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A Week of Grand Achievements

posted May 27, 2016, 10:33 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and it is a time to welcome the summer of 2016 even as we pause to reflect upon those who are no longer with us.  I hope that this weekend gives each of you many moments of joy and meaningful time for remembrance.


It has been a great week at Maynard High School in terms of student performance as our students continue to contribute to the community and excel in a variety of endeavors.  There were so many fantastic achievements by our students over the last 7 days it may seem hard to believe, but here they are.  I think you’ll enjoy having a look!


This past Tuesday night our Senior Showcase and Senior Engineering night was attended by hundreds of students, their families and community members.  44 students, working with faculty members Paul Orzech and Jean LaBelle, have developed senior projects on a variety of topics in health care, finance, design, marketing and much, much more.  Their work was on display to the community and the breadth and quality of their work was amazing.  Just down the hallway in the Engineering Space 6 seniors presented their work to a jury of working engineers in the field and guests.  Original ideas and executed projects were submitted on Durable iPhone Chargers, Refurbishing Sports Shoes, Controlling Strength and Volume in coffee machines and on a new type of Fishing Reel that Never Tangles.  Great work was done by all 50 students involved in these showcase events.


Speaking of great work, check out the link to our recently completed Community Service Day on our MHS website: https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/


More great news came in from the Great East Music Festival last Friday May 20th.  Mrs. Blanchard sent me the following note that I’d like to share with you:


I wanted to give you an update on the HS band and choruses day at the Great East festival.

The kids were wonderful-no problems whatsoever and the chaperones were just great!


The treble chorus got a gold and the SATB chorus got a high gold.


The most special moment though, was the band's performance for this competition.

They scored a nearly perfect 98  out of a 100 and earned a platinum. Very few schools in all of New England earn a platinum-it's exceedingly difficult to do on the HS level. To my knowledge, it's the first time in MHS history that any MHS music group has won a platinum (even before my time at least via the trophies we have).

When the judge told the students of their achievement, they started tearing up. It meant so much to them and they knew how hard they'd worked all year to get to this point.They were humbled, overwhelmed and so very excited. To not only reach this level of performance, but to be able to pull it off in the critical moment is a real tribute to who each and every one of these students.

Their judges were college professors (one a very well known "tough judge" from Boston Conservatory. Their main piece was a very difficult college level piece. The judges consistently remarked about their high level of proficiency and musicality (and their ridiculously fast fingers!)

When we crossed the Stow/Maynard town line on the way home, a police cruiser pulled out in front of us. We wondered why. Then, we realized as the second cruiser pulled behind our 3rd bus and they slowly guided us through town to the HS, we were being provided a police escort. Word had traveled back to the town of the kids' extraordinary day, and in pride and appreciation, they were given a police escort. One of the police officers was a member of the MHS band a few years ago and had played our main piece-he was so proud of the kids!  What a wonderful tribute to the students.  They will remember this for the rest of their lives.


As if all this great news is not enough, please take a moment to read the note sent along by Mrs. Murphy regarding Project 351:

On Saturday May 21st, Juan Duran and Sean  Primiano participated in Project 351 Reunion.   Together with the other ambassadors and alumni, they made 700 hygiene kits for low income and homeless children to be distributed by Hope and Comfort, 850 Superpower Packs for the Summer Urban Program to provide summer campers with the tools they need for summer learning, 690 cards for the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund expressing gratitude to the brave men and women who defend our freedoms, and 200 fresh food wellness bags to be distributed to senior residents around the Foxborough area by Fresh Truck.

Governor Baker, Nate Solder (New England Patriots offensive lineman), and Jonathon Kraft also  commended the students for their service.

The day ended with a Peace and Unity Walk, led by Bill Richard in honor of Martin Richard.  The walk also raised funds for the Martin's Park at Children's Wharf.

We all had a great day.  It is so uplifting to see students from across the state work together.

On top of all of these fantastic student achievements several of our student-athletes and teams are also achieving at a high level.


Congratulations are in order to our Softball Team and Coach O’Neal for once again qualifying for the State Tournament.  Well done!

Also, a big congratulations goes out to the following track athletes for qualifying for the state qualifying meet:

Boys Girls

Paul Simeone Ashley Chiasson

Mike Ford Shannon Smith

Eugene Otieno Brenna Smith

Dante McPherson Nora McCarthy

Ferguson Pierre Alyssa Bourgeois

Andrew Skavicus Katelyn Stramaglia

Josh Darnels Christy Teska

Thomas Smith


And yes, there is more.  Our student run drama club put on their evening of One Act Plays this past Thursday to the delight of the community and on Wednesday evening our Solo and Ensemble Night featured terrific performances by our Wind Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, student run A Cappella Singers, and Jazz Band dazzled the audience with their performances including the Jazz  Band’s rousing rendition of Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder to close the evening.


Last, but certainly not least, the annual WAVM Banquet was held last Sunday night at the Fowler School celebrating the achievements of approximately 150 WAVM member students who make the station go every day.  It is a fantastic celebration of the great work our students do.


That’s a lot for one week isn’t it?  When I say hundreds of our students had a chance to shine at a high level this past week it is no exaggeration.  Well over half of the students at MHS had significant achievements to celebrate over the past 7 days and the recognition they received was well earned and well deserved.


It remains a busy time of year at MHS and there are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.


Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:


Senior Week and Graduation activities


Finals begin next Tuesday May 31st.  Make sure your student has connected with teachers about any missing work.


