Friday, March 10, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Community Presentation entitled "Navigating the Cyber World"

 Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the
Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.

Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today.

Date:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  Fowler Library

Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"

The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new back story in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School. Find out how Peter became the boy who never grew up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical star stuff. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, on March  18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and are available at the Maynard High School Ticket Booth and online 
mktix.com/mhsm. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details.

A Message from the Maynard Town Planner

My name is Bill Nemser and I am the Maynard Town Planner.  I would like to request your help.
The Towns of Acton and Maynard are exploring the potential for a regional "bike share" program.  Bike share programs allow users to rent bikes as needed, to and from designated stations.  The program would be user-fee supported and would involve use of a private company to maintain and operate stations and bikes.  

In order to gauge interest, demand and feasibility,  we are requesting that you participate in our survey located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P5F93PF .  The survey should take no more than five minutes. The Survey closes March 20th.

Thank you for your assistance!
Bill

Bill Nemser, AICP, LEED AP
Town Planner
Office of Municipal Services
Town of Maynard
195 Main Street
Maynard, Ma. 01754

Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The next Discovery Museums Speaker Series will be with Ron Fournier  about his book entitled "Love that Boy - What Two Presidents, Eight Road trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parents Expectations".   More information can be found at the following link:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102119171684&ca=dfc3edc9-aa62-4169-9a50-8a343f837e72
  
Date:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass Ave. #200, West Acton, MA

This event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. A wait list is expected.
Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.
Ron will sign copies of his book, following the presentation.

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.

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

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

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,
Sam

Budget Timelines

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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