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A Pause to Reflect During a Busy Time of Year

posted May 22, 2015, 9:19 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

It’s a rare day indeed when a record that has stood for 38 years is broken.  Sophomore Mike Ford has set a new Maynard High School record in the high jump with a leap of an astonishing 6’3” at a meet this past week.  The record has stood since it was set by Steve Cziria at 6’2” in 1977.  Congratulations to Mike!

For Graduating Seniors

As a reminder, senior final exams are from May 22nd-29th.   The Senior Trip is May 29th and the Senior Cruise June 3rd.  Our Senior Awards night will be held Thursday June 4th starting at 7:00pm in our gymnasium, and our annual Senior Luncheon sponsored by the PTO will be June 5th at noon.  All of these activities culminate in our graduation exercises that will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).

Events, Events, Events!!!

Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert May 22nd (Tonight) at 7:00pm. 

Solo & Ensemble Concert May 27th at 7:00pm.

Spring Sports Awards June 1st at 5:00pm.

“Up Day” for 7th graders (Almost 8th graders) June 5th at MHS.

Underclassmen Awards June 11th at 12:15pm in the MHS Auditorium.

Underclassmen Exams & Assessments June 15-June 19 (See additional note below).

Schedule for the Final Week of School

From June 15th to June 19th we will be having year end exams in grades 9-12 and final activities and assessments for our 8th graders.  During that week there will be a full day on Monday June 15th followed by early release days for exams and assessments Tuesday through Friday.

Students in grades 9, 10 & 11 will have 1 exam during the final 2 periods of the day on Monday and then 2 exams per day Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  Make-up exams for excused absences will be given Friday.  Students in 8th grade will continue their work in core subject areas through the week while following the same dismissal schedule as students in grades 9-11, namely a full day on Monday June 15th followed by early release days Tuesday through Friday.

The PTO/Boosters

The PTO/Boosters will be selling seat cushions at the Senior Awards Night on June 4th at 7:00pm for anyone interested in purchasing them for Graduation.  The seats are $25 each. These are great for using on the hard, wooden bleachers when you’re all dressed up for graduation!

Host Families Sought!

Educatius International is looking for host families for the coming school year.  We hosted 14 students this year with great success.  We had students from Norway, Brazil, Spain, Germany and China.  Some students were here for the whole school year and some for just one semester.  All students speak English fairly well, have good grades and excellent recommendations. Families are paid $700 per month, tax free, toward the student's room and board.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact MaryEllen McCarthy atmccarthy.clan@verizon.net

Warm Weather and Our Dress Code

Warm weather means everyone is breaking out their summer attire.  Sometimes this can be problematic.  The School Dress Code is contained in our student handbook and is very much in line with communities across Massachusetts for both male and female students.  Dress code enforcement is a task that detracts from time on learning for students and eats into staff time needlessly.  Please spend just a bit of time at home talking to your children to help us ensure that the dress code is being followed by your students here at MHS.

School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness

We have 4 weeks of school remaining this school year (1 week for seniors) and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the attendance policy.  June 19th is the last day for students in grades 8-11 and May 29th is the last day for seniors.  The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence.  The policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences.  (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)

Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over.  Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).

Enjoy the long holiday weekend including thoughtful and thankful remembrance for those who came before us.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

A Great Week at MHS with More Fabulous Events Coming Up!

posted May 15, 2015, 12:14 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Our Prom held last Friday was a huge success featuring our traditional promenade and magnificent deportment by all of our students through the evening even as they all had a great time.  The end of the year is now little more than a month away for all of our students and but 3 weeks away for our seniors.  As a reminder, senior final exams are from May 22nd-29th, and graduation exercises will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).

June 5th will be a poignant day here at MHS as we welcome current 7th grade students for “Up Day” as they prepare to enter our community next school year even as we hold graduation practice for seniors followed by a luncheon for our soon to be graduates sponsored with the generosity of our PTO.

Student Successes!

The MHS band and choruses went to DC in April for a national music competition.

