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This Week At MHS: 6/5/2011

** Graduation was picture perfect - with the best weather in three years! Valedictorian Katie A. Jones, salutatorian Neil McCarthy, and class president Anna Costello did a super job with their speeches, each speaking articulately about their years at Maynard High School. The focus of Katie's speech was "you can change the world". Neil spoke about "the moments of their lives". Anna spoke about the specialness of being in such a small school. Check out the Beacon-Villager website for pictures and more information.

** Finals for grades 9 - 11 will begin at 12:13 on Wednesday June 15th and continue 7;45 - 11:15 on Thursday June 16th, Friday June 17th and Monday June 20th. The makeup day for finals will be Tuesday June 21st. Students are only required to be in school when they have a final.

** Underclass awards will be held on Monday June 13th at 8:45. Parents are welcome to attend. However as awards are given by each department we are unable to inform parents ahead of schedule if their student will be receiving an award.

**Due to changes in personnel and budgetary issues individual student schedules for the 2011 - 2012 school year will be delayed. It is our hope that we will be able to get those schedules to students prior to the end of the school year. However, if we are not able to meet that date, schedules will be mailed home shortly after the end of school. Guidance counselors will be in the building three days prior to school beginning and Dr. Chesson will be in most of the summer to handle any scheduling concerns.

** The cool weather seems to be over and the weather man is predicting very hot weather for this week. While we will do everything in our power to make students as comfortable as possible as we wind down the school year, students would be advised to bring a bottle of water with them to school. As always, we ask your cooperation in ensuring that your student is dressed for school in accordance with the dress code. Often students come to school in an attire which would be more appropriate for beach or backyard barbeque affairs. While we appreciate that it is getting warm, we need to ensure that students are dressed for school and the final push towards finals.

** Please make sure if you have any outstanding notes for excused absences or dismissals to get these into the school office by the first day of finals. We had a number of students receive administrative F's for the first semester. It is our hope that this number will decline for the second half of the year.

** Congratulations to the Boys Baseball team for making it to the next round in the play-offs. The next game is Wednesday at Hudson against Hopedale.

** Guidance counselors will be contacting students who need to attend summer school June 21 - June 23rd. However, parents should check IPASS through out the exam period to see if their students have failed any classes. If your student has failed a class please contact his/her guidance counselor regarding summer school. We do not have summer school at MHS. Students must go to Assabet or Acton-Boxborough. There is is fee at each of those schools for summer school.

Have a great week!

This Week At MHS: 5/31/2011

This is one of the most hectic weeks of the year!

SENIORS - This is the BIG week for our seniors. We are hoping that the weather forecast for Saturday holds (right now WCVB says 78 and sunny). Senior week events are very special. We want to make sure that all concerned are informed of the procedures we have established to ensure that these events are times of celebration and honor for all concerned.

** Rehearsal is Tuesday 10 am and Thursday 10am. Both days students should report to the gym.

** Senior Harbor Cruise is Tuesday. Students should remember that we will be strictly enforcing school trip policies regarding alchohol and smoking. Officer Duggan will be accompanying students on the trip.

** Senior Awards night is Thursday at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Appropriate "Sunday best" dress is required. No shorts, sneakers, sweatpants, tee-shirts, beachwear, jeans, and/or dresses/skirts which do not meet the school dress code are required.

** Graduation is 5:00 Saturday at Alumni Field (hopefully!). Please make plans though in case the weather gods do not smile on us. Each senior will get 6 tickets on Thursday. All attendees need to have tickets if the ceremony is indoors.


** The junior class trip sponsored by the generosity of the Maynard Police Department is on Thursday.


** Science MCAS test is June 1st and 2nd. Students should have a good breakfast and get a good night's sleep prior to the test.

 SPORTS BANQUET All athletes need to be here at 6;15. Parents are invited at 7:00.

Have a great week!

This Week At MHS: 5/09/2011

Spring has arrived at MHS and our calendar fills up!

