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The Second Semester is Here!

posted Jan 29, 2016, 10:05 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

 

The second semester of the year has begun and second quarter report cards will be available in about one week.

 

As second semester begins I would like to remind everyone of the importance of school attendance and timeliness.  The link between school attendance and school performance is well established and the habits of being in and on time serve our students well in many of their most important future endeavors.  Instruction begins at 7:45am at MHS.  It is wise for students to be here by 7:30am to unpack for the day, have a bite to eat and say hello to their friends while still being to class on time.

 

Food for Thought

I was recently forwarded the following article by an Assistant Dean at the University of Massachusetts with whom I have the good fortune of being connected and would like to share it with you.

 

As each student advances through Maynard High School they should increasingly be taking on the habits, attitudes and skills discussed in the article and I urge all school community members including staff, students and parents to consider how they can contribute to developing these essential skills in all of our young adults.

 

“The 8 life skills all 18-year-olds should have: A checklist for parents”

 

Jan. 25, 2016

Julie Lythcot-Haims

TODAY Contributor

If we want our kids to have a shot at making it in the world as 18-year-olds, without the umbilical cord of the cell phone being their go-to solution in all manner of things, they're going to need a set of basic life skills.

Based upon my observations as dean, and the advice of parents and educators around the country, here are some examples of practical things they'll need to know how to do before they go to college — and here are the crutches that are currently hindering them from standing up on their own two feet:

1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers — faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics—in the real world.

The crutch: We teach kids not to talk to strangers instead of teaching the more nuanced skill of how to discern the few bad strangers from the mostly good ones. Thus, kids end up not knowing how to approach strangers — respectfully and with eye contact — for the help, guidance, and direction they will need out in the world.

2. An 18-year-old must be able to find his way around a campus, the town in which her summer internship is located, or the city where he is working or studying abroad.

The crutch: We drive or accompany our children everywhere, even when a bus, their bicycle, or their own feet could get them there; thus, kids don't know the route for getting from here to there, how to cope with transportation options and snafus, when and how to fill the car with gas, or how to make and execute transportation plans.

3. An eighteen-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload, and deadlines.

The crutch: We remind kids when their homework is due and when to do it— sometimes helping them do it, sometimes doing it for them; thus, kids don't know how to prioritize tasks, manage workload, or meet deadlines, without regular reminders.

4. An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a house hold.

The crutch: We don't ask them to help much around the house because the checklisted childhood leaves little time in the day for anything aside from academic and extracurricular work; thus, kids don't know how to look after their own needs, respect the needs of others, or do their fair share for the good of the whole.

5. An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems.

The crutch: We step in to solve misunderstandings and soothe hurt feelings for them; thus, kids don't know how to cope with and resolve conflicts without our intervention.

6. An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and downs of courses and workloads, college- level work, competition, tough teachers, bosses, and others.

The crutch: We step in when things get hard, finish the task, extend the deadline, and talk to the adults; thus, kids don't know that in the normal course of life things won't always go their way, and that they'll be okay regardless.

7. An 18-year-old must be able to earn and manage money.

The crutch: They don't hold part-time jobs; they receive money from us for what ever they want or need; thus, kids don't develop a sense of responsibility for completing job tasks, accountability to a boss who doesn't inherently love them, or an appreciation for the cost of things and how to manage money.

8. An 18-year-old must be able to take risks.

The crutch: We've laid out their entire path for them and have avoided all pitfalls or prevented all stumbles for them; thus, kids don't develop the wise understanding that success comes only after trying and failing and trying again (a.k.a. "grit") or the thick skin (a.k.a. "resilience") that comes from coping when things have gone wrong.

Remember: our kids must be able to do all of these things without resorting to calling a parent on the phone. If they're calling us to ask how, they do not have the life skill.

Julie Lythcot-Haims is the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University and the author of "How to Raise an Adult."

Some Announcements and Reminders

 

 ABC of Resources For Families (With thanks to SEPAC)

Do you know what community resources are around you for you and your child?  Where can you look for adaptive or inclusive activities?  Where can you find a support group?  How does -MassHealth work?  Are there any online resources to connect you with other families?  Who can you turn to when you need answers?  Knowledge is power!  Come to the Maynard SEPAC’s “ABC of Resources For Families” on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Maynard Fowler School Library to learn more about various programs, organizations, services, newsletters and websites that could assist you in the journey of raising your child on an IEP.

SEPAC board members and other parents have compiled a variety of resources for you for the presentation and  will also be available to answer questions.  There are lots of resources and services out there to take advantage of, but first you have to know where to find them!  

Please RSVP to Jen Scott at 
sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.

 

Reminders:   Parking, Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up.

As a reminder our student parking lot is the lot closest to Tiger Drive on the auditorium side of the building, our visitor parking is directly in front of the main entrance and our Faculty & Staff Parking Lot is by the Gymnasium.  When these lots are used as designated there is ample room in each area even under snow conditions and traffic flow in the morning and afternoon is excellent.

 

Drop-Off and Pick-Up by both drivers and school busses occurs in the circular drive directly in front of the main entrance.

 

Vans and approved cars for students with physical needs use the handicapped designated spots in front of the gymnasium entrance and these spots should never be used or blocked, even briefly, by other vehicles.

