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Success Upon Success!

posted Mar 2, 2018, 12:58 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

It’s been a week of really great news at Maynard High School.

Academically, we received word from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that nearly half  of our Juniors, 47 of 101, are eligible for the Koplik or Adams State Scholarships based on their MCAS scores.

The Koplik scholarship goes to any student who scores as advanced in either English or Math and at least proficient in the other category.

The Adams Scholarships will go to students who qualify under the Koplik standard and are in the top 25% of all test takers in their class overall.  Many of our juniors scored advanced in both categories.

This is a remarkable achievement for the class of 2019 and the students and staff are to be commended for achieving so remarkable a result.

Socially, 18 of our students recently wrapped up a phenomenal exchange program to Spain hosted by the families of the Spanish students that joined us in Maynard this past fall.  Spanish teacher Jen Adams, who led the organization and execution of this incredibly rich program sent me the following description of the program:

At the beginning of the school year, Maynard High School welcomed a group of 16 students from Tomares, España.  Over February break we completed the second half of this exchange as 18 MHS students traveled to Tomares to stay with host families.  Maynard students reunited with their exchange partners and made new friends.  They attended classes, made presentations in their school about Maynard, Massachusetts, and New England, walked the Caminito del Rey (a walkway along steep walls of a gorge), visited the amazing Alhambra, entered the beautiful Gran Mezquita de Córdoba, biked and walked around Sevilla, toured museums and historical buildings in Sevilla, made life-long friends, and used LOTS of Spanish.  Staff at Itaca (MHS’s sister school in Tomares) remarked on the willingness to try new things, positive attitudes, and good behavior of the Maynard students.  They worked together to solve problems, helped each other navigate international travel, learned about a different culture in the most authentic way possible, and represented Maynard Public Schools in a way that should make us all proud.  The MHS students were joined by Jen Adams and Mary Finnegan.  The high school and central office administration have approved this exchange between Maynard and Tomares happening annually, as it is such a beneficial educational experience.


It would be impossible to thank everyone who helped to contribute to this amazing student opportunity on both sides of the Atlantic, but a special thank does go out to Jen Adams for her tireless efforts and energy bringing about this program.


Meanwhile, Maddie Bottosso and Emma Jacques have won the 2017-2018 Burn Awareness video PSA competition of Massachusetts, for their video discussing the concerns of burn safety. For their efforts they are invited to an award ceremony in Boston, where they will be guests of honor, and will be provided breakfast, lunch, a cash prize of up to $200, a video camera, and plaque.


This is a great honor, and a another great contribution to the state of Massachusetts by Maynard students.


If you see them, make sure to say congratulations.


Their video is below:


Preview YouTube video Maddie, Emma (Anti Burn PSA)

Maddie, Emma (Anti Burn PSAMHN Episode #13 (Olympic, Valentines, Lunar New Year Edition)


On the sports front, our girls basketball team won a thrilling 49-48 opening round State Tournament victory as Alyssa Ehrenfried sank the winning free throw with no time remaining on the clock.  The Tigers will play again this Saturday at 7:00pm at Greater Lowell Technical.  The Boys team has now won both of its tournament games and will be playing a sectional semi-final at WPI this Monday night at 6:00pm.


What a week!  Accomplishment in academics, education through world travel, award winning videographers, and success in sports.  Our Tigers are roaring!

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

Course Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our current freshmen, sophomores and juniors have begun the course selection process for the next school year.  Our Program of Studies (Course Catalog) has been updated and is now available.  Parents are urged to discuss this process with their students.  The course selection portal will remain open to students on iPass until next Thursday March 8th leaving ample time for family thought and discussion.


Annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey given in coordination with Emerson Hospital and area districts will be given to all students in grades 6, and 8-12 on Tuesday March 6, 2018.  Maynard schools have been involved in this project since 2000 and have collected valuable data around student behaviors and perceptions that have driven curriculum and policies community wide.  The survey will take approximately 40 minutes and will be completely anonymous.  If you have any questions around this process, please contact your building principal no later than Thursday, March 1.  Thank you for your support of the Maynard Schools and its initiatives.

An Event Co-sponsored by the Maynard SEPAC

Come be informed! A workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education: Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m., at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School Library 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury (enter through the front of the school). A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, designed to provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts Special Education Law. The workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Hosted by the Sudbury SEPAC. Contact Karen Heath at or 978-394-6183 with questions.

For Rising 9th Graders:  The Class of 2022

The 8th grade team is working closely with high school staff to prepare students for the transition to high school.  The process will begin on March 9th when the counselors from Maynard High School will come to Fowler to  speak with students about course selection and policies. A date for Up-Day is being selected for May/June.  On that day students will have the chance to tour the high school, have questions answered and hear about clubs/activities that are available. Additional activities are being discussed and planned that will help students make a smooth transition to Maynard High School.

Enough:  National School Walkout Day

Excerpted from Superintendent Gerardi’s Blog with Additional comments from Mr. Caragianes in italics


The Maynard public Schools Administration and Teachers Association have already had meetings on how we can support our students interest in recognizing the 17 lives that were lost during the Parkland Florida tragedy.

