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A Strong First Week Leads to a Long Labor Day Weekend

posted Aug 31, 2017, 12:13 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

It’s been a great opening to the 2017-2018 school year.

Tuesday evening we had a lovely cook-out and celebration for all the students who were involved in summer activities of all sorts related to the high school including our WAVM students, band members, and student-athletes among others.  The event was generously supported by the Friends of WAVM, the Maynard Music Association and our Sports Boosters group.  It was a great way to lead into the new school year.

On Wednesday morning we greeted over 400 students to the first day of the school year in our gymnasium and the entire day went smoothly and enthusiastically.  Class meetings were held with each group of students, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, in our auditorium and our students received information on expectations for the year, updates from their student Class Officers and Class Advisor, and some information about changes coming for the food services program delivered by Chris Piercey our Food Services Director.

As I went through the building and visited classes a very efficient first day was in evidence as materials and syllabi were distributed and reviewed and an introduction to classes began.

By Thursday we were on our normal schedule and students were increasingly squared away in all of their classes.  As a result we were in excellent shape headed into the long, 4 day Labor Day weekend and are in a position to really hit the ground running next Tuesday when we return.

Speaking of next week, our fall sports teams will be engaged in their first games next week.  Check out our Athletics website for schedules and locations.

As the year begins we now have 7 new staff members. Please join me in welcoming Building Level Substitute Travis Zimmerman, Physics Teacher Angelo Villani, World Languages Teacher Sigifredo Jara, English Learners Teacher Justine Ferguson, Special Education Teacher Jamie Boda, School Nurse Mary Ferranti (Transferring to MHS from the Fowler) and Secretary Gail Lucas to the Maynard High School community.

We are indeed fortunate to have such a first rate group of professionals joining us at Maynard High School!

As a reminder, Maynard High School opens for students at 7:00am for breakfast and academic classes begin promptly at 7:45am.  There is no traditional homeroom period.  If your student is walking into the building at 7:45 they will be late for the day and late to class where they will be missing academic work.  A 7:30 arrival all year long will ensure that your student has time to visit their locker, say hi to their friends, get settled for the day ahead and get to class on time.

Related to being on time, please be aware of the following:

When your students arrive each morning all food and beverages must be consumed in the cafeteria and cannot go up to the classrooms.  We have students with quite severe food allergies and introducing food into classrooms greatly increases the possibility of a strong allergic reaction.  So if your student is stopping for coffee and a bagel in the morning, they’ll need to build in time to eat it prior to going to class rather than thinking they’ll be munching or sipping during 1st period class.

As the year unfolds, feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

A Message Sent From Our Student Council

Our Student council has been working hard and are back to work. At the end of last school year, Student council elected new officers and created new rules for the Maynard High School Student Council Constitution. Some of these new positions include at-large positions and the new public relations director, Nicole Jones. We have new people taking over positions including Alyssa Gwozdz as Secretary, Nick DeCastro as Treasurer. And we have our returning student body president, Kyle Morgan. Our student council came together a few times this summer to attend things such as the Special Olympics and a MASC camp. Some of our student council members who attended the camp include Kyle Morgan, Axum Semakula, Ally Morgan, and Erin Egan. At this camp they learned about topics like leadership and ways to make their student government stronger. The Student Council met a few days before school started to discuss plans for the first day and the upcoming year. They came up with a fun new welcoming activity for the Student Body that everyone seemed to enjoy. They’re all excited and ready to make this year the best one yet!

Fundraiser to Benefit the Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship Fund

Save the Date for "Music Together in Katherine's Memory", Sunday, September 17th, Battle Road Brewery, 5 Mill and Main, Maynard, 5 - 10 PM. From 5-6 PM, Pat and Vic Lalli,  from "Music Together of Assabet Valley", will entertain the younger audience.  From 6 - 10 PM, various musicians who have played with the Lalli's will entertain the older audience.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident in Lancaster.  Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system but her family has always been very much involved in the Maynard community, especially her parents, who provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury communities and beyond.

The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  

If you would like to make a donation in Katherine's memory at this time, please make your check payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line. Please mail donations to: Maynard Town Building, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754, attn Cheryl Kane, Treasurer. Acknowledgement of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family.


