Weekly Update: Freshman cookout was a great success on Tuesday evening with the vast majority of students and their families staying, mingling, a positive experience for all. Big thank you from Principal Kevin Caruso and Jean Labelle as well Student Government. On Wednesday Wednesday August 21st parents, students and coaches attended our Sports Information Night. Fall sports are underway. Staff have been busily preparing for the school year, maintenance staff has done an outstanding job getting the schools sparkling. We are ready to begin the school year next week.
It's back to school time! Don't forget to apply for free/reduced school breakfast and lunch, don't delay! Apply now at https://www.schoollunchapp.com or ask for a lunch application in your school's office. If your student was eligible for free or reduced priced meals last year, and you didn't receive a letter from Maynard Public Schools stating they were free or reduced again this year, you must apply before October 8th to keep this status. Also please remember to visit MySchoolBucks to update your account. MySchoolBucks www.myschoolbucks.com is a website for parents to pay for their child’s school meals using a credit or debit card. With this online service, parents can also view a child’s cafeteria purchases, make payments for their children even if they attend different schools, and set up automatic email reminders to be notified when a payment is needed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Maynard Public Schools would like to express our deepest gratitude to Rick Cosetta from Cosetta Electric and Adam and Thomas Sahlberg from Sahlberg Plumbing for their unwavering commitment to our schools. These three individuals volunteered their time in this last push to ensure Green Meadow is ready for our staff on Monday. Our sincerest thanks to them.
August, 15, 2019 Dear Maynard School Family, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year, and am honored to have been chosen as the Interim Superintendent of Schools in Maynard. I want to thank the members of the community and the district for the warm reception I’ve received since being selected. I am excited to begin this journey with the Maynard School District. As an educator for the past twenty-nine years, it is my core belief that all students are afforded educational opportunities to ensure success academically and personally. We may face many obstacles in our journey together, but I can assure you that I am committed to building community, deepening collaboration, and improving communication. In addressing these three tenets, we will have the ability to create a nurturing environment for staff and students, balance fiscal responsibility, and strengthen our educational programs. I look forward to meeting all of our dedicated teachers, staff, and committed families. I am especially excited to meet all of your children and hear what they are interested in so that we can provide them with a high quality educational experience. I look forward to seeing and talking with you within the community. In closing, I would like to invite each of you to a Superintendent’s Meet and Greet at the Maynard High School Cafeteria from on August 21, 2019 from 5:30-6:30, snacks will be provided. I look forward to meeting you. Respectfully, Mary Jane Rickson, M.Ed.
The Green Meadow Future Committee has planned two community beautification events for August 11 and 17. These events will run from 8:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Green Meadow School. Volunteers are needed for plant removal near the building and spreading wood chips around the playground structure. Volunteers are asked to bring hand tools and Wheelbarrows if possible. If you are interested in participating in this community event, please sign up here. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0c4fadae23a7f85-green
Weekly update The Green Meadow project continues to move smoothly. Ceiling tiles are being installed in the classrooms. Deep cleaning has begun. The exhaust fans and roof will be inspected next week. We remain on target for our opening of school. The Green Meadow Future Committee has planned two community beautification events for August 11 and 17. These events will run from 8:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Green Meadow School. Volunteers are needed for plant removal near the building and spreading wood chips around the playground structure. Volunteers are asked to bring hand tools and Wheelbarrows if possible. If you are interested in participating in this community event, please sign up here. The Central Office Team has some new faces. Eliza Aldrich will be the new administrative assistant in the business office and Colleen Andrade is now in the superintendents office. Maynard Public Schools would like to thank the custodial staff for all of their hard work; the buildings are looking terrific!
EDIT: A correction to the previous post. The Interim Superintendent, Mary Jane Rickson was listed as Assistant Superintendent/Principal at BayPath in Charlton, in fact she held that title at Pathfinder in Palmer
Last night at the School Committee meeting the board ratified the Interim Superintendent Contract with Mary Jane Rickson. Ms. Rickson joins Maynard having served as a Secondary Curriculum Director at Athol-Royalston and Assistant Superintendent/Principal at Baypath Regional Vocational School District. Maynard is excited to welcome Ms. Rickson, who will be starting next Wednesday. Ms. Rickson will be setting up community meetings later in the month and more information will be forthcoming. The Green Meadow Future Committee has planned two community beautification events for August 11 and 17. These events will run from 8:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Green Meadow School. Volunteers are needed for plant removal near the building and spreading wood chips around the playground structure. Volunteers are asked to bring hand tools and Wheelbarrows if possible. If you are interested in participating in this community event, please sign up by going to this website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4fadae23a7f85-green. The Green Meadow project continues to move according to plan. All sinks have been installed and painting is complete. Wiring and installation of fire alarms is complete. The majority of the rooms have been fogged, with the exception of three rooms that are currently storing furniture. Once the renovations are complete the entire building will be fogged again. The facilities staff continues to work in the remainder of the building and a deep cleaning for the entire building will start on August 9th and continue through the 15th. Finally Maynard Public Schools would like to sincerely thank Colleen Moore who leaves the district today to begin her retirement. Ms. Moore has served the district in multiple capacities for over 25 years. We wish Ms. Moore a great deal of happiness in this next adventure.
