Superintendent's News

By   Dr. Robert J. Gerardi, Jr.
Maynard  Superintendent of Schools
Office: (978) 897-2222 w Fax: (978) 897-4610
rgerardi@maynard.k12.ma.us

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posted Aug 1, 2013, 2:56 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us


February 1st

posted Feb 1, 2012, 7:28 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Announcements

Zoë Berkley-Cramer – (Maynard High School Student)

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small, and often very sick. One in every eight infants is born premature and the highest percentage of infant fatalities is due to premature birth.  My name is Zoë Berkley-Cramer and I’m a senior at Maynard High School.  This cause is really important to me.  As part of my Senior Project, I have spent my semester researching nurturing and bonding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and I have seen how important organizations like March of Dimes are to the health and survival of infants.

On March 8th, the Bruins are playing a “Bruins for Babies Game”, an event to raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes. I will be raffling off 2 tickets to the game!  For a chance to win your way in to the sold out Bruins game, please purchase raffle tickets on one of the following dates:

MHS STUDENTS AND PARENTS:  I will be selling tickets during lunch at Maynard High School from February 6th -  9th  and 13th - 16th.
FOWLER STUDENTS AND PARENTS: I will be selling tickets during lunch at Fowler Middle School on February 10th  and 17th.
ADDITIONAL TICKET SALES: I will also be selling raffle tickets Monday-Friday (February 6th -10th  and 13th -17th ) at Maynard High School from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

For additional information about my project visit: https://sites.google.com/site/zberkleycramer/
For additional information about the March of Dimes visit:
http://www.marchofdimes.com/mission/prematurity.html

 

Taste of Maynard

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 10th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.; entertainment will continue until 7:00 p.m.

 

At this “not to be missed” event, the general public is 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 the local sensation "Shoot the Cat" and raffle prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $5/child 5 and under, $10 ages 6-12 by calling Jim McCann (978) 897.3148, Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard.  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.

Announcements Continued


Excel Programs - Fowler After School Chorus

   Who:             Fowler students in grades 4, 5, & 6

 When:             Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 – February 2 through May 17 (14 weeks)

  Concert Date:            Thursday May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. location TBA

   Where:             Fowler Music Wing – Students may have homework/snack time from 2:00 to 3:00 in the cafeteria.  Snacks will be provided

         Instructor:              Ms. Jennifer Lilly (Green Meadow music teacher)

                      Cost:            $80.

 Parent Pick-up:                     Fowler School Foyer at 4:00 p.m.

         Questions:            Call Lois Cohen or Michelle King at (978) 897-8021 or email at

excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

Excel Programs – F.A.S.T. Athletics Program

   Who:             Fowler students in grades 4, 5, & 6

 When:             9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Tuesday February 21 through Friday February 24           

   Where:             Fowler gym

          Program:              A variety of sports will be offered each day such as Soccer, Capture the Flag, Basketball, Flag Football (space permitting), Dodgeball, Wiffleball, and kickball. Snacks not included.

                      Cost:            $25/morning or $90 for Tuesday through Friday

 Parent Pick-up:                     Fowler School Foyer at 4:00 p.m.

         Questions:            Call Lois Cohen or Michelle King at (978) 897-8021 or email at

excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Check out all the great programming and events going on at The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.  The Boys & Girls Club in coordination with Maynard Recreation has lots of great Spring Programs for the whole family!  Programs will include Tot T-ball, Girls Youth Lacrosse Clinics, Youth Wrestling, Youth Tennis, Art Classes, Archery and more!  For more information or to register, please log onto www.bgcav.org or call 978-461-2871.

 

Save the Dates:

 

Middle School Dance

Friday, Feb. 10 – 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Grades: 6th - 8th - Cost: $5 Club Members, $7 Non Club Members

Join the Boys and Girls Club on Friday, February 10th for a Middle School Dance Party!  

This dance is in a fully supervised environment where kids can hang out with friends and have fun.   

 

 

 

 

Announcements Continued

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

3 on 3 March Madness Basketball Tournament

Saturday, March 24 - $30/per team (max 4 players per team)

Minimum 3 games - Registration Deadline: March 20th

Divisions: 5th & 6th, 7th & 8th and High School

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley's 3-on-3 March Madness  Basketball Tournament is a time where friends can come together for a day of exhilarating basketball.  The tournament will take place at the Boys and Girls Club. Teams will play a  minimum 3 games, and winners will advance to championship rounds.  You do not need to be a member of the Club to participate.  Prizes will be awarded for the winning teams.  For any questions or more information, please call 978-461-2871 or e-mail bishop@bgcav.org.

 

Academic Achievements

The Senior Projects that our students are working on are amazing.  In the announcement above, Zoë Berkley-Cramer demonstrates the quality career and college readiness that Maynard High School is providing its students.  I followed the links to her project web site and to her portfolio that she provided in the announcement above.  I was extremely impressed.  When I was in high school, I didn’t even have a portfolio.  It is wonderful that we are providing such an outstanding education for the children of Maynard!

 

Sincere Acknowledgements

The Maynard Education Foundation

 

The Maynard School Department appreciates all that the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) does for our school system. When the Taste of Maynard information was sent to me, the following paragraph was also sent.  I think it is important to note, that they are also focused on preparing students for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

 

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Our goal is to create funds that will allow MEF to provide annual grants to teaching professionals.  As we begin our 12th year, we have raised over $200,000 and have awarded grants totaling in excess of $140,000 to Maynard educators.  These grants have been utilized for Innovation and Discovery endeavors that benefit Maynard children in the classroom. We specifically look for grants that will not only benefit the immediate children within a specific class, but will become self-sustaining and benefit a much broader audience for years to come.  It is crucial that our students be supported to increase their competitive advantage so they are prepared for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Janary 5th, 2012

posted Jan 8, 2012, 5:04 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Announcements

 

I would like to thank the Maynard School Community members who volunteered to be family host for the students from the China Institute.  Dr. Chesson reported to me that shortly after I sent the request out in the 12/21/11 Superintendent’s Notes, she received more than the 10 host family volunteers needed by the 10/23/11 deadline.  The Students will be visiting during the week of January 23rd through January 27th.  Dr. Chesson will be getting the details out to the host families soon.

 

Having students from other countries share there cultures with us as we share ours is a great learning opportunity for all.  This also fits nicely with our 21st Century Global/Communication goals and would be an area that we would like to expand in the future.

