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Principals' News & Notes 2/15/19
Principals' News & Notes 2/15/19
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

The February winter vacation has arrived.  As a reminder, the vacation period begins at the close of school today, on Friday February 15th, and extends until we return with the building open and breakfast available at 7:00am on Monday February 25th.  District and school offices will be open during vacation week with the exception of the Presidents Day Holiday on Monday February 18th.

 In sports related news, the boys will play their first game in the Clark Tournament on Monday at 6pm at Clark University vs. Murdock. The girls will host the Togo Palazzi Tournament on Monday and Tuesday. The girls will play Lunenburg at 7pm on Monday. The Assabet Hockey team is still in contention to qualify for the MIAA tournament. Please stay tuned.

 Spring sports start March 18th. Email Mr. Caruso for details. The Bromfield lacrosse informational meeting will be Sunday March 3 from 2-3PM at Bromfield HS.

 The scheduling process for the 2019-2020 school year is underway. The course catalog is being updated, and teachers are completing their student recommendations. After february break, students will have an opportunity to to choose their classes for next year. More details to follow when we get back from break.

 Reminder:  The Maynard DPW relays that major sewer construction will be affecting Powder Mill Road (Rte 62) between Waltham Street and the Maynard Elks starting on Monday January 28th and lasting for approximately 7 weeks.  Both lanes of traffic will be closed between 7:00am and 3:00pm during that time. We want you to be aware in case this impacts your morning commute to and from Maynard High School. The DPW apologizes for the inconvenience for this work related to the construction at 129 Parker Street.

 The work has affected one of our school bus routes as noted in the message from the Maynard Public Schools that follows:

 Maynard School Bus #1 during construction 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Construction on Powdermill Road Starting January 28 – Expect Delays

Starting January 28, Powdermill Road will be closed to through traffic.  This affects the School Bus #1 for all Maynard schools.

Accordingly, Bus #1 will do the Parker Street stops at their normal time.  There will be a stop at the intersection of Waltham Street and Powdermill Road that will pick up the students that are normally at Douglas Avenue, Butler Avenue, Crane Avenue.

The bus will then take a left and proceed to pick up Concord Street at Tremont, King Street, Vernon and Hird.

The bus will continue on to pick up the Powdermill Road students at the JAM TIME plaza who live at Dawn Road. The bus will turn around and pick up the rest of Powdermill Road and proceed back to pick up the Acton Street stops and Sudbury Street.

NOTE: The Green Meadow Elementary return in the afternoon will have the same route home as it is now because the construction ends by 3:00 p.m.

If you have further questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

 

As always, please remember that student attendance is the single most important predictor of student success.  Make it a point to have your student in school, on time, and ready to go each and every school day right through the end of the academic year.

The Maynard High School News Brings You a Special Edition!

Happy Valentines and Chinese New Year Maynard!  An all new segment covers pro. golf. Find out who won the Wonder Woman bag!  Zelda! (need we say more?) And all your favorite segments. Please like and share this video, it means a lot to the students.  

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Below are additional  items from our community that you may find of interest:

 

MetroWest College and Career Fair

The 6th Annual MetroWest College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, March 16th  from 9:00 – 12:30 pm at the Ashland High School.  The fair will give students and parents the opportunity to speak with representatives from over 100 colleges, universities and gap-year options, as well as provide students with an opportunity to engage with professionals from over 50 unique careers.  In addition, there will be ongoing speakers to discuss topics such as the college application process, financial aid, and SAT’s. There is no charge to attend the fair.

For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.mwccf.org.

 

 

Don't Miss the 17th Annual "THE TASTE"

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 17th Annual "The Taste" on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a “not to be missed” event, with the general public being 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 local sensation Jae Mannion and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling 978-938-4262 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. 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.

All proceeds benefit MEF's grant programs for teachers, students, and administrators.

 

Fans of Film in honor of Black History month

 

The Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard in conjunction with the Fans of Film are running a Black History month film series which includes The Amistad, Selma and Do the Right Thing starting on February 25th through the 27th. For more information call the Fine Arts Theatre, 978-298-5626

 

 

February Diaper Drive for Needy Families

 

Diapers can be dropped off at Maynard High School to the attention of Mrs. Leblanc.

 

The Diapers R Us, Inc. diaper bank provides diapers to needy families within our community. It may sound strange, but if you think about it, people are always donating food and clothing, but you rarely hear about people donating diapers. I think you would be surprised what a huge need there is for diapers nationally and locally.

Our bank distributes the diapers to food banks, clothing banks, and foster care facilities in the area.

All of the diapers donated during this drive will be distributed to WHEAT, a community center in Clinton, MA.  If you are able to donate any brand/any size of diapers, Pull-ups, or wipes, it would be greatly appreciated!