Senior Obligations are now due.  To participate in the graduation ceremony of June 11th all seniors must make sure they have returned all school owned materials or paid to replace any items that are missing or damaged and paid all fees and balances owed to Maynard High School or the Maynard Public Schools.  Students and their families have been contacted with what they owe.  Students need to be aware that everything from music attire or sports uniforms, to books, to Activity Fees, to cafeteria balances are included.  Last year we started with nearly every senior owing something be it a book or fee with well over 300 items to be taken care of worth over $10,000.00.  By graduation every single item had been accounted for and not even the smallest cafeteria balance remain unpaid.  We hope to replicate that this year for three simple reasons:  First and foremost, we want to see every eligible student actually participate in their graduation ceremony.  Second, we want to conserve valuable school resources for future use and save the taxpayers of Maynard money.  Third, and finally, it’s only fair and right.


Monday, June 6 is Six Flags (for those students who signed up).  Seniors must be at the school and ready to leave by 8:45.  We should return to MHS by 5:30,


Wednesday, June 8 is rehearsal and cap and gowns.  If your student has any outstanding obligations they will not receive a cap and gown.  See guidance if you are unsure.

Wednesday night is the Harbor Cruise from 6:30-10:00 (for those students who have signed up).  Seniors will meet at MHS for pictures and attendance no later than 4:45.  We should return to MHS by 11:00.


Thursday, June 9 is Senior Awards Night from 7-9.  Seniors will meet at MHS at 6:15. This is a semi-formal event so dress appropriately (no jeans!)


Friday, June 10 is the Senior Walk, rehearsal and PTO lunch.  Seniors will meet at MHS at 10:45.  Bring your cap and gown.  We will head to Green Meadow at 11:00 and march up through each school.  Graduation rehearsal will be at noon and the PTO sponsored lunch is at 1:00.   


Saturday, June 11 is graduation.  Seniors will be lined up and heading up to Alumni by 3:45.  Please get to the school around 3:00 to get your cords and cap and gown set.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00pm.


Please see Lisa MacLean or Renee Muise (class advisors) with any questions.


Facilities Request Forms

Any group wishing to use the school buildings for meetings or activities are required to complete a Facilities Request Form.  Forms are available here at MHS and requests for use during the 2016-2017 school year are now coming in.  Requests from now through July will be processed in early August.

Early Release Days for Underclassmen Final Exams

Final exams are now less than a month away and the end of the school year is coming up fast.  There were three school cancellations due to snow this year and the end of the year calendar has been adjusted to account for these missed days.  Underclassmen Final Exams will begin on Friday June 17th and continue through Wednesday June 22nd.


Friday June 17th will be a full day of school with a single exam in the afternoon.  There will be two exams per day on Monday the 20th, Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd.  These last three days of school, June 20-22, will be Early Release Days with students being dismissed at 10:55am.  8th Grade students will be dismissed at 10:55am June 20-22 as well.


Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students. Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary the tests are for all students free of charge this school year. For more information about the concussion center use the following link: https://www.emersonhospital.org/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor. Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd upon parental request. The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs.

To make an appointment for your student use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KZ04bR6ZrYIk6vR3tgD-Q60isaY7UwD1lKKbht8x_qg/viewform?c=0&w=1


Sports

All of our spring sports teams are now in the home stretch in their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:  http://www.mwlma.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=382&school_id=38  Information regarding State Competition will be appearing as it becomes available.


Relay For Life

On June 3-4, nearly 200 Maynard residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Maynard to help save more lives from cancer. The event will take place from 6pm to 9am at Alumni Field.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Our Relay For Life is a community gathering where teams and individuals camp out on Alumni Field overnight and take turns walking or running around the track. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event, as well as at the event itself, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to join us until 11pm!

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 184 registered participants at Relay For Life of Maynard raised over $62,000.

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, supporting education and risk reduction efforts, and providing free information and critical services for people with cancer who need them. Our survivor speaker this year will be a survivor who took advantage of an American Cancer Society program called Look Good Feel Better at Emerson Hospital, a program that helps women deal with the physical effects of cancer.

Take action this year and help make cancer a priority by participating in, donating to, or attending the Relay For Life of Maynard. Visit relayforlife.org/maynardma to learn more about the event, or contact Kayla Hindle at 508.270.4884 or kayla.hindle@cancer.org.


Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In little over a week Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visitwww.emersonhospital.org/5k to register, volunteer or donate today!


SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th

from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students

receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are

invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,

activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family

of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please

contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at

sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650..


For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --


https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/2017-band-chorus-disney-trip


If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.


In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!


Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee


Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:

  MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 • www.maynardschools.org

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  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 done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last 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 siblings 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 account 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, the student 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 student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

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

(978) 897 6100

cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us


Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School



MHS Student Successes!

posted May 20, 2016, 12:00 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

Our students continue to contribute to the community and excel in a variety of endeavors.  Please check out the link to our recently completed Community Service Day on our school website at https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/


Congratulations are in order to our Softball Team and Coach O’Neal for once again qualifying for the State Tournament.  Well done!

Also, a big congratulations goes out to the following track athletes for qualifying for the state qualifying meet:

Boys Girls

Paul Simeone Ashley Chiasson

Mike Ford Shannon Smith

Eugene Otieno Brenna Smith

Dante McPherson Nora McCarthy

Ferguson Pierre Alyssa Bourgeois

Andrew Skavicus Katelyn Stramaglia

Josh Darnels Christy Teska

Thomas Smith


Next Tuesday May 24th is our Senior Project Showcase starting at 5:30pm.  This year our Senior Engineering students will also be displaying their project work starting at 6:00pm.  Please join us and see the high quality research and work our students have been completing this year.