 

Athletic Achievement

 

Our Athletic programs are strong and getting stronger.  I recently reported on the success of the Football Cooperative Program with the students from Harvard and I mentioned the football all stars.  I would be remiss if I did not announce all of the fall sports award winners from the Maynard High Fall Athletic Awards Banquet on December 7, 2011.  Once again, I would like to thank the Boosters for there efforts in making that evening such a special night.

 

The following 60 student athletes were awarded Junior Varsity certificates for participating on a Fall Sports Team at Maynard High.

Kyle Backman Soccer

Dan Hilierm Football

Ronan Ball Soccer

Ethan Holman Football

Emma Bendall Field Hockey

Peggy Hurley Field Hockey

Wendy Brennan Field Hockey

Daniel Jackson Football

Joseph Brooks Football

Antoni Kivlehan Football

Liza Caldicott Soccer

Annamarie Kohlman

Brenno Castro Soccer

Kevin Kraley Soccer

Frances Chafel Soccer

Matthew Lalli Soccer

Brandon Chen Football

Reese LeSage Football

Ashley Chiasson Field Hockey

Amalia Luciano Field Hockey

Hannah Coleman Field Hockey

Sierra Luciano Field Hockey

Connor Cummings Football

Molly Manganaro Field Hockey

Shannon Dawson Soccer

Sesha Manning Field Hockey

Miranda DeBruyn Soccer

Brianna McCadden Field Hockey

Nathan Dee Football

Connor McCarthy Soccer

Cierra DeVos Soccer

Emily McNulty Field Hockey

Lauren Doucette Field Hockey

Charles Mednicks Football

Grace Doyle Soccer

Claire Messier Soccer

Colleen Duddy Soccer

Rebecca Morin Football

Malorie Enneguess Field Hockey

Michael Newey Soccer

Caitlin Fields Field Hockey

John O’Callaghan Football

Margaret Fitzsimons Soccer

John O’Mahony Soccer

Erik Frank Soccer

Brittany O’Neil Soccer

Thomas Geiger Soccer

Leo Pero Football

Helen  Gerondeau Soccer

Shane Rhodes Soccer

Justin Gordon Football

Nick Robinson Football

Gavin Graham Football

Julia Schuck Field Hockey

Caleb Green Football

Victoria Silkonis Field Hockey

Filip Gubala Soccer

Shannon Smith Soccer

Matthew Hickey Soccer

Marina Sullivan Soccer

 

 

The following 100 student Athletes received Varsity certificates for their participation on a Fall sports Team at Maynard High School:

 

Audrey Aucoin Field Hockey

Ryan Fowler Soccer

Anna Magnuson Soccer

Megan Aukstikalnis Soccer

Jason Frye Football

Jack Marcelini Football

Christian Avila Football

Thomas Fuchs Golf

Alex Martinec Football

Joseph Barbagallo Golf

Clayton Galeski Football

Karleigh Martinec Soccer

Maureen Berry Soccer

Diana Gargas Soccer

Matthew McNulty Football

Zachary Boerman Football

Jeffrey Gately Soccer

Dana Morgan Soccer

Jennifer Bosse Soccer

Lucien Gerondeau Golf

Brendan Morrison Football

Allison Bradley Field Hockey

Anna Gubala Soccer

Laurie Murphy Soccer

Patrick Brennan Golf

Izabella Gubala Soccer

Ryan Nadeau Soccer

Matthew Caldicott Soccer

Nicole Hajek Soccer

Kayla O’Mahony Soccer

Maura Campbell Soccer

Shaniqua Harper Cheerleading

Robert Oliphant Soccer

Ashley Capone Soccer

Nicole Howell Soccer

Katerina Panakis Soccer

Courtney Capone Soccer

Daniel Hughes Soccer

Sean Peterson Football

Meagan Capone Soccer

Melanie Hunter Field Hockey

James Poh Football

Ben Chiasson Football

Britney Iannelli Cheerleading

Rasania Vishwa Football

Mikaela Corbett Field Hockey

Bryanna Iannelli Cheerleading

Margaret Reilly Field Hockey

Addie Cotter Soccer

Aaron Lucas Jacobson Football

Hanna Rhodes Soccer

Clayton Dahill Golf

Daniell Jaillet Football

Jennifer Rico Cheerleading

Brian DeMars Golf

Taylor Kapsimalis Field Hockey

Oliver Schaefer Soccer

Annabelle Dentino Cheerleading

Shawn Kennedy Football

Zac Shields Football

Catherine Dineen Field Hockey

Bryan Kiley Football

Richard Skrobis Soccer

Gwyn Donovan Soccer

Matthew Kiley Soccer

Margaret Small Field Hockey

Luke Dumond Soccer

Kimberley Lamoureux Field Hockey

Taylor Thompson Soccer

Brendan Dyer Football

Lauren Lappas Soccer

Maggie Thraen Soccer

Patrick Dyer Soccer

Ashley Lees Soccer

Alex Vilimaitis Football

Steven Echevarria Football

Colby LeSage Soccer

Stephanie Wasiuk Field Hockey

Lindsay Egan Field Hockey

Brandon Llanos Soccer

Jack Waterhouse Football

Haley Falzone Soccer

Lena Llanos Soccer

Erin Wesley Field Hockey

Michael Fitzgerald Soccer

Julia Long Soccer

Tess Weyburne Soccer

Rachel Fitzgerald Soccer

Bailey Loughlin Golf

Jacalyn Whitney Field Hockey

Christopher Flynn Soccer

Hannah Loynd Field Hockey

Taylor Whitney Soccer

Michael Foley Golf

Clayton Lyons Soccer

Preston Wilkie Football

Jacquelyn Foster Cheerleading

Joseph MacCormack Football

Andrew Wilkins Football

 

Team Trophy Awards were presented to the following Student Athletes in their respective sport

 

Most Valuable Player  Boys Soccer

Ryan Nadeau

Most Valuable Offense Player  Boys Soccer

Matt Kiley

Most Valuable Defense Player Boys Soccer

Jeffrey Gately

Most Improved Player Boys Soccer

Patrick Dyer

Hebert Peter Frank Memorial Un sung Hero Award Boys Soccer

Oliver Schaefer

Coaches Award Boys Soccer

Clayton Lyons

 

 

Most Valuable Player Golf

Lucien Gerondeau

Joe Cote Unsung Hero Award Golf

Clayton Dahill

Most Improved Player Golf

Bailey Loughlin

 

