Friday, May 6, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students.  Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary, the tests are for all students free of charge this school year.  For more information about the concussion center use the following link:  https://www.emersonhospital.org/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor.  Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31stJune 1st, or June 2nd upon parental request.  The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs. 
To make an appointment for your student use the following link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KZ04bR6ZrYIk6vR3tgD-Q60isaY7UwD1lKKbht8x_qg/viewform?c=0&w=1


PMC Kids Bike Ride 

The 4th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride will take place on June 5, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton. PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenges mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. The event will include the ride, lunch, multiple kid’s activities, raffles and silent auction! Ride details, rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx.  You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride - Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York.  The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem. 

Date: Tuesday May 24th
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Maynard High School Auditorium. 

The MHS Spring Concert

The Spring Concert is Thursday, May 12th at 7pm in the Maynard High School Auditorium.  Please see the memo on the website for details. 

The treble chorus, the satb chorus and the concert band will all be performing some amazing and fun pieces!  We will be singing Morokeni (a traditional song of welcome in Sotho), Turtle Dove (Vaughan Williams), a gorgeous Les Mis medley, a powerful band piece "Inferno" based on Dante's Inferno, Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag, and much more. Please come out and support your Maynard High School musicians!

Upcoming events:
The Solo and Ensemble Concert is Wed., May 25th at 7pm (jazz, wind ensemble, madrigals and a cappella groups), the Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 30th and the Music Banquet is that evening at 5pm. Band and satb chorus will also be performing at Graduation on June 11.
Please see our website for updates and details.

Concord Youth Theatre's Mainstage Company will be performing Robin Hood

This is a re-telling of one of the most classic tales known. Robin and his band of “Merry Men” take the stage to rob from the rich and give to the poor May 13-15, 20-22, 2016 (Fri-Sat, 7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 2:30pm).

The 40-actor cast includes Maynard's own Tyson Smith, as well as other young people from Acton, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Littleton, Sudbury and Westford.
Under the direction of Lisa Evans with music direction by the musical’s writer Rene Pfister, performances take place at Concord Youth Theatre’s, 358 Baker Avenue black box theater in Concord. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

State Assessment Testing

Testing began at the Green Meadow School this week.  Next week they will finish the testing on Monday 5/9, Tuesday 5/10, Wednesday 5/11, and Thursday 5/12.  The Fowler School will begin testing on Monday 5/9 and the test schedule can be found on the Fowler website at Mr. Mela's page.   

Last year our state assessment test participation rate in science was only 94%.  The participation rate target is 95%.  If Maynard does not meet the 95% target there could be state accountability consequences in the ratings of our schools.  I know we all have pride in the Maynard Schools and we want our state accountability test results to be the best that they can be.  I would encourage our families and students to be prepared to take these assessment tests next week.

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.

A Community Forum: Rising Opiod Epidemic in our Community

I would like to take just a moment to remind everyone of our upcoming Opioid awareness conference which is fast approaching.  This community outreach program is scheduled for Monday May 16th from 6-9 pm at the Concord-Carlisle HS.  We will have resources from all over the area to discuss issues with prevention, awareness, early intervention and behavioral emergencies.  Again we look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely
Ronald Gigliotti NR-EMTP
EMS Liaison
Emerson Hospital
(O) 978-287-8900
(C) 508-380-1364

2016-2017 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade  at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

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



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