 

It has been our experience that when the parking lots and drives are all used appropriately and as designed we have very few traffic issues even with more than 500 people arriving at MHS within a roughly 30 minute span.  Please park and use the drives as designed.

Thank you for reading and take care—

 

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

The First Half of the Year Will Soon Be In The Books!

posted Jan 22, 2016, 11:56 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Students in grades 9-12 began their exam period today and will complete their exams by next Wednesday.

The 2nd quarter will be ending next Wednesday January 27th for all students in grades 8-12.

As a reminder, next Wednesday January 27th is also an early release day for all students.

With only 3 school days to go in this marking period it is critical that students be in on time every day and maintain focused and effective effort in their academic work.  If you have your student to school by 7:30am each morning he or she will be able to grab a quick bite for breakfast, greet his or her friends and still be to class on time at 7:45am.

Reminders: Parking, Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up.

As a reminder our student parking lot is the lot closest to Tiger Drive on the auditorium side of the building, our visitor parking is directly in front of the main entrance and our Faculty & Staff Parking Lot is by the Gymnasium.  When these lots are used as designated there is ample room in each area even under snow conditions and traffic flow in the morning and afternoon is excellent.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up by both drivers and school busses occurs in the circular drive directly in front of the main entrance.

Vans and approved cars for students with physical needs use the handicapped designated spots in front of the gymnasium entrance and these spots should never be used or blocked, even briefly, by other vehicles.

It has been our experience that when the parking lots and drives are all used appropriately and as designed we have very few traffic issues even with more than 500 people arriving at MHS within a roughly 30 minute span.  Please park and use the drives as designed.

Some Nuts & Bolts Information about the close of the first semester:

Semester 1 Exam and Instructional Schedule (All Grades)

As mentioned above, 1st Semester Exams begin on Friday January 22nd.  This year we have reduced the early release days associated with First Semester exams from 3 days to 1.  The full schedule is listed below for the 3 remaining days.

Monday, January 25th:  

A Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am.  

B Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am. 

D Block(Lunch)-10:57-12:17

E Block - 12:19- 1:06

F Block- 1:08- 2:05

Full Day of School for Students.

Tuesday, January 26th

C Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am

D Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am

E Block(Lunch)-10:57am-12:17pm

F Block - 12:19pm- 1:06pm

Directed Study in advisories- 1:08pm- 2:05pm

Full Day of School for Students.

Wednesday, January 27th

E Block Exam 7:45-9:15am. 

F Block Exam 9:25-10:55am. 


Early Dismissal for Students at 10:55am.

(Note on Make-up Exams: Make-up exams can be arranged from 12:35- 2:05pm on this day.)

Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


A Celebration in Recognition of a Visionary: Martin Luther King Day

posted Jan 15, 2016, 12:03 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Martin Luther King Day weekend has arrived and Maynard High School will be closed this coming Monday.  One week from today the exam period for the first semester will begin on January 22nd.

With only 7 school days to go in this marking period it is critical that students be in on time every day and maintain focused and effective effort in their academic work.

Winter sports remain in full swing with both girls and boys teams in action.  Check out the Athletics website for dates, times and locations of upcoming games.

An Important Note on Parking, Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up:

As a reminder our student parking lot is the lot closest to Tiger Drive on the auditorium side of the building, our visitor parking is directly in front of the main entrance and our Faculty & Staff Parking Lot is by the Gymnasium.  When these lots are used as designated there is ample room in each area even under snow conditions and traffic flow in the morning and afternoon is excellent.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up by both drivers and school busses occurs in the circular drive directly in front of the main entrance.

Vans and approved cars for students with physical needs use the handicapped designated spots in front of the gymnasium entrance and these spots should never be used or blocked, even briefly, by other vehicles.

It has been our experience that when the parking lots and drives are all used appropriately and as designed we have very few traffic issues even with more than 500 people arriving at MHS within a roughly 30 minute span.  Please park and use the drives as designed.

Some Nuts & Bolts Information about the close of the first semester

Semester 1 Exam and Instructional Schedule (All Grades)

As mentioned above, 1st Semester Exams begin on Friday January 22nd.  This year we have reduced the early release days associated with First Semester exams from 3 days to 1.  The full schedule is listed below.

Friday, January 22nd:

Normal class rotation until 12:13pm.

Locker clean-out from 12:13-12:30pm.

G Block Exam.  Students go to G Block at 12:30pm.  Exam or instructional activity runs from12:35-2:05pm.

Full Day of School for Students.

Monday, January 25th:  

A Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am.  

B Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am. 

D Block(Lunch)-10:57-12:17

E Block - 12:19- 1:06

F Block- 1:08- 2:05

Full Day of School for Students.

Tuesday, January 26th

C Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am

D Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am

E Block(Lunch)-10:57am-12:17pm

F Block - 12:19pm- 1:06pm

Directed Study in advisories- 1:08pm- 2:05pm

Full Day of School for Students.

Wednesday, January 27th

E Block Exam 7:45-9:15am. 

F Block Exam 9:25-10:55am. 

Early Dismissal for Students at 10:55am.  (Note on Make-up Exams: Make-up exams can be arranged from 12:35- 2:05pm on this day.)

