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Prom is Upon Us Culminating a Great Week At MHS

posted May 4, 2018, 10:28 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

It has been an exceptionally busy week at Maynard High School.

We had a safety drill on Monday followed by our annual “Mock Accident” on Wednesday where juniors and seniors receive information about the dangers of impaired driving which is of particular concern during prom season.

Today, Friday May 4th, the 8th grade students from the Fowler School, our soon to be freshmen and class of 2022, joined us at Maynard High School today for “Up Day” as part of our transition program for students as they move from the Fowler on to high school.  Tours were conducted by current Maynard High School students and time was given to the 8th graders to peruse informational tables regarding extracurricular activities. A panel session closed the day’s activities as the rising freshmen had an opportunity to ask questions on a host of topics to current MHS students.  It was a productive morning and I am looking forward to working with this engaging group of future MHS students.

After dismissal this morning, we had our annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the high school PTO.  Many thanks go out to our PTO for providing such an incredibly generous, sumptuous and scrumptious meal to the entire building staff.  I would especially like to thank MaryEllen McCarthy for her participation over the last 13 years as the driving force behind our PTO. MaryEllen is stepping down after this year and she will be sorely, sorely missed.  Once again, many thanks to the entire PTO for today’s luncheon and an especially heartfelt thank you to MaryEllen McCarthy for her service to the students and staff of Maynard High School.

The days ahead will also be quite busy.  Our Prom is tonight at the Westford Regency with students gathering at 6:00 and our promenade slated to begin at 6:30pm.  This is always an incredible event with our students showing the elegance and maturity of the fine young adults they are. By next Monday many of the same students will swap their gowns and tuxedos for their thinking caps as AP Exams begin.  The end of the school year on June 21st is coming up quickly.


On another note, we have constructed the schedule for the 2018-2019 school year taking into account our students’ course selections.  We continue to refine individual student schedules and make minor adjustments. Student schedules will be distributed no later than June 1st some three weeks before the end of the school year.   That will leave ample time should any adjustments or corrections be needed on any individual student’s schedule prior to the end of the school year.


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Jordan and Emma discuss prom, Dan talks about the Koreas, Pam talks to her fans, Sam and Meghan have baseball & softball updates, Market Madness has a PRIZE,  a dog themed photo of the week, and more!




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Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:


Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4. No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year. $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

NHS Hosts a Battle of the Bands

Maynard High School’s National Honor Society officers will be holding a Battle of the Bands event to raise money for the Sudbury Free Medical Clinic. The event will be held at Erikson’s Ice Cream on May 10th from 5-8pm. Bands from MHS as well as other towns across Massachusetts and NH will be participating. There is no cost for the event however they will be accepting donations.

Maynard High School Needs You!

A message from our Senior Project Teachers Jean LaBelle & Paul Orzech:

Dear Community Partners,

Please join Maynard High School Senior Project students as they present their findings and projects at the annual Spring Presentation event. The event includes a luncheon for teachers and community partners and concludes with panel presentations that you will help judge.

Each student presentation will summarize the student's experience in the program—their research, internship and project, as well as their assessment of how well they met the school competencies requirements.  You will be assigned to a panel that will include a Maynard High School teacher. Panelists will ask the seniors questions about their projects and placements. Panelists will provide feedback to the students about the strengths and areas for improvement in their presentations.  It promises to be a rewarding experience for you and for the students!

Thanks to the Maynard Education Foundation for approval of an administrator grant, this year the luncheon will include a brief presentation by Dr. Gerardi called Massachusetts and Maynard Leading the Nation: celebrating the 25th anniversary of education reform.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Luncheon: 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Panel Presentations: 12:30 PM-2:15 PM

Place: Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754

To reserve your spot at the luncheon and to serve on the panels, please email your name and contact phone number to:

Support Your Seniors!

Graduation of the class of 2018 is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the third annual graduation fundraiser! This year you can purchase not only balloons but customized yard signs as well.

There are 3 options available:

Black Package  $40: offers the yard sign with the name of the senior as well as the college they are planning to attend along with 3 graduation balloons!

Orange package $30:  offers a yard sign with just the name of the senior as well as 1 balloon.


Balloons only $5 per balloon:  offers a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2018” written on them for only $5.


Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4.


We will place the balloons and yard signs on the house of the designated senior on June 7th! Place your order by emailing . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 16th.


A Note From the Athletic Director

It is with sadness that I inform you that Middle School sports have been cut from the budget.

As you may know during the past few years, the district has undergone a series of cuts that have led to reductions of staff across the district, reduction of programming and an increase in class sizes.

During these years, the school committee ask me to consider a range of options based on financial data. These options included: cutting the most expensive High School sports programs, reducing contests to league play only and cutting middle school sports.  Although, I made it clear I do not recommend cutting anything from athletics, I was asked to make a decision so I chose to put Middle School sports on the table because in my opinion it has the least impact. The reason I identified middle school sports was that our youth groups do a great job at providing opportunities for kids and the majority of 8th graders play sports at the HS.

As a result, the following will be the offerings for athletics:  


Soccer- 8-12(Youth services 7th graders)

Football 9-12(Youth services 7th/8th graders)

Field Hockey (7-12) No youth

Golf-7-12( Low numbers no youth)

Cross Country(7-12) No youth


Basketball(8-12)Youth services 7th graders


Baseball(8-12) Youth services 7th graders

Softball(8-12) Youth services 7th graders

Track(7-12) No youth

The Spring Update From The Maynard Music Association

Attention Seniors:  Scholarship applications are available on the homepage of our website:  All scholarships need to be postmarked no later than May 1st to be considered.  There are a number of scholarships available this year. Please encourage your child to apply.

MMA Banquet:  This year's senior banquet is set for Monday, May 28th at 5:00 at the Maynard Elks. Graduating seniors are free. Tickets for adults are $15, and students are $5.00 per person and will be available at the MHS May 16th concert, but pre-ordering is encouraged with the order form on our website (  Order forms are also available on our website.  Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the banquet.  

Volunteers Needed:  Parents of students in grades 9-11 are needed to help set up the Elks for the MMA banquet, serve food, and clean up after the event.  Please email MMA if you are available to help:

Summer Music Camp for Grades 5-12:  Tricia Gately's summer music program, Assabet Valley Summer Music (AVSM) is back. Click the link for more information:  Summer Music Camp 2018

Casino Night 2018: Mark your calendars for our biggest music fundraiser supporting grades 4-12. Casino Night 2018 is set for November 3rd at the Elks. Parent volunteers are needed. Contact Bonnie Wilson if interested in supporting this event:

2018-19 Open MMA Positions:  MMA is seeking candidates for the following positions. Please attend our next MMA meeting on May 2 and email interest to  

  • High School Treasurer

  • High School Co-Chairperson

Jazz Jams: Please consider joining Trish Gately every Sunday night from 5-7 at the Pleasant Cafe for Jazz Jam, an impromptu gathering of local musicians of all ages.  

School Committee:  Attending school committee meetings is a great way to advocate for our music program.  Next meeting April 26th, May 10th and May 24th.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 2nd: MMA monthly meeting 8:00 Fowler library

  • May 5th Spring Art Walk - Downtown!

  • May 16th high school concert 7 pm at MHS

  • May 18th high school Great East Festival

  • Mary 23rd  Solo and Ensemble Night  - 7 pm MHS

  • May 28th Memorial Day Parade

  • May 28th  MMA Banquet - Maynard Elks

  • June 8th  Graduation


Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler

Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS

Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS

Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

Kurt Severance:  Webmaster

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association

Take care and have a great weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School