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



Friday, May 15, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

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 from 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!

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.

MHS Fun Fundraiser

Maynard High School Class of 2018 will be holding a family country night on Sunday May17, 2015 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm at 1 tiger drive.  There will be line dancing classes, a country themed movie, games, and more.  Tickets include a slice of pizza and all the fun events.  Ticket prices will be &7 per person or $25 per family (of 4 or more).

For more information feel free to email our class advisor, Olga Doktorov at: odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert

Save the date.  The Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert will be held on Friday, May 22nd at 7pm in the Maynard High School Auditorium

The Concert will feature many bands including Maynard High School student
Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard.  In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.

Tickets are $10 each (at the door).

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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Communication Map

We are pleased to share our new Communication Map.  This document was initiated through collaborative efforts between SEPAC and the Administration.  Our goal is to improve communication by providing parents/guardians with guidance on district contacts for questions, comments and concerns.  The development of this document was a collaborative effort and we thank all the parents and staff who provided input.  

The map indicates initial points of contact for parents/guardians as well as secondary contacts if a concern is not resolved, or question not answered, through the initial contact.  We hope you find this to be a useful tool.  The Communication Map can be found on the home page of the Maynard public schools or by clicking directly on the following link:

https://drive.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/file/d/0B5jfzmQJPfV6dDdjRFdFSzJBQkE/view

MHS Fun Fundraiser

Maynard High School Class of 2018 will be holding a family country night on Sunday May17, 2015 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm at 1 tiger drive.  There will be line dancing classes, a country themed movie, games, and more.  Tickets include a slice of pizza and all the fun events.  Ticket prices will be &7 per person or $25 per family (of 4 or more).

For more information feel free to email our class advisor, Olga Doktorov at: odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert

Save the date.  The Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert will be held on Friday, May 22nd at 7pm in the Maynard High School Auditorium

The Concert will feature many bands including Maynard High School student
Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard.  In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.

Tickets are $10 each (at the door).

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.

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




Friday, May 1, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

A Message from the Athletic Director

The Maynard Athletic Department would like to thank Terrance Donovan for spearheading the creation of the Friends of Maynard High School Girls Soccer and raising money for new varsity uniforms next year! 

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 are available today under "forms to download", however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will also 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.

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.

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 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

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!