Friday, May 22, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

End of the Year School Events

This time of year in the schools is so full of wonderful events that I believe I was at an evening event almost every day this week.  There are so many wonderful events that I enjoy reporting on them when I can.

Last night, I attended the Senior Project Showcase.  Each year I am amazed at the quality of work that the students provide.  I always receive favorable comments from the parents/guardians and staff about the Senior Project and the Maynard Public Schools at this event. 

This year I had a parent explain to me that her daughter had been failing in eighth grade and special education testing identified a disability.  Modifications were put in place, strategies were taught and with time her daughter improved her academic standing.  Her daughter is now academically thriving and entering college next year.  That is a real success story for our Special Education Department.

Another parent observed that having the foreign exchange students participate in the Senior Project brought a different perspective to the topics that were being chosen.  One example was a foreign exchange student who studied the effects of climate change on tourism and the effects of tourism on climate change.  There were several other presentations by foreign exchange and resident students on global justice and society. 

I also attended the High School Spring Choral and Band Concert at the Maynard High School Performing Arts Center and visited Mrs. Arclay's Green Meadow 2nd grade Art Show at the Art Space Gallery.  As always, our Fine Arts programs and student performers are impressive!

On Sunday the 17th I attended the WAVM Banquet.  In addition to the excellent catering from our food service department, the current student performances in video and in person are always amazing.  The keynote speakers are often WAVM Alumni currently working in the industry.  This year the keynote speaker was Nick Houston, a WAVM alumnus and currently the co-owner of Rosetta Films which is a company that produces full feature length movies

I often attribute our student's success at getting accepted to high profile colleges to the opportunities they have at Maynard high school for public speaking and presentation.  We try to make all of our activities , including graduation, student run and focused.  In addition, Nick Houston identified that the WAVM club usually has approximately 150 students in grade 6 through 12 participating.  With the student run WAVM program, students have the opportunity to manage large groups of students and during live radio broadcasts, have to think on the fly and remain calm when problems arise.  He attributed his success, and even friends in other professional fields success, on these opportunities our students have at MHS.

Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher(s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form (available for download at: http://www.maynardeducation.org) to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at: http://www.maynardeducation.org

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

Girl Scout Troop 72617 Collecting portable DVD players for Emerson Hospital

Do you have a portable DVD player that you no longer use?   Girl Scout Troop 72617 is collecting working, portable DVD players to be used by patients at Emerson Hospital.  The hospital has a number of DVD's for pediatric patients to watch but not enough working portable DVD players.  Our Girl Scout troop is helping to change this! You can help us by donating.  If you have a portable DVD player that you would like to donate, please contact troop leaders: Joanne Tummino at jomiket33@yahoo.com or Stephanie Gavin at stephgavin@verizon.net    
Troop members will schedule a convenient pick up!  Thank you!

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley's  Open House

Attention families!  Are you wondering about the Boys & Girls Club and what amazing programs we have to offer?  Bring your kids to this fun, family event to see the club and find out about our dynamic summer & after school programs!  All activities are geared to ages 2+ and admission is free and open to the general public

When:  Thursday, May 28th
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Location:  Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard, MA

Come to meet the directors and Summer Program Instructors.  When you see our facility you can get club membership information too.  For more information, please email Nikki Tyler at:  tyler@bgcav.org

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.

True Colors - Fowler Art Show

True Colors Art Show presented by Fowler School 4th and 5th Grade Artists will be at ArtSpace Gallery, 63 Summer Street, from June 1st to June 4th. The hours are from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Green Meadow 2nd Grade Art Show

The Green Meadow 2nd Grade Art Show will be at ArtSpace Gallery, 63 Summer Street, from May 18th to May 24th. The hours are from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  There will be an opening reception on May 18th 5:30-8pm 

You're Invited to the Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social!

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard, and their families, are invited to attend. Maynard High School's Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event. Come to socialize with other families of children who receive services in Maynard and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!

School Pesticide Notification

This notification is being sent to you in conformance with the Children’s & Families Protection Act (Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000).  The Act requires we notify you when pesticides are applied on the outside of public and private schools, day care centers and school age child care programs.

We are having Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive and Green Meadow Elementary School, 5 Tiger Drive,  treated with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System in response to the presence of termites.  We selected this treatment method to reduce risk and hazard to our student population and staff.  At various times during the course of the year, the Waltham Services Company may remove monitoring devices placed below ground in plastic holding stations and replace them with baits lethal to termites.  The pesticide bait is non-volatile and not accessible or visible from above.

Please feel free to call me at the Business Office at 978-897-8251, Mr. Mela, principal at Fowler School at 978-897-6700 or Mrs. Dankner, principal at Green Meadow at 978-897-8246 should you have questions.

Website:  www.mass.gov/agr, then follow the links to the Children’s Protection page



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