The 3rd marking quarter closed today (April 7th). Staff members will be finalizing grades by next Tuesday the 11th. At that point grades are cross checked by administrators and guidance counselors for errors prior to release. I anticipate releasing the grades to all parents by Friday April 14th.
Speaking of April 14th, that also marks the last day of school prior to Patriots’ Day and the spring vacation week which runs from the close of school on the 14th through Monday morning April 24th at 7:00am when the building reopens for classes.
As the 3rd quarter closes teachers will also be making recommendations for core class placement for all students for the 2017-2018 school year as well. Students will be beginning their course selections late next week as well. In a sense, the 2017-2018 school year is starting even as the current school year enters the home stretch.
For many years a “Personal Awareness Week” has been held featuring presentations on a variety of physical health, mental health and social issues. This coming week of April 10th-14th is Personal Awareness Week for 2017 and we will have a range of special activities for students on topics including skin cancer and prevention, healthy relationships and dating violence, opiod and substance abuse and prevention and the nature of community policing to name a few. As always, a primary concern of Maynard High School and the Maynard Public Schools is student health and wellness as well as personal safety.
And now more MHS News from Mr. Ogden’s Radio & Television Production Class
With April Fools Day just over the horizon, the students of the MHN Newscast wanted to share with you some of the, let’s say, less desirable moments from season 2 of the news. These are the clips that never made the final cut, and trust me, there’s always a lot of them!
So enjoy this special edition of MHN News, and we hope you get a good laugh from what happens behind the scenes.
Great work by Nick R. editing this piece. A grand thank you to all of our anchors who allowed us to show what many others would never want people to see.
As always: We want to feature you and what you are doing for the community on MHN News. Let us broadcast to our viewers all that you have done for the Town of Maynard.
Let us know if you have something you would like to feature on the news.
Special Thank you to all the students who worked so hard to make this happen.
You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:
2017-2018 Bus Registration
Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017. The deadline for registration is June 30. Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive. We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School. Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28. No forms will be accepted until May 1. There is no fee increase this year. $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more children. Late fee: $30.00 for registration after June 30.
Note: If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.
State Required Postural Screening (Grades 8 & 9)
The high school will initiate the annual state required Postural Screening beginning in April for Grades 8 and 9. The screening will be performed by the school nurse in a 1:1 private area. The purpose of the screening is to detect early signs of possible spinal problems in children, such as scoliosis. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.
If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until the screening next year. Female students are asked to bring a swimsuit top, halter, or sports top to school the day of the screening. This type of clothing permits a more accurate observation of the back. All students will be given advance notice prior to their screening so they can come prepared.
When your child has a routine physical exam, the physician automatically performs postural screening. If your child has had a recent physical exam (dated July 2016 or later), please forward a copy to the Health Services Office as this will complete the requirement of the annual school screening for your child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.
The Prom is Coming (With thanks to Ms. Doktorov)
The event of the year is the Roaring Twenties prom which will take place on Friday, 5/12, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. Tickets will be on sale through Friday April 14th during first and third lunches. The cost of the tickets if $65. Only students with their dues up-to-date will be able to purchase the tickets.
Thinking about how to get to the prom and back? If there is enough interest, we will provide either a coach bus or a school bus. If there are 55 people on the bus, the price is only $6 for the school bus and only $15 for the coach bus. Please indicate your interest at the time of the ticket purchase.
Unlike girls who purchase their dresses, many boys rent their tuxedos. Mr. G's Tuxedos company has a store in Hudson and is offering us a deal that includes jacket, pants, pleated shirt, vest, and tie for only $99! Certainly, the latest style and certain color options will be more expensive. But it is his price for the basic package. Mr. G’s will be at our school and take measurements, deposits, and orders right here. He has already been at the school on this past Thursday and will be back on Friday April 14th from 6-7pm. He will be set up by the theater entrance. To place an order, a deposit of $50 will need t be paid in cash or check. Please note that the orders will need to be picked up from the actual store in Hudson.
Please email Ms. Doktorov at email@example.com with any questions about the prom!
The Maynard Book Festival
The Maynard Book Festival runs Thursday - Saturday, April 6-8, at the Maynard Library, with a bluegrass concert Friday evening, and culminating in a selection of author presentations and StoryCorps interview sessions on Saturday.
One of the author events on Saturday is a panel discussion at 1:30 with three authors who write for young adults. Panelists include Maynard’s own Julie Berry, Tara Sullivan and M.T. Anderson. These authors cover a sweeping range of topics and settings including Arthurian legend, post-Inquisition France, the composer Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad, a mute girl in Colonial America, an albino boy in Tanzania and child slavery in the African chocolate industry.
All events are free and open to all.
For the full 2017 Maynard Book Festival schedule: http://www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/mbf2017
MHS Peer Leaders Help with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
The Maynard High School Peer Leaders will be volunteering for a local professor and artist Catriona Baker on her I Am Red campaign. Her artwork varies from canvas to animation to multimedia, and uses Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for sexual assault in America. To fully impress the gravity of the frequency and severity of sexual assault, she has been creating 720 hand bound empty books in which survivors are welcome to share their stories. The number 720 represents the number of rapes in America in one day. As each book takes 1-3 hours to make, the Peer Leaders will be assisting in making these books which will be on display along with the artist's other works for her I Am Red presentation later this year. She hopes to raise awareness about sexual assault and start conversations.
Donate Your Old, Unwanted Phones and Help Victims of Domestic Violence
Our Student Green Committee is hosting a phone drive starting today! We are working with an organization called HopeLine, and they collect "no longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories that are in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.” This organization is really great, and it raised roughly 7 million for victims and survivors in 2015 alone. Please think about donating to help out!
If you are interested in donating a phone, follow these steps:
Thank you From The Green Committee!
MMA March Updates
Music Banquet subcommittee: Volunteers are still needed to help the day of the banquet on Memorial Day at 5pm at the Elks. Help with set up, food and general support is needed. Contact Bonnie - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to those who have volunteered their time and talent to chair the sub-committees: Lynda Thayer, Stacey Charbonneau, Dan Charbonneau, Maureen DeVos, Stephanie Gavin, Sandra Liu, Annemarie Caloggero & Christine Barilone. Can you join us that day?
Volunteers needed for support of MMA: If you are able to give time once a month to support our musicians, we are in need of parents interested in helping in all areas. Please attend our April meeting (Wednesday, April 5th) to hear what we are planning for the remaining months of the 2016-2017 school year and the needs for the coming year. WE need you!! Contact: email@example.com
That’s the news for the week,
Enjoy the coming weekend and take care,
Principal of Maynard High School