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Spring is in the air! (Or was that snow...)

posted Mar 31, 2017, 10:58 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

Another busy week is coming to a close with our sophomores now having completed the 10th grade English and Language Arts portion of the MCAS test, our spring sports teams preparing for their first games next week, our band and chorus preparing for their quadrennial competition in Disneyworld, and Mrs. Adams and a group of her students in Guatemala on a remarkable learning experience within the Guatemalan schools.

As a reminder, our final sports season has begun and it’s not too late to get involved.  If you have a student interested in participating in a spring sport who has not yet signed up please contact our Athletic Director Kevin Caruso right away.  He can be reached at:

The 3rd marking quarter is rapidly drawing to a close on next Friday April 7th.  Please be sure to check in with your student to make sure they are closing the quarter well.  The following Friday, April 14th, marks the last day of school prior to Patriots’ Day and the spring vacation week.  It’s hard to believe that we are reaching these spring milestones even as the snow continues to fall outside my office window and across New England today.

I’d also like to note that today is Marie Steinbach’s last day as a secretary here at Maynard High School as she enters into retirement.  Marie has been an absolutely vital part of our team here at Maynard High School and I know that many of you reading this have had positive interactions with her over the years in myriad ways.  Marie will be sorely missed by all here at MHS and we wish her nothing but the best as she heads off to new adventures.  Thank you Marie, from the bottom of our hearts.

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

In This Week’s Episode:  Emma and Jordan talk about MHS on Ch. 5 News, tryouts for spring sports by Sam and Megan, an all new National Sports Report featuring Eugene, Photos by Tommy, and Emma S. touches base with a Hype City teaser.

Students have been working so hard to get those views up for the news, so do us a favor, set aside 5 minutes, and click on this link below.  Then subscribe and share the video with those you know using any social media you can think of!


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:

Jazz Cafe

Our annual Jazz Cafe will be held Sunday, April 2nd from 6-8pm in the Maynard High School cafeteria.  Please join Ms. Gately and her extremely talented students for some cool jazz stylings and an evening of fun for all.

A Message From SEPAC

A Maynard Schools event for parents:

On Tuesday, April 4 (7 – 8:30 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.

Our Friends at the Fowler School are Putting on a Show!

What happens when two con-artists get mistaken for the new Principals and Secretary of a high school? Come see the Fowler Spring Play, Switching Principals, to find out!

When: Friday, March 31st 7pm or Saturday, April 1st 2pm

Where: Fowler School Auditorium

Tickets: Tickets will be sold at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The entire family is welcome!

Synopsis: School spirit has never been lower at Marvin Gardens High School.  When a new principal is scheduled to arrive, everyone is hoping for a fresh breeze.  What blows in, however, are George and Madge, two con-artists who slipped in through the principal’s office window while hiding out from the law.  In a hilarious case of mistaken identity, vice principal Abigail figures George for the new principal, which suits George right down to his socks.  He introduces Madge as his secretary.   Laying low after a car wreck which has the police on the prowl, our two con-men make the most of their situation and settle right in at Marvin Gardens. They are tickled to learn that the other victim in the car collision was the very same principal who was due to arrive.  Laid up with minor injuries, he won’t be on the scene for a few more days.  This gives George and Madge the chance to double-talk and dodge their way past pushy school board members, a nosy security guard, overactive students and one superstitious lady who has to be convinced, by George of course, that her aura needs to be watched.  But somewhere along the way, George feels good about helping people.  His cold prickly conman qualities soften into warm fuzzies as he finds himself falling under the spell of the school’s spirit.  

Will George and Madge escape the police? What will become of the real Principal Darling? Will Marvin Gardens thrive from this twist of fate or be worse-off for it? Come watch to find out!

The Prom is Coming

The event of the year is the Roaring Twenties prom which will take place on Friday, 5/12, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. Tickets will be on sale Monday, 4/3 to Friday, 4/14 during first and third lunches. The cost of the tickets if $65. Only students with their dues up-to-date will be able to purchase the tickets.

Thinking about how to get to the prom and back? If there is enough interest, we will provide either a coach bus or a school bus. If there are 55 people on the bus, the price is only $6 for the school bus and only $15 for the coach bus. Please indicate your interest at the time of the ticket purchase.   

Unlike girls who purchase their dresses, many boys rent their tuxedos. Mr. G's Tuxedos company has a store in Hudson and is offering us a deal that includes jacket, pants, pleated shirt, vest, and tie for only $99! Certainly, the latest style and certain color options will be more expensive. But it is his price for the basic package. Moreover, to make your life easier, I asked him to come to the school and take measurements, deposits, and orders in the school. He will come to the school on Thursday 4/6 from 2-3:30pm and on Friday 4/14 from 6-7pm. He will be set up by the theater entrance. To place an order, a deposit of $50 will need t be paid in cash or check. Please note that the orders will need to be picked up from the actual store in Hudson.

Please email Ms. Doktorov at with any questions about the prom!

The Maynard High School PTO Wants You!

A special note from PTO President MaryEllen McCarthy:

There has been very low attendance at meetings for some time now and we are approaching a turning point where will have to decide to continue this group or disband it, leaving families with no group that supports communication between the school and parents, no Teacher Luncheon or Senior activities, no Scholarships and no support of guest speakers or teacher grants.  If you want any of this to continue please consider joining us.

