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National Honor Society, MassBay Community College Testing and Much More!

posted Oct 22, 2012, 8:30 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Oct 22, 2012, 9:43 AM ]
Greeting from a Post-NEASC Maynard High School!

Lat week a 16 member visiting committee from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges completed their work gathering information about Maynard High School.  Though a very specific protocol keeps a final report from being issued for about 3 months, I can say that the visit was thoroughly done by really tremendous professionals and that our school community did an absolutely first rate job representing our school and the greater Maynard Community.  As soon as the final report is available it will be widely distributed throughout the community.

The fact that our sophomores and juniors also completed their PSAT testing in the midst of such a hectic week is further testimony to the dedication and professionalism of our entire school community students and staff alike.

It would take pages upon pages to thank everyone by name who contributed to our presentations and describe their contributions, but to the the hundreds of students, dozens of parents, the entire high school staff, and many, many Maynard business, town and elected leaders I offer a heartfelt and very deep thank you.

National Honor Society
This week National Honor Society nominations are being screened by a committee of volunteers and their work will be completed this week with letters being mailed out this coming Friday October 26th informing the nominees of their decision.  To gain admittance to the National Honor Society a student must demonstrate and document that they have met the four pillars of being an NHS member:  Academics, Service, Character and Leadership.  To be nominated to the NHS a student must have a cumulative average of 89 or higher in their classes at Maynard High School which fulfills the Academic Pillar of NHS membership.  Once nominated, each candidate must complete an application that documents their strengths regarding the other three pillars.

A relative weakness in any one area, or failure to document achievement in any one area as required by the application process, will result in any such nominee being denied membership as a junior.  Should an applicant not be admitted as a junior they will have the opportunity to strengthen their candidacy through their junior year and reapply as senior.  Any junior who is accepted this year will need to maintain high standards of excellence and achievement in all four areas to maintain membership through to graduation.

MassBay Community College Dual Enrollment
This week also marks a milestone as we bring a new partnership with MassBay Community College to life here at Maynard High with our first ever Accuplacer Test administration.

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher as seniors, and some highly qualified juniors, will be able to be Dual Enrolled at MassBay in credit granting courses while taking their normally scheduled qualifying classes right here at Maynard High.  Here are some further key details about this dynamic new program:

The start date for classes that grant MassBay credits is in January at the start of Maynard High School's second semester of this academic year.

Students must take a community college placement test, the Accuplacer,  to qualify to take classes.  There is no fee for this test and it will be offered at Maynard High School this coming Wednesday October 24th.  Students have been signing up over the last two weeks for this test.  They can sign up until the last minute on Wednesday morning.

The classes that qualify for MassBay credits are MHS AP Literature and Composition, MHS Honors Pre-Calculus, MHS Calculus (Grade 12 elective), MHS AP Calculus, MHS Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, MHS AP Biology, MHS Advanced Chemistry, AP Physics, and MHS AP US History.  MHS Senior Project is under consideration for addition to this list at this time.

The cost for these credit granting courses is $57.00 per credit, or $171.00 for a 3 credit class or $228.00 for a 4 credit class.  These are transferable college credits at a fraction of the cost charged at colleges and universities.  These classes are all transferable to any state community college, college or university and are widely accepted at many private colleges.

For more information please contact the guidance department or Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera who has been working diligently to bring this program about.

College Application Night for MHS Seniors
This coming Thursday October 25th our guidance department will be hosting an Application Night from 7:00 to 9:00pm in our school library.  This evening is designed to help seniors with college application completion and with the financial aid process.  Please join us!

Homework Club
Homework Club remains in full swing and is now geared more than ever to helping all of our students stay caught up with their academic work.  Any student who is missing 5 assignments for a class is now automatically being referred to homework club to get caught up.  Individual teachers notify our homework club advisers when a student is in this situation, or need of support, and our homework club advisers inform teachers when a student has completed the work and is caught up.  Thank you to all of our staff for developing this system.