Green Meadow Project Update: The district continues to make substantial progress on the Green Meadow School Project. The project team has completed electrical, lighting and rough plumbing on the PreKindergaten side of the wing. Ceiling tiles are being installed and painting has begun. Lighting fixtures are being hung on the Kindergarten side of the wing and all security fixtures are anticipated to be installed by the end of next week. The project remains on target for an August 9th completion and for teacher's to occupy rooms by August 19.
Dear Maynard Community- Thanks to the strong collaborative efforts and screenings processes conducted by the Interim Superintendent Search Committee, input regarding the qualities, expectations and experiences desired in our next leader have yielded 2 exceptionally qualified finalists for the School Committee to consider. Those finalists are: Mary Jane Rickson- Director of Curriculum/Instruction & Interim Principal at Athol-Royalston Regional School District, and Marc Kerble- Retired Superintendent of Newburyport Public Schools. A Special School Committee Meeting will take place Friday, July 26 2019 at 7:00 pm in Town Hall (Special School Committee Agenda 7-26-2019). The finalists for the Interim Superintendent will be reviewed and voted on by the School Committee during this meeting. The goal remains to have an Interim Superintendent installed by early August, to be able to forge ahead in leading our district into the next school year. Thank you to all search committee participates (Maro Hogan, Mary Brannelly, Jennifer Gaudet, Michelle Resendes, Carol Gahan, Michael Waldron, David Gavin, and Justine St. John), all who gave so much of their time and energy to ensure Maynard Public Schools will be situated for success with our new Interim Superintendent. Best Regards, Maynard School Committee
Interim Superintendent Search update: The posting for Interim Superintendent yielded over 20 candidates for the position. The Search committee is meeting this afternoon to review resumes. The committee is very cognizant of the tight timeline and is working diligently to identify a high-quality interim Superintendent to lead the district through the next year.
Maynard Reads! Join the Boston Public Library & the Red Sox is this awesome reading challenge! https://www.bpl.org/read-your-way-to-fenway/
Fowler and High School Families! The Schedule Tile is now active for the 2019-2020 School Year in the parent and student Tyler Portal!
Dear Maynard High School Families, We are sorry for the confusion but the message indicating schedules were ready to be viewed was sent in error. We are working on some additional scheduling details and will communicate when the schedule is complete and can be viewed online. Thank you for your understanding! The High School Leadership Team
Dear Green Meadow Community! We successfully completed an ALICE evacuation drill this afternoon where students and staff practiced exiting the building to Crowe Park. Our evacuation earned praise from @MaynardPolice for being orderly and efficient. We were able to account for all students quickly and reentered the building. Thank you to our faculty, staff & students for a great drill! Best, Jennifer Gaudet
Support your seniors! Graduation of the class of 2019 is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the forth annual graduation fundraiser! This year you can purchase balloons AND customized yard signs! 3 Packages Black Package $40: offers the yard sign with the name of the senior as well as the college they are planning to attend along with 3 graduation balloons! Orange package $30: offers a yard sign with just the name of the senior as well as 1 balloon. Balloons only $5 per balloon: offers a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2019” written on them for only $5. Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4. The balloons and yard signs delivered to the house of the designated senior on June 6th! Place your order by emailing email@example.com All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to Maynard High School or cash brought to the main office by May 15th. All proceeds will go to the MEA Scholarship fund.
Dear School Community, In conformance with the Children’s & Families Protection Act (Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000), we are required to notify you when pesticides are applied on the outside of public schools. We are having Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive and Green Meadow Elementary School, 5 Tiger Drive, treated with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System in response to the presence of termites. More details in the notification letter can be found on the Maynard Public Shcools website at: https://www.maynard.k12.ma.us/documents Sincerely, Supt. Gerardi
The Maynard School Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Thursday 3/14 at 7:00 pm has been moved to Wednesday 3/13 at 7:00 pm due to a conflict with the Fowler Fine Arts Night.
Maynard Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March fourth.
