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Can Thanksgiving Be Only a Week Away?

posted Nov 15, 2012, 6:45 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Nov 15, 2012, 7:01 AM ]
I need to begin this post with two items that are very much on people's minds, and have generated some understandable anxiety.

The first involves a former employee of the high school, Teacher's Aide Jennifer Olsen.  What follows is Superintendent Gerardi's letter that was released to the public on the night of November 12th after Ms. Olsen was arrested and charged with criminal violations by the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office:

"The education, safety and well-being of our students remain our highest priority.  Ms. Jennifer Olsen is no longer an employee of the Maynard Public Schools as of November 8, 2012.  We cannot comment further as this is a personnel matter."

This is a difficult matter that the district has striven to take action on in the timeliest way humanly possible.  I know that you appreciate that neither I nor any district official can comment further.  I want to thank Dr. Gerardi for his statement.

A second item involves difficulty with recent attempts to communicate via email to parent's and guardians, particularly around Parent/Teacher night that occurred yesterday evening from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  We've experienced some technical difficulties with our email system that appear to be resolved.  Two messages I sent out regarding parent night and other items did not go out as I believed they had.  I apologize deeply for this isue, and will strive to insure that it does not happen in the future.

On to good news from around the high school, the high school community, & some announcements.

Some announcements:

Grades for the 1st Quarter are available on iPASS for you to view.  Please take a look to check on student progress and grades.

Tonight, Thursday November 15th, our PTO is meeting in the library starting at 7:00pm.  All parents and guardians are invited to attend.  I'm sure PTO President MaryEllen McCarthy would love to see a huge turnout!

Also tonight, the MHS Youth of the Year Awards will be held at theButternut Farm Golf Club.  The Celebration runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and honors Maynard High School students Anna Costello and Jamie Poh along with the Sudbury Foundation.  Tickets are $100 for adults and $25 for current MHS students.

Friday night we will be having our Fall Formal Dance at the High School here at the high school from 7 to 10pm.  All students are welcome.  Tickets are $10 in advance, and $14.00 at the door.

On Monday night the 19th there will be a fall sports Bon Fire at dusk at Alumni Field at dusk.  This is our 2nd annual Bon Fire, restoring a tradition that was suspended many years ago. Our Boosters and Mr. Caruso have worked hard to bring this off and I want to thank them for their many efforts.

Meanwhile sign-ups and try outs for Winter Sports are now advancing.  If any student is interested, and has not signed up as yet, they should see Mr. Caruso right away.  Practices begin on Monday November 26th.

Next Wednesday night our football team is gathering for a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner at the Maynard Elks at 6:00pm as they get mentally ready for the annual Thanksgiving Day game versus Clinton High School.  This year's big game is being played in Clinton and kickoff is slated for 10:00am.  Head on over to Clinton and cheer our Tigers on to victory.  Go Tigers!!

On the news front:

The Maynard Junior class, our Boosters and the school community broadly has been working hard to raise funds for those people continuing to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Efforts to date are closing in on $1,000.00 Dollars and the funds will be sent to the Red Cross specifically for hurricane relief.  The junior class has donated proceeds from program sales at our football games, sponsored bake sales and set up donation stations at the high school.  Our Boosters donated their share of last weeks 50-50 raffle to the fund.  Thank you one and all.

The National Honor Society induction ceremony was held on November 8th.  2 new senior members were inducted along with 21 new Junior members were inducted.  It was a wonderful ceremony and reception.  The new members are to be saluted for their achievements to date, and I anticipate that the group of new NHS members will only continue to impress.  I would like to send a very special thank you to the NHS Advisers Erin Bradley & Renee Muise for their tireless work with the National Honor Society.

On the sports front Junior Sean Peterson has shattered the school rushing record for a single season with well over 1,700 yards this season and still counting.  Sean was also inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday night November 8th.  Congratulations Sean--a young man who can perform at the highest level in the classroom and on the field!


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what gives meaning to our lives and to celebrate the simple joy of being with our friends and family.

For some people who are struggling in a variety of ways, this is a difficult time of year.  One of the wonders of the community of Maynard is how so many people extend a hand to those who are in need in so many ways.  To those hundreds and hundreds of people in Maynard who always pitch in when there is a need, I thank you.

I also want to personally thank the entire community of Maynard for embracing me as the new principal of Maynard High School, and I send my own warm wishes to you and your families, friends and supporters as you celebrate Thanksgiving.