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Principals' News & Notes 5.17.19
Principals' News & Notes 5.17.19
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

To open this week, a big shout out and congratulations go to the Green Committee and their faculty adviser Rochelle Lerner for earning 3rd place honors and receiving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ 2019 Energy & Environmental Affairs Secretary's Award For Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.  Our student Green Committee has long been a vibrant organization at Maynard High School and to have such high recognition from the state is an appropriate and fitting honor for this dedicated group. Well done!

In some news regarding a Maynard High School Graduate, Thomas Brennan (MHS class of 2016) has just been elected President of the Senior Class at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  Thomas has been a highly active and engaged student leader at UML who is majoring in Business Administration and is anticipating receiving his degree almost exactly one year from now. Way to go Thomas--you’re doing Maynard proud!

Today we proudly hosted our annual Senior Project panel presentations where our students review research they have done, describe internship experiences they have had and present project work they have completed to a panel of teachers and community members who generously donate their time.  The student work is of exceptionally high quality and to be able to showcase their efforts to the greater Maynard Community is a highlight of the year.

The entire Maynard High School Senior Project program is a curriculum that has been recognized by the state for excellence and is being used as a model program by high schools from around the Commonwealth.  Teachers Jean LaBelle & Paul Orzech are the architects of this phenomenal opportunity for our students and cannot be thanked enough for their vision, efforts and execution bringing Senior Project from concept to robust and mature program.

We are also at the time of year when graduation day on June 7th is very much on the horizon and excitement is building for our seniors.  The following list of senior related items will be of note for many:

Senior Trips and Activities:

Friday, May 17th--Senior Project presentations.

Thursday May 23-Thursday May 30th--Senior final exams.

Wednesday, May 29 - Fire and Ice dinner and Red Sox game.  Bus leaves MHS at 3:00PM

May 30 - May 31 7:00 PM to 7 AM - Senior "Lock-In.”  Details to follow.

Monday, June 3 - Harbor Cruise dinner and dance.  The bus leaves MHS at 5:00PM

Rehearsals, Awards and Graduation:

Monday June 3 and Thursday June 6 - Graduation Rehearsals at 10:00AM

June 5 - Senior Awards Night 7PM in the gym - Seniors should arrive to the cafeteria no later than 6:30

June 7 - Graduation at 6:30PM - Seniors should arrive to the cafeteria no later than 5:30

Underclassmen Events

Over the final 4 weeks of school our underclassmen also have several key events coming up quickly.  The MCAS Math test for sophomores will be May 21st & 22nd. The science MCAS test for freshmen is June 4th & 5th, and underclassmen final exams and underclassmen awards are the weeks of June 3rd & 10th.

This remains a critical time of year for students to be in school, on time, every day.

Maynard Athletics:

The track regular season has come to an end. Congrats to the girls track team for going undefeated in the league in dual meets. They finished 3rd in the league meet last night. Good luck to those athletes competing in the state meet next weekend.

Be sure to check the scheduling website to follow your favorite spring team. https://www.mwlma.org/public/genie/382/school/38/

Also, don’t forget about our boys representing Maynard in the Bromfield lacrosse program. https://www.mwlma.org/public/genie/382/school/16/

Check out the complete list of winter sports awards here. https://www.maynard.k12.ma.us/article/99922

And now an exciting new edition of our student produced MHN 4 News!

In This Week's Episode:  

We highlight the Spain trip (for real this time).  Playoff sports, high school sports, a few school features, and the 2020 election.

Some students are missing from this episode, as they are working on a special project, coming out soon.

Enjoy and share!

 

 

🎥📷🎬  MHN4 🎬📷🎥

 

Below are additional  items from our community that you may find of interest:

SEPAC Ice Cream Social

Save the date! The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be here before you know it! Come join us on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP atsepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183.

Buy a Brick and Help the MEF Help Our Students

Honor your MHS student or pay tribute to an influential teacher or community member by having their name and/or a message engraved on a brick that is placed in the MHS walkway.

Having a custom brick placed in the MHS walkway is the perfect way to honor your child, a teacher, or a community member who has made a difference in your family's education.

