Friday, March 24, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Recess Policy

The School Committee has been discussing recess practices for quite some time.  We have examined research on the importance of recess to the education of the whole child.  At our last school committee meeting a new recess policy was passed and the associated administrative regulation was discussed.  The new policy is School Committee Policy #540 and Administrated Regulation 540.1.  These documents can be found at:


Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

The Meals on Wheels program of Minuteman Senior Services provides a hot lunch to homebound seniors.  We deliver every Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.  These meals assist the older adult who is not capable of preparing at least one hot nutritious meal a day.  Presently, we have a need for a few more drivers to deliver in Maynard.  Do you have an hour or more to spare once a week or every other week?  For more information on volunteering, or to apply, call  781-221-7093, email volunteer@minutemansenior.org, or check out our website at www.minutemansenior.org  Thank you!

Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"

The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new backstory in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School. Find out how Peter becomes the boy who never grows up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical starstuff. 

This action-packed play features a boy who meets a mysterious girl on a ship and how they team up to protect treasure from falling into evil hands. They and their friends and foes engage in comical antics, swordfights and island escapades. This is a tale of the Neverland you never knew.

Seats are still available for all performances: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and can be purchased online at mktix.com/mhsm until 6 pm the day before each performance, or at the MHS ticket booth, which will be open 2 hours before each show. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details.

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.

Maynard High School Boys Basketball Championship Run

Congratulations to the boys' varsity basketball team. They are playing in the state final game vs. St. Mary's on Saturday at Springfield College at 5:45pm. The team is playing in the state final game for the second year in a row. They are undefeated league champions, Clark Tournament and Central Mass Champions.  Their overall record is 23-4. 

For more information on the State Championship game check out the website http://www.theroadtospringfield.com

We will be running a student fan bus that departs on Sat. at 3:00pm

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.

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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