Not only were the students perfectly behaved, but their performances were outstanding.  All 3 groups rated "excellent" on a national level, and the 8/9th grade chorus came in first!  We are very proud of them indeed.

While there, they also got the chance to see the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, World War II memorial (and several others), see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery and the Kennedy gravesites, went to the Smithsonian, the Annapolis Naval Academy (and saw a dress rehearsal of Brahm's Requiem by the students and some adult professional musicians), and saw a performance of the musical "Addams Family".  What a great trip! Many new friendships were formed, bonds tightened and the chance to see so many of the country's important sites, combined with their wonderful performances, made this an incredible trip.

Thanks to all in the community that supported these students!

Digital Design & Publishing students Ben Grotnes, Anne Helmen, Julie Grape and Anniken Birkhaug  entered the  "There Oughta Be a Law" Student Video Contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and won FIRST PLACE.  Their video is now featured on the League website.

To view the video go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm_i3XKE7XM

Congratulations to Maynard High School 8th graders Robert Fraser and Emmeline Weeks for competing in the recent Middle School Science and Worcester Regional Engineering Fair at the WPI campus in Worcester. The Science Fair highlights scientifically talented Worcester area middle school students (grades 6-8) in the annual competition. The mission of the Science fair is to encourage the development of student inquiry-based science process skills by supporting the education community, by providing a forum where students can dialogue with professionals and by honoring science achievement. 

Robert Fraser investigated "Spring Constants and Hooke's Law" and  Emmeline Weeks was awarded Second Place with her investigation of " Light Diffraction Through Different Sized Gratings". Both students are eligible to compete in the upcoming Massachusetts State Science Fair in June. Good Luck!

The PTO/Boosters

The PTO/Boosters will be selling seat cushions at the Senior Awards Night on June 4th at 7:00pm for anyone interested in purchasing them for Graduation.  The seats are $25 each. These are great for using on the hard, wooden bleachers when you’re all dressed up for graduation!

 

Host Families Sought!

Educatius International is looking for host families for the coming school year.  We hosted 14 students this year with great success.  We had students from Norway, Brazil, Spain, Germany and China.  Some students were here for the whole school year and some for just one semester.  All students speak English fairly well, have good grades and excellent recommendations. Families are paid $700 per month, tax free, toward the student's room and board.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact MaryEllen McCarthy atmccarthy.clan@verizon.net

Events, Events, Events!!!

WAVM Banquet May 17th!  Spring Concert May 20th!  Solo & Ensemble Concert May 27th!

Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert

Please join us in an evening designed to celebrate the memory of our highly valued MHS community member Dave Herlihy whom we lost earlier this school year.

The concert will be held Friday May 22nd  at 7:00 pm here at the Maynard High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 each (at the door).

The Concert will feature many bands and a few solo acts including Maynard High School student Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard.  In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.

Family Country Night

Our class of 2018 students are putting on a "Family Country Night" this Sunday afternoon and evening from 3:00-7:30pm right here at Maynard High School.  It's sure to be one great Hoe Down!  There will be Line Dancing Lessons, a country themed movie, games and more! Tickets include a slice of pizza and are $7.00 perperson or a family of 4 or more for $25.00.

If you have any further questions please contact Class Adviser Olga Doktorov at odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us

It's sure to be a great time, so come on down!

Warm Weather and Our Dress Code

Warm weather means everyone is breaking out their summer attire.  Sometimes this can be problematic.  The School Committee approved Dress Code is contained in our student handbook and is very much in line with communities across Massachusetts for both male and female students.  Dress code enforcement is a task that detracts from time on learning for students and eats into staff time needlessly.  Please spend just a bit of time at home talking to your children to help us ensure that the dress code is being followed by your students here at MHS.

