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A Difficult Week and Moving Ahead

posted Mar 22, 2013, 11:25 AM by Chuck Caragianes
Larry Vanaria

I am saddened to inform you that Larry Vanaria passed away on Tuesday March 19th.

As most of you know, Larry had spent more than 30 years of dedicated service to the students of the Maynard Public Schools and was the founder of the AP Biology course of studies.  His work at Maynard High School has been legendary and of the highest order.

Larry will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues in the Maynard Public Schools, and the generations of students he inspired.

Moving forward Mr. Vanaria's classes will be taught by Maggie Jones who has been doing a simply outstanding job here at Maynard High School for several months.  Maggie is a Maynard High School graduate who studied AP Biology with Mr. Vanaria, holds a BS in Biology, and has worked directly with Mr. Vanaria this year handling his classes as needed.  Our students could not be in better hands.

College Night

This coming Thursday March 28th is College Night here at Maynard High School with panelists from several colleges joining us for an informational session.  Activities will begin at 6:30 and will run until approximately 8:00pm depending on demand and how long our panel presentations and questions and answers run.  Though of particular importance for juniors, all students and their families are invited.

SNOW!!

Due to our harsh fall and winter with hurricanes and snow, school cancellations have driven the last day of school until Friday June 21st.  Fingers are crossed that we have seen the last of school cancellations for this year.

Scheduling for the 2013-2014 School Year

The first steps needed to proceed with scheduling for the 2013-2014 school year have been taken.  We are utilizing our IPASS Data system in a new way this year with the goal of having staff and student schedules complete prior to the close of school.  This would be the first time that scheduling has been accomplished prior to the close of school in recent memory.  Our teaching staff has made requisite student recommendations electronically, and our guidance counselors have worked with freshmen, sophomores and juniors to put tentative course requests into IPASS with the understanding that these selections are in absolutely no way final.  These data inputs are necessary to allow our computer system to "build" a schedule for next year that will be the equivalent of a really strong "rough draft" of a mater schedule for 2013-2014. When we have a draft that is substantially, though not perfectly, correct as a result of these initial efforts we will open the IPASS system to parents and students to review as we make final and complete schedules for each student and staff member.  Please bear with us as we use this new system for the first time.

Sports

Don't miss our Winter Sports Awards Night this coming Wednesday evening March 27th.  Come join our student-athletes and their coaches as we celebrate the many achievements of our outstanding young men and women.

Spring sports including baseball, softball, track, lacrosse as a co-op, and girls rugby as a club level co-op are now underway.  Teams are practicing and games are scheduled for early April.

The New Building

Our new building is now approximately 80% complete, with the total project including demolition of the old building, landscaping and paving now at the 75% complete.  We remain on time to take possession of the building on August 1st, and to start our next school year in a state of the art educational facility.  The excitement is growing throughout the school as what was once a dream is on the brink of becoming a reality.

Thank you for reading.

Chuck Caragianes
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