Thank you for reading, enjoy the holiday weekend and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

A Strong Start to 2016!

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:02 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

It seems like the school year began just a short while ago, and yet the calendar indicates that the halfway point in the year is little more than 2 weeks away.

Our first week back from break has gone very smoothly and students are back in academic gear and working well.

Semester exams begin 2 weeks from today, the full schedule including 1 early release day is below, and this is a time of the academic year when attendance is of particular importance.  Critical assignments will soon be due and review periods for exams will be commencing; so please be sure your students are here every possible day on time.   I continue to recommend a 7:30 arrival at the latest.

Winter sports remain in full swing with both girls and boys teams in action.  Check out the Athletics website for dates, times and locations of upcoming games.

An Important Note on Parking, Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up:

As a reminder our student parking lot is the lot closest to Tiger Drive on the auditorium side of the building, our visitor parking is directly in front of the main entrance and our Faculty & Staff Parking Lot is by the Gymnasium.  When these lots are used as designated there is ample room in each area even under snow conditions and traffic flow in the morning and afternoon is excellent.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up by both drivers and school busses occurs in the circular drive directly in front of the main entrance.

Vans and approved cars for students with physical needs use the handicapped designated spots in front of the gymnasium entrance and these spots should never be used or blocked, even briefly, by other vehicles.

It has been our experience that when the parking lots and drives are all used appropriately and as designed we have very few traffic issues even with more than 500 people arriving at MHS within a roughly 30 minute span.  Please park and use the drives as designed.

Recently, there have been a small but increasing number of vehicles inappropriately using the gymnasium side of the building for drop-offs and the handicapped access area has been blocked or impeded.  Traffic flow is also impacted as drivers leaving the Faculty & Staff’s parking area congest the intersection at the lot entryway.  This practice needs to stop for the sake of students and adults who truly need access to the handicapped spots and entrance as well as for overall traffic flow on the campus.

Some Nuts & Bolts Information about the close of the first semester:

Semester 1 Exam and Instructional Schedule (All Grades)

Semester Exams are fast approaching starting on Friday January 22nd.  This year we have reduced the early release days associated with First Semester exams from 3 days to 1.  The full schedule is listed below.

Friday, January 22nd:

Normal class rotation until 12:13pm.

Locker clean-out from 12:13-12:30pm.

G Block Exam.  Students go to G Block at 12:30pm.  Exam or instructional activity runs from12:35-2:05pm.

Full Day of School for Students.

Monday, January 25th:  

A Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am.  

B Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am. 

D Block(Lunch)-10:57-12:17

E Block - 12:19- 1:06

F Block- 1:08- 2:05

Full Day of School for Students.

Tuesday, January 26th

C Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am

D Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am

E Block(Lunch)-10:57am-12:17pm

F Block - 12:19pm- 1:06pm

Directed Study in advisories- 1:08pm- 2:05pm

Full Day of School for Students.

Wednesday, January 27th

E Block Exam 7:45-9:15am. 

F Block Exam 9:25-10:55am. 

Early Dismissal for Students at 10:55am.  (Note on Make-up Exams: Make-up exams can be arranged from 12:35- 2:05pm on this day.)

Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Time for a "Paws" (After all, we are the Maynard Tigers...)

posted Dec 23, 2015, 8:52 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

With the vacation break upon us I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the students, parents and staff that make up the Maynard High School community for an excellent 2015.

Our students enjoy tremendous college acceptance and success rates, achieve placements into strong work settings and enter into military service thanks to the foundation and education they receive at Maynard High School.   Student accomplishments in academics, the arts, athletics and community service are what drive these post secondary successes and are a testament to the hard work of the students themselves as well as the dedicated teachers and staff that support their efforts and families at home who care for them.

Today was “Return Day.”  We were very fortunate to have 20 recent Maynard High School graduates come back to MHS to meet with current Juniors and Seniors to give information and advice about the trials, tribulations, joys and successes associated with being a college student.  The questions and answers and informational exchanges were tremendous.  A big thank you goes out to our guidance staff for arranging this annual event and to the 20 graduates who volunteered their time to give back to MHS.

Mrs. Blanchard and several parent volunteers were leading two dozen of our Madrigal singers out into Maynard today to carol as has been our annual tradition for many years.  I’m sure that this will once again be an event filled with fun and joy for both the student singers and their audiences.

Winter sports are in full swing with both girls and boys teams in action.  Check out the Athletics website for dates, times and locations of upcoming games.

Some Nuts & Bolts Information about the close of the first semester:

Semester 1 Exam and Instructional Schedule (All Grades)

Semester Exams are fast approaching starting on Friday January 22nd.  This year we have reduced the early release days associated with First Semester exams from 3 days to 1.  The full schedule is listed below.

Friday, January 22nd:

Normal class rotation until 12:13pm.

Locker clean-out from 12:13-12:30pm.

G Block Exam.  Students go to G Block at 12:30pm.  Exam or instructional activity runs from12:35-2:05pm.

Full Day of School for Students.

Monday, January 25th:  

A Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am.  

B Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am. 

D Block(Lunch)-10:57-12:17

E Block - 12:19- 1:06

F Block- 1:08- 2:05

Full Day of School for Students.

