Friday, April 10, 2015

Superintendents Notes

Project 351 Update

Emmeline Weeks, an 8th grader at MHS, was chosen as Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 is a nonprofit that builds leadership and community service experiences in 8th grade students across the 351 towns in Massachusetts. Emmeline Weeks and Juan Duran, last year's Project 351 representative organized a Children's Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. As usual, the Maynard community has been generous, donating clothing, shoes and books at all three schools and the public library. On Thursday, 31 students from the 8th and 9th grade participated in sorting bags of clothing, shoes and books. So many volunteers made the work fun and go quickly.  

The dedicated volunteers were: Emmeline Weeks, Liam Caldicott, Lucas Pepin, Max Ludwig, Dante Naylor, Sean Duddy, Elisa Faret-Machado, Adrien Roman, Emma Fitzsimmons, Sophie Copley, Gaby Rodrigues, Nina Insixiengmay, Megan Thompson, Aidan Mullaney, Alissa Ray, Vincent Chen, Ryan Monahan, Jordan Cedeno, Ben Shepardson, Anna Manning, Hannah Booth, David Davila- Hunter, Ben Denaro, Paul Keeffe, Charlie Neuhauser, Georgia Lawton, Joseph Corcoran, Tommy Smith, Diego Ramirez, Jose Duran, and Victor Roman.    
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please email Kerry Healy at:

Stay tuned to find out how many bags of clothing were donated!

In Memoriam and Appreciation of Art St. Germain

Art St Germain, Jr. passed away December 1, 2012.  He was a devoted Maynard High School math and science teacher from 1969 until his retirement in 2003.  He also coached Maynard High School hockey and golf.  Art spent his entire career teaching and coaching in Maynard.

His sister, Donna, spent more than two years creating the Arthur L. St Germain, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund (with a starting balance of $418,000!).  Scholarships will begin in 2015 for two deserving Maynard High School seniors. 

Other New Scholarship Options
1.  Paul Nickelsberg is the president of Orchid Technologies Engineering & Consulting Inc. at 147 Main St, Maynard.  He has decided to offer two $2,500 scholarships to the 2015 Maynard High School graduating class.

2. Patti Caira and Karen Boyce have started the Kathleen Veleno Memorial Golf Scholarship $1,000, in memory of a friend of theirs who was an avid golfer at Maynard Country Club. 

3.  The Herring Family Scholarship will provide a $400 scholarship to a member of the 2015 Maynard High School graduating class.  This scholarship is in honor of Terry Herring who was a member of the Maynard School Committee for many years.

For more information on the application process for these and the many other scholarships available to graduating seniors at Maynard High School, contact the Maynard High School Guidance Department.

Intro to Theater; Play Announcement

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

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.

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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