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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

The Blizzard of '15 and MHS News of Note

posted Jan 30, 2015, 12:05 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon, everyone—

Obviously this has been a highly unusual week with three snow days the result of our historic storm earlier in the week.

Today we have returned to normal school operations and our students and staff have gotten right back to work.  It was great walking through the building and seeing so much positive energy being projected by the entire school community and also seeing quality academic work being done as the second semester and 3rd quarter get under way.

Some information and notes I hope you can use:

Departure of Long Time Faculty Member


I would like to let you know that long time faculty member Shannon Gallant will not be returning to Maynard High School starting this semester.

I'd like to thank Shannon for her years of service working with our students at Maynard High School, for the activities she has led as an adviser and for her volunteer activities.

I'm sure you'll want to join me in wishing Shannon well in her future endeavors.

The process to hire a replacement for Mrs. Gallant has begun and will proceed as quickly as possible to ensure a person of excellent credentials joins us.

In the intervening time we have put together a plan to make sure our coverage is consistent and that all of our math classes remain on track with content.  Ms. Makovoz, a full time Math Department teacher, will be working with our A Block Calculus students.  Ms. Sullivan will be handling Algebra classes and our TV Exploration class on a daily basis until a permanent hire is made.  She is a Maynard High School graduate with extensive knowledge of WAVM and will be working with Sandi LeBlanc to stay razor sharp on Algebra curriculum.

This plan ensures day to day continuity of teaching staff with a focus on content and will remain in place until we have located an appropriate permanent staff member to join us at MHS.

I'd like to thank our Mathematics Lead Teacher Sandi LeBlanc for helping to create the plan and for being willing to oversee that the curriculum and content remains up to standards.  Several other math department members have also stepped forward and volunteered to assist during this interim period.

I have met with all of Mrs. Gallant's classes today to inform them of the change of teacher and of the process moving forward.

Should you have any questions please contact your student's guidance counselor or myself.

Coffee with the Principal

On Monday February 9th from 7:00 to 8:00pm please join me in our Media Center for a coffee hour.  This will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding MHS and here the latest news from the school in person.  For those who cannot make an evening session a second opportunity will be held on Tuesday morning February 10th from 7:00 to 7:45am also in the Media Center.  I look forward to meeting you!

Snow & Snow Removal

We have just experienced one of the most massive snow storms to hit Maynard since the formation of the town over a century ago.  I’d like to thank the Town workers for their efforts clearing Tiger Drive and our driveways and parking lots and I’d like to also thank our custodial staff, under the leadership of Kyle Brainard, for their tireless work clearing walkways and access points.  They have pressed on despite equipment breakdowns with the goal of making our building accessible and safe for students, staff and community members.  Though the sign at the top of Tiger Drive may be out of date for a while due to the snow piles all around it limiting access, the school itself is back in operation and ready for our students.

Maynard’s Got Talent Postponed

Due to the heavy weather this week our students have not been able to prepare for the annual “Maynard’s Got Talent” show originally scheduled for this evening at 7:00pm.  As a result the show has been postponed and will not be held tonight.  Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding a new date and time.

It has been a short but eventful week in and around Maynard.  Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

 

 

Semester 1 is "In the Books"

posted Jan 23, 2015, 8:40 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning one and all—

After the challenges we faced last week it was good to have a week that was about the business of education and the joys of being a community member at Maynard High School.

Mid-Year Exams have come to a close and our second semester, and third quarter, begins on Monday January 26th.  Our teachers are working diligently to finalize grading and student grades for the 2nd Quarter should be available by early next week.

We have been reviewing student schedules for the second semester and over 99% of student scheduling requests were met.  Ms. Muise, one of our guidance counselors, has informed me we have the fewest scheduling issues in many, many years.  To give you concrete numbers, our 453 students generate over 3,000 requests for specific classes.  When we reviewed the upcoming semester we found that 15 requests for individual classes could not be met due to scheduling conflicts.  For those few students and their families who could not have every request fulfilled I want you to know that we are currently working hard to resolve these conflicts and nearly all of have been rectified “by hand” by our guidance staff as I write this.