School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness

We have 5 weeks of school remaining this school year (2 weeks for seniors) and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the school committee approved attendance policy.  June 19th is the last day for students in grades 8-11 and May 29th is the last day for seniors.  The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence.  The school committee policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences.  (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)

Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over.  Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

A Full Slate at MHS!

posted May 7, 2015, 2:48 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

We anticipate a very busy, fun and academically challenging next 6 weeks as we head to the close of the 2014-2015 school year.   Our Prom will be held May 8th, senior final exams are from May 22nd-29th, and graduation exercises will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).

AP Exams are underway, MCAS and PARCC testing will be occurring in various grades and subject areas over the next few weeks and our Underclassmen Awards Ceremony and exams follow rapidly thereafter.  June 5th will be a poignant day here at MHS as we welcome current 7th grade students for “Up Day” as they prepare to enter our community next school year even as we hold graduation practice for seniors followed by a luncheon for our soon to be graduates sponsored with the generosity of our PTO.

Warm Weather and Our Dress Code

Warm weather means everyone is breaking out their summer attire.  Sometimes this can be problematic.  The School Committee approved Dress Code is contained in our student handbook and is very much in line with communities across Massachusetts for both male and female students.  Dress code enforcement is a task that detracts from time on learning for students and eats into staff time needlessly.  Please spend just a bit of time at home talking to your children to help us ensure that the dress code is being followed by your students here at MHS.

School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness

We have 7 weeks of school remaining this school year (4 weeks for seniors) and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the school committee approved attendance policy.  June 19th is the last day for students in grades 8-11 and May 29th is the last day for seniors.  The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence.  The school committee policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences.  (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)

 

Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over.  Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).

Bus Registration 2015/2016

Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year began on May 4.  Registration is at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office is on the right side of the Fowler School. 

Forms will available under "forms to download" on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.

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

If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

Events, Events, Events!!!

 

WAVM Banquet May 17th!  Spring Concert May 20th!  Solo & Ensemble Concert May 27th!

Keep your eyes peeled for information around all of these events as well as a host of games and sports.


Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert

Please join us in an evening designed to celebrate the memory of our highly valued MHS community member Dave Herlihy whom we lost earlier this school year.

The concert will be held Friday May 22nd  at 7:00 pm here at the Maynard High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 each (at the door).

The Concert will feature many bands and a few solo acts including Maynard High School student Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard.  In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


Springing Forward--1 Month Until Graduation (And it's already time to register for the bus next year.)

posted May 1, 2015, 11:42 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

The first week back from April vacation has been a good one and it seems incredible that the calendar now says May.  Significant activities that mark the final two months of school are now before us.  Our Prom will be held May 8th, senior final exams are from May 22nd-29th, and graduation exercises will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).

School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness

We have 7 weeks of school remaining this school year (4 weeks for seniors) and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the school committee approved attendance policy.  June 19th is the last day for students in grades 8-11 and May 29th is the last day for seniors.  The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence.  The school committee policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences.  (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)

Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over.  Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).

Mock Accident Held Today

Some of you may have observed many emergency vehicles at Alumni Field this morning.  Each year shortly before Prom we hold a simulated accident event where our students can observe firsthand the potential effects of impaired driving.  The event is coordinated by the Maynard Fire and Police Departments and area ambulance services.  Dee Bus, The Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home and a local tow company also contribute invaluable time and resources to the event.  Several of our students and several adult volunteers took roles within the simulation as actors with the help and direction of Mrs. Blanchard.  WAVM students provided technical support to the event.  We processed the event with students at the field after its completion.

The purpose of this event is very direct:  We want our students to have a great time at their prom—but far more than that, we want them home safe and sound.

A Big Thank You To Our PTO

Today the faculty and full staff of MHS were treated to an appreciation luncheon hosted by our Parent Teacher Organization led by President MaryEllen McCarthy.  This annual event is deeply appreciated by all of us at MHS and we look forward to this luncheon with great anticipation each year.  Many, many a thank you goes out to everyone who contributed to this event with their time, their delicious food and the logistical support needed to bring it off.

Bus Registration 2015/2016

Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year will be on May 4.  Registration will be at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office is on the right side of the Fowler School. 