 

Most Valuable Player Girls Soccer

Tess Weyburne

Most Valuable Offense Player Girls Soccer

Courtney Capone

Most Valuable Defense Player Girls Soccer

Nicole Howell

Most Improved Player Girls Soccer

Dana Morgan

Un sung Hero Award Girls Soccer

Anna Gubala

Coaches Award Girls Soccer

Lauren Lappas

 

 

Most Improved Cheerleader

Shaniqua Harper

 

 

Most Valuable Player Field Hockey

Allison Bradley

Most Valuable Offense Player Field Hockey

Taylor Kapsimalis

Most Valuable Defense Player Field Hockey

Mikeala Corbett

Un sung Hero Award Field Hockey

Jackie Whitney

Most Improved Player Field Hockey

Kimmy Lamoureux

Coaches Award Field Hockey

Lindsay Egan

 

 

Outstanding Senior Award Football

Matt McNulty

Al Cowles Award Most Valuable Player Award Football

Sean Peterson

John T. Enneguess Award Outstanding Lineman

Football

Ben Chiasson

Walter N. Moore Sr. Award – Gusto Gus Defense Football

Jack Waterhouse

Most Improved Player Football

Zachary Boerman

Outstanding Defense Back Award Football

Steven Echevarria

Coaches Award Football

Jason Frye

Un Sung Hero Award Football

Clayton Galeski

 

 

 

 

Mid Wach D League All Star Certificates were presented to the following student Athletes from Maynard High

 

Michael Fitzgerald Boys Soccer

Mid Wach D  League All Star

Ryan Fowler Boys Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star

Jeffrey Gately Boys Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star

Matt Kiley Boys Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star

Oliver Schaefer Boys Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star

Ryan Nadeau Boys Soccer

Mid Wach D All Star MVP and Central MA All Star

Allison Bradley Field Hockey

Mid Wach D League All Star

Lindsay Egan Field Hockey

Mid Wach D League All Star

Taylor Kapsimalis Field Hockey

Mid Wach D League All Star

Lucien Gerondeau Golf

Mid Wach D League All Star

Anna Gubala Girls Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star

Nicole Howell Girls Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star

Tess Weyburne Girls Soccer

Mid Wach D League All Star MVP and central MA All Star

Matt McNulty Football

Mid Wach D League All Star and Central MA All Star

Steven Echevarria

Mid Wach D League All Star

Ben Chiasson

Mid Wach D League All Star and Central MA All Star

Sean Peterson

Central MA All Star

December 21st

posted Dec 22, 2011, 5:23 AM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Announcements

Opportunities to Host Foreign Exchange Students

In 2010, the community of Maynard had the extraordinary opportunity to host 9 students from China for 10 days. We have just been notified that we will have the same opportunity again. The students are tentatively scheduled to arrive on Monday January 23rd for a week. During the day the students will attend school at the high school. During the week the high school will organize 2 or 3 field trips for the exchange students and the host students.  At this time we have only had 3 families volunteer to host the exchange students.  We need to have 6 more families volunteer by Friday 12/23/2011 in order to run this program.  If you are interested in hosting a student please contact Dr. Chesson at the high school at lchesson@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-8891 before the Christmas break.

 

Excel After School Programs

 

Lois Cohen is excited to offer the following after school programs at the Green Meadow and Fowler School.  For more information, please contact her at (978) 897-8021.

EXCEL After School Programs – Starts January 10

Chess Wizards

Global Child Spanish Instruction

Rhythm Kids Drumming

Wicked Cool for Kids – Science

Deadline for registration is January 5.

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/excel-in-maynard/

Fowler Arts & Academics Program - Starts January 10

Programs offered are Cartooning, Design and Engineering, Experimental Painting, Guided Relaxation/Meditation for Kids; Magic with Markers and Muscle Mania.

Below is the link to these programs.  Deadline for registration is January 5.

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/arts-and-academics/


Events to Report On:

College Acceptance Signing Ceremony

Tuesday morning Dr. Chesson, and Patricia DeMars, held a College Acceptance Signing Ceremony for Ben Chiasson.   Ben is a senior at Maynard High who has signed a letter of intent to attend and play Baseball at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH.   This is another example of Maynard High School Athletic Program providing opportunities for ours students.  There will be a press release and a picture of the event in this week’s edition of the Beacon Villager.


Athletic Awards

Mr. Olgilvie asked me to include the following award acknowledgements. The entire Tigers Football Program was awarded the Mid Wach D Sportsmanship Award for 2011. This is a great award voted on by the Coaches in Mid Wach D.

Mid Wach D League All Stars                            Central Mass. Division 6 All Stars
Steven Echevarria                                      Ben Chiasson

Sean Peterson                                                       Matt McNulty
Ben Chiasson                                                      
Matt McNulty                                                      

Academic Achievement

21st Century Learning

While the Holidays and budget season has prevented the 21st Century Learning Skills Committee from meeting and moving forward, some individuals have still been working behind the scenes to provide opportunities for us to learn more about this direction. 

 

Donna Dankner has agreed to chair the Global Education/Communication 21st Century Sub-committee.  Don Holm has set up a visit to the Holliston School District to visit their French and Spanish Immersion Foreign Language Program on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  Anyone who is interested in participating on this program visit, please contact Colleen Moore at cmoore@maynard.k12.ma.us so that we can compile a list of people attending.

Dr. Chesson and Emily Dowd have agreed to co-chair the Technology Integration 21st Century Sub-committee.  The visit to Millis provided some fruitful information around how to expand our successful WAVM after School Program into the school day curriculum. 

School Committee Member Ken Estabrook has also done some investigation in this area and found an excellent example of advanced science/engineering programs: http://www.usfirst.org/

Dean Kamen founded this effort as a response to his perception that kids thought that sports and movie stars were cool, and science and engineering were not.  These are teams of kids working together on fun (but real world) science and engineering projects.  Ken Estabrook identified that Concord, Bedford, Lincoln/Sudbury, and Millis have teams.  The Millis team website is:  http://Alarmrobotics.com


With so many Maynard community members working in the high tech industries around Boston, we discussed the probability of the support for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives.  At one time Maynard had a robotics program at Maynard High School but could not afford to maintain it.  It would be amazing if we could develop such programs and have so much community enthusiasm that a STEM Booster Club could be developed.  Only time will tell as we explore the possibilities in a 21st Century School Community.  Happy Holidays!