** Early release day on 5/13 AND the junior/senior prom at Four Points Sheraton in Leominster.

** The Theatre 101 class will be presenting its One Act Plays this
Friday at 7pm in the MHS auditorium.
Last week, they presented a night of "Comedy and Camaradie" along with
Acton Boxborough Reg. HS, which was a lot of fun, and gave them the
chance to meet some actors from another district and interact with
them. This Friday, it's just our students! They will be performing "How to Succeed
in HS Without Really Trying" and "Oz-a spoof". by Don Zolidis. The
evening is free with donations being gratefully accepted to help pay
for the rights and royalties. They are both G rated and are both

** The MHS Spring Concert will be Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm. The
band and chorus will be singing/playing the pieces they performed in
their national competition in Washington DC. Please make sure to stay
til the end as the last piece will be "Promising Skies", a brand new
piece (just released this fall) which is a tone poem based on
Hurricane Katrina. It's an amazing piece and will truly blow you away!
The concert is free with donations being gratefully accepted.

**Solo and Ensemble night is the following Wed. (18th) at 7:30pm and
will feature the small ensembles at MHS as well  as some student solos
and duets. The concert is free to the public.


This Week At MHS: 5/02/2011

** Congratulations to the Green Committee for a great week! The group lead by Marilyn Moser, Thamires Nunes, Margaret Small, and Marlee Kapsamalis organized a water conservation day, energy conservation day, and green week competition. Through the efforts of Thamires the group has received a start-up grant of $200 from the Alliance for Climate Education.

** Reminder to parents - young ladies wearing shorts/skirts that are too short will be sent home or told to change. In order to check objectively whether a skirt/shorts are too short the wearer's skirt/short hem should be at least as long as the tips of the wearer's fingertips when arms are down by her side. Any questions - call Mrs. Chesson

** Congrats to girls' track team - they are currently undefeated with only one league meet left.

** Students who are taking AP exams are reminded that they must return to their regular classes. Dismissals after exams are unexcused.

** Reminder - May 13th is the last early release day of the year.

This Week At MHS: 4/25/2011

** Despite some mechanical problems with one bus, the MHS music program had a great trip to DC! The group performed admirably - details to follow in next week's email. Students were exceptionally well-behaved - recognized for their respectful behavior by the hotel staff, bus staff, and competition organizers - winning a special Spirit award. Hats off to students, chaperones, and Mrs. Erickson!

** When students return after vacation we begin one of the most intense times of the year. Please review the dates below for important dates for your student.

 - Second/third week of May - AP Exams

-  May 11th - Spring Concert

-  May 13th - Jr/Sr Prom (early release day from school)

-  May 15th - Music Banquet

-  May 16th - 20th - Art Show at Artspace, Opening Reception 5/16

-  May 16th - Senior Project Showcase

-  May 17th and 18th - Math MCAS for 10th grade students

-  May 18th - Solo and ensemble concert

- May 22nd - WAVM Banquet

-  May 25 - 27 Senior exams

-  May 31st - Senior night in Boston

-  June 1 - Spring Sports Banquet

-  June 2 - Senior awards night

-  June 1st and 2nd Science MCAS for Freshmen

-  June 4th - Graduation

- June 16 - 20th Finals for underclassmen

-  June 21st Last day of school for underclassmen

In addition to all these events we will have a variety of track meets, baseball games, and softball games.  Guidance counselors are working with juniors to begin college planning process.

With so much going on student attendance is critical - please review this calendar with your student and plan accordingly.

** Scheduling for next year is in progress. The estimated date for distribution of student schedules for next year is late May. More information will follow as becomes available.

This Week At MHS: 4/4/2011

We are really happy that there is NO snow to be seen when we look out our windows. While March seems like the longest month in schools April is one of the quickest!

** Reminder that the documentary "A Race To Nowhere" will be shown tonight at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. A facilitated discussion will follow the film. A panel which will include administrators, parents, students, our school psychologist, and other educational professionals will be here to answer your questions.

** AP exams are right around the corner. Questions regarding times etc. should be addressed to Mrs. MacLean.

** Last night we said good bye to a smile. Members of the Best Buddies, Maynard High School students and alumnae, MHS staff, and community members attended a memorial service for Roberto DaCosta. A memorial scholarship for a member of the Best Buddies who is going on to college is being established.  Contributions can be mailed to Maynard High School Best Buddies, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754.

** Prom tickets go on sale this week. This is a wonderful event with great community support. Unfortunately, we feel we must remind parents and students that the school reserves the right to allow the police to administer a breathalyzer test if students appear to be under the influence of alcohol, as is stated in our handbook. Parents and students should be aware that we will be enforcing this policy.  Students who refuse to take a breathalyzer test will be assumed to have violated the school policy. Their parents will be notified and they will be turned over to the police. Consequences for such violations can be found in our student handbook.

** Baseball game for this afternoon is cancelled. Both baseball and softball will have practice.

Have a good day!

