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Nearly Halfway Through the 2017-2018 School Year

posted Jan 12, 2018, 8:48 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

I’d like to begin with some important logistical news for next week, January 15-19.

Monday January 15th school is closed to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

When students return on Tuesday January 16th we will be beginning our end of quarter, and end of first semester, exam week.  It is very important that students be in on time and ready to work each and every day of the week and are getting all assignments currently due at the end of the quarter submitted on time.

Friday January 19th is an early release day for high school students.  Friday the 19th is also scheduled to be the last day of the second marking quarter and close the first semester.

Special Note:  Despite today’s wonderfully warm weather for January, there is always the possibility of snow and school cancellations.  In the event of a school cancellation next week, there could be some adjustment to the exam schedule and close of the quarter to allow for an orderly and logical end of the semester.  Any such modifications would be communicated to you via email.

And now it’s time to acknowledge some tremendous student achievements and awards that have recently been bestowed upon our students.

This past Tuesday, at a fantastic luncheon held at Assumption College, Seniors Garvey Cummings and Joel Stenhouse were recognized by the Worcester County Superintendents’ Association for their sustained excellence in academics, extracurricular activities and community service along with 70 other students from more than 50 area high schools.  Superintendent Gerardi and I had the great honor of accompanying Garvey and Joel to this event and could not have been more proud of them as scholars and citizens.

Congratulations also go out to Maeve McCarthy for winning this year's Anti-Drug Video PSA, presented by the Maynard Elks.  Maeve's video, which takes an in-depth and heartfelt approach to the drug epidemic that has affected so many, was voted top submission of 2017.  

For her efforts she will be awarded a cash prize, and her video will move on to the state level, where she will compete for top submission in Massachusetts.

Best of luck to Maeve as she moves on to the next level.  You can see her winning submission here.

To see a list of other students' submissions, you can view them here, in the PSA playlist section.

And now, thanks to Mr. Ogden’s Classes, the Latest Installment of the Maynard High News!

From Mr. Ogden:

The tenth episode of the year is the best episode thus far!

We are truly proud of our broadcast journalism class, as this is the first episode of the school year where every student in the class contributed in some way.  

There's so much to see and enjoy in this episode--from sports, to news, to entertainment, and a tribute to the girls soccer team--we know there will be something to inform and entertain both yourself and those around you.  

Share this with anybody you can; those views mean a lot to the students.

The tenth episode of season 3:

Enjoy 📽📷🎥🎬 MHN 🎬🎥📷📽

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

From Our Health Services

Flu season is upon us and this year’s outbreak has been particularly virulent nationwide.  Below you will find links to "The Flu: A Guide for Parents" thanks to our school nurse Mary Ferranti.  The links are in English, Spanish and Portuguese and are also available on the Health Services page for the Maynard Public Schools.

From Our Food Service

The food service department is no longer offering products with peanuts in them. The only product that had been offered with any peanut in it was the Teddie's peanut butter used for sandwiches. Sun Butter will now be offered as a substitute.

That’s the news for this week.

Have a fantastic weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School