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Columbus Day Weekend

posted Oct 5, 2012, 2:58 PM by Chuck Caragianes
Is it possible it is already Columbus day?

We have reached the halfway point of the first marking quarter of the year and a three day weekend is upon us.

First a shout out to our two Harvard Book Prize winners this year:  Juniors Ash Asencios & Sierra Lucciano.  Ash & Sierra were escortd by Guidance Counselor Lisa MacLean to this prestigious event hosted annually by the Harvard Club in Boston.  Congratulations!

Our students are fantastic and there is great positive energy in the school.

Last year's Yearbooks have arrived after a publisher's delay and are now available in the school library.  See Mr. Orzech to pick up your copy.

And you can now custom order Tigergear in support of Maynard High School!! To get started visit: to get started.

In 9 days our NEASC visit begins and we are ready to go at the high school.

If any parents or guardians are interested in serving on a parent panel to discuss the high school with our visiting evaluators, please feel free to contact me.

At this time every freshman and sophomore who has submitted the appropriate paperwork has received an iPAD.  That's 135 iPADs to students in all!

With the distribution of our iPADs it occurs to me that quite a bit of valuable electronic gear now resides in the high school.  When one considers student phones, iPODs and similar devices, along with the recently distributed iPADs it is fair to say that hundreds of thousands of Dollars of personal electronic devices are in the building daily.  I would urge parents and guardians to speak with their students about properly maintaining, caring for, securing and even locking these valuable items up while in school.  Though perhaps not a pleasant discussion, certainly a necessary discussion.

Tonight's Football game between Maynard/Bromfield and Littleton is being played on behalf of those fighting cancer.  This is part of the "Crucial Catch" campaign to support breast cancer awareness and research.  The game is being played in the honor and memory of two Maynard women who contributed greatly to the Maynard community and were themselves taken far too soon by cancer.

Some additional community and school related information has come to my attention this past week and I'm happy to relay these next.

MaynardCAN’s next event:

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 2:00 pm, in the Roosevelt Room at the Maynard Public Library, MaynardCAN! will host a discussion about energy consumption and about the book, “No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes about Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process” by Colin Beavan (2009, 288 pages, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux). Part of a town sustainability discussion series, this event is free and open to anyone interested, whether or not he or she has read the book. For more information, email or

Maynard Food Co-op update:

·         Next Outreach and Education meeting is Tues Oct 2nd at 7PM at the prudential real estate office (2nd floor).

·         Maynardfest, Sat Oct 6th: The Food Co-op needs your help at the booth. This is the Maynard Food Co-op’s last push to get community interest surveys completed and they need your help! Not only do they want more completed surveys, they want to have a professional and legitimate presence at this large public event.  Ideally a minimum of 3 people will be there through the day. Please let them know if you can volunteer by emailing, or reply on their Facebook page.

Maynard Country Club Reuse Committee:

·         Next meeting is Wed Oct 3rd at 7:30 at Maynard Town Hall.

·         October 10 at 7pm, a visioning session will be held at the club to develop an initial list of proposed ideas.

·         October 20 at 2pm, there will be a guided walk with the goal of gathering site-specific public input.

·         There is now a page on the town website for the Country Club Re-Use
committee info...upcoming meetings, agendas, minutes from meetings etc.

Here is a link:

Pass it along to anyone you feel may be interested!

Maynard Litter League:

·         Saturday, Oct 27 from 10-noon – Fall Townwide Cleanup – save the date!

Meanwhile the Maynard Music Association's Casino Night is fast approaching--a spot where I'll be dealing!

Please take a look at the following message:

With the help of our generous volunteers, Casino Night 2011 was a huge success and we were able to raise over $10,000 for the music programs at the schools. We were able to provide scholarships at both the High School & the Fowler School, and purchased instruments for the bands.

Now Currently:

We are looking for dealers to deal Black Jack and Texas Holdem’, the Roulette Table and the Spinning Wheel. You can deal for 1 hour or the full 2 hours. If you would like to deal and not play, no voucher is needed. However, if you would like to deal for an hour and play, or deal for 2 hours but have chips to use toward a prize at the end of the evening; with your voucher purchase, you will receive $500 in free chips in addition to the $3000 you receive with your voucher purchase. This is a way of saying thank you for volunteering your time to help out at our important fundraiser.

You can please email:  if you are interested.  I will need to know what you would like to deal and how many hours 1 or 2. Thank you! Your help is certainly appreciated.
On that very same night another incredibly worthwhile event is taking place:  The Melissa A Saulnier Music Scholarship.  Details follow:

The 17th Annual Melissa A. Saulnier Music Scholarship Memorial Benefit Dance will be held at the Maynard Rod & Gun Club, Saturday November 3, 2012 from 8PM to Midnight.  There will be music, light refreshments, a cash bar & raffle items from local businesses.


In addition, there will be a separate raffle for one week at the Cold Spring Resort, Ashland NH for April 13, 2013. You don't need to be present at the dance to win the trip.


Tickets for the dance are $10.00 each, and tickets for the raffle are $5.00 a book. These tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Saulnier's at 508-251-2398. The tickets will also be available at the door.

Perhaps you could check out both amazing events on November 3rd--both to benefit Maynard Music students.

And finally, be sure to check out Maynardfest in downtown Maynard tomorrow.  Come visit the Maynard Public Schools at our very own booth while you enjoy the day.  I'll be helping out myself from 7:00 to 9:00am along with Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera.  We look forward to seeing you!

That's it for this very busy week at Maynard High and the entire Maynard community.

See you at the football game tonight!

Chuck Caragianes