This Week At MHS: 3/14/2011

** An International Food Festival will be held tonight in the MHS caf from 6 - 8 sponsored by the International Club and our World Language students.

** The Wizard of Oz will open tomorrow evening and continue Sunday 3/13, Friday 3/18, Saturday 3/19, and Sunday 3/20. Don't miss this exciting production featuring students from throughout the district!

** Course selection sheets are due to your student's guidance counselor by end of school on Monday. The scheduling process will begin at the end of next week. It takes aproximately 6 - 8 weeks for the scheduling process to be completed. Look for student schedules in mid-May.

** March 18th will be an early release day. The MHS staff will be working on school wide rubrics and curriculum maps in order to prepare for our NEASC accreditation in 2012.

** Grades are currently available through IPASS - please check your students grades as we are nearing the half-way point for the third quarter.

** Spring sports will soon be underway. Make sure your athlete has a current physical on file. Any questions call Mrs. DeMars.

Have a great weekend!

This Week at MHS: 3/7/2011

Believe it or not the snow piles in front of the high school are slowly receeding!

** We had a super turn-out for our college search process kick-off night held Thursday night! Our guidance staff did an exceptional job bringing in college reps from 9 areas colleges. Parents and students asked great questions. Teachers helped jump start the excitement by wearing college sweatshirts and tee-shirts from their favorite institutions of higher learning. We look forward to a great admissions process for the classes of 2012 and 2013.

** The sets are looking awesome for the Wizard of Oz. Get your tickets before they sell out!

** The ELA MCAS test for sophomores will be March 22 - 24th. It is critical that students be rested and have a good breakfast in order to prepare for this very important test.

** Did you know that Maynard and Bromfield have applied to field a co-op varsity/jv football team for the 2011 - 2012 school year? We hope to hear back on our application shortly. Any questions contact Mrs. DeMars, our AD.

** Course catalogs and course selection sheets will be handed out to student through their English classes on Monday. Students must return completed sheets by end of the day on Thursday to the boxes in the guidance offices. If you have any questions about this process please contact your student's guidance counselor.

Have a great week!

This Week at MHS: 2/17/2011:

February vacation is right around the corner!

The coming of February vacation also means we are almost to March and the school year will soon be 3/4 finished. It is very important that students have a strong last quarter of school. Please contact your student's guidance counselor if you have any concerns.

Course scheduling for the 2011 - 2012 school year will begin immediately after February vacation. Parents and students can view our course of studies on the high school pages of Hard copies of the program of studies will be available after February vacation. If you have any questions about what courses your student should take, please call your student's guidance counselor.

Congratulations to our Lady Tigers. The girls basketball team qualified for post-season play this week.

IMPORTANT FOR ALL SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PARENTS!!!!!!! Mark your calendars now for our college search kick-off night on March 23rd. Parents and students should plan to attend this very important event which will include representatives from college admissions offices of UNH, SNHU, Curry, Stonehill, Suffolk, UMASS Lowell, and Bryant. The evening will begin at 7:00. The same day juniors will be attending a presentation entitled "Making the College Search Count" sponsored by

Tickets are nearly sold out for the Wizard of Oz! Don't miss out!

Have a great vacation!

This Week at MHS: 2/14/2011:

** Our Best Buddies group sold chocolate lollipops as a fundraiser today! What a great job they did! Kudos to Mrs. MacLean and her crew.

** Congratulations to Mrs. Andrade and the members of the International Club for doing such a great job hosting our Chinese exchange students. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Massachusetts International Academy and the China Institute.

** The final meeting of the Football Committee will be held tomorrow at 7:15 in the high school library.

** Our senior basketball players will be recognized on Tuesday 2/15 (girls) and Thursday 2/17 (boys) at 7:00 pm in the gym. Please join us in congratulating those athletes.

** February vacation will begin at the close of school on Friday. Please remember that "extra" vacation days are not excused absences.

** As February ends and we enter March, I wanted to remind parents that MCAS testing for sophomores begins in March. ELA will be held March 22 - 24th.

**Please keep in mind that the spring musical is the two weekends prior to the MCAS testing. We hope parents will buy tickets to the musical and that students will plan in a little rest right before this very important test.

This Week at MHS: 2/7/2011:

Last week is a difficult one all around with two snow days making for a significant loss of academic time. We are doing everything in our power to try to catch up!