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posted Dec 15, 2011, 4:45 AM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Announcements

Opportunities to Host Foreign Exchange Students

In 2010 the community of Maynard had the extraordinary opportunity to host 9 students from China for 10 days. We have just been notified that we will have the same opportunity again. The students are tentatively scheduled to arrive on Monday January 23rd for a week. During the day the students will attend school at the high school. During the week the high school will organize 2 or 3 field trips for the exchange students and the host students. If you are interested in hosting a student please contact Dr. Chesson at the high school at lchesson@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-8891 before the Christmas break.

Boys and Girls Club Winter Programs

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley & Maynard Rec Winter Programs

Check out all the great winter programs the Boys & Girls Club has to offer!  Not only are we offering an extensive selection of youth programming, but adults & toddlers will have a multitude of choices as well!  Plus school vacation programs, Club winter basketball league, floor hockey league and more!   For more information or to register please log onto www.bgcav.org or call 978-461-2871.

RECREATION SKIING

SATURDAYS -- January 7th - Feb. 11th -- Time: 9:00am -- Grades: K-12

Cost:  Rentals - $95.00 (Please make check payable to Nashoba Valley)

Lessons & Lift Ticket- $220.00 -- Lift Ticket (ONLY)- $180.00
This is ONLY available to children in the 6th Grade or above that have skied or snowboarded before.

Join us for another exciting year of skiing with Maynard Rec and Nashoba Valley.  Early Bird Discount!  Register before December 15th and take $5 off.  Deadline to register is Friday, December 28th. 

KIDS LEGOKLUB

WEDNESDAYS -- January 4th - February 29th -- Time:  3:30pm-5:00pm  -- Grades: 3-5

Cost: $145 -- Location: TBA -- Minimum 10/ Maximum 16 

Have your child become a Play-Well Engineer! Students will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO® system. With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced Play-Well Engineering instructor to guide them.

Kinder-Dribblers

Grade: Kindergarten -- Session #2: Jan. 7th - Feb. 11th -- Time: 2:15pm

Cost: $65/Club members -- $75/ Non Club members (fee includes t-shirt & basketball)

Location: Fowler Middle School -- Registration Deadline for Session #1: December 16th 

Kinder-Dribblers are a great introductory course to the skills of basketball.  These little sporties will be learning the basics and having a great time putting their excess energy to good use!!

Lowered hoops will be used.

 

Biddy Basketball

Grades: 1st & 2nd -- Session #2: Jan. 7th - Feb. 11th -- Game Time: 3:30pm

Cost: $65 for Club Members/per session  -- $75 for Non-Members/per session

Location:  Fowler Middle School -- Registration Deadline for Session #1: December 16th

 If you played in Session #1, take $15 off the 2nd Session!

(Fee includes t-shirt, basketball, referees & fun!!!) -- Let's play some hoops!!! 


Wendy Allegrone-Leslie
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley
212 Great Road
Maynard, MA 01754
978-461-2871 www.bgcav.org
"Great Futures Start Here"

Events to Report On:

WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon

Last Friday at 8:00 PM, the students and staff of WAVM held the 29th annual WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon.  The event was kicked off with speeches from Kate Hogan, State Representative; Jim Buscemi, Member of the Board of Selectmen; Mike Sullivan, Town Manager; Dr. Kohlman, School Committee Vice-chair; Dr. Chesson, MHS Principal, Bruce Coulter, Beacon Villager Editor; and Sue Messier, Co-chair of Friends of WAVM, and me.  

It was great to have the broad support of the community on this worthy cause.  This year's telethon raised an impressive $32,129! Congratulations to all the students, staff, and volunteers of WAVM.  I would like to extend special thanks the Beacon Villager for teaming up with the Maynard School Department.

Upcoming Events:
MHS Winter Concert

The MHS Winter Concert will be held tonight on Wednesday December 14, 2011.  The program will start at 7pm in the Maynard High School auditorium. Come hear choral music from around the world including; an Irish men’s' jig, a Polish carol, a Canadian Mouth music piece, and the
African Harambee. The band will be playing a suite from Harry Potter, Vaughan William's arrangement of Greensleeves, Once Upon a December from Anastasia, the jazz band will blow you away with 4 jazz styles being offered, the madrigals, a cappella group and wind ensemble-all
to perform for you. Admission is free. Come and hear the MHS musicians!

Academic Achievement

There are many studies that show that participation in school sports programs improves academic achievement.   The new Cooperative Football Program with the communities of Maynard and Harvard was a resounding success.  In order to offer more athletic programs, we are exploring additional cooperative programs.

Bromfield will be the host of a cooperative program in Lacrosse and has invited Maynard to be the guest. They have filed the paperwork with MIAA.  The MIAA officials will be meeting to approve cooperative programs is in January 2012. 

In addition, this winter one of our students was offered an invitation to participate on the swimming and diving team through the Nashoba Regional Swimming Club.  She is already competing interscholastically and yesterday took first place in their first diving competition.  This will qualify her for the state meet.

December 8th, 2011

posted Dec 9, 2011, 12:20 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Announcements

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley & Maynard Recreation Winter Programs

Check out all the great winter programs the Boys & Girls Club has to offer!  Not only are we offering an extensive selection of youth programming, but adults & toddlers will have a multitude of choices as well!  Plus school vacation programs, Club winter basketball league, floor hockey league and more!   For more information or to register please log onto: www.bgcav.org or call 978-461-2871.

RECREATION SKIING -- SATURDAYS

January 7th - February 11th  --  Time: 9:00am  -- Grades: K-12

Cost:  Rentals - $95.00 (Please make check payable to Nashoba Valley)

Lessons & Lift Ticket- $220.00  -- Lift Ticket (ONLY)- $180.00
This is ONLY available to children in the 6th Grade or above that have skied or snowboarded before.

Join us for another exciting year of skiing with Maynard Rec and Nashoba Valley.  Early Bird Discount!  Register before December 15th and take $5 off.  Deadline to register is Friday, December 28th. 

 

KIDS LEGOKLUB --  WEDNESDAYS

January 4th - February 29th  -- Time:  3:30pm-5:00pm  -- Grades: 3-5

Cost: $145  -- Location: TBA  --  Minimum 10/ Maximum 16 

Have your child become a Play-Well Engineer! Students will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO® system. With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced Play-Well Engineering instructor to guide them.

