We are rapidly approaching the time of year when students will be making their course selections for the 2017-2018 school year. Right now we are planning for students to make their choices from February 13-February 26th. Guidance counselors will then review all choices student by student to ensure appropriate requests and placements. Student course requests are a key part of the process involved with constructing the best possible final schedule for the upcoming school year as we aim to maximize the match between course offerings and student requests. More detailed information on this process will be sent along in next week’s edition of News & Notes.
This past week we have seen a continued trend of greatly reduced instances of inappropriate cell phone use by students at Maynard High School. This has resulted in greater student concentration and focus in class thanks to the absence of cell phone distraction and abuse. Your overwhelming support of this policy from home and the endorsement of the importance of the educational process in an undistracted environment has been very welcome and heartening.
As a reminder, students may use their phones up until the start of the day at 7:40, during their lunch period, and as soon as the school day ends at 2:05pm. At no time does a student have to go more than about 3 hours without the ability to check messages in a non-disruptive way.
Also, as a reminder, please do not text or message your students during the school day for anything less than essential reasons. If you are leaving instructions for after school pick up, that text will be there at lunch when your student can read it without restriction. There is no need for instant reply by your child. Do not take a text from your child saying they don’t feel well and then simply show up at the school to dismiss them. If your child feels ill we have a school nurse who will always see them and the nurse will contact you if need be. If there is an emergency at home please contact the school and we will get your child with haste and afford your child the opportunity to contact you immediately in a safe and quiet space. There is no need for even these transactions to go cell phone to cell phone. I thank you for your help in all of these areas.
Though I suspect many of you may be watching a certain sporting event this Sunday night, here is some additional information about upcoming activities and events at MHS and in the community for the days and nights before and after Sunday’s big game:
Pop’s Night at the Fowler Tonight! (See more details under the MMA notes below.)
The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library (3 Tiger Drive) from 7 – 9 p.m. A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of essential information about special education laws. The goal of the workshop is to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed! Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
School Dance February 17th
The Senior Class will be hosting a dance on February 17th here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00. All ticket sales will be at the door that evening. You will want to review school policy regarding dances that can be found on page 33 of the Student/Parent Handbook.
A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student
Hello MHS Community!
My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.
After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/
If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!
MMA January Updates
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Minutes from our November and December meetings have been posted on our website: maynardmusic.org. Please click the links below for quick assess to the minutes or visit our website.
February 3rd Pops Night Fowler Auditorium, 7:30: Volunteers Needed
April 2nd (Sunday) Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.
Pops Night on Friday 2/3 @ 7pm @ Fowler Auditorium:
Students have already signed up as performers for this event. We will be asking for student volunteers to help out/earn service points if they have not already via the band room. BUT parent Volunteers are needed to supervise set-up and food table and clean-up at our Annual Pops Night.
Contact Bonnie: email@example.com Subject: Pops night volunteers
Banquet Volunteers Needed ASAP:
MMA is in dire need of 8th through 11th grade music parents to plan this year’s music banquet set for late May. Coordinators for the following areas are needed: Food: dinner/desserts/beverages, Decorations, Senior Video, Coordination of wills/memories. Planning for this event typically begins in January for Memorial Day annual banquet!
Please contact MMA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Banquet help
Volunteers for sub-committees:
Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees: Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee.
Please contact Bonnie - email@example.com
Next MMA meeting: Wednesday February 1st, Joint Business 7:30, High School Business 8:15 in the Fowler Library.
Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS; Interim Chair, Fowler
Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS
Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS
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Great News From Mrs. Blanchard in the Music Dept. at MHS
This has been an extraordinarily busy month for musicians at MHS!
The month started with the first rehearsals for Peter and the Starcatcher-this year's MHS play (which will open in March, tickets to go on sale mid February). What a great cast!
Jan. 11, 13 and 14 Sr. Districts took place. We had 7 vocalists make it this year (highest number I can remember in the 20 yrs. I've been here!). Congratulations to Alyssa Ray, Zoe Pepin, Karima Haddouch, Charlie Neuhauser, Adam Berry, Dante Naylor and Lucas Pepin!
Jan. 21st had 3 of the above students scoring high enough at their first round of auditions to be eligible to audition for All-State--beautiful singing by Adam, Karima and Lucas!
Jan. 22nd brought the recital of Dean Murphy, MHS alumn, who is finishing up his masters of music degree in opera from Yale University! Congratulations Dean!
Jan. 28th were the Jr. District auditions and we have 4 8th grade instrumentalists that made the group! They are Ari Kiirikki, Lilly Weber, Hazelyn Aroian, and Tommy Fallon. One received a near perfect score and it looks like we'll have 3 of 9 flutes in the band from our little school and one french horn. Out of over 70 schools!! We've never had more than 1 flute make it at a time as it's exceedingly difficult and competitive. I can't say enough about these students' work ethics and talent!
On Jan. 27th the madrigals were invited to sing for the Providence Bruins game in Providence, RI and did so to huge raves. There were thousands of spectators there and it was quite wonderful.
Thank you all for your support of these outstanding young people. Musicians at MHS are amazing!
From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather
Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals
Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England. To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:
1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.
2. Traditional television and radio Media. We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44. They also post this information on their website at:
3. New for this year! I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools
Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.
That’s the news for this week.
Enjoy the weekend, take care & Go Patriots!
Principal of Maynard High School