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Learning in a Winter Wonderland

posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:41 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

Yesterday we weathered our first snow day of the year. (That would be both literally and figuratively with pun fully intended.) We have just one more week of classes until our February winter recess.

We are rapidly approaching the time of year when students will be making their course selections for the 2017-2018 school year.  Initially we had hoped this would begin next week but the selection process will be beginning after the February winter vacation as we make some additional adjustments to our course catalog.  More detailed information on this process will be sent along in upcoming editions of News & Notes.

The trend of greatly reduced instances of inappropriate cell phone use by students at Maynard High School continues.  I’d like to thank the parents and guardians of our students for so fully supporting the teachers at MHS through your help at home and for your many kind emails on this subject.  Smartphones are very powerful devices that have great uses socially, for home life, as a communication tool and as an educational platform. Your help at home in aiding your own children’s understanding of the appropriate uses of smartphones, depending on the environment, need for use, and timing of use, is most appreciated.

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

School Dance February 17th

The Senior Class will be hosting a dance on February 17th here at MHS with a ticket price of $7.00.  All ticket sales will be at the door that evening.  You will want to review school policy regarding dances that can be found on page 33 of the Student/Parent Handbook.

Winter Vacation

The February winter vacation will begin for MHS students at the close of school next Friday February 17th at 2:05pm and extend until school reopens for on Monday February 27th at 7:00am.  Monday February 20th is a Federal and State Holiday, Presidents Day, and all offices will be closed.  Though closed for classes, district and school offices will be open for business from Tuesday the 21st through  Friday the 24th.  Many extracurricular activities will continue through the vacation week.  Check with your student’s advisor or coach should you need to know meeting times.

A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link:

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall


MMA January Updates

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Meeting Minutes:

Minutes from our November and December meetings have been posted on our website:  Please click the links below for quick assess to the minutes or visit our website.

Upcoming Events:  

April 2nd (Sunday)  Jazz Cafe featured by Miss Gately's Jazz and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band @MHS - Time TBD.

Banquet Volunteers Needed ASAP:   

MMA is in dire need of 8th through 11th grade music parents to plan this year’s music banquet set for late May.  Coordinators for the following areas are needed: Food: dinner/desserts/beverages, Decorations, Senior Video, Coordination of wills/memories. Planning for this event typically begins in January for Memorial Day annual banquet!

Please contact MMA at Subject: Banquet help

Volunteers for sub-committees:  

Volunteers are needed to work on the following sub-committees:  Enrichment Committee, Survey Committee.

Please contact Bonnie -

Next MMA meeting:  Wednesday February 1st, Joint Business 7:30, High School Business 8:15 in the Fowler Library.

Bonnie Wilson, Chair HS; Interim Chair, Fowler

Stephanie Gavin, Treasurer Fowler & HS

Annemarie Caloggero, Secretary HS

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From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.

School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.

That’s the news for this week.

Enjoy the weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School