Tuesday, January 26th

C Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am

D Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am

E Block(Lunch)-10:57am-12:17pm

F Block - 12:19pm- 1:06pm

Directed Study in advisories- 1:08pm- 2:05pm

Full Day of School for Students.

Wednesday, January 27th

E Block Exam 7:45-9:15am. 

F Block Exam 9:25-10:55am. 

Early Dismissal for Students at 10:55am.  (Note on Make-up Exams: Make-up exams can be arranged from 12:35- 2:05pm on this day.)

In closing today, I’d like to reflect for just a moment on the time of year.

Winter has just begun, despite recent and forecasted temperatures for the next few days, and 2016 will be arriving in little over a week.  For some this is a quite difficult time of year and I know that in Maynard many will reach out a helping hand.  For many other people of many traditions this is a time of year for celebration and family time together.  Whatever your own traditions or situation  I wish you a peaceful and joyful close to 2015 and look forward to an ever brighter new year in 2016.

Have a great winter break, enjoy the holiday season and have a Happy New Year—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

One Million and Counting!!

posted Dec 18, 2015, 9:52 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

First, I’d like to thank everyone who helped and contributed to the Beacon Santa Telethon this year.  As the event closed on the airwaves over $39,600 had been raised and over the 33 year history of the event the One Million Dollar mark was eclipsed.  By the time some final donations came in this week over $40,000 was raised this year all to benefit families in need in the greater Maynard community.  Our students, staff and supporters were phenomenal once again and there are too many thank yous to possibly list here.  Well done one and all.

Semester Exams are fast approaching starting 5 weeks from today.  This year we have reduced the early release days associated with exams from 3 days to 1.  The full schedule is listed below.

Not surprisingly, news and events continue at a rapid pace at this time of year.

Upcoming events & information follows:

Basketball & Toys for Tots

Tonight, Friday night 12/18/15, the Basketball Program in Partnership with the Maynard Police, will be sponsoring a "Toys for Tots" game as our Tigers faceoff against Littleton. Donate a toy at admission and you will receive a discounted entry for $3. Senior citizens and non-Maynard students will receive a discounted entry for $1. 

Happy Holidays from Precious Metals Flutes

Please join the members of the Precious Metals Flute Ensemble for the 3rd concert in their series of Holiday Concerts! We will be performing arrangements of popular Christmas carols such as Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, Pat-a-pan, and more. It's fun for the whole family!  

And the best part - the concert is free!  :-)

Our flute ensemble utilizes the piccolo, C flute, Alto flute, and Bass flute to create flowing and interweaving melodies and harmonies. 

The Precious Metals Flute Ensemble is made up of flutist's Victor Villareal (founder/director), Cyndi Dacey, Katie Farrington, Rachael Carlson, Erin Dubois, Bethani Chadbourne, Eric Hong, Carol Dionne, and Ethan Lin.

Saturday, December 19 at 2PM

Maynard Public Library

77 Nason Street

Maynard, MA  

For more information about us, please check out our website at:

Precious Metals flute ensemble

Our Boosters Club Needs You!

The Booster Club is in need of volunteers to work at the concession stand during Friday night's home basketball games against Littleton.  We would never ask you to work concessions while your child is playing, but hope that you will consider helping out during games being played before or after your child plays.

We are looking for two parents of boys varsity basketball players to help out in the concession stand during the girls varsity game beginning at 6:00 p.m. and two parents of girls varsity players to help out during the boys varsity game beginning at 7:30 p.m.  If your child is not a varsity basketball player and want to volunteer on Friday, we would love to have you too!  Please email me if you are able to help out during these games.

In the next few days, I will be sending out a link to a sign up web site where you can sign up to volunteer at future games.  The concession stand is the number one source of fundraising by the Booster Club and all money raised is given back to your student athletes in the form of varsity letter jackets, trophies and scholarships.  Please consider volunteering at at least one home game this season.

Discounted Admission Passes

Discounted admission passes for 2015-2016 Maynard High School regular season home basketball games will be sold in the athletic entrance lobby on Friday 12/18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. 10 game passes are available for $25.00 and 20 game passes are available for $50.00. - that is a 50% savings off the regular adult admission price of $5.00 per game.  Checks can be made payable to Maynard Booster Club.

Stadium Seats

The Booster Club will also be selling Maynard Tigers stadium seats for $20.00 each - these seats make great Christmas gifts!

Thanks for your support!

Anne Boerman and the Maynard Booster Club

Two Important Notices from the MHS Music Department

1) Anyone interested in being on the Disney trip committee, please email Mrs. Blanchard by the end of this week (to get on the list or confirm that you'd like to stay on the list if you've already mentioned interest). The committee will begin meeting in January so we want to make sure everyone's included that would like to be. It's a lot of work and a lot of fun!

2) We have a large a cappella and madrigal group this year, which means a large number of carolers for the 23rd and will need many parent drivers. Please contact Mrs. B asap to offer to chaperone/drive if you are a parent of a student in either group and can help out. It's an incredibly rewarding day.

PS Permission slips are due this week!

Thank you from Mrs. B!

Semester 1 Exam and Instructional Schedule (All Grades)

Friday, January 22nd:

Normal class rotation until 12:13pm.

Locker clean-out from 12:13-12:30pm.

