Friday, March 11, 2016

Superintendent's Notes


Chinese Delegation Visits Maynard High School:

Last Month a Chinese delegation from Dujiangyan high school, middle school, and primary school visited the Maynard Public Schools.  In the center of the picture and dressed in yellow is a Maynard High School foreign exchange student, Helen Dong.  She comes from the same region in China and speaks the same dialect.  She visited with the delegation  during the time we spent at Maynard High School.

They are very interested in exploring a sister school relationship with each of our schools in Maynard.  The School Committee last night voted to sign an MOU that will allow us to explore creating sister school programs.

An Evening with Fernando Reimers

This is an invitation to all members of the Carlisle, Concord, Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Maynard, and Sudbury School and Town Communities to an event at Maynard High School titled, An Evening with Fernando Reimers.

Fernando Reimers is the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education.  He has recently written the book "Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century."  This book compares the educational systems of six countries including Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States of America. 

 Time:             7:00 PM  Presentation
                        8:30 PM  Book Signing                                                        
Date:               March 30, 2016
Place:              Maynard High School Performing Arts Center
Fee:                 None*

* Books can be purchased online at the following link:
http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/teaching-and-learning-for-the-twenty-first-century

Please RSVP at :  https://goo.gl/VBLOR1

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.

Two of the Many Outstanding Senior Projects Seeking Support:

Raffle for Green Meadow First Grade Yoga Balls

Samantha Cutler has been researching the increasing rates of stress and anxiety on elementary students.  As part of her Senior Project, she is working with the Green Meadow Elementary School to replace the chairs in a first grade classroom with yoga balls.  During the intermissions of the performances of Grease on March 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20, she will be raffling a Bose Soundlink Color speaker, a pair of Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones, and a $50 gift card to the Nashoba Valley Ski Area.  Her goal is to raise $500 in order to buy twenty four yoga balls.  If you would like to contribute to her project, be sure to visit her table during intermission!


Walk-a-thon for Cancer Immunotherapy

Shannon Smith has been researching the newest developments in cancer treatments known as cancer immunotherapy. As part of her Senior Project she is interning at Emerson Hospital as well as hosting a walk-a-thon to help raise money for cancer immunotherapy as way to make a direct impact on the cancer community. The walk will be held on Thursday. April 7th, 2016 at the Maynard High School track from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information about this project and to make donations prior to the event, visit Shannon's website <http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=3234041&langPref=en-CA>.

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.


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.



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