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!
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