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STATE CHAMPIONS!

posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:12 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,


Congratulations to our 2017 State Champions!


This past Saturday night in Springfield our Boys Basketball Team, led by Coach Paul Howes and Assistant Coaches Jim Stewart and Nick Pileeki, brought home a State Title with a 62-42 victory over defending 2016 State Champion St. Mary’s.  This is a truly rare feat with this being only the second time in school history, and the first time since the Boys Track Team in 1971,  that a Maynard High School sports team has won a State Title.


The final act of our highly successful winter sports season unfolded this past Wednesday night with our awards and recognition ceremony.  Along with Girls and Boys basketball, co-op students in hockey and gymnastics were also recognized.  The Maynard Boosters & Mr. Caruso always organize a wonderful ceremony.  Beyond the wins and losses and beyond whether state titles are won or lost are the life lessons extracurricular activities, including sports, give our students.


Some of these lessons include accepting coaching and constructive criticism, working to push the boundaries of what can be accomplished, taking on leadership roles, working productively and selflessly within a team, organizing and prioritizing personal time while leading a busy life, and maintaining strong academic achievement as a student.  Wins and titles are great, but hearing Mr. Caruso read the names of so many athletes who achieved High Academic Honors, the Honor Roll and Honorable Mention was a real highlight of the evening for myself and many in the room.


With spring arriving this week our final sports season has begun.  If you have a student interested in participating in a spring sport who has not yet signed up please contact our Athletic Director Kevin Caruso right away.  He can be reached at:  kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us


Within Maynard High School this week our students have also been engaged in a variety of activities around International Week with a focus on cultures, languages and customs from around the world.  Thursday evening our World Language teachers, Jen Adams, James Tredeau, Johnna Little and Kelly Carver, helped organize an international dinner night with scores of their students preparing foods representative of 19 countries from around the world.  I was fortunate to be present as approximately 300 people from the community including family members, friends, fellow students, teachers and staff members gathered for a warm gathering, great food and a good time.


And the great things at MHS just keep coming.  This coming weekend of March 24th, 25th & 26th features our annual school play.  This year’s fantastic production is Peter and the Starcatcher.  80 Maynard High School students have been working under the direction of Mrs. Blanchard to bring you a first rate production with a performances Friday & Saturday nights at 7:00pm and a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2:00pm to close the run.  More details on this dynamic production including Box Office Hours are below.


And now more MHS News from Mr. Ogden’s Radio & Television Production Class


ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE: True story:  so I had a former host of MHN News approach me—let’s call her Caitlin F….no...that’s too obvious...let’s call her C. Fields—and she had some advice for how to get more viewers.  She said, “Mr. Ogden, every time you send out a description of the news, you include too many details, and so people don’t actually watch what’s on the news, they just read your description and think they know everything that is going on.  If you made your descriptions shorter, maybe more people would watch the news.”  So let’s do a test, with limited description, to see if we can we get more views than previous episodes.  All new Hype City, Teacher Spotlight Ms. Carver, Girl’s & Boy’s Basketball Highlights, & More! Share this with those you know.


AS ALWAYS: Thank you to our Hosts: Jordan C., Emma R., Emma S., Megan L., Adin R., and of course Sam D.  

WAVM/MHN NEWS TECHNICAL STAFF: Directors: Nicole J., Eugene O.(news), Tommy S. (photo of the week), Siobhan P. (Hype City)  Line Producer: Eugene O.  Technical Director: Nick R.  Photo Managers: Nicole J., Megan L.  Producer: Sam D.  Graphics: Juliano C., Brandon G., Eric R., Sam D.  Field Correspondents: Georgia L., Isabella A.  Segment Producers: Olivia M., Jordan T., Adam B.,Marriana P.  Special Thank You To: Mr. Caragianes, Mr. Caruso, Ms. Carver, Ms. Leblanc, Ms. Adams, & Mr. Minasian, for providing news and support.


Enjoy!


MHN NEWS


Adam Berry (MA State Champion Video!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu6h195Cy4E&list=PL7Ylk8f30pnIxEt-kSmATOdlsBuvRjNRm



You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


Peter and the Starcatcher


Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"


The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new backstory in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School. Find out how Peter becomes the boy who never grows up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical starstuff.


This action-packed play features a boy who meets a mysterious girl on a ship and how they team up to protect treasure from falling into evil hands. They and their friends and foes engage in comical antics, swordfights and island escapades. This is a tale of the Neverland you never knew.


Seats are still available for all performances: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and can be purchased online at mktix.com/mhsm until 6 pm the day before each performance, or at the MHS ticket booth, which will be open 2 hours before each show. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details.


TICKET BOOTH HOURS

Friday March 24 – Sunday March 26

(We accept cash and checks only.  No credit cards.)


Friday, March 24:  5-7 pm

Saturday, March 25:  5-7 pm

Sunday, March 26:  Noon-2 pm


A Message From SEPAC

A Maynard Schools event for parents:

On Tuesday, April 4 (7 – 8:30 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.


The Maynard High School PTO Wants You!

A special note from PTO President MaryEllen McCarthy:

There has been very low attendance at meetings for some time now and we are approaching a turning point where will have to decide to continue this group or disband it, leaving families with no group that supports communication between the school and parents, no Teacher Luncheon or Senior activities, no Scholarships and no support of guest speakers or teacher grants.  If you want any of this to continue please consider joining us.


As principal, I wish to add my own endorsement of the PTO.  Please attend and please join.  The PTO ultimately lends assistance to our students and teachers and is an important organization to keep alive and vibrant for the good of the entire MHS community.


MHS Peer Leaders Help with  Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

The Maynard High School Peer Leaders will be volunteering for a local professor and artist Catriona Baker on her I Am Red campaign. Her artwork varies from canvas to animation to multimedia, and uses Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for sexual assault in America. To fully impress the gravity of the frequency and severity of sexual assault, she has been creating 720 hand bound empty books in which survivors are welcome to share their stories. The number 720 represents the number of rapes in America in one day. As each book takes 1-3 hours to make, the Peer Leaders will be assisting in making these books which will be on display along with the artist's other works for her I Am Red presentation later this year. She hopes to raise awareness about sexual assault and start conversations.


Thank you,

-Peer Leaders


Jazz Cafe

Our annual Jazz Cafe will be held Sunday, April 2nd from 6-8pm in the Maynard High School cafeteria.  Please join Ms. Gately and her extremely talented students for some cool jazz stylings and an evening of fun for all.


Donate Your Old, Unwanted Phones and Help Victims of Domestic Violence

Our Student Green Committee is hosting a phone drive starting today! We are working with an organization called HopeLine, and they collect "no longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories that are in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.” This organization is really great, and it raised roughly 7 million for victims and survivors in 2015 alone. Please think about donating to help out!


