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Moving Ahead

posted Apr 18, 2013, 12:34 PM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 12:46 PM ]
As I look at the flag at half staff outside my office window my thoughts naturally go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing at a place I have visited dozens of times over the course of my life.  Boston is a resilient and proud city and Americans are a compassionate and just people.  We will endure and survive this moment and move ahead.  That is who we are.

Here in Maynard April vacation is winding down the end of the school year is coming into view.  An exciting path lies ahead as we move to the end of the year and graduation and then physically move to our brand new building.  Our students continue to forge ahead with many endeavors, and the opportunities at Maynard High School continue to grow.

Here are a few highlights, and some information you may find useful.

A Successful Disney Trip Completed

Our quadrennial Band and Chorus Trip wrapped up this past Monday as our students touched down in Manchester a bit after 10:00pm.  Our students, your sons and daughters, represented Maynard High School with distinction and honor throughout their 5 day trip.  Ms. Erickson reports that the amphitheater at Disney was packed and that our students received standing ovations for their performance.  The students were all model citizens and multiple compliments were received regarding their behavior and manners.  Many thanks go out to Ms. Erickson, the many chaperones, and the organizers of this event.

New Buiding Update

The new Maynard High School building project remains on-time and on budget as we prepare to move less than 5 months from now.  Just this past week the water and sewer systems were completed and tested, the concrete for the seating bowl in the new auditorium was finished, and grading of the site has begun in preparation for paving sidewalks, driveways and parking lots.  All the major contracts for furnishings and equipment are now in process and are being awarded in succession.  Moving plans, and demolition plans for the old building are advancing rapidly and physical packing in the old building has begun.  It is an exciting time indeed at MHS.

Fowler Parents Meet the High School Staff

On April 11th morning and evening sessions were held as more than 40 parents of current Fowler 7th graders met with high school Guidance Counselors, Teachers, administrators and current 8th grade teachers for an extensive question and answer session regarding the transition to the new building.  Questions were wide ranging and included topics such as  scheduling, curriculum, transitional activities for students, school security and extra curricular activities.  Talks were thoughtful and productive as many quite natural concerns were addressed.  Many thanks to Mr. Mela for being a participant and most gracious host.

8th Grade parents will be afforded this same opportunity on April 25th with a morning session from 8:30 to 9:30am and an eveing session from 7:00 to 8:00pm.  Both meetings will be held in the Fowler School Library.

Next High Scool PTO Meeting

Our next High  School PTO Meeting will be Thursday night April 25th at 7:00pm in the high school library.  All are welcome!

Congratulations to the staff and students of WAVM
The students of WAVM were notified at the Annual Millis High School Digital Media Conference that they won first place in the National Academy of Television Arts and Science Boston/New England High School Awards for their entry in "New General Assignment, Light News".

This is the first time that our students have entered this contest.  Many high schools throughout New England enter so this is a quite an honor.  The awards will be given out on June 1st at the NECN television studio.  The award will be on display at the studio later that week. 

Mass Bay College Partnership News

We are proud to announce that Massachusetts Bay Community College with Framingham State University is hosting a barbeque for those communities in a partnership with these colleges.  This event will include several recurring 15-minute workshops for superintendents, parents, teachers, students, and high school counselors. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 4:00PM. The topics will include:                                                                                                                                  

1.  How to pay for college? /Financial advising 101 (what parents need to know)                        

2.  What are the benefits of starting at a community college instead of going straight to a 4-year school?                                                                                                                                            

3.  I have an IEP: what disability services are available?                                                                 

4.  Using articulation agreements/what I need to know about transfer from the get go?                                                                                                                              

5. Time management/College expectations                                                                                              

6. Withdrawals, deadlines, and other student actions parents need to be concerned about                                                                                                                            

 7.  What is the Accuplacer?

Maynard Boosters Club
SPRING IS HERE! Clean out your closets and... RECYCLE THOSE OLD SHOES!!

The Maynard Booster Club is, once again, 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 April 1.  Sorry but we cannot accept: winter boots, roller/ice skates, singles or unusable footwear.

Thank you for supporting the Maynard Booster Club

MAYNARD HIGH SCHOOL "LAST DANCE"                                                                 
Help us bid farewell to Maynard High School before it is closed forever to make way for a new era with the "soon to open" new Maynard High School.  Join in the festivities of the Maynard High School Last Dance on Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:30 - 11 PM at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive.

Enjoy cocktails and appetizers from 6:30-7:30 PM, dinner stations from 7:30-9 PM, and dessert/coffee later in the evening.  There will be a cash bar with beer and wine.  Music will be provided by Drastic Measures.  Be prepared to dance!  There may be some additional entertainment surprises throughout the evening.  Dress is business casual.