** Snow days and seniors - by law the date of graduation can not be more than 12 school days prior to the ORIGINAL last day of school for undergraduates. That date had been June 14th, which allowed us 7 school days between the date of graduation and the last day for undergraduates. Therefore, we were and are still in accordance with this regulation. This is the only stated regulation regarding seniors and dates in school. The regulation goes on further to say that provided this regulation was met, if days are added on to the undergraduate calendar in order to achieve 180 days, the date of graduation does not have to be moved. Because we were in line with the regulation as stated, it is our plan that the graduation date will remain the same.

** We have welcomed 6 exchange students this week from China. The students hosted by the Berry, Lapas, Caldicott, Chafel, Charbonneau, and Kohlman families, visited the Museum of Fine Arts and spent time "snow tubing" at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area. This week they will travel to the Boston Public Garden to ice skate on the Frog Pond and have lunch in Harvard Square.

** The last two meetings of the High School Football committee will be February 10th and February 15th in the high school library. Both meetings will take place at 7:00 pm. Minutes from the meeting are attached to this email. Public comments can be made by phone or email to Dr. Chesson

** On February 9th at 7:00 pm the High School staff will welcome 7th and 8th grade parents for an information night. Unfortunately the meeting notices for this event were held up due to the storm. However, as parents are currently making key decisions about student enrollment for next year, Dr. Chesson felt that the meeting should be held as scheduled in order to ensure that parents have the opportunity to obtain the information they may need to make this decision. Parents who are unable to attend are welcome to call Dr. Chesson with any questions or comments they may have.

** Roof work - as per Dr. Masterson's note, the roof at the high school is scheduled to undergo snow removal and repairs early this week. As parents may imagine, getting a roofing company to come and attend to these problems is quite difficult and we were very lucky to have the company make time in their schedule for us. However, the roof, while leaking a little, has been examined and deemed "not at high risk".  Please contact Dr. Chesson for any other information.

** Starting Monday, Feb 7th General ticket sales for the MHS musical The Wizard of OZ will take place weekly on M, W, F from 5-7 PM in the MHS lobby.  In addition, tickets will be on sale in the lobby after school on Fridays starting 2/11 from 2-3 PM for the convenience of students and faculty.  Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens.

** Yearbooks are currently on sale for $65 during lunch or through contacting Mrs. Sullivan at

Have a great week.

This Week at MHS: 1/28/2011:

** While one or two snow days are met with glee, I think we can all say we would like them to stop at three!!!

I want to thank parents who helped get our students here today, despite having to shovel out of almost a foot of snow. While snow days sound pretty good in January, they are not so attractive in June.


We have seen a signficant increase in our attendance rates thus far for this school year. However, we still have a long way to go in improving our tardy rates. Parents can view their students' attendance on IPARENT.  In order to help our students gain the skill of punctuality, we will be monitoring tardies even more closely during the second semester. Students will receive a Saturday school detention when they have been tardy to school 5 or more times this semester. This consequence does not wipe out the tardies, they remain on the books. Please help us to help our students acquire this most important skill. I know that every parent would agree that if they were late to work as much as some of our students are late to school that they would no longer be employed. Thank you in advance!

*** TERM 2 GRADES - Term 2 grades are now visible through the Grades Option on IPARENT. We are only sending out hard copy report cards to those parents who have notified us that they do not have Internet access (a letter was sent home with the first set of physical report cards we sent home asking for parents to contact us if they did not have Internet access). If you have concerns about your students' grades please contact your students' teacher. Email addresses can be found on the high school website.

*** EARLY RELEASE - on Friday, February 4th we will be having an early release day. During that afternoon our teachers will be working to prepare for our NEASC accreditation cycle which will be taking place in 2012.

*** GRADUATION - the class of 2011 will graduate on June 4th at 5:00 pm. Members of the class in jeopardy of not graduating will receive letters from their guidance counselors within a few weeks. Also, grades for the first two quarters of this school year will be mailed to each of the colleges that your student has applied to (even those schools to which they have been accepted) at the end of next week. We have had students who have had their acceptances withdrawn due to poor grades and/or attendance in the their senior year.  This is something that can be devestating to students. Please help us avoid problems with this issue.

This Week at MHS: 1/24/2011:

I hope that your students all enjoyed their snow day! Personally, I am already looking forward to spring!

You should have received an email from Mr. Testa this morning informing you that the last two midterms will take place on Monday morning. We will then complete the normal school day with Period 5, 6, and 7. This plan was announced to students and staff last Wednesday, so students should have been aware that this would be our course of action if the weather gods did not shine on us today.

