Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe holiday.

Relay for Life Presents The Polar Express

The Relay for Life of Maynard presents The Polar Express movie on Sunday, November 29th at the Maynard Elks at 2:00.  The cost is only $5 per family.  Refreshments will be available.  What a great way to get in the holiday spirit!  Any questions, please call Kim at 978-897-9907.

Thank you,
Kim Lalli
508-769-6755 - cell


 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 anewey@maynard.k12.ma.us or (978) 978-8891


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.

Maynard Public Schools Visioning & Strategic Planning Session

Maynard Public Schools is pleased to host a strategic planning session on November 30 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Fowler Library.  

This session will provide guidance to the district as we design a strategic plan that will establish a strategy to align our resources to meet the Core Values of the district.

Date: November 30, 2015
Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Fowler Library
Agenda
1.      Welcome and introduction of MPS Core Values
2. Review of strategic planning goals and structure
3. Breakout discussion Pillar I
4. Regroup
5. Breakout discussion Pillar II
6. Regroup
7. Breakout discussion Pillar III
8. Regroup
9. Summary of discussion and next steps

Maynard SEPAC 6th Annual Winter Social

The Winter Social will be held on December 1st from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be in the Green Meadow Cafeteria.  There are many exciting activities including Cookie decorating, crafts, music, goodie bags and snacks.  This event is free and open top the whole family of students receiving special education services.  Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at Racheldayson@hotmail.com or (617) 458-1294



Friday, November 20, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard Public Schools Visioning & Strategic Planning Session

Maynard Public Schools is pleased to host a strategic planning session on November 30 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Fowler Library.  

This session will provide guidance to the district as we design a strategic plan that will establish a strategy to align our resources to meet the Core Values of the district.

Date: November 30, 2015
Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Fowler Library
Agenda
1.Welcome and introduction of MPS Core Values
2.Review of strategic planning goals and structure
3.Breakout discussion Pillar I
4.Regroup
5.Breakout discussion Pillar II
6.Regroup
7.Breakout discussion Pillar III
8.Regroup
9. Summary of discussion and next steps

Maynard SEPAC 6th Annual Winter Social

The Winter Social will be held on December 1st from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be in the Green Meadow Cafeteria.  There are many exciting activities including Cookie decorating, crafts, music, goodie bags and snacks.  This event is free and open top the whole family of students receiving special education services.  Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at Racheldayson@hotmail.com or (617) 458-1294

A Message From the Athletic Director: 

The fall season is coming to an end and there was great seasons by all the teams. The football team finishes off the Fall with their Thanksgiving game vs. Clinton at Alumni, senior day activities at 10:00am, kick-off at 10:15am

Thanks to all the athletes who participated in the yard clean-up to benefit the Council on Aging. A special thanks to Thyme in the Garden for providing their technical assistance. I hope this community service project becomes an annual event. 

​Come join us on Alumni Field for the Annual Bonfire and Powderpuff game next Tuesday, Nov. 24th. Games start at 6:00pm and the bonfire will start at 6:30pm. All are encouraged and welcome! ​

​The Winter season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving. The season opener is set for Dec. 14th

The fall awards ceremony will be on Dec. 2nd. Stay tuned in for award winners and a complete all-star list. 

A Message From Cindy Blanchard (MHS Band Director)

It is my pleasure to announce that the following MHS musicians auditioned for and made Sr. Districts. Incredible!

Grace Wilson on trombone
Helen Gerondeau on french horn
Matt Schomacker on trumpet
Emma Bendall on bassoon
Sam Jones on tenor voice
Charlie Neuhauser on bass voice

We also had a few students miss it by only 1 or 2 points. They competed against nearly 1,000 students from over 60 schools!

Grace, Helen, Sam and Charlie scored so highly, they will be auditioning for All-State in January.

Congratulations to all of these talented musicians and to all the students who auditioned for this competitive festival!

The Second Annual MHS Powderpuff Game

The MHS Junior class is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Powderpuff Football Game on Tuesday the 24th of November at 6pm. Come out to Alumni Field to see the girls of MHS play some football and support the class of 2017! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. The annual bonfire will also be taking place on the basketball courts Tuesday night to keep everyone warm. See you there!

Core Values Logo Survey Result and Option 2

The final Core Values Logo results are in.   The logo designed by Chris Obrien who is a Maynard Resident, parent and professional graphic designer was the winner.


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.

Bullying Plan Public Comment

The School Committee reviewed the Bullying Plan last night at their school committee meeting.  The School Committee already received and reviewed some community input through the online survey that was sent out.  We are continuing to provide the community an opportunity to provide input on the Bulying Plan for another week at this link:

http://goo.gl/forms/TGfdJOK5aS

This link provides you with a comment box and secondary link to the proposed Bullying Plan on our district website.  We welcome your input and will share it with the School Committee at the next meeting.

