The February winter vacation is here and this is a great chance for students and their families to rest, relax and enjoy a respite from alarm clocks and the hustle and bustle of the normal work and school week.
Winter sports continue through the vacation week with our Boy’s team playing in the Clark Tournament in Worcester. If you have the opportunity, seeing either our Girl’s or Boy’s teams in action is a great way to spend an evening. Schedules are available through the school and sports websites.
More MHS news follows thanks to Mr. Ogden and his terrific students:
Video News from Mr. Ogden’s Students
In This Week’s Episode: It’s a really lovely episode of MHN news with students reflecting on their Valentine’s wishes; produced by Nick W. and Hailey. Jordan C. and Emma R. have announcements about course selections, SAGA contributions, and more; produced by Nicole. Sam D. has important insight about the school basketball team; produced by Eugene. Hype City returns, with new host Emma S. talking about the smash hit LaLa Land; camera by Siobhan, Juliano on lights. Lastly, a new Photo of the Week segment, with photos submitted by Tommy S. and Adin R. The segment was overseen and edited by Nick R.
As always we want to feature what you are doing in the community. If you have something that you think is newsworthy, need some help with the editing your piece, or want to make an announcement, please contact WAVM and we will do our best to provide you coverage.
Keep submitting those photos of the week, and we will do our best to feature them.
You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:
School Dance Tonight!
The Senior Class will be hosting a dance tonight, 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.
It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance at the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 6pm -9pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring the flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.
AP Exam News
AP exams are fast approaching and for those students planning on taking them a $93 dollar fee per exam must be submitted right away for ordering purposes. Students or parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor should they have any questions.
The February winter vacation will begin for MHS students at the close of school today, Friday February 17th, at 2:05pm and extend until school reopens for on Monday February 27th at 7:00am. Monday February 20th is a Federal and State Holiday, Presidents Day, and all offices will be closed. Though closed for classes, district and school offices will be open for business from Tuesday the 21st through Friday the 24th. Many extracurricular activities will continue through the vacation week. Check with your student’s advisor or coach should you need to know meeting times.
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.
April 2nd (Sunday) Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.
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 email@example.com. Subject: Banquet help
Volunteers for sub-committees:
Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees: Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee.
Please contact Bonnie - firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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, have a great school vacation week and take care,
Principal of Maynard High School