As teachers are finishing grades from each class you should be able to see those grades on IPARENT. Completed grades for "report cards" will not be ready until Friday of next week. Please remember that report cards will be delivered electronically beginning this marking period through IPARENT. We are aware of which parents to do not have access to the INTERNET and we will mail only those report cards home when they are available.

MRS. BEARDEN replacement
I am pleased to announce that Mrs. LeBlanc who has been out on maternity leave will be returning on 1/24/11 to take over Mrs. Bearden's classes. Mrs. Bearden will be out on medical leave for the remainder of the school year.

On January 29th six students from China will be visiting MHS. Six Maynard families have offered to open their homes and their hearts to these students. The students will be with us until February 9th. The International Club of MHS has been planning several fun activities for our visitors including a visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a trip to the snow-tubing park at Nashoba Valley Ski area, and attending a home basketball game. We look forward to welcoming this special students to our school.

Mid-Year Exam Information:

Parents should be advised that mid-term exams will be held as scheduled Friday 1/14 (Block 7), Weds 1/19 (Blocks 6 & 5), Thursday 1/20 (Blocks 4 & 3), and Friday 1/21 (Blocks 2 & 1). Projects/presentations etc. scheduled for Thursday 1/13 - Friday 1/21 will also be held as scheduled. 

Please also be aware that students may only make up a mid-term exam if they are out for an excused absence. Excused absences are illnesses verified by a doctor's note, legal obligation, and death in the immediate family. College visits, which are normally excused absences, are not approved during the mid-term exam period.

This Week at MHS: 1/10/2011:

MARTIN LUTHER KING - School will be closed on 1/17/11.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY - There will be no school for students on 1/18/11. Teachers and staff at the high school will be working with a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (the organization which does our accrediation) to begin preparing of the year-long self-study that precedes accrediation.

MIDTERM EXAMS - Midterms will begin Friday January 14th at 12:15. Students who do not have a block 7 exam are free to leave at 12:15. HOWEVER on Weds 1/19, Thursday 1/20 and Friday 1/21 there will be two exam block 7:45 - 9:15 and 9:20 to 11:00. Students only need to be present when they have an exam. Please call Dr. Chesson if you have questions/comments/concerns regarding the exam schedue.

SEMESTER TWO - Semester 2 will begin on January 24th. Students who are scheduled for 1/2 year classes will have until January 31st to make an appointment with their guidance counselor if they wish to make schedule changes. NO changes will be made after that date.

This Week at MHS: 12/20/2010:

Congratulations to all the student and parent volunteers for the WAVM telethon. They raised over $28, 000 for Beacon Santa telethon.

Kudos to Ms. Erickson, Mr. Brisson, and our music students for an outstanding concert on Wednesday night. Special hats off to Lucien Gerondeau who had a number of clarinet solos.

Need a special gift for your Tiger fan? Contact Ms. LaBelle about TigerGear or check out their website:

We have a number of students that have unfortunately been required to come to Saturday school due to excessive tardies. Please make sure that your student is arriving at school in time to get to class by 7:45 am.

We will be having a special holiday event for our students on Tuesday - we will be sharing cookies, brownies, and other treats to celebrate our upcoming winter break. If you would like to donate an item email Mrs. Lerner at

School will dismiss at the usual time on Thursday, December 23rd for the Christmas holidays. The office will be closed on Dec 24th, 27th, and 31st.

Have a great holiday!

This Week at MHS: 11/12/2010:

** Congratulations to the boys' and girls' soccer teams on their great seasons! Both teams did a super job!

** Tonight is senior recognition night for the football team. Parents and their seniors will be recognized at 6:45 pm at Alumnae Field. The Tigers will then take on Ayer-Shirley.

** The practice ACT called the PLAN will be given tomorrow morning. Students should be here at 7:45 and will finish between 10:30 and 11:00.

** Sign-ups for parent teacher conferences will begin Monday November 15th at 9:00 am. Please call Ms. Carter in the Guidance office at 978-897-0406 to schedule an appointment with your student's teachers.

** Report cards will be mailed home on MOnday November 15th. Report card info is also available through the GRADES option on IPARENT as of the same date. This is the last time that report cards will be mailed home. Beginning in quarter two report cards will only be available through IPARENT. If you do not have access to the Internet please contact Mrs. Steinbach in the high school main office and she will make alternate arrangements for you. If you have not signed up for IPARENT please do so asap. Thanks!

