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April 29, 2016

posted Apr 29, 2016, 10:24 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

The Fowler School invites your family to attend the Annual Fowler Community Fair on Friday, May 13, 3:00-6:00 pm.  Fowler teachers sponsor this fundraiser to support students with school events such as Nature’s Classroom, activity fees, field trips, after school programs, and more.

Some of the fun activities planned include a train ride, bake sale, face painting, shooting hoops, spin art, flower sale, silent auction, bouncy castle, music, giant sling shot, and of course a dunk tank (wouldn’t you love to dunk your favorite teachers)!

This event is a great opportunity for Green Meadow students and families to get introduced to Fowler.

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Congratulations to our Do-Right students of the week...Jewell Croushore, Bruce French, and Corinne Morgan.

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Testing Schedule:


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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Meet Author JEFF KINNEY

Best-selling author of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series will be at the Fowler School Auditorium!

WEDNESDAY MAY 4
6:00 p.m.

Admission is free! 

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author. 
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Fowler PTO will host a bake sale during the event and is looking for donations of baked goods and bottled water.  If you are able to contribute, please email Sue Hines at jimsueh@comcast.net.  All donations can be dropped off in the Fowler lobby between 4:30 and 6 pm the day of the event.  Thank you so much for your support!

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Grade 7 Health Information:

As part of the Health Education curriculum,  our students will be completing a first aid/CPR unit.  As Mrs. Sullivan is a trainer for Medic First Aid she has the authority to certify individuals.   All students will be educated and trained, however, if you would like yours to be certified, a book and certification card can be purchased through Medic First Aid for $13.00.  If you are interested in this option, please send in a check (made out to Fowler School) or cash with your child to give to Ms. Sullivan within the next week.

Thank you,

Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Fledderjohn

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Library News from Mrs. Hayward:


Book Fair--- June 6-10, 2016

There will be a book fair in the Fowler School Library during the week of June 6-June 10. All students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during the school week. Book Fairs by Book Ends provides us a high quality selection of titles for grades 4-7. I will provide detailed information about the book fair during the first week of June.


Greek Mythology Club

The group plans to wrap up the year with a movie and pizza night!


6th Grade Research and Information Literacy

In conjunction with the South East Asia unit in history, we focused on the Vietnam War to learn how to develop and refine a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding. (Std 21st C. Learner 1.1.3) We also began a read-aloud called Into No Man’s Land.  The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty by Ellen Emerson White.

Currently, we are exploring an Internet Safety curriculum called NetSmartz Workshop. Students took the NetSmartz Challenge online that covers digital literacy, inappropriate content, online privacy, online predators and cyber-bullying,  Other activities addressing  digital ethics, cell phones, cyber-bullying and social networking which will guide our discussions on these important topics.


7th Grade Research and Information Literacy

Students have begun their final research project to complement their study of ancient cultures in history class.  Each student chose a Greek mythological character to study and the project focuses on numerous research skills such as: identifying credible web and traditional sources, note-taking, organization of information, citing sources, and creating bibliographies.


Fine Arts Night--- March 2016

Thanks again to all students and families who made our evening of music, art and poetry a success!


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Food Service Information:

Beginning in May, 2016 it is necessary for the Food Service Department to begin to close the financial books. The process involves collecting payment for all outstanding cafeteria charges. Unpaid charges are a financial strain on Maynard Public School’s food service department.

·   Graduating Seniors must pay any outstanding balance in full by their last day of school, June 3rd; this is a Senior obligation that must be met before Seniors can receive their cap and gown. 

 

·   All other students must pay their balance in full by the last full day of school, June 21st

 

·   Any student leaving Maynard Public Schools who has a positive balance may send a written request for a refund or for the balance to be transferred to a sibling's account.

Starting on Wednesday, May 4th the Food Service Program will be changing their “Meal Charge” policy.  The cafeteria cash registers will be programmed to prevent further charges if a student owes money on their accounts or if the purchase will cause them to owe money.  Weekly emails have gone out all year alerting families of negative or low balances.  If your student has a negative account balance; regardless of free or reduced lunch status, s/he will no longer be provided all the lunch options available. Instead they will be provided and charged for the alternative lunch option consisting of: cheese sandwich, vegetable, fruit and milk.  All negative balances must be paid by the end of this school year.  

If your child owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill.  