I’d like to thank all three of our guidance counselors, Ms. MacLean, Ms. Muise and Mr. Devine, for their outstanding work on student schedules and also one of our Technology Staff members, JoEllen Baird, for her assistance building our master schedule.  Meeting the educational needs of our students is an essential goal at Maynard High School and each year we get closer to fulfilling every student request.  We will continue to strive for 100% in the future.

Senior Project in the News!

Thought you might want to see what a couple of the seniors are up to this year for Senior Projects. Annabelle is raising awareness about Autism and Anniken is writing a series of columns for the newspaper!

You can check both of these stories out at

http://maynard.wickedlocal.com

Story 1:  Maynard senior raises autism awareness

Story 2:  VIEW FROM NORWAY: Exchange student reflects on life in Maynard-More at:http://maynard.wickedlocal.com/article/20150116/NEWS/150118186#sthash.bwiqTOxD.dpuf

Senior Project teachers Jean LaBelle and Paul Orzech would also like to thank the numerous community members who help every student in Senior Project find a place in a meaningful internship.

Winter Wonderland

Incredibly, we’ve made it to January 23rd without a single snow day!  This has allowed all of our sports activities and club activities to go on with very few hitches.  Of course a 6 to 8 inch snowfall is possible tomorrow, but that is winter in New England.  Over the course of the winter I urge you to take in an event at Maynard High School to support our students.  Basketball schedules for Girls and Boys are posted on the athletics website (and our basketball team never uses underinflated balls), we have a Maynard’s Got Talent show on tap next Friday January 30th with the doors opening at 7:00pm, its Pops Night at the Fowler on February 6th featuring both the Middle School and High School bands, and our Mock Trial Team is swinging into courtroom action on Thursday January 29th, Tuesday February 3rd and Monday February 9th at the Concord District Courthouse.  This year’s case features a rare mock murder trial and our student attorneys and witnesses are ready to prosecute or defend.  Check it out—all school versus school trials start at 2:00pm.

As you can see, we offer a variety of tremendous extracurricular opportunities for our students at MHS and I urge you to support our programs with your attendance.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

School Safety and Security as well as Upcoming Events

posted Jan 16, 2015, 10:44 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

This week the news at Maynard High School has been dominated by the arrest of a student for threats against the school.  The Maynard Police issued a press release Wednesday evening related to these threats and it is available on the town website.  The press release can also be accessed through Superintendent Gerardi’s weekly blog where he has commented on this matter as well.

The safety of students, staff and community members is my paramount concern as principal of Maynard High School.  This week we have worked in close cooperation with the police department and town to ensure the safety of all.  I’d like to personally thank Police Chief Mark Dubois and his staff for all their diligence and hard work as well as Town Administrator Kevin Sweet and his staff for their timely support.  This morning during regularly held, monthly student class meetings this issue was acknowledged and processed with all students, by graduating class, by Assistant Principal Vadhera and myself.  Next Thursday, January 22nd, this topic will be on the school committee agenda and will be open to the public.

In other news at the school—

The first semester is drawing to a close and there are mid-year exams next week for grades 9-12.  We are reaching the halfway point of the school year and the time has flown by.  Important reminder:  next week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are early release days for all students grades 8-12 with dismissal at 10:55am.

Fabulous Learning!

MassBay Community College credit granting courses begin next week at Maynard High School.  Courses in Business Marketing and Abnormal Psychology are being offered this semester and are held immediately after dismissal at 2:05pm.  If your junior or senior student has not yet inquired get on it first thing Tuesday the 20th.

Fabulous Community Service!

MHS students will once again be participating in Project 351 this weekend in Boston.  Project 351 was created by former Governor Patrick to promote youth leadership and community service across the Commonwealth.  8th grade teacher Rita Murphy has coordinated the event at MHS and many thanks go out to her.

Fabulous Student Musicians!

