We have more successes to celebrate and yet another busy week ahead!
We enjoyed a school-wide "March Madness" community building assembly this morning in our gymnasium to the great delight of the staff and students alike. Ask your student about the activities and participation.
This Saturday, tomorrow March 18th, the boys basketball team will take on St. Mary’s in the Massachusetts Division 4 State Championship Game. This State Championship game is at Springfield College’s Blake Arena starting at 5:45pm. Come on out and support the team under Head Coach Paul Howes as they go for MHS’s first State Title in any sport since the Boy’s Track Team took one home 46 years ago in 1971. Go Tigers!
This weekend of March 18th & 19th also features our annual school play, this year Peter and the Starcatcher. 80 Maynard High School students have been working under the direction of Mrs. Blanchard to bring you a first rate production with a performance Saturday night at 7:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. More details on this dynamic production including Box Office Hours are below.
In more exciting news from Mr. Ogden, our own Maynard High School will be featured Monday March 20th on the Channel 5 WCVB morning Eye Opener newscast. A student produced video (Directed by Eric R. and Brandon G.) will feature students and staff in the MHS building. Our own Morten H., Alex K., Dante M., and principal Caragianes will represent our school, student exchange program, and MHN newscast respectfully.
This means, if you tune in to ABC's Channel 5 WCVB Boston to watch the morning Eye Opener at 5:10am and 6:10am, you can see the student produced video broadcast live on the air.
We can expect co-anchors Emily Riemer & Randy Price, with anchor Antoinette Antonio, Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, and Traffic Reporter Olessa Stepanova to provide some banter and dialogue around our student produced video as well, which is always a fun occurrence.
We hope you tune in to Channel 5, Monday 3/20, at 5:10am & 6:10am to see and support Maynard Public Schools.
Meanwhile, Maynard Student Government students attended the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils conference in Hyannis from March 8th-10th. Kyle Morgan ran for president of the state association, and although he did not win, his campaign excited and motivated the delegation from Maynard. The other attendees at the conference were Garvey Cummings, Erin Egan, Riley Hines, Sofia Lappas, Ally Morgan, Aidan Mullaney, Olivia Palmer, and Axum Semakula. We are very proud of these students and look forward to the leadership skills they will bring back to Maynard High School from their experience!
In keeping with political news, thanks to the American Legion and Auxiliary Frank J. DeMars Post and Unit 235, six Maynard high school students will be attending the Girls and Boys State program at Stonehill College this summer. The students delivered speeches and spoke of their goals for the program at an event in the Hall of Heroes at Town Hall on Thursday, March 16th. The following students will be attending: Madison Berry, Garvey Cummings, Kyle Morgan, Pamela Laurent, and Olivia Palmer. The students’ fees are fully paid by the Legion. Thank you!
Approximately 120 Maynard High School students, nearly a quarter of the school’s student population, are involved with our play, basketball team, Student Government, Girls and Boys State group and our WCVB TV video. That’s a lot of positive energy and action for one week all brought about through our students’ hard work, dedication, creativity, responsibility and sense of fun!
On the academic front, please keep in mind that next week we, along with all public high schools in Massachusetts, will be administering the MCAS English Language Arts (ELA) tests on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday to all of our 10th graders. It is imperative that they attend school on time and are ready to work with focus and purpose. As you likely know, passing the MCAS tests in 10th grade is a state mandated requirement to receive a high school diploma. No public school student in the Commonwealth can receive a diploma without passing the ELA, Math & Science portions of the MCAS tests.
You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:
Peter and the Starcatcher
Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"
The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new backstory in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School. Find out how Peter became the boy who never grew up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical starstuff. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, on March 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and are available at the Maynard High School Ticket Booth and online mktix.com/mhsm. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details.
TICKET BOOTH HOURS
Friday March 17 – Sunday March 26
(We accept cash and checks only. No credit cards.)
Friday, March 17: 6-8pm
Monday, March 20: 2-4pm & 6-8pm
Tuesday, March 21: 6-8pm
Wednesday, March 22: 6-8pm
Thursday, March 23: 6-8pm
Friday, March 24: 5-7 pm
Saturday, March 25: 5-7 pm
Sunday, March 26: Noon-2 pm
Foreign language week will be celebrated the week of March 20
This year's theme is "Find the missing piece.... learn a foreign language!"
