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Have a Great February Vacation!

posted Feb 12, 2016, 11:01 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good Afternoon--

The February School Vacation week is upon us and I hope that every member of the Maynard High School community has a restful and rejuvenating week off.  The High School recess begins at the close of school today at 2:05pm and we reopen for classes on Monday February 22nd at 7:00am.

I know this has been posted before, but once again please keep in mind that the link between school attendance and school performance is well established and the habits of being in and on time serve our students well in many of their most important future endeavors.

Instruction begins at 7:45am at MHS.  It is wise for students to be here by 7:30am to unpack for the day, have a bite to eat and say hello to their friends while still being to class on time.  Please help ensure that your student is here and on time each and every school day.

Mr. Tredeau and a group of students studying French, supported by chaperons, are on their way to Quebec City for a wonderful cultural and educational trip.  They left at about 7:30am this morning and are sure to have a great time while honing their language skills and having a real world and practical cultural experience.  What a great way to start the February break.

Some Announcements and Reminders

A Big Thank You Goes Out to the Maynard Masons!

For the third consecutive year the local chapter of the Masons, along with its partner group of Masons in Concord, have generously contributed $1,000 for the purchase of materials to support our science and engineering programs at the middle school and high school levels.

Many thanks go out to the Masons as an organization, and to Dwayne Bell of Maynard in particular, for this generous gift and the behind the scenes work that makes it possible.

2nd Quarter Report Cards

Report cards for the second marking quarter are now available on iPass through the parent portal.  Should you have any questions about a particular grade or entry, please begin by contacting your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

Student Course Selection

It’s already time to start thinking about the 2016-2017 school year.  Student course selection is now underway at Maynard High School.  You can see course recommendations and the electives your children have selected by using your iParent account or your child’s student iPass account.

MHS Music

January has been a busy and exciting time for the musicians at Maynard High!

6 very talented students auditioned and were chosen as among the best HS instrumentalists and singers in our district (495 to just about Springfield and up to the NH border!). Congratulations to Matt Schomacker-trumpet, Helen Gerondeau-french horn, Grace Wilson-trombone, Emma Bendall-bassoon, Charlie Neuhauser-bass voice, and Sam Jones-tenor voice for being selected. They performed at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on the 16th!

A few of these students scored so highly they were asked to audition for the Massachusetts All-State groups. They all had wonderful auditions, and Sam Jones was accepted-meaning he is one of th 40 best tenors in the state of Massachusetts and will perform at Symphony Hall in Boston in March. Congratulations Sam! This is a tremendous accomplishment.

On January 30th, a group of 7th and 8th graders auditioned for Jr. Districts.

7 Maynard Students auditioned and were accepted into Jr. District music groups!

Matthew Antonio-trumpet, Maeve McCarthy-soprano voice, Patrick O'Neil-french horn and Lilly Webber from the 8th grade, and Alyssa Barilone-trumpet, Henry Bourgeois-trumpet, and Ari Kirrikki-flute from grade 7!  Huge congratulations to these accomplished young musicians and to all who auditioned and also received excellent scores! You're fantastic :).

This Friday night (Feb. 12th) is the rescheduled 18th annual Pops night. It starts at 7pm in the Fowler Auditorium. For those who have never been-it's so much fun! Students from MHS audition and will be performing jazz, pops, rock, and blues music. Admission is $5 and includes refreshments. Come and enjoy a really fun evening out with some very talented HS musicians!

MHS Theatre

The cast of Grease has been working hard all month and tickets will go on sale soon! Be on the lookout for future announcements. The cast and crews of about 90 students will thrill you with their singing and dancing. Show dates are: March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20! Save the dates!

1,000 and Counting

Congratulations go out to Senior Cal Howes for reaching the 1,000 point milestone in his high school basketball career.  This is a rare feat born of hours of practice, conditioning and accepting coaching that few students achieve.

Reminders:   Parking, Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up.

As a reminder our student parking lot is the lot closest to Tiger Drive on the auditorium side of the building, our visitor parking is directly in front of the main entrance and our Faculty & Staff Parking Lot is by the Gymnasium.  When these lots are used as designated there is ample room in each area even under snow conditions and traffic flow in the morning and afternoon is excellent.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up by both drivers and school buses occurs in the circular drive directly in front of the main entrance.

Vans and approved cars for students with physical needs use the handicapped designated spots in front of the gymnasium entrance and these spots should never be used or blocked, even briefly, by other vehicles.

It has been our experience that when the parking lots and drives are all used appropriately and as designed we have very few traffic issues even with more than 500 people arriving at MHS within a roughly 30 minute span.  Please park and use the drives as designed.

Thank you for reading, have a safe February Vacation Week  and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School