Tickets are $40/each or $75/couple and can be purchased by contacting Colleen Moore/Jeanne Ignachuck (978) 897-2222, Jim McCann (, Mary Brannelly (, Danielle Mannion ( or by going to the Maynard Education Foundation website  Proceeds will benefit the Maynard Education Foundation.

It will be an evening filled with great food, great entertainment and great people reminiscing with friends about their years at Maynard High School.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the old and the new while taking part in this historic, fun evening.  Buy your tickets early - they are limited!     

Athletic Department News
Thanks to Miss Dowd, the Athletic Department Newsletter has gone 21st century!  
Click on the link to view the newsletter!

Opportunities for 21st century learning around Social and Cross Cultural Skills
Purnima Vadhera, the Maynard High School Assistant Principal, has been working with several organizations to create a menu of international experience options for our students at Maynard High School including touring trips, trips with a focus (e.g. studying literature, history, etc.), traditional exchange programs, as well as conference/summit opportunities for high school students.  

Design for Change:

Design for Change is an organization that fosters service learning. Students are encouraged to attend the spring summit in March with key note speaker Kiran Sethi to obtain additional information in regards to service learning opportunities.

Global Student Leader Summit on Environmental Sustainability:

This will be held in 2013 with Key note speakers Al Gore and Oscar Arias in Costa Rica and in 2014 on the New Global Economy in Shaghai, with key note speaker Jon Huntsman.  The students learn first hand from experts on global issues in regards to environmental sustainability and what each of them can do (Scholarships available). 

The Triangle Coalition:

There is a series of programs in Washington for high school students to promote innovative thinking and problem solving in regards to global issues.

The World Affairs Council: 

They believe that education is the U.S.’s top security issue, and offers programs in support of educational initiatives, including:

  • Academic World Quest for high school students which is an annual knowledge-based competition for high school students. There are nine rounds of questions that focus on a variety of international issues.
  • The Global Travel Scholarship is a program that provides funding for selected high school students to travel abroad to participate in experiential learning to France, China, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Italy.
  • International Student Summit and International Youth Forum which provides high school students with an opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively with their peers across the state and around the world.

Please contact Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera at for additional information on any of the above programs.

London Cultural Connections
We still have spaces left for the 2013 program! The program is highly experiential.  During the London Cultural Connections course we cover theatre, literature, history, art, architecture, social and political mores - from Henry VIII to the present day.

In theatre, we study and act out the Shakespeare play before we see it at the Globe Theatre; after watching Regeneration, we see War Horse in the West End, discuss World War I, visit the Imperial War Museum, and read War Poetry. We also see a couple of other shows with British connections - including The 39 Steps, with four actors playing one hundred and sixteen roles, most of them played by two men! We explore the Romantics and travel to read Wordsworth at Tintern Abbey, in Wales, followed by a trip down a Welsh coal mine to experience the Industrial Revolution. We visit The Victoria and Albert Museum, John Soane's House, The Tate Modern and The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery.

You will see from our website that we experience most of the important London attractions that have literary and historical input for our curriculum. These are all connected to seminars and discussions. Related DVD's are a daily feast. We go shopping!

The Venue:  We are based in a hotel near Kew Gardens

For Parents: The students often travel to London together, are met at the airport, and are supervised 24/7, so, for parents who might be anxious, it is a safe environment. We are in daily contact with home through e-mail and phone if needed. Regular e-mails are sent with updates of our activities.

Dates:  Saturday, July 6-20, 2013

Suitable For:
• students who are hungry for an experiential two weeks making British connections these help with high school courses in literature, history, social studies and art
• students who do not have summer plans yet
• students who want to add to the resume for college applications with rich experience and strong recommendations from us


Below is the link to the London Cultural Connections website. This will be our nineteenth year! Please let me know if you can think of anyone who might want to participate in this inspiring program. It looks great on future applications and we can also give a strong letter of recommendation on completion of the course.

ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM: See website for fees and other details, please see the following website: or contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Vadhera at for additional details or Ms. Ros Thomas-Clark 617-512-0052

Maynard High School is Seeking Host Families
Maynard High School has forged a partnership with Educatius International to bring students from possibly 23 different countries to Maynard High School. Unlike traditional foreign exchange programs that are usually two weeks in duration, this program allows the students to go to Maynard High School for a full year. The benefits of foreign exchange programs are many.  Often times host families report the sharing of culture and values to be a major benefit.  Also, lifelong friendships that lead to international travel is another potential exciting benefit.

Since this is a big commitment there is a $700 per month, per student, compensation offered to the host families in an effort to defray the additional costs.  Host family are also encouraged to spend some time sharing our countries culture with the foreign exchange student living with them. In New England this can easily be accomplished by visiting museums and historical locations on a weekend day trip.

If you are interested in learning more about being a host family, please contact the Maynard High School Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera.  You can reach her by emailing or calling Maynard High School and asking for her extension.

That’s it for now—thank you to the many folks who have contributed items for this update.


Take care—

Chuck Caragianes