Friday, February 26, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Kindergarten Accreditation

I am pleased to report that our NAEYC 5 year accreditation for kindergarten was renewed for another term.  Many of the districts in our region do not have accredited Kindergarten programs and this is just another example of the quality of education we provide in Maynard.  I'd especially like to thank all of the kindergarten teachers for the hard work that was required of them in order to become accredited. 

SEPAC presentation "Executive Functioning, Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed" on Wednesday March 2, 2016

Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Maynard Fowler School Library for "Executive Functioning, Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed" presented by Genna Lyons, LMFT, MS, and Educational Consultant at Mass General Hospital's Aspire Program.
Executive functioning skills are a set of mental processes that we use to do daily tasks like organize and pay attention, but did you know that these skills are important outside of the classroom too?  Learn how executive functioning skills such as self-awareness, self-monitoring,
and emotional self-regulation can impact your child's confidence, social functioning, and friendships. Plus, learn what you can do as a parent to increase your child's social competence and help them succeed both inside and outside the classroom!

Please RSVP to Jen Scott atsepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or
978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.
An invitation to members of the Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Sudbury communities: 

Please join us at 7pm on Wednesday March 9 at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium for a special screening!

The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.

Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one-room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white-collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization.

Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session.  

For more information about the film, see:  http://mltsfilm.org/

MHS Theater Production of the Musical "Grease"

Sandy and Danny had some “summer lovin’,” but what happens when she’s the new girl meeting him, the bad boy, at Rydell High? And what will their friends think?

Come see GREASE, the popular rock ‘n’ roll musical, performed on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, 2016 at Maynard High School. You’ll hear your favorite doo wop songs from the original Broadway musical and hit movie, like “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightning”, and see thrilling dance numbers like “Born to Hand Jive” and “We Go Together.”

Show times are at 7pm for Friday and Saturday performances and at 2pm on Sundays. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are on sale at the Maynard High School ticket booth and from MKtix.com. For MHS ticket booth hours, go to MHStheater.org/ticket-sales/.

“Throw your mittens around your kittens, and away we go!”

GREASE Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. GREASE is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Maynard High School's GREASE Community Bulletin Board

The Maynard High School would like to get photos of Maynard residents, parents, grandparents, friends, etc., as they were in the 1950's for a community bulletin board outside the MHS Theater during the performances of GREASE on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.
If you or someone you know has photos of yourselves from 1950's, MHS would love to display them! You can either scan and email them to Cindy Blanchard, Musical Director, at cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us, or contact her to collect, scan, and return them to you. Please include your name and year of the photo.
Shots of downtown Maynard from that time would be great to display, too!

It should be really fun to see what our residents looked like "back in the day." Thank you and glad to have you as part of the show!

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.

14th  ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 14th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Sudbury, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $175,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), you can select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!

Concord Carlisle High School Parents Association Upcoming Guest Speaker

Maynard Public Schools, Concord Carlisle Regional Schools and Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School continue to share educational opportunities amongst our progressive communities.
The Concord Carlisle Parents Association is presenting a night with Julie Lythcott-Haims on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 pm.  Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the book "How to Raise and Adult: Break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success."  The event will be held at the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord.

Technology Survey Invitation

The  District Technology Committee (Digital Learning) has been busy at work. Members have been excited about facilitating the implementation of the recommendations found in the District Technology Plan which was approved this past fall.  

Again this year, the District has contracted with Bright Bytes, a well-respected national firm that has been helping us gather and analyze data.  The suggestions made last year were very helpful and we continue to learn and grow from the feedback we receive. Students in grades 3-12  will be completing a brief survey this month.

We cordially invite parents to participate in the survey by going to www.BByt.es and entering the following access codes: for Green Meadow: 946AP; for Fowler BE97P; and for Maynard High School 8J2VP.  Since the survey only takes five minutes, you may wish to complete a survey for each child, or if time constraints won't allow this, please consider completing a survey for your eldest child.

Maynard Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

The Maynard Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to assist with a new initiative.  The commitment will be 2 hours/every other week or more, if you’d like.

Volunteers must be able to lift 7-8 lb bags; have a mini-van or truck with cover for transport; and be organized and reliable.

Shifts that will be available are: Tuesday – 10 AM to 12 PM; Wednesday – 10 AM to 12 PM; Thursday – 10 AM to 12 PM; Friday – 9 AM to 10:30 AM.

If you would like additional information or would like to help with this very worthwhile effort, please contact Audrey Wiseley via email at awiseley@gmail.com or text 781-859-9991.

Thank you!


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