Congratulations are very much in order for Paul Howes who was named Division IV Central Massachusetts Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association.  Paul will be honored at their annual banquet on November 19th.  The Tigers are not only the reigning State Champions, but were the State runner up the year before that and are the two time defending Central Massachusetts champions.  Well done and well earned.

Jazz & Wind Ensembles

Our Jazz & Wind Ensemble, once again under the direction of Tricia Gately, will be holding a kickoff event at the The Pleasant Cafe on September 10th from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

The Pleasant Cafe is located at 36 Main Street right here in Maynard.

Come on in for some good music and good times.

Our Project 351 Leader

Aurora Estabrook, a ninth-grader at MHS and ambassador of Project 351, joins more than 300 other young leaders across the Commonwealth in a statewide youth-led service initiative. Aurora’s Fall Service Project will benefit Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to the families of military personnel with ties to Massachusetts who have died as a result of active duty service post 9/11/2001. MMHF is partnering with Project 351 to collect donations for troops overseas and local homeless veterans.


Project 351 is a non-profit, statewide youth-driven organization that annually picks one eighth-grader from every city and town in Massachusetts to serve for a one year term.

For Aurora’s Fall Service Project, she will be collecting items requested by MMHF in bins around town. Bins are currently located at the police station and will also be located at each of the three school lobbies, starting the first day of school. Donations will be accepted until August 31st at all locations. Maynard community members are encouraged to drop off the following items:

-Instant powdered drink mixes - single serve or travel sized only

-Single serve instant coffee (not decaf)

-Single serve instant powdered creamer

-Bubble gum or chewing gum

-Patriotic cards/letters of gratitude (if putting in envelopes, please do not seal)

Please remember that every donation counts. No matter how small, your donations will make a big difference in someone’s life. Thank you for your help!


From the Maynard Music Association

MMA Updates:  Our first meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday evening September 6th in the Fowler Library.  For this month, high school business will be first starting at 6:30, joint business at 7:30, and Fowler business at 8:00.  Following our September meeting, all other MMA meetings will take place on the first Monday of every month.

Our website has a new look thanks to Kurt Severance, our new webmaster.  Please visit it for up-to-date information about our organization:

Casino Night: Last year we made close to $14,000! Let's go higher :)

Planning for the 9th annual Casino Game Night music fundraiser is underway! Casino Game Night is our sole fundraiser. It takes place this year on Saturday, November 4th at the Maynard Elks Club at 6:30 pm. All band/chorus parents in grades 4-12 are welcome and encouraged to join in on the fun. Our next planning meeting is Monday, August 28th at 7pm at 13 Sherman.

What you can do to help us reach our goal in support of our musicians:

  1. Attend planning meetings! Fun folks, food provided :)

  2. **Offer a prize, theme basket, auction item to the cause (families, book groups, neighborhoods with band kids...)

  3. **Take out an ad in the program and music programs for the year for your business

  4. **Sponsor a gaming table at the event - large ad!

  5. Attend the event! Vouchers are available October 1st ($40 per person/$70 for a pair includes $3000 in gaming chips for the evening) See the event posted on Maynard Music Association on FB

  6. Be a guest dealer for black jack or Texas Hold 'em - easy training provided

  7. Contact Bonnie via to help!

**= Items needed by September 30th!!

Fundraising dollars in action last year! What your support helps to do:

  • Reduction the student cost of attendance at Great East Festival

  • Purchase of t-shirts for Great East performance

  • Purchase of performance wear for the Disney trip

  • Scholarships for graduating seniors

  • Repair and cleaning of French horns, tubas, bari-saxophones, oboe, alto saxophones and more

  • Commissioned a professional composition for enrichment learning

  • Days with the Pros: master classes for HS musicians

  • Purchase of reeds and supplies

  • Purchase of general music practice instruments

  • Purchase of a percussion cabinet, amp

  • Purchase of sheet music

  • Updating of the awards display at the high school

  • Support of community performances: Pep band, parades, Sip and Stroll, Arts Night

  • Support of performance opportunities: Pops Night, Jazz Cafe, Farmers' Market

  • go to to read our year-in-review for more!

Contact Bonnie (Casino Game Night '17 Chairperson) by replying here with how you would like to help this year!!!

That’s the news for this opening week of school.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School