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A Challenging Week Handled Well

posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:03 AM by Chuck Caragianes
Good afternoon—

As you know, this past week was punctuated by a bomb threat toward Maynard High School that was received on Tuesday morning at about 7:00am by the Maynard Police.  The response by the staff and students in evacuating the high school grounds to the Fowler School was swift and calm.  It was a positive testament to all concerned.

The threat was analyzed by police in conjunction with myself and other school and district officials and was deemed to be of a low risk level based upon criteria established by state and federal agencies.  The school was swept by police, fire and school personnel and was deemed to be safe.  After I addressed the students and staff at the Fowler school everyone returned to MHS and classes resumed at approximately 8:30am.

I would like to thank Maynard Police Chief Mark Dubois and Maynard Fire Chief Anthony Stowers for being on hand to personally oversee their personnel, the Maynard Police Officers and Firefighters who conducted the building check along with school administrators and custodians, Assistant Principal Kevin Caruso for his actions coordinating student and staff movement to the Fowler, Principal Jeff Mela and his staff for responding immediately to support our emergency evacuation, and Dr. Gerardi and the Central Office staff for coordinating communication with the community.  Again, many thanks and much appreciation to the teachers, staff and students for their outstanding response and conduct throughout the morning.

In other school news, our auditorium has been repaired and is back to full and normal use and it is full speed ahead with the MHS production of  the musical Grease.  Remember, Grease is the word!  (More on that below.)

Also, congratulations are in order to Jake Kennedy for his State Championship in his weight class for wrestling and to Ronan Ball as State Runner-Up in his weight class.  Simply amazing performances were turned in by both young men.

A shout out also goes to our boys basketball team for qualifying for the state tournament while winning the league and for their second place finish in the prestigious Clark Tournament over the February school break.

We are also proud to have several Maynard High hockey players reaching the state tournament as cooperative members of the Assabet Hockey team.

Many Activities and Events are Upcoming and Follow:

Maynard High School's GREASE Community Bulletin Board:

The Maynard High School would like to get photos of Maynard residents, parents, grandparents, friends, etc., as they were in the 1950's for a community bulletin board outside the MHS Theater during the performances of GREASE on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.

If you or someone you know has photos of yourselves from 1950's, MHS would love to display them! You can either scan and email them to Cindy Blanchard, Musical Director, at, or contact her to collect, scan, and return them to you. Please include your name and year of the photo.

Shots of downtown Maynard from that time would be great to display, too!

It should be really fun to see what our residents looked like "back in the day." Thank you and glad to have you as part of the show!


Come see GREASE, the popular rock ‘n’ roll musical, performed on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, 2016 at Maynard High School. You’ll hear your favorite doo wop songs from the original Broadway musical and hit movie, like “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightning”, and see thrilling dance numbers like “Born to Hand Jive” and “We Go Together.”

Show times are at 7pm for Friday and Saturday performances, and at 2 pm on Sundays.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and are available at both the Maynard High School ticket booth and For more information, please visit:

Next week's Ticket Booth Hours for sales of tickets to Grease:

Mon Feb 29  2-4pm & 6-8pm

Tue  Mar 1   6-8pm

Wed Mar 2   6-8pm

Thu Mar 3    6-8pm

Fri Mar 4      2-4pm & 6-8pm

Sat Mar 5    10am-12noon

To members of the Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Sudbury communities:

Please join us at 7pm on Wednesday March 9 at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium for a special screening!

The feature-length documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.

Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one-room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white-collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization.

"Most Likely to Succeed" points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session.  

Building Bridges:

About the Building Bridges Program:

  • Bi-annual event to provide high school students with the opportunity to explore Northeastern University’s College of Engineering

  • Full day of interactive engineering activities to help students understand the various engineering disciplines, led by COE faculty and students from all of the engineering departments

  • Introduction to research programs and initiatives at Northeastern

  • Overview of potential career paths and higher education options

  • Networking opportunities to meet and talk with current University students and faculty members

  • Interactive lunch session with industrial engineering challenges

Additional Information:

  • Breakfast and lunch included with registration

  • Group visits and school trips welcome – contact for special arrangements

Registration is now open! Please register at  Registration closes on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Building Bridges will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016. If you would like more information regarding the program, email Claire Duggan.

Executive Functioning, Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed:

Executive functioning skills are a set of mental processes that we use to do daily tasks like organize and pay attention, but did you know that these skills are important outside of the classroom too?

Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pmin the Maynard Fowler School Library for "Executive Functioning, Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed" presented by Genna Lyons, LMFT, MS, and Educational Consultant at Mass General Hospital's Aspire Program. Learn how executive functioning skills such as self-awareness, self-monitoring,

and emotional self regulation can impact your child's confidence, social functioning, and friendships. Plus learn what you can do as a parent to increase your child's social competence and help them succeed both inside and outside the classroom!

Please RSVP to Jen Scott at 978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.

The Taste:

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 14th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

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. Restaurants including Battle Road Brewery, Blue Coyote Grille, China Ruby, Cookie Lady Treats, El Huipil, Flo's Catering, Halfway Café, Maynard Golf Course, Maynard Village Pizza, Monsoon Indian Bistro, Oscar's Burritos, Reasons to Be Cheerful, River Rock Grill, Roche Bros, Serendipity Café, True West Brewery, Whitson's Culinary Group & Whole Foods will be participating in this event. There will also be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and fabulous 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 (978) 938-4262 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  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each. 

2nd Quarter Report Cards:

Report cards for the second marking quarter are now available on iPass through the parent portal.  Should you have any questions about a particular grade or entry, please begin by contacting your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

Reminders:   Parking, Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up.

As a reminder our student parking lot is the lot closest to Tiger Drive on the auditorium side of the building, our visitor parking is directly in front of the main entrance and our Faculty & Staff Parking Lot is by the Gymnasium.  When these lots are used as designated there is ample room in each area even under snow conditions and traffic flow in the morning and afternoon is excellent.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up by both drivers and school busses occurs in the circular drive directly in front of the main entrance.

Vans and approved cars for students with physical needs use the handicapped designated spots in front of the gymnasium entrance and these spots should never be used or blocked, even briefly, by other vehicles.

It has been our experience that when the parking lots and drives are all used appropriately and as designed we have very few traffic issues even with more than 500 people arriving at MHS within a roughly 30 minute span.  Please park and use the drives as designed.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School