G Block Exam.  Students go to G Block at 12:30pm.  Exam or instructional activity runs from12:35-2:05pm.

Full Day of School for Students.

Monday, January 25th:  

A Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am.  

B Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am. 

D Block(Lunch)-10:57-12:17

E Block - 12:19- 1:06

F Block- 1:08- 2:05

Full Day of School for Students.

Tuesday, January 26th

C Block Exam- 7:45-9:15am

D Block Exam- 9:25-10:55am

E Block(Lunch)-10:57am-12:17pm

F Block - 12:19pm- 1:06pm

Directed Study in advisories- 1:08pm- 2:05pm

Full Day of School for Students.

Wednesday, January 27th

E Block Exam 7:45-9:15am. 

F Block Exam 9:25-10:55am. 

Early Dismissal for Students at 10:55am.  (Note on Make-up Exams: Make-up exams can be arranged from 12:35- 2:05pm on this day.)

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

WAVM Rules the Airwaves!

posted Dec 11, 2015, 4:25 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

It’s here—The WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon.  Help us as we look to break the One Million Dollar mark over the history of this great event.  Students and staff have been working hard to get ready, will be sleeping in shifts at MHS (supervised of course), and will be lighting up the airwaves once again this year from Friday night through Sunday afternoon.  Please tune in and contribute if you can.

Our Financial Aid Night was a huge success this past Tuesday night with well over 50 parents and students attending to gain insight, advice and assistance as they prepare to navigate the challenges associated with financing a college education.  Many thanks go out to all of our Guidance Counselors—Lisa MacLean, Renee Muise and Chris Devine.

On Wednesday night our auditorium was packed as we enjoyed our annual Holiday Concert.  Vocal ensembles, our Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band all performed wonderfully.  Mrs. Blanchard and Ms. Gately are to be commended for their dedicated work with over 150 students and I’d like to also thank the Maynard Music Association (MMA) for all of their hard work behind the scenes.

Upcoming events follow:

 

Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM Telethon (which raises money for the Beacon Santa Fund) will be held at Maynard High School on December 11-15, 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.

This year is special in two ways. It is the 50th anniversary of the student-run telethon.  Plus, they are very close to reaching one million dollars raised for the Beacon Santa Fund.  Wouldn’t it be great if this happened on their anniversary!

 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. 

 

Free Screening of "Codegirl" at Fine Arts Theatre, Sponsored by Yieldbot, Monday, December 14th

As you are likely aware, women currently make up a small proportion of those working in various fields of technology including software & App design.  On Monday December 14th The Fine Arts Theater Place is showing “CODEGIRL” free to public.  This acclaimed documentary follows girls and young women as they compete in an “APP Competition” just last year.  It’s time to put the myth that girls and women can’t do math and science as well as men to rest once and for all and “CODEGIRL” is a great vehicle to document this point.

 

I urge you to check out the link below and consider attending this terrific offering.

 

http://maynardgrapevine.blogspot.com/2015/12/free-screening-of-codegirl-at-fine-arts.html

Basketball & Toys for Tots

Next Friday night, 12/18/15, the Basketball Program in Partnership with the Maynard Police, will be sponsoring a "Toys for Tots" game as our Tigers faceoff against Littleton. Donate a toy at admission and you will receive a discounted entry for $3. Senior citizens and non-Maynard students will receive a discounted entry for $1. 

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

It's That Busy Time of Year

posted Dec 4, 2015, 7:43 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

We are reaching the time of year when many exciting events inside and outside of school are happening.

Our seniors are now very deep into the college application process with many now anxiously awaiting early admissions decisions.  Related to the college application process is the financing of a college education.  This coming Tuesday night is our annual Financial Aid Night at the high school and we once again anticipate a great parent turnout.

Students involved with WAVM are preparing for this year’s WAVM-Beacon Santa’s Telethon as we close in on a staggering one million Dollars raised over the 35 year history of this event.

Our students involved with the Music Program are preparing for a holiday parade this weekend and a concert next Wednesday night. 

Details on these and other event follow.  Please take a few minutes to have a look.

College Financial Aid Night

Once again our Guidance Department and guidance counselors at MHS have put together a program for an informative evening around college financial aid and financing a college education.  This event will be held on Tuesday night December 8th from 6:00-8:00pm in the high school auditorium.  The featured guest and speaker will be Candy DiCianno from Wellesly College who is also an official MEFA representative (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority).  Please join us!

Holiday Parade & Winter Concert

This coming Sunday December 6th our marching band will be participating in Maynard’s traditional Holiday Parade.  Following on this exciting event is our Winter Concert on Wednesday night December 9th starting at 7:00pm.  Please come out and hear some terrific music at both events while you support the Maynard High School music students and music program.

 

Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM Telethon (which raises money for the Beacon Santa Fund) will be held at Maynard High School on December 11-15, 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.

This year is special in two ways. It is the 50th anniversary of the student-run telethon.  Plus, they are very close to reaching one million dollars raised for the Beacon Santa Fund.  Wouldn’t it be great if this happened on their anniversary!

 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. 

