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Spring is here as our 3rd Quarter Ends

posted Apr 4, 2014, 11:05 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

It seems to have arrived so quickly but today, April 4th, marks the end of the 3rd quarter of the year.  Initial rounds of MCAS and PARCC testing have been completed, and Spring Sports are beginning competitive games.  Our Spring Break coincides with Good Friday this year so school will be in recess from Friday April 18th through Sunday April 27th.   From there, the end of the 2013-2014 school year will be here in a heartbeat.

Our returning students have been selecting their courses for next year during the past week, and our guidance counselors will be reviewing those requests starting Monday and for the next few weeks.  Contact guidance should you have any questions.

As usual there are a number of events coming up as well as some significant announcements.  They follow below:

International Week & International Foods:

Next week is International Week at Maynard High School.  That can only mean our always fantastic  international dinner and foods night is here!   It will be on Thursday night, April 10th in the cafeteria.  Our students will be setting up their food on tables in the hallway outside the cafeteria and the cafeteria itself will be a tremendous spot to socialize while enjoying cuisine from around the world.  The time is from 5:30-7:30pm and the cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.  Thank you to our World Languages Department for once again arranging this wonderful night as well as events for our students throughout the week.

Spring Sports:

As Spring emerges I'd like to congratulate and thank our sports Captains for their leadership as we head into the season.  Our Girls Track Captains are Indira Rao and Rosie Cobb, our Boys Track Captains are Jeff Gately and Matt Hickey, our Softball Captains are Erin Wesley, Lindsay Eagan and Dana Morgan, and our Baseball Captains are Rob, Oliphant, Joe Westerman and Brian DeMars.  Best wishes to all of these great student leaders and the teams they captain.

Senior Project:

An FYI & Save the Date:  The Senior Project Showcase Night will take place on Tuesday, May 27 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the cafeteria. We will have light snacks, student presentation boards and students to talk about their experiences with Senior Projects.

Prom, Senior Awards Night & Graduation:

Speaking of Seniors, major dates are approaching.  Our Prom is being held on Friday May 9th, Senior Awards Night is Thursday June 5th at 7:00pm in our gym, and Graduation is Saturday June 7th at 3:00pm at Alumni Field (with the gym as our backup location in the event of inclement weather).  Save these critical dates on your calendar now!


As part of our new building protocols I'd like to inform you that an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program is being put in place at Maynard High School to insure the best possible physical environment for our students, staff and visitors in the years ahead.  This program includes building inspections for moisture, cleanliness, pest entry and environmentally sound control, and any signs of fumes or smells.  A team has been formed at MHS and should you have any questions please contact me as the building Principal and School Liaison for Air Quality issues.

Maynard SEPAC:

The Maynard SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation on Executive Function Processes by Kalyani Krishnan, M.A. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Middle School Library.  See below for further details.

Executive Function Processes:

The keys to successful and independent learning

Kalyani Krishnan, M.A., Licensed School Psychologist, is the Assistant Director of Assessment at the Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) and a member of the Research Institute for Learning and Development (RILD) in Lexington MA. She is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Northeastern University and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Kalyani holds Master’s degrees in linguistics and learning disabilities. For the past 18 years, she has been working with children, families, and schools to optimize learning experiences for diverse learners. At ILD, she provides consultations to families as well as comprehensive evaluations and educational therapy to children, adolescents and adults.

In this presentation, Ms. Krishnan will provide parents with comprehensive information about executive function processes as they affect their children's behavior and learning. Her presentation will include definitions and description of executive function processes as well as a discussion of how these processes influence children's success in school and at home. Ms. Krishnan will describe effective approaches to parenting children with executive function weaknesses and navigating stressful times including daily homework. She will present a selection of research-based, tried and true strategies. There will be time set aside at the end for Questions and Answers. Please feel free to write down your concerns, particular situations that arise in your family, and questions that you have and hand them to the speaker when you arrive. Please RSVP and email any specific questions you may have prior to the presentation to

That's it for now.

Thank you for reading and take care--

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School