If you are interested in donating a phone, follow these steps:


  1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.

  2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone. We thoroughly refurbish donated phones.

  3. Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag.

  4. Drop it in the donation bin in our Main Office at Maynard High School!

Thank you From The Green Committee!


From the National Honor Society


The National Honor Society is organizing a clothing drive for the month of March. It's a great opportunity to donate spring clean-out clothes to a good cause, and we will have clearly labeled boxes in the high school, the library, Shaws, town hall, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, and some of the banks in town. The boxes should be place starting this week and will remain there for the month of March. All clothes should be gently used and will be donated to various organizations which will disperse them from there.


Thank you from the students of The National Honor Society


MMA March Updates

Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our February joint business and high school business meetings.


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Feb-2-2017-2.pdf


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Feb-1-2017-2.pdf


MMA Needs You!  MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for the 2017/18 school year:  Co-Chair, Treasure in Training, Secretary,

and Webmaster.  Please email MMA at maynard.musicassoc@gmail.com if interested.


Jazz Jams hosted by Trish Gately and Blueprint Jazz Club will take place every Sunday starting March 5th at the Pleasant Cafe from 4-6.  All Maynard musicians are invited to participate in this impromptu musical event.  Contact Trish Gately for more information:  trishgately@gmail.com


Jazz Cafe:  Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students, Mr. Kozik's Fowler stage band students and Blueprint Jazz Club for an evening of music on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the Maynard High School Cafe.  Details coming this week!


Summer Music Camp:  Register now for this summer's music camp with Trish Gately:  trishgately@gmail.com


Summer Music Lessons:  Contact Mr. Kozik at kkozik@maynard.k12.ma.us if interested in music lessons this summer.


Next MMA Meeting:  Wednesday April 5th, joint business 7:30, high school business 8:00 in the Fowler library.


Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS

Annemarie Paczkowski, Chair Fowler

Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS

Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS


www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


The Jan Brett Competition

Our friends at the Green Meadow School are in a national competition that could lead to renowned children’s author and Massachusetts native Jan Brett visiting the children at the Green Meadow.


The school in the entire country that sends in the most votes will have Jan visit their school.  Any school in the top 10 will receive extremely generous book donations for their school libraries.  Any school in the top 100 will receive a signed poster from Jan.


Our Green Meadow children read and enjoy Jan Brett’s books, such as The Mitten, and are on pins and needles to see how their school does in the competition and right now the Green Meadow is in an astounding 14th place among schools from across the country!


In order to vote and help out our friends at the Green Meadow you’ll need the information below:


Copy and paste the link below, or Google search "Jan Brett school visit 2017".  


http://www.janbrett.com/contest_2017/2017_free_school_or_library_visit.htm


In addition to filling out your personal information (name and email address), you need to fill in the following:


Green Meadow

5 Tiger Drive

Maynard

Massachusetts

01754


It is my understanding that you will not be added to email lists or have your information shared.


Light It UP Blue!

On April 2nd families and friends of people who are impacted by Autism will join together at Battle Road Brewery to celebrate World Autism Day.


The family friendly festivities will begin at 5pm with music by Jae Mannion and friends. The community is invited to the kick-off Autism Awareness Month by watching the clock turn blue on Sunday April 2nd at Battle Road Brewery. Anyone can Light It Up Blue by purchasing a blue light for their home at any hardware store! NEW THIS YEAR Donations will be collected at the door to raise money for the Katherine K. Lalli Foundation. Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident. Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system but her family has always been very much involved in the Maynard community, especially her parents, who provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury communities and beyond. To honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program have created a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's. Katherine had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She worked with her father in Sudbury, MA, on a program that she developed for autistic children that included music. Battle Road Brewery will also be donating 10% of food proceeds to the Katherine K. Lalli Scholarship. “Anything that has to do with music, the Clock Tower and benefits the Maynard community is the right partner for Battle Road. We are thrilled to be the featured location for Light It Up Blue and to help raise awareness for autism and lend support for the scholarship that will be awarded to a Maynard HS student,” said Greg Hill of Whole House Group LLC, owner of Battle Road Brew House. Shortly after dusk we will watch the town clock turn blue to raise awareness of Autism in the community. Adding itself to the list of international landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, and many more, Clock Tower’s blue lights are a symbol in Maynard that the town supports our community members who are impacted by Autism. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign created by the organization Autism Speaks. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 childrenn the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The organization is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.


For more information, please visit the following website www.lightitupblue.org. Or contact Danielle Mannion at dmannion@millisps.org.


That’s the news for the week and Light It Up Blue.


Enjoy the coming weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School




Our Tigers vie for a State Crown!

posted Mar 17, 2017, 10:40 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

Good afternoon,


We have more successes to celebrate and yet another busy week ahead!


We enjoyed a school-wide "March Madness" community building assembly this morning in our gymnasium to the great delight of the staff and students alike.  Ask your student about the activities and participation.


This Saturday, tomorrow March 18th, the boys basketball team will take on St. Mary’s in the Massachusetts Division 4 State Championship Game.  This State Championship game is at Springfield College’s Blake Arena starting at 5:45pm.  Come on out and support the team under Head Coach Paul Howes as they go for MHS’s first State Title in any sport since the Boy’s Track Team took one home 46 years ago in 1971.  Go Tigers!


This weekend of March 18th & 19th also features our annual school play, this year Peter and the Starcatcher.  80 Maynard High School students have been working under the direction of Mrs. Blanchard to bring you a first rate production with a performance Saturday night at 7:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.  More details on this dynamic production including Box Office Hours are below.


In more exciting news from Mr. Ogden, our own Maynard High School will be featured Monday March 20th on the Channel 5 WCVB morning Eye Opener newscast.  A student produced video (Directed by Eric R. and Brandon G.) will feature students and staff in the MHS building.  Our own Morten H., Alex K., Dante M., and principal Caragianes will represent our school, student exchange program, and MHN newscast respectfully.


This means, if you tune in to ABC's Channel 5 WCVB Boston to watch the morning Eye Opener at 5:10am and 6:10am, you can see the student produced video broadcast live on the air.  


We can expect co-anchors Emily Riemer & Randy Price, with anchor Antoinette Antonio, Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, and Traffic Reporter Olessa Stepanova to provide some banter and dialogue around our student produced video as well, which is always a fun occurrence.  


We hope you tune in to Channel 5, Monday 3/20, at 5:10am & 6:10am to see and support Maynard Public Schools.


Meanwhile, Maynard Student Government students attended the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils conference in Hyannis from March 8th-10th.  Kyle Morgan ran for president of the state association, and although he did not win, his campaign excited and motivated the delegation from Maynard. The other attendees at the conference were Garvey Cummings, Erin Egan, Riley Hines, Sofia Lappas, Ally Morgan, Aidan Mullaney, Olivia Palmer, and Axum Semakula. We are very proud of these students and look forward to the leadership skills they will bring back to Maynard High School from their experience!