Maynard Public Schools will have a two hour delay this morning due to the weather. Sincerely, Superintendent Gerardi
Dear School Community, Fire Chief Stowers was notified of teacher request at the Green Meadow School for additional lock down devices in their relocated rooms. The Chief consulted with the State Fire Marshall and determined that our current devices do not meet code. Chief Stowers Contacted our DPW Director and I late yesterday to notify us to remove these devices before school started today. Our staff has been trained in the ALICE protocols. They understand how to barricade a door in the absence of any lock down devices. This will be the method to be used should until Chief Stowers can meet with the safety committee to discuss alternative lock systems. The safety committee will be meeting today to discuss this new development. Sincerely, Supt. Gerardi
Due to the weather forcast for Tuesday, February twelth, all Maynard Public Schools will follow an early release schedule and all after school activities will be cancelled tomorrow.
At the request of staff and due to the relocation concerns, the Kindergarten and Preschool will be cancelled for the week of February eleventh through February fifteenth. There is more information being sent in an email to Green Meadow parents, on the website, and on faceBook.
Preschool will be cancelled for the remainder of this week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Due to the unique needs of program the preschool team recommended the closure to make sure the relocation went smoothly. All other grades and all staff will report to school as usual.
This message is for preschool parents. Preschool will be cancelled tomorrow, February 4, 2019. School is in session for all other students and all staff.
Good evening, Please use the information that follows in conjunction with the information that was shared a short time ago. In the fall, a concern was brought forward about the air quality at Green Meadow. The Maynard Public Schools and Town Facilities team immediately worked with the Department of Public Health and an independent contractor to determine that, according to the reports provided, the learning environment was safe. There has been a subsequent evaluation, done by the Teacher’s Association, that largely confirmed those reports. Still, something wasn’t right. There are a number of teachers and staff at GM that reported continuing concerns about air quality. The School Committee, Dr. Gerardi and the Facilities Director have continued to work to resolve these concerns. Last Friday, a concern was brought forward about asbestos. Water has been infiltrating through a failing roof and into the Kindergarten/Preschool wing. Once again, school leadership and the facilities team have worked to determine the severity. In the last week, members of the School Committee, the school administration, Facilities Director, DPW Director and others have participated in more than 10 hours of building walkthroughs, planning sessions and conference calls to come up with a plan. This plan is what is being communicated on the town website and on the school department News Feed. Right now, what we know is that when the roof leaked in the Kindergarten wing, it made pieces of ceiling tiles fall in a classroom. These tiles may contain asbestos due to the age of the building and the materials that were known to be used at the time. Some repairs have been made to the roof, but it's an old roof. Rather than wait for it to leak again and damage more ceiling tiles, we are going to shut down the old wing of the school and safely rip out all of the old building materials and replace them with a modern drop ceiling. Air quality is another concern at the school, so we are going to move forward with adding air purifiers. We are evaluating a number of options and vendors. The leadership has worked with our insurer to file a claim, the claim has been approved, and funds are available for remediation and repair. I’m certain that there will be many questions that have not been answered. There are several steps of this plan that are still being analyzed in conjunction with the Facilities Department, our staff professional organizations and the administration. Updates will continue to be provided as soon as additional information is available. I have been contacted by many members of the community through email and social media. When possible, I have responded to all individuals directly and honestly. I have also seen the conversations online, or been made aware of them. I want to reassure the community, as much as possible, that the School Committee has always had the best interest of our teachers, students and staff at heart. Many groups have been working behind the scenes to resolve these concerns quickly and safely. The next few weeks and months are going to be hard. We are committed to working with all groups to minimize the disruption to the GM community as much as possible while making the building a safer place for world class teaching and learning. As soon as the relocation plan, developed with our Teachers Association and building leaders is finalized, it will be shared with parents and other people who are involved in the educational process. Thank you for reading this and for your patience and understanding going forward. Justin Hemm Chair, School Committee
The Technology Department is hiring a new part-time Helpdesk Technician for the Fowler School. View job posting at https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=3042971
Green Meadow Evacuation Update. The Fire and Police Departments responded and determined that there was an isolated incident in the gymnasium. All students have returned to their classroom and the facilities staff are addressing the issue. Sincerely, Superintendent Gerardi
The roadwork on Powdermill Road, which has already affected bus routes, will be progressing further down the street around January 14th. The DPW, school, and police departments will be working collaboratively on further changes to bus routes and will provide updates next week.
There is a fire on Summer Street this morning. The MPS transportation company is doing there best to re-route busses but they may be running late.
Maynard Public Schools start time will be delayed by two hours today, 11/16/18
Thank you to the members of the community who made us aware of the concern regarding the video of our recent SC meeting. We have been informed that the issue has now been corrected.
