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Happy Thanksgiving!

posted Nov 22, 2016, 7:01 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning,

As we approach Thanksgiving it is a good time to pause and reflect on the year to date and all we have to be thankful for and we have much to be thankful for at Maynard High School.

Our students have enjoyed Spirit Week activities over the tail end of last week and into this week.  Whether it was Color Day, or Uniform Day or the grand finale hundreds of students have been involved and having a great time.  Ask your student about Spirit Week when you have a moment.

Along with the many fun activities over the last week we also can be quite serious.

The Maynard Public Schools commits itself to ensuring that students leave Maynard High School with valuable life skills.

The high school, led by student Michaela Barbagallo, is undergoing an initiative that provides our students with a life skill that could save lives.  Currently, as her senior project, Michaela is coordinating CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillators) training for the 9th grade class in a relationship with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and their “Braveheart” program.

Michaela brought awareness of the importance of CPR and AED training by organizing an assembly through the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. This awareness led to more and more students wanting to become certified in CPR and AED use and culminated last week with nearly 40 MHS students becoming officially certified in CPR and AED use.  Our building is much safer by having so many students certified in these life saving techniques and we all owe a huge thank you to Michaela!

Our sports teams have all excelled this fall, but our football team has gone to another level this year as a State Superbowl Finalist in Division 4a.  Coach Ogilvie and his staff will lead our undefeated 11-0 Tigers into our Thanksgiving game against Marian/Keefe Tech on Wednesday night the 23rdh at Framingham State College at 6:00pm.  Then on Saturday December 3rd, in our first State Title game in football since 1986, our Tigers will engage in a game 30 years in the making as they take on the Millis Mohawks in the Division 4a State Championship at Worcester State University starting at noon.

Congratulations to Coach Ogilvie, his staff, the players and their families and supporters on an unbelievable season that is far from done.  Go Tigers!  Beat Marian/Keefe Tech!  Beat Millis!

As the fall season closes, and as a bit of snow reminded us this past Sunday night into Monday morning, it is time to move on to the winter season.  Winter sports sign-ups have been completed and tryouts and practices will begin the week after Thanksgiving.  It’s not too late to sign up, however.  Please contact Mr. Caruso for details should you have a student who wishes to sign up for winter sports.  It’s also never too late for a student to join a non-sports club or activity as well.

Our student musicians also continue to excel.  Mrs. Blanchard has sent along the following good news:  Thirteen students practiced some very difficult music in hopes of auditioning and making Sr. Districts in music and seven were accepted!  This is a very large number and all received high scores.   Three of the students received such a high score, they will be auditioning in January for All-States.  The students are all singers this year:  Adam Berry, Karima Haddouch, Alyssa Ray, Dante Naylor, Zoe Pepin, Lucas Pepin, and Charlie Neuhauser.  Adam, Karima and Lucas are the ones that will also be auditioning for All-State.  Please give them a high five if you see them :)

Also, the madrigal group has been asked to sing at the Providence Bruins game on Jan. 27th-so that's pretty cool too!

All great news from Mrs. Blanchard and a testament to the hard work and dedication of so many of our students.

It turned out that this past Saturday night was also a great night for our music program in other ways as well.  The Maynard Music Association (MMA), led by President Bonnie Wilson, also staged their annual Casino Night at the Maynard Elks Club.  Hundreds of people attended and thousands of dollars were raised to support the music programs at the Fowler School and Maynard High School.  Scores of volunteers, including many MHS students, prepared food, set up the hall, set up the sound system, acted as dealers, rounded up up simply fabulous raffle and auction items, and acted as baby sitters.  Many thanks to all who contributed.  It was a wonderful evening of fun!

Our Students taking TV & Radio courses with Mr. Ogden have also produced a video News link regarding the many exciting activities at Maynard High School.  The link is below:

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

News from Maynard SEPAC

After Thanksgiving, December is just around the corner, which means. . . the SEPAC Winter Social is coming soon! Please save the date: Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. The free event is open to the whole family of any student receiving special education services. Stay tuned for more details! (To RSVP, contact Rachel Levy at or at 617-458-1294.)

