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A Week of Student Successes

posted Nov 10, 2016, 11:24 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

As we prepare for the Veteran’s Day weekend I’d like to begin this week’s News & Notes with a heartfelt thank you to all who have served our country and are currently in service to our country around the world.

The students at Maynard High School are quite rightfully a source of great pride to the community and here are 24 reasons why:

Last night 23 incredibly hard working, dedicated and caring students were inducted into the Maynard High School chapter of the National Honor Society.  NHS Advisor Renee Muise orchestrated a wonderful induction program in our auditorium as parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, relatives and friend looked on.  Superintendent  Robert Gerardi was on hand to recognize students Siobhan Kells and Rachel Thompson as the recipients of this year’s Superintendent’s Awards.  A hearty congratulations to all 23 new members.  It was a wonderful event.

This afternoon I had the pleasure of watching student-athlete Emily McNulty sign her Letter of Intent to play Field Hockey at Merrimack College.  Emily is the first Field Hockey player in the history of Maynard High School to ever sign such a letter.  Emily’s parents, grandparents and teammates were on hand for the ceremony as were her Coaches Brenda Sullivan and Cori Sullivan as well as Athletic Director Kevin Caruso.  Well done Emily!

Also, many congratulations go out to our League Champion girls and boys soccer teams for their first round playoff victories this week.  Our League Champion football team also won their opening round playoff game and have reached the sectional final for the Central Massachusetts title.  All three teams and their coaches have much to be proud of, not the least of which is how they represent their school and town every day.

Meanwhile, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday afternoon November 16th from 2:15-3:30pm and Thursday night November 17th from 6:30-8:00pm.

To schedule meetings with your students’ teachers, please these steps and guidelines:  1.  To allow reasonable access to teachers by all parents and guardians, please request no more than three teacher appointments.  Should you feel meeting with more than three of your childrens’ teachers is important, additional individual appointments can be made through a guidance counselor.  2. To make your requests please email our secretary Pam Carter.  Please include your name, your student’s name, the teachers/classes you would like to visit and the preferred day and rough time.  Pam’s email address is  Pam will send a confirmatory email to you in response giving you precise meeting details.  3.  Requests for appointments extend through Sunday November 13th.  4. Your email requests will be handled in the order they are received.  5.  Please do not phone for appointments unless you experience difficulty with email.

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

News from Maynard SEPAC

There will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day), but please save the date on your calendars now: The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.

Fall Sports Awards

The Fall awards ceremony is scheduled for December 7th at 6:45 in the Maynard High School auditorium.  The Booster club will have Tiger Sunglasses and Chairs available for sales...these make great holiday presents!  There will also be a sign up sheet for the Basketball concessions.  It is the parent volunteers that make the Boosters successful.  So come and honor the Fall athletes on December 7th.  If you have questions please contact Gail Lucas at

Support Maynard Education Foundation at Not Your Average Joe's Tuesdays in November

Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November.

Present a certificate (available at or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Thank you for your support!


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!

Sew What?

Do you have a used sewing machine lurking in your basement or attic? The Sewing Advisory at Maynard High School is looking for donations of sewing machines and sewing notions (thread, needles, etc.) for high school students who are learning to sew. Any donations can be dropped off at the front office of the High School. Thank-you!!

MMA November Update            

Please copy and paste the links below into your browser window to view the minutes from our October Joint Business meeting and High School meeting:

Our next meeting is December 7th at 7:00.  All are welcome! Location to be determined.

Chaperones Needed:

Veterans Day Parade: November 11th.

Senior Districts:  November 19th

Christmas Parade:  December 4th

Winter Concert:  Wednesday December 14th specifically looking for 2 parents to supervise students and 1 parent to coordinate baked goods and beverages.

Please contact MMA if you can chaperone any of these events:

Our one and only fundraising event is fast approaching.  Casino Night is November 19th at the Maynard Elks.  Only 2 more planning meetings left:  11/10, and 11/17 at Bonnie Wilson’s house, 13 Sherman Street, 7:00.  All are welcome!

Email Bonnie Wilson for vouchers:

Need a babysitter for Casino Night?  Complimentary sitting at your home via our very own band and chorus students.  Contact MMA:

Calling all cooks and bakers! We are in need of appetizers, main dishes and desserts for Casino Night.  Email MMA if you can donate:

Volunteer Opportunity:  MMA is in need of a 10th and/or 11th grade music parent to coordinate this year’s music banquet set for May.  Please email MMA if you can take on this role.

NEW! Maynard High School Food Pantry

The following message comes to us from the Maynard Food Pantry:

Dear parents,

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry have come together to offer a food pantry within the Maynard High School. The goal is to supplement weekend meals for high school students and their families throughout the school year.

After students sign up they may come to the pantry, located in a quieter section of the school, at anytime during the week while school is in session.

Food choices will be in four main categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.

Typical food choices are:

●     Hot and Cold Cereal & pancake mix

●     Soups & canned pasta meals

●     mac & cheese

●     Canned tuna

●     canned fruit

●     snack bars

●     personal care items

If you feel this program will benefit your high school student(s) please sign up in one of the following ways.

●      Contact a guidance counselor- Renee Muise

        or Dana MacPhee

●       Send this signed form via mail to 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard MA 01754 or drop off it off at the main office. One of the counselors will contact your child directly after receiving the signup form.

For further details and questions please contact the guidance counselors or the main office at 891-897-8891.

Thank you

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry

I would like my child to have access to the Maynard High School Food Pantry.

Child’s name _____________________________________________________________

Grade ________________________________ Teacher ____________________________

This new program can only serve to help some of our students and their families around the critical issues of health and nutrition.


I hope you have found this week’s information both interesting and useful.

Have a great weekend ahead.  Go Tigers!

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School