Please contact Chris Piercey (978-897-6100, cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us) to arrange a payment agreement, or to discuss how we can help in this matter.

Thank you.

Chris Piercey

Maynard Public Schools Food Services Manager

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Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela

April 15, 2016

posted Apr 15, 2016, 10:33 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

I hope that you enjoy a wonderful vacation with your families.  We are ready for some sunshine and warm weather, which would allow for outside activities and fun.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Abraao Alencar, Hazelyn Aroian, Carolina Brito, Eva Charbonneau, Katie Feddersen, Jason Gershman, Natalie Hayes, Julia Kelley, Gretchen Langhoff, Gavin Mancini, Evan Moore.

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With the assistance of Mr. Bruso, Grade Six Science Teacher, our sixth grade students explored an inflatable home and discovered how energy works.

"Energy Quest is a 40 minute, interactive, technology based energy conservation program for middle school students grades six through eight. Students will explore an inflatable house as energy investigators locating areas where electricity, water or gas are being used. By scanning the rooms with their provided tablet students will be launched into various modules to test their knowledge of energy conservation as well as teach them additional ways to conserve energy at home. Students will receive points for correctly answered questions, the student(s) who receive the highest number of points will win a prize; all students who participate in the program will receive a goodie bag. 

The inflatable house is best set up indoors, within a gymnasium or other large indoor open space. The unit is also rated to be setup outdoors on a level surface; however, weather will be a consideration for outdoor deployment. The house itself is split into two identical sides, each featuring five sections or “rooms” on each side for students to explore. The house can accommodate (1) full classroom per session with a maximum amount of 30 students. Each of the five rooms will feature 4-5 “hidden” areas for the students to find while on their home audit mission with a total of 20 engagement points within the house."


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Upcoming Events:

School Play - May 6 & 7, 7:00 pm

Staff Appreciation Luncheon - May 13, 11:30 am

Fowler Fair - May 13, 3:00-6:00 pm

Band Concert - May 19, 7:00 pm 

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Relay for Life - Mother & Son Dance

Friday, May 6, 2016

Elks Club 6-9 pm

$20 for prepaid
$25 at door 
$5 for each additional kid

Make checks to American Cancer society and mail to 42 Crane Ave
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Have a good vacation.
Mr. Mela

April 8, 2016

posted Apr 8, 2016, 10:05 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,
Congratulations to the Do Right students of the week....Gavin Bartlett, Alvaro Gonzalez, Will Holmes, Ronan Jeannotte, Isabella Kennedy, Harry Lenicheck, Marcy Lomen, Luke Pfleegor, Cole Ranucci, Sylvia Smith, and Isabella Wellington.

This morning, Charlie Stearns, 6th grade, led an incredible presentation for his whole grade about his exciting trip to Australia.  During the discussion, Charlie shared interesting facts about the culture, showed cool pictures, and answered countless questions about the exotic animals in Australia.  Charlie skillfully described his encounters with salt-water crocodiles, bird-sized spiders, and wild kangaroos.  The entire sixth grade enjoyed Charlie's presentation.



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In approximately a month we will begin our standardized testing. 

The following is the schedule for the 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 is 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.

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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



April 1, 2016

posted Apr 1, 2016, 9:52 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Yesterday the students and staff competed in a fiercely-contested basketball game.  Although there was some uncertainty about the final score, there was no question about the fun and laughter that took place on the court.  The Annual Student-Staff Basketball Game is a great example of the relationships between the students and teachers and the value we all place on enjoying each other.  Kudos to the Fowler staff who played, cheered, and joked with the students in a fun-filled game.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week..Katie Briggs, Nina Chiodo, Kayla DeCapua, Steve Fajardo, Adam Fowler, Aiden Hobbs, Tristan May, Melissa O'Leary, Liliya Pavlovskaya, Paige Seymour, Gabe Silva.

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2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION


Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.

 

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade  at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.


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Delivery of Genevieve's frozen food fundraiser products is Tuesday, April 5th; pick-up between 4-6 pm in the Fowler lobby. All orders MUST be picked up on Tuesday as we don't have the ability to store unclaimed frozen product.  If you are not able to make it to the school that day, please make arrangements to have someone else pick it up for you. Thank you.

