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Graduation 2015!

posted Jun 5, 2015, 2:45 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Tomorrow is the signature event of the year at Maynard High School—Graduation.  Please join us at 4:00pm as our seniors officially move from students to graduates.

What an exciting last two days at MHS!

Thursday during the day our 8th grade science students enjoyed a fantastic live animal visit and exploration with their teacher Ms. Griffin leading to some great academic research and work.

Thursday afternoon our softball and baseball teams were in state playoff action with the girls winning a thriller in the bottom of the 7th inning to advance.  Congratulations to both teams on a great regular season and best wishes to our softball Tigers as they prepare for Sunday’s 2nd round game.

And then came Thursday night when we held our annual Senior Awards presentations and I’m pleased to report the event was spectacular with a large crowd of friends and family enjoying the many achievements of our graduating seniors.  The event was supported by our band, WAVM technical crews, and the faculty and staff of the high school all in service to our worthy and deserving class of 2015.

Friday has been another action packed day with our Seniors running through a graduation rehearsal followed by a simply first rate luncheon hosted by our PTO, our grade 8-11 students holding class meetings, and Up-Day bringing the Fowler 7th grade to the high school for orientation activities to help prepare them for next fall’s arrival as 8th graders at MHS.

Student Accolades

Congratulations go out to Joyce Nunes for being given special recognition and an award by State Representative Kate Hogan around her recycling work and green initiatives here at MHS.  Way to go Joyce!

Events, Events, Events!!!

Graduation Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (MHS Gym backup weather site).

Underclassmen Awards June 11th at 12:15pm in the MHS Auditorium.

Underclassmen Exams & Assessments June 15-June 19 (See additional note below).

Last Day of School June 19th with an early release at 10:55am.

Used Musical Instrument Drive

Maynard High School is continuing its used musical instrument drive. If you would like to donate an instrument, please contact Jean Labelle or at (978)-897-8891. All instruments will benefit music students in need in Fitchburg. 

Schedule for the Final Week of School

From June 15th to June 19th we will be having year end exams in grades 9-11 and final activities and assessments for our 8th graders.  During that week there will be a full day on Monday June 15th followed by early release days for exams and assessments Tuesday through Friday.

Students in grades 9, 10 & 11 will have 1 exam during the final 2 periods of the day on Monday and then 2 exams per day Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  Make-up exams for excused absences will be given Friday.  Students in 8th grade will continue their work in core subject areas through the week while following the same dismissal schedule as students in grades 9-11, namely a full day on Monday June 15th followed by early release days Tuesday through Friday.

Host Families Sought!

Educatius International is looking for host families for the coming school year.  We hosted 14 students this year with great success.  We had students from Norway, Brazil, Spain, Germany and China.  Some students were here for the whole school year and some for just one semester.  All students speak English fairly well, have good grades and excellent recommendations. Families are paid $700 per month, tax free, toward the student's room and board.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact MaryEllen McCarthy at

Warm Weather and Our Dress Code

Warm weather means everyone is breaking out their summer attire.  Sometimes this can be problematic.  The School Dress Code is contained in our student handbook and is very much in line with communities across Massachusetts for both male and female students.  Dress code enforcement is a task that detracts from time on learning for students and eats into staff time needlessly.  Please spend just a bit of time at home talking to your children to help us ensure that the dress code is being followed by your students here at MHS.

School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness

We have 2 weeks of school remaining this school year and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the attendance policy.  June 19th is the last day of school.  The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence.  The policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences.  (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)

Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over.  Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events including graduation—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School