Monday, July 17, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

School Committee Meeting Discussion on Administrative Staffing

At the July 27, 2017 school committee meeting, we will be discussing the administrative staffing of the Green Meadow and Fowler Schools.

During the budget preparations for FY18, the .5 Green Meadow Assistant Principal position was eliminated and the thought was that the Fowler 1.0 Assistant Principal Position could be divided as a .5 Fowler/.5 Green Meadow Administrator.  We were clear to not call that position an assistant principal position because we knew we may have to look at traditional roles of administrators differently with the pending reductions in administrative staffing.  We will be presenting the school committee with two options for filling that administrative position.

The first option will be to hire a .5 Fowler/.5 Green Meadow Assistant Principal. The net effect is that it will keep the administrative responsibilities similar to the past with the assistant principal being in either building half of the time (every other day or rotating mornings and afternoons).
In an effort to restructure the responsibilities of building administrators in a way to make them more efficient and get the necessary administrative task accomplished, we have developed a different staffing model

The second option would be to include a 1.0 Fowler building principal for leadership and operations, a 1.0 Green Meadow building principal for leadership and operations, and a .5 Fowler/.5 Green Meadow building principal for curriculum, instruction and assessment.  This model would dissect the operation and instructional aspects of the building principal position in an effort to be more efficient. 

We will provide greater detail around the differences in responsibilities for the School Committee and the community at the next school committee meeting.  We encourage community participation at all meetings and look forward to discussing this important agenda item at the school committee meeting on July 27, 2017.

Maynard Public Schools Summer Read

Maynard Public Schools is proud to announce our annual summer read.  Teachers, administrators and School Committee members hope you will join them in reading Lost at School By Ross Greene, PhD. 

Based on the premise that all kids do well if they can, Dr. Greene proposes a collaborative approach to solving behavioral challenges and helping students .  As he states, "if we handle kids with power and control, that's what we get back.  What happens if collaborate with them --as partners-- instead?"  

The Maynard Public Schools will be donating several copies of this book to the Maynard Library to provide community access to the book this summer.  The School Committee will host a community discussion on October 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM.   Please join us in reading Lost at School!

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.

Honor a teacher through the Maynard Education Foundation 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. to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at: http://www.

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Monday, June 12, 2017. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

Mathew D. Cox Memorial Scholarship

Mathew Cox, 23, of Maynard, passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2017. Mat was educated through the Maynard school system and graduated in 2011.   He worked as a chef at the Blue Coyote Grille in Maynard for several years and most recently at Battle Road Brewery in Maynard. He had a passion for cooking and loved his work. Every day was an adventure for Mathew. He lived life passionately and was always looking forward to life's next challenge.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Mathew D. Cox, a scholarship fund has been created for graduating Maynard seniors.  The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a career in the culinary or hospitality field.

Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard". Include "Mathew D. Cox Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.  Please mail donations to : Maynard High School, Mathew D. Cox Memorial Scholarship, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754. 

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