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It's a PISA Party!

posted Oct 23, 2015, 12:29 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Yet another busy week has gone by at Maynard High School with our students continuing to work productively and well as a group.  27 students completed the international PISA Test this past Wednesday and the team sent by the state reported they have rarely seen a group of students work so well and in such a focused manner.  There were numerous unsolicited comments by the visiting team about how tremendously well our students presented themselves as young adults and also praise for our staff in making sure they had everything they needed to run the test.  The students who completed the test all received a certificate from the Federal Government thanking them for 4 hours of community service as well as a check for $20.00 for participating.

As a reminder, the last day of the first marking is November 10th.  Please continue to work with your children to help ensure they have the best possible grades they can earn.  Should your student need extra support, homework club is open Monday through Thursday from the close of school until 3:00pm and our teaching staff is easily and broadly accessible for extra help.

A number of noteworthy MHS events, announcements and dates follow:

School Safety Community Meeting

On Thursday evening November 19th at 7:00pm there will be a presentation related to the ALICE system of safety protocols being considered for implementation in the Maynard Public Schools.  This will be part of the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting and will be held at the Fowler School.  More detailed information through the Superintendent’s blog and a letter will be forthcoming.  Please look for this critical information over the next few days.


11/2/15: Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals 

To help you learn how to be an effective partner with your child's school when evaluating your child's eligibility for Special Education, and for guidance on how to plan, make decisions, and monitor your child's progress, the Acton-Boxborough, Maynard, and Sudbury SEPACs, in collaboration with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, present the Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop. 

Navigating the paperwork and meetings involved with having a child in Special Education can be confusing. Knowing your rights is the best way to ensure your child receives the best placement possible. Please join us for this special workshop on Monday, November 2nd from 7-9 pm at the RJ Grey Junior High Library, 16 Charter Road, Acton. Contact with any questions. Free and open to the public. 

Calling all pianists!

The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. The choral groups meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. They perform a wide variety of literature requiring the accompanist to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys playing with young adults,  and our students are wonderful!

Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at if you are interested. Please feel free to pass this along to folks in town that you may know who might be interested. We hope to interview the 3rd week of October


Help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) and enjoy a great meal any Tuesday in October at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton. When you tell your server that you are a MEF supporter, Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase* to MEF. *(Offer excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Don't miss this opportunity to help raise funds for MEF's grant program!

(Please note you must mention MEF or present a certificate (available at for MEF to receive a donation.)

Three Fund Raisers for MHS trip to Cuba

“Spirit Connections with Miss Tiffany Rice”

Say What??

Just in time for Halloween on October 29th join with Tiffany Rice for an evening with a Spirit Medium!  The readings begin at 6:30 and run to 8:30 right here at Maynard High School.  Light Refreshments will be served.  Tickets are available for $40 per person through Courtney Lawton at  Spaces are limited.

Though there may not be time for everyone to have an individual reading, you’ll certainly receive an evening of great entertainment while benefitting a student group preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba.

Ava Anderson Non Toxic

Courtney Lawton is an MHS parent and an independent salesperson for Ava Anderson Non Toxic, a company that makes only non-toxic products for the home, car, body, and pet care.  She will donate 20% of all sales from this fundraiser to the MHS group that will travel to Cuba this April. 

As a bonus, everyone who places an order with her will be eligible to win a $50 gift basket she will be raffling off. 

This fundraiser (and chance for the $50 gift basket) begins today and will go until October 15.  To place an order, go to the following website:
  and use party #96998.

Thank you Courtney for your support!

From the Maynard Music Association

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s event will feature a live auction for a 7 night two-bedroom resort stay valued at up to $2000, four one day Disney Park Hopper Passes, a 20 person Pool Party at Jillian's of Boston, and a 60 minute plane ride with local pilot, Tom Hesbach! The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased at the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. For more information, check out our FB page: "Maynard Music Association."

Further Info from The MMA

The Maynard Music Association is a volunteer parent association that supports the needs of band and choral students at Fowler and Maynard High School. We focus on recognition, enrichment, scholarship and musical support of students and teachers through our volunteerism and annual fundraising. If you are interested in joining us, email us at! OUR WEBSITE & FACEBOOK

Our goal is to provide the parents, students, and community with information regarding MMA news, fundraising news, MHS and & Fowler Music Program news and updates. Please check back frequently as the site and FB will be updated throughout the year.

Find us on our website: for the following information: • Calendar of meetings and events • Volunteering opportunities • Private lesson information • Music audio of band pieces • Photo Gallery • Casino Night Fundraiser and Meeting minutes Find us on FaceBook and “like” Maynard Music Association for: • Fundraiser updates and Casino Night vouchers • Photos of our events • Updates on trips and festivals • Current events in Music • Articles related/shared about music.

OUR OFFICERS: Fowler School: Maynard High School Co-Chairs: Annemarie Paczkowski, Christine Barilone Chair: Bonnie Wilson Treasurer: Stephanie Gavin Treasurer: Tom Babaian Secretary: Annemarie Caloggero Secretary: Maureen Robinson

MEETING DATES:  We meet the First Wednesday of each month at 7pm Room B132 near the Athletic entrance! Please join us! All band and chorus parents are welcome. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 7th!!

OUR 7th Annual FUNDRAISER: CASINO GAME NIGHT The Maynard Music Association will once again sponsor Casino Game Night on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Please visit our webpage for more information and click on the link: Casino Night.

Want to come to Casino Night?? VOUCHERS to the event are on sale starting October 1st via purchase at the Fowler School Office OR via Bonnie at $40 each or 2/$35 each, $45 the day of the event come with $3000 of chips to play. No chips are sold at the event. Babysitting is complimentary, on a first-come-first-served basis dependent on availability by our High School Band members! Contact MaryEllen at

Class Baskets: Band and Chorus families from grades 5-12 donate to themed class baskets for the event. Please drop your donations at either the Fowler or MHS office marked “MMA CN Class Basket grade ___

It’s a Show!

The Concord Band (an adult, award winning high level band) will be performing "Mystical Moments" at its fall concert at 51 Walden St. in Concord on Saturday, October 24th at 8pm.

Usually the tickets are about $25, but they have decided to have this concert offered for FREE!!! (Donations gratefully accepted.)

The music is amazing-"The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Incantation and Dance" and "Carmina Burana" among others. Many members of the Maynard community will be playing in this concert including Mrs. Blanchard on trumpet, after school lesson teachers Mrs. Bundy (flute), Mr. Vabulas (clarinet and arranged one of the pieces!), Mr. Broggi (percussion), and several folks from town. This is a great night out for the adults as well as a great concert experience for HS and JH serious musicians and their families.  The members of the Concord Band hope you can come and enjoy!

That’s it for now.

Have a great long weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School