Mr. Charles Caragianes, M.Ed.
Good afternoon, everyone--
With February 2014 now a cold and snowy
memory, it can only mean that Spring (that's right Spring!) is right
around the corner. There are a number of
important events coming up and several significant announcements. Please take a few minutes to skim over the
items below and stop to read in more detail any items that seem particularly
pertinent to you and your family.
GRADUATION! Maynard High School will be holding
graduation on Saturday June 7, 2014 at 3:00pm
at Alumni Field. In the event of
inclement weather (including extreme heat and humidity) the event will be held
inside the high school gymnasium. Please
note that the time slot is earlier than the past three years.
The Secretary of State of the United States of America loves us & Now We Need Host
Families (Stipends Available)!
Maynard High School has been in active contact with two agencies
specializing in placing international students in American high schools. Secretary of State Kerry on behalf of the entire United States State Department has
commended us on these new partnerships.
Our first student, from Brazil, under these programs joined us just last
month. We anticipate several additional students
will be joining us next year in late August.
These students will be paying full district tuition and all school fees when
they join us. We are in need of host
families for these students. The
programs we are working with help families defray the cost of hosting a student
by paying stipends of between $800.00 and $1,000.00 per month to insure that
cost is not an impediment to a sound placement.
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity to make a
difference in the Maynard and Global communities please contact Assistant
Principal Purnima Vadhera or myself for more information.
Winter Sports Celebration: Please Join us on Wednesday March 12th at 6:45pm in our theater for a celebration of the many achievements of our winter athletes. This event is always a highlight of our year and could not possibly be done without the logistical and financial support of our Boosters group.
Beauty and the Beast! The first musical to
be produced in the new Performing Arts Center, Beauty and the Beast, will open in just a few short weeks! Tickets
are on sale now and may be purchased online via mktix (google this and the site
will come up), or at the ticket booth at MHS.
The show has 80 in its cast and 20
in its crews, and has been an amazing town effort with many adults from town contributing
to building and painting sets, selling tickets and making costumes.
Don't miss the new MHS' first
Show are scheduled on March 15th at 7:00pm, March 16th at 2:00pm, March
21st at 7:00pm, March 22nd at 7:00pm, and March 23rd at 2:00pm.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey given in coordination
with Emerson Hospital and area districts will be given to all students in
grades 6, and 8-12 on Tuesday March 11, 2014.
Maynard schools have been involved in this project since 2000 and have
collected valuable data around student behaviors and perceptions that have
driven curriculum and policies community wide.
The survey will take approximately 40 minutes and will be completely
anonymous. If you have any questions
around this process, please contact your building principal no later than
Thursday March 6. Thank you for your support
of the Maynard Schools and its initiatives.
MassBay College Credit: Juniors and Seniors interested
in taking a current MHS course for MassBay credit should see their counselor
for a registration packet. Approved classes are AP Literature, AP
Chemistry, AP US History, AP Biology, Advanced Anatomy, AP Calculus, and Honors
Pre-calculus. See guidance with any questions. The first class taken is free and counts
for 3 transferable college credits.
Preparation for Sophomores! Starting Wednesday March 5, Mrs. Bearden and
Ms. Dowd will be providing FREE MCAS preparation after school for
Mathematics. This is available to any
interested sophomore. It will run from
2:05-3:00 every Wednesday until the math MCAS test in May. It is to help refresh students on all the
topics that are addressed on the MCAS.
Please see Mrs. Bearden or Ms. Dowd if you are interested in partaking
in this program.
WAVM FCC License Renewed Until 2024! Thanks to the hard work of Mr. Minasian, Ms. Filz, Ms. Gilfeather, the student leaders, and student membership of WAVM we have completed the arduous FCC License renewal process and will remain on the air as one of only a handful of high schools in the Commonwealth with a FCC license to broadcast through February 2024. Way to go WAVM!
Light It Up Blue event at Clock Tower! We are
thrilled that the Maynard Public Schools have participated World Autism Day for
several years by encouraging students and staff to wear Blue. World Autism Day will be April 2nd this
year. Please join Danielle Mannion and
her family, including her son and MHS student Jae, as they again meet outside
Clock Tower Place at sunset to watch the clock turn Blue.