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Jazz Cafe Tonight!
You are cordially invited to the MHS/Fowler Jazz Cafe tonight at 7 pm in the MHS Cafeteria. It will be a memorable evening of live music performed by the MHS Jazz Band, Fowler Stage Band, special guests Blueprint Jazz Club, and cafe desserts.

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MMA Fowler Next Meeting
The next MMA Fowler meeting is WednesdayApril 6th from 7- 7:45 in room B132 at the high school. Joint business between Fowler and the high school will start at 7:45.  
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Using Mindfulness to Relieve Stress and Create Ease in Daily Life

Please join the Maynard SEPAC on Tuesday, April 5th @ 7pm in the Fowler School Library

Mindfulness is such a big “buzz” word these days. Have you ever 
wondered what it’s all about? Why and how it can be so helpful when
dealing with stressful situations? Everyone can benefit from learning about and implementing a mindfulness practice! 
Come join us for this adults-only presentation and learn how and why to incorporate stillness and meditation into your life. 
Laura Grundstrom, YogaKids Certified Teacher, RYT200, and Kyra Marino, RYT200, Owner of Revolution Community Yoga in Acton, MA
will offer practical ways to include this in your daily routines. We'll also talk about child-friendly ways to present these concepts so that you can go home and practice mindfulness with your children.  It takes 21 days to create a new habit so begin with usand see how mindfulness can benefit you and your family on a daily basis! 

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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This is a reminder that the next free MIT campus Science on Saturday event will be “Circuits and Computers” 10:00 a.m.-noon on April 2nd. Volunteers from the audience can help with lots of fun demonstrations on stage, and everyone can participate at hands-on activity tables afterward. Come help us make circuits, create apps, and test robots!

 

There is also half-price, same-day admission to the MIT Museum for Science on Saturday attendees.

 

All of the Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. 

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Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela

March 24, 2016

posted Mar 24, 2016, 9:21 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,
This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend and no homework will be assigned.  Fowler uses these weekends to allow students and families to relax and enjoy each other.
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Students in Ms. Padalino's Zone class have partnered with Mr. Perham, Art teacher, to create a cultural mural focused on a global community. The mural will display animals, sports, landscapes, flags, and monuments of each continent.  
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Maynard Music Association:

Pam Leahy, Chair of the MMA scholarship committee, is looking for 3-4 Fowler parents for a one-time meeting to review scholarship applications and choose this year's recipients for the High School Class of 2016.  If interested, please contact Pam at pamjohn_leahy@yahoo.com.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 18, 2016

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:55 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Families,

During the summer, I made a decision that in my 14th year working at Fowler I would explore other schools and districts if I felt they would be a good match for me.  Over the last few weeks, I was honored to be named a finalist in Sudbury and in Brookline.  Last Friday, I was offered the position of Principal of the Curtis Middle School in Sudbury.  After a weekend of reflection, I decided to accept Sudbury's offer.

Sudbury offers me a wonderful opportunity to move into a larger school and district, to work with and learn from new staff and central office administrators, and to grow professionally from different experiences and challenges.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked for so long at Fowler, which is a school that takes great pride in our strong culture and commitment to supporting students and families.  I have loved every minute of working at Fowler and have found the work to be rewarding, satisfying, and reinforcing the important role that educators play in children's lives.

Fowler is a high-functioning school, with a healthy focus on growth and improvement and supporting the needs of the whole-child.  The Fowler staff is fabulous and their ability to collaborate, trust each other, and work toward a common goal of educating every student provides a strong foundation for the school to continue to grow and improve.

I want to thank the students, staff, and families for helping to make my years at Fowler so special.  I have always felt welcomed and appreciated by the school community, and I deeply respect the families in Maynard who support the schools, rally around good causes, and care immensely about helping others.

I look forward to an exciting and busy spring where we can continue the important work of educating and caring for our students.

Sincerely,
Mr. Mela

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Last night, Fowler hosted our first Fine Arts Night, which showcased wonderful examples of music, art, and poetry in the school. Congratulations to Mrs. Hayward, Mr. Perham, and Mr. Kozik for directing and organizing an excellent event and to all the students who performed so well.  The theme of the evening was based on the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his contribution to the art world known as Synesthesia.  Art work, poetry, and live music, were all modeled on this principle and students were able to experience this phenomena using their own creative interpretations.



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Faculty vs Student Basketball Game
The Annual Faculty vs Student Basketball game will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 3:00 pm.  Admission is only $1.00! Come cheer on your team of choice!
 