This week, 5 students from MHS  are performing at the Sr. District music festival. They were accepted by audition among hundreds of area music students. These talented musicians are: Helen Gerondeau-french horn, Jeff Umbrell-trumpet, Grace Wilson-trombone, Sam Jones-tenor voice, Karima Haddouch-soprano voice. This is a huge accomplishment-there is no differentiation made between school size--just who performed the best.

Next week, Jeff and Grace earned the right (via how highly they scored) to audition for All-State, and the following weekend, we have 6 MHS 8th graders auditioning for Jr. Districts!

Fabulous Fun!

On Friday night January 30th we will be having our now annual Maynard’s Got Talent student talent show from 6:00 to 10:00pm in our auditorium.  Come on down to have a Rockin’ good time.

The 17th annual pops night will be held the following Friday, February 6th at 7pm.  FMS and MHS musicians will be playing guitars, pianos, singing their hearts out, with proceeds to benefit the music program.  This event will be held at the Fowler School.

It has been an eventful week at Maynard High School.  Your students are safe, they are learning, participating, and growing as young adults.

Thank you for reading and thank you for your support

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

 

 

12/23/2014

posted Dec 23, 2014, 6:51 AM by Paul Orzech

Good morning—

With student dismissal today at 10:55am our first winter vacation is upon us.  Our students will be off until they return on January 5th in the new year.

Return Day

Today was “Return Day” at Maynard High School with recent MHS graduates returning to share their real world experiences of life after high school with our upper classmen.  With Our seniors less than 6 months from graduation and our juniors now actively considering their own college and post-secondary futures this is always a most timely and useful meeting.

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to Fowler will be conducted during the vacation week from December 24th throughJanuary5th.  Any business that needs to be conducted with the central office can be done at the Coolidge School before December 24th and at the Fowler school after January 6th.

 

The district does not want there to be any confusion as you may have seen the new sidewalk and central office sign from Coolidge being moved to the Fowler School.  Other facility and security preparations have been completed on time.  Superintendent Gerardi and the entire central office staff are excited to begin conducting business from Fowler in the New Year.

A Brief Year End Message

The first four months of the 2014-2015 school year have featured solid academic work by our students with dozens of students achieving the High Honor Roll, Honor Roll and Honorable Mention during the first quarter.  Our students’ many achievements were highlighted at our National Honor Society Induction Ceremony with over 20 new members entering.

All of our Clubs and Organizations, as well as Fall and Winter Sports, are up and running with tremendous energy giving our students an opportunity to increase their social circle and social skills while pursuing safe, school based activities of personal interest.  At the high school level there is ample research to support that involvement in extracurricular activities enhance a student’s experience of school and results in higher academic achievement for involved students as a group when compared to non-involved students as a group.  If you have a student at MHS who is not currently involved with our Clubs, Organization or Sports it’s never too late to begin.

As this calendar year draws to a close I have much to be thankful for.  I am thankful to be at Maynard High School as the Principal and to work in a school system and broader community that cares so much about the achievement and well being of its children. I am thankful for the support of my staff, students and their families.  I am thankful for the love and support of my own family at home.

I hope this message finds you well and that you too have much to be thankful for.  I wish you peace and happiness heading into the New Year.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

A Full Slate in December & A Reminder About the School Schedule in January

posted Dec 5, 2014, 5:55 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon, everyone—

Needless to say it is a busy time of year and the same is true here at Maynard High School with our annual WAVM Telethon, Winter Concert, Guidance events and SEPAC Winter Social all on tap.  Also, please read the special note at the end regarding Mid-term exams and early release days coming in mid-January.   Here is what is coming up in the near future at MHS--


Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM Telethon will be held at Maynard High School on December 12 to 15, and once again the students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood or club are also a great way to help the auction.

Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance.

All donations are gratefully accepted but regret that we can only accept new items.

Winter Concert

Please join us for a fun filled evening of music featuring both vocal and instrumental performances.  The concert is scheduled for Wednesday December 17th from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

SEPAC Winter Social

 The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites one and all to a Winter Social on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8pm in the Green Meadow Cafeteria.  Come join in the fun!