Ms. Mannion has provided the link for Light It Up Blue and the Autism Speaks store that carries the T-shirts, bracelets
and other items below. Also, Home Depot and Ace Hardware in Stow will
carry the blue light bulbs that people can use to light up their homes. As Danielle
puts it, "I can't tell you how thrilled Jae is to see the lights on
people's front doors! Hopefully all of our students on the Spectrum will see
these lights and feel that our town honors them!"
So come on Maynard High, Light It Up Blue
again this year!
I'd like to close by
once again thanking the entire Maynard High School community including
students, staff, parents and community members for the tremendous work and
dedication that I see every day here at MHS.
Our recent designation as a "Commended School" by the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a testament to all.
I went on the DESE (Massachusetts
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) website last night and looked
up the publically available school report card for MHS. You will immediately see "Level 1"
and the word "Commended" describing our school. Only 11 other high schools in all of
Massachusetts can make the same claim. I
invite you to look over the entire report card and believe you will be pleased
with and proud of the results you see.
Principal of Maynard
Good afternoon everyone--
The first half of the year came
to a close today and Monday marks the start of third quarter. It has
been a whirlwind first half with the completion of our building,
incorporating the the grade and getting iPads out to every student.
past week the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
completed an evaluation visit to our entire district and their team of 6
educators pored over all three schools and our central office. I
personally value such visits as an opportunity for outside eyes to view
our programming and assist us in becoming ever better as a school.
The final report is due out in approximately 8 to 10 weeks and will be released to the public as soon as it is available.
A CALL FOR HOST FAMILIES!
fall we will be hosting multiple exchange students from around the
world here at Maynard High School. These students will be paying full
tuition and fees to our school district as well as stipends ranging from
$800-$1,000 per month to host families to help defray the cost of
incorporating a teen into a home.
If you are interested in being a
host family please contact Maynard High School and ask for Assistant
Principal Purnima Vadhera or myself.
We continue to hum along here at Maynard High!
varsity basketball teams (both girls & boys) scored impressive
victories over Littleton this past week, our Mock Trial Team defeated
Concord Academy, and our school musical, Beauty and the Beast in in
rehearsal. Go Tigers!
That's it for now.
Principal of Maynard High School
I hope you all enjoyed the Winter break and had a joyous New Year.
Incredibly, the second quarter of the year is rapidly approaching the finish line.
Next Friday, January 24th, is the 90th day of school and the second quarter (and first semester) will reach its close. Grades will be entered and verified over the following week and grades ought to be available near the end of the first week of February.
Many students will have schedule adjustments as we begin the 3rd quarter of the year as semester based courses for upperclassmen end and a new course begins. 8th graders will experience a switch to a new class during the last period of the day as they continue a cycle of exploration.
Fall sports are well underway and our teams continue to play well, have fun, and get their share of victories. Check out the Athletics' Website and AD Kevin Caruso's updates for more information.
On the arts front, the school musical Beauty and the Beast is in rehearsal, and it promises to be a fantastic show this coming March.
We continue to partner with MassBay Community College to offer credit granting courses right here at MHS during the regular school day at steeply discounted rates. Upperclassmen and their families should contact guidance right away if they are interested.
Next week the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), will be assessing the entire Maynard District including the high school. This once a decade assessment is designed to evaluate the efficacy of our schools and we welcome the evaluation at Maynard High School as a means of improving our own programs and course of study.
Take care for now--
Principal of Maynard High School
The Telethon is a Huge Success!
The WAVM/Beacon Villager Telethon wrapped up last
Sunday afternoon having raised $32,600 for local charities. After several declines over the last few
years, no doubt due to a difficult economy, this represented a major increase in
donations reversing that trend. In the
32 years of Telethons WAVM has now raised $949,000. I say next year we make the push to reach One
Million!! We can do it and all the money
raised benefits those in need right in our
your typical Wednesday evening in Maynard!
At one end of our building the boys basketball team
under Coach Howes was running through its final practice prior to its home
opener Thursday night against Gardner--the
game that would open our fantastic new gymnasium for competition.
In the center of the building WAVM students were
broadcasting live from our new state of the art radio studio while below them
the Maynard Community Band was warming up and preparing for the evenings winter
concert in our cafeteria.
Meanwhile in our gorgeous and acoustically stellar
theater the MHS Winter Concert was getting under way to a full house. Our MHS Chorus, Jazz Band, Wind
Ensemble, A Cappella singers, 8th/9th Grade
Chorus, MHS Concert Band, Maynard Community Band and special guests, parents
and alumni all gathered together for a first ever concert extravaganza. It was an amazing evening of entertainment,
community spirit and pride.
