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Thank You to the Maynard & Littleton Communities

posted Feb 4, 2013, 9:25 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 10:46 AM ]
Thank Yous and Sports Notes

This past Thursday night the Maynard and Littleton communities came together, nominally to watch a boys basketball game.  In reality our Town of Maynard and the visiting community from Littleton did much, much more as the two communities generated support for the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

I'll let the following statement from our Athletic Director Kevin Caruso fill you in to the details:

"The Maynard-Littleton Sandy Hook Fundraiser was a big success. The Maynard and Littleton communities came together for a great cause. Coach Howes executed a flawless ceremony with the help of Colby Lesage, Bridget Riley and Grace Doyle. Mr. Lydon, a former Maynard High School graduate nowing living in Newtown, Connecticut, was in attendance and commented on how well our students behaved and represented our school. Maynard contributed over 2,000 dollars between ticket sales, Mrs. Lerner's Junior Class bake sale, and Sandy Hook bracelets sold by Mrs. Howes.  Littleton also contributed over a thousand dollars. Sierra Luciano's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was amazing and to top it off, both Tiger teams played an excellent game of basketball. Many thanks to all those who attended, contributed and honored the fallen victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre. I attached the program from last night with the full list of thank yous and victims. Maynard has a lot to be proud of today!"

Thank you again to Coach Howes, Mr. Lydon, Mr. Caruso, Ms. Lerner, Mrs. Howes, and students Colby Lesage & Sierra Luciano for their tremendous contributions to the evening.  And to the people of Maynard and the people of Littleton, thank you on behalf of the children of Sandy Hook.

In more sports related news Maynard High School had its appeal granted by the MIAA to remain in Division 6 in football.  After a major reorganization of football alignments in the late fall the MIAA proposed moving Maynard up to Division 5.  Athletic Director Kevin Caruso, Coach Harold Ogilvie, School Committeeman Ed Mullin and I appealed this decision last Wednesday the 30th for numerous reasons, the most important being the safety of our student-athletes from a competitive standpoint.  Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald had coverage of the appeals in their respective publications appearing in last Thursday the 31st editions.

Of Medical Note

The following very complete information is sent along by our School Nurse Maureen Jones:

Just when we thought we were out of the woods...
While it looks as though new cases of the flu are, thankfully, fewer and fewer, there is a new virus in town. As has been in the news, cases of Norovirus, better known as the Winter Stomach Bug, have been on the increase. Norovirus, which spreads quickly, causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. This is called acute gastroenteritis. The most common symptoms include:
  • diarrhea
  • vomitting
  • nausea
  • stomach pain

Other symptom are

  • fever
  • headache
  • body aches

If you have norovirus illness, you can feel extremely ill and throw up or have diarrhea many times a day. This can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults, and people with other illnesses. Most people with norovirus illness recover within 1 to 3 days.

Norovirus is the leading cause of disease from contaminated foods in the United States and is seen mostly in fresh fruits and vegetables and in shellfish. That said, norovirus can be spread through contamination of any food.

Norovirus can spread quickly from person to person in crowded, closed places like long-term care facilities, daycare centers, schools, hotels, and cruise ships. Noroviruses can also be a major cause of gastroenteritis in restaurants and catered-meal settings if contaminated food is served. You can get it by:

  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus.
  • Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth.
  • Having direct contact with a person who is infected with norovirus (for example, when caring for someone with norovirus or sharing foods or eating utensils with them).

People with norovirus illness are contagious from the moment they begin feeling sick until at least 3 days after they recover. But, some people may be contagious for even longer.

There is no vaccine to prevent norovirus infection. Also, there is no drug to treat people who get sick from the virus. Antibiotics will not help if you have norovirus illness. This is because antibiotics fight against bacteria, not viruses. The best way to reduce your chance of getting norovirus is by following some simple tips.

Practice Proper Hand Hygiene:  Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers and always before eating or preparing food. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. These alcohol-based products can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but they are not a substitute for washing with soap and water.

Take Care In the Kitchen:  Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.

Do Not Prepare Food While Infected:  People with norovirus illness should not prepare food for others while they have symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness. (see For Food Handlers: Norovirus and Working with Food)

Clean and Disinfect Contaminated Surfaces:  After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces by using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label. If no such cleaning product is available, you can use a solution made with 5 tablespoons to 1.5 cups of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.

Wash Laundry Thoroughly:  Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. Handle soiled items carefully—without agitating them—to avoid spreading virus. If available, wear rubber or disposable gloves while handling soiled clothing or linens and wash your hands after handling. The items should be washed with detergent at the maximum available cycle length and then machine dried.

Thank you, Maureen.

Preparing for MCAS

Starting February 6, Mrs. Bearden will be providing free MCAS after school prep in Mathematics for any sophomore interested.  It will run from 2:05-3:00 every Wednesday until the math MCAS test in May.  It is to help refresh students on all the topics that are addressed on the MCAS.  Please see Mrs. Bearden if you are interested in partaking in this program.

Thank you Mrs. Bearden!

Check Out the Links Available through the MHS Website!

Whether its our student published magazine, The Tiger Times (with thanks to Ms. Dowd), or a video about the construction of our new high school (with thanks to student Kevin Fuerst and WAVM), or program updates check out all the links on our school website.  By the way, the new building is now at 75% complete and transition planning is heavily under way for the move.  More news on that front next time.

Take care!

Chuck Caragianes