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January 29, 2016

posted Jan 29, 2016, 10:18 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us
Dear Parents,

Today we say goodbye to Mrs. Fuchs, School Adjustment Counselor, who is retiring after 30+ years of working for the Maynard Public Schools. Mrs. Fuchs has made a difference in the lives of countless students and families with whom she worked tirelessly to provide excellent advice, guidance, and support.  Mrs. Fuchs' kindness, dedication, and unwavering commitment will be missed at Fowler.  We wish Mrs. Fuchs all the best in her retirement!

Fowler has hired Mrs. Skura to fill the position.  Mrs. Skura is an experienced school adjustment counselor who has worked alongside Mrs. Fuchs for the last two weeks to help with the transition into her new role.  Mrs. Skura looks forward to meeting all of her students and getting to know the families. Please don't hesitate to connect with Mrs. Skura if you have questions or concerns. 

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We raised $1000 from McTeacher's Night, which will be fittingly used to support our students.  Thank you again to all the staff members who contributed to the event, the students and families who attended, and to McDonald's for the opportunity.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Kate Carlisle, Kayla DeCapua, Xinnaya Ouelette, Dylan Peavoy, Lula Belle Solomon Rohr, Daniel Terrell.

Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Talent Show        Thursday, March 3    6:00 pm

Fine Arts Night   Thursday, March 17  6:30 pm   

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ABC of Resources for Families

 

Do you know what community resources are available for you and your child?  Where can you look for adaptive or inclusive activities?  Where can you find a support group?  How does Mass Health work?  Are there any online resources to connect you with other families?  Who can you turn to when you need answers?  Knowledge is power!  Come to the Maynard SEPAC’s “ABC of Resources for Families” on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Fowler School Library to learn more about various programs, organizations, services, newsletters, and websites that could assist you in the journey of raising your child on an IEP.

SEPAC board members and other parents have compiled a variety of resources for you and will be available to answer questions.  

Please RSVP to Jen Scott at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.
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The next MMA Fowler meeting is Wednesday, February 3rd from 7- 7:45 in room B132 at the High School. Joint business between Fowler and the High School will start at 7:45.  All are welcome!

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Testing Schedule:

We have created a schedule for the spring testing, which will include PARCC for all students. Students in fifth grade will also participate in MCAS.  We are sending the schedule out well in advance, so families can plan accordingly and help us to achieve excellent attendance for testing. This year there is only one testing window, which is a change from the two testing windows in past years. 

Additional Information:  While the two week testing window includes a number of testing days, the total number of tests has actually decreased from last year.  The daily testing minutes vary by grade and subject, and range from 60-110 minutes.  Last year, we found that the allotted minutes were far greater than the students required to successfully finish.  

While direct instruction continues during the testing window, there is no homework assigned or outside work expectations.  We often utilize extra recess, and other incentives to reward students for their hard work.  We want students to be well-rested and relaxed so they can do their best.  We realize that this amount of testing can cause stress, which is why we work very hard to alleviate anxiety and be supportive of the students.

             2015                                              2016

Grade 4:  8 Test Days                  Grade 4:  7 Test Days

Grade 5:  10 Test Days                Grade 5:  9 Test Days

Grade 6:  9 Test Days                  Grade 6:  6 Test Days

Grade 7:  9 Test Days                  Grade 7:  6 Test Days


May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

May 19   PARCC Math Unit 4 (Grade 4 and 5 only)

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela
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