I know that even with nearly double the parking
capacity compared to our old building we were jam packed as a campus. It was clear that we had more people,
approximately 600, in our building at 7:30 pm than we have ever had before day
or night and it is a testament to the people of Maynard and the designers that
our campus is capable of handling so many different types of activities simultaneously
Wednesday night's practice led to Thursday night victories for our boys
basketball teams as the Junior Varsity won the 5:30pm game and the varsity
followed up with a 51-40 victory over Gardner last night.
Congratulations to both squads. We
are undefeated in our new gym!
to School Day!
Maintaining a long tradition, 11 Maynard High School
graduates are returning today(Friday) to meet with juniors and seniors to
discuss the transition from high school to college or work. Many thanks to our graduates and to the
guidance department for organizing this worthwhile event.
we approach our Winter Break this Friday a Few Notes
We have an early release day this Friday with
students being dismissed at 10:55am. The
break will run from then until we return in the new year on Monday January 6th.
Over the break our sports teams will be playing both
home and away and I urge you to go to our athletics website to check on dates
and times--remember some may change depending on the winter weather.
Speaking of weather, we have had an inordinate
amount of snow for so early in the season.
Our custodians have been shoveling, snow blowing, chipping, sweeping salting
and sanding furiously.
With our most recent snow storm this past Tuesday hitting
and revving up rapidly very near dismissal time, we were faced with getting our
campus shut down as rapidly as possible to get students and staff on the road
and home before major traffic delays and deteriorating road conditions became
the norm. We did get students to buses
early to get them home on time given the weather conditions, road conditions,
and forecast. The same buses that drop
off our high school students then return for Fowler dismissal and we could not
afford to have them running behind schedule in such foul conditions. In the future each step of the dismissal
process will be communicated via email to keep you abreast of the latest
details. Hopefully we do not face such
close weather calls with any regularity.
Looking ahead the 2nd quarter will close, and we
will reach the halfway point of the year, on January 24th. Exams for grades 9-12 will occur the week of
January 13-17 with early release days for grade 9-12 students on January 14, 15
& 16. 8th grade students will have
full days throughout the week and will follow their normal schedules.
To reiterate for our 9th grade parents who are
experiencing the high school calendar for the first time, there will be early release
days on January 14, 15 & 16 for your students during midterm exams.
As the first semester ends we will be rapidly
swinging into planning for next year.
Our learning curve has been steep with the transition to a new building,
addition of a new grade, roll out of iPads to all students all of this
happening within a building and campus that was undergoing the finishing phases
of a multi-step construction project.
This year we received nearly 25 more students than
originally projected, and our projections
for next year (in light of what we have learned) will be growing again. This building can easily carry increasing
student population for years to come, but it will certainly require planning.
For example, in response to our growing student
population we already know we will be having 3 lunch periods next year as we
begin to construct our new schedule. An
additional bank of lockers has already been installed this year, and two more
banks are planned and will be complete within a few months. These relatively modest changes in our lunch schedule
and lockers will allow us to logistically handle over 500 students compared to
our current 435. As a result the physical
plant will be ready and stable for several years to come.
Likewise planning is already advancing related to
staffing needs and programmatic improvements and adjustments. This is an ongoing process every year, and
our goal is continuous improvement at all times.
In closing, I'd like to thank you for the privilege
of working with the students of Maynard High School. I look forward to continuing to do so into
the new year and beyond. I wish you a
peaceful winter break, and a joyous and prosperous New Year.
Principal of Maynard High School
As usual, this is a very busy time of year at Maynard High School.
Upcoming events are listed below, as well as some comments and information and observations regarding our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting held just this past Saturday.
Please take a few minutes to read through the information below to remain up to date on the latest at MHS.
The WAVM Telethon is This Weekend and We Need Help.
