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It's May and that Means Busy!

posted May 5, 2017, 10:58 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated May 5, 2017, 12:45 PM ]

Good afternoon,

It has been a busy week with 8th grade students taking sections of their MCAS tests and our seniors now squarely in the home stretch.  Our Junior/Senior Prom is now one week away on May 12th and graduation is now in sight on Saturday June 10th.  Meanwhile, MHS sports teams, WAVM, clubs and musicians continue to work hard and do well with many games, activities and concerts all coming up.

This coming week will feature continued work on the next sections of MCAS by our 8th grade students and prom safety activities including our "Mock Accident" for students attending proms.

It is very important for all of our students to close the year well, so please make sure to help keep your student on track with rock solid attendance, effort and work completion right until the last day of school on June 19th.

And now more MHS News from Mr. Ogden’s Radio & Television Production Class

In This Week’s Episode: Sam D. stepped up and edited much of this production when we needed her most, so thank you to her!  A new band segment from Ms. Gately, Brandon G. in the Student Spotlight, and an all new Students Say.  Jordan and Bella (filling in for a missing Emma R.) have many updates for the MHS Community, Tommy and Eugene on sports!

And as always, if you have something you would like to feature on the news, please contact us, and we would love to show everybody what you are doing for community.



Let us know if you have something you would like to feature on the news.

Special Thank you to all the students who worked so hard to make this happen.

You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:

Support Your Seniors!

Graduation of the class of 2017 is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the second 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 2017” 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 9th! Place your order by emailing or . 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 12th.

Olga Doktorov, M.Ed.
Social Studies Department 


Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR: The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School.  Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registrations after June 30.

Note:  if you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

Help Our PTO Acknowledge the Great Staff at Maynard High

The PTO will once again be sponsoring the Annual Staff Luncheon on May 12th.  Please click on the link to Sign Up Genius if you are able to donate an item or help with the luncheon.

There is also information on making a financial donation, if you prefer, to help defray costs.  Any questions can be addressed to MaryEllen McCarthy at

State Required Postural Screening  (Grades 8 & 9)

The high school will initiate the annual state required Postural Screening beginning in April for Grades 8 and 9. The screening will be performed by the school nurse in a 1:1 private area. The purpose of the screening is to detect early signs of possible spinal problems in children, such as scoliosis. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until the screening next year. Female students are asked to bring a swimsuit top, halter, or sports top to school the day of the screening. This type of clothing permits a more accurate observation of the back. All students will be given advance notice prior to their screening so they can come prepared.

When your child has a routine physical exam, the physician automatically performs postural screening. If your child has had a recent physical exam (dated July 2016 or later), please forward a copy to the Health Services Office as this will complete the requirement of the annual school screening for your child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

MHS Peer Leaders Help with  Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

The Maynard High School Peer Leaders will be volunteering for a local professor and artist Catriona Baker on her I Am Red campaign. Her artwork varies from canvas to animation to multimedia, and uses Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for sexual assault in America. To fully impress the gravity of the frequency and severity of sexual assault, she has been creating 720 hand bound empty books in which survivors are welcome to share their stories. The number 720 represents the number of rapes in America in one day. As each book takes 1-3 hours to make, the Peer Leaders will be assisting in making these books which will be on display along with the artist's other works for her I Am Red presentation later this year. She hopes to raise awareness about sexual assault and start conversations.

Thank you,

-Peer Leaders

News from the Maynard Music Association

Please click the link below or visit out website at to view the minutes from our March meetings.

MMA Senior Band/Chorus Banquet:  This year's banquet is set for May 29th at the Maynard Elks at 5pm.  Tickets will go on sale soon.  

Photos for the Banquet: All graduating band and chorus students should send a maximum of 10 photos for this years video to Sandra Liu at by May 8th.

Upcoming Events:

May 6th Jazz Band Spring Art Walk

May 17th MHS Band/Chorus Concert

May 24th MHS Solo and Ensemble Night

Volunteers Needed:  

1. Programs and Banquet Tickets: to distribute and collect programs the night of the MHS band and chorus concert and sell tickets for the Senior Music Banquet.  Ticket sellers are also needed the evening of the Solo and Ensemble Night.

2. Memorial Day Parade Chaperones: Volunteers are needed for the Memorial Day parade to meet students in the band room, walk the parade route and distribute water.

3. Music Banquet Volunteers: The Banquet Committee is seeking assistance on the day of the banquet to set up, serve food and beverages, and clean up after the event.

Please email MMA at if you can volunteer.

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren...

Invites you to attend The 6th Annual Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Community Providers and Supporters.

June 7, 2017 from 9:00am -3:00pm

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

181 Boston Post Road

Marlborough, MA 01752

This conference will provide you the opportunity to meet, collaborate, share, and learn from grandparents and other relative caregivers as well as social workers, community service providers, state leaders, and more from across the state.  We look forward to hearing from this year’s Keynote Speaker, local award winning children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka, who was raised by grandparents.

You will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of issues focusing on the children being raised by grandparents and other relative caregivers such as the impact of trauma on children and families, understanding internet safety, accessing educational resources from childhood through young adulthood, how to talk with children about addiction and substance abuse, and more.

The conference is free and lunch is included.  Light breakfast pastries will be provided from 9:00am-9:30am.

To register or get further information:

Please contact Colleen Pritoni by 6/2/2017 at: or (617) 748-2454

Please include your name, phone number and email address as well as any food allergies or special accommodations.

That’s the news and announcements for this week,

Have a great weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School