Principals' News & Notes 3/15/19
Principals' News & Notes 3/15/19
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

Spring officially arrives next Wednesday March 20th at 5:58pm.  In some sense this also marks the beginning of the home stretch for the school year and for our seniors the last day of school and graduation are now just a little more than two months away.


Spring, of course, also means the Winter Sports season has ended.  Spring sports will be starting up this coming week with tryouts and practices.  Contact Athletic Director Kevin Caruso should you have any questions.

It is also a busy and important month for students at Maynard High School.  Here are some upcoming events of note:


  • Our sophomores will be taking their MCAS tests in late March.

  • All but the final week of the 3rd marking quarter will be complete by the end of the month. The 3rd term officially ends April 5th.

  • Many of our seniors will be receiving college acceptances or making final decisions about what college they will be attending.

  • Our school play A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed on March 15th & 16th.

  • Spring sports start March 18th

  • Our annual Best Buddies Dodgeball tournament will be March 19th.

  • MHS’s Annual College Planning night will be held March 19th (More below)

  • The Jazz Cafe will be held at the Fowler Auditorium on March 29th (More below)

  • The Winter Sports Awards will be March 26th, @ 6:45pm @ the HS auditorium.


Reminder:  The Maynard DPW relays that major sewer construction will be affecting Powder Mill Road (Rte 62) between Waltham Street and the Maynard Elks starting on Monday January 28th and lasting for approximately 7 weeks.  Both lanes of traffic will be closed between 7:00am and 3:00pm during that time. We want you to be aware in case this impacts your morning commute to and from Maynard High School. The DPW apologizes for the inconvenience for this work related to the construction at 129 Parker Street.


The work has affected one of our school bus routes as noted in the message from the Maynard Public Schools that follows:


Maynard School Bus #1 during construction 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Construction on Powdermill Road Starting January 28 – Expect Delays

Starting January 28, Powdermill Road will be closed to through traffic.  This affects the School Bus #1 for all Maynard schools.

Accordingly, Bus #1 will do the Parker Street stops at their normal time.  There will be a stop at the intersection of Waltham Street and Powdermill Road that will pick up the students that are normally at Douglas Avenue, Butler Avenue, Crane Avenue.

The bus will then take a left and proceed to pick up Concord Street at Tremont, King Street, Vernon and Hird.

The bus will continue on to pick up the Powdermill Road students at the JAM TIME plaza who live at Dawn Road. The bus will turn around and pick up the rest of Powdermill Road and proceed back to pick up the Acton Street stops and Sudbury Street.

NOTE: The Green Meadow Elementary return in the afternoon will have the same route home as it is now because the construction ends by 3:00 p.m.

If you have further questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.


As always, please remember that student attendance is the single most important predictor of student success.  Make it a point to have your student in school, on time, and ready to go each and every school day right through the end of the academic year.

And now, The Student Produced Maynard High News!

In This Episode: Cam reviews top cartoons, Max updates us on Mike Coen, Tommy and Kyle review playoff basketball, and two all new segments: Tasty Time and Investigating the Streets! Thank you for watching!


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


The majority of our seniors take senior project and will be creating and implementing their “projects” over the next few months. This section will be reserved for senior project announcements and requests for support.  


Request from a senior Project Student

Senior project student Georgia Lawton is seeking some help from the community as she pursues her work.  Please lend a hand and some support if you are able.


Appeal for submissions!

I am collecting artwork (collages, paintings, photographs, poetry, etc) for the topic: “Art for Justice.” My senior project is focused on incarceration rates and prison conditions in the U.S, but for this show I’d like to broaden the topic to justice in the U.S. in general. Submissions can be in any medium or style. I’m collecting submissions throughout the next month, and the deadline for all submissions is April 5. Artwork will be returned to the original artist and I reserve the right to choose which pieces end up in the show. Submissions can be delivered to the High School in the main office just reference my name, Georgia Lawton, or email me at The date for the show is not yet set, but more information will be coming about that.


School Play:  1960s A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Join us this coming March 15th & 16th for 3 magical performances of our school production of A 1960s Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of our new Theater Director Elias Condakes!

