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A Week of Grand Achievements

posted May 27, 2016, 10:33 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and it is a time to welcome the summer of 2016 even as we pause to reflect upon those who are no longer with us.  I hope that this weekend gives each of you many moments of joy and meaningful time for remembrance.

It has been a great week at Maynard High School in terms of student performance as our students continue to contribute to the community and excel in a variety of endeavors.  There were so many fantastic achievements by our students over the last 7 days it may seem hard to believe, but here they are.  I think you’ll enjoy having a look!

This past Tuesday night our Senior Showcase and Senior Engineering night was attended by hundreds of students, their families and community members.  44 students, working with faculty members Paul Orzech and Jean LaBelle, have developed senior projects on a variety of topics in health care, finance, design, marketing and much, much more.  Their work was on display to the community and the breadth and quality of their work was amazing.  Just down the hallway in the Engineering Space 6 seniors presented their work to a jury of working engineers in the field and guests.  Original ideas and executed projects were submitted on Durable iPhone Chargers, Refurbishing Sports Shoes, Controlling Strength and Volume in coffee machines and on a new type of Fishing Reel that Never Tangles.  Great work was done by all 50 students involved in these showcase events.

Speaking of great work, check out the link to our recently completed Community Service Day on our MHS website:

More great news came in from the Great East Music Festival last Friday May 20th.  Mrs. Blanchard sent me the following note that I’d like to share with you:

I wanted to give you an update on the HS band and choruses day at the Great East festival.

The kids were wonderful-no problems whatsoever and the chaperones were just great!

The treble chorus got a gold and the SATB chorus got a high gold.

The most special moment though, was the band's performance for this competition.

They scored a nearly perfect 98  out of a 100 and earned a platinum. Very few schools in all of New England earn a platinum-it's exceedingly difficult to do on the HS level. To my knowledge, it's the first time in MHS history that any MHS music group has won a platinum (even before my time at least via the trophies we have).

When the judge told the students of their achievement, they started tearing up. It meant so much to them and they knew how hard they'd worked all year to get to this point.They were humbled, overwhelmed and so very excited. To not only reach this level of performance, but to be able to pull it off in the critical moment is a real tribute to who each and every one of these students.

Their judges were college professors (one a very well known "tough judge" from Boston Conservatory. Their main piece was a very difficult college level piece. The judges consistently remarked about their high level of proficiency and musicality (and their ridiculously fast fingers!)

When we crossed the Stow/Maynard town line on the way home, a police cruiser pulled out in front of us. We wondered why. Then, we realized as the second cruiser pulled behind our 3rd bus and they slowly guided us through town to the HS, we were being provided a police escort. Word had traveled back to the town of the kids' extraordinary day, and in pride and appreciation, they were given a police escort. One of the police officers was a member of the MHS band a few years ago and had played our main piece-he was so proud of the kids!  What a wonderful tribute to the students.  They will remember this for the rest of their lives.

As if all this great news is not enough, please take a moment to read the note sent along by Mrs. Murphy regarding Project 351:

On Saturday May 21st, Juan Duran and Sean  Primiano participated in Project 351 Reunion.   Together with the other ambassadors and alumni, they made 700 hygiene kits for low income and homeless children to be distributed by Hope and Comfort, 850 Superpower Packs for the Summer Urban Program to provide summer campers with the tools they need for summer learning, 690 cards for the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund expressing gratitude to the brave men and women who defend our freedoms, and 200 fresh food wellness bags to be distributed to senior residents around the Foxborough area by Fresh Truck.

Governor Baker, Nate Solder (New England Patriots offensive lineman), and Jonathon Kraft also  commended the students for their service.

The day ended with a Peace and Unity Walk, led by Bill Richard in honor of Martin Richard.  The walk also raised funds for the Martin's Park at Children's Wharf.

We all had a great day.  It is so uplifting to see students from across the state work together.

On top of all of these fantastic student achievements several of our student-athletes and teams are also achieving at a high level.

Congratulations are in order to our Softball Team and Coach O’Neal for once again qualifying for the State Tournament.  Well done!

Also, a big congratulations goes out to the following track athletes for qualifying for the state qualifying meet:

Boys Girls

Paul Simeone Ashley Chiasson

Mike Ford Shannon Smith

Eugene Otieno Brenna Smith

Dante McPherson Nora McCarthy

Ferguson Pierre Alyssa Bourgeois

Andrew Skavicus Katelyn Stramaglia

Josh Darnels Christy Teska

Thomas Smith

And yes, there is more.  Our student run drama club put on their evening of One Act Plays this past Thursday to the delight of the community and on Wednesday evening our Solo and Ensemble Night featured terrific performances by our Wind Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, student run A Cappella Singers, and Jazz Band dazzled the audience with their performances including the Jazz  Band’s rousing rendition of Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder to close the evening.

