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Hats Off to Mrs. Lerner!

posted Apr 27, 2018, 10:10 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,


I’d like to begin this week by sending a shout out along to Chemistry teacher Rochelle Lerner who also is also our faculty Advisor for our Green Committee student organization.


Rochelle was part of the planning committee that organized Maynard’s first ever Earth Day Celebration and she along with about 20 student volunteers turned out to help with town clean-ups.  Later in the day this hearty group then volunteered for food sales to the many hungry revelers who turned out This week’s Beacon-Villager has a wonderful story about the event that you may want to have a look at.


Additionally, Mrs. Lerner has been working with The Society of Women Engineers of Southern New Hampshire to establish a scholarship fund to benefit a Maynard High School graduating senior who is a young woman headed into an engineering or STEM related field.  Mrs. Lerner was the keynote speaker at the groups fundraising event at the Maynard Elks where her comments were incredibly well received by more than 225 people. More than $20,000 was raised for future scholarships at this tremendous event.


Should you see Rochelle in your travels be sure to let her know you appreciate her efforts on behalf of the students at Maynard High School and the greater Maynard community.


This coming Wednesday May 2nd we will be doing our annual “Mock Accident” in coordination with the Maynard Fire and Police Departments further supported by several local agencies and businesses.  This activity helps to clearly demonstrate the dangers and consequences of impaired driving and is done just prior to our prom each year. Juniors and seniors, along with any other students attending the prom, will participate in this event.  Our goal, as always, is to keep students informed about safety, safe choices and their own role in creating a safe environment for themselves and their community.


On another note, at this time we are constructing the schedule for the 2018-2019 school year taking into account our students’ course selections.  We anticipate this process will be complete at the beginning of May with student schedules distributed well before the end of the school year. That will leave ample time should any adjustments or corrections be needed on any individual student’s schedule prior to the end of the school year.


Now thanks to Mr. Ogden’s Classes the Latest Installment of the Maynard High News!

On This Week's Episode:

A special CELEBRITY opening to this year's 20th episode of the news!  

Students changed up their roles, and took over each other's usual segments, for hilarious results.  A new segment, Market Madness, offers a CASH PRIZE to viewers!  Special announcements from the cafeteria, jazz, Pam's event BEING HELD TODAY and more!


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Preview YouTube video MHN #20 (The Mashup Edition)

MHN #20 (The Mashup Edition)

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

From Our PTO

Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon, sponsored by the PTO, will be held on May 4th at 11:00am.  Please be on the lookout for an email with a sign up sheet just after vacation. The PTO will be looking for some folks to help anytime between 10:00-12:00pm.  Come for set up, clean up or stay for the whole event. We will also be looking for side dishes, salads, beverages and desserts. Sandwiches will be purchased by the PTO.  This is always a great event and much appreciated by the staff.

Glow to Grow Concussion Awareness Walk-A-Thon

Senior student Garvey Cummings has focused her Senior Project work on concussion awareness.  She has been instrumental in bringing about a walk-a-thon to benefit this incredibly important and worthwhile work.  The following message is brought to you with thanks to Garvey:

Glow to Grow Concussion Awareness is a glow in the dark themed walk-a-thon to raise money concussion awareness for athletic departments, parents and students in Maynard and the surrounding towns.  Participants will not only walk to raise money for their high schools, but will receive information on the importance of concussion prevention.

Please note that the location has been moved indoors due to the weather forecast of rain for this evening.

So join in with Garvey and others by coming out and walking to raise money for concussion awareness on Friday, April 27th 7-10pm in the Maynard High School Gymnasium! It is a "glow-in-the dark” themed walk-a-thon where the money raised will go back to high school concussion technology and protocol. It only costs $10 to walk! If you want to register or just learn more about the event please visit

As Garvey puts it, “My hope is to have athletes and community members walk to Light up the race for concussion awareness.”

Health Fair Focused on Women’s Health and Alternative Medicine

From 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday April 27, 2018 Maynard High School is hosting a Health Fair Focused on Women’s Health and Alternative Medicine.  For more information please contact Ms. LaBelle, Lucy Thraen or Pamela Laurent at 978-897-8891.  Members of the public are welcome to attend this dynamic event with many vendors eager to share information with you.

1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser!!

On Sunday April 29, 2018, Maynard HS Girls Track is pleased to host a one of a kind fundraising event.  Did you realize 1 in 10 people buy a new mattress every year?  This is the time to buy and save up to 50% off retail, all while supporting our Girls Track program.  There will be 20+ sets on display and a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.  

When:     Sunday, April 29, 2018

Where:    In the Maynard High School Gym

Time:       10am - 4pm

Stop in and take a look!  Layaway and delivery are available to make it easy on you.  We appreciate your support of our fundraiser and hope you spread the word to neighbors, family and friends.

