December is upon us and that, of course, means the WAVM/Beacon telethon can’t be far away. This tremendous, annual, community event will start just one week from today on Friday December 9th and run through Sunday December 11th. As always, all proceeds raised through the telethon will benefit area families in need. We broke through the one million dollar barrier in the history of the event last year and it’s time to start building toward two million!
Of course if you’re looking for a great community event to attend this weekend while you wait for the telethon to roll around on the the 9th, please come out to Worcester State at noon on Saturday December 3rd to watch our undefeated (12-0), Central Massachusetts Champion Maynard Tigers take on Millis for the Division 4a State Title. Coach Ogilvie and his staff have worked hard and well with our 26 student-athletes this year to reach this remarkable level and are coming off an impressive Thanksgiving victory over Marian/Keefe Tech coming into this final game. Go Tigers! Beat Millis!
Winter sports practices have begun. Though it is late in the sign-up and tryout process a student should see Mr. Caruso if he or she is interested in a winter sport. Also remeber, it’s also never too late for a student to join a non-sports club or activity as well.
From the Maynard High School Video Studio: Our Weekly Newscast
The news for week of 12/2 contains some important information regarding the Beacon Telethon from Caitlin, a college football update shot and editing by Ludivico and Morten and featuring brother and sister Alex and Grace, Photo of the Week featuring Dante and submitted by Carolina, an amazing intro by our sportscaster Alex, and an all new segment HYPE CITY directed by Jaden and featuring and written by Tyler.
The students have been working extremely hard up in WAVM. As always we want and appreciate your feedback and your ideas for future newscasts. Enjoy.
Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:
Assistant Principal Kevin Caruso sent out a note yesterday on the difficulties and challenges we are experiencing with student use of social media as are a great number of schools across the area, state and nation. Initial feedback from parents, community members and students about this message have been entirely supportive, appreciative and welcoming. If you did not get a chance to have a look yesterday, I urge you to read it through now:
I am writing to you concerning what some students are writing and doing via social media and text messages. In the past two years as assistant principal, the majority of peer conflict cases arise over words said or events referenced over social media. What is perhaps more alarming is the extremely vulgar language, violent references and outright mean things that are written back and forth.
I acknowledge that my perspective is limited as I only see the negative situations brought to me, but I believe it would be worthwhile for all parents to sit down with their children and have a conversation about social media, the appropriate use of social media, or even about the necessity of having social media on every device they come in contact with. I would imagine many parents and guardians have already done this, but periodically reviewing issues around social media is advisable as is having the initial conversation if you have not already done so. I would also encourage parents to ask their kids to look at their social media accounts together to ensure nothing negative is happening on their instagram accounts, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts or group chats (to name a few).
I would further encourage parents to absolutely avoid trying to resolve social media disputes by using the same social media platform being used by your children. Trying to end a Snapchat dispute by using Snapchat is almost always counterproductive. Frankly, it usually just adds to the “Kid Drama” which is precisely what the instigators of these disputes are interested in. There are other channels of communication to other parents and the school if necessary.
Developmentally teens are experimenting with all kinds of modes of expression and can be quite impulsive. Today’s smartphones are the perfect platforms to turn impulsive thoughts into impulsive actions which is a troubling combination. Although proper use of devices and digital citizenship are topics we go over regularly in school, to be truly effective it is critical that parents and guardians help with this process by extending this education at home and by remaining vigilant by monitoring your children’s social media use while at home.
News from Maynard SEPAC
After Thanksgiving, December is just around the corner, which means. . . the SEPAC Winter Social is coming soon! Please save the date: Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. The free event is open to the whole family of any student receiving special education services. Stay tuned for more details! (To RSVP, contact Rachel Levy at email@example.com or at 617-458-1294.)
Fall Sports Awards
The Fall awards ceremony is scheduled for December 7th at 6:45 in the Maynard High School auditorium. The Booster club will have Tiger Sunglasses and Chairs available for sales...these make great holiday presents! There will also be a sign up sheet for the Basketball concessions. It is the parent volunteers that make the Boosters successful. So come and honor the Fall athletes on December 7th. If you have questions please contact Gail Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our annual Winter Concert is coming up on Wednesday night December 14th at 7:00pm and our Jazz and Wind Ensembles will follow with a concert of their own on Thursday night December 22nd also at 7:00pm. Check out both great musical events if you have the chance.
Meanwhile, our madrigal group has been asked to sing at the Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears game on Friday night January 27th. The puck drops at 7:05pm. You may want to take your sleigh down to Providence and be in the building by 6:45pm or so to support our singers and have an enjoyable evening on a winter’s night.
THE MEF BOARD IS SEEKING A TREASURER
The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses its philanthropic contributions to enhance educational excellence in the Maynard Public Schools by funding ideas and projects which promote and celebrate academic rigor and achievement, excitement about learning, and innovation in instruction.
MEF is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer works closely with the MEF President and Clerk to oversee MEF’s annual operations and activities. The Treasurer’s primary responsibility is the financial management of the organization.
The ideal candidate is detail oriented, has experience or an interest in financial management, and is willing to actively participate on a fun and dynamic board!
Please contact MEF at email@example.com or 978.938.4262 to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
Do you have a used sewing machine lurking in your basement or attic? The Sewing Advisory at Maynard High School is looking for donations of sewing machines and sewing notions (thread, needles, etc.) for high school students who are learning to sew. Any donations can be dropped off at the front office of the High School. Thank-you!!
MMA November Update
Please copy and paste the links below into your browser window to view the minutes from our October Joint Business meeting and High School meeting:
Our next meeting is December 7th at 7:00. All are welcome! Location to be determined.
Christmas Parade: December 4th
Winter Concert: Wednesday December 14th specifically looking for 2 parents to supervise students and 1 parent to coordinate baked goods and beverages.
Please contact MMA if you can chaperone either of these events: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Opportunity: MMA is in need of a 10th and/or 11th grade music parent to coordinate this year’s music banquet set for May. Please email MMA if you can take on this role.
NEW! Maynard High School Food Pantry
The following message comes to us from the Maynard Food Pantry:
The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry have come together to offer a food pantry within the Maynard High School. The goal is to supplement weekend meals for high school students and their families throughout the school year.
After students sign up they may come to the pantry, located in a quieter section of the school, at anytime during the week while school is in session.
Food choices will be in four main categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.
Typical food choices are:
● Hot and Cold Cereal & pancake mix
● Soups & canned pasta meals
● mac & cheese
● Canned tuna
● canned fruit
● snack bars
● personal care items
If you feel this program will benefit your high school student(s) please sign up in one of the following ways.
● Contact a guidance counselor- Renee Muise email@example.com
or Dana MacPhee firstname.lastname@example.org
● Send this signed form via mail to 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard MA 01754 or drop off it off at the main office. One of the counselors will contact your child directly after receiving the signup form.
For further details and questions please contact the guidance counselors or the main office at 891-897-8891.
The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry
I would like my child to have access to the Maynard High School Food Pantry.
Child’s name _____________________________________________________________
Grade ________________________________ Teacher ____________________________
This new program can only serve to help some of our students and their families around the critical issues of health and nutrition.
That’s the news for now--I hope I see you at Worcester State tomorrow at noon--
Go Tigers! Beat Millis!
Principal of Maynard High School