Monday, March 30, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

        Light It Up Blue at Clock Tower

        On April 2nd families and friends of people who are impacted by Autism will join together in front of Clock Tower Place to watch the town clock turn blue to raise awareness of Autism in the community. Adding itself to the list of international landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, and many more, Clock Tower’s blue lights will be a symbol in Maynard that the town supports our community members who are impacted by Autism.

        Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign created by the organization Autism Speaks. The event was initiated by Maynard High School student, Jae Mannion.  In 2012 Jae along with the Whalen family of Stow raised money to pay for the plastic tube covers for the 48 lights, which light the clock every evening.  Kevin Whalen, owner of Stow Ace Hardware, has helped support Jae in his efforts.  Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children; one in 70 boys in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

        The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The organization is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

        The Community is invited to the to watch the clock turn Blue at 7:00pm on Wednesday April 2nd in front of Clock Tower Place. Following the clock lighting will be a puzzle cake party for all who attend. Global Goods will host a raffle to benefit Autism Speaks. Residents are encouraged to Light their Houses Up Blue by purchasing a blue light for their home at Stow Ace Hardware! Maynard and Stow students are encouraged to wear blue to school on April 2nd. For more information, please visit the following website Or contact Danielle Mannion at or join the Facebook Group Light It Up Blue Maynard!

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.

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 or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at

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