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Paying It Forward

posted Sep 18, 2015, 6:52 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

This morning our students had their monthly advisory meeting, and the topic could be described in a number of ways including altruism, the doing of good deeds, paying it forward or community service.

The students meetings were framed through the lens of the National Day of Service that has emerged out of the tragedy of 9/11.  Stories and videos related to 9/11 were shared, including a moving piece prepared by a survivor who made it out of World Trade Center 1 on that day and who is the sister of one of our faculty members.

Small group brainstorming sessions were held to generate ideas for acts of service that students and community members can do right here in Maynard.

As I visited our classrooms during these meetings I was reminded of many things including how tremendous the students and staff of Maynard High School are, the need to look out for one another as we journey through life, and that even from the darkest events and times people can find a way to channel their strength and courage into acts of kindness and giving.

MHS events and dates of note follow:

Yom Kippur

This is a quick reminder that the Maynard Public Schools are closed on Wednesday September 23rd in respect of Yom Kippur.  District Administrative offices will be open and the Maynard High School office will be open for public business from 9:00am to 3:00pm on September 23rd.

Back to School Night September 29th

From 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday Night September 29th we will be holding our annual “Back to School Night” at Maynard High School.

This is an opportunity to walk through your student’s schedule, gain an understanding of course content and methodology and meet your child’s teacher in a group setting with other parents.  This event is not designed to be an individual Parent-Teacher meeting; however as is always the case at any time, our guidance counselors will also be on hand to schedule such meetings should you feel one is necessary.

From 6:00-6:30pm we will distribute schedules, have a question and answer session for parents and have a bake sale.  From 6:30 to 8:00pm you will have a chance to attend a session with all of your students teachers following the same schedule your children do.

Homework Club Has Begun

Some students and parents have inquired about when homework club will be starting this year and I’d like to let you know that as of this past Tuesday, September 15th, we are underway.   As in the past Homework Club is open to all students at MHS, and provides academic support to our learners from 2:05 to 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.

Picture Day—A message from Mr. Orzech

Parents - It is that time of year again when we will be holding our annual Picture Day at Maynard High School on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st.

This photograph has many useful applications for our school, as well as your personal portraits and memories. Prestige Portraits - a division of Lifetouch Studios has mailed to each underclassmen parent a white envelope with the words, "Important School Picture Day Information Enclosed" in blue on the outside of the envelope. This envelope has enclosed your ordering materials for those of you who wish to purchase. If you did not receive this envelope or misplaced it, we have extra forms in the Main Office and with Mr Orzech. If you have any questions, regarding your order, please call Prestige Portraits at 800-426-9533 ext 117, or Mr Orzech at 978 897 8891.

Again, our Picture Date is: Monday, September 21st.

Halloween Costume Fundraiser

The class of 2018 is currently accepting recycled costumes from 9/8/15 to 9/24/15.  Please wash costumes before dropping them off in the boxes located in the lobby near the main office of each school.

The costume sale date is 9/26/15. All unsold costumes will be donated to local charities.

For answers to any of your questions contact

Fund raiser for MHS trip to Cuba

Courtney Lawton is an MHS parent and an independent salesperson for Ava Anderson Non Toxic, a company that makes only non-toxic products for the home, car, body, and pet care.  She will donate 20% of all sales from this fundraiser to the MHS group that will travel to Cuba this April. 

As a bonus, everyone who places an order with her will be eligible to win a $50 gift basket she will be raffling off. 

This fundraiser (and chance for the $50 gift basket) begins today and will go until October 15.  To place an order, go to the following website:
  and use party #96998.

Thank you to Courtney for your support!

Smartest Kids in the World Book Discussion

Maynard Public Schools is hosting a book discussion of Amanda Ripley’s Smartest Kids In the World on September 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM at Maynard High School.  

Launched as the Maynard Public Schools first “Community Summer Read” last spring, Ripely’s account of three diverse education cultures provides an excellent starting point for our community to discuss what kind of educational culture we want in Maynard.  This discussion will be led by Jennifer Gaudet, the Maynard Public Schools Curriculum Director.  Please join us and other faculty and staff to share your thoughts on the book and your vision for education in Maynard.

To find out more about Smartest Kids in the World, here is a link to the New York Time’s Reviewfor this book.  There are several copies of the book available at the Maynard Public Library.  While we certainly recommend this book as a great read, by no means is reading the book required for you to join this discussion.  In fact, we are really interested in gaining our communities perspective on education and the book discussion will just facilitate that.

So we can adequately prepare refreshments, please RSVP by filling out this brief form or calling Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.  We look forward to seeing you on September 30 at 7:00 PM at the High School for this important conversation.

Have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School