So excited to have multiple members of the School Committee at MASS/MASC 2018 learning how to serve our students, teachers and community better. Continuous growth, continuous improvement.
Thank you to the advisors and members of the MHS National Honor Society for the invitation to your new member induction ceremony tonight. The Maynard community is proud of you and in awe of the amazing things each of you has accomplished.
The El Huipil Mexican restaurant is supporting the MHS Spain exchange again by donating 10% of food bills on Monday, October 29 for eat in and take out orders. Please support this amazing experience for MHS students, and enjoy authentic Mexican food at the same time.
All community members are invited to join the School Committee and Administration for a discussion of "The Energy Bus" following Thursday's School Committee meeting.
School Committee Agenda for Thursday: 1. Minutes 2. Chairperson's Report 3. Superintendent's Report 4. Student Representative Report 5. FY20 Budget Update 6. School Committee Goals 7. Citizen’s Comments 8. Member’s Comments/Questions After the School Committee Meeting: Book Talk – The Energy Bus
The Maynard School Committee would like to thank the community members who attended tonight's Parent Forum. We greatly appreciate the honesty, passion and thoughtfulness you brought to the conversation. We are committed to improvement and thank you for being part of the process.
Enjoy a fabulosa meal from El Huipil restaurant in Maynard on Mondays October 8th & 15th. El Huipil will donate 10% of the food bill to the Maynard-Spain exchange. This amazing authentic cultural exchange for Maynard students began last year and we hope it will continue annually for many more Maynard students to benefit from. Even if you can't get to El Huipil for a sit-down meal, proceeds from take out orders will also be donated. We appreciate El Huipil's generosity and the support of everyone who goes there for great food October 8th & 15th.
The Assabet Valley Regional High School has an immediate opening on the School Committee for a representative from Maynard. This position runs through the end of the school year and then will be subject to regular town election. In the meantime, this position will be filled according to Maynard Town Charter bylaw which require a joint appointment by vote by the Board of Selectmen and Maynard School Committee. The vote will take place on October 16th at the Board of Selectmen Meeting. Interested residents should send a letter of interest to both: Justin Hemm, Chair of the School Committee firstname.lastname@example.org and Chris DiSilva, Chair of the Board of Selectmen. email@example.com Deadline to submit is Friday, October 12, 2018.
School Committee meeting Thursday night at 7pm in the Fowler Library. 1. Minutes 2. Chair Report 3. Superintendent Report 4. Student Representative Report 5. G.M. Air Quality Update 6. School Committee Goals 7. Citizen's Comments 8. Member's Comments
A Parent Forum will be hosted by members of the School Committee on Wednesday, Oct 3rd, at 6:30PM in the Fowler Library. This is a follow-up to a similar event held last year and a great way for the School Committee to hear from parents in a more informal setting.
The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our Parent Social! Is your child on an IEP or a 504? Do you have questions about whether your child should be getting services from the school? Come to the social for a chance to meet and talk with other parents and members of SEPAC (the Special Education Parents Advisory Council). We are gathering on Tuesday, October 2 at the Fowler School Library at 7:00 p.m. Ask questions, learn more, and meet other awesome families! Please RSVP to Karen Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.
A Parent Forum will be hosted by members of the School Committee on Wednesday, Oct 3rd, at 6:30PM in the Fowler Library. This is a follow-up to a similar event held last year and a great way for the School Committee to hear from parents in a more informal setting. Parents will have the opportunity to engage school committee members with thoughts, concerns and questions. All are welcome. We hope you can join us!
There will be a Technology Information coffee for parents on Thursday, September 13th, from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. We will be meeting in the Central Office conference room at Fowler School.
There will be a Parent Forum hosted by members of the Maynard School Committee on Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:30PM in the Fowler School Library. This Forum is a follow-up to a similar event held last year which was well attended and a great way for the School Committee to hear from parents in a more informal setting. Parents and Caregivers will have the opportunity to engage school committee members with thoughts, concerns and questions. All are welcome. We hope you can join us!
There will be a Technology Information coffee for parents on Wednesday, September 12th, from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM. We will be meeting in the Central Office conference room at Fowler School.
Bus registration for the 2018/2019 school year begins on May 7. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Forms and waiver forms will be available to download on our website and all school offices starting on May 4, 2018. No forms will be accepted before May 7. $270.00 for the 1st student and $220 for each student thereafter.
Note: if you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee. Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.
Welcome to our new website! Don't forget to head over to the iOS/Play store and download our new app, too!
It's a beautiful day at Maynard Public Schools!