MHS News and Notes
Spooky Halloween Edition
No School Tuesday November 3rd!
Good afternoon everyone,
The end of October, Halloween, a full moon (Actually a so called, “blue moon” as it is the second full moon this month) and the end of Daylight Savings Time with clocks falling back one hour all arrive this weekend. It has been an eventful first two months of the school year.
Next week November begins with an eventful week as well. As you know, Tuesday is election day and the Maynard Public Schools will be closed for classes as staff engage in professional development and the people of Maynard, and the nation, vote.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to set your clocks back Saturday night and to vote on Tuesday if you haven’t already done so.
More Students Please!
On Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th our sophomores, juniors and seniors in Cohort B join us at Maynard High School for in person learning under our Hybrid Learning Model in the morning from 7:45-11:00am. Sophomore, junior and senior students in Cohort A will then begin their in person learning under our Hybrid Learning Model on Monday and Tuesday November 9th and 10th.
We are very much looking forward to having all 4 grades back at Maynard High School as we phase students back into school. We continue to monitor COVID 19 cases in Maynard very closely and will only proceed with expanding our Hybrid Learning Model if it is prudent to do so.
A separate newsletter will be sent out next week detailing the important health and safety protocols that we are asking all students and staff to follow. Stay tuned!
2020 Does It Again!
In news affecting a planned activity at MHS for tonight, we must sadly report that this evening’s drive in movie has been postponed until next Friday due to snow and inclement weather. Many thanks go out to our Student Government for organizing this event and we certainly do hope the weather and all other conditions allow us to hold this event next Friday night.
Senior Project Volunteer Opportunities
Senior Project is a capstone course that prepares students for their post-high school careers. Through various research, job placement, and project development assignments, seniors demonstrate to our faculty and to the community that they have the academic, social, and civic competencies to graduate.
See the below attachment for a detailed list of how you can help our program and students.
Awesome Alumni News
Some great news came our way recently as a recent Maynard High graduate, Nick DeCastro was featured in a newsletter released by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. At Maynard High School we are proud of our academic program and pleased to see our graduates doing well. Nick is a great example of how MHS prepares students for life after high school.
Well done Nick!
The article follows:
Students Develop Time-Management App
October 15, 2020
“Juggling my time during finals was very stressful,” Operations and Information Management (OIM) junior Nick DeCastro recalls about the end of his first year at UMass Amherst. “I found customary to-do list apps too standardized, too inflexible.” In response, DeCastro and Shelby Anderson, a computer systems engineering major at UMass, devised a tool that split up blocks of study time according to a schedule adapted to an individual’s own study preferences.
Their work led to development of an app, ClassMate, that has now been downloaded from the App Store by users at 200 colleges and counting.
“Seeing that it worked for us, I asked myself, Why not make it available as an app for other students?” DeCastro says.
Over the summer of 2019, DeCastro and Anderson —who leads programming design, coding, and other things tech—determined how students might use the app to prioritize and schedule assignments, and they brainstormed to create additional app features. The app’s progress accelerated that fall: They added OIM major Igor De-Sousa Vieira to the management team to “anchor us and manage our finances,” and they signed on as a “client” with OM/IM Lecturer Radu Vlas’s project management class. In the course, student groups help early-stage entrepreneurs tackle challenges accompanying their development and growth.
The team test-marketed an early version of the app in February 2020—weeks before Covid-19 led most colleges and universities to close their campuses. “We recruited forty of our friends in schools across the nation as social media ambassadors,” DeCastro notes. “They and their contacts gave us valuable insights.”
Even though the idea for the app arose long before Covid-19, the added stressors accompanying today’s largely remote learning environment have made it even more timely. “For many of us, losing the ability to talk in person with our classmates makes it harder to discuss and keep track of assignments. That can detract from our learning experience,” DeCastro observes. “Our app can help students navigate this ‘new normal.’ ”
One feature that differentiates ClassMate is its ability to incorporate each user’s individual quirks, including sleep schedules and study habits. “If I can only work for two hours at a time, while you can work for three hours at a time, our work schedules will differ,” Anderson explains. “For me, the app would split a 6-hour assignment into 3 different days so I won’t get overwhelmed by the work. And it would split your 6-hour assignment across two different days.” The bottom line: “ClassMate helps students reduce stress from time management,” she says. “That allows them to focus on learning—to have a better college experience both inside and outside the classroom.”
ClassMate already has about 150 student users at UMass, and is also in use at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Villanova, and UCLA. Its current free version offers a GPA calculator, personal productivity report, a calendar, and the app’s unique task manager. The team foresees a mid-fall-semester update and a second-semester fee-based premium version. “A long-term goal is to partner with the universities themselves,” Vieira observes. Beginning in late September, AdLab—a student-run advertising agency on campus—has become involved in handling the startup’s advertising and marketing. And when growth hits a target, ClassMate will deploy Amazon Web Services in scaling up the business.
