Friday, December 18, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

2015 PARCC/MCAS Analysis

The accountability data for Maynard Public Schools was presented by the Maynard Curriculum Director, Jennifer Gaudet, to the School Committee at their meeting last night.  Maynard, along with 62 percent of Massachusetts districts, remains a level 2 district.  However, Maynard saw incredible gains in several accountability areas.  Most significantly, Green Meadow School met their gap narrowing targets and achieved Level 1 status.  This is an incredible accomplishment and the teachers and students of Green Meadow are commended for their outstanding achievement!

Analysis of Maynard’s achievement data showed very positive results.  On the grade three through eight PARCC English Language Arts test 72 percent of Maynard students met (Level 4) or exceeded (Level 5) the expectations as compared to 60 percent at the state level.  In Math 51 percent of students scored in the level 4 and 5 categories.  On the 10th grade MCAS, 92 percent of students were proficient or advanced, compared to 91 percent at the state level.  70 percent of grade 10 Maynard students were proficient or advanced, as compared to 79 for the state.

More significantly however, our median Student Growth Percentile was incredibly high.  Student Growth Percentile, or SGP, provides a measure of how a group of students achievement has changed over time.  Students are compared with other students from across the state that achieved the same score in the prior year.  SGP between 30 and 60 indicates moderate growth.  Growth over 60 is categorized as high or very high.  In Maynard, the median SGP for all grade levels was above a moderate growth score of 53. Impressively, six grade levels achieved an high or very high SGP of over 70.  These growth scores bode well for the level of improvement Maynard is seeing from year to year.  

Accountability data can be seen on the DESE website by clicking here.

The Instructional Leadership Team is diving into this data to analyze the next steps to continue moving on this positive trajectory.  Congratulations to all of the students, parents, and teachers for the hard work that led to these gains.

Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The next presentation is titled "Helping Children Succeed: Facilitating Children's Intrinsic Motivation in a Pressured World" by Wendy Grolnick. This event is being held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 6:45 pm to 8:45 at the Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton, MA.  More information and registration can be found at the following link:  

Toys For Tots at MHS Basketball Games

This Friday the basketball program and the Maynard Police is sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive. Bring a toy and get two dollars off admission. The girls varsity plays at 6:00pm and the boys varsity plays at7:30pm

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

The Meals on Wheels program of Minuteman Senior Services provides a hot lunch to homebound seniors.  They deliver every Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.  These meals assist the older adult who is not capable of preparing at least one hot nutritious meal a day.  Presently, they have a need for a few more drivers to deliver in Maynard.  Do you have an hour or more to spare once a week or every other week?  For more information on volunteering, or to apply, call  781-221-7093, email, or check out our website at 

Maynard Boosters Volunteers Needed

The Booster Club is in need of volunteers to work at the concession stand during Friday night's home basketball games against Littleton.  We would never ask you to work concessions while your child is playing, but hope that you will consider helping out during games being played before or after your child plays.

We are looking for two parents of boys varsity basketball players to help out in the concession stand during the girls varsity game beginning at 6:00 p.m. and two parents of girls varsity players to help out during the boys varsity game beginning at 7:30 p.m.  If your child is not a varsity basketball player and want to volunteer on Friday, we would love to have you too!  Please email me if you are able to help out during these games.

In the next few days, I will be sending out a link to a sign up web site where you can sign up to volunteer at future games.  The concession stand is the number one source of fundraising by the Booster Club and all money raised is given back to your student athletes in the form of varsity letter jackets, trophies and scholarships.  Please consider volunteering at least one home game this season.

Thanks for your support!
Anne Boerman and the Maynard Booster Club

Maynard Boosters Club Discounted Admission Passes

Discounted admission passes for 2015-2016 Maynard High School regular season home basketball games will be sold in the athletic entrance lobby on Friday 12/18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. 10 game passes are available for $25.00 and 20 game passes are available for $50.00. - that is a 50% savings off the regular adult admission price of $5.00 per game.  Checks can be made payable to Maynard Booster Club.

Maynard Bosters Club Stadium Seats
The Booster Club will also be selling Maynard Tigers stadium seats for $20.00 each - these seats make great Christmas gifts!

Holiday Concert

Please join the members of the Precious Metals Flute Ensemble for the 3rd concert in their series of Holiday Concerts! We will be performing arrangements of popular Christmas carols such as Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, Pat-a-pan, and more. It's fun for the whole family!  

And the best part - the concert is free!  :-)

Our flute ensemble utilizes the piccolo, C flute, Alto flute, and Bass flute to create flowing and interweaving melodies and harmonies.

The Precious Metals Flute Ensemble is made up of flutist's Victor Villareal (founder/director), Cyndi Dacey, Katie Farrington, Rachael Carlson, Erin Dubois, Bethani Chadbourne, Eric Hong, Carol Dionne, and Ethan Lin.

Saturday, December 19 at 2PM
Maynard Public Library
77 Nason Street
Maynard, MA  

For more information about us, please check out our website at:

Precious Metals flute ensemble

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.

 Kindergarten Registration 2016-2017
The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, January 12th , Wednesday, January 13th  and Thursday, January 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2016 to enter Kindergarten.  At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

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