** We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new school store - TigerGear. The store, a class project of our Economics class, will offer tee-shirts, Tiger Lubies, and other Tiger Gear - just in time for the holidays! For more info please email Ms. LaBelle at

Have a great weekend!

This Week at MHS: 10/29/10:

This has been an exciting week at MHS!

Thanks to all the students who helped out with babysitting and WAVM broadcasting tasks at the town meeting on Monday. We had a special lunch today to thank those students, sponsored by the PTO.

We honored many of our senior athletes this week. Congratualtions to them and their parents! Congratulations to the Field Hockey team for a great season with a really young team. Congratulations to the Boys and Girls soccer teams for qualifying for post season play. Congratulations to the Girls soccer team for winning their league!

Results for students who took the Practice PSAT test were handed back in English classes today. Students who score under 550 should consider registering for a SAT review class next spring or summer. Students hoping to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program should definitely consider a PSAT review class.

The freshmen Civics classes visited the state house on Thursday. They took a tour and met with many state elected officials. It is our hope that these students will learn more about the democratic process first hand.

Picture retakes are Tuesday November 2nd. Forms are in the office.

Did you know.....that every Tuesday our guidance staff "spotlights" a college via morning announcements?

Did you know....that students can nominate a fellow student who did an act of kindness for Friends of Rachel Friday? Our first winner was Daniel McCarthy!

Did you know...that juniors should begin visiting colleges in early spring as part of the college planning process? Two days of college visits are excused absences.

Join us tonight at our own Maynard Tigers match up against Murdock home tonight!

Have a great weekend!

This Week at MHS: 10/15/10:

With a Monday holiday and PSAT's this week, the classes have been jam packed with learning on the other days!

*Hard copies of progress reports were given to all students this week. If your student "lost" his/her progress report call your student's guidance counselor and they will provide you with an additional copy. PLEASE NOTE: This is the only time this year we will be printing hard copy progress reports. For the remainder of the year parents will access this information on IPARENT. Please see note below on how to request a password for IPARENT.

*The website for IPARENT access is:

It is very important that all parents apply for and gain access to IPARENT. When you apply for IPARENT access please make sure that the information you put in for your student is correct (i.e. DOB, place of birht etc.).

*On October 25th a town meeting will be held to vote on the new high school. Babysitting will be provided by MHS Honor Society and Student Government students. Parents may register children for babysitting beginning at 6:15.

*College Application Night will be October 21st from 7 - 9 in the MHS library. A guidance counselor will be on had to help students fill out their college applications. Seniors should take advantage of this special service that we provide our students.

* The girls soccer team qualified for post-season play this week - great job Lady Tigers!

Have a great week!

This Week at MHS: 10/08/10:

The sunshine has returned to Maynard!

IParent was officially opened at 1:30. If you had tried earlier today it was not switched on yet. Just in case you had not been successfully at getting approved for IParent we will be sending home hard copies of student progress reports (however they only have the current average for students - the detailed information is only available through IParent). The hard copy progress checks will be for this quarter only. If you are having trouble with IParent access please call Mrs. Steinback at 978-897-8891.

PSAT tests. It's that time of year again. Research shows that students who take standardized tests for college several times generally increase their scores. Once again this year we will be offering the PSAT's free to all juniors. This year for the first time the sophomores will be given an identical free PSAT practice test which will be scored via the generosity of Kaplan Test Prep to provide sophomore parents and students with a good deal of information to help them plan to prepare for the SAT's and actual PSAT's in their junior year. We have a limited number of official PSAT tests for sophomores, which will be scored by the College Board, to take at a cost of $20 per student. Students wishing to pay for their test to be scored by the College Board should bring in a check made out to Maynard High School for $20.00 to Mrs. Carter in the guidance office. However, there is no advantage to sophomores in taking the official test (which is scored by the College Board) as the practice test is identical in length, format and rigor to the official test. In fact, the level of detail provided by Kaplan for the free practice test is greater than the information provided by the College Board. All sophomores will be required to take either the practice test or the pay-for-score College Board test.

This test will be given on Wednesday, October 13th beginning at 7:45 am.

Check out this week's Beacon for a great article on Mr. Flynn and his art class' work in experimenting with techniques used by pre-historic artists. The "cave painting" wall will soon be on exhibit across from the guidance office.