Free Screening of "Codegirl" at Fine Arts Theatre, Sponsored by Yieldbot, Monday, December 14th

As you are likely aware, women currently make up a small proportion of those working in various fields of technology including software & App design.  On Monday December 14th The Fine Arts Theater Place is Showing “CODEGIRL” free to public.  This acclaimed documentary follows girls and young women as they compete in an “APP Competion” just last year.  It’s time to put the myth that girls and women can’t do math and science as well as men to rest once and for all and “CODEGIRL” is a great vehicle to document this point.

 

I urge you to check out the link below and consider attending this terrific offering.

http://maynardgrapevine.blogspot.com/2015/12/free-screening-of-codegirl-at-fine-arts.html

From Mrs. Blanchard:  Important News for All Music Group Members and Parents

The good news is that we have over 160 students in the music program!

The bad news is that we don't have near enough uniforms to suit everyone up. So for the winter concert (Wed, Dec, 9th at 7pm, arrival at6:15pm for choruses, 6:30 for band), the attire will be different than in the past.

Ladies may wear black pants or past the knee (tea length or floor length) black skirts on the bottom and white long sleeve tops. Please make sure these are covering on the top when you bow. You may wear band shoes with pants or black flats with skirts. Please do not wear heels. They can get stuck in the risers and you could trip. We def. want to avoid that! :)

Gentlemen please wear black pants (not black jeans, dress pants), white button down, long sleeve shirts, black socks and black tie up shoes (no sneakers please). It would be nice if you wore ties. Percussionists may roll their sleeves up to their elbows.

We will have not only our regular dress rehearsal the day of the concert in band, but this year we will have you all come in your concert dress clothes to certain rehearsals to make sure everyone is all set. 

Trebles-please change right after school (bring your concert clothes to school in a garment bag, labeled with your name so no one's gets mixed up) on Tues. Dec. 8th and be ready to run through your program at 2:15 on stage. 

As you know, our rehearsal time is very limited between now and the concert due to a variety of factors and we need to do the very best we can to eke out every moment of singing and playing. We also want to make sure all our members look concert ready. Please do your very best to get to these rehearsals as quickly as possible so we don't lose any rehearsal time.

You all sound wonderful! Looking forward to your performance for your family and friends!

Calling all pianists!

The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. The choral groups meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. They perform a wide variety of literature requiring the accompanist to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys playing with young adults,  and our students are wonderful!

Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us if you are interested. Please feel free to pass this along to folks in town that you may know who might be interested.

From the Athletic Director 

This past Wednesday was our annual Fall Sports Banquet.  It was once again a fantastic event and many thanks go out to our very active and highly supportive parents and adults associated with the Boosters organization.  It was a pleasure to attend and see the tremendous interactions between our student-athletes, their parents and supporters, and their coaches.

Below is a summary of this great evening from Mr. Caruso. 

Last night the fall sports banquet officially concluded the fall sports season. As mentioned before, all the teams had great success. Below is the list of individual achievements and awards. First and foremost however, I am proud to say that nearly half of the students who made the honor roll were student-athletes. I am also happy to say that nearly 75 percent of the fall student-athletes were on the honor roll. This is a testament to the students’ hard work and the coaches’ persistent message that school comes first. Congrats to all!

Boys Soccer MVP- Ernie Jones.

Boys Soccer MVP Offense-Nick DeCastro

Boys Soccer MVP Defense-Andrew Skavicus

Boys Soccer Most Improved- Ryan Henderson

Boys Soccer Herbert Peter Frank Memorial Unsung Hero Award-EJ Fitzsimmons

Boys Soccer Coaches Award-Filip Gubala

Girls Soccer MVP-Alyssa Bourgeois

Girls Soccer MVP Offense-Brenna Smith

Girls Soccer MVP Defense- Marianna Panakis

Girls Soccer Most Improved- Camille Massaro

Girls Soccer Unsung Hero-Liza Caldicott

Girls Soccer Coaches Award- Shannon Smith

Field Hockey MVP-Emily McNulty

Field Hockey MVP Offense-Marie Franke

Field Hockey MVP Defense-Sesha Manning

Field Hockey Most Improved- Violet Cobb

Field Hockey Unsung Hero-Anna Manning

Field Hockey Coaches Award-Allyson Patrikis

Golf MVP-Josh Sullivan

Joe Cote Unsung Hero Award Golf-Mike Foley

Golf Most Improved- Brett Usher

Cheerleading Most Improved-Brianna Pileeki

Cheerleading Coaches Award-Kayla Heideman

Cheerleading MVP- Alyssa Gwozdz

Al Cowles Award Football MVP-Zach Uglevich

John T. Enneguess Award Outstanding Lineman-Jared Cormier

Walter N. Moore Sr. Award Gusto Gus Defense-Eric Kiley

Football Most Improved-Mike Relic

Football Unsung Hero Award-Tommy Aukstikalnis

Football Coaches Award-Jake Kennedy

Outstanding Senior Award- Stephen Peterson

7th/8th Girls Soccer Most Improved-Skylar Sofferman

7th/8th Girls Soccer Coaches Award-Rachelle Harpin

7th/8th Girls Soccer Unsung Hero-Kate Denn

Had Hat Award-Ally Morgan

7th/8th Boys Soccer Most Improved-Pat O’Neil

7th/8th Boys Soccer Coaches Award-Noah DeCastro

7th/8th Boys Soccer Unsung Hero-Tyler Steed

7th/8th Field Hockey Most Improved-Erin Coleman

7th/8th Field Hockey Coaches’ Award-Erin Egan

7th/8th Field Hockey Unsung Hero-Sydney Lucas-Jacobson

ALL-STARS:

Field Hockey

Emily McNulty-MVP

Sesha Manning

Anna Manning

Girls Soccer

Alyssa Bourgeois

Brenna Smith

Shannon Smith

Carina Dragseth

Garvey Cummings

Marianna Panakis

Central Mass

Alyssa Bourgeois

Brenna Smith

Shannon Smith

Carina Dragseth

ALL STATE:

Alyssa Bourgeois

Brenna Smith

Boys Soccer

Ernie Jones-MVP

Tyler Cedeno

Jack O’Mahoney

Andrew Skavicus

Ronan Ball

Central Mass

Ernie Jones

Tyler Jones

Jack O’Mahoney

ALL STATE:

Ernie Jones

Football

Tim Lawton

Eric Kiley

Zach Uglevich

Jared Cormier

Cal Howes

Central Mass

Akram Semakula

Jared Cormier

Zach Uglevich

2016 Captains:

Field Hockey: Emily McNulty, Hannah Coleman, Sesha Manning

Football: TBD

Girls Soccer: Marinna Panakis, Brenna Smith

Boys Soccer: Andrew Skavicus, Alex Kucich

Golf: Mike Foley

Cheerleading: Alyssa Gwozdz

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

Thoughts for Our Friends in France Even as We Move On

posted Nov 20, 2015, 12:16 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Over this past week the world was once again shaken by the tragedy of the terrorist attacks in Paris.  Our hearts go out to the people of France.  Though such events can bring fear and anguish I am certain of one thing—The City of Light, and enlightenment, will recover and shine on.

With the recent events in Paris it is appropriate that an already scheduled presentation on school safety was given Thursday night at the school committee meeting.  All of our faculty members are in the process of being trained in the A.L.I.C.E. methods of student and staff safety.  Thus far training has been completed for staff at the Green Meadow, is being held today for staff at the Fowler and will be done at the high school in early December.  Student training will begin in the spring.

This week we were also fortunate to have Mr. Malcolm Astley lead a forum on teen dating violence and relationship issues.  The forum was attended by over 50 with a mix of students, parents and staff members attending.  High school staff members are working on next steps as we seek to keep our students safe.

The First Quarter has closed and student report cards are available for viewing on iPass.

As a reminder, we will be having conferences on Monday evening November 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and again on Tuesday afternoon November 24th from 2:15pm to 3:30pm.

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 either day please email your requests by the end of the day on Sunday November 22nd at the latest.

In your request please specifically note your student's name & grade, the class or teacher’s name for each conference you would like to set up, and whether you prefer Monday evening or Tuesday afternoon.  All requests are taken in order of receipt.

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.

Some noteworthy MHS events, announcements and dates follow:

From Mrs. Blanchard in the Music Department

It is my pleasure to announce that the following MHS musicians auditioned for and made Sr. Districts. Incredible!

Grace Wilson on trombone

Helen Gerondeau on french horn

Matt Schomacker on trumpet

Emma Bendall on bassoon

Sam Jones on tenor voice

Charlie Neuhauser on bass voice

We also had a few students miss it by only 1 or 2 points.

They competed against nearly 1,000 students from over 60 schools!

Grace, Helen, Sam and Charlie scored so highly, they will be auditioning for All-State in January.

Congratulations to all of these talented musicians and to all the students who auditioned for this competitive festival!

Also From Mrs. Blanchard:  Important News for All Music Group Members and Parents

The good news is that we have over 160 students in the music program!

The bad news is that we don't have near enough uniforms to suit everyone up. So for the winter concert (Wed, Dec, 9th at 7pm, arrival at6:15pm for choruses, 6:30 for band), the attire will be different than in the past.

Ladies may wear black pants or past the knee (tea length or floor length) black skirts on the bottom and white long sleeve tops. Please make sure these are covering on the top when you bow. You may wear band shoes with pants or black flats with skirts. Please do not wear heels. They can get stuck in the risers and you could trip. We def. want to avoid that! :)

Gentlemen please wear black pants (not black jeans, dress pants), white button down, long sleeve shirts, black socks and black tie up shoes (no sneakers please). It would be nice if you wore ties. Percussionists may roll their sleeves up to their elbows.

We will have not only our regular dress rehearsal the day of the concert in band, but this year we will have you all come in your concert dress clothes to certain rehearsals to make sure everyone is all set. 

Trebles-please change right after school (bring your concert clothes to school in a garment bag, labeled with your name so no one's gets mixed up) on Tues. Dec. 8th and be ready to run through your program at 2:15 on stage. 

SATB chorus-please change right after school (bring your concert clothes to school in a labeled garment bag) on Friday, Dec. 4th and be ready to walk on stage at 11:10 for your dress rehearsal. 

Band-your dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Dec. 3rd. You will be called down the last 10 min. of E block to change. Please do so very quickly. You will be expected on stage, in your concert dress clothes by 12:15. 