Last, but certainly not least, the annual WAVM Banquet was held last Sunday night at the Fowler School celebrating the achievements of approximately 150 WAVM member students who make the station go every day.  It is a fantastic celebration of the great work our students do.

That’s a lot for one week isn’t it?  When I say hundreds of our students had a chance to shine at a high level this past week it is no exaggeration.  Well over half of the students at MHS had significant achievements to celebrate over the past 7 days and the recognition they received was well earned and well deserved.

It remains 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:

Senior Week and Graduation activities

Finals begin next Tuesday May 31st.  Make sure your student has connected with teachers about any missing work.

Senior Obligations are now due.  To participate in the graduation ceremony of June 11th all seniors must make sure they have returned all school owned materials or paid to replace any items that are missing or damaged and paid all fees and balances owed to Maynard High School or the Maynard Public Schools.  Students and their families have been contacted with what they owe.  Students need to be aware that everything from music attire or sports uniforms, to books, to Activity Fees, to cafeteria balances are included.  Last year we started with nearly every senior owing something be it a book or fee with well over 300 items to be taken care of worth over $10,000.00.  By graduation every single item had been accounted for and not even the smallest cafeteria balance remain unpaid.  We hope to replicate that this year for three simple reasons:  First and foremost, we want to see every eligible student actually participate in their graduation ceremony.  Second, we want to conserve valuable school resources for future use and save the taxpayers of Maynard money.  Third, and finally, it’s only fair and right.

Monday, June 6 is Six Flags (for those students who signed up).  Seniors must be at the school and ready to leave by 8:45.  We should return to MHS by 5:30,

Wednesday, June 8 is rehearsal and cap and gowns.  If your student has any outstanding obligations they will not receive a cap and gown.  See guidance if you are unsure.

Wednesday night is the Harbor Cruise from 6:30-10:00 (for those students who have signed up).  Seniors will meet at MHS for pictures and attendance no later than 4:45.  We should return to MHS by 11:00.

Thursday, June 9 is Senior Awards Night from 7-9.  Seniors will meet at MHS at 6:15. This is a semi-formal event so dress appropriately (no jeans!)

Friday, June 10 is the Senior Walk, rehearsal and PTO lunch.  Seniors will meet at MHS at 10:45.  Bring your cap and gown.  We will head to Green Meadow at 11:00 and march up through each school.  Graduation rehearsal will be at noon and the PTO sponsored lunch is at 1:00.   

Saturday, June 11 is graduation.  Seniors will be lined up and heading up to Alumni by 3:45.  Please get to the school around 3:00 to get your cords and cap and gown set.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Please see Lisa MacLean or Renee Muise (class advisors) with any questions.

Facilities Request Forms

Any group wishing to use the school buildings for meetings or activities are required to complete a Facilities Request Form.  Forms are available here at MHS and requests for use during the 2016-2017 school year are now coming in.  Requests from now through July will be processed in early August.

Early Release Days for Underclassmen Final Exams

Final exams are now less than a month away and the end of the school year is coming up fast.  There were three school cancellations due to snow this year and the end of the year calendar has been adjusted to account for these missed days.  Underclassmen Final Exams will begin on Friday June 17th and continue through Wednesday June 22nd.

Friday June 17th will be a full day of school with a single exam in the afternoon.  There will be two exams per day on Monday the 20th, Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd.  These last three days of school, June 20-22, will be Early Release Days with students being dismissed at 10:55am.  8th Grade students will be dismissed at 10:55am June 20-22 as well.

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:


All of our spring sports teams are now in the home stretch in their competitive schedules and home and away games are happening almost daily.  Please check out our sports schedule at:  Information regarding State Competition will be appearing as it becomes available.

Relay For Life

On June 3-4, nearly 200 Maynard residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Maynard to help save more lives from cancer. The event will take place from 6pm to 9am at Alumni Field.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Our Relay For Life is a community gathering where teams and individuals camp out on Alumni Field overnight and take turns walking or running around the track. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event, as well as at the event itself, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to join us until 11pm!

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 184 registered participants at Relay For Life of Maynard raised over $62,000.

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, supporting education and risk reduction efforts, and providing free information and critical services for people with cancer who need them. Our survivor speaker this year will be a survivor who took advantage of an American Cancer Society program called Look Good Feel Better at Emerson Hospital, a program that helps women deal with the physical effects of cancer.

Take action this year and help make cancer a priority by participating in, donating to, or attending the Relay For Life of Maynard. Visit to learn more about the event, or contact Kayla Hindle at 508.270.4884 or

Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In little over a week Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more! to register, volunteer or donate today!

SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th

from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students

receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are

invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,

activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family

of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please

contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-897-0650..

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

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 Memorial Day weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School