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Thank you, Shirley!

posted Oct 30, 2015, 12:49 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

I’d like to open this week by extending an enormous thank you to Shirley Highfield for her decades of service to the children of Maynard.  Shirley is leaving Maynard High School and on behalf of the school and community we wish you many happy years ahead.

The end of October and Halloween are upon us and the clocks will be falling back this weekend.  We are now deep into fall and I know thoughts will be turning to Thanksgiving and the holidays beyond in no time.  The school year continues to progress well for our students and as I visit classrooms I am extremely impressed by the focus and determination I see by students and staff alike in every subject area.

Activities abounded this week at MHS.  Different contingents of our students experienced Chemistry Week at the Museum of Science and a live theater World War I remembrance project this week.  Students from our Peer Leaders Group met with Mrs. Lerner this past weekend at Sholan Farms and picked apples to benefit area schools.  Sholan farms is an all volunteer, non-profit farm run to benefit the local community.   On the sports fields our Boy’s and girl’s Soccer teams have both won league championships and will be heading on to the state playoffs.  Our girl’s field hockey team also qualified for the state tournament with a crucial victory Thursday night.  Best wishes to all three squads.

As a reminder, the last day of the first marking is November 10th.  Please continue to work with your children to help ensure they have the best possible grades they can earn.  Should your student need extra support, homework club is open Monday through Thursday from the close of school until 3:00pm and our teaching staff is easily and broadly accessible for extra help.

A number of noteworthy MHS events, announcements and dates follow:

Representative Kate Hogan to Host:

“The Opioid Crisis: Identifying Community and Statewide Solutions”

The Opioid Crisis: Identifying Community and Statewide Solutions
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Maynard High School Auditorium, 1 Tiger Drive, 6:00-8:00PM.

State Representative Kate Hogan, Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, is hosting a panel of distinguished public servants discussing the opioid epidemic currently faced by our towns, our region and the Commonwealth.

States around the country are grappling with the epidemic of painkiller and heroin abuse, which was responsible for 24,000 overdose deaths nationwide in 2013. In Massachusetts, opioid-overdose deaths have risen sharply; with 1,256 in 2014. Prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction affects all members of our community.

Please join us to hear from prevention and treatment experts, law enforcement officials, as well as state and local leaders regarding what we can do as a community to aid in long-term recovery and deal effectively with this public health crisis.

Panelists will include:

· Honorable Marian T. Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney

· Honorable Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court

· Chief Mark W. Dubois, Maynard Police Department

· Marcy Julian, Regional Manager at Learn to Cope, Parent

· Richard Ellbeg, Director of Emergency Services and ICU, Nashoba Valley Medical 

For additional information please contact Representative Hogan’s office at 617-722-2130 or

School Safety Community Meeting

On Thursday evening November 19th at 7:00pm there will be a presentation related to the ALICE system of safety protocols being considered for implementation in the Maynard Public Schools.  This will be part of the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting and will be held at the Fowler School.  More detailed information through the Superintendent’s blog and a letter will be forthcoming.  Please look for this critical information over the next few days.


11/2/15: Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals 

To help you learn how to be an effective partner with your child's school when evaluating your child's eligibility for Special Education, and for guidance on how to plan, make decisions, and monitor your child's progress, the Acton-Boxborough, Maynard, and Sudbury SEPACs, in collaboration with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, present the Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop. 

Navigating the paperwork and meetings involved with having a child in Special Education can be confusing. Knowing your rights is the best way to ensure your child receives the best placement possible. Please join us for this special workshop on Monday, November 2nd from 7-9 pm at the RJ Grey Junior High Library, 16 Charter Road, Acton. Contact with any questions. Free and open to the public. 

Calling all pianists!

The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. The choral groups meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. They perform a wide variety of literature requiring the accompanist to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys playing with young adults,  and our students are wonderful!

Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at if you are interested. Please feel free to pass this along to folks in town that you may know who might be interested. We hope to interview the 3rd week of October

From the Maynard Music Association

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s event will feature a live auction for a 7 night two-bedroom resort stay valued at up to $2000, four one day Disney Park Hopper Passes, a 20 person Pool Party at Jillian's of Boston, and a 60 minute plane ride with local pilot, Tom Hesbach! The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased at the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. For more information, check out our FB page: "Maynard Music Association."

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School