From Guidance:  Financial Aid Night & Return Day

Next Wednesday December 10th  is Financial aid night at MHS starting at 6:00pm.  A representative from MEFA will be presenting and this is sure to be an informative session for everyone considering the financial ramifications of a college education.

Also, on Tuesday December 23rd some of our recent MHS graduates will be volunteering their time for our annual Return Day starting at 9:15am.  Juniors and seniors will be invited to meet with our alumni to discuss the real world challenges of post secondary life at college, at work, and out in the world.

A Special Note on Mid-Term Exams January 2015

The week of January 19th-23rd 2015 is an unusual one in terms of scheduling and I want you to be aware of what this entails well in advance.

Monday January 19th school is closed in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

Tuesday January 20th is a full school day.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday are early release days for all grades 8-12.  Dismissal will be at 10:55am.

High School Students (grades 9-12) will be taking comprehensive Mid-Year Exams on these dates.

8th grade students Will be having classes during the early release days which may include class work, quizzes and tests as regularly scheduled, but not comprehensive year to date exams.

On Monday January 26th the 3rd marking quarter will begin.  This will be day 1 for 2nd Semester for those classes that are semester long in duration.

That’s the news for now.

Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Parent Conferences November 13th & November 19th

posted Nov 5, 2014, 11:43 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

With the first quarter of the year now complete, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at Maynard High School.

This year we will be having conferences on Thursday afternoon November 13th from 2:15pm to 3:30pm and again on the evening of Thursday November 19th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Meetings are made by appointment to facilitate the smooth operation of each day.  Please limit requests to 3 teachers.  Should you feel the need to meet with more than 3 teachers that can be arranged through your student’s guidance counselor for another date and time.

To set up appointments for Thursday afternoon November 13th please email your requests by 2:00pm on Wednesday November 12th.  To set up appointments for Wednesday evening November 19th please email your requests by 2:00pm on Monday November 17th.  All requests are taken in order of receipt.

In your request please specifically note the class and teacher’s name for each conference you would like to set up.

Please email your requests to Maynard High School Secretary Pam Carter who will arrange for all Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Ms. Carter’s email address is:  pcarter@maynard.k12.ma.us

Ms. Carter will email you a receipt with the specific time and room number for each conference that is set up.

Thank you very much and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

 

 

October Means Halloween & PSATs

posted Oct 3, 2014, 12:45 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good Afternoon—

I sent out an additional email message earlier this afternoon regarding an electronic App known as Yik Yak.  I would urge you to read that message if you haven’t already.

It has been a busy week at Maynard High School in many positive ways.  This past Wednesday we had our annual Back to School Night attended by nearly 200 adults.  Our Peer Leaders and National Honor Society students held a highly successful bake sale and also acted as guides and assistants throughout the building.  Many thanks to all who attended, and all who assisted.

We are now halfway through the first marking quarter and the school has settled into a sound pattern of academic work.  Extracurricular activities are up and running and our fall sports are all in high gear.

It is Flu season and our school nurse Pat Trahman has asked me to send along the following link:

No Excuses for Skipping Your Flu Vaccine

Flu can be a serious business if it enters a school.  Please consider your options carefully.

PSATs

The PSATs are being offered on Saturday October 18th and sign-ups are underway through guidance right now.  The test is free for Juniors as has been the case in the past, and the fee is $22.00 for any other interested student.  Participants must report to check in by 7:30am and the test will be complete by 11:00am.  If you have any questions contact the guidance department.

Maynard Music Association News

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s live auction portion will include Red Sox memorabilia, prints from local artists and a beautiful handmade Maynard-themed afhgan! The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased through the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. 

October Means Halloween

We are four weeks away from Halloween and a question arises every year:  Can costumes be worn?  At the high school level we have allowed Halloween costumes to be worn within the following guidelines:  No masks may be worn, no costumes that are disruptive due to great size, flashing lights, sounds, graphic make-up or are inappropriate in message may be worn.  If a student or parent has any questions about a costume it is always a good idea to ask an administrator on a day prior to Halloween as to suitability of a costume.

Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

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