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News and Notes
Kevin Caruso
Friday, January 15, 2021

We have reached the three day weekend including the Monday holiday celebrating the birth and Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  (See more in a section below where you will find links to a variety of great activities sponsored by several wonderful Maynard based organizations.)


This year, in lieu of our usual fall induction ceremony, Maynard High School's Chapter of the National Honor Society organized a virtual induction to honor our newest members. We would like to share the link to the induction with the community as we are very proud of all that these students have done to deserve this recognition. We look forward to having these new members as part of our organization!


Congratulations to:

Emily Bakalos

Olivia Bakalos

Samantha Bakalos

Alyssa Barilone

Grace Charron

Caroline Gallo

Gracie Gilligan

Molly Hines

Ari Kiirikki

Kate Rober

Grade Wilde


MHS National Honor Society Induction 2020


The following students have auditioned for and been accepted to the 2021 CDMMEA Senior District Music Festival! They will participate in virtual masterclasses this Saturday, performing for and working with professional wind, jazz, and vocal performance instructors.


Congratulations to:

Gracie Gilligan (Chorus)

Ariane Mauroy (Chorus)

Phoebe Cook-Ludwig (Chorus)

Lauren Alford (Band)

Elizabeth Freeman (Band)

Alvaro Gonzalez Orellana (Band)

Ari Kiirikki (Band)

Lily Weber (Band)

Georgia Wilson (Band)

Adam Lucas (Jazz)

In a significant development, Maynard High School will be changing how Wednesdays are structured around student engagement.

Rather than being a completely asynchronous learning day, starting next Wednesday every student will enjoy a direct check-in with a staff member at least once during the day for at least 20 minutes.  Though the timing of this is in response to a change in state regulations, we have been looking to extend outreach to students on Wednesdays and have been planning for a change for several weeks.

To accomplish the goal of engaging with every student on Wednesdays we already know that about half of our students are regularly involved in a meaningful activity that meets on Wednesdays including school based clubs, teacher led study session, work with Guidance Counselors around a variety of topics, receiving Educational support or is working with a staff member on a project.  Those students simply need to continue doing what they have been doing.

We also know that about half of our students are not engaged in such activities on any given Wednesday and for that group we will be initiating a variety of fun Advisory activities on Wednesdays led by Teaching staff.  Activities will include things ranging from Yoga to Current Events Discussion Groups to Origami.  The goal is to give every student the opportunity to relax with their friends, even if only virtually at this time, around an area of common interest as a way to support their social and emotional well being during the ongoing restriction brought about by the pandemic.

This coming Wednesday, January 20th, there will be Class Meetings to fully explain the program and system to students.  The meeting times and links will be out to students and parents by this coming Tuesday morning.

Starting on Wednesday January 27th, and every Wednesday that is a school day for the rest of this school year, Advisory Groups will be meeting as described above.

Everyone needs a chance to relax and have fun with their friends, make a meaningful connection with a trusted adult, plan for the future or enhance their skills.  We are confident that this change in our Wednesday schedule will allow our students to do one or more of those important things.

Stay tuned as final details are sent out in the coming days.

Martin Luther King Day Activities!

Link in English

Enlace en Espanol

Link em Portugues

Link to Children’s Story Time Activities at the Library

A Request from the Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA)

Please consider signing up and donating to the MARA book drive which will allow us to purchase books for our schools by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) authors and featuring BIPOC characters.  It Matters!  This thorough list of books was requested by librarians and teachers and are for all ages.  To find out more click here:

Le pedimos que por favor considere apuntarse y donar a la recolecta de libros de MARA (la alianza de anitracismo de Maynard) la cual nos ayuda a comprar libros para las escuelas escritos por gente negra, indigena y gente de color (BIPOC) y tambien tienen personajes principales de color. Es importante!  Esta lista completa fue pedida por bibliotecarios y maestros y ofrece libros para todas edades.  Para recibir mas informacion presione aquí:

Pedimos que você considere se inscrever e doar para a campanha de livros MARA (aliança anti-racismo de Maynard) que nos ajuda a comprar livros para escolas escritos por negros, indígenas e pessoas de cor (BIPOC) e também tem personagens principais de cor. É importante! Essa lista completa foi solicitada por bibliotecários e professores e oferece livros para todas as idades. Para receber mais informações clique aqui:

New Flu Vaccine Information: No longer mandatory

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.

DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

Jana Ferguson

Assistant Commissioner

MA Department of Public Health



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