In keeping with political news, thanks to the American Legion and Auxiliary Frank J. DeMars Post and Unit 235, six Maynard high school students will be attending the Girls and Boys State program at Stonehill College this summer. The students delivered speeches and spoke of their goals for the program at an event in the Hall of Heroes at Town Hall on Thursday, March 16th. The following students will be attending: Madison Berry, Garvey Cummings, Kyle Morgan, Pamela Laurent, and Olivia Palmer. The students’ fees are fully paid by the Legion. Thank you!


Approximately 120 Maynard High School students, nearly a quarter of the school’s student population, are involved with our play, basketball team, Student Government, Girls and Boys State group and our WCVB TV video.  That’s a lot of positive energy and action for one week all brought about through our students’ hard work, dedication, creativity, responsibility and sense of fun!


On the academic front, please keep in mind that next week we, along with all public high schools in Massachusetts, will be administering the MCAS English Language Arts (ELA) tests on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday to all of our 10th graders.  It is imperative that they attend school on time and are ready to work with focus and purpose.  As you likely know, passing the MCAS tests in 10th grade is a state mandated requirement to receive a high school diploma.  No public school student in the Commonwealth can receive a diploma without passing the ELA, Math & Science portions of the MCAS tests.


You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


Peter and the Starcatcher

Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"


The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new backstory in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School.  Find out how Peter became the boy who never grew up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical starstuff. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, on March  18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and are available at the Maynard High School Ticket Booth and online mktix.com/mhsm. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details.


TICKET BOOTH HOURS

Friday March 17 – Sunday March 26

(We accept cash and checks only.  No credit cards.)


Friday, March 17:  6-8pm

Monday, March 20:  2-4pm & 6-8pm

Tuesday, March 21:  6-8pm

Wednesday, March 22:  6-8pm

Thursday, March 23:  6-8pm

Friday, March 24:     5-7 pm

Saturday, March 25:  5-7 pm

Sunday, March 26:  Noon-2 pm


Foreign language week will be celebrated the week of March 20


This year's theme is "Find the missing piece.... learn a foreign language!"

Foreign language classes will take a break from their typical activities this week to learn about languages and cultures all over the world.  Students will make crafts, learn about travel, see foreign films, learn a bit of another language, visit Spanish classes in the Fowler & Green Meadow schools, among other activities.  A highlight of this week is the International dinner, which takes place at MHS on March 23.  Students in French 3 & 4 and Spanish 3 & 4 and literature have been planning menus, costumes, and decorations for this fun event.  19 different countries will be represented at the dinner with a main course, side dish, drink, and dessert from each country.  Guests may sample 3 main dishes, 3 side dishes, 3 drinks, and 3 desserts with their tickets.  Tickets are only $5 each and can be bought from any French or Spanish 3, 4, or literature student.


SAVE THE DATE:    March 21st  7 p.m. Fowler Library


Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.  Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today.


The Maynard High School PTO Wants You!

After a winter hiatus, there will be a PTO meeting next Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join us as we plan for the Teacher's Luncheon in May and the Senior breakfast in June.  We are only having a couple of meetings a year so please consider attending and supporting the MHS PTO.

A special note from PTO President MaryEllen McCarthy:

There has been very low attendance at meetings for some time now and we are approaching a turning point where will have to decide to continue this group or disband it, leaving families with no group that supports communication between the school and parents, no Teacher Luncheon or Senior activities, no Scholarships and no support of guest speakers or teacher grants.  If you want any of this to continue please consider joining us.


I wish to add my own endorsement to the PTO.  Please attend and please join.  The PTO ultimately lends assistance to our students and teachers and is an important organization to keep alive and vibrant.


Jazz Cafe

Our annual Jazz Cafe will be held Sunday, April 2nd from 6-8pm in the Maynard High School cafeteria.  Please join Ms. Gately and her extremely talented students for some cool jazz stylings and an evening of fun for all.


Donate Your Old, Unwanted Phones and Help Victims of Domestic Violence

Our Student Green Committee is hosting a phone drive starting today! We are working with an organization called HopeLine, and they collect "no longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories that are in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.” This organization is really great, and it raised roughly 7 million for victims and survivors in 2015 alone. Please think about donating to help out!


If you are interested in donating a phone, follow these steps:


  1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.

  2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone. We thoroughly refurbish donated phones.

  3. Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag.

  4. Drop it in the donation bin in our Main Office at Maynard High School!

Thank you From The Green Committee!


From the National Honor Society


The National Honor Society is organizing a clothing drive for the month of March. It's a great opportunity to donate spring clean-out clothes to a good cause, and we will have clearly labeled boxes in the high school, the library, Shaws, town hall, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, and some of the banks in town. The boxes should be place starting this week and will remain there for the month of March. All clothes should be gently used and will be donated to various organizations which will disperse them from there.


Thank you from the students of The National Honor Society


A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall

Email: memoryseniorproject@gmail.com


MMA February Updates

Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Jan-11-2017.pd


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Jan-11-2017.pdf


We Need YOU! MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall: Co Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.


Jazz Jams! A new performance opportunity for all! Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 pm to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club.  Contact Trish Gately for more information:  trishgately@gmail.com


Jazz Cafe! Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert.  Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining us again this year, making for a full evening of jazz performance. Tickets will go on sale in March!  Mark your calendars!!


Banquet Volunteers Needed:  This year's senior music banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at 5pm at Maynard Elks.  Band and Chorus students participate in this event annually. Celebration of Seniors with their families is always a highlight. Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event.  If you can help out please email MMA:  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com


The Jan Brett Competition

Our friends at the Green Meadow School are in a national competition that could lead to renowned children’s author and Massachusetts native Jan Brett visiting the children at the Green Meadow.


The school in the entire country that sends in the most votes will have Jan visit their school.  Any school in the top 10 will receive extremely generous book donations for their school libraries.  Any school in the top 100 will receive a signed poster from Jan.


Our Green Meadow children read and enjoy Jan Brett’s books, such as The Mitten, and are on pins and needles to see how their school does in the competition and right now the Green Meadow is in an astounding 14th place among schools from across the country!


In order to vote and help out our friends at the Green Meadow you’ll need the information below:


Copy and paste the link below, or Google search "Jan Brett school visit 2017".  


http://www.janbrett.com/contest_2017/2017_free_school_or_library_visit.htm


In addition to filling out your personal information (name and email address), you need to fill in the following:


Green Meadow

5 Tiger Drive

Maynard

Massachusetts

01754


It is my understanding that you will not be added to email lists or have your information shared.


From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

(Hopefully this information will not be needed again this year!)


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for the week.


Enjoy the coming weekend, take care, and Go Tigers!