Kathy Hahn and Mary
Ellen Jaques are co-chairing the WAVM auction again this year. Their inventory of auction items the students
have gathered so far is well below the number we usually have at this
time. We are asking for help. If you are able, we would appreciate
donations of new items including: toys, sporting goods, household items,
apparel, or holiday items with a value of $10 or more to the auction. They can
hand deliver it anytime to WAVM between 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. from now until Sat
afternoon Dec. 14, 2013. If you would
like, you can also call the studio at
Parent Conferences are this Thursday December 12th
teachers are being booked from 2:10 to 3:30pm and from 4:00 to 5:50pm. The evening will come to a close promptly at
6:00pm. Please contact Pam Carter at MHS
to book appointments with teachers. Be
sure to include your name, your student's name, a rank order of teachers you
wish to meet with and the best way to contact you to confirm appointment
times. Pam can be reached via email at
email@example.com She can also
be reached by phone at MHS. Individual
appointments can also be booked through your student's guidance counselor.
All Community Winter Concert! Wed. Dec. 18th
If you play a band instrument or
sing and would like to be part of this special event, please e-mail Mrs.
Blanchard at CBlanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us so that we can get the music to you. We welcome all alumni
and anyone living in the town of Maynard or having a connection to the town, to
come and perform with us!
of Winter Vacation
Friday December 20th is an early
release day for students with dismissal at 10:55am. MHS will remain closed from that time until
students return on Monday morning January 6th.
Boys and Girls Club of Assabet
Valley Ski and Snowboarding Announcement
Nashoba Valley Ski/Snowboard Program
Join us for another exciting year of
skiing with Maynard Rec and Nashoba Valley.
Early Bird Discount!
Register before December
13th and take $5 off.
Registration Deadline -
Friday, December 27th.
Lift Ticket is ONLY
available to children in the 6th Grade or above that have skied or snowboarded
Students must provide
their own transportation to and from Nashoba Valley.
For dates, fees or if
you have any questions, contact:
Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley
212 Great Road
Maynard, MA 01754
"Great Futures Start Here"
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Maynard High School
This past Saturday, December 7th, we held our Grand
Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies at Maynard High School. The formal ceremony was held from 2:00 to
3:00pm in our fantastic new theater before a full house. State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Massachusetts
School Building Authority Executive Director Jack McCarthy, Selectman Brendon
Chetwynd, School Committee Chair Amy Gay, Superintendent Robert Gerardi and
myself were all honored to speak. MHS
Student Government President Brian DeMars did the honor of actually cutting the
ribbon. The Maynard Public Schools Food
Service under Bob Kinch and Mary Wardwell put out a wonderful array of snacks
and food for the event, WAVM students handled all of the electronics related to
broadcasting, recording and the technical requirements of the theater, NHS and
Student Government students gave building tours, and our Chorus and several
student instrumentalists provided the appropriate mood and musical
accompaniment under Cindy Blanchard's direction.
It was a simply wonderful afternoon, and a day all
of Maynard can take pride in.
Below are my own formal remarks from the day, should
you wish to read them.
Take care and enjoy the holiday season.
of Maynard High School
As our ceremonies approach their closing, I am
mindful that it is Pearl Harbor Day and that
72 years ago the United States was under active attack at this very hour
on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii. I also
find it remarkably fitting that we are dedicating the magnificent new Maynard High School on this day.
We frequently say that we thank our service men and
women for their sacrifice, and indeed we truly do thank them, but the Second
World War marked an extraordinary period in American history and the changes
that conflict brought about, and the levels of sacrifice it required of every
person whether in uniform or not, reverberate to this day.
Though the nation was shocked and fearful 72 years
ago, the response was nothing short of magnificent. Sacrifice in the face of danger was the order
of the day: economic sacrifice,
sacrifice of life and limb for the sake of the nation at large, and for
individual families and children at home.
The sacrifices were born by men and women across the nation and they
were born to do nothing less than to rid the world of the scourges of fascism
and totalitarianism as well as the unspeakable barbarism and inhumanity of the
The men and women who fought those many decades ago
are still among us, though in dwindling numbers. They endured the Great Depression, fought on
every inhabited continent during the war itself, and then extended a hand of
friendship and forgiveness to former
foes through the Marshall Plan in Europe and in the rebuilding of Japan.
And out of the Second World War a new thinking
emerged--that the way to extended peace
and prosperity would be found through a change in our own behavior as a
people. This new social contract is best
exemplified by the GI Bill of
Rights. Passed in 1944 under President
Roosevelt and then vigorously administered by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower,
Kennedy and beyond, the GI Bill of Rights allowed for transformational levels
of education and college for millions of Americans returning from war. It was understood, and has become part of the
fabric of America, that education above any other area of endeavor ensures the
security, economic power and health of our people, and it is through an
educated citizenry that our democracy is
I am also mindful that we are fortunate to live in
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The
idea of the "Common Weal" or common good dates back to the
founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
now nearly 400 years ago. It was here in
Massachusetts in 1630 that Governor Winthrop entreated and reminded us that, " We shall be as a city upon a
hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."
