Friday, February 12, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

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 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.

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.

MHS Theatre

The cast of Grease has been working hard all month and tickets will go on sale soon! Be on the lookout for future announcements. The cast and crews of about 90 students will thrill you with their singing and dancing. Show dates are: March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20! Save the dates!

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 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 to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

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

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 or text 781-859-9991.

Thank you!

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.

"Most Likely to Succeed" Documentary

Members of the School Committee, administration and community attended a viewing of this documentary at Newton North High School.  Similar to the Book Study we conducted with "The Smartest Kids in The World: and how they got that way (Riply,2012), this documentary forces us to reexamine the education our students will need and the education we should be delivering.

My colleagues, Bella Wong from Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School and Diana Rigby from Concord Carlisle Regional School System have decided that our three progressive communities should shared opportunities to have these types of thoughtful events.  As a result we have scheduled an evening to view this documentary together at no charge. 

On March 9th at 7:00 pm Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School will be hosting a viewing of the documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" for all of our communities to participate in.  In an effort to track our attendance I would appreciate if interested participants would register in advance at this link:

Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The goal of this speaker series is to bring together expert voices for engaging dialogs with the community on matters of importance to children and families.  I was invited to attend the recent speaker series presentation titled "Helping Children Succeed: Facilitating Children's Intrinsic Motivation in a Pressured World" by Dr. Wendy Grolnick Wednesday evening.  I was so impressed by the quality of the presentation and the number of parents present.  Her research on intrinsic motivation is one of the areas that the Maynard schools are investigating to support our students achievement.

More information about future events can be found at the following link:

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