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"March Madness" Gives Way to April Gladness

posted Apr 2, 2015, 5:19 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning—

April has arrived and our students continue to do great work at Maynard High School.  This week has seen our annual “March Madness” week organized by the student government with fun, inter-graduating class activities interspersed throughout the week.

Last Friday night well over 100 people enjoyed 11 extremely talented student acts during our 2nd annual “Maynard’s Got Talent” showcase.  This event looks to have a very long life ahead of it.

Initial sessions of 10th grade MCAS testing last week and 8th Grade PARCC testing this week have gone well.  Many thanks go out to our MCAS coordinator Stephanie Steigerwald and our PARCC coordinator Rita Murphy.

Of course, events are on the horizon and news of note is always happening.  Below you’ll find a information on what is coming next week and beyond.

Light It Up Blue!

We are Lighting the Town Clock Blue today, Thursday April 2nd, for Autism Awareness Day.

Please help us spread the word about Autism Awareness.

Thank you your support!

Individual Student Accolades

State Wrestling Champion and MHS Junior Ronan Ball has been named a Herald Wrestling All Scholastic.  Ronan’s award winning work on the mat is matched by his stellar work in the classroom.  Way to go Ronan!

Congratulations also go out to Freshman Sam Dahill and her team for winning the National Ice Hockey Age Group Championships!

Do your Spring Cleaning to Benefit Cradles to Crayons!

Maynard is participating in a Children's Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons.

Please bring your Gently Used Children Clothes, sizes Infant through Adult Medium to one of the drop boxes, at Green Meadow, Fowler School, Maynard High School or the Maynard Public Library. The Clothing Drive will be held March 27- April 10, 2015.

Cradles to Crayons is a non profit that provides children, who are homeless or living in poverty in Massachusetts with clothing, books, and school supplies. The clothing drive is being organized by Emmeline Weeks, who was nominated by the 8th grade teaching team to be Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 teaches 8th graders to become leaders in their community focusing on community service and collaboration.;

Host Families Sought for International Students and A Year 1 Celebratory Cook Out

One of our partner agencies, Exchange Service International, is looking for families who would like to host an international student next September who will attend Maynard H.S. If you can provide a caring environment with room and board, in return you will receive a generous stipend. For more information please contact: Angela Merrett, Local Organizer at: or 978-210-5396.

As many of you know, this year was the first year Maynard hosted a large foreign exchange student contingent with 17 students joining us (some for a single semester and most for the whole year). The school, community and most importantly, the students at MHS benefited greatly from this experience. 

In an effort to celebrate this event, Maynard High School would like to have an end of the year cookout to celebrate the year. The cookout will be on May 28th at 6:00pm at the front of the building on the cafe patio.  We are inviting faculty, staff, host families, our foreign exchange students and two guests of the exchange students choosing.

MHS Celebrates Foreign Language Week April 6-10!

This will include activities from all around the world in foreign language classes such as films, crafts, research, and possibly some international treats in the cafeteria during lunch!  Thursday is "Traditional Dress Up Day."  Students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing of a different country.  It can be part of their family's heritage or any other country in which they are interested.

The highlight of the week is our annual International Dinner, held in the MHS cafeteria April 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Upper level Spanish and French students have been researching authentic recipes and will be putting on an amazing dinner for our community.  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.  Diners can select drinks, main courses, side dishes, and desserts from 3 different countries represented at the dinner.  There will be food from all over the world including Italy, Japan, Russia, France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and others, so there will be something for everyone.

Proceeds from the dinner go towards foreign language department activities and scholarships.  Please see a participating MHS student to buy tickets, or email a foreign language teacher:,,

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

 The trip committee is holding a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the High School auditorium.  The committee will go over the trip itinerary and review final instructions.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled and Other Testing News

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.  8th graders will be taking a paper and pencil version of PARCC as scheduled and required by the state.  As mentioned above, they have completed 3 sessions this week on March 30th, March 31st and April 1st  and will continue this coming Monday and Tuesday on April 6th & 7th.

This week we pause briefly for a three day weekend with no school tomorrow, Friday April 3rd.  I wish you a peaceful weekend with friends and family and, should you celebrate one, a joyous holiday.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School