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Principals' News & Notes 6.6.20
Principals' News & Notes 6.6.20
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good morning everyone,

We just completed an amazing week as our seniors flawlessly executed a wonderful Drop Off/Pick Up Day on Thursday when they brought in their school materials and picked up their Caps & Gowns, Yearbooks, awards, proclamations, school records and simply extraordinary gift baskets donated by scores of Maynard residents and friends to help add a festive and hopeful atmosphere to the end of the school year.  It is simply not possible to adequately thank the many, many people who contributed to the special gift basket effort under the coordination of  Julie March.

By Proclamation of the Board of Selectmen Friday was Maynard High School Class of 2020 Day in Maynard.  Board member Justine St. John read the proclamation aloud and presented it to the Senior Class Officers and Student Council Officers in front of Maynard High School.

This generous show of town support for our seniors was then followed up with our first ever Seniors Parade through the streets of Maynard.

This outstanding event was led through the town by School Resource Officer Mirella Ruggiero with her cruiser lights blazing and featured incredible car decorations by our Senior Class members and an amazing turn out by the residents of Maynard as hundreds of people lined the parade route.  An air of energy and joy was given off and felt by all who participated.

Many thanks go out to the Maynard Police under Chief Noble, and the Maynard Fire Department and EMS under Chief Stowers for lending their support of the event and the logistics that made it possible.  The police and fire vehicles lent to the parade added great color and sound  to our procession. Many thanks also go to Superintendent Rickson and the Maynard Public Schools Central Office staff for their advice and support.  An additional special shout out goes to Senior Class Advisor Rita Murphy and MHS Secretary Gail Lucas for their tireless work behind the scenes making sure both Thursday’s and Friday’s events went so smoothly.

Our own Maynard High & Fowler School teacher Mark Sinopoli captured the parade on his cell phone and generously shared it. Thank you Mr. Sinopoli!  The link follows:

https://youtu.be/hZ6iwtMSylo

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Preview YouTube video MHS Class of 2020 Parade (6/5/2020)

This coming week plus the following Monday will feature many additional events of importance.

For our seniors Thursday night June 11th will be our Virtual Senior Awards Presentation starting at 6:00pm.  This extensive video presentation is just about complete and a link will be sent out early next week.

Next Saturday June 13th will be our drive up style Presentation of Diplomas to our Seniors.  It will be held in front of Maynard High School starting at 9:00am.  Final instructions will be sent out to seniors by this Tuesday evening.

Underclassmen will be able to enter the building to drop off materials and pick up possessions starting this coming Wednesday June 10th with our current Juniors, Thursday June 11th with our current Sophomores and Monday June 15th (the final day of school) with our Freshmen.  Specific instructions went out on Friday regarding procedures for these days.  It must be stressed that this is a voluntary activity and no attendance will be taken for school purposes.  A sign and check out process will be used to monitor numbers of people in the building at any one time.  Students should keep their Chromebooks through the summer and bring them back when we return for the 2020-2021 school year.

Congratulations to the following student council and class officer election winners: 

Student Council:

President Kyle Monahan

Vice President Adam Fowler

Public Relations Manager Carolyn Norris

Secretary Talia Caloggero

Treasurer Lindsey Campbell


Class of 2021 officers:

Patrick Briggs, President

Kate Rober, Vice President

Henry Bourgeios, Secretary

Ben Leskovac, Treasurer

Aurora Estabrook and Ari Kirikki, Class Representatives


Class of 2022 officers:

Grace Wilde, President

Molly Hines, Vice President

Meghan Curtin, Secretary

Jordan Mullen, Treasurer

Phoebe Cook-Ludwig and Ali Roche, Class representatives


Class of 2023 officers:

Annie Konieczka, President

Rose Mendez, Vice President

Julianna Tenaglia, Secretary

Peyton Thompson, Treasurer

Joseph McDonald, Public Relations

Kate Carlisle and Eliza Smethers, Class Representatives

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…

A Graduation Celebration!

At this time, under state regulations in person graduation ceremonies are permissible starting on July 19th.  The state reserves the right to cancel this permission should COVID 19 rates increase statewide or locally.  In light of this guidance on Friday July 24th at 6:30pm at Alumni Field (rain date July 26th at 6:30pm) we will be holding our in person graduation celebration.  This celebration is bound by very strict state guidelines and a separate message outlining these requirements has gone out to all seniors and their families.  A Virtual Graduation video is also being prepared and will be released in conjunction with this event if it is held as we hope.

It is our sincerest hope that we can hold this event, but should the state rescind permission due to public health concerns or should both dates be rained out, no further attempt at an in person event will be made.  In this event, the graduation video will be released as a keepsake for our seniors and their families in lieu of an in person event.

Perfect for Diploma Presentations!

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 be a dominant news event and profoundly affects all of our daily lives.  As we have seen repeatedly, misinformation, poor and irresponsible role modeling, 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

While we are at a turning point in facing and dismantling racism in our society, you may be wondering how to talk with your student about what is going on.  Please check out this online conversation about talking race & kids.  Embrace Race is an organization that fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race.  They have some excellent webinars, reading lists, and other resources.  If you have any questions or would like to talk, reach out at any time.

 

SAT Updates - We know that many students and families have had difficulty registering for the fall SAT administrations and that there is limited space at nearby testing centers, particularly for the August administration. College board is asking colleges to be as flexible as possible with accepting late scores for next fall.

 

This past Tuesday, we held an informational meeting for all students who have signed up to take an AP course for next year. We discussed the guidelines and expectations of AP courses. We recorded it for those who couldn't make it. The meeting can be viewed here.

 

 

MMA News

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 just 6 school days remaining.  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 ongoing efforts 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