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Some Congratulations, A Thank you, and Prom. (And that's just some of what's going on!)

posted May 12, 2017, 11:17 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

Let me begin by congratulating Senior Eric Kiley who signed his college letter of intent this morning to play football at Assumption College.  To help celebrate this moment, and the accompanying scholarship, Eric was joined by his father, grandfather and brother Bryan as well as Head Coach Ogilvie and Assistant Coach Pileeki along with his teammates.  Eric’s academic work in the classroom and at home coupled with his work on the field and in the workout room made this moment possible.  Eric is clear proof that hard work matters and pays off in everything you do.

I’d also like to thank PTO President MaryEllen McCarthy and the numerous volunteers and contributors who made today’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon possible.  Approximately 50 teachers and their fellow staff members enjoyed a delicious, dare I say sumptuous, buffet luncheon that is now in its twelfth year as an annual event.  The PTO also made a grant presentation to Radio & TV teacher John Ogden for the purchase of Green Screen backdrops to allow for special effects work with his students.  The entire staff is deeply appreciative for this wonderful gesture each year.

It is Prom night at Maynard High School and more than 200 students and their guests are ready to celebrate with a Roaring Twenties themed event.  This is the largest group of students in many years, perhaps decades, to attend a MHS Prom and it promises to be a wonderful evening.

In preparation for the prom, and with student health and safety in mind, we held our annual Mock Accident yesterday for all upper classmen and all students attending the prom to educate our students about the dangers of substance and alcohol abuse and driving.  I’d like to thank Chief Stowers and Firefighter Mike Cisek for their support along with the many other firefighters and ambulance crew who supported the activity.  Mike began this program as a Senior Project when he was a Maynard High School senior a few years ago and continues to be a great asset and leader with our now ongoing annual event.  Thanks also go out to Chief Dubois and Officer Chris Sweeney as well as many members of the Maynard Police Department for their ongoing volunteer support.  Maynard High School students took on acting and technology support roles through WAVM and DEE Bus also provided a bus and volunteer to support the event.  I’d also like to thank  the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home for their support and volunteerism.

As you can see, dozens of people volunteer their time and equipment each year to bring off this important, safety related event.  A very large thank you and well done goes out to the Maynard community.

This coming week will feature students taking the 10th grade Math portion of the MCAS exam where a passing score is, as you likely know, a graduation requirement in Massachusetts.  The final section of the 8th Grade MCAS will be administered the week after that with senior finals also beginning.

As we are clearly in the home stretch, it is very important for all of our students to close the year well, so please make sure to help keep your student on track with rock solid attendance, effort and work completion right until the last day of school on June 19th.

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

In This Week’s Episode: Sam D. stepped up and edited much of this production when we needed her most, so thank you to her!  A new band segment from Ms. Gately, Brandon G. in the Student Spotlight, and an all new Students Say.  Jordan and Bella (filling in for a missing Emma R.) have many updates for the MHS Community, Tommy and Eugene on sports!

And as always, if you have something you would like to feature on the news, please contact us, and we would love to show everybody what you are doing for community.



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:

Support Your Seniors!

Graduation of the class of 2017 is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the second 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 2017” 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 9th! Place your order by emailing or . 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 12th.

Olga Doktorov, M.Ed.

Social Studies Department


Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR: The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School.  Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registrations after June 30.

Note:  if you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

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 Music Association Updates & Volunteer needs!

MMA Scholarships:  Thank you to all band/chorus seniors who applied by the May 1st deadline!

MMA Senior Band/Chorus Banquet:  This year's banquet is set for May 29th at the Maynard Elks at 5pm. Senior students receive complimentary tickets. Adults $15 each and Students grade 8-11 are $5 each. Tickets will be available at the MHS Band/Chorus Night on the 17th as well as Ensemble Night on the 24th. Emailed flyers will also be sent this week for pre-purchase/will-call tickets.

Photos for the Banquet:  If you haven't already, all graduating band and chorus students should send a maximum of 10 photos for this years video to Sandra Liu at asap.  The deadline has passed.

Upcoming Events:

May 17th MHS Band/Chorus Concert

May 24th MHS Solo and Ensemble Night

May 29th, Memorial Day Parade

May 29th, MMA Music Award Banquet

Ongoiong:  Jazz Jams @ the Pleasant Cafe every Sunday Night, 4-6

Volunteers Needed:

1. Concert Food/Water: Food table volunteers (2) and Food/water donations for the 5/17 concert. (5/17/17)

2. Programs and Banquet Tickets:  a volunteer is needed to distribute and collect programs the night of the MHS band and chorus concert and sell tickets for the Senior Music Banquet (5/17/17).

3. Programs and Banquet Tickets: Ticket sellers are also needed the evening of the Solo and Ensemble Night (5/24/17).

4. Memorial Day Parade Chaperones: Volunteers are needed for the Memorial Day parade to meet students in the band room, walk the parade route and distribute water (5/29/17). Wagons are needed to transport water and collect empties along the route

5. Music Banquet Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed the day of the banquet to set up, serve food and beverages, and clean up after the event (5/29/17).

Please email MMA at if you can volunteer.

Summer Music Camp: Trish Gately is offering her annual Summer Music Camp renamed Assabet Valley Summer Music 2017.  Session 1: July 17th-21st  and session 2: July 24th-28th.  Both sessions will be held at the Fowler Middle School.  Click the link below for more details and an application: or contact Trish Gately at  

MMA Meeting Minutes: Please click the link below or visit out website at to view the minutes from our April meetings.

Next Meeting: June MMA meeting:  Date and location TBA due to 4th grade concert

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren...

Invites you to attend The 6th Annual Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Community Providers and Supporters.

June 7, 2017 from 9:00am -3:00pm

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

181 Boston Post Road

Marlborough, MA 01752

This conference will provide you the opportunity to meet, collaborate, share, and learn from grandparents and other relative caregivers as well as social workers, community service providers, state leaders, and more from across the state.  We look forward to hearing from this year’s Keynote Speaker, local award winning children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka, who was raised by grandparents.

You will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of issues focusing on the children being raised by grandparents and other relative caregivers such as the impact of trauma on children and families, understanding internet safety, accessing educational resources from childhood through young adulthood, how to talk with children about addiction and substance abuse, and more.

The conference is free and lunch is included.  Light breakfast pastries will be provided from 9:00am-9:30am.

To register or get further information:

Please contact Colleen Pritoni by 6/2/2017 at: or (617) 748-2454

Please include your name, phone number and email address as well as any food allergies or special accommodations.

That’s the news and announcements for this week,

Have a great weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School