Good afternoon everyone,
Happy Valentines Day to one and all!
The one week winter school vacation is upon us. The school will be closed for classes from the end of the school day on Friday February 14th until we reopen at 7:00am for breakfast service on Monday February 24th. The school offices will also be closed for the Presidents Day weekend and will reopen on Tuesday morning February 18th. Please call ahead before coming in as Main Office staff may be unavailable while at meetings or elsewhere in the building.
We’ve commented regularly about attendance in this space. Some data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education helps illustrate why. Statewide, students who attend school consistently through their school careers with 93% attendance or greater graduate on time and with their class more than 95% of the time. Students who have a consistent attendance rate through their school careers of 90% or lower graduate on time and with their class 64% of the time. It may seem like a small difference between 93% and 90%, but the cumulative effect is truly dramatic. As we return from our vacation week please redouble your efforts to stress the importance of school attendance to your young scholar and help ensure that they are in school, on time every day except for unavoidable reasons or circumstances.
On the sports front, the regular season is coming to a close this coming week, culminating in the boys and girls senior night games. The girls senior game is Monday at 6:30pm and the boys game is on Tuesday at 7pm. The girls basketball team will be playing for their second consecutive league title tomorrow night vs. Murdock, and the boys will be playing in the first round of the Clark Tournament on Sunday vs. Hopedale at 1pm at Clark University. Playoff pairings come out next Friday. Stay tuned for playoff action in the coming weeks.
And Now From the Digital Studios of MHN!
Since 2020 just started, we wanted to take a look into the far off future of 2030!
In this interesting perspective, students from the broadcast journalism class give their opinions for their future selves, our country, technology, and more; when they are nearly 30 years old!
A special episode before the long break. Enjoy it everyone!
And Now Some Additional News & Announcements You May Find Useful:
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 consider the words of Dr. King 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.--Mr. Caragianes
Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) News
Don't Miss the 18th Annual "THE TASTE"
The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 18th Annual "The Taste" on Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.
Come enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, entertainment by local sensation Jae Mannion, and enter to win fabulous raffle and auction prizes.
Tickets are available in advance at the Maynard Public Schools, Middlesex Bank (Nason Street, Maynard), or online at www.maynardeducation.org. Tickets will also be available on a first come, first serve basis at the door.
All proceeds benefit MEF's grant programs for teachers, students, and administrators.
Thank you for your support!
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 Students MUST talk with Mrs. Adams or Mrs. Doiron in order to make sure appropriate tests are ordered.
MHS'S SPAIN EXCHANGE 2020-2021
Planning has already begun for MHS's 4th annual exchange with our sister school in Tomares, España. Fifteen Spanish students will visit MHS next Fall and stay with host families here. Then, during 2nd semester, MHS students will travel to Spain to spend a week with their host families. This has been a very successful exchange resulting in long-lasting friendships, additional visits, increased global competency, and improved Spanish skills, among countless other benefits. There will be a mandatory meeting in March to go over details such as estimated costs and hosting responsibilities. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mrs. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Maynard Theater News
Students are in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which will be performed:
Mar.13 - 7:00pm
Mar. 14 - 2:00 & 7:00pm
Mar. 15 - 2:00pm
This is a fun show (rated PG-13) and a big production! Set construction is about to begin and the excitement is growing! Perhaps you can help us collect some of the many props needed. Please click here: Props List to see how you can help. Thank you!
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.
Class of 2020: It's Local Scholarship Time! Thousands of scholarship dollars are awarded to graduating seniors from Maynard, MA through the generosity of many local organizations, foundations, businesses, and individuals.
The Maynard Local Scholarships Application is available at: https://tinyurl.com/Maynardscholarships2020
All applications are due Friday, April 3, 2020 at 2:05pm.
Notes and Tips:
-Students will need to complete the application in one sitting. Have all of the information needed to complete it before doing so, including the personal statement pre-written so you can paste it into the application.
-A one-page personal statement must be entered at the end of the application. Students should write an essay that details their goals, what they hope to do/pursue after high school, any experience(s) that helped them decide to pursue their goal, where they see themselves in 10 years, and how a scholarship can help them meet all these goals. Students, make sure to thank the committee for their consideration and electronically sign your personal statement.
-Any application not received by the deadline will not be considered by the committee.
-If you have any questions, please see your school counselor.
All of this information was presented to 12th grade student this week in English class.
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.*
Maynard Music Association (MMA) News
Tri-M Music Honor Society: Congratulations to the 8th-11th grade students who met the criteria for the Tri M Music Honor Society. An induction ceremony is scheduled for February 28th in the MHS auditorium at 7:00.
Next MMA Meeting: Please join us on March 4th at 7:00 in the Fowler library for our next MMA meeting.
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. Please email MMA with interest: email@example.com
Band/Chorus Disney 2021: Please visit the Disney 2021 tab on MMA's website for information regarding this educational experience: www.maynardmusic.org
Assabet Valley Summer Music: Sign up is now live for students in grades 5-12 who are interested in one or both sessions of the Assabet Valley Summer Music program at Fowler with director, Trish Gately. Please click the link below for more information.
Session #1 August 3rd-7th
Session #2 August 10th-14th
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: 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.
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.
Thank you for reading and enjoy the long Presidents Day weekend and upcoming school vacation week ahead. We hope to see everyone on Monday February 24th when classes resume.
Principal of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Principal of Leadership & Operations