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Enjoy a safe and relaxing April Vacation!

posted Apr 15, 2016, 12:56 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the students and staff at Maynard High School for successfully completing our initial student safety training utilizing the ALICE method.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  It is a more comprehensive set of tools for students and staff to use to stay safe in the event of a school emergency than lockdown alone.  Every student at MHS took part in a 55 minute presentation and also participated in a drill regarding building evacuation under emergency conditions.  I’d like to thank the Maynard Police and Fire Departments for their participation and to the entire district safety committee for their work bringing this about.  Further drills will be held in the future on other aspects of ALICE.  Notifications will go out in advance of these events.

In other exciting news, on Tuesday April 12th the popular and bestselling Young Adult author Julie Berry visited the MHS Library to meet with students interested in pursuing creative writing as a career. Speaking with about 50 students, Ms Berry discussed her new book, The Passion of Dolssa (out that day), and provided a very personal and comprehensive writers' workshop for all in attendance. Ms Berry was a Maynard resident for 13 years, until moving to Los Angeles two years ago when her career took off. Her previous book, All The Truth That's In Me, was published in over 13 countries and earned rave reviews from Time Magazine, NPR, and The New York Times. Ms Berry still retains a strong connection with both MHS and entire Maynard community, therefore making this incredible opportunity for our students possible.

Teachers Mrs. Adams and Ms. Rabinovich along with Ms. Finnegan and two other chaperons are leading a trip to Cuba with 15 MHS students.  They were on their way to the airport in the wee hours this morning and ought to be approaching Havana as I write this.  This amazing educational and cultural trip would not have been possible without the support of dozens of members of the school community and unwavering family support.  I look forward to a full report when they return after April vacation!

The April School vacation is upon us with MHS closed for classes from the close of school at 2:05pm today until we return at 7:00am on Monday April 25th.  Sports practices and games will be occurring along with some additional extracurricular activities.  Your students should check with their coaches or advisors for schedules.

Many Activities and Events are Upcoming and Information Follows:

Senior Projects

Miranda DeBruyn, a senior at Maynard High School, is doing a fundraiser this spring for her senior project. She will be selling bracelets for Buddy Dog, a local non-kill animal shelter, for $5 dollars at lunch and can be reached anywhere around the school. She can also be reached at her personal email for those outside of the school. Cash is preferred Miranda is also doing a blanket drive for the shelter. A box will be left in the main office. Miranda says, “Thank you so much in advance for everyone's donations.”

Haley Fritz also has an exciting senior project she has been working on.  Haley has arranged for a forum on the “The Changing State of Media in American Politics” on Thursday April 28th from 7:00-8:30pm in the MHS auditorium.  The forum will include a panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize winning Globe Spotlight reporter Joan Vennochi,  Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, Northeastern University Professor Dan Kennedy,  Mass VOTE Executive Cheryl Crawford & Raskey-Baerlein Public Affairs representative Will Rasky. Admission is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available by contacting Paul Orzech in the Media Center at Maynard High School or by contacting Haley at


Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade  at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend & school vacation week—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School