Foreign language classes will take a break from their typical activities this week to learn about languages and cultures all over the world. Students will make crafts, learn about travel, see foreign films, learn a bit of another language, visit Spanish classes in the Fowler & Green Meadow schools, among other activities. A highlight of this week is the International dinner, which takes place at MHS on March 23. Students in French 3 & 4 and Spanish 3 & 4 and literature have been planning menus, costumes, and decorations for this fun event. 19 different countries will be represented at the dinner with a main course, side dish, drink, and dessert from each country. Guests may sample 3 main dishes, 3 side dishes, 3 drinks, and 3 desserts with their tickets. Tickets are only $5 each and can be bought from any French or Spanish 3, 4, or literature student.
SAVE THE DATE: March 21st 7 p.m. Fowler Library
Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World. Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today.
The Maynard High School PTO Wants You!
After a winter hiatus, there will be a PTO meeting next Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join us as we plan for the Teacher's Luncheon in May and the Senior breakfast in June. We are only having a couple of meetings a year so please consider attending and supporting the MHS PTO.
A special note from PTO President MaryEllen McCarthy:
There has been very low attendance at meetings for some time now and we are approaching a turning point where will have to decide to continue this group or disband it, leaving families with no group that supports communication between the school and parents, no Teacher Luncheon or Senior activities, no Scholarships and no support of guest speakers or teacher grants. If you want any of this to continue please consider joining us.
I wish to add my own endorsement to the PTO. Please attend and please join. The PTO ultimately lends assistance to our students and teachers and is an important organization to keep alive and vibrant.
Our annual Jazz Cafe will be held Sunday, April 2nd from 6-8pm in the Maynard High School cafeteria. Please join Ms. Gately and her extremely talented students for some cool jazz stylings and an evening of fun for all.
Donate Your Old, Unwanted Phones and Help Victims of Domestic Violence
Our Student Green Committee is hosting a phone drive starting today! We are working with an organization called HopeLine, and they collect "no longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories that are in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.” This organization is really great, and it raised roughly 7 million for victims and survivors in 2015 alone. Please think about donating to help out!
If you are interested in donating a phone, follow these steps:
Thank you From The Green Committee!
From the National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is organizing a clothing drive for the month of March. It's a great opportunity to donate spring clean-out clothes to a good cause, and we will have clearly labeled boxes in the high school, the library, Shaws, town hall, Miss Tricia's Dance Studio, and some of the banks in town. The boxes should be place starting this week and will remain there for the month of March. All clothes should be gently used and will be donated to various organizations which will disperse them from there.
Thank you from the students of The National Honor Society
A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student
Hello MHS Community!
My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.
After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/
If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!
MMA February Updates
Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:
We Need YOU! MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall: Co Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at email@example.com.
Jazz Jams! A new performance opportunity for all! Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 pm to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club. Contact Trish Gately for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz Cafe! Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert. Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining us again this year, making for a full evening of jazz performance. Tickets will go on sale in March! Mark your calendars!!
Banquet Volunteers Needed: This year's senior music banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at 5pm at Maynard Elks. Band and Chorus students participate in this event annually. Celebration of Seniors with their families is always a highlight. Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event. If you can help out please email MMA: email@example.com
The Jan Brett Competition
Our friends at the Green Meadow School are in a national competition that could lead to renowned children’s author and Massachusetts native Jan Brett visiting the children at the Green Meadow.
The school in the entire country that sends in the most votes will have Jan visit their school. Any school in the top 10 will receive extremely generous book donations for their school libraries. Any school in the top 100 will receive a signed poster from Jan.
Our Green Meadow children read and enjoy Jan Brett’s books, such as The Mitten, and are on pins and needles to see how their school does in the competition and right now the Green Meadow is in an astounding 14th place among schools from across the country!
In order to vote and help out our friends at the Green Meadow you’ll need the information below:
Copy and paste the link below, or Google search "Jan Brett school visit 2017".
In addition to filling out your personal information (name and email address), you need to fill in the following:
5 Tiger Drive
It is my understanding that you will not be added to email lists or have your information shared.
From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather
(Hopefully this information will not be needed again this year!)
Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals
Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England. To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:
1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.
2. Traditional television and radio Media. We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44. They also post this information on their website at:
3. New for this year! I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools
Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.
That’s the news for the week.
Enjoy the coming weekend, take care, and Go Tigers!
Principal of Maynard High School