Good afternoon everyone,
Though only four school days long, this past week has been a busy one at Maynard High School. Our fall sports season is in the home stretch with multiple teams in action, parent-teacher meetings were held on Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon and our students are beginning to gear up for Spirit Week which runs from Thursday November 21st through our traditional Thanksgiving football game which will be at home this year with a 10:00am kickoff at Alumni Field.
Thank you once again to the many parents who attended our parent-teacher meetings. If you are a parent who could not make either day this past week and wish to meet with a teacher, please contact your student’s guidance counselor who will help facilitate a meeting time.
A huge congratulations and thank you goes out to the Maynard Music Association for another phenomenal Casino Night fundraiser that raised over $16,000 in support of music programming at the Fowler School and Maynard High School. The Maynard community's support of Casino Night and our music programming is exceptional and the MMA’s staging of such a high quality event under the guidance of Casino Night Chair Bonnie Wilson and myriad volunteers is always absolutely first rate. More exciting MMA news can be found toward the end of this edition of News & Notes.
In sports related news, we would like to congratulate the fall sports teams on a great season. All the athletes worked hard and represented Maynard with pride. With that being said, we still have a few football games left. Tonight, Maynard will travel to Westborough for their second to last game. Kick-off is at 7pm. JV has two games next week on Monday and Thursday. Last but certainly not least, Maynard is hosting the traditional Thanksgiving game this year on Thanksgiving morning at 10am. There will be a brief ceremony for seniors as well as a brief ceremony for Gary Greenaway.
Winter sports start on Dec. 2nd. See Mr. Caruso for details.
And Now an Encore Edition of the Student Produced MHN News:
Will the Maynard Community team finally track down the Sasquatch? Is someone ACTUALLY going to eat a bloody finger on Tasty Time? Will this week's Broaden Your Horizons segment make you RUSH out to purchase a vinyl? Watch and see!
Thanks for watching!
Below are some additional items and events you may find of interest:
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. Below is the first message that I created with the help of Beth Vavra and Sherry Trainque.
In order to promote a more positive and inclusive school culture, we will be sending out a monthly message for personal reflection.
This month’s positive reflection revolves around the acceptance of others and treating others with respect and dignity, even though you might not like them or if you think they are different.
First and foremost, being different doesn't mean better or worse. Everyone is different. Some differences are more noticeable than others, but everyone deserves the same level of respect. It is never ok to judge anyone based on what other people say, false rumors, negative stereotypes or something that you hear about on social media. If someone is different than you and you do not wish to associate with them, that is fine, but do not give in to the fear of the unknown, by choosing to be mean or going along with others who are. As the T-Shirt in my office suggests CHOOSE to be KIND, even if it means being kind to those who are different. The reality is that the majority of us really do not know what other people go through outside of school. We might think we know them from school interactions, but unless you are really good friends with someone, then you don’t know which kids face homelessness, language and cultural challenges, food poverty, race issues, gender and sexual identity questioning and worst of all, various kinds of abuse by trusted adults. So in summary, CHOOSE to be KIND and be a part of making Maynard High School a better place for everyone!
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.
Maynard High School is partnering with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Center in Acton and the True Path Program to offer a free Jiu Jitsu program for interested students. True Path is an organization focused on introducing Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle for personal growth and development. The partnership program covers all expenses. This includes academy fees, gear, and transportation costs. Space is limited so please contact Mr. Caruso, email@example.com ASAP.
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
A New Scholarship Opportunity!
Has your student made meaningful contributions to our community through volunteer service? If so, they should consider applying for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. To apply visit: spirit.prudential.com
An Important Message from the United States Selective Service Related to Scholarships
Donald M. Benton, the Director of the United States Selective Service system, recently sent a letter to Maynard High School regarding the legal requirements related to Selective Service registration. At this time of year when students are applying to colleges and seeking many forms of financial aid, the information is particularly relevant.
Every young man in the United States is required by law to register with the Selective Service system within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Young men may pre-register starting at age 17 years 3 months. Failure to register automatically disqualifies young men from receiving federally funded college loans and grants until registration is complete. Failure to register by age 26 permanently excludes young men from any Federally funded training program, Federal employment, and many state and local government positions. By law any immigrant, documented or undocumented, who fails to register will have an automatic 5 year delay in processing any citizenship application.
More information and the ability to register can be found at https://www.SSS.gov
If your student is looking for a part time job, please encourage them to come to the Counseling Office and check out the JOBS Board. There are many opportunities here with many local businesses eager to hire our students!
The School Counseling Dept. has set up Google Classrooms for each graduating class at MHS. We have invited your student to join the classroom via their email (e-mail resent 11/1/19). Our department uses these classrooms to share information with students about scholarships, interesting programs, awards, and many more exciting things that we learn about. Please encourage your student to join if they haven't already.
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: 11/21, 12/19, 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.
Yearbook Congratulations Corner
Any parent, guardian, grandparent or friend who would like to write a congratulatory note to a student may purchase a page. We have special pricing for all orders placed by November 30, 2019. After that date you may still place an order but the prices will increase. https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1065748/Maynard-High-School/
1/8 page - $40
1/4 page - $70
1/2 page - $120
full page - $240
Yearbook Business Ads
If anyone has a business and they would like to buy ad space in the Class of 2020 yearbook the cost is as follows:
1/8 page - $45
1/4 page - $75
1/2 page - $125
full page - $250
If you have any questions please email Rita Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maynard Music Association News
BT ALC Big Band
The Maynard Music Association is pleased and proud to bring the BT ALC Big Band to Maynard for an enrichment concert on Wednesday evening November 20th at 7:15pm in the Maynard High School Auditorium. This is a follow up to the MHS JazzBand enrichment workshop held just this past Wednesday November 13th.
“Since the group’s formation in 2011, the BT ALC Big Band, led by trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark, has gained a reputation for hard grooving original compositions featuring the most talented jazz and funk musicians in Boston. The BT ALC Big Band draws from the big band traditions of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Thad Jonesand infuses music from funk legends like James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, and The Meters, creating an undeniably unique sound, Big Band Funk.” --btalsbigband.bandcamp.com
We held our final MMA Casino Game Night '19 fundraiser meeting on Monday night. We are pleased to announce that we raised a little over $16,000 toward our mission of supporting music education in grades 4-12! Thank you to the entire greater Maynard community for supporting the fundraiser. --Bonnie Wilson Casino Night Chair ‘19
In addition to our work as volunteer supporters, we have several initiatives planned for the year ahead that include:
publication of the music series programs for 19-20
pep band & parade support
support of band, chorus, & ensembles 4-12
support of music students in the community (Parades, Pep Bands, Art Walk, Sip and Stroll, Farmer's Market, Jazz Jams, ArtSpace)
scholarships and student recognitions
support for Great East Festival performances
support for Central Districts/All-State auditions
transportation support -Great East, State House Performance, Districts
instrument repair/maintenance, instrument/music purchases,
student support for Pops Night & Jazz Cafe performances.
As always, if you have items you’d like to include in our weekly News & Notes please send them in to Kevin Caruso at email@example.com or Chuck Caragianes at firstname.lastname@example.org at Maynard High School.
That’s the news for this week.
Have a great weekend,
Principal of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Principal of Leadership & Operations