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Springing Forward--1 Month Until Graduation (And it's already time to register for the bus next year.)

posted May 1, 2015, 11:42 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

The first week back from April vacation has been a good one and it seems incredible that the calendar now says May.  Significant activities that mark the final two months of school are now before us.  Our Prom will be held May 8th, senior final exams are from May 22nd-29th, and graduation exercises will be held on Saturday June 6th at 4:00pm at Alumni Field (or in the gymnasium at the high school depending on weather).

School Policies Regarding Absences and Tardiness

We have 7 weeks of school remaining this school year (4 weeks for seniors) and we do not want to see any of our students losing credit due to violations of the school committee approved attendance policy.  June 19th is the last day for students in grades 8-11 and May 29th is the last day for seniors.  The key elements of the policy to keep in mind are that a student may fail courses if they have more than 7 unexcused absences in a semester, 3 times tardy is viewed as the equivalent of an absence, and that a parents note or call does not excuse an absence or tardy to school—only approved documentation such as a medical note excuses an absence.  The school committee policy explicitly states that family vacations are not excused absences.  (The full policy including what constitutes excused absences can be found on pages 35-37 of this year’s edition of the student handbook.)

Some students are getting close to the edge of the attendance policy this semester—none of us at MHS want to see them go over.  Simply put, please help ensure that your student is getting to school each and every day and that they are on time (dropped off by 7:40—7:30 is better).

Mock Accident Held Today

Some of you may have observed many emergency vehicles at Alumni Field this morning.  Each year shortly before Prom we hold a simulated accident event where our students can observe firsthand the potential effects of impaired driving.  The event is coordinated by the Maynard Fire and Police Departments and area ambulance services.  Dee Bus, The Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home and a local tow company also contribute invaluable time and resources to the event.  Several of our students and several adult volunteers took roles within the simulation as actors with the help and direction of Mrs. Blanchard.  WAVM students provided technical support to the event.  We processed the event with students at the field after its completion.

The purpose of this event is very direct:  We want our students to have a great time at their prom—but far more than that, we want them home safe and sound.

A Big Thank You To Our PTO

Today the faculty and full staff of MHS were treated to an appreciation luncheon hosted by our Parent Teacher Organization led by President MaryEllen McCarthy.  This annual event is deeply appreciated by all of us at MHS and we look forward to this luncheon with great anticipation each year.  Many, many a thank you goes out to everyone who contributed to this event with their time, their delicious food and the logistical support needed to bring it off.

Bus Registration 2015/2016

Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year will be on May 4.  Registration will be at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office is on the right side of the Fowler School. 

Forms will available under "forms to download" on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.

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

If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids

The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  The resulting dysregulation can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment, responding appropriately. Visibly this could result in an appearance of clumsiness or weakness, behavioral problems, and difficulties at school and within groups.  Ms. Ditto has been an Occupational Therapist at the Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard for 8 years and will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP or 978-897-2705.

Paint Night with Tinker's Cart Art

Monday, May 4th at 6:30 pm at the Blue Coyote Grille

Please join the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) for a fun evening of painting with Tinker's Cart Art.

$35 pp (includes materials and instruction.) Part of the proceeds from the evening will benefit MEF's grant program.

 RSVP to or by calling 978-365-4334.

The MEF thanks you for your support !

Dave Herlihy Memorial Benefit Concert

Please join us in an evening designed to celebrate the memory of our highly valued MHS community member Dave Herlihy whom we lost earlier this school year.

The concert will be held Friday May 22nd  at 7:00 pm here at the Maynard High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 each (at the door).

The Concert will feature many bands and a few solo acts including Maynard High School student Jae Mannion and his band Fire Hazard.  In addition, there will be multiple gift cards donated by local businesses to raffle off between sets.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful first week of May—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School