Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Title IX Protections Against Gender Identity Discrimination

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently withdrew transgender guidance letters requiring schools to permit access to single-sex facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms, based on gender identity.

 Fortunately, Massachusetts state law and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Guidance still obligates all schools in Massachusetts to permit access to single-sex facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity.

Even if we did not have the support of the Massachusetts law and guidance, I believe that we would still protect these basic rights as part of our desire as a school community to be inclusive and caring to every member in our community.  When DESE was writing their guidance, Maynard had already been providing these rights to a transgender student in our community for approximately 6 months.  DESE used our Maynard experience to help them write the guidelines. 

Primary Expressions - Artwork Created by MHS Visual Arts Students

When:                                      February 15th through March 29, 2017
Where:                                     Serendipity Cafe, 1 Nason Street, Maynard, MA
Details for Gallery Hours:       serendipitycafemaynard.com


 The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 15th Annual "The Taste" on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 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, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by local sensation Jae Mannion 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 by calling 978-938-4262 or 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
www.maynardeducation.org. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

All proceeds benefit MEF's grant programs for teachers, students, and administrators.

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.

Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Updates

I attended the CPC meeting last Wednesday night.  Principal Dankner, DPW Director Aaron Miklosko, and members of the Green Meadow Playground Committee and Youth Soccer were also in attendance.  We were all grateful that the CPC voted in support of proposing the funding of two important projects that will greatly enhance the activities of the children in our school and greater community. 

The first project discussed was the Green Meadow playground which has already received town funding for the site work that needs to be done.  The CPC funds in addition to School Committee approved funds will be used to add equipment that is age appropriate and inclusive for all students to use, including students with mobility needs.  Research that has been reviewed by the School Committee identifies that the increased physical activity and play at the elementary level improves health, creativity, and academic success.

The second project is improvements to the Fowler fields.  These fields serve a significant number of students and residents in our soccer programs and need proper drainage and grading to be improved. The research shows that scholar athletes' gain important 21st century skills in team building, commitment, and leadership.  Scholar athletes' tend to perform better academically as well.

It is important to note that the CPC approval is to recommend the funding of all of their approved projects at Town Meeting.  The funding will only occur if the residents approve the CPC warrant article at the Town Meeting.  Town Meeting will be held on May 15th 2017

Dance for the Fowler students in Grades 6-8 (Hosted by the Class of 2018).
It is time for the Fowler students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance in the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30pm -9:30pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Join us and have a great time! Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.

MMA Updates

Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:

Open MMA positions @ MHS: 
MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall:  Co- Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

Open MMA positions @ Fowler:
MMA Fowler has an immediate need for a Chair, Co Chair and Secretary, as well as parent participation in our monthly meetings. 

Jazz Jams:
Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons starting on March 5th from 4-6 to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club.  Contact Trish Gately for more information:  trishgately@gmail.com

Scholarship Application readers needed: 
Calling all Fowler parents or community members who do not have a student at the high school to serve as scholarship readers.  This is a quick and easy way to get involved with the MMA.  Parents and community members are needed to read and select deserving students for an MMA scholarship.  If you can help, please contact MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Jazz Cafe:
Please join Ms. Gately and the MHS Jazz Band and Mr. Kozik's Fowler stage band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert.  Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining in for a full evening of Jazz music. Tickets will go on sale in March! Mark your calendars. 

Banquet Volunteers Needed:  
This year's MMA Music Banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at the Maynard Elks at 5pm. This is an opportunity to not only honor our Senior Class students but to recognize the accomplishments of all band and choral students. Tickets will go on sale in late April.  
Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event.  If you can help out please email MMA:  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Next MMA high school meeting:  Wednesday March 1st.  Fowler business at 7pm, Joint business 7:30, high school business 8:15 in the Fowler library.

Fowler Celebrates Read Across America!

March 2, 2017 marks the annual, nationwide reading celebration. Get your gear, join the fun, and support the Fowler School Library. Between now and February 19, order your T-shirts and hoodies from:

Northeast Promotion and Apparel will track the orders from Maynard, and the Fowler Library will receive $5.00 for every item purchased. Mrs. Hayward appreciates your support!

Guest Author Visit Contest

Green Meadow Kindergarten Teacher, Samatha Mazeika has asked me to post the following message about a Jan Brett Visit contest:

"Every year my kindergarten students and I do an author study on Jan Brett.  It is so much fun to see the enjoyment they experience as we explore Jan's books and discover her unique and creative style of writing and illustrating.  If my school wins this contest, my students, in addition to all the children at my school, would have the rare and exciting opportunity to meet this extremely talented author/illustrator in person!  I'm not going to lie; I might not be able to contain my own excitement!

Please vote for my school:
Green Meadow
5 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754

Some schools have had a jump start, but every vote counts!  We only have until April 3, so please get your vote in and help my school meet this amazing author/illustrator!  Thank you!"  One entry can be made per email address, so if you could spread word to family and friends, that would be great!  You can Google “Jan Brett school visit contest”, or copy and paste the link I provided: 

Thank you for your support,

The Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

As many of you are aware, Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident in Lancaster.  Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system, but her family has always been very involved in the Maynard community.  Her parents provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the communities of Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and beyond.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."

Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:
Maynard High School
Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family

Budget Time lines

At one of  our committee meetings 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.  

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 15, 2017
Town Meeting

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

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