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It's a Great Time of Year at MHS!

posted May 29, 2015, 6:45 AM by Chuck Caragianes
Good morning—

Yesterday afternoon featured baseball and softball games on our home fields as our seniors played their final regular season games on Tiger Turf.  Meanwhile, our Foreign Exchange students, their host families and MHS staff members enjoyed an end of year barbecue expertly put on by our food services director with sound and music provided by our WAVM staff members.  It was an afternoon of memories, celebration of achievement in the classroom and within the school culture, sports, and moving on toward the future all rolled into one.  In short, a great day.

For Graduating Seniors

Our Seniors are enjoying the annual White Water Rafting Trip today!  The always anticipated Senior Cruise will be on Wednesday June 3rd.  Our Senior Awards night will be held Thursday June 4th starting at 7:00pm in our gymnasium, and our annual Senior Luncheon sponsored by the PTO will be June 5th at noon.  All of these activities culminate in our graduation exercises that will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).  The class of 2015 is now knocking on the door of graduation!

Events, Events, Events!!!

Spring Sports Awards June 1st at 5:00pm.

Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social June 1st 6:30pm Fowler School cafeteria (See note below).

“Up Day” for 7th graders (soon to be 8th graders) June 5th at MHS.

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

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

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 atjlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978)-897-8891. All instruments will benefit music students in need in Fitchburg. 

Maynard SEPAC News

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard, and their families, are invited to attend. Maynard High School's Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event. Come to socialize with other families of children who receive services in Maynard and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!

 Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at sepactreas@maynard.k12.ma.us

Relay for Life Fundraiser

Come support Relay for Life this afternoon, Friday May 29th, at 3:30 pm at the Fine Arts Theater downtown.  Tickets are $5.00 to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  All proceeds benefit the Relay!

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.

The PTO/Boosters

The PTO/Boosters will be selling seat cushions at the Senior Awards Night on June 4th at 7:00pm for anyone interested in purchasing them for Graduation.  The seats are $25 each. These are great for using on the hard, wooden bleachers when you’re all dressed up for graduation!

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 mccarthy.clan@verizon.net

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 3 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 culminating in graduation—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School

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