It was here in Massachusetts that
the first public school, Boston Latin, was opened in 1635 and just a year later a modest institution known as
Harvard College was founded in 1636. It
was here in Massachusetts that John Adams penned our State Constitution and
aptly included provisions for public education within the first few paragraphs.
Times have changed greatly over the more than two
centuries since Adams wrote our State Constitution. We are now in a global age, and the clarion
call of the power of education has now spread across the globe. Nelson Mandela once said, with his usual
straightforward eloquence, "Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world."
with the value of education as stressed by Adams at the close of colonial
times, and Mandela in our own time, students emerging from the new Maynard High
School this year and for generations to come will proceed on into the 21st
century, and perhaps even into the 22nd, prepared for the rigors of work and
global competition. More than that, they
will also and be ready to lead
responsible and productive lives.
The people of Maynard have brought about an exemplary new high school, with the
assistance of a visionary Commonwealth, in the greatest nation on earth. From this day forward let it be known that
here in the Town of Maynard, and here at
Maynard High School, we embrace the charge to be "As a city on a
hill" and that collectively the faculty, staff, students, parents and
community welcome "the eyes of all people to be upon us."
In closing, as we dedicate our new high school today
I say to each person in this room, and to the community at large, thank
you. Not just thank you for the
construction of this new building, but thank you for being true to the founding
traditions of our Commonwealth, thank you for bearing the financial sacrifices
associated with building this tremendous center of learning even in the teeth
of a prolonged recession, thank you for embracing the challenges of the 21st
century, thank you for keeping faith with our veterans who sacrificed so much
at Pearl harbor 72 years ago and above all else, thank you for loving your
Good afternoon everyone--
Our first full five day week is coming to a close
and it has been an eventful week indeed.
From a logistical point of view, as of this past Tuesday lockers have been issued to
all grades, iPads are out to all students, and our two lunches have been
equalized and are running smoothly.
Traffic congestion in the morning and afternoon has been reduced though
not eliminated. Greatly improved traffic
flow is built into the plans for the new school upon completion of all
landscaping and paving.
If you've been by the school at all I'm sure you
have seen how rapidly the old building has been demolished and the incredible
rate at which the debris is being taken away.
In approximately one week the entire structure with the exception of the
slab foundation will be gone. Removal of
the foundation will then commence and take about 1 additional week. This of course clears the way for final
landscaping, and final paving. When
complete we will have a circular traffic pattern, we will have 210 parking
spots (almost double the old building), and there will be a newly seeded sports
field. As an FYI, the field will not be
ready for use until the summer of 2015 as this is the recommended time frame for
newly seeded fields to fully establish the turf in sports applications. On the interior, the new auditorium has seen
work pick up rapidly and we continue to look at October 14th as the completion
date. Seat installation has begun and
the first group of custom wall panels arrived earlier today for installation. We remain on time and on budget for total
project completion on December 1st.
A grand opening and open houses will be occurring in
early December upon total project completion.
Dates and times will be prominently advertised and distributed as soon
as final details are confirmed.
Sports have begun and the football team will have
its first home game tonight. Home coming
weekend September 27th & 28th is also fast approaching. Stay tuned for more details from the Athletic
Director Kevin Caruso and our Boosters group.
Parents - It is that time of year again when we will
be holding our annual Picture Day at Maynard High School. This photograph
has many useful applications for our school, as well as your personal portraits
and memories. Prestige Portraits - a division of LifetouchStudios has mailed to each underclassmen parent a
white envelope with the words, "Important
School Picture Day Information Enclosed"in
blue on the outside of the envelope. This envelope has enclosed your ordering
materials for those of you who wish to purchase. If you did not receive this
envelope or misplaced it, we have extra forms in the Main Office. If you have
any questions, regarding your order, please call Prestige Portraits at
800-426-9533 ext 117
Meeting of the Year
All parents are invited to join us the first PTO
meeting of the year on September 19th at 7:00 pm in the
MHS library. Mr. Caragianes will be joining us to discuss updates at the
school and information on the Principal’s Council. We look forward to
seeing many of you there.