This is a busy time of year at MHS and there are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.


Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:


Facilities Request Forms

Any group wishing to use the school buildings for meetings or activities are required to complete a Facilities Request Form.  Forms are available here at MHS and requests for use during the 2016-2017 school year are now coming in.  Requests from now through July will be processed in early August.

Early Release Days for Underclassmen Final Exams

Final exams are now less than a month away and the end of the school year is coming up fast.  There were three school cancellations due to snow this year and the end of the year calendar has been adjusted to account for these missed days.  Underclassmen Final Exams will begin on Friday June 17th and continue through Wednesday June 22nd.


Friday June 17th will be a full day of school with a single exam in the afternoon.  There will be two exams per day on Monday the 20th, Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd.  These last three days of school, June 20-22, will be Early Release Days with students being dismissed at 10:55am.  8th Grade students will be dismissed at 10:55am June 20-22 as well.


Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York. The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem.


Date: Tuesday May 24th

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Maynard High School Auditorium.


The Solo and Ensemble Concert

The Solo and Ensemble Concert is Wed., May 25th at 7pm (jazz, wind ensemble, madrigals and a cappella groups), the Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 30th and the Music Banquet is that evening at 5pm. Band and satb chorus will also be performing at Graduation on June 11.

Please see our website for updates and details. Thanks!


Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students. Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary the tests are for all students free of charge this school year. For more information about the concussion center use the following link: https://www.emersonhospital.org/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor. Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd upon parental request. The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs.

To make an appointment for your student use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KZ04bR6ZrYIk6vR3tgD-Q60isaY7UwD1lKKbht8x_qg/viewform?c=0&w=1


Sports

All of our spring sports teams are now in the home stretch in their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:  http://www.mwlma.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=382&school_id=38  Information regarding State Competition will be appearing as it becomes available.


Graduation Balloon sale!

Graduation of the class of 2016 is right around the corner, and you can congratulate any senior on this great milestone by purchasing a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2016” written on them. We will place them on the house of the designated senior on June 10th! They are only $5 for the first balloon and $4 for each additional balloon ordered. You can order them by emailing the name of the senior to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 27th.



Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In only 3 weeks, Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visitwww.emersonhospital.org/5k to register, volunteer or donate today!


SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th

from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students

receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are

invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,

activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family

of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please

contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at

sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650..


For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --


https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/2017-band-chorus-disney-trip


If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.


In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!


Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee


Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:

  MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 • www.maynardschools.org

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  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 done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last 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 siblings 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 account 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, the student 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 student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

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

(978) 897 6100

cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us


Potential Employment Opportunity

Maynard Minuteman Senior Services, a regional social services agency, seeks a part-time Dining Coordinator for our Maynard dining site (located at the Senior Center on Concord Street Circle). Minuteman Senior Services is an innovative non-profit agency offering seniors, disabled adults, and care givers information, assistance and support in 16 towns. We operate 15 programs that provide solutions to help our consumers live independently, in the comfort of home. Our nutrition programs include congregate dining sites, Meals on Wheels, nutrition counseling and Healthy Living classes. For additional information about Minuteman and our services, please visit our website at www.minutemansenior.org. POSITION SUMMARY: The Dining Coordinator provides food service and volunteer management in a small dining room setting and is responsible for creating and maintaining a warm and welcoming environment for the seniors who utilize this service. This is a great job for someone seeking part-time hours; recent retirees and stay-at-home parents are encouraged to apply! Schedule: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  Create a warm and welcoming dining experience for seniors in a community setting targeted at helping seniors stay healthy and engaged.  Make diligent efforts to identify and reach lower-income, disabled and/or isolated people age 60 and over by using outreach methods including coordination of effort with Minuteman Senior Services' care management staff and local agencies and current participants.  In collaboration with the Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator, work with existing community groups concerned with the interests of the elderly to promote active and healthy aging such as the local Council on Aging, local social service agencies, municipal government, nursing homes, and senior groups.  Assist in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, employees, and Meals on Wheels drivers (from among dining participants and the community at large) to ensure an enduring program.  Train and supervise volunteers and/or paid Meals on Wheels drivers regarding routes (the Dining Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of meals). Responsible for updating route sheets, scheduling volunteer MOW drivers, and monthly calendars.  Implement and maintain food handling practices and procedures for dining and Meals on Wheels that adhere to agency standards and local fire, health, sanitation, and safety codes.  Keep required records and statistics and supervise the counting of cash and check receipts. Make daily deposits of donations in agency bank, mail weekly pink sheet, and deposit receipts to agency on Friday. Mail monthly and N.A.P.I.S. reports to agency by the 10th day of the following month.  Wear Minuteman uniform at all times, including the Minuteman apron.  Attend staff meetings and appropriate training sessions.  Display a consistently positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous, and professional attitude while working as a team member and pitching in as necessary.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Nutrition Services. QUALIFICATIONS:  High School graduate or equivalent in work/life experience in community or social group work (paid or volunteer)  Sensitivity to the needs of the elderly  Familiarity with the service area preferred  Must be able to lift bags/coolers weighing a maximum of 35 lbs  Ability to establish a good working relationship with participants, volunteers, and co-workers and must be detail oriented. PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS POSITION VIA OUR WEBSITE: http://www.minutemansenior.org/join-our-team/employment

Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


A Day of Community Service and a Night for Prom

posted May 13, 2016, 7:53 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--


Last night’s Spring Concert could not have gone better.  The 8th and 9th Grade Treble Chorus and Maynard High School Chorus were outstanding in their vocal presentation and could not have looked better on stage.  The Maynard High School Concert Band then took the stage after intermission and were wonderful as they moved through both classical and modern pieces and ended with Somewhere Over the Rainbow--the perfect sentiment as graduation approaches on June 11th for our seniors.


