Friday, March 6, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

The Green Meadow 2nd Grade Hoops-A-Thon 

The Green Meadow PTO looks forward to this event every year to watch the 2nd graders show off their shooting skills in the GM gym while pledging for the Grace Vernal Pool Study.  These dribblers are raising funds for the 2015/2016 second-grade class, who will get to participate in the year-long hands-on study with habitat naturalists from Mass Audubon. Students learn about natural wonders in the classroom and get to see how the school’s vernal pool grounds change throughout the seasons. This memorable and educational experience for students is made possible through the funds that the GM PTO raises.

Please help these Hoops-A-Thoners reach this year’s goal of fully funding this $4,000 program, by pledging for a current 2nd grader, or send a check to the GM school made out to GM PTO, in an envelope marked GM PTO Vernal Pool.

Your contribution is tax deductible and the entire amount will be used directly for this unique interactive program at our school.

A message from Kevin Caruso, Maynard Athletic Director

Hi Everyone,

Despite all the snow we had, the winter regular season schedule was relatively unharmed and is now complete.  Here are some highlights.
The boys varsity basketball team finished their regular season 16-3. For the second year in a row, they went undefeated in their league and won the league championship. They qualified for both the Clark Tournament and the MIAA Basketball Tournament. They went  1-1 in the Clark Tournament, beating a good Douglas team and lost to Sutton, the two-time defending Clark Champion.  They earned a 4th seed in the MIAA tournament and
played Douglas on Tuesday night. They had a rough start, but didn't quit and came back to make it a game! 

This year the boys program was lucky to have a JV and freshman team. Both teams were young and improved a lot over the course of the season. The JV team was  15-4, only losing to Nashoba, Hopedale and Littleton. The freshman team which played all 9th grade teams, but consisted of mostly 8th graders,  finished 6-8 after starting 0-4.

The middle school boys team was very competitive and worked hard every day. Even though this young group only won 2 games, they never got discouraged and always had a positive attitude on and off the court. This is a great group of kids with tons of potential and should be a great season next winter. The future looks bright for the Maynard Basketball Program. 

The girls varsity basketball team finished 6-14. Needless to say, they had a challenging year, but in the end, I think it was a great learning experience for all who were involved. The team was led by senior captain, Anabelle Dentino, and junior captain, Shannon Smith. The expectation is that the underclassman will work hard in the off-season to improve their game. Basketball is definitely a sport that needs constant practice in order to improve. The JV team worked hard and will also be expected to work on their skills in the off-season.

The girls middle school team won four games, but only lost their games by 8 points or less. They remained competitive all season and were dedicated to constant improvement.
We also had a few student-athletes compete in hockey for Assabet and Wrestling for Nashoba. A summary for those performances will come out with the awards news when I get the information from their coaches.

Jake Kennedy took 3 in the state tournament and Ronan Ball took 2nd place at the State tournament.  Jake Kennedy took 7th and Ronan Ball won the All-State tournament  Friday at Salem High School.  Ronan also won outstanding wrestler in MA and will wrestle in the New England's Friday night in North Andover.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, March 11th: Winter Sports Ceremony, 6:45pm ,  FOWLER AUDITORIUM
Monday, March 16th: High School Spring Sports Start (7-12, Track)/(8-12, Baseball/Softball)/ (8-12, Co-op boys Lacrosse) and (8-12, Co-op girls Rugby)
Monday, March 30th: 7th/8th grade baseball/softball starts 

Maynard High School Principal’s Coffee

The Maynard High School principal’s coffee that was slated for this past Tuesday was snowed out for a second time.  This event has been rescheduled to coincide with the MHS PTO meeting on Thursday March 19rd 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!

Bye Bye Birdie" to be Performed at Maynard High School

Maynard High School is proud to present “Bye Bye Birdie”, the popular ‘50s musical, next month. “Bye Bye Birdie” is the story of Albert, a songwriter and manager of Conrad Birdie, a famous rock star, who makes girls and women of any age swoon! Kim, a teen girl from Sweet Apple, OH, is chosen to be the lucky recipient of Conrad’s last, much-publicized kiss before he heads off to war.  Chaos ensues! Kim’s boyfriend is upset, her girlfriends are hysterical and Albert’s long-suffering fiancée Rose is at war with his overbearing mother!

The talented cast and crew consist of over 50 students from MHS and the Fowler School.  The students have poured hours of their time and effort into rehearsals in order to present this fabulous musical for the enjoyment of the Maynard community and are excited about their contribution to the performing arts in our town.

Performances will be as follows: Saturday, March 14 at 7:00PM; Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March  22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online and at scheduled times at the Maynard High School Box Office. 

Thanks so much
Cindy and the cast and crews and BBBirdie!

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

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