A Major Change in
Policy Regarding Food Celebrations During School Hours
Policy of the Maynard Public Schools)
From: Superintendent Gerardi
September 10, 2013
Regulation #530.1 Wellness
This week I met with the school
Nurses about food allergies. Attached you will find a
list of the number of Maynard
students with documented food allergies. The total
number of students’ district wide
is 244. This represents approximately 16 % of our
total student population. They
also identified for me that nation wide, 25% of the times
that the use of an EpiPen is
required; it is for undocumented anaphylaxis allergic
reactions. In fact in Maynard,
last year we had the first case of an undiagnosed
anaphylaxis allergic reaction.
On the last page of Administrative
Regulation #530.1 Wellness it describes the
appropriate uses of food in
celebrations. The Nurses feel strongly that in light of the
new data that we have, this policy
needs to be tightened up. As a result, I have asked
Kevin Caruso to be the new
Wellness Committee Chairperson and he will review this
document with a representative
committee. That committee will make recommendations
to me for future revisions.
However, due to data we have
received on the serious nature of allergic reactions
resulting in anaphylaxis, I am
sending this immediate amendment to this document that
will revise the celebrations
section of this document as follows:
Due to the increase in medical conditions with diagnoses to food intake
and the increase
in the variety of foods with the potential for an allergic response,
celebrations that occur during the school day will no longer include any foods
products. Student birthday celebrations, holiday celebrations, and end-of-the-year
will no longer include food. The district will disseminate a list of
recommendations to parents and teachers.
For all other
school related events (i.e. after school community events, Fund raisers,
events) the emphasis should be on foods from the four food groups
breads/cereals, fruit/vegetables, and dairy products). An emphasis should be
increasing the servings of complex carbohydrates, low fat choices of
and controlling the amount of fat (especially saturated fat), sugars, salt,
and other non nutritious foods and
note the following key points in the Superintendent's directive: 1. No food celebrations at all are permitted
during the school day. 2. Provisions
have been made for after school activities for all constituencies using the
ask you not to put any of our teachers or administrators in the position of having
to say no to something like "Birthday Cupcakes" sent in from
home. The health and safety of our
students comes first and trumps even the best intentioned food celebrations.
Football and Cheerleading
this week heads to a close I'd like to thank you all for your continued kindness,
caring and patience as we get the New Maynard High School running up to full
be in the press box tonight at Alumni Field announcing the MHS/Bromfield football game, our first home game of the year, including introductions for all of our youth players and youth cheerleaders. This is always a fun night.
to see you there & take care--
of Maynard High School
As feared, I've overlooked at least one
student who has helped mightily over the last two weeks with tours,
organization and support as the year has begun. A hearty and deep felt
thank you goes out to Indira Rao for all of her efforts on behalf of
MHS. Indie is a true asset to our community.
milestones continue to be reached at MHS. The old building is down and
the debris is being sorted by material type and hauled away for
recycling. Our alternative PE room is now equipped and operational,
WAVM and Band equipment arrived this week and work on the building
continues at night and on weekends to finish every piece and every
detail. Total project completion remains on track for the originally
scheduled date of December 1st.
As I've walked through classes
this week I've observed numerous examples of high quality instruction,
thoughtful student responses and the integration of a range of
technologies into instruction.
Sports teams have begun their schedule of games--Go Tigers!
Clubs and activities are beginning to announce initial meetings for this year--Go Tigers!
Our students and staff have
approached this year, and the move-in phase, with patience, passion,
thoughtfulness and care. We are off to a strong academic start within a
caring environment. It is clear the students and staff at Maynard High School remain our greatest asset--Go Tigers!!
Thank you for reading and take care--
Maynard High School Principal
Wow--What a great start to the new school year here at Maynard High School!
week we were giving building tours and distributed over 300 iPads with
the help and support of our NHS and Student and Student Government
students. (In my last email home I neglected to mention Katie Warzewska
and Jane Hart as key student contributors and leaders that week so I
give them special mention here). Approximately 1,000 family members and
students toured the building and enjoyed snacks generously provided by
Just this past Tuesday a cookout was held to
celebrate the achievements and work of our students over the summer.
