Friday, April 17, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Meet the Candidates' Night

Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and Revitalize Maynard Collaborative are presenting the upcoming Meet the Candidates' Night for the upcoming School committee Election.

This event is being held on Wednesday, April 29th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Meet the Candidates' night will be held at the Maynard Town Hall Gianottis Room.

For More information contact:
info@assabetvalleychamber.org (978) 568-0360
revitalizemaynard@gmail.com

Bus Registration 2015/2016

Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year will be on May 4.  Registration will be at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office is on the right side of the Fowler School. 
Forms will available under "forms to download" on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.
Note: if you have a student entering 7th grade 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.
If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids

The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  This can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment, responding appropriately. Visibly this could result in an appearance of clumsiness or weakness, behavioral problems, and difficulties at school and within groups.  Ms. Ditto has been an Occupational Therapist at the Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard for 8 years and will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.
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 pesticidal 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

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.

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.

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 www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention



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 www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools

Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention


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 www.lightitupblue.org. Or contact Danielle Mannion at dmannion@millisps.org. 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 www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332
Sponsored by: EXCEL Programs, Maynard Public Schools


Take a look at Camp Invention in action at youtube.com/campinvention