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A Great Start at the All New Maynard High School!

posted Aug 30, 2013, 12:18 PM by Chuck Caragianes
Wow--What a great start to the new school year here at Maynard High School!

Last week we were giving building tours and distributed over 300 iPads with the help and support of our NHS and Student and Student Government students.  (In my last email home I neglected to mention Katie Warzewska and Jane Hart as key student contributors and leaders that week so I give them special mention here).  Approximately 1,000 family members and students toured the building and enjoyed snacks generously provided by our PTO.

Just this past Tuesday a cookout was held to celebrate the achievements and work of our students over the summer.  Any student who participated in sports, music, WAVM, or as a school community helper was invited and over 200 attended--more than half our student body.  The Boosters and PTO provided an amazing spread and Bob Kinch from food services made sure they had the grill, tools and facilities they needed to bring it all off.

This past week, on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday our staff reviewed the requirements of the State mandated evaluation system they will be under, prepared for students, and received technical training on our new building systems.  They were utterly professional and enthusiastic which is the standard I've come to count on with this phenomenal group.

And then came an amazing start of school for our students on Thursday and Friday.

Our entire student body and faculty met in our incredible new gym for a whole school assembly.  The atmosphere was electric and our Student Government students and NHS students once again led the way as schedules were distributed, information given, and a few fun activities were enjoyed.  And yes, "Eye of the Tiger" remains the song our students want to hear at every key event.  Thank you to Superintendent Gerardi and School Committeeman Estabrook for their time, participation and support.

Students received Handbooks/Planners, completed requisite information and made their way through their schedules.  Parents are urged to review the handbook and to return signature pages right away.

iPad distribution continued, and by the end of school on Friday the 30th more than 360 iPads had been issued with all paperwork and insurance fees submitted.

Lunches were congested on Thursday, but by Friday kinks had clearly been worked out and the two lunch periods went very smoothly indeed.  The lunch schedule has been tweaked for Tuesday and we expect to have optimal operations by next week.

Locker data is being inputted into our iPass system and this is a time consuming process that we have been working at diligently since we received all the information we need Tuesday night.  We anticipate the beginning of Locker assignments when we return next Tuesday.  Much of this input is a one time project as we open a brand new building so this will not be repeated year to year.  Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Back-orders exist on some furniture and materials, but equipment and supplies continue to come in steadily and bit by bit and piece by piece headway is constantly being made.

Some Notes on Construction:  Our building is magnificent, but there is still work to be done.  Finish work and punch-list work will continue at night and on weekends.  Our theater is scheduled for completion and occupancy by October 14th.  All landscaping and paving and touch up work remains on schedule to be completed by December 1, 2013.  Demolition of the shell of the old building began this past Tuesday afternoon and ramped up to full speed on Wednesday.  It is anticipated that the entire structure will be gone by the week of September 16th.  Traffic patterns are being examined to improve speed of transport until all of the landscaping and paving is complete allowing for the best possible traffic flow as architecturally designed.

It has been a busy week, but a great week.  Our school and community partners have been of immense assistance on tour days and cookouts--thank you to the Boosters, PTO, RMO, MEF and MMA for their support in a variety of areas over the summer.  The high school teachers and staff, including our custodians and cafeteria workers, have been working at a fever pitch to bring our building to life and to have a clean, safe, and welcoming environment for our students.  Central Administration under Dr. Gerardi's leadership and with the support of the school committee and town offices has been nothing but supportive and on top of every issue.  Finally, our students are beyond compare.  They are intelligent, caring, curious and hard working.  The dozens of student volunteers who participated in a wide range of activities over the summer were major contributors to our successful beginning to the 2013-2014 school year.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend--

Chuck Caragianes, Principal
Maynard High School