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


A Message from the State Commissioner of Education

posted Mar 10, 2017, 5:45 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,


As you very likely know, each year students in all public schools are required by the state to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, better known as the MCAS tests.  In each of the last two years, The Maynard Public Schools have not met its participation goal of 95%.  Last year we increased from below 90% to above 90%, but were still below our minimum target of 95%.  A low participation rate can reduce the Maynard Public Schools accountability rating with the state with potential ramifications for school and district governance.  As our schools are, and ought to be, a source of pride for our town, I would hope that all parents will encourage their children's participation in the state assessments this year.


State Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester recently sent a communication to all public schools on the important topic of student assessment.  Below is the entire communication we received from the commissioner.  I urge you to read through it at your convenience.


Sincerely yours,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


*****************************************


News from Commissioner Mitchell Chester & the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


March 6, 2017


Dear Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and Principals,


Please feel free to share the following information with parents, teachers, and your school community.


This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. After considering for several years how to best update our already strong statewide assessment, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to maintain a test unique to our Commonwealth that would draw some of its questions from the existing MCAS, some of its questions from the PARCC assessment developed by a consortium of states, and some questions created specifically for the next-generation MCAS. This spring is the debut of that new test.


The Board also voted to transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.


Many people ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

• Test results help parents gauge whether their children are making academic progress.

• Test results help educators identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.

• A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.

• Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.

• Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.


MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.


Refusal to Participate in State Tests


Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren't, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.


Under draft regulations that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school's accountability rating for two years.


Students who refuse to take the MCAS test may remain in the testing room as long as they are sitting quietly and are not interfering with other students. If a student becomes disruptive, they should be removed from the testing room and placed in a safe location until testing is completed and regular classroom instruction resumes. Given that statewide standardized tests are a legal requirement, it is my department's expectation that all students will participate.


More information about the next-generation MCAS, including information for parents, is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing refusals can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.


Sincerely,


Mitchell D. Chester

Commissioner


Tigers Roar Into the State Tournament!

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:52 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

We are off to a great start coming out of the February vacation with many days having a feeling of spring in the air earlier this week (though we know winter will be back soon enough).  Today we held student advisory sessions and once again students were engaged in myriad activities around MHS.  Advisory periods have proven to be a great community building exercise for both students and staff.  Working with students, Mr. Mollica and Mr. Flynn today was a highlight of the day and week for me as well.  Ask your student what activity they participated in and how it went when you have a chance.


As our winter sports season winds down congratulations are most certainly in order with both our girls and boys basketball teams completing their regular seasons as qualifiers for the state tournament and each squad already posting impressive 1st round playoff wins earlier this week.  The boys resume their playoff push tonight, Friday March 3rd, at home here at MHS with a game against Nashoba Tech starting at 7:00pm.  The girls team will travel to Shirley Middle School tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, for a second round game against the Parker Charter School starting at 7:00pm.  Go Tigers!


More MHS news follows thanks to Mr. Ogden and his terrific students:


In This Week’s Episode:

It’s an episode of firsts!  Making their first appearance on MHN News, Green Meadow has an announcement from Ms. Mazeika and her little ones about an exciting opportunity for the community (produced by Georgia and Bella).  An all new WAVM intro starts us off (graphics created by Brandon G.) and all new end-credits as well (graphics created by Eric R.).  Our co-hosts Jordan and Emma tell us about important dates regarding school dances,  scholarships, and AP classes (directed by Nicole).  In sports, Sam D. has numerous announcements regarding playoff basketball, with a special shout out to Corey for scoring 1000 points in his Maynard High career (directed by Eugene).  Adin and Thomas S. have new photos of the week, submitted by MHS students (coordinated by Megan L.).  The Council on Aging has been working with WAVM (narrated by John E, featuring Jen B.). And special announcements from the Jazz and Wind Ensemble regarding future concerts and important achievements (narrated by Ludovico).  Our technical director and editor Nick R. makes this all seem so easy, but trust me, he burns those midnight hours during and after school in the WAVM club to make sure it all comes together.  You should be involved in WAVM after school too!  All this and more, on this week’s episode of MHN News!  A special thank you to Mr. Mollica for helping out with the green screen.


We are always looking to feature your club, class, students, field trips, projects, community events--whatever it may be!--on MHN news.  Please reach out to us at WAVM so we can show the community, and the world, exactly what you have been doing for our students in Maynard.  We are here to help you figure out how to be seen.


Enjoy!


MHN #16


You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


Neon Dance

It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance at the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place tonight, Friday March 3rd, from 6pm -9pm. The tickets are $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring the flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.


AP Exam News

AP exams are fast approaching and for those students planning on taking them a $93 dollar fee per exam must be submitted right away for ordering purposes.  Students or parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor should they have any questions.


5th  ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 15th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.


Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.


The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."


Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many food establishments in the Metrowest area, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.


Also, if you shop on Amazon.com, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), you may select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!


From our Maynard SEPAC

Film screening: Join members of the Maynard School Community as we screen the film "Life Animated" on Tuesday, March 7 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard.  "From Academy Award®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence."  Mr. Ron Suskind will join us for this evening.  He will provide some context to the film and join in a community discussion after the film screening.  Mr. Suskind's books will be available for purchase prior to the event. The book signing begins at 6:00 p.m.; the film screening and community discussion will run from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved at https://goo.gl/P3xyfX.


Peter and the Starcatcher

It’s getting close to the time for his year’s school play, Peter and the Starcatcher (A prequel to Peter Pan).  This fantastic production has just 5 dates with 3 evening shows and 2 matinees.  Tickets are sure to be in great demand with box office hours for the coming week listed below.  Tickets are also available online at:  www.mktix.com/mhsm  Performances are on Saturday March 18th at 7:00pm, Sunday March 19th at 2:00pm, Friday March 24th at 7:00pm, Saturday March 25th at 7:00pm & Sunday March 26th at 2:00pm.


TICKET BOOTH HOURS

Friday March 3 – Friday March 10

(We accept cash and checks only.  No credit cards.)


Friday, March 3:    6-8pm

Monday, March 6: 2-4pm & 6-8pm

Tuesday, March 7:   6-8pm

Wednesday, March 8: 6-8pm

Thursday, March 9:     6-8pm

Friday, March 10:   6-8 pm


A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall

Email: memoryseniorproject@gmail.com


MMA February Updates

Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Jan-11-2017.pd


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Jan-11-2017.pdf


We Need YOU! MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall: Co Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.


Jazz Jams! A new performance opportunity for all! Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons starting on March 5th from 4-6 pm to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club.  Contact Trish Gately for more information:  trishgately@gmail.com


Jazz Cafe! Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert.  Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining us again this year, making for a full evening of jazz performance. Tickets will go on sale in March!  Mark your calendars!!


