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It's That Busy Time of Year

posted Dec 4, 2015, 7:43 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

We are reaching the time of year when many exciting events inside and outside of school are happening.

Our seniors are now very deep into the college application process with many now anxiously awaiting early admissions decisions.  Related to the college application process is the financing of a college education.  This coming Tuesday night is our annual Financial Aid Night at the high school and we once again anticipate a great parent turnout.

Students involved with WAVM are preparing for this year’s WAVM-Beacon Santa’s Telethon as we close in on a staggering one million Dollars raised over the 35 year history of this event.

Our students involved with the Music Program are preparing for a holiday parade this weekend and a concert next Wednesday night. 

Details on these and other event follow.  Please take a few minutes to have a look.

College Financial Aid Night

Once again our Guidance Department and guidance counselors at MHS have put together a program for an informative evening around college financial aid and financing a college education.  This event will be held on Tuesday night December 8th from 6:00-8:00pm in the high school auditorium.  The featured guest and speaker will be Candy DiCianno from Wellesly College who is also an official MEFA representative (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority).  Please join us!

Holiday Parade & Winter Concert

This coming Sunday December 6th our marching band will be participating in Maynard’s traditional Holiday Parade.  Following on this exciting event is our Winter Concert on Wednesday night December 9th starting at 7:00pm.  Please come out and hear some terrific music at both events while you support the Maynard High School music students and music program.


Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM Telethon (which raises money for the Beacon Santa Fund) will be held at Maynard High School on December 11-15, and once again the students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood or club are also a great way to help the auction.

This year is special in two ways. It is the 50th anniversary of the student-run telethon.  Plus, they are very close to reaching one million dollars raised for the Beacon Santa Fund.  Wouldn’t it be great if this happened on their anniversary!

 Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance.

All donations are gratefully accepted but regret that we can only accept new items. 

Free Screening of "Codegirl" at Fine Arts Theatre, Sponsored by Yieldbot, Monday, December 14th

As you are likely aware, women currently make up a small proportion of those working in various fields of technology including software & App design.  On Monday December 14th The Fine Arts Theater Place is Showing “CODEGIRL” free to public.  This acclaimed documentary follows girls and young women as they compete in an “APP Competion” just last year.  It’s time to put the myth that girls and women can’t do math and science as well as men to rest once and for all and “CODEGIRL” is a great vehicle to document this point.


I urge you to check out the link below and consider attending this terrific offering.

From Mrs. Blanchard:  Important News for All Music Group Members and Parents

The good news is that we have over 160 students in the music program!

The bad news is that we don't have near enough uniforms to suit everyone up. So for the winter concert (Wed, Dec, 9th at 7pm, arrival at6:15pm for choruses, 6:30 for band), the attire will be different than in the past.

Ladies may wear black pants or past the knee (tea length or floor length) black skirts on the bottom and white long sleeve tops. Please make sure these are covering on the top when you bow. You may wear band shoes with pants or black flats with skirts. Please do not wear heels. They can get stuck in the risers and you could trip. We def. want to avoid that! :)

Gentlemen please wear black pants (not black jeans, dress pants), white button down, long sleeve shirts, black socks and black tie up shoes (no sneakers please). It would be nice if you wore ties. Percussionists may roll their sleeves up to their elbows.

We will have not only our regular dress rehearsal the day of the concert in band, but this year we will have you all come in your concert dress clothes to certain rehearsals to make sure everyone is all set. 

Trebles-please change right after school (bring your concert clothes to school in a garment bag, labeled with your name so no one's gets mixed up) on Tues. Dec. 8th and be ready to run through your program at 2:15 on stage. 

As you know, our rehearsal time is very limited between now and the concert due to a variety of factors and we need to do the very best we can to eke out every moment of singing and playing. We also want to make sure all our members look concert ready. Please do your very best to get to these rehearsals as quickly as possible so we don't lose any rehearsal time.

You all sound wonderful! Looking forward to your performance for your family and friends!

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.

From the Athletic Director 

This past Wednesday was our annual Fall Sports Banquet.  It was once again a fantastic event and many thanks go out to our very active and highly supportive parents and adults associated with the Boosters organization.  It was a pleasure to attend and see the tremendous interactions between our student-athletes, their parents and supporters, and their coaches.

