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Gold Medals & New Records!

posted Apr 28, 2017, 12:16 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

Our high school Band & Chorus returned from DisneyWorld Tuesday evening after a remarkable pair of Gold Medal award winning performances before hundreds of people.  A huge thank you goes out to Cindy Blanchard our talented Musical Director along with the Disney Committee and chaperones who all helped make this once every four year experience so wonderful and memorable for our students.

Another high note (pun fully intended) was reached this week as senior Mike Ford shattered his own school record in the high jump clearing an astonishing 6 feet 6 inches in Maynard High’s latest meet.  In his time at Maynard High School Mike has moved the old school record up from 6’2” to 6’3” to 6’4” and now to 6’6”.  Needless to say Mike has qualified for the state meet later this spring where I am certain he will represent MHS with honor, distinction and grace.

Course selection continues at a brisk pace and end of year activities including our Prom on May 12th and Graduation on June 10th are drawing closer at a striking rate.  Stay tuned as further information regarding these and other activities is released in coming editions of News & Notes.

And now more MHS News from Mr. Ogden’s Radio & Television Production Class

In This Week’s Episode:  An EXCLUSIVE Interview with Sports Illustrated writer & 98.5 regular Greg Bedard.  Behind the scenes of the Beacon Santa Telethon, a message from SAGA, Red Sox, top MHS athletes, Guatemala & more!  A special message to Mr. Paterno at the very end.



Let us know if you have something you would like to feature on the news.

Special Thank you to all the students who worked so hard to make this happen.

You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR: The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School.  Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registrations after June 30.

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

Help Our PTO Acknowledge the Great Staff at Maynard High

The PTO will once again be sponsoring the Annual Staff Luncheon on May 12th.  Please click on the link to Sign Up Genius if you are able to donate an item or help with the luncheon.

There is also information on making a financial donation, if you prefer, to help defray costs.  Any questions can be addressed to MaryEllen McCarthy at

State Required Postural Screening  (Grades 8 & 9)

The high school will initiate the annual state required Postural Screening beginning in April for Grades 8 and 9. The screening will be performed by the school nurse in a 1:1 private area. The purpose of the screening is to detect early signs of possible spinal problems in children, such as scoliosis. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until the screening next year. Female students are asked to bring a swimsuit top, halter, or sports top to school the day of the screening. This type of clothing permits a more accurate observation of the back. All students will be given advance notice prior to their screening so they can come prepared.

When your child has a routine physical exam, the physician automatically performs postural screening. If your child has had a recent physical exam (dated July 2016 or later), please forward a copy to the Health Services Office as this will complete the requirement of the annual school screening for your child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Maynard SEPAC

Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 at Fowler School from 7 – 9 p.m.  (This is a rescheduled event from February—we’re pretty sure we can guarantee no icy roads this time!) A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information 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 about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

MHS Peer Leaders Help with  Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

The Maynard High School Peer Leaders will be volunteering for a local professor and artist Catriona Baker on her I Am Red campaign. Her artwork varies from canvas to animation to multimedia, and uses Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for sexual assault in America. To fully impress the gravity of the frequency and severity of sexual assault, she has been creating 720 hand bound empty books in which survivors are welcome to share their stories. The number 720 represents the number of rapes in America in one day. As each book takes 1-3 hours to make, the Peer Leaders will be assisting in making these books which will be on display along with the artist's other works for her I Am Red presentation later this year. She hopes to raise awareness about sexual assault and start conversations.

Thank you,

-Peer Leaders

Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Calling all runners for the Autism Acceptance 5K this April 30th at 9am!

Show your support this Autism Acceptance Month by registering for the Autism Acceptance 5K, a charity run/walk which will donate all proceeds to the nonprofit Autistic Self Advocacy Network. The event will be held at 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard, and is a Maynard High School Senior Project generously sponsored by Shaws, Stop & Shop, Sugarsnap, Avidia Bank, and Christmas Motors. Whether you are looking for a leisurely family walk or a competitive race, come out for the Autism Acceptance 5K to show your support of the Autistic community and this Senior Project! To register or donate to the cause, visit If you are interested in sponsoring the event or have any questions please email"

News from the Maynard Music Association

Please click the link below or visit out website at to view the minutes from our March meetings.

MMA Scholarships:  Please be advised that scholarship applications for graduating seniors must be postmarked by May 1st in order to be considered.

Though Maynard High School parents are not eligible to participate in the scholarship committee, additional readers are needed.  If you know of anyone within the community who might be interesting in serving, please let MMA know.  

MMA Senior Band/Chorus Banquet:  This year's banquet is set for May 29th at the Maynard Elks at 5pm.  Tickets will go on sale soon.  

Photos for the Banquet: All graduating band and chorus students should send a maximum of 10 photos for this years video to Sandra Liu at by May 8th.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday,  April 25th - Joint Budget meeting BOS/SC

Thursday, April 27th  - School Committee Meeting

May 3rd: MMA meeting  - 7:30 at Fowler Library for joint business/HS

May 6th Jazz Band Spring Art Walk

May 17th MHS Band/Chorus Concert

May 24th MHS Solo and Ensemble Night

Volunteers Needed:  

1. Programs and Banquet Tickets: to distribute and collect programs the night of the MHS band and chorus concert and sell tickets for the Senior Music Banquet.  Ticket sellers are also needed the evening of the Solo and Ensemble Night.

2. Memorial Day Parade Chaperones: Volunteers are needed for the Memorial Day parade to meet students in the band room, walk the parade route and distribute water.

3. Music Banquet Volunteers: The Banquet Committee is seeking assistance on the day of the banquet to set up, serve food and beverages, and clean up after the event.

Please email MMA at if you can volunteer.

A Message From Emerson Hospital Regarding Aging

“Are you confused about the options available in our community to help you or your family navigate the aging journey?”

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm in Cheney Conference Room at Emerson Hospital, The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital will be hosting a community education event, Old Age Ain’t for Sissies: Demystifying Elder Care.  A panel discussion, moderated by Janet Benvenuti of Circle of Life Partners, on the continuum of caring for aging seniors including: medical concerns and keeping a senior healthy, programs/services/resources for supporting your loved one at home, and options when your senior can no longer live at home. A light supper will be served. The event is free to the public but seating is limited. Please email the Auxiliary to reserve your seat or call Christine Kielar at 978-287-8765. Sponsored by Care One of Concord.

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren...

Invites you to attend The 6th Annual Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Community Providers and Supporters.

June 7, 2017 from 9:00am -3:00pm

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

181 Boston Post Road

Marlborough, MA 01752

This conference will provide you the opportunity to meet, collaborate, share, and learn from grandparents and other relative caregivers as well as social workers, community service providers, state leaders, and more from across the state.  We look forward to hearing from this year’s Keynote Speaker, local award winning children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka, who was raised by grandparents.

You will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of issues focusing on the children being raised by grandparents and other relative caregivers such as the impact of trauma on children and families, understanding internet safety, accessing educational resources from childhood through young adulthood, how to talk with children about addiction and substance abuse, and more.

The conference is free and lunch is included.  Light breakfast pastries will be provided from 9:00am-9:30am.

To register or get further information:

Please contact Colleen Pritoni by 6/2/2017 at: or (617) 748-2454

Please include your name, phone number and email address as well as any food allergies or special accommodations.

That’s the news and announcements for this week,

Have a great weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School