Forms will available under "forms to download" on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.

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

If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids

The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  The resulting dysregulation can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment, responding appropriately. Visibly this could result in an appearance of clumsiness or weakness, behavioral problems, and difficulties at school and within groups.  Ms. Ditto has been an Occupational Therapist at the Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard for 8 years and will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP tosepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.

Paint Night with Tinker's Cart Art

Monday, May 4th at 6:30 pm at the Blue Coyote Grille

Please join the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) for a fun evening of painting with Tinker's Cart Art.

$35 pp (includes materials and instruction.) Part of the proceeds from the evening will benefit MEF's grant program.

Please
 RSVP to mefgrants@gmail.com or by calling 978-365-4334.

The MEF thanks you for your support !

Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert

Please join us in an evening designed to celebrate the memory of our highly valued MHS community member Dave Herlihy whom we lost earlier this school year.

The concert will be held Friday May 22nd  at 7:00 pm here at the Maynard High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 each (at the door).

The Concert will feature many bands and a few solo acts including Maynard High School student Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard.  In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful first week of May—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

 

A Spring Break and Then a Push for Home

posted Apr 17, 2015, 11:16 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

At the close of school today we will begin our spring recess running from April 18th-April 26th with no school for students and teachers.  Classes will resume at 7:40 am on Monday April 27th.  Sports and some extracurricular activities will be occurring—check with the appropriate coach or adviser for details.

A Note on Attendance & Tardiness

This winter term we noticed an increase in student tardiness and absences beyond what we've seen in the past.  Some of this is understandable—we had an unusually harsh winter and the extra indoor time no doubt led to some more days out sick with colds and the flu.  Now that spring is here, I would ask every student, with the support of  their parents and guardians, to really strive to be to school on time every day.  Our early “Get to class” bell rings at 7:40 am.  Classes begin instruction at 7:45 am and this is when attendance is taken and rapidly submitted.  I strongly recommend that students get to school by 7:30 am to allow for unpacking at lockers and getting squared away for the day in an orderly and unrushed way.  Any student being dropped at the curb right at 7:45 am is bound to be late to his or her first period class, will be marked late, and will be missing the first instruction of the day.

3rd Quarter Report Cards

Student grades for the 3rd marking quarter have been inputted by teachers and are undergoing final cross checks at this very moment.  Parents and guardians will be able to view grades by 3:00 pm this afternoon, Friday April 17th.  Should you have any questions please contact your student’s guidance counselor.  The guidance counselors will be back in school on Monday morning April 27th when our students and staff return from break.

Theater--College—Theater about College

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

Maynard High Students are in Washington DC!

107 MHS student band members, along with their volunteer adult chaperons and leaders, are in Washington, D.C. right now enjoying an educationally worthwhile and musically invigorating 4 days of activity.  The reports I’ve received thus far are excellent, and I can’t wait to hear of the trip and our student’s experiences when they return.  Go Tigers!

Host Families Sought for International Students and A Year 1 Celebratory Cook Out

One of our partner agencies, Exchange Service International, is looking for families who would like to host an international student next September who will attend Maynard H.S. If you can provide a caring environment with room and board, in return you will receive a generous stipend. For more information please contact: Angela Merrett, Local Organizer at:  acmerrett@comcast.net or 978-210-5396.

As many of you know, this year was the first year Maynard hosted a large foreign exchange student contingent with 17 students joining us (some for a single semester and most for the whole year). The school, community and most importantly, the students at MHS benefited greatly from this experience. 

In an effort to celebrate this event, Maynard High School would like to have an end of the year cookout to celebrate the year. The cookout will be on May 28th at 6:00pm at the front of the building on the cafe patio.  We are inviting faculty, staff, host families, our foreign exchange students and two guests of the exchange students choosing.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.