To order your brick or for more information, please visit www.maynardeducation.org/buy-a-brick or contact Joe Cioni at jcioni2@washcoll.edu or 978.838.4262.

CLASS OF 2021 FUNDRAISER

THE CLASS OF 2021 WILL BE SELLING FLOWERS FOR YOUR SPECIAL GRADUATE OR TEACHER FOR THIS YEAR’S COMMENCEMENT. WHAT BETTER WAY TO SHOW THEM HOW PROUD YOU ARE AND TO ALSO SUPPORT THE CLASS OF 2021?

YOU CAN PREORDER AND PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS AND PICK THEM UP AT THE SNACK SHACK (INSIDE THE GYM DOOR IN CASE OF RAIN). ALL PRE-ORDERS MUST BE IN BY THURSDAY, MAY 30TH.

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: CLASS OF 2021 AND SEND ORDER FORMS AND CHECKS TO:

ROCHELLE LERNER, CLASS OF 2021 ADVISER

MAYNARD HIGH SCHOOL 1 TIGER DR. MAYNARD, MA

DESCRIPTION COST AMOUNT

12 RED ROSES $20

LARGE WILD FLOWER MIX $20

MED, WILD FLOWER MIX $15

SMALL WILD FLOWER MIX $10

TOTAL ENCLOSED                    _____________

NAME:

CELL PHONE #:

_____________________________________________________

RECEIPT

NAME/ FLOWERS ORDERED

A Senior Project Student Request

Get ready to do some spring cleaning and make some shelf space by donating your gently used books and packaged media items to a good cause!

As part of his Senior Project, Lucas Koskinen has organized a donation drive for More Than Words, a local non-profit social enterprise that empowers teens and young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. To find out more about this amazing organization check out their website at: www.mtwyouth.org.

When: Sunday, May 5th to Sunday, May 12th

Where:  An official More than Words donation bin is located in the lobby of St John Lutheran Church located on Route 117 on Maynard/Sudbury town line or you can contact Lucas to pick up your donations during the week of May 5th by emailing lkoskinen@comcast.net.

What: Gently used books of all genres, children’s books, textbooks less than 10 years old and CD’s/DVD’s/videogames in original cases are accepted.  Please do NOT donate textbooks over 10 years old, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, magazines, journals, or audio tapes.

Goal: To fill the bin in 1 week, the bin holds up to 400 items

More than Words staff will come to empty the bin at the end of the drive. All items collected go directly to the young adults as they manage their retail stores, online market place, pop-up shops, and wholesale businesses giving them valuable work experience as well as earning revenue to support the program.

 

Prepare Ye for our School Musical

Our student actors and singers will be staging the acclaimed musical Godspell later this month under the direction of Elias Condakes.  Make a plan to see this wonderful show!

Godspell Show dates:

Friday, May 24th at 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 pm

Saturday, May 25th at 7:00 pm

Ticket Booth Sales at MHS Auditorium for Godspell for 5/17 - 5/25:

Friday 5/17: 2-4 pm **Friday 5/24:4-7 pm

Sunday 5/19: 2-4 pm **Saturday 5/25:12-2 pm

Monday 5/20: 6-8 pm **Saturday 5/25: 5-7 pm

Tuesday 5/21:6-8 pm ** Denotes Show DATE

Thursday 5/23: 6-8 pm

MHS School-wide Community Service Afternoon

On May 31st, MHS will have a school-wide community service afternoon. Plans are in the works. If you have any ideas please contact Mr. Caruso at kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us

List of Upcoming College Fairs and Events

Beyond the fairs we have received more detailed information listed above, the below list of fairs and useful links might also be of interest to you:

May 18, 2019: Colleges That Change Lives College Fair, Sheraton Boston Hotel

https://ctcl.org/boston-ma-may-18-2019/

Attachments:

20 Questions to Ask College Reps.pdf

College Fair Checklist.pdf

 

School Council

The Maynard High School School Council is an advisory panel made up of parents, teachers, students, community members and administrators as a body that reviews school policies in all areas.  The council is a state mandated body designed to gain information regarding the school and district and lend advice to school principals. The elected and appointed members serve two year terms.   Due to laws governing confidentiality, concerns about individual students are not under the purview of the student council nor are individual personnel matters. Such concerns should be directed to the school administration directly.