Class of 2021 Fundraiser

The class of 2021 is doing a May calendar raffle. For just $10.00 a calendar you have the chance to win an awesome prize everyday for the month of May! All proceeds from the calendar go towards our senior year expenses. See any member of the class of 2021 to purchase your calendar.



On Tuesday, May 1, the Maynard SEPAC hosts an Update on Special Education in Maynard from Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools. She will discuss the current status of Maynard special education from the perspective of her first two years in the district. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the special education process. Come join us at Fowler Library at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183.


Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4. No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year. $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

NHS Hosts a Battle of the Bands

Maynard High School’s National Honor Society officers will be holding a Battle of the Bands event to raise money for the Sudbury Free Medical Clinic. The event will be held at Erikson’s Ice Cream on May 10th from 5-8pm. Bands from MHS as well as other towns across Massachusetts and NH will be participating. There is no cost for the event however they will be accepting donations.

Maynard High School Needs You!

A message from our Senior Project Teachers Jean LaBelle & Paul Orzech:

Dear Community Partners,

Please join Maynard High School Senior Project students as they present their findings and projects at the annual Spring Presentation event. The event includes a luncheon for teachers and community partners and concludes with panel presentations that you will help judge.

Each student presentation will summarize the student's experience in the program—their research, internship and project, as well as their assessment of how well they met the school competencies requirements.  You will be assigned to a panel that will include a Maynard High School teacher. Panelists will ask the seniors questions about their projects and placements. Panelists will provide feedback to the students about the strengths and areas for improvement in their presentations.  It promises to be a rewarding experience for you and for the students!

Thanks to the Maynard Education Foundation for approval of an administrator grant, this year the luncheon will include a brief presentation by Dr. Gerardi called Massachusetts and Maynard Leading the Nation: celebrating the 25th anniversary of education reform.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Luncheon: 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Panel Presentations: 12:30 PM-2:15 PM

Place: Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754

To reserve your spot at the luncheon and to serve on the panels, please email your name and contact phone number to:

Support Your Seniors!

Graduation of the class of 2018 is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the third annual graduation fundraiser! This year you can purchase not only balloons but customized yard signs as well.

There are 3 options available:

Black Package  $40: offers the yard sign with the name of the senior as well as the college they are planning to attend along with 3 graduation balloons!

Orange package $30:  offers a yard sign with just the name of the senior as well as 1 balloon.


Balloons only $5 per balloon:  offers a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2018” written on them for only $5.


Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4.


We will place the balloons and yard signs on the house of the designated senior on June 7th! Place your order by emailing . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 16th.

The Spring Update From The Maynard Music Association

Attention Seniors:  Scholarship applications are available on the home page of our website:  All scholarships need to be post marked no later than May 1st to be considered.  There are a number of scholarships available this year. Please encourage your child to apply.

MMA Banquet:  This year's senior banquet is set for Monday, May 28th at 5:00 at the Maynard Elks. Graduating seniors are free. Tickets for adults are $15, and students are $5.00 per person and will be available at the MHS May 16th concert, but pre-ordering is encouraged with the order form on our website (  Order forms are also available on our website.  Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the banquet.  

Volunteers Needed:  Parents of students in grades 9-11 are needed to help set up the Elks for the MMA banquet, serve food, and clean up after the event.  Please email MMA if you are available to help:

Summer Music Camp for Grades 5-12:  Tricia Gately's summer music program, Assabet Valley Summer Music (AVSM) is back. Click the link for more information:  Summer Music Camp 2018

Casino Night 2018: Mark your calendars for our biggest music fundraiser supporting grades 4-12. Casino Night 2018 is set for November 3rd at the Elks. Parent volunteers are needed. Contact Bonnie Wilson if interested in supporting this event:

2018-19 Open MMA Positions:  MMA is seeking candidates for the following positions. Please attend our next MMA meeting on May 2 and email interest to  

  • High School Treasurer

  • High School Co-Chairperson

Jazz Jams: Please consider joining Trish Gately every Sunday night from 5-7 at the Pleasant Cafe for Jazz Jam, an impromptu gathering of local musicians of all ages.  

School Committee:  Attending school committee meetings is a great way to advocate for our music program.  Next meeting April 26th, May 10th and May 24th.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 2nd: MMA monthly meeting 8:00 Fowler library

  • May 5th Spring Art Walk - Downtown!

  • May 16th high school concert 7 pm at MHS

  • May 18th high school Great East Festival

  • Mary 23rd  Solo and Ensemble Night  - 7 pm MHS

  • May 28th Memorial Day Parade

  • May 28th  MMA Banquet - Maynard Elks

  • June 8th  Graduation


Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler

Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS

Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS

Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

Kurt Severance:  Webmaster

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association

Take care and have a great weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School