 

Kinder-Dribblers 

Grade: Kindergarten  --  Session #2: Jan. 7th - Feb. 11th

Time: 2:15pm --  Cost: $65/Club members --  $75/ Non Club members

(fee includes t-shirt & basketball)

Location: Fowler Middle School

Registration Deadline for Session #1: December 16th

Kinder-Dribblers is a great introductory course to the skills of basketball.  These little sporties will be learning the basics and having a great time putting their excess energy to good use!! Lowered hoops will be used.

 

Biddy Basketball

Grades: 1st & 2nd --  Session #2: Jan. 7th - Feb. 11th  --  Game Time: 3:30pm

Cost: $65 for Club Members/per session  --  $75 for Non-Members/per session

Location:  Fowler Middle School

Registration Deadline for Session #1: December 16th

If you played in Session #1, take $15 off the 2nd Session!

(Fee includes t-shirt, basketball, referees & fun!!!)

Let's play some hoops!!! 


Wendy Allegrone-Leslie
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley
212 Great Road
Maynard, MA 01754
978-461-2871
www.bgcav.org
"Great Futures Start Here"

Upcoming Events:

WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon

This Friday the WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon will begin at 8:00 pm.  I am looking forward to being part of the kick off.  I am hoping that the community will rally around this very important Telethon that helps families during the holiday.  Please tune in and contribute.

Upcoming Events Continued:

MHS Winter Concert

The MHS Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday December 14, 2011.  The program will start at 7pm in the Maynard High School auditorium. Come hear choral music from around the world including; an Irish men’s' jig, a Polish carol, a Canadian Mouth music piece, and the
African Harambee. The band will be playing a suite from Harry Potter, Vaughan William's arrangement of Greensleeves, Once Upon a December from Anastasia, the jazz band will blow you away with 4 jazz styles being offered, the madrigals, a cappella group and wind ensemble-all
to perform for you. Admission is free. Come and hear the MHS musicians!

Events to Report:

2nd Annual SEPAC Holiday Social

The Maynard SEPAC held a wonderful 2nd Annual Holiday Social on Monday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Green Meadow School Cafeteria.   Many of our Best Buddies students from Maynard High School were there to help with the festivities.  This family event had lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family.  The cookie decorating activity was a big hit and a tasty success!

Fall Sports Award Night 12/07/11

Special thanks to the Maynard Boosters Club for their support, Patricia De Mars for her organization and the format that she created last year to make this a more enjoyable event for all and Dr. Chesson for her attendance and support of our athletic program.  

It is so wonderful to be able to celebrate our successes.  All of our fall student athletes were recognized with certificates of achievement.  Also awards for MVP Offense, MVP Defense, Most Improved, Unsung Hero, Outstanding Back, Outstanding Senior and Coaches awards were given out.  Some special awards included:

The Herbert Peter Frank Memorial Unsung Hero Award

The Joe Cote Unsung Hero Award

The Al Cowles Award – Football MVP

The John T. Enneguess Award – Outstanding Lineman

The Walter N. Moore Sr. Award – Gusto Gus Defense

I would also like to thank the following groups and community members for being sponsors:

Maynard Youth Soccer

Mary & David Gately

Robert and Marilyn Brooks

Patterson Auto Body

Maynard Elks #1568

The Sullivan Family

The Brannelly Family

Maynard Rod and Gun Club

Jarmo’s Auto Repair

Mark & Jeanne Enneguess

The Maynard Boosters Club

Academic Standings:

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states and school districts to produce and disseminate annual report cards. Here is the link for the district's report card:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/reportcard/rc.aspx?linkid=38&orgcode=01740000&fycode=2011&orgtypecode=5&

These report cards include information on student assessment (MCAS), accountability, and teacher quality; the report cards may also include other information. These report cards provide parents and other members of the public a snapshot of student performance and teacher qualifications in their local schools.

It is important to note that congress has for the last several years been debating the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind ACT (NCLB) which required this information and it’s uses in this matter.  Over the last decade, the educational community and our government representatives have debated the efficacy of using this data to classify school or school community performance. 

This type of data and the standards based movement has been a helpful tool for teachers in a more progressive way.  This data helps teachers to understand how their students are performing in this snapshot of time and adjust instruction for improved academic achievement.  To that end, our School Committee received an excellent presentation at their last meeting from our Interim Curriculum Director, Don Holm, and a Fowler Teacher Leader, Mark Sinopoli, identifying how we are currently using data to improve instruction and our plans to increase that strategy across the district.

November 30th

posted Nov 30, 2011, 10:21 AM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Upcoming Events:

2nd Annual SEPAC Holiday Social

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings to its 2nd Annual Holiday Social on Monday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Green Meadow School Cafeteria.   This family event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family!  Last year’s Holiday social was a huge success!  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kyra Marino at kyramarino@comcast.net or visit our website at http://sepac.maynardschools.org.  This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving Special Education services in Maynard.

Green Meadow PTO Holiday Shopping at Clock Tower Place

Michelle L. Grace, mlgrace@comcast.net Green Meadow PTO, would like you to join us for a festive, fun evening out and help raise money for the Green Meadow PTO.  This fundraiser is at Clock Tower Place on Thursday evening, December 1, from 6:00 – 9:00.

Enjoy some shopping at the non-profit Global Goods and The Traveling Toy Shop and feel good that 20% of all sales will be donated to the PTO to help fund the projects and support it provides to the  Green Meadow School  community.  The latest games and educational toys, unique global gifts of sterling silver jewelry, scarves, home and personal items, and gorgeous gift baskets will be available. Enjoy some socializing, shopping, and relaxing with gourmet snacks and drinks while helping our schools.

Look for the balloons and large Global Goods sign on the sidewalk across from the Blue Coyote. Parking is available on Main Street or in the Clock Tower lot. Walk through the opening of the black iron fence across from The Blue Coyote and continue down to the lower parking lot between the buildings. Then enter Building 7, Clock Tower Place through the white picket fence. The festivities will be at the shops and next to the Café. Hope to see you on Thursday, Dec. 1!

WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM staff would like to invite parents to donate something to our annual telethon auction.  The items should be new in a sealed container and can not contain alcohol.  Some items that we usually look for our toys, autographed sports items, sporting event tickets, household items, gift certificates, etc.  They can drop them off at WAVM during the hours of 9am to 9pm and we will give them credit. 

MHS Theatre Improve Night

The MHS theatre 101 class is presenting Improv Night this Fri. December 2, 2011.  It will be held at 7pm in the MHS auditorium. Come and enjoy an evening of laughter and fun! Admission is free with donations being gratefully accepted.  The proceeds going towards paying for the rights and royalties for our spring One-Acts.