Banquet Volunteers Needed:  This year's senior music banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at 5pm at Maynard Elks.  Band and Chorus students participate in this event annually. Celebration of Seniors with their families is always a highlight. Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event.  If you can help out please email MMA:  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com


An Open Letter From Our Food Service Provider


3/2/2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of Maynard High School Students,

       

As your food service provider I wanted to update you on an exciting breakfast promotion the cafeteria will be hosting to help celebrate National School Breakfast week. In an effort to help promote the importance of eating breakfast the cafeteria at MHS will have an omelet bar set up this upcoming Monday March 6th. The students to will be able to have omelets made fresh to order with their choice of: peppers, onions, cheese, ham, broccoli, turkey bacon and tomatoes. Studies continuously show that children who start their day with a complete breakfast are more likely to:


·        Concentrate better

·        Be more alert

·        Retain more of what they learn

·        Participate in class

·        Maintain a healthy weight

·        Decrease tardiness and absenteeism  

The time for the event will from 7:00-8:00, all students will be given the opportunity to let us know what they would like to see us offer for breakfast in the future!

Breakfast price is $1.50, reduced price is $.30, and free students receive one daily free breakfast meal. All meals include fruit option and milk or fruit juice choice.

Any questions regarding the food service program please feel free to contact me at 978-897-6100 or email: cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,

Chris Piercey

Food Service Director



From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

(Hopefully this information will not be needed again this year!)


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for the week.


Enjoy the coming weekend, and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School



Vacation Week News

posted Feb 23, 2017, 10:25 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

The February winter vacation is here and is in full swing.


Winter sports continue through the vacation week.  Our Girls team finished as runner-up in the just completed, inaugural Togo Palazzi tournament. Congratulations go out to Hailey Malozzi for being named to the All Tournament team!  Meanwhile, our Boy’s team continues play in the Clark Tournament in Worcester this Friday night at 6:00pm with a semi-final game against Sutton.  If you have the opportunity, seeing either our Girl’s or Boy’s teams in action is a great way to spend an evening.  Schedules are available through the school and sports websites.


More MHS news follows thanks to Mr. Ogden and his terrific students:


Video News from Mr. Ogden’s Students

In This Week’s Episode: It’s a really lovely episode of MHN news with students reflecting on their Valentine’s wishes; produced by Nick W. and Hailey.   Jordan C. and Emma R. have announcements about course selections, SAGA contributions, and more; produced by Nicole.  Sam D. has important insight about the school basketball team; produced by Eugene.  Hype City returns, with new host Emma S. talking about the smash hit LaLa Land; camera by Siobhan, Juliano on lights.  Lastly, a new Photo of the Week segment, with photos submitted by Tommy S. and Adin R.  The segment was overseen and edited by Nick R.


As always we want to feature what you are doing in the community.  If you have something that you think is newsworthy, need some help with the editing your piece, or want to make an announcement, please contact WAVM and we will do our best to provide you coverage.  


Keep submitting those photos of the week, and we will do our best to feature them.


Enjoy!


MHN NEWS #15


You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


Neon Dance

It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance at the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 6pm -9pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring the flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.


AP Exam News

AP exams are fast approaching and for those students planning on taking them a $93 dollar fee per exam must be submitted right away for ordering purposes.  Students or parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor should they have any questions.


A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall

Email: memoryseniorproject@gmail.com


MMA February Updates

Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Jan-11-2017.pd


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Jan-11-2017.pdf


We Need YOU! MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall: Co Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.


Jazz Jams! A new performance opportunity for all! Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons starting in March 5th from 4-6 pm to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club.  Contact Trish Gately for more information:  trishgately@gmail.com


Jazz Cafe! Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert.  Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining us again this year, making for a full evening of jazz performance. Tickets will go on sale in March!  Mark your calendars!!


Banquet Volunteers Needed:  This year's senior music banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at 5pm at Maynard Elks.  Band and Chorus students participate in this event annually. Celebration of Seniors with their families is always a highlight. Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event.  If you can help out please email MMA:  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com


Next MMA high school meeting:  Wednesday March 1st.  Fowler Business 7pm, Joint business 7:30, high school business 8:15 in the Fowler library.


5th  ANNUAL "THE TASTE"


The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 15th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.


Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.


The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."


Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many food establishments in the Metrowest area, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.


Also, if you shop on Amazon.com, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), you may select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!



From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

(Hopefully this information will not be needed again this year!)


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for this school vacation week from a very quiet Maynard High School.


Enjoy the remarkably mild few days we are experiencing, the coming weekend, and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


Enjoy the February Winter Vacation!

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:42 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

The February winter vacation is here and this is a great chance for students and their families to rest, relax and enjoy a respite from alarm clocks and the hustle and bustle of the normal work and school week.


Winter sports continue through the vacation week with our Boy’s team playing in the Clark Tournament in Worcester.  If you have the opportunity, seeing either our Girl’s or Boy’s teams in action is a great way to spend an evening.  Schedules are available through the school and sports websites.


More MHS news follows thanks to Mr. Ogden and his terrific students:


Video News from Mr. Ogden’s Students

In This Week’s Episode: It’s a really lovely episode of MHN news with students reflecting on their Valentine’s wishes; produced by Nick W. and Hailey.   Jordan C. and Emma R. have announcements about course selections, SAGA contributions, and more; produced by Nicole.  Sam D. has important insight about the school basketball team; produced by Eugene.  Hype City returns, with new host Emma S. talking about the smash hit LaLa Land; camera by Siobhan, Juliano on lights.  Lastly, a new Photo of the Week segment, with photos submitted by Tommy S. and Adin R.  The segment was overseen and edited by Nick R.


As always we want to feature what you are doing in the community.  If you have something that you think is newsworthy, need some help with the editing your piece, or want to make an announcement, please contact WAVM and we will do our best to provide you coverage.  


Keep submitting those photos of the week, and we will do our best to feature them.


Enjoy!


MHN NEWS #15


You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


School Dance Tonight!

The Senior Class will be hosting a dance tonight, February 17th, here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00.  All ticket sales will be at the door that evening.  You will want to review school policy regarding dances that can be found on page 33 of the Student/Parent Handbook.


Neon Dance

It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance at the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 6pm -9pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring the flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.


AP Exam News

AP exams are fast approaching and for those students planning on taking them a $93 dollar fee per exam must be submitted right away for ordering purposes.  Students or parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor should they have any questions.


Winter Vacation

The February winter vacation will begin for MHS students at the close of school today, Friday February 17th, at 2:05pm and extend until school reopens for on Monday February 27th at 7:00am.  Monday February 20th is a Federal and State Holiday, Presidents Day, and all offices will be closed.  Though closed for classes, district and school offices will be open for business from Tuesday the 21st through  Friday the 24th.  Many extracurricular activities will continue through the vacation week.  Check with your student’s advisor or coach should you need to know meeting times.


