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A Day of Community Service and a Night for Prom

posted May 13, 2016, 7:53 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

Last night’s Spring Concert could not have gone better.  The 8th and 9th Grade Treble Chorus and Maynard High School Chorus were outstanding in their vocal presentation and could not have looked better on stage.  The Maynard High School Concert Band then took the stage after intermission and were wonderful as they moved through both classical and modern pieces and ended with Somewhere Over the Rainbow--the perfect sentiment as graduation approaches on June 11th for our seniors.

Today our students and staff members were engaged in community service projects taking them across all three school buildings and grounds as well as the Town Library and Boys and Girls Club.  I urge you to discuss today’s activities with your son or daughter when you see them to talk about this wonderful initiative.

Tonight is our annual Prom at the Colonial Inn in Gardner.  I’m personally looking forward to seeing all of our students in their formal attire.  This is always a wonderful event where our students shine as young adults.

This is a busy time of year at MHS and there are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.

Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:


This year's Junior prom will be at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA on Friday, May 13th. Students should plan to arrive no later than 6:00pm to take advantage of picture opportunities on site before the grand march, dinner and dancing. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend the grand march which will be taking place promptly at 6:30 in the main ballroom.

Students should be reminded about appropriate and responsible behavior before, during and after prom to ensure an exciting, fun and memorable night for all.

If you or your student have any questions, please contact Ms. Dowd at

Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York. The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem.

Date: Tuesday May 24th

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Maynard High School Auditorium.

The Solo and Ensemble Concert

The Solo and Ensemble Concert is Wed., May 25th at 7pm (jazz, wind ensemble, madrigals and a cappella groups), the Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 30th and the Music Banquet is that evening at 5pm. Band and satb chorus will also be performing at Graduation on June 11.

Please see our website for updates and details. Thanks!

Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students. Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary the tests are for all students free of charge this school year. For more information about the concussion center use the following link:

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor. Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd upon parental request. The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs.

To make an appointment for your student use the following link:


All of our spring sports teams are now well into their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:

Graduation Balloon sale!

Graduation of the class of 2016 is right around the corner, and you can congratulate any senior on this great milestone by purchasing a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2016” written on them. We will place them on the house of the designated senior on June 10th! They are only $5 for the first balloon and $4 for each additional balloon ordered. You can order them by emailing the name of the senior to . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 27th.

Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In only 3 weeks, Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more! to register, volunteer or donate today!

SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th

from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students

receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are

invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,

activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family

of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please

contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-897-0650..

For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --

If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.

In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!

Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee

Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:


3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 •

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Beginning in May 2016 it is necessary for the Food Service Department to begin to close the books on our year. This involves collecting payment for all outstanding cafeteria charges. Unpaid charges at the end of the year are a financial strain on Maynard Public School’s food service department.

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  Graduating Seniors must pay any outstanding balance in full by their last day of school, June 3rd; this is a Senior Obligation that must be done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last day of school, June 21st.

·  Any student leaving Maynard Public Schools, who has a positive balance, may send a written request for a refund or for the balance to be transferred to a siblings account.

Starting on Wednesday, May 4th the Food Service Program will be changing their “Meal Charge” policy.  The cafeteria cash registers will be programmed to prevent further charges if a student owes money on their account or if the purchase will cause them to owe money.  Weekly emails have gone out all year alerting families of negative or low balances.  If your student has a negative account balance regardless of free or reduced lunch status, the student will no longer be provided all the lunch options available. Instead they will be provided and charged for the alternative lunch option consisting of: Cheese Sandwich, Vegetable, fruit and milk.  All negative balances must be paid by the end of this school year.  

If your student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

Please contact Chris Piercey (978-897-6100, to arrange a payment agreement, or to discuss how we can help in this matter.

Thank you.

Chris Piercey

Maynard Public Schools Food Services Manager

(978) 897 6100

Potential Employment Opportunity

Maynard Minuteman Senior Services, a regional social services agency, seeks a part-time Dining Coordinator for our Maynard dining site (located at the Senior Center on Concord Street Circle). Minuteman Senior Services is an innovative non-profit agency offering seniors, disabled adults, and care givers information, assistance and support in 16 towns. We operate 15 programs that provide solutions to help our consumers live independently, in the comfort of home. Our nutrition programs include congregate dining sites, Meals on Wheels, nutrition counseling and Healthy Living classes. For additional information about Minuteman and our services, please visit our website at POSITION SUMMARY: The Dining Coordinator provides food service and volunteer management in a small dining room setting and is responsible for creating and maintaining a warm and welcoming environment for the seniors who utilize this service. This is a great job for someone seeking part-time hours; recent retirees and stay-at-home parents are encouraged to apply! Schedule: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  Create a warm and welcoming dining experience for seniors in a community setting targeted at helping seniors stay healthy and engaged.  Make diligent efforts to identify and reach lower-income, disabled and/or isolated people age 60 and over by using outreach methods including coordination of effort with Minuteman Senior Services' care management staff and local agencies and current participants.  In collaboration with the Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator, work with existing community groups concerned with the interests of the elderly to promote active and healthy aging such as the local Council on Aging, local social service agencies, municipal government, nursing homes, and senior groups.  Assist in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, employees, and Meals on Wheels drivers (from among dining participants and the community at large) to ensure an enduring program.  Train and supervise volunteers and/or paid Meals on Wheels drivers regarding routes (the Dining Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of meals). Responsible for updating route sheets, scheduling volunteer MOW drivers, and monthly calendars.  Implement and maintain food handling practices and procedures for dining and Meals on Wheels that adhere to agency standards and local fire, health, sanitation, and safety codes.  Keep required records and statistics and supervise the counting of cash and check receipts. Make daily deposits of donations in agency bank, mail weekly pink sheet, and deposit receipts to agency on Friday. Mail monthly and N.A.P.I.S. reports to agency by the 10th day of the following month.  Wear Minuteman uniform at all times, including the Minuteman apron.  Attend staff meetings and appropriate training sessions.  Display a consistently positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous, and professional attitude while working as a team member and pitching in as necessary.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Nutrition Services. QUALIFICATIONS:  High School graduate or equivalent in work/life experience in community or social group work (paid or volunteer)  Sensitivity to the needs of the elderly  Familiarity with the service area preferred  Must be able to lift bags/coolers weighing a maximum of 35 lbs  Ability to establish a good working relationship with participants, volunteers, and co-workers and must be detail oriented. PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS POSITION VIA OUR WEBSITE:

Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School