MHS Winter Concert

The MHS Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday December 14, 2011.  The program will start at 7pm in the Maynard High School auditorium. Come hear choral music from around the world including; an Irish men’s' jig, a Polish carol, a Canadian Mouth music piece, and the
African Harambee. The band will be playing a suite from Harry Potter, Vaughan William's arrangement of Greensleeves, Once Upon a December from Anastasia, the jazz band will blow you away with 4 jazz styles being offered, the madrigals, a cappella group and wind ensemble-all
to perform for you. Admission is free. Come and hear the MHS musicians!

Academic Success

We broke a record! 8 MHS musicians auditioned for and made Senior Districts this year!  Schools are not divided by size and our district spans from 495 out to right before Springfield and up to the NH border.  Our students compete directly with over 100 schools in this district!

This is a huge honor for these students and Cindy Erickson and I are very proud!

Congratulations to:

Joe Barbagallo, Ryan Chiasson and Jeff Umbrell-trumpets,

Brian Terranova-tuba,

Lucien Gerondeau-clarinet,

Leo Kutlowski-trombone,

Tess Weyburne-french horn,
Margaret Small-voice

Jeff, Joe, Brian and Tess scored so highly that they have received an All-State rec. to audition to play in Symphony Hall in March. Tess received the highest score of all in her instrument in the district.

21st Century Learning Skills

In planning to set up the formal 21st Century Learning Skills Committee, I realized that there is a lot of data gathering that still needs to be done and that this would be best done by creating several 21st Century Learning Skills Sub-committees.  I believe that our districts would benefit by focusing on the Global Communication and Technology Integration areas of 21st Century Learning Skills.  I am in the process of developing those sub-committees and expect the business of data gathering to begin in earnest in the New Year.

On a related note, I read an interesting article in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204358004577030600066250144.html?KEYWORDS=My+teacher+is+an+app

The article starts out proposing the theory that virtual learning will replace the teacher.  Ironically, with every new technology this claim has been made and it has never come to fruition.  I remember when they said kids would be sitting in front of televisions at home to receive their education;)

The reality is that we educators know that even with the vast information that can be reached through the computer; the performance art of a great teacher motivates and supports students to achieve at higher levels.  Many of us need the interpersonal relationships that schools offer to maximize our potential. 

With that said, there are many people who are very organized and self directed and that can benefit from online learning.  In fact, my niece completed almost an entire Masters Degree in Library Science through on-line learning.  My brother has also benefited from on-line academic work.  Of course my niece and my brother were the Salutatorian and Valedictorian of their classes.   

Ultimately, the on-line learning can be a powerful tool when it is harnessed with Face-to-face teaching in a hybrid model.  This article identifies the pitfalls and lack of success strict on-line programs have had and conversely the successes of hybrid models.  I am fortunate to have some background in this area because I had one of the New England models of hybrid on-line learning in my previous district.  In my last year, we had the first totally on-line educated student graduate from our program and yet he did have face-to face time built in when he was physically able to complete tasks like our senior project.  Please feel free to review the article that I had previously written on this topic at:

http://woonsocket.patch.com/articles/school-highlights-for-the-week-of-nov-29-through-dec-5

It is probably becoming obvious that I enjoy writing and believe that it is an opportunity for me to get more and better school information out to the community.  I have also been writing monthly articles for the Beacon Villager that can be found in print at the end of the month and on line through Wicked Local Maynard.  Just in case you have missed those articles, the most recent on-line editions can be found at:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/maynard/news/education/x780392531/Education-Spotlight-Learning-skills-for-the-21st-century#axzzlcKRNNQHQ

http://www.wickedlocal.com/maynard/news/education/x1461798307/Green-Meadow-Preschool-earns-reaccredidation#axzz1bcQK1Lxc

http://www.wickedlocal.com/maynard/news/education/x678158152/Education-Spotlight-Massachusetts-students-are-number-one#axzz1bcQK1Lxc

 

November 22nd, 2011

posted Nov 28, 2011, 6:16 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Upcoming Events:

The Maynard High School Bonfire Rally 11/23/2011

The Snack Shack will be open for the last time of the fall season this Wednesday night @ 5PM for the bonfire.  Hot Dogs, Pizza, Nachos, Hot Chocolate and more!  The Booster Club wishes to thank the many volunteers who made this season a success.  By having so much help, we were able to open for all but 1 Fall Sport Event.  Quite an achievement!!  Again, Thanks!! 


Thanksgiving Holiday 11/23/2011

I would like to wish everyone in the Maynard School Community a happy Thanksgiving Holiday.  I love this holiday for two reasons; the first is that it is good to give thanks for all that we have.  We are blessed to live in the greatest state, in the greatest nation!  We are also very fortunate to be a part of this community because it is obvious to me that Maynard is a community that cares.  The food pantry, which has been spearheaded by former school committee member Mary Brannelly for 19 years, provided the supplies for approximately 125 families to help them have a happy Thanksgiving dinner.

The second reason I love Thanksgiving is as a result of the tradition for many of us is to spend time with family and friends that we do not get to see on a daily basis.  I will be attending our Thanksgiving morning football game against our rivals Clinton for the first half.  Then I will scoot over to Millis to cheer on my Alma Mater, the Medway Mustangs, and catch up with old friends there.  The cooperative arrangement with Bromfield has been a great success this year.  If you get a chance, please come support our football team at Clinton.  This is a great Thanksgiving tradition that gives us that opportunity to celebrate with good friends.


2nd Annual SEPAC Holiday Social 12/5/2011

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings to its 2nd Annual Holiday Social on Monday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Green Meadow School Cafeteria.   This family event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family!  Last year’s Holiday social was a huge success!  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kyra Marino at kyramarino@comcast.net or visit our website at http://sepac.maynardschools.org.  This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving Special Education services in Maynard.

 

 

Recent Events to Report:

 

Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame

 

The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame held its fourth Induction ceremony on Saturday November 19, 2011 at the Maynard Lodge of Elks.  With nearly 300 people in attendance, it was a very successful “Celebration of Tradition and Excellence”.

