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Backhoes and Homecoming and Pictures, Oh My!! (With Apologies to Dorothy & Toto, too.)

posted Sep 21, 2012, 2:33 PM by Chuck Caragianes
It has been another event filled and productive week at Maynard High School.

This past week we had our annual "Back to School Night" and approximately 200 parents and guardians joined us to meet with teachers and get a sense of their students' schedule.  Many thanks go out to our NHS students and advisors, Renee Muise and Erin Bradley, for their assistance.

The coming weeks are also going to be busy ones indeed.

Of note this coming week September 24 to 28:

Backhoes!!  After student drop off on Monday a portion of Tiger Drive will be closed for the rest of the week as a trench is dug, and lined with concrete and wiring trunks, across our parking lot near the stretch of Tiger Dive that connects to the Fowler from the high school.  No pedestrians or cars will be able to get through this area for 1 week as a result.  This is necessary to bring all the main power and data lines to the new high school.  It will be a distinct inconvenience for the week, but the work should be done including patching the surface in time for school on Monday October 1st allowing for normal resumption of travel and parking.

Pictures!!  This coming Monday also is the start of photo days at the high school as our students have their individual and group photos taken.  Please know that if you purchase photos that a portion of the proceeds go to the MHS PTO.  This is a great way to have a worthwhile keepsake of your children while helping our fabulous PTO at the same time.  Thank you to MaryEllen McCarthy for bringing this information to my attention.

Homecoming!!  This coming Friday and Saturday September 28th & 29th marks homecoming weekend.  Kevin Caruso our Athletic Director has worked very hard along with our coaches and school organizations to create a fun filled weekend of sports, family games and activities, culminating with our homecoming dance.  Check out the "Homecoming" link on our Homepage as well as the upcoming events area.

Also Ahead.....

NEASC!!  Once every 10 years our school is evaluated by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges simply referred to as NEASC.  This is our year!  the high school will host a visiting team of 16 evaluators from October 14 through October 17th.  The chair of the committee, Sara Wotton the Assistant Principal at Oyster Creek High School in Durham, and the Assistant Chair, Greg Myers the Principal at Quabbin Regional were in just today to brief the staff on the visit.  For over a year high school personnel have been working diligently in preparation to this visit.  The goal is to get an accurate picture of our school and to know where and how improvements can best be implemented while maintaining our overall excellence.  More notes will be forthcoming regarding NEASC as the dates of the visit draw nearer still.

College Fair!!  Our guidance counselors Lisa MacLean, Renee Muise and Elizabeth Schuster want you to know that a major regional college fair is upcoming.  This may well be of interest to students and their families.  The location is at the Nashoba Regional High School which will be hosting the Massachusetts State College/University Fair on October 16.  MEFA will also be presenting a Junior college planning seminar that evening. 

An Important Note from Maureen Jones Our School Nurse!! 
  • Please make certain to turn in the Emergency Contact Forms to the Health Office as soon as possible.  It is imperative that we have the most recent and correct information so as to reach you as soon as possible. 
  • For the administration of ANY and ALL medications, INCLUDING over-the-counter medications, there needs to be a completed Medical Order on file in the Health Office.  If your child is under 18 years of age, there needs to be signed forms from a parent or guardian AND from your child's doctor.  If your child is 18 or older, there still needs to be a signed form from his/her doctor.  There can be no exceptions.  THIS APPLIES TO INHALERS AND EPI-PENS, EVEN IF YOUR CHILD CARRIES THEM THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
  • If your child has a medication to be given during the school day (daily or as needed) or if you would like for the Health Office to have a back-up inhaler and/or Epi-Pen on hand for your child, please get these medications and the Medical Order(s) to the nurse as soon as possible.
Band on the Run (Straight to Disney, that is)!!  Thank you to Mary Gately for providing the following important information.

The MHS Band and Chorus is going to Disney. Help support our trip and you could win a new car!  We are raffling a brand new Kia Optima or $20,000 in CASH! Raffle tickets are on sale now.  You can purchase a ticket from a band or chorus member or you can find us at Oktoberfest or MHS home football games. A maximum of 2500 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are $30  each or 2 for $50

MHS Band and Chorus Flower Bulb Fundraiser  Support MHS trip to Disney with some beautiful flowers. Go to the following link to purchase bulbs. MHS will receive 50% of all sales and the flowers come directly to you.

Take the "Fuel Up To Play 60" Pledge and help our students and school while you do it!!  The following message that was sent to the high school staff a few days ago by Trish Demars one of our PE teachers.  It helps explain why you should take this pledge.

Please assist the Physical Education and Health Department in getting the district involved.  Take the pledge campaign started by Fowler teacher Brenda Sullivan to get all students and staff along with parents and the community to pledge to be physically active at least 60 minutes a day!  the more pledges the better chance of the district winning!  Spread the word ask all you see if they have taken the pledge by 9/30 12.  More info at the Fuel Up to Play 60 website!

Here's the link to pledge
Pledge Form  at

Fuel Up to Play 60 schools that get 80% or more of their school to participate will be eligible to win the school prize, so encourage your classmates
to join the movement and select your school!

Thank you Ms. Sullivan & Ms. Demars!

That's it for now.  Thanks for reading and have a great week ahead.

Chuck Caragianes