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.
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!
the staff and students of WAVM
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?
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"
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mary Brannelly (email@example.com), Danielle Mannion (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by going to the Maynard Education Foundation website http://maynardeducation.org. 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
Opportunities for 21st century learning
around Social and Cross Cultural Skills
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:
Please contact Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera at email@example.com for additional information on any of the above programs.
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
ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM: See website for fees and other details, please see the following website: www.londonculturalconnections.net or contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Vadhera at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details or Ms. Ros Thomas-Clark 617-512-0052 email@example.com.
School is Seeking Host Families
That’s it for now—thank you to the many folks who have contributed items for this update.