It's been a tremendous week at Maynard High School. Our first full week of classes went very smoothly as the year is now in full swing.
I've had the pleasure of observing a dozen classrooms this week, and have seen excellent instruction and student participation each and every time.
There are many very significant events and announcements coming up and I'll be devoting the rest of this week's entry to these items. Please read through them as one of them is very likely to affect you.
First, starting on Monday the short stretch of Tiger Drive between the high school and Fowler School will be closed, including sidewalks, as NSTAR and our construction company bring main power from Route 117 to the new high school. This involves pole installations and extensive trench digging. This work is anticipated to be complete by the afternoon of Friday September 21st. Both entrances to Tiger Drive will be open, but should you need to access the high school from the Fowler or Green Meadow you will need to go back out to Route 117 and drive to the other Tiger Drive entrance.
On a related note, the installation of main power to the new high school marks the last step in getting all utilities to the site and further closings of any portion of Tiger Drive are not anticipated at this time. At the close of this week the total construction of the new Maynard High School and has reached the halfway point!
Second, on Wednesday September 19th we will be having our annual Back to School Night from 6:00pm until 8:30pm. From 6:00 to 6:30 join us for informal discussion and delicious baked goods with a brief greeting in the auditorium mixed in at 6:20pm. From 6:30 to 8:15 you can experience your students schedule and meet their teachers who will be describing their classes and activities to parents and guardians. You'll also have the chance to meet your student's guidance counselor and make any more detailed appointments you may feel are necessary. Please join us!
Third, iPADs will be issued to freshmen and sophomore students who have completed the requisite paperwork this coming Monday September 17th. I urge you to make sure proper cases and screen protectors are used with these incredible devices to increase their life and usefulness.
Next, Mr. Caruso our Athletic Director has asked me to relay the following and I am pleased to do so:
Thank you for all the support and cooperation thus far. The student-athletes are competing hard and representing Maynard well. Please note that for up-to-date scheduling changes and information please refer to the Athletic Website under the appropriate Fall sports tab.
Homecoming weekend is September 28th and 29th. Please see the website for more details.
We also added a new "Player Of The Week" tab. The first player of the week for the 2012-2013 Athletic season is senior field hockey captain, Taylor Kapsamalis.
As always, Don't forget to "Like" the Maynard Athletic Department on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for game highlights and news.
See you at the game!
Thank you, Mr. Caruso!
Coach Ogilvie of Tiger Football has also asked me to include information provided by Susan Peterson related to October 5th, Breast Cancer Awareness Day. I am indebted to them for their efforts and am reflective myself as I forward the following message:
Tiger Football Parents,
Since 2009, the NFL has supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with A Crucial Catch, a nationwide screening reminder campaign. During this time, the NFL players are supplied with pink items for the games. This campaign has been expanding to colleges, high schools and youth programs. Coach Ogilvie has been approached by the American Cancer Society to participate in the program this year. While our players have been known to sport a bit of pink tape during October, we hope by designating October 5th as our breast cancer awareness game that we can take part formally.
The players will be provided with pink socks, pink tape, wrist bands, under eye patches and helmet decals. These items will be donated by Friends of Tiger Football so the players can take part as a team.
There will be a donation container at the gate and near the concession stand. All money collected will be donated to the American Cancer Society. We are hoping fans will put in their change from buying a program, admission ticket or a snack from the concession stand.
We will be recognized in some way at the Patriots October 7th home game. However, I believe you will have to be at the game to see it.
I will be getting a bunch of pink balloons and decorating alumni field that day. Anyone that would like to help decorate, have ideas or supplies for decorating please let me know.
Thank you Mrs. Peterson and Coach Ogilvie.
Our Boosters group has also been quite busy. They have created a fundraising initiative related to footwear that is a winner for all involved! You get cleaner closets and entryways, quality shoes and footwear go to folks who need them, and our Boosters Club raises money that helps our students. Here are the details:
Fall is a great time to clean out those closets and to
RECYCLE THOSE OLD SHOES!!
The Maynard Booster Club is collecting all of your old shoes, sneakers and cleats for recycling!
Drop off boxes are located in the lobby of all three schools and at Alumni Field when the Snack Shack is open.
Collections start Monday Sept 17 through Saturday Sept 29.
Sorry but we cannot accept: winter boots, roller skates, singles or unusables.
Thank you for supporting the Maynard Booster Club!
I already have a bag of shoes set aside for this worthwhile event and will be making my own contribution first thing Monday morning.
Maynard High is a busy place indeed!
Its a great place for our adults to work together, a great place to build a better greater Maynard community, and most of all a great place for our students to learn and grow.
Thanks very much for reading.