October 5th, 2011

posted Oct 5, 2011, 12:49 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us

In The News:

As I picked up the Boston Sunday Globe last weekend, one of the front page articles intrigued me.  The article was titled State aims to test its youngest students; not MCAS but a first for Kindergarteners.  The article explains how the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are looking to implement this as part of a larger strategy to improve early education with support of future Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds.  I found the following quote particularly interesting:

For generations, state education officials have known that it is critical for children to start kindergarten ready to learn, and they have been keenly aware of a wide skills gap among students on the first day, even without a testing system in place.

The Gap exists for a variety of reasons, such as Uneven Quality of Preschool programs, the frequency of parents reading to their children at home, or simply because children grow and develop at widely different rates in the early years.

In this quote, I chose to bold text the words in this Boston Globe article that support the article that Kate Markowitz and I wrote for the Beacon Villager last week.  You can still find hard copies of the Beacon Villager or go to:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/maynard/news/x1461798307/Green-Meadow-Preschool-earns-reaccredidation#axzz1ZjTepbSe  to find this article. 


The point that we were making in the Beacon Villager article is that the Maynard School Department, our Preschool and Kindergarten staff, and Volunteers hold themselves to the highest standard of early learning excellence in the education field.  That is something for Maynard residents to be proud of.



Sue Aukstikalnis was nominated by a Fowler parent to receive the Asperger’s Association of New England Award.  The parent wanted to recognize her for promoting learning and understanding in schools and for her incredible effort in making a difference in the life a student.  This fall Principal Mela was notified that Sue was selected as one of the winners for the A-Plus Educator Award.  Her hard work and dedication to teaching, in general, and her work with Asperger's students specifically, are not only appreciated by her Maynard colleagues and parents but in the New England region as well.