This weekend includes the annual Monday National Holiday celebrating the birth, life and extraordinary work of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.. The Maynard Public Schools will be closed until 7:00am on Tuesday when the high school will reopen with breakfast service. The Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA) is hosting a series of events to honor the legacy of Dr. King and more information can be found below.
It has been a busy week at Maynard High School once again. Students have been working diligently preparing for the end of the quarter and end of the first semester coming up next week. Our first Signs of Suicide lesson was given to 9th grade students in their health class this week by our guidance staff including Amy Petroskey, Nicole Fernald and Dana MacPhee. The Signs of Suicide curriculum is designed to help our students understand and take appropriate steps to reach out to adults related to peers who may be in need of support around mental health issues. Additional sessions will be held in March with 9th and 10th grade students. Should you have any questions please reach out to your students guidance counselor.
Semester Exam/Evaluation week has arrived! This coming week all of our students will be taking semester exams and the high school will have a modified schedule. Tuesday classes will meet from 7:45am to 2:05pm and 1 exam will be held. Early release days will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with students taking two exams or evaluations per day and dismissal at 10:55am. Please note that lunches will not be served on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
This week we send out hearty congratulations to the newly inducted members of Maynard High School's chapter of the national Tri-M Music Honor Society!
Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in the country. "A Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter opens up a world of opportunities for students who have already shown themselves to be academically capable and musically gifted. through performance and community service, they'll develop confidence, creativity, critical thinking, compassion and a host of other leadership skills sure to serve them well in school and beyond."
Tri-M at MHS was established in 2019 under the direction and advisement of Director of Bands, Kevin Kozik. Tri-M band & chorus students will be participating in service projects related to music, service, leadership, & mentoring in music within Maynard Public Schools, and they will become mentors to the Tri-M junior chapter that will begin at Fowler in the spring.
Hat’s off go to our newly inducted members: Junior class students Virginia Crossland, Tommy Fallon, Ari Kiirikki, Cara Leahy & Ariane Mauroy
And continued kudos go out to our returning members: Senior class members Matthew Antonio, Thomas Babaian, Joseph DiTavi, Chloe Donovan, Patrick O'Neil, Emily Olsen, Celine Parades-Celestino, Talal Siddiqui, Owen Thayer & Lilly Wilson
MHS students who have applied to college under early action status have begun receiving acceptances and the energy is running high among our seniors. More on our seniors and their post secondary plans and college acceptances will follow in the coming weeks. We can say that the early results have been outstanding and we anticipate another year of great news from and for our senior class.
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And Now Some Additional News & Announcements You May Find Useful:
Message from MARA
The Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA) along with Open Table and the Maynard Neighbor Brigade, are hosting a series of events to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See linked flyer for details. MHS students might be particularly interested in the MARA book club event on January 15th and the showing of “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” at Fine Arts Theater at 4pm on January 20th; we would also love it if any MHS students were interested in volunteering to help us with the event for younger kids taking place at Open Table at 1:30 on. January 20th. We hope to see many MHS students at these events!
Positivity and Inclusive Campaign We would like to start a positivity and inclusive campaign. During this campaign we will encourage students and staff to submit their own reflections about positivity and inclusiveness. This month’s positive message comes from Mr. Caragianes and contains two quotations from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. They are reflections of Maynard High School’s commitment to the power of love and the power of deep, penetrating thinking. As we celebrate the life of Dr. King this weekend let us keep love for one another in our hearts and the desire to be deeply thoughtful in our minds.
“Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”--Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”--Martin Luther King, Jr.
As matters of principle, let us care for one another as human beings all deserving of respect and dignity and let us think about real solutions to our problems and needs as a society. Let us do that not just to honor Dr. King this weekend, but each and every day in the future.--Mr. Caragianes
Cocoa & Cramming!
January 21st from 5-8 pm will be a Cocoa and Cramming studying extravaganza. This is a night designed to help students prepare for their midterm exams within an environment of support tinged with a bit of fun. Cocoa & Cramming--Good fun that will help lead to good grades!
Calling All Music Students
This coming Wednesday January 22nd Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Gaudet and Principals for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Mike Barth from the Fowler School and Chuck Caragianes from Maynard High School are holding an open session for students to get information about music programming in the Maynard Public Schools and to have any concerns heard and questions answered. This session is designed for students and will be held in the Maynard High School Cafeteria starting at 2:45pm.
Teen Dating Workshop for Parents
A Teen Dating workshop for parents will be held on January 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm at Maynard High School. Massachusetts Partnership for Youth guest speaker Cory Mashburn is a long time professional working with teens and their families around a variety of health, prevention and safety issues.
The State Seal of Biliteracy
MHS students can now earn the state's Seal of Biliteracy as some of our students did last June for the first time. This program and designation, which was introduced by the state last spring, certifies that a student has achieved a high level of academic competency in reading, writing and speaking in English and a second language. The second language does not have to be offered by Maynard High School with the certification coming by way of a proficiency test. All students who think they might be eligible are encouraged to come to an informational meeting with Mrs. Doiron & Mrs. Adams at 11:00 on January 24 in Mrs. Adams' room (B224). Requirements will be explained, questions will be answered, and we would like to know what languages students will need tests in. Students who cannot attend this meeting MUST talk with Mrs. Adams or Mrs. Doiron in order to make sure appropriate tests are ordered
School Safety Protocol Update
In cooperation with the Maynard Fire Department 3 classrooms and 1 office on the second floor of Maynard High School have been designated evacuation spaces. These spaces can be used during fire and safety drills as areas where students and staff with mobility issues may go. Each space has particularly easy access to both traditional internal hallways and exit stairs as well as external access by firefighters. These specially designated spaces have newly placed decals for student and staff identification.