A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall

Email: memoryseniorproject@gmail.com


MMA January Updates

www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


Meeting Minutes:

Minutes from our November and December meetings have been posted on our website: maynardmusic.org.  Please click the links below for quick assess to the minutes or visit our website.


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Nov-2-2016.pdf


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Dec-8-2016.pdf


Upcoming Events:  

April 2nd (Sunday)  Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.


Banquet Volunteers Needed ASAP:   

MMA is in dire need of 8th through 11th grade music parents to plan this year’s music banquet set for late May.  Coordinators for the following areas are needed: Food: dinner/desserts/beverages, Decorations, Senior Video, Coordination of wills/memories. Planning for this event typically begins in January for Memorial Day annual banquet!

Please contact MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com. Subject: Banquet help


Volunteers for sub-committees:  

Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees:  Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee.

Please contact Bonnie - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Next MMA meeting:  Wednesday February 1st, Joint Business 7:30, High School Business 8:15 in the Fowler Library.


Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS; Interim Chair, Fowler

Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS

Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS


www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for this week.


Enjoy the weekend, have a great school vacation week and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School




Learning in a Winter Wonderland

posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:41 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,


Yesterday we weathered our first snow day of the year. (That would be both literally and figuratively with pun fully intended.) We have just one more week of classes until our February winter recess.


We are rapidly approaching the time of year when students will be making their course selections for the 2017-2018 school year.  Initially we had hoped this would begin next week but the selection process will be beginning after the February winter vacation as we make some additional adjustments to our course catalog.  More detailed information on this process will be sent along in upcoming editions of News & Notes.


The trend of greatly reduced instances of inappropriate cell phone use by students at Maynard High School continues.  I’d like to thank the parents and guardians of our students for so fully supporting the teachers at MHS through your help at home and for your many kind emails on this subject.  Smartphones are very powerful devices that have great uses socially, for home life, as a communication tool and as an educational platform. Your help at home in aiding your own children’s understanding of the appropriate uses of smartphones, depending on the environment, need for use, and timing of use, is most appreciated.


You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


School Dance February 17th

The Senior Class will be hosting a dance on February 17th here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00.  All ticket sales will be at the door that evening.  You will want to review school policy regarding dances that can be found on page 33 of the Student/Parent Handbook.


Winter Vacation

The February winter vacation will begin for MHS students at the close of school next Friday February 17th at 2:05pm and extend until school reopens for on Monday February 27th at 7:00am.  Monday February 20th is a Federal and State Holiday, Presidents Day, and all offices will be closed.  Though closed for classes, district and school offices will be open for business from Tuesday the 21st through  Friday the 24th.  Many extracurricular activities will continue through the vacation week.  Check with your student’s advisor or coach should you need to know meeting times.


A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall

Email: memoryseniorproject@gmail.com


MMA January Updates

www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


Meeting Minutes:

Minutes from our November and December meetings have been posted on our website: maynardmusic.org.  Please click the links below for quick assess to the minutes or visit our website.


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Nov-2-2016.pdf


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Dec-8-2016.pdf


Upcoming Events:  

April 2nd (Sunday)  Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.


Banquet Volunteers Needed ASAP:   

MMA is in dire need of 8th through 11th grade music parents to plan this year’s music banquet set for late May.  Coordinators for the following areas are needed: Food: dinner/desserts/beverages, Decorations, Senior Video, Coordination of wills/memories. Planning for this event typically begins in January for Memorial Day annual banquet!

Please contact MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com. Subject: Banquet help


Volunteers for sub-committees:  

Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees:  Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee.

Please contact Bonnie - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Next MMA meeting:  Wednesday February 1st, Joint Business 7:30, High School Business 8:15 in the Fowler Library.


Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS; Interim Chair, Fowler

Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS

Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS


www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for this week.


Enjoy the weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School



Course Selection for the 2017-2018 School Year is Approaching

posted Feb 3, 2017, 6:40 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

We are rapidly approaching the time of year when students will be making their course selections for the 2017-2018 school year.  Right now we are planning for students to make their choices from February 13-February 26th.  Guidance counselors will then review all choices student by student to ensure appropriate requests and placements.  Student course requests are a key part of the process involved with constructing the best possible final schedule for the upcoming school year as we aim to maximize the match between course offerings and student requests.  More detailed information on this process will be sent along in next week’s edition of News & Notes.


This past week we have seen a continued trend of greatly reduced instances of inappropriate cell phone use by students at Maynard High School.  This has resulted in greater student concentration and focus in class thanks to the absence of cell phone distraction and abuse.  Your overwhelming support of this policy from home and the endorsement of the importance of the educational process in an undistracted environment has been very welcome and heartening.

As a reminder, students may use their phones up until the start of the day at 7:40, during their lunch period, and as soon as the school day ends at 2:05pm.  At no time does a student have to go more than about 3 hours without the ability to check messages in a non-disruptive way.


Also, as a reminder, please do not text or message your students during the school day for anything less than essential reasons.  If you are leaving instructions for after school pick up, that text will be there at lunch when your student can read it without restriction.  There is no need for instant reply by your child.  Do not take a text from your child saying they don’t feel well and then simply show up at the school to dismiss them.  If your child feels ill we have a school nurse who will always see them and the nurse will contact you if need be.   If there is an emergency at home please contact the school and we will get your child with haste and afford your child the opportunity to contact you immediately in a safe and quiet space.  There is no need for even these transactions to go cell phone to cell phone.  I thank you for your help in all of these areas.


Though I suspect many of you may be watching a certain sporting event this Sunday night, here is some additional information about upcoming activities and events at MHS and in the community for the days and nights before and after Sunday’s big game:


Pop’s Night at the Fowler Tonight!  (See more details under the MMA notes below.)


From SEPAC

The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library (3 Tiger Drive) from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of essential information about special education laws. The goal of the workshop is to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed! Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


School Dance February 17th

The Senior Class will be hosting a dance on February 17th here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00.  All ticket sales will be at the door that evening.  You will want to review school policy regarding dances that can be found on page 33 of the Student/Parent Handbook.


A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall

Email: memoryseniorproject@gmail.com


MMA January Updates

www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


Meeting Minutes:

Minutes from our November and December meetings have been posted on our website: maynardmusic.org.  Please click the links below for quick assess to the minutes or visit our website.


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Nov-2-2016.pdf


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Dec-8-2016.pdf


Upcoming Events:  

February 3rd Pops Night Fowler Auditorium, 7:30:  Volunteers Needed

April 2nd (Sunday)  Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.


Pops Night on Friday 2/3 @ 7pm @ Fowler Auditorium:

Students have already signed up as performers for this event. We will be asking for student volunteers to help out/earn service points if they have not already via the band room. BUT parent Volunteers are needed to supervise set-up and food table and clean-up at our Annual Pops Night.