THE 6th MAYNARD HALL OF FAME BANQUET  AND INDUCTION CEREMONY

The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame (MHSAHF) Board is proud to announce its 6th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony  scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6 PM to 11:30 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powder Mill Road, Maynard.  The past five events have been a huge success and have sold out!

At this special event, a formal induction ceremony will take place for the sixth set of inductees to the Maynard High School Hall of Fame, including James Aulenback, Michael DeMars, Charlotte Dzerkacz, Joseph Dzerkacz, Gina Terrasi Gallagher, Michael Graceffa, Blair Harrington, William Jarmulowicz, James Marcey, Michael Mullin, the 1986 MHS Football Team and John Tobin for the Black & Orange Award.

It is always a great evening of celebration and a great opportunity to see friends and classmates of Maynard High School.  The festivities will include a cocktail hour (cash bar) followed by a buffet dinner from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by the induction ceremony and ending with a social.

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $40/ea until November 13th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailingmjtbrannelly@comcast.net  or edmully@msn.com .  The board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale. Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at http://web.maynard.ma.us/civic/mhsahf to see the list of past years' inductees.

If you know an athlete who you feel deserves to be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame at a future Induction Ceremony,  please go to the website and complete a nomination form.  Additionally, donations are always greatly appreciated and may be forwarded to the MHSAHF, PO Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754.  The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization under Section 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) and donations are tax deductible.



Friday, November 13, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

The Green Meadow Preschool program earns NAEYC Accreditation Renewal

Kate Markowitz, Maynard Preschool Coordinator, received the confirmation of our Preschool five year accreditation renewal from the NEAYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children.  The Maynard School Community should be very proud of this accomplishment.  There are very few preschool and kindergartens in our region that hold this level of accreditation.  This is not an easy certification to achieve and it is a testament to all of our staff in Preschool and Kindergarten who have worked so diligently over the years to maintain these certifications.

Core Values Logo Survey Result and Option 2

We received over 293 responses to our core values logo survey.  The winner of that survey was logo #1.  Shortly after that survey the School Committee received a generous offer from Chris Obrien who is a Maynard Resident, parent and professional graphic designer.  He created a different logo with the same core values.   

We are sending out this second survey to give our school community one more option between the original version and the newly designed version.  You can vote at the following link:


Bullying Plan Public Comment

Last week on Monday the 9th, the Bullying Plan Forum was held at the Fowler school library as advertised.  There were members from the community, Police, Fire, and School Departments in attendance.  Legislatively, the bullying plan must be reviewed every two years.  At that forum, changes to the November 2013 plan were discussed.  Those changes are being discussed at the next school committee meeting on November 19, 2015.  The school committee meeting will be an opportunity for public comment.  However, for those who cannot attend the School Committee Meeting, we have set up this link:


This link provides you with a comment box and secondary link to the proposed Bullying Plan on our district website.  We welcome your input and will share it with the School Committee at the next meeting.

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.

THE 6th MAYNARD HALL OF FAME BANQUET  AND INDUCTION CEREMONY

The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame (MHSAHF) Board is proud to announce its 6th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony  scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6 PM to 11:30 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powder Mill Road, Maynard.  The past five events have been a huge success and have sold out!

At this special event, a formal induction ceremony will take place for the sixth set of inductees to the Maynard High School Hall of Fame, including James Aulenback, Michael DeMars, Charlotte Dzerkacz, Joseph Dzerkacz, Gina Terrasi Gallagher, Michael Graceffa, Blair Harrington, William Jarmulowicz, James Marcey, Michael Mullin, the 1986 MHS Football Team and John Tobin for the Black & Orange Award.

It is always a great evening of celebration and a great opportunity to see friends and classmates of Maynard High School.  The festivities will include a cocktail hour (cash bar) followed by a buffet dinner from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by the induction ceremony and ending with a social.

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $40/ea until November 13th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailingmjtbrannelly@comcast.net  or edmully@msn.com .  The board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale. Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at http://web.maynard.ma.us/civic/mhsahf to see the list of past years' inductees.

If you know an athlete who you feel deserves to be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame at a future Induction Ceremony,  please go to the website and complete a nomination form.  Additionally, donations are always greatly appreciated and may be forwarded to the MHSAHF, PO Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754.  The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization under Section 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) and donations are tax deductible.

An invitation to an A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) presentation. 


The Maynard Public Schools, in cooperation with the Maynard Police Department and the Maynard Fire Department, have adopted a new strategy for school safety procedures known as the A.L.I.C.E. Training Plan.  The Maynard Public Schools Safety Committee will be presenting an overview to the public on November 19th at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Assembly hall during the School Committee Meeting that evening.  After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions regarding the new procedures.