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A Great Week at MHS with More Fabulous Events Coming Up!

posted May 15, 2015, 12:14 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Our Prom held last Friday was a huge success featuring our traditional promenade and magnificent deportment by all of our students through the evening even as they all had a great time.  The end of the year is now little more than a month away for all of our students and but 3 weeks away for our seniors.  As a reminder, 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).

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.

Student Successes!

The MHS band and choruses went to DC in April for a national music competition.

Not only were the students perfectly behaved, but their performances were outstanding.  All 3 groups rated "excellent" on a national level, and the 8/9th grade chorus came in first!  We are very proud of them indeed.

While there, they also got the chance to see the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, World War II memorial (and several others), see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery and the Kennedy gravesites, went to the Smithsonian, the Annapolis Naval Academy (and saw a dress rehearsal of Brahm's Requiem by the students and some adult professional musicians), and saw a performance of the musical "Addams Family".  What a great trip! Many new friendships were formed, bonds tightened and the chance to see so many of the country's important sites, combined with their wonderful performances, made this an incredible trip.

Thanks to all in the community that supported these students!

Digital Design & Publishing students Ben Grotnes, Anne Helmen, Julie Grape and Anniken Birkhaug  entered the  "There Oughta Be a Law" Student Video Contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and won FIRST PLACE.  Their video is now featured on the League website.

To view the video go to:

Congratulations to Maynard High School 8th graders Robert Fraser and Emmeline Weeks for competing in the recent Middle School Science and Worcester Regional Engineering Fair at the WPI campus in Worcester. The Science Fair highlights scientifically talented Worcester area middle school students (grades 6-8) in the annual competition. The mission of the Science fair is to encourage the development of student inquiry-based science process skills by supporting the education community, by providing a forum where students can dialogue with professionals and by honoring science achievement. 

Robert Fraser investigated "Spring Constants and Hooke's Law" and  Emmeline Weeks was awarded Second Place with her investigation of " Light Diffraction Through Different Sized Gratings". Both students are eligible to compete in the upcoming Massachusetts State Science Fair in June. Good Luck!

The PTO/Boosters

The PTO/Boosters will be selling seat cushions at the Senior Awards Night on June 4th at 7:00pm for anyone interested in purchasing them for Graduation.  The seats are $25 each. These are great for using on the hard, wooden bleachers when you’re all dressed up for graduation!


Host Families Sought!

Educatius International is looking for host families for the coming school year.  We hosted 14 students this year with great success.  We had students from Norway, Brazil, Spain, Germany and China.  Some students were here for the whole school year and some for just one semester.  All students speak English fairly well, have good grades and excellent recommendations. Families are paid $700 per month, tax free, toward the student's room and board.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact MaryEllen McCarthy

Events, Events, Events!!!

WAVM Banquet May 17th!  Spring Concert May 20th!  Solo & Ensemble Concert May 27th!

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.

Family Country Night

Our class of 2018 students are putting on a "Family Country Night" this Sunday afternoon and evening from 3:00-7:30pm right here at Maynard High School.  It's sure to be one great Hoe Down!  There will be Line Dancing Lessons, a country themed movie, games and more! Tickets include a slice of pizza and are $7.00 perperson or a family of 4 or more for $25.00.

If you have any further questions please contact Class Adviser Olga Doktorov at

It's sure to be a great time, so come on down!

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 5 weeks of school remaining this school year (2 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).

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School