Today our students and staff members were engaged in community service projects taking them across all three school buildings and grounds as well as the Town Library and Boys and Girls Club.  I urge you to discuss today’s activities with your son or daughter when you see them to talk about this wonderful initiative.


Tonight is our annual Prom at the Colonial Inn in Gardner.  I’m personally looking forward to seeing all of our students in their formal attire.  This is always a wonderful event where our students shine as young adults.


This is a busy time of year at MHS and there are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.


Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:


Prom

This year's Junior prom will be at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA on Friday, May 13th. Students should plan to arrive no later than 6:00pm to take advantage of picture opportunities on site before the grand march, dinner and dancing. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend the grand march which will be taking place promptly at 6:30 in the main ballroom.


Students should be reminded about appropriate and responsible behavior before, during and after prom to ensure an exciting, fun and memorable night for all.


If you or your student have any questions, please contact Ms. Dowd at edowd@maynard.k12.ma.us.


Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York. The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem.


Date: Tuesday May 24th

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Maynard High School Auditorium.


The Solo and Ensemble Concert

The Solo and Ensemble Concert is Wed., May 25th at 7pm (jazz, wind ensemble, madrigals and a cappella groups), the Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 30th and the Music Banquet is that evening at 5pm. Band and satb chorus will also be performing at Graduation on June 11.

Please see our website for updates and details. Thanks!


Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students. Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary the tests are for all students free of charge this school year. For more information about the concussion center use the following link: https://www.emersonhospital.org/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor. Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd upon parental request. The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs.

To make an appointment for your student use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KZ04bR6ZrYIk6vR3tgD-Q60isaY7UwD1lKKbht8x_qg/viewform?c=0&w=1


Sports

All of our spring sports teams are now well into their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:  http://www.mwlma.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=382&school_id=38


Graduation Balloon sale!

Graduation of the class of 2016 is right around the corner, and you can congratulate any senior on this great milestone by purchasing a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2016” written on them. We will place them on the house of the designated senior on June 10th! They are only $5 for the first balloon and $4 for each additional balloon ordered. You can order them by emailing the name of the senior to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 27th.



Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In only 3 weeks, Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visitwww.emersonhospital.org/5k to register, volunteer or donate today!


SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th

from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students

receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are

invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,

activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family

of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please

contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at

sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650..


For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --


https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/2017-band-chorus-disney-trip


If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.


In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!


Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee


Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:

  MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 • www.maynardschools.org

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  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 done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last 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 siblings 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 account 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, the student 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 student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

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

(978) 897 6100

cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us


Potential Employment Opportunity

Maynard Minuteman Senior Services, a regional social services agency, seeks a part-time Dining Coordinator for our Maynard dining site (located at the Senior Center on Concord Street Circle). Minuteman Senior Services is an innovative non-profit agency offering seniors, disabled adults, and care givers information, assistance and support in 16 towns. We operate 15 programs that provide solutions to help our consumers live independently, in the comfort of home. Our nutrition programs include congregate dining sites, Meals on Wheels, nutrition counseling and Healthy Living classes. For additional information about Minuteman and our services, please visit our website at www.minutemansenior.org. POSITION SUMMARY: The Dining Coordinator provides food service and volunteer management in a small dining room setting and is responsible for creating and maintaining a warm and welcoming environment for the seniors who utilize this service. This is a great job for someone seeking part-time hours; recent retirees and stay-at-home parents are encouraged to apply! Schedule: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  Create a warm and welcoming dining experience for seniors in a community setting targeted at helping seniors stay healthy and engaged.  Make diligent efforts to identify and reach lower-income, disabled and/or isolated people age 60 and over by using outreach methods including coordination of effort with Minuteman Senior Services' care management staff and local agencies and current participants.  In collaboration with the Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator, work with existing community groups concerned with the interests of the elderly to promote active and healthy aging such as the local Council on Aging, local social service agencies, municipal government, nursing homes, and senior groups.  Assist in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, employees, and Meals on Wheels drivers (from among dining participants and the community at large) to ensure an enduring program.  Train and supervise volunteers and/or paid Meals on Wheels drivers regarding routes (the Dining Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of meals). Responsible for updating route sheets, scheduling volunteer MOW drivers, and monthly calendars.  Implement and maintain food handling practices and procedures for dining and Meals on Wheels that adhere to agency standards and local fire, health, sanitation, and safety codes.  Keep required records and statistics and supervise the counting of cash and check receipts. Make daily deposits of donations in agency bank, mail weekly pink sheet, and deposit receipts to agency on Friday. Mail monthly and N.A.P.I.S. reports to agency by the 10th day of the following month.  Wear Minuteman uniform at all times, including the Minuteman apron.  Attend staff meetings and appropriate training sessions.  Display a consistently positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous, and professional attitude while working as a team member and pitching in as necessary.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Nutrition Services. QUALIFICATIONS:  High School graduate or equivalent in work/life experience in community or social group work (paid or volunteer)  Sensitivity to the needs of the elderly  Familiarity with the service area preferred  Must be able to lift bags/coolers weighing a maximum of 35 lbs  Ability to establish a good working relationship with participants, volunteers, and co-workers and must be detail oriented. PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS POSITION VIA OUR WEBSITE: http://www.minutemansenior.org/join-our-team/employment


Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School



A Great Week is in the Books and Busy Weeks Are Ahead!

posted May 6, 2016, 12:04 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--


I’d like to begin by congratulating students Alex Kucich, Caitlin Fields & Dani Zeller for all having their essays selected by the New York Times in their 2016 Editorial Contest!