 

The Mission of the Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame is:

 

·      To honor and perpetuate the memory of all former Maynard students, coaches and associated persons who have brought pride and distinction to the school system, the Town of Maynard and themselves, primarily through their high school athletic endeavors;

·      To be a positive presence in strengthening the bonds between Maynard student-athletes, parents, friends of Maynard Athletics and the Maynard community;

·      To instill and continue the tradition of excellence that has been characteristic of Maynard athletics;

·      To link past and current generations of student-athletes; and

·      To encourage current student athletes to embrace the many opportunities available to them through team work, hard work, determination, and dedication.

 

I can verify that the Maynard Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has achieved this mission. 

 

I learned quite a bit about the history and traditions of Maynard High School athletics.  Many of the athletes told us of the virtues of work ethic and character that came from their participation in high school sports.  It is great to see this pride in our schools and community.  

 

It is my hope that the School Committee and I can make decisions that will improve or expand the athletic programming in Maynard which will support this mission and increase school and community pride. 

 

The Maynard High School Alma Mater

 

“To the glory of our school we raise our voices to the sky;

 

We pledge our faith and homage ever, where e’er our duty ever lies.

 

And in the tuneful chorus blending, her fame and honor never die, to thee our dear old alma mater, our dear old Maynard High.”

 

(Charles Manty)

 

November 16th

posted Nov 16, 2011, 10:21 AM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

Upcoming Events:

The Fowler Talent Show will take place on Thursday November 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fowler Auditorium.

Parents of 7th Grade students are invited to attend a Writing Celebration.  Mrs. Sullivan's 7th grade writing students are celebrating the publishing of their personal narratives.  Come stop by the Fowler library to read student stories, hear students read their stories, and listen to students discuss their writing process.  The date is November 18th and the times are 7:50 and 10:30 a.m.  We hope you can join us!

Recent Events to Report:

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Last Wednesday evening, Maynard High School held its National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.  I want to recognize all of the current National Honor Students and those inducted that night.  Becoming a member of the National Honor Society is quite an achievement.  Selection is based on the four criteria of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  Those attributes will help them in every endeavor.

The Superintendent's Award was given to the Female and Male National Honor Student with the highest grade point average.  Anna Gubula and Chris Wagman received this Award.  I am proud of these two students and all of our Maynard National Honor Society members who represent our school community extremely well!

Scholarship Signing

Last Wednesday afternoon at Maynard High School, senior Michael Marshall signed his letter of intent to attend Bryant University.  This scholarship will allow him to attend one of the most prestigious business schools in the United States.  In addition to this academic advantage, he will be playing Division I baseball for Bryant University next year.  Dr. Chesson told me that Michael is not only an outstanding scholar athlete, but a great person too! 

Academic Success:

Experiential education has been debated by the great philosophers including Aristotle, Plato, Dewey, Paiget, Vygotski, and Friere.  In the book "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization" (Zhao, 2009), the author sites these type of educational experiences as being the positive difference in American Education that has kept us an economic superpower for the last half century. 

This author was raised and educated in China but now raises his children in Michigan where he is a college professor.  He claims that the innovation and creativity that we include in our education system is what gives our nation an advantage.

Natures Classroom

Nature’s Classroom is a program that Maynard and most of the Metro-Boston Communities participate in.  It is an outstanding example of Experiential Education that has great value.  I asked Fowler Principal, Jeff Mela, to write about Natures Classroom and the following is an excerpt of what he gave me:

When students become seventh graders at Fowler School they all have an opportunity to participate in an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.  For the last 28 years, thousands of students have left their families and Maynard for one school week in the fall to attend Nature’s Classroom in Boston Harbor’s Thompson Island or in the Berkshires in Beckett, MA.  Nature’s Classroom is a unique educational experience, which allows students to learn about nature and the environment while building cooperation, trust, and mutual respect with their peers and teachers.  After a week of sleeping in cabins and being incredibly physically active, the students return tired and happy, filled with stories to share about their adventures in the woods.

Nature’s Classroom teachers encourage students to participate in classes such as Fire Building, Shark Dissection, Geo Dome, Natural Facials, Building a Rope Bridge, Edible Plants and many others.  The evening activities include a nighttime walk, science fair, and the most popular Thursday Night Live Skits.  Fowler teachers serve as chaperones during the days and evenings.  In the environment outside of school, students see their teachers differently and thus student-teacher relationships are established, strengthened and a community of seventh graders begins.  For many years, Pat Adams and Chris Fleming have directed the program with great attention-to-detail, thoughtful planning and success.

While there are many attributes about Nature’s Classroom that are appealing to me, I feel very proud that Nature’s Classroom is a totally inclusive program meaning that all students can attend and be successful.  Each year, the Fowler Fair helps to provide scholarships to families so all students have the opportunity to attend.  Students with significant disabilities attend Nature’s Classroom with proper support and assistance so they can access everything available.  Fowler teachers and staff work incredibly hard to make sure that all students are happy, nurtured, safe, and productive during the week.  If you have a child who has experienced Nature’s Classroom in the past, please ask them about their own special memories from their week of learning outside of the traditional classroom. (Mela, 2011) 

Family Field Trips

My wife, Kristen, is an avid reader and much more astute than I am at making learning fun.  My daughter, Ella, is in 2nd grade and they are studying Pilgrims and Thanksgiving.  Kristen is always looking for afterschool or weekend activities that we can do as a family to supplement the curriculum that our children are learning at school. 

This weekend we had a family field trip to Plymouth MA.  On Saturday we were able to visit the Plimoth Plantation http://www.plimoth.org/; The Mayflower II http://www.plimoth.org/what-see-do/mayflower-ii, the Pilgrim Hall Museum http://www.pilgrimhall.org/; and Plymouth Rock http://www.visit-plymouth.com/plymouthrock.htm all in one day.  Our family had a lot of fun seeing and experiencing things that my children are learning about in school.

My son, Rob, is an avid reader like his mom and he got Ella excited about reading the "Magic Tree House" series of books.  He gave Ella the book titled "Thanksgiving on Thursday" (Pope Osborne, 2002).  Ella liked it so much that she went to the library and got the Magic tree house research guide on Pilgrims and read that as well. 

Whether we as parents provide experiential learning or exciting literature, we provide our children special opportunities to make learning fun and exciting.

"Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand."