The administration is working closely with other school districts as well as the Maynard Police and Fire Departments to support this event with safety in mind.  It is the consensus that this is a student event on a school campus and there will only be students and staff in attendance.

We have supported the Student Government as they plan what they believe would be a thoughtful event.  They have planned a 17 minute walk in silence out of classes for a respectful memoriam to the students who lost their live in Parkland Florida.  The walk will culminate in the school with an opportunity for students who would like to express their views in a respectful and constructive manner to write Congresswomen, Congressmen, and other elected officials their opinion on school safety.  The Maynard students are so thoughtful that they want to be inclusive of all opinions and not stand on one political side of a difficult topic.


Additionally, Maynard High School students have been invited to write directly to students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  A former Maynard High School teacher who moved to Florida several years ago is currently a teacher at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was actually in the building when the shooting occurred.  She has reached out to Maynard High School and our students will be given the opportunity, should they choose, to respond to her students.

We believe that this student led event will be an opportunity for our students to learn about peaceful civic engagement in a meaningful way.

Our student government has been mature, and of sound and sober judgement as they have discussed the events of Parkland and how they hope to respond.  The administration and staff of Maynard High School will be supportive of our students, are working with the Maynard Police and Fire Departments to maintain a safe environment, and will work to ensure that this event is a respectful and meaningful experience for all students who choose to participate.

The Little Mermaid Maynard High School Musical is Coming!

Disney's smash hit The Little Mermaid will be put on by the students of Maynard High School with opening night less than 3 weeks away.  Tickets are now on sale and available at our ticket booth and online.  Please see details below on how to purchase your tickets.  This is sure to be a best selling show with sellouts galore.

Ticket booth Hours: (tickets will be sold outside of the MHS auditorium)

Friday March 2nd:  5:00-7:00pm

Monday March 5th: 5:00-7:00pm

Wednesday March 7th:   5:00-7:00pm

Friday March 9th: 5:00-7:00pm

To purchase tickets online go to​

Show Dates:

March 17th, at 7

March 18th, at 2

March 23rd, at 7

March 24th, at 7

March 25th, at 2

This show will be truly magical--please plan on joining in the fun!

Spring Sports News

Spring sports start March 19th. Have your student listen to the announcements for sign-up meetings. Initial eligibility requirements are: paid activity fee, updated physical and online registration. Contact Mr. Caruso for details.

Spring offerings: Boys and Girls Track(7th-12), Baseball, Softball, Co-op Lacrosse with Bromfield

An Introduction From Our New Track Coach

Spring has arrived, when the track and field team starts to practice! My name is Brian Beaulieu and I will be the new head coach for the boy’s track and field team, and it is precisely team and personal growth that we will be focusing on this year. I will take my years of track and running knowledge and infuse it into a fun team environment where we focus on self-improvement while at the same time cheering on others success. This team will be for new or experienced athletes with the requirement that you seriously work each day to improve your own performance. Everyone is welcome, and I hope many of you are here on day one.

Bromfield /Ayer Shirley /Maynard /Parker Boys Varsity and JV Lacrosse Information Session

A Co-Op Lacrosse informational session will be held Wednesday March 7th at 4PM at Bromfield High School.  Parents welcome and encouraged to attend.  Coaches Patrick Fredericksen  (Varsity coach) and Jim Cantrill (JV coach) will be on hand and will review expectations/schedules/sign-ups.  A Question & Answer Session will be held.

News From The Maynard Music Association

We hope to see Fowler and MHS music parents at our March 7th meeting held in the Fowler School library - 6:30 Fowler, 7:15 Fowler/MHS, 8-9 MHS planning. There's much to plan for this spring & for 2018-2019!

Looking ahead, we need Fowler parents to be readers for the MHS Music scholarships, we need MHS music parents to help plan the music banquet, and we need you to mark your calendars for our annual Jazz Cafe (Fowler Stage Band and MHS Jazz Band event) held on Friday, March 30th at 7 pm. Details will be posted in March.

Most of all, we need YOU! Thanks in advance for learning more about what support for music education looks like in Maynard by attending our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month Fowler School library - 6:30 Fowler, 7:15 Fowler/MHS, 8-9 MHS planning.

Next up: The Calendar


  • MHS Scholarship Committee - Fowler parents needed

  • MHS Music Banquet Committee -MHS parents 9-11 needed

  • 3/30 Jazz Cafe (Fowler Stage Band & MHS Jazz Band


  • 4/28Junior Districts Festival for Fowler band and choral students

  • MHS Scholarship Committee meets

  • MHS Senior Scholarships due from Seniors

  • MHS Music Banquet Committee meets


  • 5/16 Spring Concerts for MHS

  • 5/23 MHS Ensembles

  • TBD MHS Great East Festival,

  • 5/28 MHS Memorial Day Parade AND MHS Music Banquet

  • 5/30 Fowler Bands & Stage Band


  • 6/1 Fowler Band to Great East Festival

  • 6/6 4th Grade concert

  • 6/8 MHS Graduation

Questions?? -

FB: Maynard Music Association


Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler

Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS

Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS

Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

Kurt Severance:  Webmaster

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association

That’s a lot of news!

Take care and have a great weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School