“We didn’t, of course, anticipate Covid-19 and the rapid expansion of distance learning,” DeCastro confesses. “Remote learning has given us added momentum, but time management has always been a student concern. With that said, our goal remains the same for traditional and virtual approaches—helping students spend less time stressing about time management so they can focus on learning and make the most of their college experience.”
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE: Please Read!
It has been such a pleasure seeing the 9th graders in the halls the past few weeks and I am looking forward to seeing all the upper classmen next week. I would like to remind families to please check the Maynard Public Schools webpage for the latest information. The nursing department has created live links so the information is accurate and constantly updating.
I will be sending out a more detailed letter the beginning of next week to assist you and your child this school year.
A few things to keep in mind until then:
· Please complete the daily student health check prior to coming to school.
· All students will need a Flu Vaccine this year regardless if full remote or hybrid and especially if they wish to play sports.
· Any Student that requires special nursing attention this school year, please send in the doctors’ orders and instructions for the 2020 – 2021 school year, if you have not already done so.
· If you wish your child to receive Acetaminophen and or Ibuprofen, I have standing orders from our school physician, this year, so all you will need to do is sign the permission form. Form can be found on the website, I hope if not already, they will be available next week.
· You can send any and all information in any format that is easiest for you: a hard copy dropped off at the front office, PDF to my email, fax and or snail mail. Please see all my information below to contact me and or send form, documents and or any other correspondences.
More to come next week.
Janet A. Lamy, MS, RN, PPCNP-BC
Maynard Public School
Maynard High School
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
High School Nurse
office # 978-897-9374
Information about the Mass. Flu Shot Requirement
Please ensure this is done by Dec. 23rd which is the day before we leave for winter recess.
https://www.mass.gov/flu-facts FLU INFO
https://www.mass.gov/topics/immunization IMMUNIZATION INFO
MHS Global Scholars Program
“Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.”
Do you like learning about other cultures?
Are you interested in travel,languages, connections with others, and food?
MHS is starting its Global Scholar Program this year. Students who choose to participate will make intercultural connections in courses they already take, perform community service, and participate in a cultural exchange. Non-travel options will be available. If you are interested in learning more, contact Mrs. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Program description for current freshmen & sophomores
Program description for current juniors & seniors
Click here to apply for the program
Next Meeting: Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm over Zoom. Please see our website for meeting link : www.maynardmusic.org.
Casino Game Night Fundraiser: Our in-person event, originally scheduled for November 7th, has shifted to an online appeal.
Donation letters have been mailed to our generous business supporters from prior years. Contact email@example.com if your business would like to become a supporter of music
Appeal letters to our music families have been sent out via email
*NEW* Annual appeal yard signs are present throughout town
Our banner is up at Alumni field as a reminder to give what you can in support of music in Maynard.
We are committed to continuing with our Casino Game Night Fundraiser in support of Music Education in Maynard and will be back in November 2021!
Online Giving Feels Good! After one week, we have raised approximately $3000 of our $7500 goal. From now through November 7th our NEW online donation option for music families and community members is up and running. Ongoing giving to MMA is possible by clicking this link Give Butter MMA or checks can be sent to Maynard Music c/o MHS, 1 Tiger Dr. Maynard, MA 01754. See out website for suggestions about levels of giving! http://www.maynardmusic.org
How you can help keep the music playing: Financial contributions to MMA support not only large needs such as scholarships, instrument replacement, Great East competitions, and enrichment, but they also support smaller needs such as instrument repairs, and the purchase of new music. Most recently, MMA approved the purchase of an amplifier for the music teachers that will enhance outdoor performances. Soon, MMA will be supporting our music students and educators with enrichment programs such as Masterclasses, Yoga for Musicians, and Days with the Pros. Please consider making a donation through MMA before November 7th!
Update your email with us: If your student is new to MHS Band or Chorus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get added to our class communications.
That’s some of this week’s news from Maynard High School.
If you have any items you’d like to add to our weekly News & Notes just let us know.
Beacon Santa Application Information
As our offices continue to be closed due to COVID-19, we encourage applicants to email their applications and letters to email@example.com. An application is attached below. We will also have them available in the high school main office. Applications may be mailed to Beacon Santa c/o Wicked Local, 150 Baker Ave. Ext. Suite 201, Concord, MA 01742.
Applications missing information from the co-signer, an accompanying letter, or other information, will not be considered.Letters accompanying applications may be used in stories published in print and online soliciting Beacon Santa donations. Neither names or applicants’ identities are revealed.There is no guarantee that every application received will be approved.
Approved applicants will receive Target gift cards in the mail. Gift cards will be mailed no later than Tuesday, Dec. 1. Target gift cards can only be used at Target stores and on Target.com.
Beacon Santa is not responsible for undeliverable cards. The applicant’s name and mailing address must be legible. The information will be used to address the envelopes containing the gift cards.Beacon Santa will not replace lost, stolen or compromised cards. To avoid fraud, do not check Target gift card balances on online marketplaces other than Target.com.