This week the news at Maynard High School has been dominated by the arrest of a student for threats against the school. The Maynard Police issued a press release Wednesday evening related to these threats and it is available on the town website. The press release can also be accessed through Superintendent Gerardi’s weekly blog where he has commented on this matter as well.
The safety of students, staff and community members is my paramount concern as principal of Maynard High School. This week we have worked in close cooperation with the police department and town to ensure the safety of all. I’d like to personally thank Police Chief Mark Dubois and his staff for all their diligence and hard work as well as Town Administrator Kevin Sweet and his staff for their timely support. This morning during regularly held, monthly student class meetings this issue was acknowledged and processed with all students, by graduating class, by Assistant Principal Vadhera and myself. Next Thursday, January 22nd, this topic will be on the school committee agenda and will be open to the public.
In other news at the school—
The first semester is drawing to a close and there are mid-year exams next week for grades 9-12. We are reaching the halfway point of the school year and the time has flown by. Important reminder: next week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are early release days for all students grades 8-12 with dismissal at 10:55am.
MassBay Community College credit granting courses begin next week at Maynard High School. Courses in Business Marketing and Abnormal Psychology are being offered this semester and are held immediately after dismissal at 2:05pm. If your junior or senior student has not yet inquired get on it first thing Tuesday the 20th.
Fabulous Community Service!
MHS students will once again be participating in Project 351 this weekend in Boston. Project 351 was created by former Governor Patrick to promote youth leadership and community service across the Commonwealth. 8th grade teacher Rita Murphy has coordinated the event at MHS and many thanks go out to her.
Fabulous Student Musicians!
This week, 5 students from MHS are performing at the Sr. District music festival. They were accepted by audition among hundreds of area music students. These talented musicians are: Helen Gerondeau-french horn, Jeff Umbrell-trumpet, Grace Wilson-trombone, Sam Jones-tenor voice, Karima Haddouch-soprano voice. This is a huge accomplishment-there is no differentiation made between school size--just who performed the best.
Next week, Jeff and Grace earned the right (via how highly they scored) to audition for All-State, and the following weekend, we have 6 MHS 8th graders auditioning for Jr. Districts!
On Friday night January 30th we will be having our now annual Maynard’s Got Talent student talent show from 6:00 to 10:00pm in our auditorium. Come on down to have a Rockin’ good time.
The 17th annual pops night will be held the following Friday, February 6th at 7pm. FMS and MHS musicians will be playing guitars, pianos, singing their hearts out, with proceeds to benefit the music program. This event will be held at the Fowler School.
It has been an eventful week at Maynard High School. Your students are safe, they are learning, participating, and growing as young adults.
Thank you for reading and thank you for your support
Principal of Maynard High School