A Message from Mr. Zimmerman on Behalf of the Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 is starting a parent contact list! If you are a parent of a member of the Class of 2022 and would like to be notified of events and activities organized by the, please fill out the survey at the following link!  Thank you for all you do to support the class!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOtE6_WpPcX79j73K6fk89WRLnEOvyUCBGxBw-NJzEGwlWNw/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Computer Science Young Women’s Conference

We received the following notification this past week in the form of a letter and we would like to share it with you:

 

My name is Shrunothra, and I am the co-founder of MetroHacks, a 501c3 educational nonprofit dedicated to empowering high school students with practical computer science education and tools. We are running our second annual Women's Conference this year, and we would love to have your students!

 

It is an incredible opportunity for girls to learn from leading experts, explore in a pressure-free environment, create solutions, and compete for prizes! There will be speakers, free meals, snacks, and swag, workshops, prizes, etc. It’s completely free and open to all high school girls interested in exploring computer science, regardless of experience level. You can view our first women's event featured in The Boston Globe last year and our recap video!

 

At our event, students will:

 

- Create innovative solutions to various problems in society

- Learn various skills and explore topics in computer science

- Attend workshops conducted by industry experts in everything from machine learning to entrepreneurship

- Enjoy free meals and snacks all day

- Compete for grand prizes (ex. Snapchat Spectacles!)

- Get free swag from companies

- Meet other amazing women in tech from the community!

 

*Mentors will be available to help students with projects.

 

Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sign-in begins at 8:15 am)

Location: Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA)

Registration is open now at www.metrohacks.org/register!

 

Additionally, MetroHacks provides opportunities for students to get internships, kick-start their own businesses, network with experts from prominent tech companies, and gain exposure to the computer science community in New England.

 

Notifying the student and parent body of this event - either through email, newsletter, announcement - is a great way to encourage students to sign up, and would be much appreciated. As the event is free, thanks to our wonderful partners and sponsors, there is no charge for students to attend! If you have any questions, please visit www.metrohacks.org or reach me at shrunothra@metrohacks.org.

 

We sincerely hope to see some of your Maynard High Schools students at our event! Be sure to visit us on our social media platforms to see the latest updates about the event.

 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

 

Sincerely,

 

Shrunothra Ambati (Ms.)         

Co-founder, MetroHacks

 

 

 

An Important Health Notice from Our School Nurse

According to the Center for Disease Control's website, they report that Massachusetts is experiencing regional influenza activity. The good news is that there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already. Flu vaccine is available across the state at multiple locations, including health care provider offices, pharmacies, workplace vaccination clinics, and flu vaccine clinics sponsored by local boards of health.   

 

To learn more Flu Facts please review the following:

The Flu: A Guide for Parents:

(Cllick on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza)

For school attendance guidelines, click on the Maynard Public School's Health Services link below:

https://www.maynard.k12.ma.us/health-services--102

 

Please notify the school absentee line and/or your school nurse if your child is sick with a fever, pneumonia, strep throat, conjunctivitis, unusual rash or illness. Providing detailed information about your child’s absence allows for the school nurse to track and trend illness in the school and begin interventions should a pattern of illness develop.  

 

In order to be proactive, the nurses will be putting up hand washing and cough etiquette posters around the schools.

 

In the lower grades, we are encouraging teachers to have their students watch a hand-washing video.

 

School Council

The Maynard High School School Council is an advisory panel made up of parents, teachers, students, community members and administrators as a body that reviews school policies in all areas.  The council is a state mandated body designed to gain information regarding the school and district and lend advice to school principals. The elected and appointed members serve two year terms.   Due to laws governing confidentiality, concerns about individual students are not under the purview of the student council nor are individual personnel matters. Such concerns should be directed to the school administration directly.

The public is invited to attend and observe meetings.  Meetings are held in the high school Media Center from 2:30-4:00pm.  The remaining dates for this school year’s meetings are: 3/21, 4/25, 5/16 & 6/13.

 

The Maynard Music Association

Music Banquet: Planning is underway for our annual banquet honoring our graduating band and chorus students.  This year's banquet is scheduled for the evening of May 27th at the Maynard Elks. We are seeking assistance from parents in grades 9-11 to assist us with the following jobs...Banquet Coordinator, Award Preparer, Video Creator, Food Organizer, and Decorator.  Please email MMA with interest (maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com)

 

Enrichment:  Planning is underway for enrichment days at both Fowler and the high school.  Possible enrichment opportunities include a Day with Pros and the Tufts Beelzebubs Acappella Group.

That’s the news for now.

 

Have a safe and enjoyable school vacation week,

 

Chuck Caragianes

Principal for Leadership & Instruction                     

Kevin Caruso

Principal for Leadership Operations/Athletic Director