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A Grand, Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting! (And Other News You Can Use.)

posted Dec 10, 2013, 12:21 PM by Chuck Caragianes

As usual, this is a very busy time of year at Maynard High School.

Upcoming events are listed below, as well as some comments and information and observations regarding our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting held just this past Saturday.

Please take a few minutes to read through the information below to remain up to date on the latest at MHS.

The WAVM Telethon is This Weekend and We Need Help.

Kathy Hahn and Mary Ellen Jaques are co-chairing the WAVM auction again this year.  Their inventory of auction items the students have gathered so far is well below the number we usually have at this time.  We are asking for help.  If you are able, we would appreciate donations of new items including: toys, sporting goods, household items, apparel, or holiday items with a value of $10 or more to the auction. They can hand deliver it anytime to WAVM between 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. from now until Sat afternoon Dec. 14, 2013.  If you would like, you can also call the studio at

978-897-5179. Thank you.

Parent Conferences are this Thursday December 12th

Appointments for teachers are being booked from 2:10 to 3:30pm and from 4:00 to 5:50pm.  The evening will come to a close promptly at 6:00pm.  Please contact Pam Carter at MHS to book appointments with teachers.  Be sure to include your name, your student's name, a rank order of teachers you wish to meet with and the best way to contact you to confirm appointment times.  Pam can be reached via email at  She can also be reached by phone at MHS.  Individual appointments can also be booked through your student's guidance counselor.

All Community Winter Concert! Wed. Dec. 18th

If you play a band instrument or sing and would like to be part of this special event, please e-mail Mrs. Blanchard at so that we can get the music to you. We welcome all alumni and anyone living in the town of Maynard or having a connection to the town, to come and perform with us!

Dates of Winter Vacation

Friday December 20th is an early release day for students with dismissal at 10:55am.  MHS will remain closed from that time until students return on Monday morning January 6th.

Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley Ski and Snowboarding Announcement

Nashoba Valley Ski/Snowboard Program

Join us for another exciting year of skiing with Maynard Rec and Nashoba Valley.

Early Bird Discount!

Register before December 13th and take $5 off.

Registration Deadline - Friday, December 27th.

Lift Ticket is ONLY available to children in the 6th Grade or above that have skied or snowboarded before.

Students must provide their own transportation to and from Nashoba Valley.

For dates, fees or if you have any questions, contact:

Wendy Allegrone-Leslie
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley
212 Great Road
Maynard, MA 01754
"Great Futures Start Here"


The Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Maynard High School

This past Saturday, December 7th, we held our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies at Maynard High School.  The formal ceremony was held from 2:00 to 3:00pm in our fantastic new theater before a full house.  State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Massachusetts School Building Authority Executive Director Jack McCarthy, Selectman Brendon Chetwynd, School Committee Chair Amy Gay, Superintendent Robert Gerardi and myself were all honored to speak.  MHS Student Government President Brian DeMars did the honor of actually cutting the ribbon.  The Maynard Public Schools Food Service under Bob Kinch and Mary Wardwell put out a wonderful array of snacks and food for the event, WAVM students handled all of the electronics related to broadcasting, recording and the technical requirements of the theater, NHS and Student Government students gave building tours, and our Chorus and several student instrumentalists provided the appropriate mood and musical accompaniment under Cindy Blanchard's direction.

It was a simply wonderful afternoon, and a day all of Maynard can take pride in.

Below are my own formal remarks from the day, should you wish to read them.

Take care and enjoy the holiday season.

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School




As our ceremonies approach their closing, I am mindful that it is Pearl Harbor Day and that  72 years ago the United States was under active attack at this very hour on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii.  I also find it remarkably fitting that we are dedicating the magnificent  new Maynard High School on this day.

We frequently say that we thank our service men and women for their sacrifice, and indeed we truly do thank them, but the Second World War marked an extraordinary period in American history and the changes that conflict brought about, and the levels of sacrifice it required of every person whether in uniform or not, reverberate to this day.

Though the nation was shocked and fearful 72 years ago, the response was nothing short of magnificent.  Sacrifice in the face of danger was the order of the day:  economic sacrifice, sacrifice of life and limb for the sake of the nation at large, and for individual families and children at home.  The sacrifices were born by men and women across the nation and they were born to do nothing less than to rid the world of the scourges of fascism and totalitarianism as well as the unspeakable barbarism and inhumanity of the holocaust.

The men and women who fought those many decades ago are still among us, though in dwindling numbers.  They endured the Great Depression, fought on every inhabited continent during the war itself, and then extended a hand of friendship and forgiveness  to former foes through the Marshall Plan in Europe and in the rebuilding of Japan.

And out of the Second World War a new thinking emerged--that the way to extended peace  and prosperity would be found through a change in our own behavior as a people.  This new social contract is best exemplified by  the GI Bill of Rights.   Passed in 1944 under President Roosevelt and then vigorously administered by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and beyond, the GI Bill of Rights allowed for transformational levels of education and college for millions of Americans returning from war.  It was understood, and has become part of the fabric of America, that education above any other area of endeavor ensures the security, economic power and health of our people, and it is through an educated citizenry that  our democracy is maintained.

I am also mindful that we are fortunate to live in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The idea of the "Common Weal" or common good dates back to the founding  of the Massachusetts Bay Colony now nearly 400 years ago.  It was here in Massachusetts in 1630 that Governor Winthrop entreated and reminded  us that, " We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."  It was here in Massachusetts  that the first public school, Boston Latin, was opened in 1635 and just  a year later a modest institution known as Harvard College was founded in 1636.  It was here in Massachusetts that John Adams penned our State Constitution and aptly included provisions for public education within the first few paragraphs.

Times have changed greatly over the more than two centuries since Adams wrote our State Constitution.  We are now in a global age, and the clarion call of the power of education has now spread across the globe.  Nelson Mandela once said, with his usual straightforward eloquence, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

 In keeping with the value of education as stressed by Adams at the close of colonial times, and Mandela in our own time, students emerging from the new Maynard High School this year and for generations to come will proceed on into the 21st century, and perhaps even into the 22nd, prepared for the rigors of work and global competition.  More than that, they will also and be ready to lead  responsible and productive lives.

The people of Maynard have brought about  an exemplary new high school, with the assistance of a visionary Commonwealth, in the greatest nation on earth.  From this day forward let it be known that here in the Town of Maynard, and here at  Maynard High School, we embrace the charge to be "As a city on a hill" and that collectively the faculty, staff, students, parents and community welcome "the eyes of all people to be upon us."

In closing, as we dedicate our new high school today I say to each person in this room, and to the community at large, thank you.  Not just thank you for the construction of this new building, but thank you for being true to the founding traditions of our Commonwealth, thank you for bearing the financial sacrifices associated with building this tremendous center of learning even in the teeth of a prolonged recession, thank you for embracing the challenges of the 21st century, thank you for keeping faith with our veterans who sacrificed so much at Pearl harbor 72 years ago and above all else, thank you for loving your children.