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Graduation Week is Here!

posted Jun 2, 2017, 12:20 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,


End of year events and milestones will be coming fast and furiously over the final 11 days of school this year.  Our seniors have completed their academic work and next week will gather for graduation practices and again for Senior Awards night on Wednesday June 7th at 7:00pm.  Our graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday June 10th at 4:00pm.  Graduation is, of course, the natural highlight of every school year at Maynard High School.  Graduation will be held at Alumni Field weather permitting where seating is unlimited.  In the event of inclement weather, our graduation will be held indoors in our gymnasium where seating is limited to 6 guests per graduate and admission will be allowed for  invitation holders only.


Our underclassmen will also be quite busy.  The vast majority of our freshmen are taking their MCAS Science tests on Monday June 5th & Tuesday June 6th.  By state law and regulation, to earn a high school diploma in Massachusetts every student must pass the Science, Math and English Language Arts portions of the MCAS tests.  The tests on Monday and Tuesday represent an opportunity for our freshmen to take care of their first major, state required graduation requirement.  Though always a sound practice, please make particularly sure that you have your freshman student to school on time, after having a good breakfast, and after a good night’s sleep on both Monday and Tuesday.


Underclassmen final exams for grades 9-11 will be beginning the week of June 12th ending on Friday June 16th.  The next two plus weeks of school are quite important.  Please help keep your student focused and on track right through the last day of school on June 19th.


Meanwhile, spring sports seasons are wrapping up at this time along with our clubs and activities.  Our softball and baseball teams both qualified for the state tournament with our boys winning their opening round game yesterday 3-2 while the girls lost an 11-10 heartbreaker.  6 MHS students played an opening round lacrosse game in the state tournament as part of our co-op with Assabet yesterday falling to Littleton.  5 students have qualified for the state track and field meet which is a major accomplishment for our school and a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes.  Last night we celebrated all of our spring athletes and their many accomplishments in a wonderful ceremony in our auditorium tremendously enhanced by the generous support of our amazing Boosters organization.


Of particular note:  During underclassmen exams there are early release days for grades 8-11 on Wednesday June 14th, Thursday June 15th & Friday June 16th.  Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:00am as is normal, students will be released at 10:55am and lunch will not be served.  Monday June 19th, the final day of the school year, is an early release day for all students in all three buildings in Maynard. Maynard High will again serve breakfast starting at 7:00am, students will be dismissed at 10:55am and lunch will not be served.


Once again, please make sure to keep your student on track with rock solid attendance, effort and work completion right until the last day of school on June 19th.


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


A very special school newscast is coming at you this week!


These are the Senior Newscasts, and their final projects.


For their finals, only seniors could produce and direct, while I took a backseat role.  Each newscast had to include: anchor roles, sports, music/entertainment, the arts, a student focus segment, graphics, and community video pieces that were provided to every group.


This was a true team/class effort, with seniors getting a taste of managerial experience in the television production field.  These newscasts demonstrate scripting and planning, camera work, producing, interviewing, directing, graphic/special effects, composition, studio managing, editing, talent, and more.


THE CHALLENGE: The newscast that receives the most positive comments will be crowned the winner.  So make sure to spread the word to write our seniors a nice message that they can see as they pursue the next stages of their lives.




Good Morning MHS. SENIORS: Nate, Kendra, Javier, Alana


THE Maynard News. SENIORS: Trevor, Nick W., Marianna, Eric R., Morten


(The Original) MHN. SENIORS: Eugene, Megan, Emma S.


MHS Exclusive. SENIORS: Morten, Alex L., Ludovico


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:


Savers Fundraiser at the High School for Spanish Exchange program

Time to do some spring cleaning?  We will be collecting gently used clothing, linens, shoes and small household items (no books, electronics or furniture please) on Saturday 6/17 from 9AM - 2PM in front of the high school.  There will also be a collection box in the front lobby of the high school where you can drop off your donations starting June 5th. We have a group of Spanish exchange students visiting Maynard High School this fall for about a week and we would like to be able to show them some of the local sites that make our area so special.  We hope to raise funds to help defray the cost of these activities and to help our students be able to visit the Spanish students in their homes next year as well. Please consider going through your closets and helping us out!  Thank you so much.


Interested in having your child participate in an international travel opportunity to Amsterdam and Berlin during the summer of 2018 with a focus on technology ?

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is critical for our students to become more culturally aware, explore new ideas and grow their potential. I believe that when students are able to see technology come to life outside of the classroom, they develop a new and valuable perspective of the world.

I will be hosting an informational meeting on Monday, June 12th at 7 PM at the Maynard High School Library to provide more details about this opportunity and answer any questions you may have. There is limited space on the trip and enrollment will be open at the end of the meeting.

Please send me an email by Friday, June 6th to ensure I can accommodate everyone in our meeting space.

I hope that you and your child will be able to attend the upcoming meeting to learn more about this incredible experience!

Warm regards,

Rita Murphy



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.


Maynard Music Association Updates


Upcoming Events:

Ongoing:  Jazz Jams @ the Pleasant Cafe every Sunday Night, 4-6


Summer Music Camp: Trish Gately is offering her annual Summer Music Camp renamed Assabet Valley Summer Music 2017.  Session 1: July 17th-21st  and session 2: July 24th-28th.  Both sessions will be held at the Fowler Middle School.  Click the link below for more details and an application: or contact Trish Gately at  


MMA Meeting Minutes: Please click the link below or visit out website at to view the minutes from our April meetings.


Next Meeting: June MMA meeting:  Date and location TBA due to 4th grade concert


The SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-394-6183.


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.



Have a great weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School