Fall Sports Awards

The Fall awards ceremony is scheduled for December 7th at 6:45 in the Maynard High School auditorium.  The Booster club will have Tiger Sunglasses and Chairs available for sales...these make great holiday presents!  There will also be a sign up sheet for the Basketball concessions.  It is the parent volunteers that make the Boosters successful.  So come and honor the Fall athletes on December 7th.  If you have questions please contact Gail Lucas at

Support Maynard Education Foundation at Not Your Average Joe's Tuesdays in November

Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November.  And you have two Tuesdays left to do so!  (The 22nd & 29th)

Present a certificate (available at or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Thank you for your support!


The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses its philanthropic contributions to enhance educational excellence in the Maynard Public Schools by funding ideas and projects which promote and celebrate academic rigor and achievement, excitement about learning, and innovation in instruction.

MEF is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer works closely with the MEF President and Clerk to oversee MEF’s annual operations and activities. The Treasurer’s primary responsibility is the financial management of the organization.

The ideal candidate is detail oriented, has experience or an interest in financial management, and is willing to actively participate on a fun and dynamic board!

Please contact MEF at or 978.938.4262 to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Sew What?

Do you have a used sewing machine lurking in your basement or attic? The Sewing Advisory at Maynard High School is looking for donations of sewing machines and sewing notions (thread, needles, etc.) for high school students who are learning to sew. Any donations can be dropped off at the front office of the High School. Thank-you!!

MMA November Update            

Please copy and paste the links below into your browser window to view the minutes from our October Joint Business meeting and High School meeting:

Our next meeting is December 7th at 7:00.  All are welcome! Location to be determined.

Chaperones Needed:

Christmas Parade:  December 4th

Winter Concert:  Wednesday December 14th specifically looking for 2 parents to supervise students and 1 parent to coordinate baked goods and beverages.

Please contact MMA if you can chaperone either of these events:

Volunteer Opportunity:  MMA is in need of a 10th and/or 11th grade music parent to coordinate this year’s music banquet set for May.  Please email MMA if you can take on this role.

NEW! Maynard High School Food Pantry

The following message comes to us from the Maynard Food Pantry:

Dear parents,

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry have come together to offer a food pantry within the Maynard High School. The goal is to supplement weekend meals for high school students and their families throughout the school year.

After students sign up they may come to the pantry, located in a quieter section of the school, at anytime during the week while school is in session.

Food choices will be in four main categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.

Typical food choices are:

●     Hot and Cold Cereal & pancake mix

●     Soups & canned pasta meals

●     mac & cheese

●     Canned tuna

●     canned fruit

●     snack bars

●     personal care items

If you feel this program will benefit your high school student(s) please sign up in one of the following ways.

●      Contact a guidance counselor- Renee Muise

        or Dana MacPhee

●       Send this signed form via mail to 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard MA 01754 or drop off it off at the main office. One of the counselors will contact your child directly after receiving the signup form.

For further details and questions please contact the guidance counselors or the main office at 891-897-8891.

Thank you

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry

I would like my child to have access to the Maynard High School Food Pantry.

Child’s name _____________________________________________________________

Grade ________________________________ Teacher ____________________________

This new program can only serve to help some of our students and their families around the critical issues of health and nutrition.


I have much to be Thankful for as the Principal of Maynard High School.  I have the opportunity to work with a first rate, hard working staff each day, enjoy the support of a professional and collegial central office staff under the leadership of Dr. Gerardi, am blessed to be in a community that values education and civil discourse around the issues of the day as reflected by our School Committee, Town Administrator, Board of Selectmen and many other community leaders and, most of all, continue to have the good fortune to work with wonderful students who are growing into adulthood in a multitude of positive ways.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and week ahead.

Go Tigers!  Beat Marian/Keefe Tech!  Beat Millis!

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School