Yearbook
All students should have received a Fowler Yearbook order form -- The deadline for orders is April 1.  Please turn in order forms to Mrs. Brenda Sullivan or the Main Office.  The cost is $22.00 and checks are made out to Fowler School.

PTO Fundraiser:
Our absolute last day to accept any last minute orders is Tuesday 3/22. We appreciate all the support so far and are looking forward to hopefully being able to fund some great programs for the students in the future--thank you again for your support!

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2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION

Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9. 

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade  at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

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Using Mindfulness to Relieve Stress and Create Ease in Daily Life

Please join the Maynard SEPAC on Tuesday, April 5th @ 7 pm in the Fowler School Library.

Mindfulness is such a big “buzz” word these days. Have you ever 
wondered what it’s all about? Why and how it can be so helpful when
dealing with stressful situations? Everyone can benefit from learning about and implementing a mindfulness practice!  Come join us for this adults-only presentation and learn how and why to incorporate stillness and meditation into your life.  Laura Grundstrom, YogaKids Certified Teacher, RYT200, Kyra Marino, RYT200, Owner of Revolution Community Yoga in Acton, MA will offer practical ways to include this in your daily routines. We'll also talk about child-friendly ways to present these concepts so that you can go home and practice mindfulness with your children.

It takes 21 days to create a new habit so begin with usand see how mindfulness can benefit you and your family on a daily basis! 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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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 10, 2016

posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:04 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

As Fowler works toward cultural proficiency in our school, the students and staff celebrated Cultural Awareness Week.  As part of the celebration, different signs, posters, and flags were hung in the hallways recognizing various countries, their cultures, languages, and historic citizens.  Special highlights throughout the week included a culturally diverse cafeteria menu, activities/games in P.E. class, daily announcements made in different languages each day, and a selection of music from around the world.  

On Friday we invite you to wear the colors of your country! 


Fowler 7th grade students visited the Green Meadow 3rd grade Immersion class to make friendships and read books.
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Fowler Fine Arts Night

You are cordially invited! 

Come and enjoy a celebration of the Arts at Fowler School on Thursday, March 17 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Spend an evening immersed in original art work, poetry and live music highlighted by students in grades 6 and 7. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free! The Fowler Fine Arts Night is open to all Fowler students and their families. 




Fowler Play
Sixth and Seventh Graders: Tryouts for the Fowler play will take place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16 immediately after school in the Assembly Hall. Anyone interested in acting, stage crew, costumes, or props should plan on attending as well. 

Faculty vs Student Basketball Game
The Annual Faculty vs Student Basketball game will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 3:00 pm. Admission is only $1.00! Come cheer on your team of choice!

​Parents of Seventh Grade Band/Chorus Students:
We have very exciting news for you -- Our 2017 trip to Disney was approved by the administration!  This is one of the most amazing things your child will do while in high school. We will be working extremely hard as a team of musicians to prepare an audition DVD in order to perform in Walt Disney World and to be ready for the incredible workshops the students will be singing and playing in, led by professional Disney musicians!

There is a mandatory informational meeting for parents/guardians and students grades 7-11 on TuesdayMarch 15th at 6:30 in the HS Auditorium. We will go over a lot of information and start setting up student accounts, talking about fundraising to help families, and meet the trip committee, etc.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Mrs. Blanchard and the 2017 Disney Trip Committee

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 4, 2016

posted Mar 4, 2016, 6:35 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,
Last night, Fowler hosted an awesome Annual Talent Show.  Congratulations to Mr. Kozik for directing an outstanding show and to all the performers for their great acts!  The Talent Show provides an opportunity for so many students to "shine" and it is always a highlight of the year.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Olivia Bakalos, Stephanie Banegas, Jack Gangloff, Dmitry Grace, Hannah Jacques, Sam Leskovac, Joella Lizotte, Mackenzie Manero, Nick Reiniger, Molly Sullivan, Robbi Tallen, Hannah Waring.
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Letter from Mrs. Ferranti, School Nurse:

Over the last few weeks several parents have reported children being home sick with a "stomach bug."  Besides frequent and thorough hand washing, keeping a sick child home from school is the best way to prevent an outbreak.

Students should also be symptom free (i. e vomiting, diarrhea) for 24 hours and able to tolerate a normal diet before returning to school.