Scholarships, Fundraisers, Sports Clinics & Local Activities

The Melissa Saulnier Scholarship Raffle is now underway at MHS with a prize of a one week stay at the Cold Spring Resort in Ashland, Newhampshire.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 and the drawing is November 3rd.  Please contact our Art Teacher Mr. John Flynn with any questions.

Back by popular demand the classes of 2014, 2015 & 2016 are hosting a holiday babysitting fundraiser at MHS on November 23rd & 24th and December 1st & 15th.  On all 4 days the program will run from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  The cost is $15.00/child and while the children are having a great time you get the chance to catch up on holiday shopping and errands.

Our Maynard High varsity soccer coaches have already run successful clinics for middle school girls and boys this fall and a boy's clinic will be held Tuesday night the 23rd  at Alumni Field starting at 6:45pm.  Thank you to our coaches across our sports programs for their work with a wide range of students encompassing many grade levels.  Our coaches do a simply terrific job as I am frequently reminded by many, many parents.

Reminder:  Casino Night hosted by the Maynard Music Association is now less than two weeks away on November 3rd starting at 6:30pm at the Maynard Elks.  This major event has raised thousands upon thousands of Dollars over the years to benefit the tremendous music program offered by the Maynard Public Schools.  Come on down and have a great time while you help support the children of Maynard through the MMA!

November 15th the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley will host its 11th Annual Service to Youth Awards Ceremony from 6:00 to 9:30 pm at the Butternut Farm Golf Club in Stow.  Check out the Boys and Girls Club website at for more information.

MaynardCan!  The local organization MaynardCan! has a vigorous program of activities upcoming on a variety of topics related to the environment and land use in and around Maynard.  From anti-litter clean-ups to films to energy use and more MaynardCan! is a go to source for information.  Check out their website at! for more information.

Athletic News
Athletic Director Kevin Caruso sends the following message along to our community:

I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the Maynard Athletic Department. It has been a great fall season so far. Golf is finishing up and according to Coach Roussell the young team has progressed very nicely and they are already looking forward to next fall. Clayton Dahill and Bailey Loughlin qualified for the individual tournament. Clayton will be playing on October 22nd and Bailey will be playing in the spring. The Boys Varsity Soccer team qualified for the tournament and the Girls Soccer and Girls Field Hockey team are well on their way to the post-season. In football news, Sean Peterson is leading the Tigers to a great year and is fast approaching the single season rushing record of 1,594 yards held by Joe Dzerkacz. Come out and support Tiger football and see Sean make history!  The young cheerleading team is also doing a great job at the football games. The foundation for Maynard cheer is great! 

New developments in the Maynard Athletic Department include: 

A new online evaluation form. Go to the Athletics page and click on the link to fill out an evaluation. Don't be shy, we love constructive criticism.

Save the Date: 11/16, Senior Appreciation Bonfire.  All are welcome to enjoy the music, fire, and senior appreciation. More details to come.

Save the Date: 11/28, Fall Sports Awards Ceremony for Fowler and High School Sports.  6:15 social, 6:45 start.  

Save the Date:  11/12, 2:30 Girls and Boys Basketball sign-ups, followed by instructions on mandatory online registration

Thank you Mr. Caruso!

Our Students Making News in The Beacon-Villager

Check out the most recent edition of the Beacon-Villager dated October 18th.  On the editorial and opinion page a group of students from Mrs. LaBelle's Economics class let their opinions be known on a range of economic and financial issues facing our country, specifically the debt and deficit.  Their letters are well reasoned and well written.  Check out these timely letters written by our thoughtful students.

Tiger Times!
Our very own electronic news magazine The Tiger Times is just out with their latest edition.  Led by Technology Teacher Emily Dowd our intrepid Tiger Times student reporters comb our school to keep everyone up to date on goings on throughout the building.  Its a great source of information and is linked right through or school homepage.  Check out the Tiger Times.  Its fantastic.

That's it for now.

Have a fantastic week ahead--
Chuck Caragianes