Friday, December 4, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard Wind Ensemble and Madrigals Performances at the State House

Students in Wind Ensemble and Madrigals both had great performances at the State House on Wednesday! The students were able to meet with Representative Kate Hogan and Secretary William Galvin. As well as perform for Kate Hogan, and various State House Employees. 

We hope you can join us Wednesday night, December 9th for our Winter Concert at 7pm. It's a great opportunity to support the talented musician we have at MHS.

Thanks and have a great weekend!
Tricia Gately

Maynard Athletics Director Update

Wednesday night the fall sports banquet officially concluded the fall sports season. As mentioned before, all the teams had great success. Below is the list of individual achievements and awards. First and foremost however, I am proud to say that nearly half of the students who made the honor roll were student-athletes. I am also happy to say that nearly 75 percent of the fall student-athletes were on the honor roll. This is a testament to the students’ hard work and the coaches’ persistent message that school comes first. Congrats to all!

Kevin Caruso

Free CODEGIRL Documentary

Join Yieldbot on December 14 at 7:00pm for a free screening of CODEGIRL.  Academy Award-winning producer Lesley Chilcott follows high-school-age girls from around the world who enter a competition to try to better their communities through app design.  Learn more about the film and check out the trailer.  RSVP today to secure your seat at:

Fine Arts Theatre Place - 19 Summer Street Maynard, MA 01754 - View Map

The 49th Annual Christmas Parade 12/6/15

Mark your calendars now to join in this annual community event.  This parade is sponsored by the Maynard Rotary Club.

Santa will be arriving early by helicopter, which will make a swoop over Maynard Center between 1:15 and 1:30, before boarding his horse drawn sleigh.  The parade steps off from Sudbury street at 2:00 pm and will proceed through the town center.  Floats, marching bands and special appearances will be part of the fun. 

Parade entrants welcome - for registration, or more information, contact Nancy Quinn by phone at (6170 515-0897 or by email at

Girls Scout Troup #72595 Fundraiser

Save the Date! Gift Wrapping Table and Bake Sale is coming to Fowler on Thursday December 17th from 2:30 to 6pm, sponsored by Girl Scout Troop #72595.  All proceeds go to their Silver Award Project to build a GaGa Ball Pit near the Fowler Playground in the Spring 2016. We will wrap your Christmas gifts for $1 each present, complete with bows and gift tags.  Assorted bake items will be for sale, too. Bring your presents and let us do the wrapping! 

National Education Legislation

The Federal House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  The new legislation is titled the "Every Student Succeeds Act."  This is a bipartisan, bicameral proposal that will be presented to the Senate soon.  The American Association of School Superintendents AASA supports this bill and is encouraging everyone to express their opinion with their state Senators and Representatives.

At this link there is a US Department of Education Parent Bulletin explaining the major differences between NCLB and ESSA:

If you agree or disagree with the proposed changes, you could contact the congressional educational staffers for your Massachusetts Senators and Representatives to let them know your opinions.  The following is the contact information.

Senator Elizabeth Warren
Contact: Louis Katz at (202) 224-4543
Senator Edward J. Markey
Contact: John Phillips at (202) 224- 2742 or

Representative Richard E. Neal
Contact: Timothy Ranstrom at (202) 225-5601 or
Representative James P. McGovern
Contact: Caitlin Hodgkins at (202) 225-6101 or
Representative Niki Tsongas
Contact: Sara Outerson at (202) 225-3411 or
Representative Joseph Kennedy
Contact: Caroline Darmody at (202) 225-5931 or
Representative Katherine Clark
Contact: Geoff Browning at (202) 225-2836 or geoff.browning
Representative Seth Moulton
Contact: Eric Kanter at (202) 225-8020 or
Representative Michael E. Capuano
Contact: Samuel Rodarte at (202) 225-5111 or
Representative Stephen F. Lynch
Contact Mariana Osorio at (202) 225-8273 or
Representative Bill Keating
Contact: Sonya Spery at (202) 225-3111 or

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.

 WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon

WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon will be taking place from December 11-13, 2015.  We are trying to hit our million dollar mark this year.

We would appreciate donations of auction items this year and would appreciate any new item that people could donate.  Contact Anne Newey at or (978) 978-8891

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