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Principals' News & Notes 5.31.20
Principals' News & Notes 5.31.20
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good morning--

We’d like to begin this week with some shout outs.

The first goes to our Student Council and their Faculty Advisor Jean LaBelle.  During the school closure period this group has taken on the task of generating school spirit and school camaraderie under difficult circumstances.  They have organized multiple virtual School Spirit Weeks as well as numerous competitions and games for students to participate in.  This past week they organized a virtual Fortnight Video Gamers event on Thursday and a virtual Bob Ross Sunset Painting group on Friday.  Well done one and all!

The next shout out goes to our Guidance Department and Guidance Counselors Nicole Fernald, Amy Petroskey and Dana MacPhee who have worked tirelessly to reach out and support students during the school closure and have organized virtual events like a virtual Up Day for our rising 9th graders, coordinated the administration of home based AP Exams, held virtual college planning events and will be meeting with prospective AP students this coming Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  Many thanks to our guidance team.

This week's final shout out is a big one and goes to our Graduation Planning Committee made up of our Senior Class Officers and Representatives, Senior Class Advisor Rita Murphy and a group of dedicated teachers, support staff and administrators.   This group has put in countless hours creating a slate of events for this June on behalf of our seniors to properly recognize and honor their achievements at Maynard High School.  The efforts of this group has defined perseverance and excellence.

Elsewhere in School News...

As the 4th marking quarter progresses we cannot stress enough that for high school students it is imperative that they attempt as much academic work remotely as possible.  Students will receive feedback on their work and a final determination for a student to receive Credit or No Credit will be made by teachers at quarters end.  It is never too late for a student to get started and earn credit.  To put it very simply students, parents and guardians need to know:  The 4th quarter counts academically and credits toward graduation are on the line.

On the sports front we are tentatively planning for the start of fall sports. In place of sign-ups please use the following link to officially register for fall sports. We offer field hockey, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, co-ed golf and football. https://forms.gle/8mykVXuKzyM5...

On To Other Topics…

Senior Events

Thanks to the work of the Graduation Planning Committee a full slate of senior events has been released to our seniors and their families that include detailed descriptions of the events and requirements and expectations necessitated by the COVID 19 pandemic.

A brief timeline is listed here for convenience:

June 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm is Senior Drop Off and Pick Up Day for our seniors to return all MHS materials and pick up everything they will need for graduation and in the way of records for college and post secondary life.

June 5th has been declared Maynard High School Class of 2020 Day by the Board of Selectmen and a seniors’ Car Parade will leave MHS promptly at 2:05pm for a tour through Maynard.

June 11th at 6:00pm is our Virtual Senior Awards presentation saluting the achievements of our seniors.  A video link will be released in the coming days.

June 13th starting at 9:00am is our Presentation of Diplomas in front of the main entrance to Maynard High School using a state approved drive up method of diploma delivery.

July 24th at 6:30pm at Alumni Field (rain date July 26th at 6:30pm) is our in person graduation celebration following very strict state guidelines.  A Virtual Graduation video is also being prepared and will be released in conjunction with this event.

Perfect for Graduation!

Send a Graduate a Dozen Roses or a beautiful Large Mixed Bouquet for only $20!

This is a great way to honor your graduate while also supporting the class of 2021.  Many thanks to the members of the class of 2021 for organizing this effort and to their Class Advisor Rochelle Lerner.

Please use the link below to make your request and place your order:

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9xD4TSCwJr51pdWz402SEXZqkvs_uVYTO74rf38B3PBWkxw/viewform 

All orders must be paid by check and made payable to Maynard High School.  Please mail them to :  Maynard High School at 1 Tiger Drive; Maynard, MA 01754 C/O Pam Carter

From the MEF:  Honor a Teacher!

You can honor a teacher byParticipating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program.

 

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. 

 

Your donation directly benefits teachers, students, and administrators by supporting MEF's grant program which funds innovative initiatives and new learning opportunities in the Maynard Public Schools. 

 

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher(s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

 

Please visit www.maynardeducation.org to learn more and participate today!

 

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

 

Library News from Ms. LaBelle

All students now have access to free eBooks through the Sora Overdrive App.

 

You will find the app in the Google apps buttons on your email. You can always email jlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us  if you have questions about accessing it or if you are looking for a reading recommendation!

 

Congratulations are in order for our honor roll students!

The third quarter of the year has closed and we would like to thank secretarial staff member Ms. Lucas for working to create the honor roll remotely.  The document is attached below and each grade is listed using a seperate tab at the bottom of the excel document.  Should you believe there is an inaccuracy please contact us and we will make any necessary adjustments.

https://www.maynard.k12.ma.us/o/maynard-high-school/browse/126307

Reliable Information on the Covid 19 Outbreak

The COVID 19 outbreak continues to dwarf all other news events and profoundly affects all of our daily lives.  As we have seen repeatedly, misinformation and dangerous healthcare advice can come from even the most prominent members of our society.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) website is an excellent source of science based and accurate information.  The link to MEMA is:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

 

Counselors Corner

An exit survey was sent to all seniors earlier this week. This survey is used so we know which college to send students' final transcripts and also so we can collect information to improve our systems and better support students. Students need to complete this form in order to collect their cap and gown. Please encourage your students to fill it out! The link to the survey is: https://forms.gle/i81DxYPS51dnEx3X6

 

The school counseling department is holding a mandatory meeting for students who have signed up to take an AP class next year on June 2nd at 2pm. We will be discussing requirements and expectations for AP courses. Students may also be hearing from their AP course teachers with information specific to their classes. Please encourage your students to attend! They were sent a google meet invite for the event.

 

MMA News

Next MMA Meeting:  Join us virtually via Zoom on June 3rd, 7:00.  Email MMA for meeting link.

MMA Elections:  MMA is seeking to fill the following positions for the 2020/21 school year:  Chairperson/co-chairperson, High School Treasurer. These are two-year positions.  For more information, please email MMA maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

 

Elsewhere around Maynard

As the economy slows due to the COVID 19 outbreak the Maynard Food Pantry is experiencing increased demand.

A Green Meadow staff member who is working closely with the Maynard Food Pantry and student Backpack Program to provide for all our families sent a link to an Amazon wish list of items they would appreciate having on hand to provide.  Please have a look and contribute if you are able.  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/14V4O9O7ON9VH?ref_=wl_share

The school year has little more than two weeks to go and it cannot be stressed enough that students should maintain their efforts to complete as much school work as possible right through June 15th to earn credit for the 4th quarter.  The support of parents and guardians supporting their children’s academic success is tremendously appreciated.

We hope you and your families are all well and are able to enjoy the weekend.

Best Regards,

Chuck Caragianes                                                            Kevin Caruso

 Principal for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment     Principal of Leadership & Operations