(Confucius)

November 3rd, 2011

posted Nov 3, 2011, 10:27 AM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 10:32 AM ]

Upcoming Events to Report:

Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) 

Meeting Announcement - Brain Balance: 

Please join Brain Balance Achievement Center and Maynard SEPAC on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at the Fowler School Library in Maynard as we strive to educate our community about the causes of ADHD, autism, aspergers, Tourette's, and other disorders.   In 2011, nearly 25% of all children will struggle through the school year with the challenges of ADHD, autism, dyslexia, aspergers, and other learning and developmental disorders.  For many students, this means daily medications and ongoing battles with academic and social tests.  One of the greatest challenges of these disorders/delays; however, is the lack of understanding - on the part of teachers, parents, and specialists - of exactly what is happening to our children.  Our informational lecture will introduce the concept of positive neuroplasticity, the importance of integrated brain function, and the reality of remediation through hemispheric stimulation.  The Brain Balance Program is a drug-free, multi-modal approach to the remediation of developmental disabilities rooted in the science of life-long brain development.  Using advanced assessments, we work to identify the areas of weakness in a child's brain.  We then develop a customized program of sensory motor activities, academic work, and hemispheric stimulation to encourage brain development and reverse the challenge!  Beyond that work, however, we work closely with parents throughout the process to explain the workings of the brain in each child, and how our work is beneficial.  Our talk will include helpful hints for working with children of every challenge both at home and in the classroom, as well as advice on identifying areas of weakness in your son/daughter.  Contact Jennifer O'Leary at jenniferoleary1@verizon.net or 978-897-2705 for RSVP or more information.  This workshop is free and open to the public. 

Academic Success:

We have a half day for students scheduled this Friday 11/4/2011.  I'll bet many people wonder: What do teachers and administrators do on those professional development days?

In an effort to shed light on what teachers and administrators do on professional development days, I will share an abbreviated version of an email from our Assistant Principal at Maynard High School, Mr. Charles Caragianes.  Chuck has chosen as his administrative project to address the articulation and alignment of our curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.  He is working with the Elementary Principal of Green Meadow, Donna Dankner, and the Interim Director of Curriculum, Don Holm.

Good afternoon all--

As you know, on Friday November 4th the district will be having an Early Release Day for all schools.  On this date the district will be taking the first step in what promises to be a challenging, but worthwhile venture:  The articulation and alignment of our curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.

As you likely have heard or read, with the acceptance of Race to the Top funding, the Commonwealth has agreed to realign our Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks to the new national Common Core Curriculum.

Every district must accomplish the task, and many districts are likely to approach this work from a top down perspective, or will be heavily segmenting the work by school type--elementary, middle and high schools separately.  Here in Maynard the goal is to do much better than that.

As we realign the curriculum in Maynard, all 3 of our schools and all of our teachers will be working together to create an updated and unified curriculum from grades K to 12 with maximum teacher input.  It is understood that this is a large undertaking and that proper time and resourcing will be required.  It is also understood that revisiting the curriculum is an ongoing process of continual assessment and revision by all of the professionals within our district.

Friday November 4th, teams of teachers and leaders will be meeting at the Fowler School from 12:00 until 2:00 to begin this work.  Teachers from Kindergarten through grade 5 will be working together and teachers working with students from grades 6 to 12 will be working together.  Please stay tuned for upcoming emails in the next few school days as we prepare for Friday November 4th.

Thanks very much!

Chuck Caragianes ccaragianes@maynard.k12.ma.us

Sent October 28, 2011

This email highlights that this work is being done collaboratively with teachers and administrators working side by side.  Also note that teachers from all levels will be able to share with their counterparts, a grade above and a grade below, what they expect students to know and be able to do entering and leaving their class.  This articulation does not often happen in all school districts and it is a sign for our community that you have a highly functioning Maynard School Department that is working collaboratively to reach its goals.

Update on the Millis MA Public School Site Visit and more:

At our October 27th School Committee Meeting, we had a great discussion about the visit to the Millis Public Schools.  School Committee Chairperson Gay discussed the innovative programs that we saw including: a TV Production program that operates during the day, an iPad pilot program that put an iPad in the hands of every 8th grade student in Millis, and a Kindergarten through 12th grade Immersion Foreign Language program. 

Of the three initiatives, we focused more on the TV Production Program and the Immersion Foreign Language program.  We discussed the benefit of greater technology integration in all classrooms that appeared to be the result of a TV Production program that runs during the day as an elective class.  We also discussed the benefits of an Immersion Foreign Language program which appear to be the attainment of a foreign language with more fluidity.  Also a side benefit in Millis is that the Foreign Language Immersion program also brings in an additional $100,000 of choice money without increasing expenses.

We almost made the leap that evidence of the effectiveness of these individual programs could be found in the fact that 99% of Millis students achieve proficient or advanced on the ELA MCAS and 95% of Millis students achieve proficient or advanced on Math MCAS.  Those are incredible statistics from a town with nearly identical demographics to Maynard.  After a discussion with school committee member Ken Estabrook, we came to the conclusion that success of that magnitude cannot be attributed to only one or two initiatives but must be linked to greater systemic vision and mission aligned with excellence.       

In my last Superintendents notes, I mentioned that the 21st Century Learning Skills Advisory Committee will continue with more visits and will also meet to review the findings.  I did get additional interest and would just like to leave an open invitation for participation.  If anyone is interested in participating on this committee, please contact me at rgerardi@maynard.k12.ma.us

A poem that I believe reflects the positive mindset and potential I have found in Maynard:

I once had a professor at Boston College who started every class with a poem.  I never considered myself a great interpreter of poetry but I always admired his ability to bring poems to life in ways that were pertinent to each of our classes.  A funny thing happened to me the other day where a poem just jumped to life for me.  Therefore, I would like to end this Superintendent’s Notes with a poem.

The poem I will share in this email was initially described to me by our Fowler Assistant Principal, Sharon Seyller.  She described it in passing after a Maynard Leadership Team (MLT) meeting.  Within minutes after that conversation Don Holm, our interim Curriculum Director, had given me a “good book” that he thought I would like to read.  The book is "The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life".  I could not believe the coincidence that on the page before the table of contents I found the very same poem Sharon had just told me that she liked so much.  I instantly identified my meaning of this poem with how I feel about Maynard.  I hope that all of you get the same feeling as I did.


 

I dwell in Possibility

A fairer House than Prose-

More numerous of Windows-

Superior-for Doors-

Of Chambers as the Cedars-

Impregnable of Eye-

And for an Everlasting Roof-

The Gambrels of the Sky-

Of Visitors-the fairest-

For Occupation-This-

The spreading wide my narrow Hands-

To gather Paradise-

-Emily Dickinson

 



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