Any student who participated in sports, music, WAVM, or as a school
community helper was invited and over 200 attended--more than half our
student body. The Boosters and PTO provided an amazing spread and Bob
Kinch from food services made sure they had the grill, tools and
facilities they needed to bring it all off.
past week, on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday our staff reviewed the
requirements of the State mandated evaluation system they will be under,
prepared for students, and received technical training on our new
building systems. They were utterly professional and enthusiastic which
is the standard I've come to count on with this phenomenal group.
And then came an amazing start of school for our students on Thursday and Friday.
entire student body and faculty met in our incredible new gym for a
whole school assembly. The atmosphere was electric and our Student
Government students and NHS students once again led the way as schedules
were distributed, information given, and a few fun activities were
enjoyed. And yes, "Eye of the Tiger" remains the song our students want
to hear at every key event. Thank you to Superintendent Gerardi and
School Committeeman Estabrook for their time, participation and support.
Students received Handbooks/Planners,
completed requisite information and made their way through their
schedules. Parents are urged to review the handbook and to return
signature pages right away.
iPad distribution continued,
and by the end of school on Friday the 30th more than 360 iPads had been
issued with all paperwork and insurance fees submitted.
congested on Thursday, but by Friday kinks had clearly been worked out
and the two lunch periods went very smoothly indeed. The lunch schedule
has been tweaked for Tuesday and we expect to have optimal operations
by next week.
Locker data is being inputted
into our iPass system and this is a time consuming process that we have
been working at diligently since we received all the information we need
Tuesday night. We anticipate the beginning of Locker assignments when
we return next Tuesday. Much of this input is a one time project as we
open a brand new building so this will not be repeated year to year.
Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Back-orders exist on some furniture and materials, but equipment and supplies continue to come in steadily and bit by bit and piece by piece headway is constantly being made.
Some Notes on Construction:
Our building is magnificent, but there is still work to be done.
Finish work and punch-list work will continue at night and on weekends.
Our theater is scheduled for completion and occupancy by October 14th.
All landscaping and paving and touch up work remains on schedule to be
completed by December 1, 2013. Demolition of the shell of the old building
began this past Tuesday afternoon and ramped up to full speed on
Wednesday. It is anticipated that the entire structure will be gone by
the week of September 16th. Traffic patterns
are being examined
to improve speed of transport until all of the landscaping and paving is
complete allowing for the best possible traffic flow as architecturally
It has been a busy week, but a great week. Our
school and community partners have been of immense assistance on tour
days and cookouts--thank you to the Boosters, PTO, RMO, MEF and MMA for
their support in a variety of areas over the summer. The high school
teachers and staff, including our custodians and cafeteria workers, have
been working at a fever pitch to bring our building to life and to have
a clean, safe, and welcoming environment for our students. Central
Administration under Dr. Gerardi's leadership and with the support of
the school committee and town offices has been nothing but supportive
and on top of every issue. Finally, our students are beyond compare.
They are intelligent, caring, curious and hard working. The dozens of
student volunteers who participated in a wide range of activities over
the summer were major contributors to our successful beginning to the 2013-2014 school year.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend--
Chuck Caragianes, Principal
Maynard High School
Maynard High School Principal Chuck Caragianes Take care-- See you in the new building. The next school year will be eventful kicking off with events the week of August 19th (Stay tuned for more details), but I know it will be a successful year because of the students, families, supporters, and professionals that make up the Maynard High School community. As I reflect on this year I must simply note that I am fortunate. Fortunate to have an incredible staff, fortunate to work with talented and kind students, fortunate to have supportive parent groups, fortunate to have a dedicated and student focused central administration led by Dr. Gerardi, fortunate to have a talented and thoughtful school committee and fortunate to work in Maynard. This last year, my first as a principal, has been remarkable. We have completed our once a decade NEASC Accreditation visit, we have rolled out iPADs to two grades, we have implemted a new teacher evaluation system, brought new graduation requirements to the pilot stage, expanded course offerings in engineering, created a new partnership with MassBay Community College, have expanded student exchange programs and completed scheduling in record time even as we add the complexities of incorporating a new grade and moving into a new building. Meanwhile, the new building continues on time and on budget. At today's construction meeting it was verified that the building is slated for substantial completion and a Certificate of Occupancy on August 2nd. Equipment, electronics and furnishings for the new building are beginning to arrive and movement and installation of all of this gear is slated for August 5th through the 23rd. Recent construction developments include substantial paving of sidewalks and parking lots, major grading work being completed, removal of all heavy equipment from the interior of the building, and the major advancement of all finish work. Fire alarms are now being tested and every piece of machinery has been started as the balancing and tuning of internal systems moves forward.
