coolidge Re-use Task Force Forum

Please come to a facilitated discussion to get ideas for the future of the historic Coolidge School.
Saturday February 28th, 10 am - Noon.  Roosevelt Room, Maynard Library

The Coolidge School has served Maynard for more than 100 years.  In December the school's main tenant, The Maynard Public Schools Administration, vacated the building.  Now the town must decide what to do with Coolidge - use it for a community need, sell it, or tear it down.
This forum is hosted by the Coolidge Re-use Task Force, a committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to study  the options and make recommendations to the board.  As a first step, we really want to hear from the community!

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.

Maynard High School Principal’s Coffee

The Maynard High School principal’s coffee that was originally slated for February 9th was snowed out.  This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 3rd at 7:00 pm 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!

Camp Invention is coming to Maynard!

The Camp Invention program is a week long, 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 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
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!


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