Please remember to call the absentee line (897-6753) every day that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection,” “strep infection,” “pneumonia,” or “home for a fever-free day.” This information will help the school nurse identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.

As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse directly.

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This is a reminder that the next free MIT campus Science on Saturday event will be “Materials with Magical Properties” 10:00 a.m.-noon on March 5th. Volunteers from the audience can help with lots of fun demonstrations on stage, and everyone can participate at hands-on activity tables afterward. Come help make artificial snow, create flubber, freeze flowers, assemble molecules, and make exploding geysers of goo!

 

There is also half-price, same-day admission to the MIT Museum for Science on Saturday attendees.

 

All of our Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. 


http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar/sci_on_saturday.html


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Maynard Youth Football

Maynard Youth Football will be holding a walk-in registration night on March 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fowler School.  We will have teams for grades 2nd through 8th (School Year 2016/2017) and practices will begin August 1, 2016.  The registration fee for this night only is $150.00.  The registration fee will increase to $200.00 on March 16, 2016.  All registrations after March 15, 2016 will be completed on-line and the link can be found on our website at www.maynardyouthfootball.com.  The registration form can be found on our website and will be coming home with your child from school this week and next week.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Lawton attlawton@maynardyouthfootball.com.
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Walk-a-thon for Cancer Immunotherapy

Shannon Smith, a Maynard High School Senior, has been researching the newest developments in cancer treatments known as cancer immunotherapy. As part of her Senior Project she is interning at Emerson Hospital as well as hosting a walk-a-thon to help raise money for cancer immunotherapy as way to make a direct impact on the cancer community. The walk will be held on ThursdayApril 7th, 2016 at the Maynard High School track from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information about this project and to make donations prior to the event, visit Shannon's website <http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=3234041&langPref=en-CA>.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

February 26, 2016

posted Feb 26, 2016, 9:57 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,
The partnership we have with our families is incredibly important to the success of our students.  With that in mind, I encourage parents to feel comfortable asking questions, conveying concerns, and giving feedback on how we can collectively make Fowler a stronger school.  Meeting with teachers and administrators is an effective method to share information and gain understanding, and I believe it is important for parents to be strong advocates for their children.  Please let me know how I can help to facilitate safe, open, and healthy lines of communication between Fowler and our families.
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Fowler School Play:
For many years, Fowler students have performed in an annual school play.  This year we are struggling to find a play director to lead the students.  We welcome any parent(s) who would be interested in taking on this role.  If you are interested, please contact me ASAP.
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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Stephanie Banegas, Justin Dankievitch, and Paxton Picorelli.

Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Talent Show        Thursday, March 3    6:00 pm

Fine Arts Night   Thursday, March 17  6:00-7:30 pm   

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Yesterday, the students from Mrs. Gulezian's, Mrs. Hobbs', and Mrs. Peralta's classrooms celebrated with their older adult friends in the final meeting of the Bridges Program.  A special breakfast was served by the students, wonderful gifts were exchanged, and the students sang a heart-warming song.  This is the first year Fowler hosted the Bridges Program and it was an incredible success!  A special thank you to the students for their excellent energy, to the teachers for their planning, organization, and warmth, to the Bridges Directors for their guidance and support, and to the senior volunteers for their kindness, patience, and investment in our students.  We are thrilled with the Bridges Program at Fowler and we look forward to next year.  


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The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 14th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 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 encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson, and Marlboro area. Restaurants including Battle Road Brewery, Blue Coyote Grille, China Ruby, Cookie Lady Treats, El Huipil, Flo's Catering, Halfway Café, Maynard Golf Course, Maynard Village Pizza, Monsoon Indian Bistro, Oscar's Burritos, Reasons to Be Cheerful, River Rock Grill, Roche Bros, Serendipity Café, Whitson's Culinary Group and Whole Foods will be participating in this event. There will also be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings," and fabulous raffle/silent auction.  
 
Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12  (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 school main offices.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis at the door for $35/each.

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Executive Functioning: Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed

Executive functioning skills are a set of mental processes that we use to do daily tasks like organize and pay attention, but did you know
that these skills are important outside of the classroom too? Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Maynard Fowler School Library
for "Executive Functioning, Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed" presented by Genna Lyons, LMFT, MS, and Educational
Consultant at Mass General Hospital's Aspire Program. Learn how executive functioning skills such as self-awareness, self-monitoring,
and emotional self regulation can impact your child's confidence, social functioning, and friendships. Plus learn what you can do as a
parent to increase your child's social competence and help them succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Please RSVP to Jen Scott at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.usor 
978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.

