Friday, March 31, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

SEPAC Workshop - Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

On Tuesday, April 4 (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Maynard High School Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids.

CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.

 MHS Guatemalan Service Learning Trip

Maynard High School Foreign Language Department Chair, Mrs. Adams, reported to me that our students are having an excellent experience during their Guatemalan Service Learning Experience.  They have been volunteering at a school. Our Students played with the Guatemalan students during their recess and taught their lessons. 

Other fun and educational activities included; zip lining, visited a coffin workshop, visiting another local school run with only donations, and a "Chicken bus" refurbishing garage in a nearby town.   They also visited a coffee plantation & museum where we learned lots about coffee.  Each activity was interesting & informative.

All of our students are improving in their use and understanding of Spanish. It's great to see how they've embraced this experience.

The Prom

The event of the year is the Roaring Twenties prom which will take place on Friday, 5/12, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. Tickets will be on sale Monday, 4/3 to Friday, 4/14 during first and third lunches. The cost of the tickets if $65. Only students with their dues up-to-date will be able to purchase the tickets.
Thinking about how to get to the prom and back? If there is enough interest, we will provide either a coach bus or a school bus. If there are 55 people on the bus, the price is only $6 for the school bus and only $15 for the coach bus. Please indicate your interest at the time of the ticket purchase.   
Please email Ms. Doktorov at odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions about the prom!

Discovery Museums Events 

Clink on this link to learn more about the various events they are offering:

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.

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!

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.

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 Time line

At one of  our committee meetings a parent suggested that we share the time line 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 line.  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.

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.





Friday, March 17, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

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.  The game is being held at Springfield College on Saturday at 5:45 pm. The team is playing in the state final game for the second year in a row. This year they are undefeated league champions, Clark Tournament Champions 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

WAVM Will be Highlighted on WCVB

Maynard High School will be featured Monday 3/20 on the Channel 5 WCVB morning Eye Opener newscast.  A student produced video (Directed by Eric R. and Brandon G.) will feature students and staff in the MHS building.  Our own Morten H., Alex K., Dante M., and principal Carragianes will represent our school, student exchange program, and MHN newscast respectfully.

This means, if you tune in to ABC's Channel 5 WCVB Boston to watch the morning Eye Opener at 5:10am and 6:10am, you can see the student produced video broadcast live on the air.  

We can expect co-anchors Emily Riemer & Randy Price, with anchor Antoinette Antonio, Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, and Traffic Reporter Olessa Stepanova to provide some banter and dialogue around our student produced video as well, which is always a fun occurrence.  

MHS Presents Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher opens in 1 week at MHS.  This hilarious show is the prequel to Peter Pan and features pirates, mermaids, and answers lots
of questions about how Peter Pan, Captain Hook and many of the Other characters came to be they way they are.  Sword fights, epic hurricanes are    all part of the fun.  Appropriate for all ages.  Don't miss out on getting a great seat!

TICKET BOOTH HOURS
 (We accept cash and checks only, please no credit cards)

Friday, March 17, 6-8pm
Saturday, March 18, 5-7pm
Sunday, March 19th, Noon-2pm
Monday, March 20, 2-4pm &6-8pm
Tuesday, March 21, 6-8pm
Wednesday, March 22, 6-8pm
Thursday, March 23, 6-8pm
Friday, March 24, 5-7 pm
Saturday, March 25, 5-7 pm
Sunday, March 26, Noon-2 pm
Online Ticket Sales www.mktix.com/mhsm

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.





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.