I would also like to thank the dozens of people from the Maynard Police and Fire Departments, Town DPW, EMS, Funeral Home, Dee Bus, WAVM and the Theater Programs for helping with this year’s “Mock Accident” as part of Maynard High School’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, particularly as we are in Prom season.  I’d like to give a special shout out to Maynard Fire Fighter Michael Cisek who began this effort as a Maynard High senior (class of 2011) as his Senior Project.  What a tremendous legacy.


The high school PTO put on a simply fantastic staff appreciation luncheon today and on behalf of the entire MHS staff I’d like to send a huge thank you to our supportive parents.  For the first time in recent memory our luncheon was further enhanced by music provided by the Maynard High School Jazz Band under the direction of Tricia Gately.  Again, many thanks.


This is a busy time of year at MHS and there are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.


Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:


Prom

This year's Junior prom will be at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA on Friday, May 13th. Students should plan to arrive no later than 6pm to take advantage of picture opportunities on site before the grand march, dinner and dancing. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend the grand march which will be taking place promptly at 6:30 in the main ballroom.


Students should be reminded about appropriate and responsible behavior before, during and after prom to ensure an exciting, fun and memorable night for all.


If you or your student have any questions, please contact Ms. Dowd at edowd@maynard.k12.ma.us.

Sports

All of our spring sports teams are now well into their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:  http://www.mwlma.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=382&school_id=38


For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --


https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-high-school/2017-band-chorus-disney-trip


If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.


In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!


Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee


Spring Concert

The spring concert is Thursday, May 12th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium.


The treble chorus, the satb chorus and the concert band will all be performing some amazing and fun pieces!  We will be singing Morokeni (a traditional song of welcome in Sotho), Turtle Dove (Vaughan Williams), a gorgeous Les Mis medley, a powerful band piece "Inferno" based on Dante's Inferno, Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag, and much more. Please come out and support your HS musicians!


FOR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE SPRING CONCERT

Time:  (Please report to the appropriate areas.)

        Choruses-on stage at 6:15 for warm-ups

        Concert Band -6:30 in the band room-section leaders tune electronically, then tune sections.

           Tech crew-mics and lights set and ready to go before you leave school in afternoon.

        Set crew-chorus risers and piano set, and chairs/percussion/stands in wings, ready to go

            before leaving school, band chairs/stands and percussion equipment set up in wings,

            neat and ready for quick set up.


CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT   7:00pm Sharp

Dress:  All performers are to wear black pants and white button down tops, black socks and black shoes.


Other reminders:

Reed players-check and make sure you have several good reeds and keep at least one spare in a reed sleeve with you on stage in case of mishap.

Percussionists-make sure you’ve all got a pair of CONCERT sticks-thin and tapered, do NOT use marching sticks

Brass players-make sure you oil your valves on Tuesday’s band rehearsal. Trombonists should take one spray bottle or slide oil on stage in case of emergency.

Vocalists: NO dairy 24 hrs. before singing. Drink tons of water. No dairy is a good rule of thumb for instrumentalists too!

Everyone: Practice!!!  Drink lots of and get a good night’s sleep the night before!

Best of luck everyone!


The Solo and Ensemble Concert

The Solo and Ensemble Concert is Wed., May 25th at 7pm (jazz, wind ensemble, madrigals and a cappella groups), the Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 30th and the Music Banquet is that evening at 5pm. Band and satb chorus will also be performing at Graduation on June 11.

Please see our website for updates and details. Thanks!


Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!


Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students. Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary the tests are for all students free of charge this school year. For more information about the concussion center use the following link: https://www.emersonhospital.org/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx


These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor. Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd upon parental request. The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs.

To make an appointment for your student use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KZ04bR6ZrYIk6vR3tgD-Q60isaY7UwD1lKKbht8x_qg/viewform?c=0&w=1


Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York. The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem.


Date: Tuesday May 24th

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Maynard High School Auditorium.


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.


Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:

  MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 • www.maynardschools.org

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  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 done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last 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 siblings 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 account 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, the student 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 student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

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

(978) 897 6100

cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us


Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


Our Students Are Phenomenal!

posted Apr 29, 2016, 12:13 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

As we enter the final two months of the school year it is important that our students finish the academic year well during the 4th and final marking quarter.  Maintenance of excellent attendance including on time arrival is critical to student success.  If your student comes home and says something like, “Tomorrow is skip day.” or “Everyone’s taking tomorrow off.” don’t buy it and don’t play into it.  We’ll all be working hard right until the end of the school year on June 22nd.


This past week several of our seniors have helped facilitate meetings and fund raising activities related to the work they have done for their capstone projects as part of our Senior Project classes.  The quality of their work has been outstanding and has ranged from political forums on the workings of the electoral college, to panel discussions on the media and its role in our political discourse as a society to awareness of helper animals for those with a variety of physical and emotional needs.  Take a moment to speak with your children about the senior projects that are ongoing at Maynard High School.  The topics and quality of the work may well amaze you.


Over April vacation a group of students and chaperons visited Cuba and trip leader, Spanish Teacher Jennifer Adams sent the following note along.  I’d like to share it with you:


Dear parents,

I want you to know what amazing kids you have.  It was my pleasure to take them on this trip and to see them try new things, learn new words, interact with new people, have conversations in Spanish (even with each other!), appreciate a different culture, get out on the dance floor, play baseball, be kind and responsible,.....  

