Thursday, December 15, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Cold Weather

The weather prediction for Maynard is for a cold night this evening and a colder day tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning the temperature could be as low as three degrees before calculating wind chill. 

I would like to remind everyone to dress appropriately and stay safe during the extreme weather.

Twitter and our First School Delay for 16-17

This week we had our first school delay due to inclement weather.  For the first time I used twitter to add another opportunity to get information out quickly.  I was so excited at how quickly and efficiently Twitter works. 

Twitter will now be the first media I use to get information out when we have cancellations and delays.  If you want to be the first to know, follow these announcements on:

 @MaynardSchools

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.

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:

Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings

3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Save The Date

Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  

The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide on site babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting.  

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.




Friday, December 9, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Save The Date

Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  

The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide on site babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

Strategies For Students With Anxiety by Jessica Minahan

SEPAC brought Jessica Minahan to present in Maynard a couple years ago.  I have recently seen her speak at several conferences recently as well. She is an amazing speaker on a very important topic!

She will be coming back to our area on Wednesday December 14, 2016 to present Strategies For Students With Anxiety.  The event will be between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm  at RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium on 16 Charter Road in Acton.  This event is free and open to the public.  for more information you can contact the Acton Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Committee at:


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.

Future Ready Schools

Recently, Computer Science Teacher Mark Sinopoli attended the Future Ready Schools conference in Boston.  At this conference, he attended sessions conducted by national leaders in educational technology.  One of his takeaways was to try to communicate more with the community using technology, specifically social media. 

Mark has started a Twitter account (@fs_compsci ) to share some of the activities and accomplishments of students in Computer Science.  By using the hashtag #MaynardLearns and #FSLearns anyone in the world can see what is happening in Computer Science at Fowler School!

Maynard's 50th Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Parade

"Golden Memories of Christmas Past" is sponsored by the Maynard Rotary Club.  This year the parade will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday December 4, 2016.

To sponsor or participate with a float, walking unit, or band, please contact Nancy Quinn at (617) 515-0897.   If email is more convenient, she can be contacted at:

 NQuin@OwnNewEngland.com

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting. 

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017         
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb        
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017     
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.



Friday, December 2, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Student and Staff Highlights

The MHS football team is going to the D4 Football Super Bowl this weekend.  Congratulations to the Team and Coach Harold Ogilvie for achieving this opportunity.  The competition is tough and it is rare to win the regional championship and get to the state championship.  At each of our games leading to this, the Maynard fans have outnumbered our opponent.  I'm looking forward to the being at the game this Saturday too.

Our TV Media Production teacher, Mr. Ogden, shared with me the all of the video submissions that his students sent into the MIAA multimedia sports competition of 2016.  We will be getting those out on Maynard's facebook page.  Four of our students placed as top tiered honorable mention.  Congratulations to our students  and Mr. Ogden and their success for our first year of this new program. 

The Fowler Latin students and teacher Monica Faiella attended the Massachusetts Junior Classical League, Classics Day.  Congratulations to Monica for her leadership and the students who received first place in the Classics Day Skit Contest for the second year in a row! 

Green Meadow PTO Fundraiser

The Green Meadow Parent Teacher Organization is holding a restaurant night at the Halfway Cafe next Wednesday December 7th as a fundraiser.  A percentage of the proceeds that evening will be donated to the Maynard Green Meadow PTO.  In order for the halfway cafe to know you want 15% of your bill to go to the Green Meadow PTO, you have to print up a coupon and present it when you pay your bill. The coupon can be found on the Green Meadow PTO Website at:


The PTO uses their funds to support our students educational experiences and teacher innovation.  Halfway Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants that I frequent when I stay late for night meetings.  I hope to see you there next Wednesday for this very important cause.

The Maynard SEPAC Winter Social

The Maynard SEPAC Winter Social will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Green Meadow Cafeteria. This free event is open to the whole family of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools. Come join this annual tradition where the kids can enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, and music—and each child receives a goodie bag as well. The event is great fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294.)

Strategies For Students With Anxiety by Jessica Minahan

SEPAC brought Jessica Minahan to present in Maynard a couple years ago.  I have recently seen her speak at several conferences recently as well. She is an amazing speaker on a very important topic!

She will be coming back to our area on Wednesday December 14, 2016 to present Strategies For Students With Anxiety.  The event will be between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm  at RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium on 16 Charter Road in Acton.  This event is free and open to the public.  for more information you can contact the Acton Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Committee at:


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.

Future Ready Schools

Recently, Computer Science Teacher Mark Sinopoli attended the Future Ready Schools conference in Boston.  At this conference, he attended sessions conducted by national leaders in educational technology.  One of his takeaways was to try to communicate more with the community using technology, specifically social media. 

Mark has started a Twitter account (@fs_compsci ) to share some of the activities and accomplishments of students in Computer Science.  By using the hashtag #MaynardLearns and #FSLearns anyone in the world can see what is happening in Computer Science at Fowler School!

Maynard's 50th Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Parade

"Golden Memories of Christmas Past" is sponsored by the Maynard Rotary Club.  This year the parade will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday December 4, 2016.

To sponsor or participate with a float, walking unit, or band, please contact Nancy Quinn at (617) 515-0897.   If email is more convenient, she can be contacted at:

 NQuin@OwnNewEngland.com

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the timelines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting. 

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget timelines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017         
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb        
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017     
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.