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The Blizzard of '15 and MHS News of Note

posted Jan 30, 2015, 12:05 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon, everyone—

Obviously this has been a highly unusual week with three snow days the result of our historic storm earlier in the week.

Today we have returned to normal school operations and our students and staff have gotten right back to work.  It was great walking through the building and seeing so much positive energy being projected by the entire school community and also seeing quality academic work being done as the second semester and 3rd quarter get under way.

Some information and notes I hope you can use:

Departure of Long Time Faculty Member

I would like to let you know that long time faculty member Shannon Gallant will not be returning to Maynard High School starting this semester.

I'd like to thank Shannon for her years of service working with our students at Maynard High School, for the activities she has led as an adviser and for her volunteer activities.

I'm sure you'll want to join me in wishing Shannon well in her future endeavors.

The process to hire a replacement for Mrs. Gallant has begun and will proceed as quickly as possible to ensure a person of excellent credentials joins us.

In the intervening time we have put together a plan to make sure our coverage is consistent and that all of our math classes remain on track with content.  Ms. Makovoz, a full time Math Department teacher, will be working with our A Block Calculus students.  Ms. Sullivan will be handling Algebra classes and our TV Exploration class on a daily basis until a permanent hire is made.  She is a Maynard High School graduate with extensive knowledge of WAVM and will be working with Sandi LeBlanc to stay razor sharp on Algebra curriculum.

This plan ensures day to day continuity of teaching staff with a focus on content and will remain in place until we have located an appropriate permanent staff member to join us at MHS.

I'd like to thank our Mathematics Lead Teacher Sandi LeBlanc for helping to create the plan and for being willing to oversee that the curriculum and content remains up to standards.  Several other math department members have also stepped forward and volunteered to assist during this interim period.

I have met with all of Mrs. Gallant's classes today to inform them of the change of teacher and of the process moving forward.

Should you have any questions please contact your student's guidance counselor or myself.

Coffee with the Principal

On Monday February 9th from 7:00 to 8:00pm please join me in our Media Center for a coffee hour.  This will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding MHS and here the latest news from the school in person.  For those who cannot make an evening session a second opportunity will be held on Tuesday morning February 10th from 7:00 to 7:45am also in the Media Center.  I look forward to meeting you!

Snow & Snow Removal

We have just experienced one of the most massive snow storms to hit Maynard since the formation of the town over a century ago.  I’d like to thank the Town workers for their efforts clearing Tiger Drive and our driveways and parking lots and I’d like to also thank our custodial staff, under the leadership of Kyle Brainard, for their tireless work clearing walkways and access points.  They have pressed on despite equipment breakdowns with the goal of making our building accessible and safe for students, staff and community members.  Though the sign at the top of Tiger Drive may be out of date for a while due to the snow piles all around it limiting access, the school itself is back in operation and ready for our students.

Maynard’s Got Talent Postponed

Due to the heavy weather this week our students have not been able to prepare for the annual “Maynard’s Got Talent” show originally scheduled for this evening at 7:00pm.  As a result the show has been postponed and will not be held tonight.  Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding a new date and time.

It has been a short but eventful week in and around Maynard.  Thank you for reading and take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School