It's hard to know how this trip has affected each of them or how their perspective on things may have changed, but I'm hopeful they feel more confident speaking Spanish as a result of using it in another country, have a better understanding of the Cuban culture, history, & economy,  have learned to be a little more flexible when traveling, and can even pack lightly.  I saw kids taking care of each other, translating for each other, playing games with each other (no smart phones was great!), and being respectful of differences.

Mrs. Finnegan, Ms. Rabinovich & I absolutely loved being their chaperones.  We were so proud to have each of these kids on our trip representing Maynard and the US.

We were fortunate to have Mrs. Santillo and Mr. Kuhn on the trip as well.  Each of them added a lot to the trip and were another adult the kids could talk to.  The trip wouldn't have been the same without Mrs. Santillo's art expertise & Mr. Kuhn's laugh, among other qualities!  

We are planning to get together and have invited the group from Belchertown who traveled with us.  The group of students from Chicago has promised to try to skype in  for it, so you'll get to meet some of our new friends.  We tentatively set it for the night of May 20 but after we each check our school calendars I'll be in touch about the official date & time.  

Thank you for helping your kids with this opportunity.  (Kids - thank your parents if you haven't already done so.)  I would honestly take them all on another trip, as soon as I rest up from this one.  

The plan for pictures is to create a Google doc so we can share them all, but here is one of our yesterday morning in Cuba, as we were getting ready to board the bus from our hotel.  When you look at your kids' tired faces today, you can be assured they were this happy when they were in Cuba.  

Gracias a todos mis muy buenos viajeros.

Jen


Upcoming Activities and Events:


Sports

All of our spring sports teams are now well into their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:  http://www.mwlma.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=382&school_id=38


Maynard Rod and Gun Club Children’s Trout Derby

The Maynard Rod and Gun Club will host its annual Children’s Trout Derby on Saturday April 30 and Sunday MAy 1 from 7:00am-4:00pm.  Entry fees are:  children under 7:  free, children 8-12:  $7.00, children 13-18 and adults:  $10.00.  Re-entry is allowed.  Great prizes each day.  Breakfast and lunch available.  Bait and tackle available.  Free fly fishing clinic Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm.  Call the club at 978-897-9873 or Kirk Teska at (781) 890-5678 for further details.

An open house will also be held.  The Maynard Rod and Gun Club, Inc., Old Mill Road, Maynard, Massachusetts.  Overnight camping available.


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.


Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:

  MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 • www.maynardschools.org

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  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 done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last 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 siblings 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 account 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, the student 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 student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

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

(978) 897 6100

cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us


Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


Catch a Trout, Take a Survey, and Come to School Every Day!

posted Apr 22, 2016, 10:01 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—


With school vacation week here, it has been relatively quiet at Maynard High School this week.

Coming out of this last significant break of the 2015-2016 school year it is important that our students finish the academic year well during the 4th and final marking quarter.  Maintenance of excellent attendance, including on time arrival, is critical to student success.  If your student comes home and says something like, “Tomorrow is skip day.” or “Everyone’s taking tomorrow off.” don’t buy it and don’t play into it.  We’ll all be working hard right until the end of the school year exactly two months from now on June 22nd.


The Maynard Public Schools and Maynard High School is participating in an important survey to support a national study related to support for students’ social, emotional and behavioral well being.  If you have a few minutes please complete the survey.  A description from the researchers and the needed link follow:


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are working on a national research project about social, emotional, and behavioral practices used in schools.  One important piece to the project involves understanding how educators and families think about school practices to support students. MAYNARD HIGH was randomly selected from school districts across the country, and your district has agreed to participation. We invite you to participate in this survey.  

The survey includes questions about perceptions regarding the purpose and value of social, emotional, and behavioral screening; the usability of a particular approach to identifying and supporting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students; and your demographics. Total time should take approximately 10-15 minutes, and you will not be contacted further.

Follow this link to the Survey:

https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_2lSLffj4hc72gct&RID=MLRP_1TSXqhNin11JDDv


Your collaboration in this important project is appreciated. You will not be paid for being in this study; however, if you participate in the survey you may choose to enter into a raffle for one of sixteen $50 Amazon gift cards once the project is completed. If you have any questions or concerns about the project in general, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sandra Chafouleas, Project Director, at the University of Connecticut.

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center is managing survey administration for this project. For questions about the survey form or problems with the link, please contact Tracy Keirns, at the University of New Hampshire (603.862.1060 or tracy.keirns@unh.edu).

Thank you very much for your assistance.


Many Activities and Events are Upcoming and Information Follows:


Senior Projects

Miranda DeBruyn, a senior at Maynard High School, is doing a fundraiser this spring for her senior project. She will be selling bracelets for Buddy Dog, a local non-kill animal shelter, for $5 dollars at lunch and can be reached anywhere around the school. She can also be reached at her personal email mgraced@verizon.net for those outside of the school. Cash is preferred Miranda is also doing a blanket drive for the shelter. A box will be left in the main office. Miranda says, “Thank you so much in advance for everyone's donations.”