Tickets will be on sale in the building at our Theater Ticket Booth Friday March 8th from 4:00-7:00, Saturday March 9th from 11:00-2:00, Sunday March 10th from 2:00-5:00 & 7:00-9:00, Monday March 11th from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00, Tuesday March 12th from 7:00-9:00, Wednesday March 13th from 2:00-4:00,  Thursday March 14th from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00, Friday March 15th from 4:00-7:00 Show at 7:00, Saturday March 16th 11:00-2:00 Show at 2:00 & 4:00-7:00 Show at 7:00.

Online ticket sales link have also gone live. If you’d like to purchase tickets electronically, please use the link below:

Maynard High School’s College Planning Night

Maynard High School's annual College Planning Night is happening on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00pm in the auditorium. Please join us for a panel discussion with admissions representatives, current students, and professors from a variety of local 4-year and 2-year colleges. This is a great opportunity for sophomore and junior students and parents to start exploring the college application process. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact a guidance counselor.


MetroWest College and Career Fair

The 6th Annual MetroWest College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, March 16th  from 9:00 – 12:30 pm at the Ashland High School.  The fair will give students and parents the opportunity to speak with representatives from over 100 colleges, universities and gap-year options, as well as provide students with an opportunity to engage with professionals from over 50 unique careers.  In addition, there will be ongoing speakers to discuss topics such as the college application process, financial aid, and SAT’s. There is no charge to attend the fair.

For more information, please visit our website at:


A Message from the Sudbury Education Resource Fund (SERF)

Good Afternoon,

On behalf of the Sudbury Education Resource Fund (SERF) I'd like to welcome you/ your students to our college fair which will be held on Saturday, March 16th at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School.

This free event will host approximately 100 colleges, universities and gap year programs as well as offer several informational seminars covering a variety  of topics.

Please use the attached link to view the current list of colleges registered to be in attendance (updated daily) as well as the specific seminar topics.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Thanks for your time and we hope to see you on the 16th.  


Lisa Turkington

Sudbury Education Resource Fund

The National College Fair

The National College Fair is coming to Boston on Thursday April 4 from 9am-12pm and 6-9pm and April 5 from 9am-12pm.  It will be held in the Seaport World Trade Center and students and parents are encouraged to attend as there will be colleges from across the country as well as break out sessions around the planning process.  Maynard will have a bus travel to the college fair on Thursday April 4. The cost is $10 and sign up is first come, first served. There will be permission slips and the opportunity to pay at college planning night on Tuesday March 19.  We hope to see parents and students at this informative evening and to see students attending the college fair. Contact a counselor with questions.

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:

March 16, 2019: Metro West College & Career Fair hosted by Ashland High School.

March 19, 2019: Hosted by Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

March 27, 2019: The Education Collaborative (TEC) College Fair hosted by Westwood High School. Please see link for details.

April 4 & 5, 2019: NACAC College Fair at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

May 14, 2019: NEACAC College Fair, Assumption College

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


20 Questions to Ask College Reps.pdf

College Fair Checklist.pdf

Woburn SEPAC Extends an Invitation


Adam Chapman here with the Woburn SEPAC, letting you know that our annual College Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Woburn Memorial High School

Our fair is unique in that it's geared towards students with learning differences, though all students are welcome to attend. Our goal is to inform students and families about the options and resources available to them after high school. We have a wide range of colleges and universities from around New England that feature programs and supports for students who learn differently, and this year we've broadened our scope with post-high school programs from Easter Seals, AANE's LifeMAP, and the Northeast ARC.


The full list of presenters can be found here:


Thank you!


An Important Health Notice from Our School Nurse Regarding State Mandated Screenings


Health Services Department


March 2019

To the Parents/Guardians of Grade 9 and 10 students:

This letter is to notify you that the mandated health screenings will begin this month and continue on an ongoing basis until they are completed.


  1. Vision and Hearing Screenings are conducted according to guidelines provided by MDPH ( A referral letter is sent home when the student does not meet the screening parameters recommending evaluation by your physician or vision professional.

  • Vision screening is performed in grades 1-5, 7 and 10.

  • Hearing screening is performed in grades 1-3, 7 and 10.

  1. Postural screening is conducted annually in cooperation with the Fitness and Health Department for students in Grades 5 through 9. A report from the student’s doctor is required in order to be excused from the school screening. A referral letter is sent home when the student does not meet the screening parameters so that further evaluation can be done.