As always, we are constantly considering the safety of our entire school community and ways we can update and improve our procedures.
In addition, the school crisis team established an email address called firstname.lastname@example.org. This email will only be used in an emergency situation in which students do not follow an orderly evacuation protocol and there is a need to account for students. Families will be asked to email the address saying their child(ren) is safe so they can be accounted for. The hope is that this will never be utilized but the committee felt it was an important part of safety protocols in the event of a true emergency.
Should you have any questions, reach out to Kevin Caruso at email@example.com
Maynard Theater News
Our students are now rehearsing for this winter’s Musical which will be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels under the direction of Ryan DeFoe. This uproarious comedy is sure to be a hit here at Maynard High School. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the production in any capacity please contact Mr. Caragianes and he will get your information on to Ryan. Stay tuned for more updates and information.
Get Your Gear!
If you are interested in buying some Maynard spirit gear, shop online at this link: https://maynardboosters.itemorder.com/sale. Proceeds benefit the Athletic Booster Club.
College Financial Aid Information
For any family who missed our Financial Aid Night, the recording of it is available to view on the WAVM YouTube channel. The link is - https://youtu.be/44w2bZOJk4g
PSAT Scores are IN!
Before vacation school counselors met with all 11th grade students and 10th grade students who took the PSAT and they received their PSAT scores. Students logged into their College Board accounts, viewed their scores and linked the results to their Khan Academy accounts. Khan Academy offers free, individualized, and authorized SAT prep. Khan Academy worked with College Board to individualize the practice according to what the student scored well and not well on the PSAT. This practice is free and we encourage students to use this tool to improve their SAT scores when they take them (Spring 2020 Juniors, Spring 2021 Sophomores). Please ask your student about their results and encourage them to use Khan Academy.
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
If your student is 15+ make sure to encourage them to come by the Career Center to check out the job opportunities from Maynard businesses. Businesses often contact us because of the great reputation of our high school students.
Chapter 74 Radio and Television Broadcasting Certification - A few years ago MHS applied to be a school that awards Radio and Television Broadcasting Certification. We competed with other schools, including Assabet Valley to earn this designation. The state looked at the history of work that WAVM has done through the radio and TV, including the telethon, as well as the facilities that are available and broadcasting capabilities and chose us! This week we visited 9th Grade classrooms to speak with students about this certification opportunity and we will be visiting the WAVM classes next week. If your student would like to apply to earn this Chapter 74 Certification upon graduation please have them complete the application here.
This certification can:
-help students prepare for a career in communications/broadcasting/radio/tv
-help students learn important 21st century communication skills for any career they choose to pursue
-give students the opportunity to give back to the community
-helps students engage with school and meet friends that they will have for life-alumni come back for big events like the telethon!
*Please note if your student applies and is part of the program they can leave the program at any time if they change their mind, there is no penalty for not completing the program.*
School Council: Parent Members Wanted! All Are Welcome!
The Maynard High School School Council is an important advisory group comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members who review school policy and make social, academic and budgetary recommendations to the building principals who chair the meetings. These recommendations are a key part of the process in forming school improvement plan, reviewing policies and procedures for the student handbook and in the formation of the school budget.
To be a parent member of the School Council a parent must have a child currently enrolled at Maynard High School. With several recent parental members having students graduate last June we currently have open seats. If you are interested in participating as a member of the council, please contact Kevin Caruso or Chuck Caragianes at MHS.
If you are interested in the process but are unable to commit to regular attendance as a council member, please know that all are welcome to attend any meeting.
The meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year (3rd Thursdays with Exceptions) is: 1/16, 2/13 (2nd Thursday), 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/11 (2nd Thursday).
All meetings run from 2:30-4:00pm at the high school Media Center.
It is time to order your MHS 2020 Yearbook. Yearbook orders will be done online this year through Jostens. The cost is $70.
The website address is: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1065748/Maynard-High-School/
Make sure the page say Maynard High School, Maynard, MA. Choose 2020 Yearbook and then you can follow the prompts.
Thank you to all the parents and students who attended our January 8th open forum. Your input was very valuable in helping us advocate for our music program.
Student Meeting with Assistant Superintendent: All music students are invited to meet with Jennifer Guadet to voice their concerns and future wishes for our music program at a listening session set for Wednesday January 22nd at 2:45 in the high school auditorium. All are encouraged to attend.
Parent/Student Disney 2021 Meeting: Thursday February 6th at 7:00 in the MHS auditorium. All current 8th-11th graders are invited to attend this informational session.
Pops Night: Please join us on Friday February 7th at 7:00 in the Fowler Auditorium for our 21st annual Pops Night. Parent Volunteers from grades 9-12 are needed. Email MMA for volunteer opportunities.
Jazz Café: Please join us for an evening of jazz music featuring our 6th -12th grade jazz and wind ensemble students led by Trish Gately on Friday March 27th at 7:00 pm in the Fowler auditorium. Ticket information and parent volunteer opportunities to be posted soon.
MMA Senior Banquet: Our banquet on May 25th is an opportunity for us to recognize the accomplishments of our musical seniors. We are seeking parent volunteers from grades 9-11 to help plan this year's banquet.
Next MMA Meeting: Wednesday February 5th at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library.
As always, if you have items you’d like to include in our weekly News & Notes please send them in to Kevin Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chuck Caragianes at email@example.com at Maynard High School.
That’s the news for this week.
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