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Superintendent's Newsletter
Superintendent's Newsletter
Mary Jane Rickson
Wednesday, January 15, 2020


                            January 2020


Welcome Back! It’s hard to imagine that the year is nearly half over. How time flies!




As we approach the half-way mark of the school year, I want to provide all members of our community, the mission of the Maynard School District and assure you that I am committed to guiding the district on a path that ensures its continued success.



The beginning of a new calendar year always signals to us that it is time to start the process of planning for the next school year.   Each January we begin the registration process for both preschool and kindergarten. Children are eligible to attend in preschool when they are three years old.   Children who will be 5 years old as of September 1, 2020 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.  

This year’s kindergarten registration will take place on:

Wednesday, January 15 from 9-12 

Wednesday January 15 from 5-7 PM

Thursday, January 16  from 9-12

Registration will take place at Green Meadow Elementary School.

Registration materials are available on line or in the school office at any time.  In addition to the registration materials, you will need to provide a birth certificate and proof of residence. We are happy to make copies of any materials for you at the time of registration. A kindergarten orientation will be held in the spring.  During this time, parents the teaching staff will provide parents with information about the engaging curriculum and enriching kindergarten experience. 

Preschool Information Night  

Preschool information night will be held onThursday, January 23 at 6:30 PM. at Green Meadow Elementary School. During the evening, classroom teachers will share an informative presentation about our high quality, engaging, and nurturing preschool program. Applications will be accepted that night as well as in the main office at any time. 


It’s Flu Season  

Preventative measures are the BEST way to keep as  healthy as possible. To curb the spread of disease which includes, cold and flu 

Remember to:

Be diligent about handwashing


  • Sanitizing common surfaces and supplies

  • Implementing "elbows" instead of the ever so germ passing "high-five," 

  • Wash hands by washing with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

  • Don't Touch Your Face with unwashed hands; it's the easiest way for germs to enter your body.

Please be sure to visit the signs with proper hand washing instructions in all  student bathrooms. They are a good visual to use as a reference for your students. 

Don't forget to get your flu shot!

 For more information about what to know about the flu, please visit: 



 Congratulations to Maynard High School Student Scholars

On Tuesday January 7, 2020, seniors Noah DeCasto and Jinnie Mannion  were honored along with more than 70 other student scholars at The College of the Holy Cross by the Worcester County Superintendents’ Association for their accomplishments.





College Financial Aid Information 

For any family who missed our Financial Aid Night, the recording of it is available to view on the WAVM YouTube channel. Click the link below for more information.


Maynard High School is pleased to announce that 23 of our seniors received the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship.  This scholarship entitles the recipients credit towards tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. 

For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test.

  • Score in the Advanced category on one of three high school state assessment tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics or Technology/Engineering)

  • Score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the remaining two high school state assessment tests

  • Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.

Matthew Antonio                                               Emily Olsen

Alyssa Bourgeois                                              Talal Siddiqui

Abigail Candela                                                  Kendra Smith

Noah DeCastro                                                   Tyler Steed

Kathleen Denn                                                    Owen Sullivan Dale

John Enneguess                                                 Sarah Synan

Kayla Heideman                                                  Owen Thayer

Riley Hines                                                           Emily Tummino

Aaron Jacob                                                        Patrick O'Shea

Michael Kaskiewicz                                            Sean Primiano                           

Sydney Lucas Jacobson

Ethan Lucier

Jinnie Mannion                                                              





Chapter 74 Radio and Television Broadcasting Certification 

MHS is fortunate to be a school that awards Radio and Television Broadcasting Certification. We are part of a select group of schools who have earned this designation. 

This certification will prepare students: 

  • for a career in communications/broadcasting/radio/tv

  • to learn  important 21st century communication skills for any career 

  • the opportunity to give back to the community

  • engage with school and establish life-long relationships  

If your child is interested in earning this Chapter 74 certification upon graduation please complete the application here.

Maynard Theater News


Maynard High School students have begun rehearsing for this winter’s Musical-Dirty Rotten Scoundrels under the direction of Ryan DeFoe.  This uproarious comedy is sure to be a hit at Maynard High School. If you are interested in volunteering with the production please contact Mr. Caragianes, Principal Maynard High School.  Stay tuned for more updates and information.




Students in grades 6-8 are participating in the National Math Olympiad. The National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a yearly competitive exam conducted for school students. Organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), this exam aims at cultivating scientific reasoning and logical ability among the students through a rigorous test. Students at Fowler are participating in the Math Olympiad for the first time. There are over 3,000 teams and more than 65,000 students competing nationwide. 

 We have two teams participating:

  • Division M (Middle School) has 32 7th and 8th graders

  • Division E (Elementary School) has 29 5th and 6th graders


The Spelling Bee took place Thursday January 9th. Our students performed very well. A total of 78 students received accolades, by being recognized as semi-finalists and finalists. 

  • 25 in grade 4

  • 22 Grade 5

  • 9 Grade 6

  • 10 Grade 7

  • 12 Grade 8

On Thursday January 23 in the Fowler auditorium 10 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will compete in the Spelling Bee finals at 7:00. The winner of our competition on the 23rd, will be invited to the State Spelling Bee Competition in the Spring.

Superintendent News

I would like to thank the Green Meadow Future Committee and the central office staff, specifically, Jennifer Gaudet and Michelle Resendes. As a result of all of their hard work and collaboration, The Town of Maynard has been approved by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to begin exploration of building a new elementary school. We are currently working with the MSBA and the town officials in creating a timeline for the project, which will include the fiscal responsibilities.



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                                   Superintendent Search

                          Special School Committee Meeting

The Maynard School Committee will be holding a special meeting on 

Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 PM in the Fowler Library 

in order to deliberate and make its final decision in the search for a new Superintendent of Schools. 

This is an open meeting. However, citizen’s comments may or may not be allowed at the discretion of the Chair in conjunction with the Committee as a whole. 

Immediately following the final vote, the School Committee will adjourn to Executive Session in order to begin negotiations.

The School Committee has been conducting reference interviews and will be visiting each of the finalists’ districts during the next two days. They are interested in any constructive feedback from the community, which may be taken into account during deliberations. Please send any comments to