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Semester 1 is "In the Books"

posted Jan 23, 2015, 8:40 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning one and all—

After the challenges we faced last week it was good to have a week that was about the business of education and the joys of being a community member at Maynard High School.

Mid-Year Exams have come to a close and our second semester, and third quarter, begins on Monday January 26th.  Our teachers are working diligently to finalize grading and student grades for the 2nd Quarter should be available by early next week.

We have been reviewing student schedules for the second semester and over 99% of student scheduling requests were met.  Ms. Muise, one of our guidance counselors, has informed me we have the fewest scheduling issues in many, many years.  To give you concrete numbers, our 453 students generate over 3,000 requests for specific classes.  When we reviewed the upcoming semester we found that 15 requests for individual classes could not be met due to scheduling conflicts.  For those few students and their families who could not have every request fulfilled I want you to know that we are currently working hard to resolve these conflicts and nearly all of have been rectified “by hand” by our guidance staff as I write this.

I’d like to thank all three of our guidance counselors, Ms. MacLean, Ms. Muise and Mr. Devine, for their outstanding work on student schedules and also one of our Technology Staff members, JoEllen Baird, for her assistance building our master schedule.  Meeting the educational needs of our students is an essential goal at Maynard High School and each year we get closer to fulfilling every student request.  We will continue to strive for 100% in the future.

Senior Project in the News!

Thought you might want to see what a couple of the seniors are up to this year for Senior Projects. Annabelle is raising awareness about Autism and Anniken is writing a series of columns for the newspaper!

You can check both of these stories out at

Story 1:  Maynard senior raises autism awareness

Story 2:  VIEW FROM NORWAY: Exchange student reflects on life in Maynard-More at:

Senior Project teachers Jean LaBelle and Paul Orzech would also like to thank the numerous community members who help every student in Senior Project find a place in a meaningful internship.

Winter Wonderland

Incredibly, we’ve made it to January 23rd without a single snow day!  This has allowed all of our sports activities and club activities to go on with very few hitches.  Of course a 6 to 8 inch snowfall is possible tomorrow, but that is winter in New England.  Over the course of the winter I urge you to take in an event at Maynard High School to support our students.  Basketball schedules for Girls and Boys are posted on the athletics website (and our basketball team never uses underinflated balls), we have a Maynard’s Got Talent show on tap next Friday January 30th with the doors opening at 7:00pm, its Pops Night at the Fowler on February 6th featuring both the Middle School and High School bands, and our Mock Trial Team is swinging into courtroom action on Thursday January 29th, Tuesday February 3rd and Monday February 9th at the Concord District Courthouse.  This year’s case features a rare mock murder trial and our student attorneys and witnesses are ready to prosecute or defend.  Check it out—all school versus school trials start at 2:00pm.

As you can see, we offer a variety of tremendous extracurricular opportunities for our students at MHS and I urge you to support our programs with your attendance.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School