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A Great Week is in the Books and Busy Weeks Are Ahead!

posted May 6, 2016, 12:04 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

I’d like to begin by congratulating students Alex Kucich, Caitlin Fields & Dani Zeller for all having their essays selected by the New York Times in their 2016 Editorial Contest!

I would also like to thank the dozens of people from the Maynard Police and Fire Departments, Town DPW, EMS, Funeral Home, Dee Bus, WAVM and the Theater Programs for helping with this year’s “Mock Accident” as part of Maynard High School’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, particularly as we are in Prom season.  I’d like to give a special shout out to Maynard Fire Fighter Michael Cisek who began this effort as a Maynard High senior (class of 2011) as his Senior Project.  What a tremendous legacy.

The high school PTO put on a simply fantastic staff appreciation luncheon today and on behalf of the entire MHS staff I’d like to send a huge thank you to our supportive parents.  For the first time in recent memory our luncheon was further enhanced by music provided by the Maynard High School Jazz Band under the direction of Tricia Gately.  Again, many thanks.

This is a busy time of year at MHS and there are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.

Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:


This year's Junior prom will be at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA on Friday, May 13th. Students should plan to arrive no later than 6pm to take advantage of picture opportunities on site before the grand march, dinner and dancing. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend the grand march which will be taking place promptly at 6:30 in the main ballroom.

Students should be reminded about appropriate and responsible behavior before, during and after prom to ensure an exciting, fun and memorable night for all.

If you or your student have any questions, please contact Ms. Dowd at


All of our spring sports teams are now well into their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:

For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --

If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.

In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!

Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee

Spring Concert

The spring concert is Thursday, May 12th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium.

The treble chorus, the satb chorus and the concert band will all be performing some amazing and fun pieces!  We will be singing Morokeni (a traditional song of welcome in Sotho), Turtle Dove (Vaughan Williams), a gorgeous Les Mis medley, a powerful band piece "Inferno" based on Dante's Inferno, Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag, and much more. Please come out and support your HS musicians!


Time:  (Please report to the appropriate areas.)

        Choruses-on stage at 6:15 for warm-ups

        Concert Band -6:30 in the band room-section leaders tune electronically, then tune sections.

           Tech crew-mics and lights set and ready to go before you leave school in afternoon.

        Set crew-chorus risers and piano set, and chairs/percussion/stands in wings, ready to go

            before leaving school, band chairs/stands and percussion equipment set up in wings,

            neat and ready for quick set up.


Dress:  All performers are to wear black pants and white button down tops, black socks and black shoes.

Other reminders:

Reed players-check and make sure you have several good reeds and keep at least one spare in a reed sleeve with you on stage in case of mishap.

Percussionists-make sure you’ve all got a pair of CONCERT sticks-thin and tapered, do NOT use marching sticks

Brass players-make sure you oil your valves on Tuesday’s band rehearsal. Trombonists should take one spray bottle or slide oil on stage in case of emergency.

Vocalists: NO dairy 24 hrs. before singing. Drink tons of water. No dairy is a good rule of thumb for instrumentalists too!

Everyone: Practice!!!  Drink lots of and get a good night’s sleep the night before!

Best of luck everyone!

The Solo and Ensemble Concert

The Solo and Ensemble Concert is Wed., May 25th at 7pm (jazz, wind ensemble, madrigals and a cappella groups), the Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 30th and the Music Banquet is that evening at 5pm. Band and satb chorus will also be performing at Graduation on June 11.

Please see our website for updates and details. Thanks!

Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students. Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary the tests are for all students free of charge this school year. For more information about the concussion center use the following link:

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor. Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31st, June 1st or June 2nd upon parental request. The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs.

To make an appointment for your student use the following link:

Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York. The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem.

Date: Tuesday May 24th

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Maynard High School Auditorium.


Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade  at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:


3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 •

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Beginning in May 2016 it is necessary for the Food Service Department to begin to close the books on our year. This involves collecting payment for all outstanding cafeteria charges. Unpaid charges at the end of the year are a financial strain on Maynard Public School’s food service department.

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  Graduating Seniors must pay any outstanding balance in full by their last day of school, June 3rd; this is a Senior Obligation that must be done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last day of school, June 21st.

·  Any student leaving Maynard Public Schools, who has a positive balance, may send a written request for a refund or for the balance to be transferred to a siblings account.

Starting on Wednesday, May 4th the Food Service Program will be changing their “Meal Charge” policy.  The cafeteria cash registers will be programmed to prevent further charges if a student owes money on their account or if the purchase will cause them to owe money.  Weekly emails have gone out all year alerting families of negative or low balances.  If your student has a negative account balance regardless of free or reduced lunch status, the student will no longer be provided all the lunch options available. Instead they will be provided and charged for the alternative lunch option consisting of: Cheese Sandwich, Vegetable, fruit and milk.  All negative balances must be paid by the end of this school year.  

If your student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

Please contact Chris Piercey (978-897-6100, to arrange a payment agreement, or to discuss how we can help in this matter.

Thank you.

Chris Piercey

Maynard Public Schools Food Services Manager

(978) 897 6100

Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a wonderful weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School