Contact Bonnie: maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com Subject: Pops night volunteers


Banquet Volunteers Needed ASAP:   

MMA is in dire need of 8th through 11th grade music parents to plan this year’s music banquet set for late May.  Coordinators for the following areas are needed: Food: dinner/desserts/beverages, Decorations, Senior Video, Coordination of wills/memories. Planning for this event typically begins in January for Memorial Day annual banquet!

Please contact MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com. Subject: Banquet help


Volunteers for sub-committees:  

Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees:  Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee.

Please contact Bonnie - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Next MMA meeting:  Wednesday February 1st, Joint Business 7:30, High School Business 8:15 in the Fowler Library.


Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS; Interim Chair, Fowler

Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS

Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS


www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


Great News From Mrs. Blanchard in the Music Dept. at MHS


This has been an extraordinarily busy month for musicians at MHS!

The month started with the first rehearsals for Peter and the Starcatcher-this year's MHS play (which will open in March, tickets to go on sale mid February). What a great cast!


Jan. 11, 13 and 14 Sr. Districts took place. We had 7 vocalists make it this year (highest number I can remember in the 20 yrs. I've been here!). Congratulations to Alyssa Ray, Zoe Pepin, Karima Haddouch, Charlie Neuhauser, Adam Berry, Dante Naylor and Lucas Pepin!


Jan. 21st had 3 of the above students scoring high enough at their first round of auditions to be eligible to audition for All-State--beautiful singing by Adam, Karima and Lucas!


Jan. 22nd brought the recital of Dean Murphy, MHS alumn, who is finishing up his masters of music degree in opera from Yale University! Congratulations Dean!


Jan. 28th were the Jr. District auditions and we have 4 8th grade instrumentalists that made the group!  They are Ari Kiirikki, Lilly Weber, Hazelyn Aroian, and Tommy Fallon.  One received a near perfect score and it looks like we'll have 3 of 9 flutes in the band from our little school and one french horn. Out of over 70 schools!!  We've never had more than 1 flute make it at a time as it's exceedingly difficult and competitive.  I can't say enough about these students' work ethics and talent!


On Jan. 27th the madrigals were invited to sing for the Providence Bruins game in Providence, RI and did so to huge raves. There were thousands of spectators there and it was quite wonderful.


Thank you all for your support of these outstanding young people. Musicians at MHS are amazing!


From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for this week.


Enjoy the weekend, take care & Go Patriots!

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


Thank You for Not Calling. (And Especially for Not Texting!)

posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:13 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

The third quarter, and second semester of the year, is now officially underway at Maynard High School as we enter the second half of the year.  Student grades from the 2nd quarter have been submitted by teachers and are now going through final verification and cross checking.  We continue to anticipate that grades will be available through IPass by the end of the school day on Monday.

Over the course of this week we have seen dramatically reduced instances of inappropriate cell phone use by students at Maynard High School.  This has resulted in greater student concentration and focus in class thanks to the absence of cell phone distraction and abuse.

I want to thank the dozens of parents who have emailed individual teachers as well as myself to support the position we’ve taken.  Pushback by parents and students, claiming that cell phone use at all times is acceptable, has been limited to very isolated individuals.  Your overwhelming support and endorsement of the importance of the educational process in an undistracted environment has been very welcome and heartening.

As a reminder, students may use their phones up until the start of the day at 7:40, during their lunch period, and as soon as the school day ends at 2:05pm.  At no time does a student have to go more than about 3 hours without the ability to check messages in a non-disruptive way.  To be a bit cheeky, society has grown and thrived for millennia without widespread cell phone use.  In the present day, everyone can manage 3 hour chunks of cell phone free time.

Also as a reminder, please do not text or message your students during the school day for anything less than essential reasons.  If you are leaving instructions for after school pick up, that text will be there at lunch when your student can read it without restriction.  There is no need for instant reply by your child.  Do not take a text from your child saying they don’t feel well and then simply show up at the school to dismiss them.  If your child feels ill we have a school nurse who will always see them and the nurse will contact you if need be.   If there is an emergency at home please contact the school and we will get your child with haste and afford your child the opportunity to contact you immediately in a safe and quiet space.  There is no need for even these transactions to go cell phone to cell phone.  I thank you for your help in all of these areas.

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

School Dance February 17th

Recently, as many of you know, the National Honor Society dance for homecoming was canceled due to an apparent lack interest based on unprecedentedly low advance ticket sales.


In response the Senior Class has decided to make another go at a hosting a dance, this time on February 17th here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00.  The Class of 2018 has also decided to have all tickets sold at the door that evening.  You will want to review school policy regarding dances that can be found on page 33 of the Student/Parent Handbook.

If Only

Yesterday, Thursday January 26th, students in grades 7-12 viewed the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only" in the morning here at MHS.  This film, co-sponsored and endorsed by Millenium Health, addressed important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there was presentation by Jim Wahlberg who wrote, directed and co-produced the film along with Melissa Weiksnar a parent who lost her daughter to opioid abuse.


Our students asked thoughtful, incisive questions and were engaged throughout the presentation.  I urge you to speak with your student about their experience on this critically important issue.


Yesterday evening approximately 50 community members came out to Maynard High School to see “If Only” which was personally introduced by Jim Wahlberg, as well as an exhibit called “Hidden in Plain Sight” where a typical teenagers room is recreated demonstrating the many ways substances can be hidden from parents.  I was privileged to moderate a panel discussion featuring the aforementioned Melissa Weiksnar, Brian Teague who runs a men's recovery program and is himself in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, Chief Mark Dubois of the Maynard Police, and Dr. Brian O’Connor who specializes in treating pregnant women with opioid abuse issues and whose own son is in recovery from opioid addiction.


Originally scheduled from 7:00-8:30 this dynamic event did not wrap up until after 9:30pm as the question and answer period was extended and the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit drew a large group at the end of the night.


Many thanks go out to the Maynard Police Department for their role in facilitating this evening including Chief Dubois, Alia Toran-Burrell and the several officers who attended, the generous support of the Maynard School Department and Dr. Gerardi, Mark Minasian and the students of WAVM for their technical support, NHS student volunteers for their generous help, and finally Jim Wahlberg for his generosity of time and effort with our students in the morning and adult community members at night.


From SEPAC

Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


A Great Community Loss

As many of you know we lost Katherine Lalli, a vibrant and joyous member of the class of 2012, in a tragic accident in late December.


For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine, the Class of 2012 and Best Buddies are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  She passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident.

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."


Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:

Maynard High School

Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

1 Tiger Drive

Maynard, MA 01754

Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family.




