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A Spring Break and Then a Push for Home

posted Apr 17, 2015, 11:16 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

At the close of school today we will begin our spring recess running from April 18th-April 26th with no school for students and teachers.  Classes will resume at 7:40 am on Monday April 27th.  Sports and some extracurricular activities will be occurring—check with the appropriate coach or adviser for details.

A Note on Attendance & Tardiness

This winter term we noticed an increase in student tardiness and absences beyond what we've seen in the past.  Some of this is understandable—we had an unusually harsh winter and the extra indoor time no doubt led to some more days out sick with colds and the flu.  Now that spring is here, I would ask every student, with the support of  their parents and guardians, to really strive to be to school on time every day.  Our early “Get to class” bell rings at 7:40 am.  Classes begin instruction at 7:45 am and this is when attendance is taken and rapidly submitted.  I strongly recommend that students get to school by 7:30 am to allow for unpacking at lockers and getting squared away for the day in an orderly and unrushed way.  Any student being dropped at the curb right at 7:45 am is bound to be late to his or her first period class, will be marked late, and will be missing the first instruction of the day.

3rd Quarter Report Cards

Student grades for the 3rd marking quarter have been inputted by teachers and are undergoing final cross checks at this very moment.  Parents and guardians will be able to view grades by 3:00 pm this afternoon, Friday April 17th.  Should you have any questions please contact your student’s guidance counselor.  The guidance counselors will be back in school on Monday morning April 27th when our students and staff return from break.

Theater--College—Theater about College

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

Maynard High Students are in Washington DC!

107 MHS student band members, along with their volunteer adult chaperons and leaders, are in Washington, D.C. right now enjoying an educationally worthwhile and musically invigorating 4 days of activity.  The reports I’ve received thus far are excellent, and I can’t wait to hear of the trip and our student’s experiences when they return.  Go Tigers!

Host Families Sought for International Students and A Year 1 Celebratory Cook Out

One of our partner agencies, Exchange Service International, is looking for families who would like to host an international student next September who will attend Maynard H.S. If you can provide a caring environment with room and board, in return you will receive a generous stipend. For more information please contact: Angela Merrett, Local Organizer at:  acmerrett@comcast.net or 978-210-5396.

As many of you know, this year was the first year Maynard hosted a large foreign exchange student contingent with 17 students joining us (some for a single semester and most for the whole year). The school, community and most importantly, the students at MHS benefited greatly from this experience. 

In an effort to celebrate this event, Maynard High School would like to have an end of the year cookout to celebrate the year. The cookout will be on May 28th at 6:00pm at the front of the building on the cafe patio.  We are inviting faculty, staff, host families, our foreign exchange students and two guests of the exchange students choosing.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.

This coming week is a great chance for our students and staff to take a well earned break and to prepare for the “home stretch” of the school year.  From Monday April 27th when we return from our spring recess until Friday June 19th

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

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