Below is a summary of this great evening from Mr. Caruso. 

Last night the fall sports banquet officially concluded the fall sports season. As mentioned before, all the teams had great success. Below is the list of individual achievements and awards. First and foremost however, I am proud to say that nearly half of the students who made the honor roll were student-athletes. I am also happy to say that nearly 75 percent of the fall student-athletes were on the honor roll. This is a testament to the students’ hard work and the coaches’ persistent message that school comes first. Congrats to all!

Boys Soccer MVP- Ernie Jones.

Boys Soccer MVP Offense-Nick DeCastro

Boys Soccer MVP Defense-Andrew Skavicus

Boys Soccer Most Improved- Ryan Henderson

Boys Soccer Herbert Peter Frank Memorial Unsung Hero Award-EJ Fitzsimmons

Boys Soccer Coaches Award-Filip Gubala

Girls Soccer MVP-Alyssa Bourgeois

Girls Soccer MVP Offense-Brenna Smith

Girls Soccer MVP Defense- Marianna Panakis

Girls Soccer Most Improved- Camille Massaro

Girls Soccer Unsung Hero-Liza Caldicott

Girls Soccer Coaches Award- Shannon Smith

Field Hockey MVP-Emily McNulty

Field Hockey MVP Offense-Marie Franke

Field Hockey MVP Defense-Sesha Manning

Field Hockey Most Improved- Violet Cobb

Field Hockey Unsung Hero-Anna Manning

Field Hockey Coaches Award-Allyson Patrikis

Golf MVP-Josh Sullivan

Joe Cote Unsung Hero Award Golf-Mike Foley

Golf Most Improved- Brett Usher

Cheerleading Most Improved-Brianna Pileeki

Cheerleading Coaches Award-Kayla Heideman

Cheerleading MVP- Alyssa Gwozdz

Al Cowles Award Football MVP-Zach Uglevich

John T. Enneguess Award Outstanding Lineman-Jared Cormier

Walter N. Moore Sr. Award Gusto Gus Defense-Eric Kiley

Football Most Improved-Mike Relic

Football Unsung Hero Award-Tommy Aukstikalnis

Football Coaches Award-Jake Kennedy

Outstanding Senior Award- Stephen Peterson

7th/8th Girls Soccer Most Improved-Skylar Sofferman

7th/8th Girls Soccer Coaches Award-Rachelle Harpin

7th/8th Girls Soccer Unsung Hero-Kate Denn

Had Hat Award-Ally Morgan

7th/8th Boys Soccer Most Improved-Pat O’Neil

7th/8th Boys Soccer Coaches Award-Noah DeCastro

7th/8th Boys Soccer Unsung Hero-Tyler Steed

7th/8th Field Hockey Most Improved-Erin Coleman

7th/8th Field Hockey Coaches’ Award-Erin Egan

7th/8th Field Hockey Unsung Hero-Sydney Lucas-Jacobson


Field Hockey

Emily McNulty-MVP

Sesha Manning

Anna Manning

Girls Soccer

Alyssa Bourgeois

Brenna Smith

Shannon Smith

Carina Dragseth

Garvey Cummings

Marianna Panakis

Central Mass

Alyssa Bourgeois

Brenna Smith

Shannon Smith

Carina Dragseth


Alyssa Bourgeois

Brenna Smith

Boys Soccer

Ernie Jones-MVP

Tyler Cedeno

Jack O’Mahoney

Andrew Skavicus

Ronan Ball

Central Mass

Ernie Jones

Tyler Jones

Jack O’Mahoney


Ernie Jones


Tim Lawton

Eric Kiley

Zach Uglevich

Jared Cormier

Cal Howes

Central Mass

Akram Semakula

Jared Cormier

Zach Uglevich

2016 Captains:

Field Hockey: Emily McNulty, Hannah Coleman, Sesha Manning

Football: TBD

Girls Soccer: Marinna Panakis, Brenna Smith

Boys Soccer: Andrew Skavicus, Alex Kucich

Golf: Mike Foley

Cheerleading: Alyssa Gwozdz

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School