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MMA Fowler:  

Our next meeting is Wednesday night, March 2nd from 7- 7:45 in room B132 at the High School.  Joint business between Fowler and the High School will start at 7:45.

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Sandy and Danny had some “summer lovin’,” but what happens when she’s the new girl meeting him, the bad boy, at Rydell High? And what will their friends think?

 

Come see GREASE, the popular rock ‘n’ roll musical, performed on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, 2016 at Maynard High School. You’ll hear your favorite doo wop songs from the original Broadway musical and hit movie, like “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightning,” and see thrilling dance numbers like “Born to Hand Jive” and “We Go Together.”


Show times are at 7pm for Friday and Saturday performances and at 2pm on Sundays. 


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are on sale at the Maynard High School ticket booth and from MKtix.com. For MHS ticket booth hours, go to MHStheater.org/ticket-sales/.


“Throw your mittens around your kittens, and away we go!”

 

GREASE Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. GREASE is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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To members of the Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Sudbury communities: 

Please join us at 7 pm on Wednesday March 9 at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium for a special screening!

The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about school will never be the same.

Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one-room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white-collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization.

Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session.  

For more information about the film, see:  http://mltsfilm.org/

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

February 12, 2016

posted Feb 12, 2016, 9:50 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Since the beginning of the year, Fowler teachers have focused on the Growth Mindset Model.  This is the belief that all students can make progress, grow, and improve academically, socially, and emotionally.  Most recently, teachers have explored the importance of conveying to our students (in words and actions) that we believe in them.  At the last faculty meeting, several teachers shared how students are responding positively within this belief system.

Fowler is using the following three sentences to support this work:

"You can do it."

"This is important."

"I will not give up on you."

As the collaborative partnership between Fowler and our families continues to be important in supporting our students, we encourage you to use the same language with your own children.
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Do-Rights
Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Shataya Bowen, Kevin Cabral, Nina Chiodo, Daniel Garver, Chett Jacobsen, Julia Kelley, Matthew McBean, Diego Moreno, Jetsen Perez, Diego Pinto, Angel Rodriguez, Eliza Smethers, Skylar Sofferman, Isaac Troncoso.


MHS Pops Night
The Annual Pops Night will take place tonight at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Assembly Hall! All are welcome to this very special musical showcase of Maynard High School's most talented musicians and vocalists. Admission is $5 per person/$20 per family --refreshments will be served.


Neon Dance
For 6th & 7th Graders Only:
Please join the Class of 2018 at the Neon Dance of 2016! This fun glow dance for grades 6-8 will be held in the MHS Cafeteria on Friday, Feb 26th from 6:30-9:30. Tickets will be sold in the Main Office for $5 in advance ($7 at the door). ​You won't want to miss this event!

Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Talent Show        Thursday, March 3    6:00 pm

Fine Arts Night   Thursday, March 17  6:00-7:30 pm   
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In celebration of Black History month, these great pictures are posted on the walls outside of the gym.

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In preparation for Valentine's Day, Mrs. Bullock's students painted a giant snow heart in the courtyard.


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Grade 6: Youth Risk Behavior Survey 

Given in coordination with Emerson Hospital and area districts, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey will be administered to all students in grade 6, Tuesday March 8, 2016.  Maynard Schools have been involved in this project since 2000, and have collected valuable data on student behaviors and perceptions that have driven curriculum and community wide policies.  The survey will take approximately 40 minutes and will be completely anonymous.  If you have any questions around this process, please contact your building principal no later than Thursday March 3.  Thank you for your support of the Maynard Schools.

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Science on Saturdays:

The next free MIT campus "Science on Saturday" event will be “Materials with Magical Properties” 10:00 a.m.-noon on March 5th.  Volunteers from the audience can help with fun demonstrations on stage, and everyone can participate at the hands-on activity tables afterward.  Come make artificial snow, create flubber, freeze flowers, assemble molecules, and make exploding geysers of goo!

 

There is also half-price, same-day admission to the MIT Museum for Science on Saturday attendees.

 

All of the "Science on Saturday" events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. 


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Have a restful and relaxing vacation.

Mr. Mela

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