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Thanksgiving Approaches

posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:54 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

I’d like to begin with a brief reminder that the Thanksgiving break begins next week at the close of school on Tuesday November 21st and continues until Monday November 27th when the building will reopen at 7:00 am.  I hope each of you has a restful, peaceful and joyous holiday celebration along with your friends and family.

This past week we held our Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday night and I’d like to thank the scores of parents who visited with our teachers.  As a reminder, should you wish to meet with your students teachers at any time please contact your student’s guidance counselor to set up an appointment.

We have a busy week ahead even before the Thanksgiving holiday begins.  Tonight, Friday November 17th, we have our Homecoming Dance from 7:00-10:00 pm here at the high school.  On Monday afternoon and evening our annual Powderpuff Football Tournament will be played at Alumni Field followed by our 7th annual school Bonfire.  On Tuesday, our annual spirit week activities will culminate with a celebration in our gymnasium in the afternoon just prior to student dismissal.  Finally, on Thursday morning at 10:00 am our Tigers will take the field here at home against Marian in our traditional Thanksgiving Day game.

That’s a lot of activity and a lot of fun compressed into just a few days!

The Thanksgiving Day football game also signals the end of the fall sports season here at Maynard High School.  Winter sports practices will begin on Monday November 27th when we return to school.  Any student interested in playing a winter sport should see Mr. Caruso, our Athletic Director, right away.

In other great news, two weeks ago the Maynard Music Association hosted its annual Casino Night at the Maynard Elks Club and I’m pleased to report that an all time record of $15,486 was raised to support the music programs at the Fowler School and Maynard High School.  MMA President Bonnie Wilson sends along her deep thanks and gratitude to all who participated and donated.  This wonderful evening benefits hundreds of students in the Maynard Public Schools and is a testament to the entire community.

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:


The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame (MHSAHF) Board is excited to announce its 7th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony  scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6 PM to 11:00 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powder Mill Road, Maynard.  The past six events have been a huge success and have sold out!

We are proud to announce the 7th set of inductees to the Maynard High School Hall of Fame: Brianna Freeman Azier (2001), Christopher Cavazza (1989), Steve Curcio (1989), Douglas Cush (1969), Joe Kalinowski (1976), Echo Freeman Louissaint (2001), James Luker (1957), Barry McNulty (1980), Bob Oksa (1973), Leigh Romanowski (1959) and James Stewart (1997).

It is always a great evening of celebration and a great opportunity to see friends and classmates of Maynard High School.  The festivities will include a cocktail hour (with cash bar) followed by a buffet dinner from6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by the induction ceremony and ending with a social.

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $40/ea until November 10th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailing  or . The board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale.  Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at to see the list of past years' inductees.

If you know an athlete who you feel deserves to be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame at a future Induction Ceremony,  please go to the website and complete a nomination form  Additionally, donations are always greatly appreciated and may be forwarded to the MHSAHF, PO Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754.  The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization under Section 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) and donations are tax deductible.


Help Fill Open Table!

The Lamoreaux Hesbach family, in cooperation with the Maynard Running Club, Serendipity Cafe, and Girl Scout Troop #66250, is sponsoring a “Fill the Truck” fun run and food drive to benefit Open Table.  We’ll be gathering on Saturday November 18 at about 8am at Serendipity Cafe to do a fun run (with 5k and 10 k options) around Maynard and to fill the bed of our Ford Ranger with nonperishable donations.  We’d love to invite any or all of the Maynard Schools community to participate, whether by running, jogging, walking, or biking along with the running club or socializing with us afterwards.  All ages are welcome.  Contact me at for further details.





Support the Maynard Education Foundation…

When you Dine at Not Your Average Joe's any Tuesday in November!

Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November.


Present a certificate (available at or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)


As an added bonus, learn how you can enter to win a gift certificate to NYAJs on the MEF website!


Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program that fund new learning opportunities within the Maynard Public Schools.


Thank you for your support!


Wake Up and Smell the Pine Needles!

Don't you just love the smell of pine needles in your home during the holidays?


Purchase a wreath to support the class of 2018! The wreath is 22 inches and has a red bow. It is only $15! 1$ will from each wreath go to support the Telethon!


We will deliver the wreaths locally or you can pick them up from the High School on Friday December 1st!


Do not want to deal with the needles but want to support a great cause? But a virtual wreath!


Orders must be in and paid in full by November 28th! You can pay in cash or with a check payable to the Class of 2018.


With any questions, email or


Thank you!



News From the Maynard SEPAC

Save the date! On Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Green Meadow cafeteria, the Maynard SEPAC will host our annual SEPAC Winter Social! All families of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools are invited (siblings are welcome too!). Come join this annual tradition where the kids can enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, and music—and each child receives a goodie bag as well. This free event is great fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please RSVP to Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183.


Boost Our Boosters!

Maynard Sports Boosters offer many terrific items through their school store link, the proceeds of which benefit our students.  With the colder weather coming, and holidays around the corner, check out their offerings of clothing and more at the following link:

That’s the news for this week and have a wonderful weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School