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It's a New School Year and Great Events are Coming Up Fast!

posted Sep 11, 2015, 1:12 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—


It has been a busy 4 day week at Maynard High School.  Our students are settling into their classes nicely, electronic devices for academic use have been distributed including Chromebooks and IPads and many activities and sports are firmly underway.


I want to thank the parents of our students for helping ensure a superb rate of attendance thus far, and for having your students at Maynard High on time every day.  I am pleased to report an attendance rate of 97% with 98% on time arrivals for the school year to date.  The start of the year has gone extremely smoothly and having students at school and on time contributes tremendously to a positive learning environment.  These first 6 school days demonstrate it can be done—let’s make it the standard for the entire school year.


Rosh Hashanah

This is a quick reminder that the Maynard Public Schools are closed on Monday September 14th in respect of Rosh Hashanah.  Administrative offices will be open and the Maynard High School office will be open for public business from 9:00am to 3:00pm on September 14th.



On October 21st 42 students who are age 15 will be invited to participate in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test at Maynard High School.  The PISA test is the instrument used to evaluate the performance of 15 year old students from around the world and generates information about where nations’ educational systems rank in comparison to one another.


Maynard High School was randomly selected for participation in the PISA test by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  The 42 15 year old students selected for participation at Maynard High School were also randomly selected by the DESE from among all 15 year olds currently registered at MHS.  Any student who participates will be compensated for their time including a payment of $25 and a certificate certifying 4 hours of Community Service issued by the Federal Government.


The Commonwealth will be sending a team to administer the test and those students who were randomly selected, and their parents and guardians, will be notified by mail or in person within the next week.


Homework Club

Some students and parents have inquired about when homework club will be starting this year and I’d like to let you know that the start date is this coming Tuesday, September 15th.   As in the past Homework Club is open to all students at MHS, and provides academic support to our learners from 2:05 to 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.


Halloween Costume Fundraiser

The class of 2018 is currently accepting recycled costumes from 9/8/15 to 9/24/15.  Please wash costumes before dropping them off in the boxes located in the lobby near the main office of each school.


The costume sale date is 9/26/15. All unsold costumes will be donated to local charities.


For answers to any of your questions contact


Band/Chorus Parents and Students:

All 8th grade band students can purchase Maynard Music Jackets.  MHS Band students wear them for all parades and can be used for pep band as well.  The order form provides all the details.    Any 9-12 grade students who did not purchase one last year may also order a jacket at this time.  (There is a limited quantity of jackets are available to borrow for Parades.)


Maynard Music Association is selling black sweatshirts and fleece for MHS Band and Chorus Students.  This is an optional piece, but great for pep band.  The Sweatshirts/Fleece can be personalized on the sleeve.  


Forms are available in the HS Band room or on


Deadline: Forms are due back to MHS by September 15th.  Please feel free to contact Stephanie Gavin ( with any questions regarding the jackets.  Please make checks payable for Maynard Music Association.


Smartest Kids in the World Book Discussion


Maynard Public Schools is hosting a book discussion of Amanda Ripley’s Smartest Kids In the World on September 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM at Maynard High School.  


Launched as the Maynard Public Schools first “Community Summer Read” last spring, Ripely’s account of three diverse education cultures provides an excellent starting point for our community to discuss what kind of educational culture we want in Maynard.  This discussion will be led by Jennifer Gaudet, the Maynard Public Schools Curriculum Director.  Please join us and other faculty and staff to share your thoughts on the book and your vision for education in Maynard.


To find out more about Smartest Kids in the World, here is a link to the New York Time’s Review for this book.  There are several copies of the book available at the Maynard Public Library.  While we certainly recommend this book as a great read, by no means is reading the book required for you to join this discussion.  In fact, we are really interested in gaining our communities perspective on education and the book discussion will just facilitate that.

So we can adequately prepare refreshments, please RSVP by filling out this brief form or calling Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.  We look forward to seeing you on September 30 at 7:00 PM at the High School for this important conversation.


That’s it for now—have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School