Thursday, April 2, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

        Boys and Girls Club After School and Summer Program Jobs

        The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley seeks candidates for several positions at the Club’s after school and summer programs. Applicants must be enthusiastic, creative, industrious, responsible, punctual, and resourceful and have a genuine passion for working with children.

        After School Program Staff
        The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley is seeking energetic candidates for an after school program staff position for the Beyond the Bell Boys and Girls Club after school program. Beyond the Bell is an after school drop in program servicing students in Grades K-8. This position is responsible for facilitating, organizing and overseeing activities for school age children of all ages and learning abilities in the club areas such as the gym, game room, technology center, homework room and play room. Specialized skills in organizing sports, games and other activities desired. Candidates must be able to work well with all age groups. Experience working with school age children is preferred, but willing to train candidates who possess a positive, upbeat attitude, desire to learn and a passion for working with children. First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain such certifications) is preferred. The ability to be a team player is a must. Candidates must be willing to submit to an all criminal (CORI)) background check. This is a part time position and the scheduled work days can be flexible, however candidates should be able to work a minimum of 2 days a week (M – F) 2:00-6:00 p.m. Optional additional hours will be available on Maynard Early release days and for programs which run during school vacation periods.

        Head Counselor for Summer Program
        The Boys and Girls Club seeks Head Counselors for our Full and Half Day Summer Programs. Candidates would report to the Program Director and will be responsible for assisting in planning and implementing varied summer recreation programs for children. Candidate is immediately responsible for the children’s safety, participation, and overall enjoyment of the programs.

        Head Counselor Responsibilities:
        · Directs groups of children in a manner that promotes safe behaviors and improves the quality of the children's interaction with one another.
        · Participates and encourages participants to partake in all activities with their groups, making programs fun for their groups, teaching skills, providing encouragement and support, etc.
        · Serves as a role model to young children by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct.
        · Supervises and guides CIT’s assigned to group.
        · Responsible for campers' safety; on the bus, on a trip, at activities, and during transitions.
        · Reports any accident to proper camp personnel.
        ·Takes accurate attendance of campers daily.
        · Provides Program Directors with all items necessary for employee file.
        · Is attentive to and follow administrative notices defining program procedures and routines. · Attends and passes preseason CPR and First Aid course.
        · Demonstrates teamwork.

        The summer positions are seasonal work positions. Hours and schedules vary depending on what program candidates are hired for. Full Day Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 35 hours a week 9:00 – 4:00 PM. Program runs for 9 weeks June 22 – August 21. Half Day Playground Program Counselors: Monday – Friday, 20 – 25 hours a week 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Programs run for 6 weeks, 7/6 – 8/14.

        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 Thursday 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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