As principal, I wish to add my own endorsement of the PTO.  Please attend and please join.  The PTO ultimately lends assistance to our students and teachers and is an important organization to keep alive and vibrant for the good of the entire MHS community.

MHS Peer Leaders Help with  Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

The Maynard High School Peer Leaders will be volunteering for a local professor and artist Catriona Baker on her I Am Red campaign. Her artwork varies from canvas to animation to multimedia, and uses Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for sexual assault in America. To fully impress the gravity of the frequency and severity of sexual assault, she has been creating 720 hand bound empty books in which survivors are welcome to share their stories. The number 720 represents the number of rapes in America in one day. As each book takes 1-3 hours to make, the Peer Leaders will be assisting in making these books which will be on display along with the artist's other works for her I Am Red presentation later this year. She hopes to raise awareness about sexual assault and start conversations.

Thank you,

-Peer Leaders

Donate Your Old, Unwanted Phones and Help Victims of Domestic Violence

Our Student Green Committee is hosting a phone drive starting today! We are working with an organization called HopeLine, and they collect "no longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories that are in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.” This organization is really great, and it raised roughly 7 million for victims and survivors in 2015 alone. Please think about donating to help out!

If you are interested in donating a phone, follow these steps:

  1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.

  2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone. We thoroughly refurbish donated phones.

  3. Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag.

  4. Drop it in the donation bin in our Main Office at Maynard High School!

Thank you From The Green Committee!

Light It UP Blue!

On April 2nd families and friends of people who are impacted by Autism will join together at Battle Road Brewery to celebrate World Autism Day.

The family friendly festivities will begin at 5pm with music by Jae Mannion and friends. The community is invited to the kick-off Autism Awareness Month by watching the clock turn blue on Sunday April 2nd at Battle Road Brewery. Anyone can Light It Up Blue by purchasing a blue light for their home at any hardware store! NEW THIS YEAR Donations will be collected at the door to raise money for the Katherine K. Lalli Foundation. Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident. Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system but her family has always been very much involved in the Maynard community, especially her parents, who provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury communities and beyond. To honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program have created a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's. Katherine had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She worked with her father in Sudbury, MA, on a program that she developed for autistic children that included music. Battle Road Brewery will also be donating 10% of food proceeds to the Katherine K. Lalli Scholarship. “Anything that has to do with music, the Clock Tower and benefits the Maynard community is the right partner for Battle Road. We are thrilled to be the featured location for Light It Up Blue and to help raise awareness for autism and lend support for the scholarship that will be awarded to a Maynard HS student,” said Greg Hill of Whole House Group LLC, owner of Battle Road Brew House. Shortly after dusk we will watch the town clock turn blue to raise awareness of Autism in the community. Adding itself to the list of international landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, and many more, Clock Tower’s blue lights are a symbol in Maynard that the town supports our community members who are impacted by Autism. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign created by the organization Autism Speaks. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 childrenn the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The organization is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

For more information, please visit the following website Or contact Danielle Mannion at

MMA March Updates

Jazz Cafe: Sunday 4/2 from 6-8 pm. MMA sponsored event showcasing the talents of both the Fowler Stage Band and the MHS Jazz Band led by Mr. Kozik and Ms. Gately respectively. Special guest jazz ensemble, Blueprint Jazz Club will be on hand. Contact: for details and for advance ticket to be held at the door. A truly fun night of jazz and desserts!

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm in the Fowler Library. 7pm for Fowler, 7:30 for Fowler/HS, 8pm for HS. We will discuss officers for next year for both schools and areas of need: co-chairs, secretary, treasurer-in training, web support. We will address volunteer needs for the remainder of the school year- scholarships, Memorial Day Parade, Music Banquet.

Music Banquet subcommittee: Volunteers are still needed to help the day of the banquet on Memorial Day at 5pm at the Elks. Help with set up, food and general support is needed. Contact Bonnie  - Thanks to those who have volunteered their time and talent to chair the sub-committees: Lynda Thayer, Stacey Charbonneau, Dan Charbonneau, Maureen DeVos, Stephanie Gavin, Sandra Liu, Annemarie Caloggero & Christine Barilone. Can you join us that day?

Volunteers needed for support of MMA: If you are able to give time once a month to support our musicians, we are in need of parents interested in helping in all areas. Please attend our April meeting (Wednesday, April 5th) to hear what we are planning for the remaining months of the 2016-2017 school year and the needs for the coming year. WE need you!!  Contact:

The Jan Brett Competition (Vote Closes on Monday April 3rd)

Our friends at the Green Meadow School are in a national competition that could lead to renowned children’s author and Massachusetts native Jan Brett visiting the children at the Green Meadow.

The school in the entire country that sends in the most votes will have Jan visit their school.  Any school in the top 10 will receive extremely generous book donations for their school libraries.  Any school in the top 100 will receive a signed poster from Jan.

Our Green Meadow children read and enjoy Jan Brett’s books, such as The Mitten, and are on pins and needles to see how their school does in the competition and right now the Green Meadow is in an astounding 14th place among schools from across the country!

In order to vote and help out our friends at the Green Meadow you’ll need the information below:

Copy and paste the link below, or Google search "Jan Brett school visit 2017".

In addition to filling out your personal information (name and email address), you need to fill in the following:

Green Meadow

5 Tiger Drive




It is my understanding that you will not be added to email lists or have your information shared.

That’s the news for the week, get your vote in for the Jan Brett competition and remember to Light It Up Blue!

Enjoy the coming weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School