  2. Heights and weights are done on students in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10. Body Mass Index (BMI) and corresponding percentile is calculated and recorded following guidelines from the MDPH for each student. The results are no longer mailed home but instead will be recorded in the student’s cumulative health record at school. Parents are welcome to call the school nurse to discuss the findings.

Exemptions:  A student may be exempt from physical examination, vision, hearing, and BMI screenings upon written request from the parent/guardian.


Thank you,



1 Tiger Drive

Maynard, MA  01754



Dr. Ruth Potee Presents on Addiction

Dr. Potee is a well known physician, board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  The title of Dr. Potee’s talk is:

The Physiology of Addiction:  Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Brain


Her presentation will provide an overview of how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain and how the brain is injured by prolonged exposure to these substances and behaviors.

The presentation focuses on the three predisposing factors that put individuals at risk for addiction:  genetics, early exposure during brain development, and history of childhood trauma.


This program is appropriate for parents of middle and high school students.  Students aged 14 and up are encouraged to attend.


This presentation will be at the Nashoba Regional School District on March 21st from 6:30-7:30pm.  The address is 12 Green Road; Bolton, MA 01740


If you arrive at 5:30pm you will also be able to participate in the interactive program Hidden in Plain Sight and speak with representatives from Learn to Cope.  Hidden in Plain Sight provides parents with clues from a teen’s bedroom to help them determine whether their child might be experimenting with or using drugs or alcohol.


Emerson Hospital Presents:  A Panel Discussion on the Health Effects of Marijuana

Emerson Hospital invites the public to a panel discussion entitled:

It’s Legal.  What Should we Know?  A free panel discussion about the health effects of marijuana and CBD


The event will be held on Thursday March 28th from 7:00-9:00pm at Emerson Hospital’s Cheney Conference Room, 133 Old Road to Nine Acres Corner, Concord, MA.


Panelists Include:

Deb Greene, MD, FACEP   Associate Chair of Emerson Hospital’s Emergency Department

Tony Piro, MSW   Director of Operations in the Psychiatry Department at Emerson Hospital

Eden Evins, MD   Director Center of Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

Adam Stark   Debra’s Natural Gourmet.


RSVP to Jennifer Manickam by calling 978-287-3080.  Registration is free. Parking will be validated.


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 remaining dates for this school year’s meetings are: 3/21, 4/25, 5/16 & 6/13.


The Maynard Music Association

This month, we brought the Tufts University Beelzebubs to Maynard!  The group provided a few hours of enrichment to our MHS Chorus, Madrigals, and A Capella students and then put on a performance to a sold-out audience.   


Our next event is Jazz Cafe on March 29th in the Fowler School Auditorium.  Please join Miss Gately as she and her MHS and Fowler Jazz Bands provide an evening of fine jazz music along with a special performance by Ms. Gately's own professional band, Blueprint Jazz Club.  Ticket information can be found on our website (   (More Detailed Information Below)


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:


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 Decorator.  Other volunteer opportunities will arise closer to the day.  Planning meetings to start in April. Please email MMA with interest (


Please visit our website for our February minutes.  


Next MMA Meeting:  April 3rd at 7:00 in the Fowler library.  All are welcome


Jazz Cafe - An evening of Live Music & Cafe Desserts

Jazz Cafe is an annual event featuring MHS Jazz Band & Fowler School Jazz Band, under the direction of Patricia Gately, with special guest, Blueprint Jazz Club.

When: Friday, March 29, 2019, from 6-8 pm

Where: Fowler School Auditorium

Order forms are available:

  • website: or

  • contact

  • Advance ticket purchase recommended.

  • Tickets held at “Will-Call” check-in at the event

Seating: *Reserved seating is limited*

  • Option #1: Individual tickets - $5 each

  • Option #2: Reserved Jazz Table for 6 - $25

  • Option #3: Reserved Jazz Table for 8 - $35

Jazz Cafe is brought to you by Maynard Music Association



FB: Maynard Music Association

Attached is the order form for our annual Jazz Cafe

Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler

Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS

Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS

Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association

That’s the news for now.


Have a safe and enjoyable weekend,


Chuck Caragianes

Principal for Leadership & Instruction                     

Kevin Caruso

Principal for Leadership Operations/Athletic Director


Go Tigers!