As you know, our rehearsal time is very limited between now and the concert due to a variety of factors and we need to do the very best we can to eke out every moment of singing and playing. We also want to make sure all our members look concert ready. Please do your very best to get to these rehearsals as quickly as possible so we don't lose any rehearsal time.

You all sound wonderful! Looking forward to your performance for your family and friends!

Radio Stars

Congratulations to Cole Puntoni and Kyle Morgan for being picked by Kiss 108 to be in their Annual Turkey Toss Competition next Wednesday. A special thanks to Jeanne Lappas for nominating the boys. Go Tigers! 

From the Athletic Director 

The fall season is coming to an end and there were great seasons by all the teams. The football team finishes off the fall with their Thanksgiving game vs. Clinton at Alumni, senior day activities at 10:00am, kick-off at 10:15am. 

Thanks to all the athletes who participated in the yard clean-up to benefit the Council on Aging. A special thanks to Thyme in the Garden for providing their technical assistance. I hope this community service project becomes an annual event. 

​The Winter season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving. The season opener is set for Dec. 14th. 

The fall awards ceremony will be on Dec. 2nd. Stay tuned in for award winners and a complete all-star list. ​

Powderpuff Football Back by Popular Demand (And Student Vote)
After an overwhelming student vote to officially name the girls flag football tournament was held—it is once again time for…Powderpuff Football!

The MHS Junior class is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Powderpuff Football Game on Tuesday the 24th of November at 6pm. Come out to Alumni Field to see the girls of MHS play some football and support the class of 2017! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Bonfire

Our 5th annual Thanksgiving Bonfire will also be held on Tuesday the 24th with ignition scheduled for 6:30pm.  This event has grown dramatically in popularity over the years.  Our snack shack will be open, Flag football will be out on the field and a great time will be had by all.  Please join us!

Maynard SEPAC Winter Social!

On Tuseday December 1st  from 6:30-8:00pm the Maynard SEPAC is hosting a Winter Social at the Green Meadow cafeteria.  There will be Cookie Decorating, Crafts, Music, Goodie Bags & snacks to enjoy.

All Maynard Special Education students, parents, and siblings are invited and each child will go home with a goodie bag!

This free event is open to the whole family of students receiving Special Education Services.  Please RSVP Rachel Levy at racheldalyson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294.

Calling all pianists!

The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. The choral groups meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. They perform a wide variety of literature requiring the accompanist to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys playing with young adults,  and our students are wonderful!

Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us if you are interested. Please feel free to pass this along to folks in town that you may know who might be interested. We hope to interview the 3rd week of October

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

On To 2nd Quarter!

posted Nov 13, 2015, 8:28 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

I’d like to begin this week with a huge thank you to the Maynard Music Association for setting up and holding the annual Casino Night at the Maynard Elks this past Saturday night.  The greater Maynard community came out in force to support this wonderful event and many thousands of Dollars were raised to support the music programs in the Maynard Public Schools.

Our new science teacher began this week and we are pleased to welcome her.  Dr. Valerie Cairns is off to a great start and is very excited to join the MHS team.  (I had introduced Dr. Cairns under her maiden name a few days ago which is what she had been using up until now.)  I look forward to working with her and I expect that our students will have a productive and positive year of learning with her.

The second quarter of the academic year has begun and we are currently completing all grading inputs and crosschecking of grades for the 1st marking period.  We expect grades be available through iPass next week.

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Monday evening November 23rd and Tuesday afternoon November 24th.  Directions on how to sign up for parent teacher meetings will be sent out separately by next Wednesday November 18th.

Congratulations are due to our girls and boys soccer teams both of which qualified for the state tournament as league champions, won their first round games and then went down in very close games this past Wednesday night.

Some noteworthy MHS events, announcements and dates follow:

Forum on Teen Dating Violence and Ending Relationships

On Tuesday evening November 17th at 6:00 pm Maynard High School will be hosting a forum on Healthy Teen Relationships.  Included in this presentation will be difficult topics around dating violence and issues related to ending relationships as teens.

This is an essential presentation on the critical topic of safety for teens in our community and it is designed for both parents and their teens.

Our presenter for the evening is Malcolm Astley.

Mr. Astley is currently finishing out his term as a School Committee member in Wayland and has tragic experience with this topic.

As you may recall from media coverage, the Mr. Astley and his family lost his daughter Lauren to violence related to ending a relationship in 2011.  Since that time Mr. Astley has worked tirelessly on the topic of healthy teen relationships.

His presentation includes videos, useful information and a question and answer period.  I urge you to check thewebsite LaurenDunneAstleyMemorialFund.org for more information.

I hope to see you on November 17th.

School Safety Community Meeting November 19th

On Thursday evening November 19th at 7:00pm there will be a presentation related to the ALICE system of safety protocols being considered for implementation in the Maynard Public Schools.  This will be part of the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting and will be held at the Fowler School.  More detailed information through the Superintendent’s blog and a letter will be forthcoming.  Please look for this critical information over the next few days.

Calling all pianists!

The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. The choral groups meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. They perform a wide variety of literature requiring the accompanist to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys playing with young adults,  and our students are wonderful!

Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us if you are interested. Please feel free to pass this along to folks in town that you may know who might be interested. We hope to interview the 3rd week of October

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

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