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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

 

Spring Forward!

posted Mar 6, 2015, 9:18 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

 

We have now had 10 consecutive days of school as scheduled—it is great to be back in a regular school rhythm without the interruption of snow days.

As an FYI, there was a medical emergency at Maynard High late this morning that lasted for approximately 15 minutes from about 10:45am to 11:00am.  An individual was safely transported by emergency personnel.  The hallways were cleared during that time to all but First Responders following our normal protocol for a medical event.  Students and staff were superb throughout and a thank you goes out to the Maynard EMTs, Firefighters and Police who responded.

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.

Sports Night

Sports Night for Winter Sports will be held on March 11th at 6:45pm.  Please note, this event will be held at the Fowler School Auditorium.

Speaking of sports, congratulations go out to Wrestling State Champion Ronan Ball for winning the All-State championship. Only a Junior at MHS, Ronan will wrestle in the New England Wrestling Tournament this weekend in North Andover as he attempts to become an incredibly rare All New England champion.

Also, a major shout out goes to Junior Jake Kennedy took 7th at the All-State Wrestling Championship!  This is a huge achievement brought about by hard work and dedication.

The future certainly looks bright for Ronan and Jake!

Bye Bye Birdie is about to come to 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 at scheduled times at the Maynard High School Box Office.  Next week’s scheduled hours are:  Mon Mar 9th   2:00-4:00pm, Wed Mar 11th  6:00-8:00pm, Thu Mar 12th   6:00-8:00pm, Fri Mar 13th  2:00-4:00pm, 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).

Also, many thanks go out to those who attended our fundraiser at Johnny Rockets Thursday night.  It was a boost to our program and a great time was had by 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.

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.  We suspect many odds and ends are probably in closets across Maynard as items are forgotten or inadvertently held.

You can turn in any band related item to the Main Office at Maynard High School.  (If you’d like to make a contribution to help with Washing and Dry Cleaning the uniforms that would be appreciated as well.  It takes $10.00 to dry clean one tux, for example.)  Please help us spread the word to past students so that we have the finest clothing array possible for our students.

As an additional note and clarification—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 on FRIDAY 3/6 or MONDAY3/9 at band class in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

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

The Snow Relents (A Little)

posted Feb 27, 2015, 10:33 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon, everyone—

As we contemplate leaving February 2015 behind us—the snowiest month encountered in Maynard since the dawn of record keeping—a host of school and community events are rapidly approaching and a number of events have recently transpired.  Of note:  This week we've even had a week with 5 full days of school!

Coffee with the Principal

Please join with Superintendent Gerardi and myself at a Coffee with the Principal evening on Tuesday night March 3rd 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.

Recent Safety Drill

On Tuesday February 24th a safety drill was held at Maynard High School at approximately 12:30pm.  It was a simulation of a building “lock down” that would be put in place in the event of an intruder.  The students and staff responded flawlessly to the drill.  Maynard High School and the Maynard Public Schools continue to place safety as our highest priority and ongoing staff and student training is just one part of our overall safety and security strategy.

PARCC Test News

Today, Friday morning February 27th, we held an “Infrastructure Test” as required by the state with our 8th and 9th grade students in preparation for the new electronic PARCC Test that the state is rolling out as a potential future replacement for the MCAS Test.  Today’s test was to ensure that our internal electronic infrastructure was compatible with the electronic infrastructure in use by the state—in short, we were making sure everything works properly.  Today’s test was a test of the new system, not of the students.  Technological glitches were encountered and we are evaluating how well the testing hardware and software responded overall.  We will continue to work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as Pierson, the test manufacturer, to make sure we are ready when the full academic testing of our 8th and 9th grade students occurs during the weeks of March 16th and March 23rd.

Bye Bye Birdie is about to come to 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 at scheduled times at the Maynard High School Box Office.  Next week’s scheduled hours are:  Mon 3/2  2-4pm, Tue 3/3,  Wed 3/4  2-4pm & 6-8pm, Thu 3/5 6-8pm, Fri 3/6  6-8p, and Sat 3/7 11:00am-1:00pm.

We will also be hosting a fundraiser-in costume, with singing, on March 3rd, 7-9pm at Johnny Rockets. Please come and bring your families for some great food and entertainment. A percentage of the night's food receipts will go to help pay for the show!

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.  We suspect many odds and ends are probably in closets across Maynard as items are forgotten or inadvertently held.

Starting next week, March 3rd to March 6th you can turn in any band related item to the Main Office at Maynard High School.  (If you’d like to make a contribution to help with Washing and Dry Cleaning the uniforms that would be appreciated as well.  It takes $10.00 to dry clean one tux, for example.)  Please help us spread the word to past students so that we have the finest clothing array possible for our students.

As an additional note and clarification—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 on FRIDAY 3/6 or MONDAY3/9 at band class in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

Sports

The winter sports season has come to a close at Maynard High.  Our Girls & Boys basketball teams have concluded their regular seasons and the boys team lost a hard fought playoff game this past Tuesday night by a score of 57-50 to Douglass.  Individual Student athletes continue in state tournament play as members of co-op teams that Maynard partners with.  It has been a great winter and we are just a little over 2 weeks away from the opening of the spring sports season on March 16th.  Go Tigers!

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!

SEPAC Presentation on 3/2/15 "Social competence is more than you think"

The world of friendships is a socially-complex, ever-changing fluid environment that often eludes our children with special needs. In this presentation, Dot Lucci will present information on social and emotional development, social skills and social thinking and how if all of these are in-synch social competence is achieved.  Social competence allows children to initiate, maintain and sustain peer relationships that can develop into friendships.  Please join us on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 for this presentation to parents and educators of all students of all ages.   Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at jenniferoleary1@verizon.net or 978-897-2705 if you plan to attend.

Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who brings over 30 years of experience in special education and psychology.  She has an advanced degree from the University of Massachusetts and is certified as a school psychologist. She has extensive background in neuropsychology while at the Boston University Medical School. She holds teaching certificates in early childhood, elementary and special education. Ms. Lucci has numerous publications in the field and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Aspergers Association of New England (AANE). She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School at Lesley University and Antioch College.  Ms. Lucci is currently consulting in the Maynard Public Schools.

The MEF Brings you a “Taste of Maynard”

The Maynard Educational Foundation is hosting the 13th Annual Taste of Maynard this coming Sunday March 1st from 4:00-7:00pm at the Maynard Lodge of Elks located at 34 Powdermill Road in Maynard.  Live musical entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by the Transistor Kings and samples of delicacies from across the area will be served from 4:00-6:00pm.  A cash bar will be available and door prizes will be issued.  Don’t miss out on this evening of fun!  Proceeds benefit the MEF and its ongoing support of public education in Maynard.

Tickets purchased in advance are $30.00, Children ages 5-12 are $10.00, and children under age 4 are free.  Tickets at the door are $35.00 as available.

Go to www.maynardeducation.org for more information on purchasing tickets in advance and for a complete listing of restaurants and sponsors.

That’s it for now.


Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Maynard High School Weathers the Storm(s) and Keeps Going Strong

posted Feb 13, 2015, 10:19 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

As another blizzard comes rolling toward us for this weekend, we have come to the winter vacation.  The lit Maynard High School sign at the top of Tiger Drive may not be updated, or remembered, until May or June at this rate.

Bye Bye Birdie!

Tickets are going on sale for "Bye Bye Birdie"!!!  You won't want to miss this fun '50's show, which will leave you tapping your toes and singing the songs

Tickets go on sale this Tuesday and Wednesday for families of the cast and crew only and Thursday and Friday to the general public.  Ticket booth hours are 2-4  and 6-8pm  and starting Thursday will also be available online at mktix.com.  

 

Don't miss this great show!

Principal’s Coffee

The principal’s coffee that was originally slated for this past Monday, and snowed out, has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 3rd at 7:00pm in the High School Media Center.  Superintendent Gerardi will be joining us to discuss matters of interest at Maynard High School and across the district.  Please join us!

Student Course Selection & 2nd Quarter Grades

Students in grades 8-11 are currently in the process of making their course selections for next year and are doing so electronically through IPASS.  The selection portal will remain open through Sunday February 22nd and on Monday February 23rd our guidance counselors and support staff will begin the process of finalizing selections and creating the master schedule for next year.

2nd Quarter grades are available through IPASS at this time.  Should you have any questions around grading please contact your student’s guidance counselor.

Pop’s Night

Once again the student-musicians at the Fowler Middle School and Maynard High School came together to put on a fantastic evening of entertainment for the entire Maynard community.  Cindy Blanchard and Bill Brisson are to be commended for their work with our students and the MMA (Maynard Music Association) brought essential support and volunteers to the evening to help allow for a simply wonderful evening.  Thank you!

Tiger Sports

It may seem incredible to say, but the winter sports season is rapidly coming to a close!  Our boys and girls basketball programs have once again allowed dozens of MHS students to participate in sports through the winter and our students involved with numerous co-op programs have flourished as well.  The boys basketball team is headed into the Clark Tournament and State Tournament Play and a shout out goes to our wrestlers Jake Kennedy and top ranked Ronan Ball as they head to post season work on the mat.

Anti-Domestic Violence Activities

On Tuesday, March 10th the Domestic Violence Roundtable will present the new documentary film Reject at 7:00 pm in the Lincoln-Sudbury High School Auditorium.  (Admission is free.) Reject offers a powerful look at the cost of social rejection at a young age and a timely analysis of real life educational techniques to nurture positive social development from pre-school age up. The film highlights some of the devastating consequences for victims of chronic, repeated rejection over time.  Not only is rejection hurtful, but it has the potential for erupting as violence. A study of the backgrounds of school shooters found that the majority were victims of ostracism.

This film is a great opportunity for parents, educators, and students interested in social development and education, to think together and look ahead. Please visit www.rejectfilm.com to view the trailer for the film.  The Roundtable would love nothing more than to fill the very large space they have reserved!

That’s it for now.

Take care and have a safe, warm and wonderful February vacation—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Scheduling for the 2015-2016 School Year & Upcoming Events at MHS

posted Feb 6, 2015, 12:46 PM by Chuck Caragianes


Good afternoon—

There is a beautiful blue sky outside right now which is a welcome change from the days of clouds and snow.  If forecasters are correct, however, it is but a brief respite.  The weather has indeed been challenging this year and the Maynard Public Schools will continue to use the best judgment possible when it comes to student safety and the need to close the schools due to weather.

Coffee with the Principal

Please join with Superintendent Gerardi and myself on Monday night February 9th from 7:00-8:00pm in the Maynard High School Media Center as we discuss the Maynard Public Schools, Maynard High School and any of your questions and concerns.  A second opportunity will be on Tuesday morning February 10th from 7:00-7:45am, also in the media center, though Superintendent Gerardi may not be available for this session.

Student Course Selection for the 2015-2016 School Year

All students currently in grades 8-11 received information and training today, Friday February 6th, on how to use the IPASS system to make course requests for the next school year.  Students will be able to make these selections for a little over 2 weeks through the end of the February winter recess on Sunday February 22nd.  Please contact your son or daughter’s guidance counselor should you have any questions.

Please Join the Maynard SEPAC for Their Monthly Meeting

On Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler library. Director of student services, Jill Greene, will be on hand 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.

13th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road , Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $161,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website atwww.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com during the year, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!.

That’s it for now.

Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High

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