This coming week is a great chance for our students and staff to take a well earned break and to prepare for the “home stretch” of the school year.  From Monday April 27th when we return from our spring recess until Friday June 19th

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

A Busy but Good Week

posted Apr 10, 2015, 10:49 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 11:17 AM ]

Good afternoon—

Today marks the final day of the 3rd marking quarter at Maynard High School.  Teachers will be grading final assignments and inputting final grades over the coming days and we anticipate having final grades available for viewing by students, parents and guardians in approximately 10 days.  As you know, the April Spring vacation week is also on the immediate horizon and school will be closed from Saturday April 18th to Sunday April 26th with classes resuming at their normal times on Monday April 27th.

A Thank You to All who Participated in our Clothing Drive for  Cradles to Crayons!

Cradles to Crayons is a non profit that provides children, who are homeless or living in poverty in Massachusetts with clothing, books, and school supplies. Our recent clothing drive was organized by Emmeline Weeks, who was nominated by the 8th grade teaching team to be Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 teaches 8th graders to become leaders in their community focusing on community service and collaboration. www.project351.com.  Hundreds of items were collected across the district and a major sorting and packaging of the donations was just held with Ms. Murphy’s assistance.

Emmeline is so thankful for the many dedicated students who helped sort clothes for Project 351 Children's Clothing Drive on Thursday. Clothes, shoes and books were sorted, bagged and boxed to go to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that helps children who are homeless or living in poverty. Maynard students also helped sort overflow of clothing that was gathered by Brielle Parse, Stow's representative to Project 351. Many hands made the work fun!

Special thanks go to students:

Liam Caldicott, Lucas Pepin, Max Ludwig, Dante Naylor, Sean Duddy, Elisa Faret-Machado, Adrien Roman, Emma Fitzsimmons, Sophie Copley, Gaby Rodrigues, Nina Insixiengmay, Megan Thompson, Aidan Mullaney, Alissa Ray, Vincent Chen, Ryan Monahan, Jordan Cedeno, Ben Shepardson, Anna Manning, Hannah Booth, David Davila- Hunter, Ben Denaro, Paul Keeffe, Charlie Neuhauser, Georgia Lawton, Joseph Corcoran, Tommy Smith, Diego Ramirez, Jose Duran & Victor Roman.

Theater—College—Theater about College

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

 Host Families Sought for International Students and A Year 1 Celebratory Cook Out

One of our partner agencies, Exchange Service International, is looking for families who would like to host an international student next September who will attend Maynard H.S. If you can provide a caring environment with room and board, in return you will receive a generous stipend. For more information please contact: Angela Merrett, Local Organizer at:  acmerrett@comcast.net or 978-210-5396.

As many of you know, this year was the first year Maynard hosted a large foreign exchange student contingent with 17 students joining us (some for a single semester and most for the whole year). The school, community and most importantly, the students at MHS benefited greatly from this experience. 

In an effort to celebrate this event, Maynard High School would like to have an end of the year cookout to celebrate the year. The cookout will be on May 28th at 6:00pm at the front of the building on the cafe patio.  We are inviting faculty, staff, host families, our foreign exchange students and two guests of the exchange students choosing.

MHS Celebrates Foreign Language Week April 6-10!

This will include activities from all around the world in foreign language classes such as films, crafts, research, and possibly some international treats in the cafeteria during lunch!

A highlight of the week is our annual International Dinner, which was held yesterday in the MHS cafeteria from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Upper level Spanish and French students put on an amazing dinner for our community.  Diners selected drinks, main courses, side dishes, and desserts from 3 different countries represented at the dinner.  There was food representing nations from all over the world including Italy, Japan, Russia, France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China, Poland and more.  Well over 100 people from around Maynard attended.  I am already looking forward to this event next year.  Proceeds from the dinner go towards foreign language department activities and scholarships. 

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.

As you can see, the students and staff at Maynard High School all contribute to a tremendously positive school environment that strives to be inclusive and respectful of all.  Our focus remains on student learning, community engagement and citizenship, and a healthy and productive array of extracurricular activities all designed to help our students grow and mature.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


"March Madness" Gives Way to April Gladness

posted Apr 2, 2015, 5:19 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning—

April has arrived and our students continue to do great work at Maynard High School.  This week has seen our annual “March Madness” week organized by the student government with fun, inter-graduating class activities interspersed throughout the week.