Haley Fritz also has an exciting senior project she has been working on.  Haley has arranged for a forum on the “The Changing State of Media in American Politics” on Thursday April 28th from 7:00-8:30pm in the MHS auditorium.  The forum will include a panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize winning Globe Spotlight reporter Joan Vennochi,  Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, Northeastern University Professor Dan Kennedy,  Mass VOTE Executive Cheryl Crawford & Raskey-Baerlein Public Affairs representative Will Rasky. Admission is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available by contacting Paul Orzech in the Media Center at Maynard High School or by contacting Haley at halmfritz@gmail.com


Maynard Rod and Gun Club Children’s Trout Derby

The Maynard Rod and Gun Club will host its annual Children’s Trout Derby on Saturday April 30 and Sunday MAy 1 from 7:00am-4:00pm.  Entry fees are:  children under 7:  free, children 8-12:  $7.00, children 13-18 and adults:  $10.00.  Re-entry is allowed.  Great prizes each day.  Breakfast and lunch available.  Bait and tackle available.  Free fly fishing clinic Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm.  Call the club at 978-897-9873 or Kirk Teska at (781) 890-5678 for further details.

An open house will also be held.  The Maynard Rod and Gun Club, Inc., Old Mill Road, Maynard, Massachusetts.  Overnight camping available.


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.


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


Enjoy a safe and relaxing April Vacation!

posted Apr 15, 2016, 12:56 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the students and staff at Maynard High School for successfully completing our initial student safety training utilizing the ALICE method.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  It is a more comprehensive set of tools for students and staff to use to stay safe in the event of a school emergency than lockdown alone.  Every student at MHS took part in a 55 minute presentation and also participated in a drill regarding building evacuation under emergency conditions.  I’d like to thank the Maynard Police and Fire Departments for their participation and to the entire district safety committee for their work bringing this about.  Further drills will be held in the future on other aspects of ALICE.  Notifications will go out in advance of these events.

In other exciting news, on Tuesday April 12th the popular and bestselling Young Adult author Julie Berry visited the MHS Library to meet with students interested in pursuing creative writing as a career. Speaking with about 50 students, Ms Berry discussed her new book, The Passion of Dolssa (out that day), and provided a very personal and comprehensive writers' workshop for all in attendance. Ms Berry was a Maynard resident for 13 years, until moving to Los Angeles two years ago when her career took off. Her previous book, All The Truth That's In Me, was published in over 13 countries and earned rave reviews from Time Magazine, NPR, and The New York Times. Ms Berry still retains a strong connection with both MHS and entire Maynard community, therefore making this incredible opportunity for our students possible.

Teachers Mrs. Adams and Ms. Rabinovich along with Ms. Finnegan and two other chaperons are leading a trip to Cuba with 15 MHS students.  They were on their way to the airport in the wee hours this morning and ought to be approaching Havana as I write this.  This amazing educational and cultural trip would not have been possible without the support of dozens of members of the school community and unwavering family support.  I look forward to a full report when they return after April vacation!

The April School vacation is upon us with MHS closed for classes from the close of school at 2:05pm today until we return at 7:00am on Monday April 25th.  Sports practices and games will be occurring along with some additional extracurricular activities.  Your students should check with their coaches or advisors for schedules.

Many Activities and Events are Upcoming and Information Follows:

Senior Projects

Miranda DeBruyn, a senior at Maynard High School, is doing a fundraiser this spring for her senior project. She will be selling bracelets for Buddy Dog, a local non-kill animal shelter, for $5 dollars at lunch and can be reached anywhere around the school. She can also be reached at her personal email mgraced@verizon.net for those outside of the school. Cash is preferred Miranda is also doing a blanket drive for the shelter. A box will be left in the main office. Miranda says, “Thank you so much in advance for everyone's donations.”

Haley Fritz also has an exciting senior project she has been working on.  Haley has arranged for a forum on the “The Changing State of Media in American Politics” on Thursday April 28th from 7:00-8:30pm in the MHS auditorium.  The forum will include a panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize winning Globe Spotlight reporter Joan Vennochi,  Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, Northeastern University Professor Dan Kennedy,  Mass VOTE Executive Cheryl Crawford & Raskey-Baerlein Public Affairs representative Will Rasky. Admission is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available by contacting Paul Orzech in the Media Center at Maynard High School or by contacting Haley at halmfritz@gmail.com

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.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend & school vacation week—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

A Special Message About Our Upcoming Student Safety Training

posted Apr 8, 2016, 12:58 PM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 1:08 PM ]

Good afternoon--

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts now mandates that all schools have safety measures in place that go beyond a traditional "Lockdown" approach to help ensure student safety in the event of a true and dire emergency.

Next Wednesday April 13th we are planning on introducing the ALICE safety protocols to our students at Maynard High School.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.  It is a way of thinking about school safety that is aligned with the latest information and analysis taken from tragic school intruder and shooting events across the country.

As students reach the 8th grade and beyond at Maynard High School they are capable of taking a much more active role in their own protection in the event of an armed intruder situation.  This includes actively evacuating the building, barricading and fortifying the space they are in to keep intruders out of a space like a classroom and even countering an intruder attack in a worst case scenario.

This coming Wednesday students will be viewing a presentation that reviews what ALICE is, how the ALICE protocols were developed, and why the ALICE protocols work.  Our staff members began their own ALICE training by viewing a similar presentation.  It is similar to the presentation given before the Maynard School Committee earlier this year.

Later in the day evacuation scenarios and drills will be held.

This is the first in a series of student trainings that will be held over the next two school years.

The student training on Wednesday will move Maynard High School ahead in the area of school safety and there is no higher priority than the safety of the students and staff at Maynard High School.