The time has come.Tomorrow, Friday June 21, 2013, at 3:00pm the existing campus of Maynard High School will shut down forever as a school and the 2012-2013 school year will come to an end. The physical structure will continue to exist for 6 to 8 more weeks, but a succession of first responder trainings, moving of equipment and materials, and demolition and recycling of the building from the inside out will be the only activities that are ongoing. On Monday the 24th a swarm of workers will descend on the building to insure the move of all materials and equipment into storage as demolition personnel begin detailed analysis of the order of demolition and procedures to be followed. From July 1st on only demolition personnel will be in the building until the complete take down of the building is done.
Temporary high school offices will be at the Coolidge for approximately10 days and then at the Green Meadow until August 5th while the old high school is demolished and the new high school is completed.
Student schedules can now be viewed through IPass and our guidance counselors and technical support people have gone above and beyond the call to bring this about some 8 weeks ahead of recent previous years. Individual student/guidance meetings have begun and the results have been very good. Thank yous go out to Ms. Muise, Ms. MacLean, Mr. Devine, Ms. Schuster and Ms. Baird for their tireless efforts bringing this about.
I am honored to lead Maynard High School and strive to be worthy of that honor.
With Memorial Day upon us it is a time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next. For many of us there will be quiet contemplative moments mixed in with the joy of "Kicking -Off" the summer season.A Few Reminders and Thank Yous
Key dates and events are filling the school calendar. Along with many sports teams in action this weekend for Maynard High School the following events are up in the next 10 days:
Monday evening May 27th the Maynard Music Association is holding its annual dinner at the Maynard Elks at 5:00pm. Contact the MMA for details. A big thank you also goes out to the MMA for funding two additional scholarships for our graduating seniors this year.
Tuesday May 28th our Seniors will have their annual day trip, with Lunch at Fire & Ice in Boston to be followed by a trip to see Blue Man Group. It will be a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and fun.
Wednesday May 29th our Seniors will have their first graduation practice with an evening Harbor Cruise that night. Buses leave at 4:15pm and return at 11:00pm.
Thursday May 30th Senior Awards night begins promptly at 7:00pm in the MHS gym. Please join our seniors as we recognize their many and varied accomplishments.
Friday May 31st is our final graduation rehearsal to immediately be followed by a PTO Luncheon hosted especially for our soon to be graduates. Thank yous go out to our fabulous PTO!!
Saturday June 1st is our graduation ceremony to be held at Alumni Field, weather permitting, or at the Fowler School in the event of inclement weather. We will begin at 5:00pm.
A reminder also goes out to our freshmen and their parents that the Science MCAS
test will be given on Tuesday June 4th & Wednesday June 5th. Students need to be punctual, and any absences must be appropriately documented to allow for make-ups to be given. This is by state regulation.
Maynard High School Photobook
Check out our homepage and you will find a new link to the Maynard High School Photobook. With demolition of the current building nearly upon us MHS Senior Vivian Dao took on the challenge of documenting the building for posterity before it is gone for good. Vivian coordinated the entire project with technical assistance from MHS teachers John Flynn and Paul Orzech and engaged dozens of students in this venture. A photo and essay contest with prizes generously donated from Erickson's Ice Cream and an anonymous donor made this project all the more enjoyable. Thank you Erickson's and thank you Vivian Dao!
Construction Update & Packing Up MHS
Construction remains on time and on budget for the new MHS. You will notice large earth moving activities underway, new fence lines being formed, and the construction trailers used to coordinate activities moved to a new location on the grounds very shortly. All this is being done as major grading of the site around the building is now starting.
Meanwhile orange packing crates are now cropping up by the hundreds around the old MHS as we pack and prepare to move. As of this writing it is only 29 days until the old MHS is shut down for educational activities forever.
The High School Temporary Home--A Reminder
From June 24th to August 2nd all high school administrative functions will be housed at the Green Meadow School as construction continues on the new MHS. It is anticipated that administrative functions will transfer to the new MHS building on Monday August 5th. Please bear with us as we bring the construction project home to completion.
More news to follow next week.
Take care and have a safe, enjoyable, restful and thoughtful Memorial Day Weekend.