Last Friday night well over 100 people enjoyed 11 extremely talented student acts during our 2nd annual “Maynard’s Got Talent” showcase.  This event looks to have a very long life ahead of it.

Initial sessions of 10th grade MCAS testing last week and 8th Grade PARCC testing this week have gone well.  Many thanks go out to our MCAS coordinator Stephanie Steigerwald and our PARCC coordinator Rita Murphy.

Of course, events are on the horizon and news of note is always happening.  Below you’ll find a information on what is coming next week and beyond.

Light It Up Blue!

We are Lighting the Town Clock Blue today, Thursday April 2nd, for Autism Awareness Day.

Please help us spread the word about Autism Awareness.

Thank you your support!

Individual Student Accolades

State Wrestling Champion and MHS Junior Ronan Ball has been named a Herald Wrestling All Scholastic.  Ronan’s award winning work on the mat is matched by his stellar work in the classroom.  Way to go Ronan!

Congratulations also go out to Freshman Sam Dahill and her team for winning the National Ice Hockey Age Group Championships!

Do your Spring Cleaning to Benefit Cradles to Crayons!

Maynard is participating in a Children's Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons.

Please bring your Gently Used Children Clothes, sizes Infant through Adult Medium to one of the drop boxes, at Green Meadow, Fowler School, Maynard High School or the Maynard Public Library. The Clothing Drive will be held March 27- April 10, 2015.

Cradles to Crayons is a non profit that provides children, who are homeless or living in poverty in Massachusetts with clothing, books, and school supplies. The clothing drive is being organized by Emmeline Weeks, who was nominated by the 8th grade teaching team to be Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 teaches 8th graders to become leaders in their community focusing on community service and collaboration. www.project351.com;   www.cradlestocrayons.org

Host Families Sought for International Students and A Year 1 Celebratory Cook Out

One of our partner agencies, Exchange Service International, is looking for families who would like to host an international student next September who will attend Maynard H.S. If you can provide a caring environment with room and board, in return you will receive a generous stipend. For more information please contact: Angela Merrett, Local Organizer at:  acmerrett@comcast.net or 978-210-5396.

As many of you know, this year was the first year Maynard hosted a large foreign exchange student contingent with 17 students joining us (some for a single semester and most for the whole year). The school, community and most importantly, the students at MHS benefited greatly from this experience. 

In an effort to celebrate this event, Maynard High School would like to have an end of the year cookout to celebrate the year. The cookout will be on May 28th at 6:00pm at the front of the building on the cafe patio.  We are inviting faculty, staff, host families, our foreign exchange students and two guests of the exchange students choosing.

MHS Celebrates Foreign Language Week April 6-10!

This will include activities from all around the world in foreign language classes such as films, crafts, research, and possibly some international treats in the cafeteria during lunch!  Thursday is "Traditional Dress Up Day."  Students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing of a different country.  It can be part of their family's heritage or any other country in which they are interested.

The highlight of the week is our annual International Dinner, held in the MHS cafeteria April 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Upper level Spanish and French students have been researching authentic recipes and will be putting on an amazing dinner for our community.  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.  Diners can select drinks, main courses, side dishes, and desserts from 3 different countries represented at the dinner.  There will be food from all over the world including Italy, Japan, Russia, France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and others, so there will be something for everyone.

Proceeds from the dinner go towards foreign language department activities and scholarships.  Please see a participating MHS student to buy tickets, or email a foreign language teacher:  jtredeau@maynard.k12.ma.us, drabinovich@maynard.k12.ma.us, jadams@maynard.k12.ma.us.

