Friday, June 3, 2016

Superintendent's Notes



Engineering Review



(From left to right: EJ Fitzsimmons, Steve Peterson, Jack O'Mahoney, Ronan Ball, Tom Aukstikainis, & Zach Uglevich)

The students in the picture above presented their senior projects last week in an exhibition before 6 professionals in the engineering field.  On the same night we had the Senior Project Showcase where many other amazing projects were presented to the community for exhibitions. In addition to last week's presentations, these students were very kind to present their projects again this week for the administration and school committee members who could not attend the evening event last week.  These engineering students are standing behind their projects in the picture above.

The challenge for the engineering students for this school year was to use the engineering design process to solve a problem with a novel patent-able solution.  They created solutions for a durable phone charger, refurbishing sport shoes, making coffee just the right strength and volume, and developing a better fishing reel that doesn't tangle. 

We left these presentations excited that all of our students who participate in all of the senior projects are demonstrating the type of applied learning and assessment that our school community has been striving to achieve. 

Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher(s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form (available for download at: http://www.maynardeducation.org) to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at: http://www.maynardeducation.org

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 10, 2016. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

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.

Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In little over a week Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visitwww.emersonhospital.org/5k to register, volunteer or donate today!

Summer Cookbook Club

The Friends of the Maynard Public Library are joining the cookbook club trend with a twist; it will be in conjunction with the Maynard Farmers' Market.  Four cookbooks have been selected to encourage using in-season, locally raised ingredients.  You make a recipe from the current month's cookbook and bring it to the potluck.  We will taste the dishes and share opinions about the book and what we made.  Meetings will be held at 12pm on the second Monday of each month from June to Sept.  The series kicks off June 13 with Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert.  Copies of the book are on display in the library lobby and available for checkout. 

The other books in the series are July 11 - Cooking from the Farmers' Market from Williams Sonoma, Aug 8. - Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers, and Sept. 12 - The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook: Eating Well for Better Health All are welcome, but please register at the library's Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103 so we know how many chairs to provide.

SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th
from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students
receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are
invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,
activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family
of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please
contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at
sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

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! 

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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