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A Wonderful Close to September

posted Sep 29, 2017, 12:45 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

I’d like to thank the hundreds of parents and guardians who attended “Back to School Night” yesterday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm here at the high school.  It was a great turnout and gave our parents and guardians a chance to meet their student’s teachers and get a sense of the academic day at Maynard High School. I’d also like to thank the representatives who were here from the Maynard Music Association (MMA), Remembering Maynard’s Own (RMO), our Parent-Teachers Organization (PTO), Maynard Education Foundation (MEF), Maynard Boosters Club, and Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) for their efforts getting out information and for their incredibly generous support of our students and staff members.  Finally, I’d like to thank our students for their help and support at “Back to School Night” as guides around the building, for assistance handing out schedules, for providing a lovely bake sale and water sale, and for raising money to support scholarships and for hurricane relief for the people of Puerto Rico.  It was a wonderful evening.

As further proof that time flies along, when we return to school on Monday the calendar will have changed to October and nearly half of the 1st marking quarter of the year will be done.  Please check in with your student and in IPASS to make sure they are on target and doing well so far this year.  To help ensure your child’s success in school, please continue to make sure that they are here everyday on time and ready to get to work in every class.

News From the Studios of WAVM & Mr. Ogden’s Class

In this week’s edition:

Students are learning and applying so many aspects of television production, as can be seen in this most recent issue.  As you watch, please take note of and decipher all the aspects that go into each episode, including: script writing, segment producing, graphic design, directing, camera and audio work, interviews, research, editing, collaboration, and more.  

We have a strong group this season, so please continue to show your support by sharing and viewing these newscasts.



Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

Anti Bullying Forum

The Maynard Public Schools will be holding an Anti Bullying Forum on Tuesday October 3, 2017.  This event will be held in the Fowler Assembly Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

The Maynard Public Schools Policy Subcommittee is in the process of reviewing the current School Committee Policy #18 Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, and the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Reporting Form.

We plan on using a World Cafe Method for facilitating dialogue with large groups.  We will have break out groups at round tables brainstorming their thoughts on these documents and reporting to the committee recommendations for improvement.



We are the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and our first event of the school year is the Parent Pizza Party on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fowler School Library. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, want to learn more about the Special Education Program in Maynard, or just want to meet some other awesome families, come join us for pizza! We are also eager to hear from people interested in getting involved in working with SEPAC (planning social events for our kids and families, being a resource for other parents, etc.) Please RSVP for October 12 to Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

Fund raiser for MHS Spanish Exchange at El Huipil

MHS students just enjoyed the first part of an amazing exchange with students from Tomares, Spain who visited us earlier this month.  Now the students are working towards paying for the second part of the exchange, when we visit them.

El Huipil, an authentic Mexican restaurant right in downtown Maynard, has generously agreed to donate 10% of food sales every Monday night for the month of October towards MHS’s student trip to Spain.  This includes eat in and take out orders (but not drinks).  So, leave the cooking to El Huipil on Monday nights and enjoy their food either in your home or with friends at the restaurant.  Thank you for your support.

Where:  El Huipil Restaurant in Maynard

When:  Each Monday in October

What:  10% of your dinner order will be donated to the MHS trip to Spain

From the Maynard Music Association

Our next MMA meeting will be held on Monday October 2nd in the Fowler library. Please join us for Fowler business at 6:30, joint business at 7:30and high school business at 8:00.

Minutes from our joint June and August meetings can be be viewed on our website:

Dates to Know:  Please view our website for up-to-date calendar information.

October 6th:  Pep band

October 7th:  Jazz/Wind Ensemble to perform at Maynard Fest

October 13th:  Pep band

October 23rd:  Auditions for Little Mermaid begin

MMA is currently taking sweatshirt orders.  Please contact Stephanie Gavin for details at

Casino Game Night Fundraiser Update:

Meetings will be each Monday night (13 Sherman @7).

Band and chorus volunteers from grades 4-12 needed.

Voucher information will be available October 1st.

Donations to grade level theme baskets can be sent to:

MMA/Class Basket (Grade ___)

1 Tiger Dr.

Maynard, MA 01754


The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame (MHSAHF) Board is excited to announce its 7th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony  scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6 PM to 11:00 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powder Mill Road, Maynard.  The past six events have been a huge success and have sold out!

We are proud to announce the 7th set of inductees to the Maynard High School Hall of Fame: Brianna Freeman Azier (2001), Christopher Cavazza (1989), Steve Curcio (1989), Douglas Cush (1969), Joe Kalinowski (1976), Echo Freeman Louissaint (2001), James Luker (1957), Barry McNulty (1980), Bob Oksa (1973), Leigh Romanowski (1959) and James Stewart (1997).

It is always a great evening of celebration and a great opportunity to see friends and classmates of Maynard High School.  The festivities will include a cocktail hour (with cash bar) followed by a buffet dinner from6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by the induction ceremony and ending with a social.

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $40/ea until November 10th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailing  or . The board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale.  Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at to see the list of past years' inductees.

If you know an athlete who you feel deserves to be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame at a future Induction Ceremony,  please go to the website and complete a nomination form  Additionally, donations are always greatly appreciated and may be forwarded to the MHSAHF, PO Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754.  The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization under Section 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) and donations are tax deductible.

That’s the news for the week and have a wonderful weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School