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

 The trip committee is holding a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the High School auditorium.  The committee will go over the trip itinerary and review final instructions.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled and Other Testing News

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.  8th graders will be taking a paper and pencil version of PARCC as scheduled and required by the state.  As mentioned above, they have completed 3 sessions this week on March 30th, March 31st and April 1st  and will continue this coming Monday and Tuesday on April 6th & 7th.

This week we pause briefly for a three day weekend with no school tomorrow, Friday April 3rd.  I wish you a peaceful weekend with friends and family and, should you celebrate one, a joyous holiday.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Spring is Sprung (Don't Let the Snow Fool You)

posted Mar 27, 2015, 6:11 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Spring is definitely here, even though the snow piles and forecasts may suggest otherwise.  Our spring musical Bye Bye Birdie was an enormous success over the past two weekends and a major shout out goes to the more than 50 students who participated and for dozens of adults who helped support the production in every way imaginable.  Our 10th Graders completed the English/Language Arts portion of the MCAS test this week and put in great effort on this essential graduation requirement.  Our sports teams have all been practicing diligently for the spring season and the enthusiasm of the participants is outstanding.

Of course, events are on the horizon and news of note is always happening.  Below you’ll find a information on what is coming in the days ahead.

Maynard’s Got Talent!  Tonight!

The 2nd Annual "Maynard's Got Talent" hosted by the Class of 2017 is here.  Come see our amazing student performers as they vie for prizes in this fun filled evening of acts of all kinds.

The Particulars:

Friday, March 27th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium

$3 Students and seniors

$5 Non-students

Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket to win one of the many prizes set aside for audience members.

*There will be a Bake sale at intermission and extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase*

Come one, come all!

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

 The trip committee is holding a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the High School auditorium.  The committee will go over the trip itinerary and review final instructions.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled and Other Testing News

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.  8th graders will be taking a paper and pencil version of PARCC as scheduled and required by the state next week on March 30th, March 31st and April 1st as well as the following Monday and Tuesday on April 6th & 7th

It’s a busy time of year and the students and staff of Maynard High School continue to learn and grow as a community each and every day.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

MCAS & Spring are Upon Us!

posted Mar 20, 2015, 9:48 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

I’d like to begin by thanking the more than 25 parents who attended our Coffee with the Principal yesterday night March 19th.  A lively discussion was held on a wide variety of topics extending for a bit over 2 hours.  A special thank you goes out to Superintendent Gerardi for joining us and participating fully throughout the evening.  I look forward to future such events.

A full array of events and activities are coming up in the coming weeks as you can see below:

10th Grade MCAS is Here

It must be spring because the 10th grade English Language Arts MCAS will be taking place on Tuesday March 24th, Wednesday March 25th, and Thursday March 26th.   Please have your 10th graders to school on time after a good night’s sleep to help them be ready to tackle this key graduation requirement.

Bye Bye Birdie Opens To Raves!  Only Two Performances Left!

Maynard High School is proud to present “Bye Bye Birdie”, the popular ‘50s musical, next month. “Bye Bye Birdie” is the story of Albert, a songwriter and manager of Conrad Birdie, a famous rock star, who makes girls and women of any age swoon! Kim, a teen girl from Sweet Apple, OH, is chosen to be the lucky recipient of Conrad’s last, much-publicized kiss before he heads off to war.  Chaos ensues! Kim’s boyfriend is upset, her girlfriends are hysterical and Albert’s long-suffering fiancée Rose is at war with his overbearing mother!

The talented cast and crew consist of over 50 students from MHS and the Fowler School.  The students have poured hours of their time and effort into rehearsals in order to present this fabulous musical for the enjoyment of the Maynard community and are excited about their contribution to the performing arts in our town.

Last weekend’s performances were outstanding and tickets are in demand for the final two shows.

Performances will be as follows: Saturday March 21st at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March 22nd at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.mktix.com and at the theater box office on Sat Mar 21st from 5:00-7:00pm (2 hours prior to the show) & on Sun Mar 22nd from 12:00-2:00pm (2 hours prior to Matinee).