Our next high school building public forum will be held on Weds. October 13th. Please join us in the high school auditorium at 7:00 pm to hear the exciting details of the proposed new high school.

Have a great long weekend!

This Week at MHS: 10/01/10:

Hard to believe with temperatures in the 70's and 80's that today is October 1st!

The school year has gotten off to a good start. We hope to have all the "bugs" out of our student management system in order to provide parents with progress reports right after Columbus day. However, all parents can request access to IParent through the link on the main district website or the high school website (see last week's email for the link).

The Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer teams have banded together to join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 3rd, this Sunday.  They are doing this walk to honor Jen Long, the mother of one of the varsity captains and former Fowler librarian, who passed away last spring from breast cancer.  A bunch of players from the boys and girls teams ran around Maynard this past Sunday and in just an hour and a half we raised over 300.00.  That's just what little time it takes to raise a little money to help this great cause.  If anyone would like to make a contribution please follow the link below.  Thank you for your support.
Click here to visit our TEAM's  you can visit the web address:

We have received word that two of our students have received letters of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program - Katrina Kohlman and Emily Witham. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students take this test in the fall of their junior year.

We are still seeking a few placements for our Senior Project interns, particularly in the area of law. If you would like more information please contact Jean LaBelle at

There will be no school on October 8th due to a professional day for teachers and no school on October 11th due to the Columbus day holiday.

We have five families who have indicated they are interested in hosting a student from China for four weeks in January/February, but we still have opportunties for any other family that is interested. These students have studied English since 1st grade and are seeking an opportunity to practice these skills in a "native environment". Please email

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts School Building Authority has approved our budget for the proposed new high school. A public forum on the high school will be held on October 13th in the high school auditorium. During the forum we will share a detailed look at the plans for the new school, and the surrounding area. Please join us!


Laura Chesson


This Week at MHS: 9/24/10

*Thanks to everyone who came out for last night's open house! Great to see new faces and returning ones.

*Next parent/teacher conference night will be held on November 22nd from 6:30 - 9:00. Email your student's teachers to set up a conference.

*Our sports teams have gotten off to a great start. Boys and girls soccer are undefeated. Our "young" field hockey and golf teams continue to improve. Football beat Quaboag last week and plays its first home game tonight.

*Our Rachel's Challenge work continues to move forward. Email if you would like to help.

*Several of our senior project students need internships for the spring. We are especially looking for placements with vets, law firms, and folks in the music industry.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY - Ever thought about taking a foreign exchange student but concerned about making a year long committment? We have a special opportunity for Maynard families to take in students from China for 4 weeks this winter (Jan/Feb time frame). These students all speak English and will be in the US for their vacation. Students can even return to the Chinese educational center in Marlborough on the weekends if the family has committments that would make weekends difficult. Please email Mrs. CHesson at for more info.

This Week at MHS: 9/2/10

Despite the heat, we have had a great school opening! When I walked the school with the new assistant superintendent on Tuesday she was suprised to see the small class sizes of many of our classes - this allows us to give every student personalized attention. 

We also want to publicly thank our "courtyard crew" who did some much needed updates on our landscaping in our courtyard over the summer, as well as the PTO ladies who kept our flower pots looking great despite the drought!

I just wanted to call your attention to a few special events which will be coming up...

September 13th - Rachel's Challenge - this all-day event which concludes with a session for community members and parents in the evening is part of our efforts to forge a positive school culture which emphasizes kindness and compassion and which will deter bullying and harassment. We invite all our parents, relatives, and community members to join as at 7:00 pm for this informative session. See our high school website for more information.

September 17th - Early release. We will be dismissing at 11:00.

September 23rd - Back to School night. This will begin at 6:30. More information to come next week.

October 4th - I-Parent will open so that parents may check their student's grades. More information will be sent home next week. This information will also be posted on our website next week.


We need your help with assisting our students in following the school dress code. Next week's forecast does call for cooler temperatures, however the building will still be warm. To ensure that shorts/skirts meet our dress code please use the following guidelines - when the student places his/her hands by his/her side the hem of the garment should be at least at the tips of his/her fingers. If the bottom of the shorts or skirt does not come to at least the student's fingers, they are not in accordance with our school dress code. We use this objective measure to reduce any arguements about what is too short. We have warned many students over the last couple of days. We will begin sending students home to change on Tuesday if they do not meet the dress code. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Have a great holiday weekend!
Laura Chesson