Thank you for reading--
Chuck Caragianes
Principal of Maynard High School

A Great Week at MHS--Thanks to Our Students!

posted Apr 8, 2016, 12:36 PM by Chuck Caragianes






Good afternoon—

First, a reminder.  The April School vacation is almost upon us with MHS closed for classes from the close of school at 2:05pm on Friday April 15th until we return at 7:00am on Monday April 25th.  Sports practices and games will be occurring along with some additional extracurricular activities.  Your students should check with their coaches or advisors for schedules.


The 3rd marking quarter of the year ended today.  Grades are being inputted into iPass, will be verified and then report cards will be released.  This process takes about a week.


Meanwhile, it has been a great week at Maynard High School.  Check out this Week’s Beacon Villager for a wonderful cover story about our sophomores students and custodial staff working together.  Many thanks to Class Advisor Olga Doktorov for her efforts bringing this about.


We had a slow start this past Monday morning with our blood drive as the snow created some late arrivals but we rallied before lunch.  Volunteering students were polite and helpful throughout the day.  When all was said and done the American Red Cross collected 36 pints of blood which is a new school record.  Several students and teachers gave double reds.  This means that we provided a sufficient amount of blood to save 108 lives. The Red Cross coordinator remarked that at larger schools they may only collect 20 pints of blood.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who made this happen especially our Peer Leaders, Staff member Rochelle Lerner who advises our Peer Leaders and Trish DeMars who worked around not being able to use the gym or the outdoors on an icy morning.

We make a difference.


There was a major dance competition from April 1st to 3rd at South Hadley High School  over the past weekend and several Maynard High Students were involved.

Team members included:  Georgia Lawton,Sofia Adams, Sofia Lappas, Garvey Cummings, Maddie Berry, Olivia Palmer, Jay Stout, Megan Tucker, Michaela Barbagalo, Molly Gavin & Lily Elwell.

Awards Winners from Maynard High abounded including::

Georgia Lawton - 1st place in 13-15 age group

Garvey Cummings- 2nd place in 16-24 age group

Sofia Lappas- 2nd place in 13-15 age group

Jay Stout- 3rd place in 13-15 age group

Garvery Cumming and Jay Stout- 1st place 13-15 duos/trios

Michaela, Olivia, Sofia Lappas and Garvey came in first for their group performance age group 16-18.

Congratulations go out to the entire group!


Also, thanks goes out to our PTO for funding three grants at MHS to two of our science teachers, Nancy Griffin and  Valerie Cairns, and to Jen Adams our SAGA staff adviser.  Please come on over to MHS for our next PTO meeting (more below).


Many Activities and Events are Upcoming and Information Follows:


Senior Projects

Miranda DeBruyn, a senior at Maynard High School, is doing a fundraiser this spring for her senior project. She will be selling bracelets for Buddy Dog, a local non-kill animal shelter, for $5 dollars at lunch and can be reached anywhere around the school. She can also be reached at her personal email mgraced@verizon.net for those outside of the school. Cash is preferred Miranda is also doing a blanket drive for the shelter. A box will be left in the main office. Miranda says, “Thank you so much in advance for everyone's donations.”                                                  

Prom is Fast Approaching!

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan invites the public to “2016 prom prep” and a discussion about healthy dating relationships.

Prom prep will be held on April 9th from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Empire Beauty School at 347 Pleasant Street in Malden.  Call 781-397-7400 for more details.


MHS PTO

Due to school vacation the next PTO meeting will be held next Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 pm in the media center.  Please join us to discuss the teacher appreciation luncheon coming up on May 6th.


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.


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


The 3rd Marking Quarter Ends in Just One Week!

posted Apr 1, 2016, 11:37 AM by Chuck Caragianes






Good afternoon—

Despite a forecast that includes the chance for snow Sunday and Monday, it is indeed spring.  Not only do the Red Sox open their season this coming Monday in Cleveland, but we are now just one week away from the close of the 3rd marking quarter of the year on April 8th.   The April School vacation will follow fast upon that with MHS closed for classes from the close of school at 2:05pm on Friday April 15th until we return at 7:00am on Monday April 25th.


Please remind your student to finish up the quarter with hard work and focus and that a restful week is not far away.


Many Activities and Events are Upcoming and Information Follows:


Jazz Cafe is Tonight!

The high school Jazz Band and Fowler Stage Band will be bringing you an evening of music, entertainment, cafe desserts and fun tonight from 7:00-9:00pm in the MHS cafeteria.  Admission is $5.00 or a $20.00 family max.  This is a great family event sure to be enjoyed by all.


Senior Projects

Shannon Smith 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 Thursday. April 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>.


Building Bridgesat Northeastern University

About the Building Bridges Program:

  • Bi-annual event to provide high school students with the opportunity to explore Northeastern University’s College of Engineering

  • Full day of interactive engineering activities to help students understand the various engineering disciplines, led by COE faculty and students from all of the engineering departments

  • Introduction to research programs and initiatives at Northeastern

  • Overview of potential career paths and higher education options

  • Networking opportunities to meet and talk with current University students and faculty members

  • Interactive lunch session with industrial engineering challenges

Additional Information:

  • Breakfast and lunch included with registration

  • Group visits and school trips welcome – contact for special arrangements


Registration is now open! Please register at https://commerce.cashnet.com/SFBuildingBridges  Registration closes on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Building Bridges will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016. If you would like more information regarding the program, email Claire Duggan.                                                   


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 us and 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.


Prom is Fast Approaching!

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan invites the public to “2016 prom prep” and a discussion about healthy dating relationships.

Prom prep will be held on April 9th from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Empire Beauty School at 347 Pleasant Street in Malden.  Call 781-397-7400 for more details.


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.


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend—


Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


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