We anticipate a very busy, fun and academically challenging next 6 weeks as we head to the close of the 2014-2015 school year. Our Prom will be held May 8th, senior final exams are from May 22nd-29th, and graduation exercises will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).
AP Exams are underway, MCAS and PARCC testing will be occurring in various grades and subject areas over the next few weeks and our Underclassmen Awards Ceremony and exams follow rapidly thereafter. June 5th will be a poignant day here at MHS as we welcome current 7th grade students for “Up Day” as they prepare to enter our community next school year even as we hold graduation practice for seniors followed by a luncheon for our soon to be graduates sponsored with the generosity of our PTO.
Warm Weather and Our Dress Code
Warm weather means everyone is breaking out their summer attire. Sometimes this can be problematic. The School Committee approved Dress Code is contained in our student handbook and is very much in line with communities across Massachusetts for both male and female students. Dress code enforcement is a task that detracts from time on learning for students and eats into staff time needlessly. Please spend just a bit of time at home talking to your children to help us ensure that the dress code is being followed by your students here at MHS.
School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness
We have 7 weeks of school remaining this school year (4 weeks for seniors) and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the school committee approved attendance policy. June 19th is the last day for students in grades 8-11 and May 29th is the last day for seniors. The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence. The school committee policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences. (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)
Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over. Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).
Bus Registration 2015/2016
Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year began on May 4. Registration is at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive. This office is on the right side of the Fowler School.
Forms will available under "forms to download" on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.
Note: if you have a student entering 7th grade 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.
If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.
Events, Events, Events!!!
WAVM Banquet May 17th! Spring Concert May 20th! Solo & Ensemble Concert May 27th!
Keep your eyes peeled for information around all of these events as well as a host of games and sports.
Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert
Please join us in an evening designed to celebrate the memory of our highly valued MHS community member Dave Herlihy whom we lost earlier this school year.
The concert will be held Friday May 22nd at 7:00 pm here at the Maynard High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each (at the door).
The Concert will feature many bands and a few solo acts including Maynard High School student Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard. In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events—
Principal of Maynard High School