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A Great Week Just Past and a Busy October Ahead!

posted Sep 30, 2016, 7:16 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good Morning,

It has been a busy week at Maynard High School highlighted by our annual “Back to School Night” this past Tuesday.  We had a truly remarkable turnout with over 80% of our students having one or more parent or guardian in attendance.  Over 500 people were in our building for the evening's activities and I’d also like to thank the representatives from our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the Maynard Music Association (MMA), Remembering Maynard’s Own (RMO), Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and Maynard Educational Foundation (MEF) for their presentations and informational materials.

I’d also like to share a recent thank you note I received  from Nanda Landers from the Women Of Note chorus which recently rented our auditorium space.  It speaks to the dedicated staff and WAVM students we are so proud of who are working hard even on weekends.

Ms. Landers writes:

I wanted to write a note of thanks.

My chorus Women Of Note hosted our annual show for the first time at the Maynard Auditorium last Saturday.  This was the first time in this venue and my first time organizing the show.  Kyle has been very patient with me while I was trying to figure out what we needed and when.

While we were there Tony was on duty, we want to extend an extra thank you to him.

He has gone above and beyond what was expected, helping us move things and being available whenever needed.  During and after the show he checked in to make sure we had everything we needed.

The WAVM crew that assisted us for both for the technical rehearsal and the show itself also were incredibly helpful.   They were efficient, skilled and a pleasure to work with.

The chorus loved singing on the stage. The size of the auditorium was fantastic for the kind of show we put on.  We hope to perhaps make this an annual tradition.

Please extend our gratitude to Tony and the WAVM staff.

The Maynard High School community has much to be proud of within the building, within the town, and within the entire area.

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

Maynard High School Needs 5 Parents for the School Site Council

The Maynard High School school site council is an advisory group made up of students, parents, teachers and administrators that helps address the needs of the school and helps create plans for school improvement.  The group meets once a month during the school year, generally on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 2:30-4:00pm in the MHS library.  To be a parent member of the school site council you must have a child at Maynard High School.  Terms are 2 years in length or until your student graduates.  Please contact me if you would like to serve or if you have any questions.  My contact information is: or by phone at 978-897-8891.  Our next meeting is October 11th so please let me know if you are interested right away.

Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party

Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School library. The parent social begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, or want to learn more about the Special Education program in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza!

Picture Day(s)

Student and staff photos will be done at the high school over the coming weeks.  Clubs and groups will have their pictures done on Tuesday October 4th and individual pictures will be taken on Wednesday October 26th.  Say, “Cheese!”

Parent Teachers Organization (PTO)

The Maynard High School PTO will be hosting its first meeting of the year on Wednesday night October 12th from 6:30-8:00pm in the high school Media Center.  Along with myself, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Gerardi and Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Gaudet have graciously agreed to join us and it promises to be an informative and cordial evening.  Please join us!

Maynard Public Schools 2nd Annual Book Discussion

“Smart is not something you are, but something you become.”~Carol Dweck

On October 27th from 7:30-9:00pm please join the Maynard School Committee, Maynard Public Schools Faculty and Staff and community members at the Fowler School as we discuss our summer reading, Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D..

So we can more effectively plan for the event please RSVP to:


WAVM and MHS are trying to increase our viewership of all high school sports.  If you are a parent or loved-one that enjoys taking video of high school sports (particularly fall sports: Field Hockey, Girls and Boys Soccer, Cross Country) please contact and we can work together to provide viewership for anybody who may want to watch a match they missed, or even to study some film.  Thank you for your assistance.

News From The MMA

MMA is meeting next Tuesday evening, October 4th, in the band room at Fowler.  Joint business starts at 7:30, high school business at 8:15.  If your son/daughter is involved in the music program, please consider joining us.

The Maynard Education Foundation is seeking a Treasurer

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses its philanthropic contributions to enhance educational excellence in the Maynard Public Schools by funding ideas and projects which promote and celebrate academic rigor and achievement, excitement about learning, and innovation in instruction.

MEF is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer works closely with the MEF President and Clerk to oversee MEF’s annual operations and activities. The Treasurer’s primary responsibility is the financial management of the organization.

The ideal candidate is detail oriented, has experience or an interest in financial management, and is willing to actively participate on a fun and dynamic board!

Please contact MEF at or 978.938.4262 to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

From The Music Department

MHS is proud to announce the addition of Eric Huber as a new member of our after school lesson faculty.  If your student is at MHS or FMS, they can sign up to take lessons from him and he'll be teaching in the HS music room.

We are very lucky indeed! Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Eric’s background:

Eric Huber-Percussion

Eric Huber heads the percussion studio at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has performed with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Honolulu Symphony. Eric serves as Principal Timpanist of the New Bedford Symphony. His summer engagements have included fellowships at the Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, AIMS, Aspen Music Festival and National Orchestral Institute. Eric endorses Majestic Percussion.

Eric has collaborated with eminent conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, and Leonard Slatkin, in addition to distinguished composers including Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Gunther Schuller, and Oliver Knussen. Eric received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from Boston University, pursued post-graduate study at the New England Conservatory, and studied with Will Hudgins, Tim Genis, Angela Zator Nelson, Don Liuzzi, Alan Abel, and Anthony Orlando.

MMA's Casino Night Fundraiser: What's New?

Mark your calendars Saturday, November 19th at the Maynard Elks. Our single annual fundraiser is in its 8th year and raises over $10,000 each year toward supporting the music needs for band and chorus at Maynard High and Fowler School.

Want to make a donation? We are still in need of advertisements, gaming table sponsors, and prizes!

Contact: with subject: donation!

Class Basket donations are due Friday! Any monetary or theme donations to each music basket are welcome for grades 5-12! Donations can be sent to the main offices marked: MMA/Casino Night Basket grade ___.  8th grade: Decadent Delights, 9th Grade Italian Dinner Night, 10th grade: Dog Lovers, 11th grade: The Fire Pit and 12th grade: the ever popular Lottery Tower!

Vouchers: Vouchers will be for sale beginning October 1st. $40 each or @/$70. $45 the day of the event. Get yours early!! Contact Bonnie:

Auction Items: Plan ahead to bid on these fantastic items!

Resort Condo Incentives: A TWO bedroom SEVEN day condo stay chosen from several available options. Orlando just might be one of them Disney goers…value: $2000

Disney Park Hopper passes: Good for one day of park hopping at Disney! This might be great for April’s band Disney trip! Value: $620

Jillian’s Pool Hall of Boston: $200 Pool Party for 20! Consider this a night out with friends or co-workers!

Tom Hesbach Scenic Flight: 60+ minute flight around the Maynard and Boston Area in a Hanscom Air Force flying Club Piper Arrow for up to 3 people. Value: $250

*This just in! A verified auction item from the Boston Red Sox…more soon!!

As you can see, there is always a lot going on at Maynard High School and in the school community.

Have a great weekend--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School