The public is invited to attend and observe meetings.  Meetings are held in the high school Media Center from 2:30-4:00pm.  The final meeting for this school year is on 6/13.

 

Maynard Basketball Summer Camp

Maynard's Varsity Head Coach Paul Howes will be running his Top 100 Basketball camp from June 17th- June 20th. See the brochure link for registration information-https://5il.co/7a82

 

The Maynard Music Association

Summer Music:  Please visit Trish Gately's website for information regarding her summer music program for students entering grades 5-12.  Specifics about this year's program are posted along with electronic sign-up: assabetvalleysummermusic.com

Banquet Volunteers:  Planning is underway for our annual banquet honoring our graduating band and chorus students.  This year's banquet is scheduled for the evening of May 27th at the Maynard Elks. We are seeking assistance from parents in grades 9-11 to assist us with the following jobs: Food Organizer, and Decorators.  Other volunteer opportunities will arise closer to the day. Please let us know if you are available to help on the day of the banquet. Planning meetings to start in April. Please email MMA with interest (maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com)

Open Positions: MMA is seeking officers for the 2019/20 school year. Open positions include chairperson, co-chair, secretary, and treasurer.  Email interest to MMA (maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com)

Save the Date: Casino Night 2019 Saturday, November 2nd, Maynard Elks.  Planning meetings to start in June.

Please visit the MMA website for minutes from our March meeting. Our next MMA meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 in the Fowler Library.  This is a joint meeting for Fowler & MHS music parents/guardians. All are welcome.

A Message from Mike Horesh on a Chemistry Instruction Summer Opportunity

I'm writing you as a science teacher of 15 years (currently at Lexington High School) to let you know that I am offering two, one-week chemistry prep classes at Nashoba Valley Technical High School this summer.  The classes each run from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday, for two sessions in August (week of the 5th and week of the 19th), and are specifically designed to prepare rising high school chemistry students for their academic year chemistry class.  The program, through which the classes are being offered, is called Nashoba Valley Academic Prep (www.nvacademicprep.com)

I have been teaching this chemistry prep class in Lexington, Waltham and Wellesley, several times per summer for six years now and have gotten truly fantasticfeedback, every year, without exception. By the end of the week of each class, we will have familiarized kids, at considerable depth, with roughly 25-30% of the curriculum that they will be starting in the fall, providing them with a binder full of reference material, resources and activities, as well as a level of confidence and familiarity with the material that kids are, otherwise, generally intimidated by.

Here are a few other notes about the class:

-This is purely a preparational class with a hands-on, laboratory-based approach, making this a safe, manageable, academic environment for every kid.

-The classes at NVAP are priced considerably less than the exact same class offered in other towns where I teach it.

-Each of the classes will be capped at 16 students.  

On a personal note, as a resident of Bolton, with kids in our school system, I am really excited to be able to (finally) offer the class to our area, rather than offering it exclusively to towns closer to Boston.  If you know of students and/or families that might be interested in enrolling in either of the two sessions that I am offering, please feel free to share this email with them, or direct them to the website shared above.

Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions, by all means, please reach out to me.

Youth in Philanthropy Sudbury

Priority Deadline to Apply: June 7, 2019

The Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. As participants of YIP, students learn about needs in our community, visit local nonprofits, and grant up to $10,000 to nonprofits benefiting youth.

This free, 17-week program is for high school students who live or learn in MetroWest. YIP will meet on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30pm, at Grange Hall in Sudbury. The program begins on September 4 and runs through January 30. For more information about YIP and to apply, visit yipmetrowest.org.

That’s the news for now.

 

Have a great spring weekend,

 

Chuck Caragianes

Principal for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment           

Kevin Caruso

Principal for Leadership Operations/Athletic Director