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

 The trip committee is holding a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the High School auditorium.  The committee will go over the trip itinerary and review final instructions.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

Maynard’s Got Talent!

Yes it does!

The 2nd Annual "Maynard's Got Talent" hosted by the Class of 2017 is coming up quickly.  Come see our amazing student performers as they vie for prizes in this fun filled evening of acts of all kinds.

The Particulars:

Friday, March 27th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium

$3 Students and seniors

$5 Non-students

Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket to win one of the many prizes set aside for audience members.

*There will be a Bake sale at intermission and extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase*

Come one, come all!

A very full next two weeks are ahead—great things are always happening at Maynard High!

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Bye Bye Birdie Takes Flight Tomorrow Night!

posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:00 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Another busy week has flown by at Maynard High School.  This week we passed the halfway point for the 3rd grading quarter and graduation is less than 3 months off for our seniors.  Spring sports practices are poised to begin on Monday March 16th.  A full array of events and activities are coming up as you can see below.

Academic Scheduling for 2015-2016

As incredible as it may seem, we are I the process of moving on toward the 2015-2016 school year.  We are already weeks into the process of creating a schedule for students and staff for next year.  This time consuming process will take several more weeks to complete as we look for the best possible mix of course offerings at all grades and levels and the optimal placement of each class in the school day all within the constraints of available teaching staff and budget.  The time spent on schedule revisions and adjustments is worth it, however, as the goal is to give each student the best possible schedule for their individual needs.

Bye Bye Birdie Opens Tomorrow at Maynard High School!! 

Maynard High School is proud to present “Bye Bye Birdie”, the popular ‘50s musical, next month. “Bye Bye Birdie” is the story of Albert, a songwriter and manager of Conrad Birdie, a famous rock star, who makes girls and women of any age swoon! Kim, a teen girl from Sweet Apple, OH, is chosen to be the lucky recipient of Conrad’s last, much-publicized kiss before he heads off to war.  Chaos ensues! Kim’s boyfriend is upset, her girlfriends are hysterical and Albert’s long-suffering fiancée Rose is at war with his overbearing mother!

The talented cast and crew consist of over 50 students from MHS and the Fowler School.  The students have poured hours of their time and effort into rehearsals in order to present this fabulous musical for the enjoyment of the Maynard community and are excited about their contribution to the performing arts in our town.

Performances will be as follows: Saturday, March 14 at 7:00PM; Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March  22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.mktix.com and on Sat Mar 14th  5:00-7:00pm (2 hours prior to Opening Night show) & Sun Mar 15th  12:00-2:00pm (2 hours prior to Matinee).

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

 The trip committee is holding a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the High School auditorium.  The committee will go over the trip itinerary and review final instructions.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

Update on Special Education in Maynard

On Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler School library. Director of student services, Jill Greene, will be the guest speaker to give updates on Special Education in Maynard. Topics for discussion will be the most recent Special Education survey, parent discussion groups, the status of current programming, staff, and district initiatives, and professional development plans. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or call 978-897-2705.

Coffee with the Principal (3rd Times the Charm)

After two snow outs, it is time for coffee with the principal.  Please join with Superintendent Gerardi and myself at a Coffee with the Principal evening on Thursday night March 19th from 7:00-8:00pm in the Maynard High Media Center.  Recent school developments will be shared including our experiences with the PARCC Test, and our results running a foreign exchange program for the first time this year.   An open discussion and question and answer session will be part of the evening’s program.

Maynard’s Got Talent!

Yes it does!

The 2nd Annual "Maynard's Got Talent" hosted by the Class of 2017 is coming up quickly.  Come see our amazing student performers as they vie for prizes in this fun filled evening of acts of all kinds.

The Particulars:

Friday, March 27th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium

$3 Students and seniors

$5 Non-students

Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket to win one of the many prizes set aside for audience members.

*There will be a Bake sale at intermission and extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase*

Come one, come all!

As you can see and read, there is never a dull moment at Maynard High School and great things are happening every day.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

 

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