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Patriots' Day Weekend 2017

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:20 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

Today marks the last day of school prior to Patriots’ Day and the spring vacation week.  Maynard High School will be closed for classes from 2:05 this afternoon until Monday morning April 24th at 7:00am when the building reopens for student breakfast and then classes at 7:45am.  The 4th quarter of the year is now underway.  Please help ensure that your student finishes the year well by being to school on time, every day, with their work complete.

Last night the Maynard School Committee & State Representative Kate Hogan graciously acknowledged our 2017 State Championship Boys Basketball team and their coaches with wonderful ceremonial basketballs and an invitation to the State House.  I was tremendously honored, pleased and surprised to receive one of the ceremonial basketballs as well.  Many thanks go out to the members of our School Committee, State Representative Hogan and Dr. Gerardi for this unexpected and delightful public shout out.

It is course selection time for the 2017-2018 school year.  Teachers have completed their recommendations for core class placement for all students for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students will be now be beginning their own course selections for the 2017-2018 school year and will be able to do so on iPass including remotely from home.  As a point of information, the full 2017-2018 Program of Studies is available on the Maynard High School website.  The student selection process will run through the end of the day on Monday April 24th.   After that point in time individual discussions with guidance counselors will begin to finalize all selections.  In a sense, the 2017-2018 school year is starting even as the current school year enters the home stretch.

“Personal Awareness Week” was  held this week featuring presentations on a variety of physical health, mental health and social issues.  Students received information on topics including skin cancer and prevention, healthy relationships and dating violence, opiod and substance abuse, Heart Health, financial awareness and planning, HIV prevention, and the nature of community policing to name just some.  We were fortunate to have a mixture of outside experts, community leaders and students participate in these forums and presentations.  As always, a primary concern of Maynard High School and the Maynard Public Schools is student health and wellness as well as personal safety.

And now more MHS News from Mr. Ogden’s Radio & Television Production Class

In This Week’s Episode:  An EXCLUSIVE Interview with Sports Illustrated writer & 98.5 regular Greg Bedard.  Behind the scenes of the Beacon Santa Telethon, a message from SAGA, Red Sox, top MHS athletes, Guatemala & more!  A special message to Mr. Paterno at the very end.



Let us know if you have something you would like to feature on the news.

Special Thank you to all the students who worked so hard to make this happen.

You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:

State Required Postural Screening  (Grades 8 & 9)

The high school will initiate the annual state required Postural Screening beginning in April for Grades 8 and 9. The screening will be performed by the school nurse in a 1:1 private area. The purpose of the screening is to detect early signs of possible spinal problems in children, such as scoliosis. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until the screening next year. Female students are asked to bring a swimsuit top, halter, or sports top to school the day of the screening. This type of clothing permits a more accurate observation of the back. All students will be given advance notice prior to their screening so they can come prepared.

When your child has a routine physical exam, the physician automatically performs postural screening. If your child has had a recent physical exam (dated July 2016 or later), please forward a copy to the Health Services Office as this will complete the requirement of the annual school screening for your child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Maynard’s Got Talent!

Tomorrow night, April 14th at 6:30pm, some of our high school students will be showcasing their talents in the Fowler auditorium. The acts include singing, rapping, guitar playing, karate, and more.

Please come by to support these students and this year's senior class.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and there will be baked goods for sale.

We hope to see you there tomorrow night!

Emily Dowd and the Class of 2017

MHS Peer Leaders Help with  Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

The Maynard High School Peer Leaders will be volunteering for a local professor and artist Catriona Baker on her I Am Red campaign. Her artwork varies from canvas to animation to multimedia, and uses Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for sexual assault in America. To fully impress the gravity of the frequency and severity of sexual assault, she has been creating 720 hand bound empty books in which survivors are welcome to share their stories. The number 720 represents the number of rapes in America in one day. As each book takes 1-3 hours to make, the Peer Leaders will be assisting in making these books which will be on display along with the artist's other works for her I Am Red presentation later this year. She hopes to raise awareness about sexual assault and start conversations.

Thank you,

-Peer Leaders

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:

  1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.

  2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone. We thoroughly refurbish donated phones.

  3. Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag.

  4. Drop it in the donation bin in our Main Office at Maynard High School!

Thank you From The Green Committee!

Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Calling all runners for the Autism Acceptance 5K this April 30th at 9am!

Show your support this Autism Acceptance Month by registering for the Autism Acceptance 5K, a charity run/walk which will donate all proceeds to the nonprofit Autistic Self Advocacy Network. The event will be held at 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard, and is a Maynard High School Senior Project generously sponsored by Shaws, Stop & Shop, Sugarsnap, Avidia Bank, and Christmas Motors. Whether you are looking for a leisurely family walk or a competitive race, come out for the Autism Acceptance 5K to show your support of the Autistic community and this Senior Project! To register or donate to the cause, visit If you are interested in sponsoring the event or have any questions please email"

MMA March Updates

Music Banquet subcommittee: Volunteers are still needed to help the day of the banquet on Memorial Day at 5pm at the Elks. Help with set up, food and general support is needed. Contact Bonnie  - Thanks to those who have volunteered their time and talent to chair the subcommittees: Lynda Thayer, Stacey Charbonneau, Dan Charbonneau, Maureen DeVos, Stephanie Gavin, Sandra Liu, Annemarie Caloggero & Christine Barilone. Can you join us that day?

Volunteers needed for support of MMA: If you are able to give time once a month to support our musicians, we are in need of parents interested in helping in all areas. Please attend our April meeting (Wednesday, April 5th) to hear what we are planning for the remaining months of the 2016-2017 school year and the needs for the coming year. WE need you!!  Contact:

A Message From Emerson Hospital Regarding Aging

“Are you confused about the options available in our community to help you or your family navigate the aging journey?”

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm in Cheney Conference Room at Emerson Hospital, The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital will be hosting a community education event, Old Age Ain’t for Sissies: Demystifying Elder Care.  A panel discussion, moderated by Janet Benvenuti of Circle of Life Partners, on the continuum of caring for aging seniors including: medical concerns and keeping a senior healthy, programs/services/resources for supporting your loved one at home, and options when your senior can no longer live at home. A light supper will be served. The event is free to the public but seating is limited. Please email the Auxiliary to reserve your seat or call Christine Kielar at 978-287-8765. Sponsored by Care One of Concord.

That’s the news for the week,

Enjoy the coming school vacation week and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School