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A Weekend to Reflect before the Start of First Semester Exams

posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:16 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

It is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this coming Monday January 16th and all Maynard Public Schools will be closed in observance.  Enjoy the three day weekend and take a moment to reflect on the remarkable life, times, and achievements of the Reverend Doctor King.

Exam week for students in grades 9-12 has also arrived.  Exams will be held Tuesday the 17th through Friday January 20th.  Friday the 20th will also be an early release day for all grades at Maynard High School (8-12).  The third quarter of the year will begin on January 23rd.

On January 26 at 7:00pm the Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only" here at MHS.  This film, co-sponsored and endorsed by Millenium Health, addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

During the school day on January 26th our students will also be viewing “If Only” here at Maynard High School.  7th graders will be walking up from the Fowler School to join our  8th & 9th graders for the presentation and discussion geared to their age group. The film and discussion will run from 8:45 to 9:45am.  Our grade 10, 11 & 12 students will then view the film with a panel follow up geared to their age group.  The film and discussion will run from 9:45 to 10:45am.  Should any parent or guardian wish more information please contact me at Maynard High School.  Any parent or guardian who wishes to have their child opt out of this presentation may do so by contacting your student’s guidance counselor or myself.

WAVM Weekly News

In this week's newscast:  The season 1 finale of MHN News.  Seniors Caitlin, Dante, and Alex sign off on their wonderful addition to the WAVM programming, and a bittersweet ending.  Caitlin discusses midterms, and the ALL NEW WAVM 2, coming soon.  Alex discusses what's happening in high school athletics, and Dante has a photo of the week from senior Mike F.  Tyler has an all new installment of Hype City, produced by Jaden, where he discusses the cult classic movie The Sandlot.  And John H. narrates Maynard's involvement in the MIAA conferences at Gillette Stadium.  

Well done and congratulations to all who helped make the first season of MHN news such a success; there were so many of you.  Caitlin, Dante, and Alex, you have set a high bar for all to follow.  

As always, if you would like to be featured on the MHN newscast, please contact us at WAVM, submit your photos of the week, and we look forward to promoting all the wonderful things that are happening in the Maynard community.


MHN Episode #13 (Season Finale)

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

A Great Community Loss

As many of you know we lost Katherine Lalli, a vibrant and joyous member of the class of 2012, in a tragic accident in late December.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine, the Class of 2012 and Best Buddies are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. 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.  She passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident.

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."

Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:

Maynard High School

Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

1 Tiger Drive

Maynard, MA 01754

Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family.

Musical Notes

Our madrigal group has been asked to sing at the Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears game on Friday night January 27th.  The puck drops at 7:05pm.  You may want to take your sleigh down to Providence and be in the building by 6:45pm or so to support our singers and have an enjoyable evening on a winter’s night.

Jazz Band

The MHS Jazz Band will be performing at Serendipity Cafe on January 28th from 7:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of jazz standards.......swing, bossa-nova, and funk tunes! Free and open to the public.

Eric Kiley Scores Again

From the desk of Athletic Director Kevin Caruso comes the following list of accolades received by our very own Eric Kiley for his great senior year on the gridiron:

Al Cowles overall Team MVP, Mid Wach D Defensive MVP, Division 4A Defensive MVP, Telegram and Gazette Super Team Member, 1st Team TE, USA Today Massachusetts 2nd Team Linebacker, 3rd Team All Massachusetts TE, and

named to the Jospeh Mewhiney All Star game in June.

Wow.  Great job Eric--well earned and well deserved!

Thank you to the Masons!

For the past three years the Charles A. Welch Lodge of Masons, made up of members of the Maynard community, has donated the proceeds of their annual Oktoberfest fundraiser to the the STEM program here in Maynard greatly benefitting our students here at Maynard High School.  This year those proceeds amounted to a $1,400.00 donation and brings their total donations to $3,400.00.  Additionally, several members of the lodge currently working as engineers have volunteered their time to work with our students in a variety of capacities here at MHS within our own engineering program in partnership with Engineering teacher John Mollica.  Many thanks go out to the Masons for the tremendous generosity of personal time and funding.

Cell Phones and Second Semester

As is true in many places in our society, cell phones are a tremendous tool for a variety of uses and can also be a tremendous distraction.  Our students at MHS almost universally have cell phones and they are virtually all smartphones that are data enabled.  At this time a growing number of students are having a great deal of difficulty sorting out when cell phone use is appropriate and as a result are off task, distracted, distracting others and are defiant and rude when asked to stop.

Starting on January 23rd, when the second semester begins, there will be an emphasis here at Maynard High School on appropriate smartphone use.  We are asking parents to help us in this endeavor.  Please do the following with your student:

  • Discuss smartphone use with your student.  There are right times of the day for smartphone use and wrong times of the day.  Use which disrupts your child’s education is the wrong time.  When all is said and done, there is no need for a student to be “plugged in” during the school day.  If there is an emergency call the school and we will get your child for a conversation in a private space.  All other business such as where you’ll pick them up after school, or “Go to your grandparent’s house this afternoon,” or “Stop by the store on the way home” are not emergencies and do not require immediate response.  It  is textual information that will be waiting for them when they are out of school, or at lunch when they can use their phones.  Point this out to your student.  Connecting to peers during class time via social media is just about always a vehicle for “drama.”  It is not useful and not needed.

  • Don’t text your children or engage in social media use with your children while they are at school and expect responses.  That is disruptive to your child’s education, results in situations where whole classes are disruptive if the information causes an emotional response and is frankly unnecessary and in some cases even irresponsible.  Again, if there is an emergency call the school and we will get your child and allow them to use a phone in a private space.

  • If your child is using a cell phone inappropriately in class, without permission from their teacher for an educational purpose, it can be taken by the teacher and held by the administration.  The first offense results in a warning, the phone returned to the student at the end of the day and a call home.  All subsequent offenses require a parent or guardian to pick up the phone.  Talk about this with your student in terms of impacts this would have on you and your family.

Without your support this will be an uphill battle.  We are battling for your child to get a good, uninterrupted and undistracted education.  Thank you in advance for your help and support.

From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.

School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.

That’s the news for this week.

Enjoy the long weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School