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Achievement in Abundance

posted Dec 8, 2017, 8:02 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning,

This has been a phenomenal week at Maynard High School and it all culminates with an incredible weekend ahead.

The annual WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon starts tonight at 8:00pm on and runs continuously for 40 hours through noon on Sunday afternoon December 10th.  Our student leaders and student staff at WAVM have helped raise in excess of a million dollars over the years to help families in need of assistance in the greater Maynard area.  

Tune in…



And help make the 2017 Telethon a huge success benefitting friends and neighbors from across our community!

In other news, Maynard High School is one of only 447 districts from across the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, Maynard High School had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that Maynard High School and the entire district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

And more good news comes in thanks to our Senior Project team led for many years by Mrs. LaBelle and Mr. Orzech who have recently been joined by Ms. Makovoz.  The following brief summary will give you a sense of the great work completed by our students just two days ago:

The senior class participated in a mock interview exercise this past Wednesday, December 6th. The goal of this activity is to help graduating seniors practice presenting themselves in a professional manner. All members of the senior class had to write a resume, dress professionally, and meet with an adult professional from the community who interviewed them for 15 minutes. The adult volunteers represent a variety of business and career sectors.

After the interview, the adults shared feedback and advice with the seniors on how to improve their skills and maximize their opportunities in interviews. The volunteers pictured here from left to right are Brian Hudak, Fiona Nauseda, Mary Brannelly, Sandra Hinds, Chief Anthony Stowers, Jerry Culbert, Michelle Hudak, Noel McDonagh, Marc DeCastro, Melissa Levine-Piro, Sarah Finnerty, Jacquie Rodgers, Karen Aroian, Superintendent Robert Gerardi, and Tim Hess. Not present in the picture: Dennis Pierce, Jim McCann, Jennifer Gaudet, and Paula Copley. Thank you to our volunteers!

We couldn’t offer this great opportunity for our students if not for the wonderful collaboration our program has with the community. The steering committee of the Senior Project program (Paula Copley, Jerry Culbert, Jacquie Rodgers, Michelle Hudak,  Owen Leach, Paul Orzech, and Jean LaBelle-Pierce) was instrumental in organizing the event, and the Maynard Education Foundation provided many volunteers and support!

In the spring, seniors will present on the experience they’ve had in Senior Project this year. This will include an internship they have served in as well as a project they have developed. At that time, we will be looking for additional community volunteers.

Many thanks go out to our students, staff and community members who help make this tremendous event possible.  Well done everyone!

Wednesday was an incredibly busy, productive and celebratory day, and night, at Maynard High School.

Not only did our Mock Interviews go incredibly well, but that evening more than 300 people gathered in our auditorium, including our fall athletes, coaches, staff members, families and friends, to acknowledge the achievements of nearly 180 student athletes from grades 7-12 who participated in fall athletics.  Of the approximately 150 Maynard High School students who participated more than 50% were acknowledged by name for making the Honor Roll at the High Honors, Honors, or Honorable mention level.  What a great testament to our dedicated student-athletes.

And some final notes about our students giving back to the community.

Our girls Field Hockey Team, coached and led by Mrs. Sullivan and Miss Sullivan, recently received special recognition from the MIAA for their community service work and projects over the course of the fall season.  High School sports are about life lessons.  The lessons about camaraderie and giving that the young women on our field hockey team have experienced are what they will remember and draw upon long after individual game scores fade into the past.

Thanks also go out to everyone who helped out with our recent blood drive held this past Tuesday at MHS in our gym.  Mrs. Lerner helped facilitate the drive that was ultimately led by student volunteers here at Maynard High.  It was a little hectic at times, but we were able to generate 26 pints of donated blood.

As I mentioned at the top of this week’s notes, what an amazing week at Maynard High School.  Academic recognition, academic achievement, real world experiences and dedicated community service were all in evidence at MHS and speak volumes about our students, staff and the greater Maynard community.

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

Winter Concert

Next Wednesday December 13th please join our Band and Chorus for our annual Winter Concert right here at Maynard High School in our auditorium starting at 7:00pm.  You’re sure to have a great evening of entertainment and fun for the entire family.

From Our Food Service

Starting Monday 12/11 the food service department will no longer offer products with peanuts in it. The only product we had offered with any peanut in it was the Teddie's peanut butter we had used for sandwiches. Sun Butter will be offered as a substitute upon request.


Boost Our Boosters!

Maynard Sports Boosters offer many terrific items through their school store link, the proceeds of which benefit our students.  With the colder weather coming, and holidays around the corner, check out their offerings of clothing and more at the following link:

That’s the news for the week.

Have a great weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School