MMA January Updates

www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


Meeting Minutes:

Minutes from our November and December meetings have been posted on our website: maynardmusic.org.  Please click the links below for quick assess to the minutes or visit our website.


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-Nov-2-2016.pdf


http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Dec-8-2016.pdf


Upcoming Events:  

January 28th Junior Districts Auditions

January 28th Miss Gately's Jazz Band to perform at Serendipity at 7:30 pm

February 3rd Pops Night Fowler Auditorium, 7:30:  Volunteers Needed

April 2nd (Sunday)  Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.


Pops Night on Friday 2/3 @ 7pm @ Fowler Auditorium:

Students have already signed up as performers for this event. We will be asking for student volunteers to help out/earn service points if they have not already via the band room. BUT parent Volunteers are needed to supervise set-up and food table and clean-up at our Annual Pops Night.

Contact Bonnie: maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com Subject: Pops night volunteers


Banquet Volunteers Needed ASAP:   

MMA is in dire need of 8th through 11th grade music parents to plan this years music banquet set for late May.  Coordinators for the following areas are needed: Food: dinner/desserts/beverages, Decorations, Senior Video, Coordination of wills/memories. Planning for this event typically begins in January for Memorial Day annual banquet!

Please contact MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com. Subject: Banquet help


Volunteers for sub-committees:  

Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees:  Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee. 

Please contact Bonnie - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Next MMA meeting:  Wednesday February 1st, Joint Business 7:30, High School Business 8:15 in the Fowler Library.


Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS; Interim Chair, Fowler

Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS

Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS


www.maynardmusic.org

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association


Further Musical Notes

Our madrigal group has been asked to sing at the Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears game on Friday night January 27th.  The puck drops at 7:05pm.  You may want to take your sleigh down to Providence this evening and be in the building by 6:45pm or so to support our singers and have an enjoyable winter’s night.


Jazz Band

The MHS Jazz Band will be performing at Serendipity Cafe on January 28th from 7:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of jazz standards.......swing, bossa-nova, and funk tunes! Free and open to the public.


From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for this week.


Enjoy the weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


3rd Quarter is Starting: Put Your Cell Phones Away!

posted Jan 20, 2017, 12:09 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,


The second quarter of the school year, and the first semester, closed today.  The third marking quarter of the year will be starting this coming Monday, January 23rd.  Teachers will be completing their grading over the next few days and grades should be open for viewing on IPass by Monday January 30th barring complications from any winter storms.


A significant issues that needs to be addressed at Maynard High School is cell phone use during class time.  There is a stated cell phone policy in the student/parent handbook that some students are increasingly attempting to ignore.  Students are also becoming disrespectful and confrontational with staff members when simply asked to put their phones away.  This is leading to increasing disciplinary issues.  Let me be clear, cell phone use for non-academic purposes in the classroom are disruptive to the student using the phone, to the teacher providing instruction, and to the other students in the class.  I urge you to have a serious conversation with your student about the great importance of simply switching their cell phone off, and using them only when appropriate during the day.


As a reminder, students may use their phones up until the start of the day at 7:40, during their lunch period, and as soon as the school day ends at 2:05pm.  At no time does a student have to go more than about 3 hours without the ability to check messages in a non-disruptive way..


Increasingly, we are seeing cell phone disruption of class time coming from home.  Fortunately, the numbers of this type of disruption is still limited, but it is increasing.  As parents, please do not text or message your students during the school day for anything less than essential reasons.  If you are leaving instructions for after school pick up, that text will be there at lunch when your student can read it without restriction.  There is no need for instant reply by your child.  Do not take a text from your child saying they don’t feel well and then simply show up at the school to dismiss them.  If your child feels ill we have a school nurse who will always see them and the nurse will contact you if need be.   If there is an emergency at home please contact the school and we will get your child.  There is no need for even these transactions to go cell phone to cell phone.  The disruptions of instructional time needs to cease, including from home, and I thank you for your help in all of these areas.


On Monday the 23rd of January, as the 3rd quarter and second semester begin, our faculty members are going to be taking steps to ensure that cell phone abuse stops.  At a minimum, your student needs to switch off and put their phone away in all classroom settings.  Teachers may also set up their own individual classroom rules around cell phone use that may include a dropoff and pickup system at the start and end of class to ensure a classroom environment free of cellphone disruptions.  Please support our staff members as they work to enhance your student’s education.


Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:


School Dance February 17th

Recently, as many of you know, the National Honor Society dance for homecoming was cancelled for tonight due to an apparent lack interest based on unprecedentedly low advance ticket sales.  Advance sales were incredibly low even before the need to reschedule a basketball game tonight.


In response the Senior Class has decided to make another go at a dance, this time on February 17th here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00.  Please stay tuned for further details and should your student wish to attend the dance please strongly consider having them buy a ticket in advance.  The funds are used to defray the upfront costs associated with decorating and preparing for the event.


If Only

On January 26 at 7:00pm the Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only" here at MHS.  This film, co-sponsored and endorsed by Millenium Health, addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.


During the school day on January 26th our students will also be viewing “If Only” here at Maynard High School.  7th graders will be walking up from the Fowler School to join our  8th & 9th graders for the presentation and discussion geared to their age group. The film and discussion will run from 8:45 to 9:45am.  Our grade 10, 11 & 12 students will then view the film with a panel follow up geared to their age group.  The film and discussion will run from 9:45 to 10:45am.  Should any parent or guardian wish more information please contact me at Maynard High School.  Any parent or guardian who wishes to have their child opt out of this presentation may do so by contacting your student’s guidance counselor or myself.


From SEPAC

Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


A Great Community Loss

As many of you know we lost Katherine Lalli, a vibrant and joyous member of the class of 2012, in a tragic accident in late December.


For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine, the Class of 2012 and Best Buddies are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  She passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident.

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."


Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:

Maynard High School

Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

1 Tiger Drive

Maynard, MA 01754

Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family.


Musical Notes

Our madrigal group has been asked to sing at the Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears game on Friday night January 27th.  The puck drops at 7:05pm.  You may want to take your sleigh down to Providence and be in the building by 6:45pm or so to support our singers and have an enjoyable evening on a winter’s night.


Jazz Band

The MHS Jazz Band will be performing at Serendipity Cafe on January 28th from 7:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of jazz standards.......swing, bossa-nova, and funk tunes! Free and open to the public.


Thank you to an Olympian!

Michael Marx,  a 5 time Olympian in fencing, and Pan Am games medal winner is working with our students rehearsing for our upcoming play Peter and the Starcatcher, the prequel to Peter Pan.  Michael agreed to an initial “stage fencing” lesson with our students, but enjoyed himself and our students so much he will be returning to voluntarily help our actors further.  Thank you Michael!


From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather


Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.


School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:


1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.


2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools


Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".


Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.


That’s the news for this week.


Enjoy the weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School


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