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The Community Flocks to Maynard High School

posted Mar 30, 2018, 11:19 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,


There was much to celebrate this past week at Maynard High School.  Literally thousands of people passed through our doors over the past week after school hours once again demonstrating how vital a hub Maynard High School is to our entire community.


Our production of The Little Mermaid, under the direction of Cindy Blanchard, wrapped up its run to the raves of all who were fortunate enough to attend as all 5 performances were completely sold out.  As I watched the show I felt an immense sense of pride in our students and all of the adults and businesses in our community who supported this amazing show.


Tuesday night well over 100 people gathered to celebrate our just completed winter sports season with a tremendous Awards Night sponsored by our Sports Boosters organization.  Individual and team accolades abounded in support and recognition of our championship teams.


On Wednesday evening our foreign language classes and students put on our annual International Dinner with food prepared by students and shared with the community.  Hundreds of people attended with dozens and dozens of students participating. As always it was a community building event par excellence.


Later Wednesday evening the film Screenagers was shown to over 200 community members on the topic of navigating how our children are growing up in the constantly plugged in, digital age.  If you were unable to view the film Wednesday evening I urge you to do so as it is available through services such as Netflix.


Thursday night at the school committee meeting Teacher John Ogden presented 4 videos created by students in his classes related to the District’s “Leading the Nation” campaign.  The students themselves then discussed the production of their videos with school committee members and did so with poise and humor while demonstrating a deep understanding of their own learning and grasp of the material.   It was most impressive and an absolute showcase of how our students are so special and why Maynard High School is such a vibrant educational institution.


Congratulations also go out to Axum Semakula and Violet Cobb who have been selected to represent Maynard High School at this year's Boys State and Girls State sessions. The program runs from June 16 to June 22 at Stonehill College and engages young people in government and leadership activities. Thanks to our local chapter of the American Legion for providing the funding for our students to attend this valuable program.

On a quite different note, safety remains a priority at Maynard High School.  Over the remainder of the school year we anticipate doing several more drills in coordination with first responders including our police and fire departments as well as with regional K-9 units.  These drills will follow ALICE protocols that stress techniques that go beyond locking down the building and classrooms including room barricading and fortification and methods of emergency evacuation.  We strive to take steps to maintain building security so that we never have to use this training in a true emergency, but we also continue to recognize that such training is necessary.

And now, thanks to Mr. Ogden’s Classes, the Latest Installment of the Maynard High News!

On this St. Patrick's Day Episode (sorry the snow set us back a bit):

Ella has a special announcement about foreign language speakers in Maynard, Jordan and Emma talk about the Spain trip and Leading the Nation, Ms. LaBelle's class makes George Washington documentaries, Sam and Meghan have Playoff Basketball, new photos, national news, the International Dinner, and more!

The students are working very hard to make these episodes, so please watch, share, and support the program.


📽🎥📷🎬 MHN 🎬📷🎥📽

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Preview YouTube video MHN 16 (St. Patrick's Day Edition)



Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

The 3rd Annual Jazz Cafe!

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual Jazz Cafe on Friday, March 30th! Please join us for an evening of live jazz music performed by the Fowler Stage Band and the MHS Jazz Band.Sets will include small student ensembles and a large combined band featuring over 70 talented student musicians from grades 5-12. Special guest, Blueprint Jazz Club.

Tickets: see for additional information and an advance order form (also attached)

$5 at the door

OR order ahead for will call individual tickets by Friday, 3/23

OR to reserve a Jazz Table for 8 ($35) or for 6 ($25) by Friday, 3/23

Prom is Approaching Quickly!

Our prom will be held on May 4th at the Westford Regency. Tickets are $60 each and will be sold April 2 to April 13 during lunches. Students must be up to date with class dues ($30/year) in order to purchase prom tickets.  Checks should be written to "Maynard High School.” Students and their parents or guardians can contact Ms. Maida or Mr. Pileeki with questions.

From Our Maynard SEPAC

On Tuesday, April 3, the Maynard SEPAC hosts an Update on Special Education in Maynard from Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools. She will discuss the current status of Maynard special education from the perspective of her first two years in the district. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the special education process. Come join us at Fowler Library at 7 p.m.We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183.

A Clothing Drive to Benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Senior Student Madison Berry is coordinating a clothing drive through April 25th including home pick-up, in cooperation with Savers as part of her Senior Project work in Mrs. LaBelle’s class.  All proceeds will benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

To read more about Madison’s Senior Project work and to arrange for a donation please click the following link:

An Important Message From Our PTO

The following message from the Maynard High School Parent Teachers Organization is of considerable importance.  As has been seen around the country, volunteers are needed to periodically step up to keep valuable public and school initiatives like our PTO alive and well.  In far too many places this has not been happening. Let's show that Maynard is different in the best possible way by your joining us at our next meeting where you can see what our PTO does, and to then consider taking on a role as part of a team that makes valuable contributions to your children's high school.

Thanks for reading the message below, and I hope to see you on April 11th!


The next PTO meeting will be held on April 11th at 7:00pm in the media center.  We will be planning the Staff Luncheon to be held on May 4th at 11:15 at the high school and the Senior Class Luncheon to be held in early June.  Chuck Caragaines will be available at the start of the meeting for Q & A.

The PTO is in DESPERATE need for someone to take over leadership next year.  All the officers are parents of seniors.  We have money in the bank. We make our money from the book recycling bin and by a donation from Life Touch school portraits.  There is very little that needs to be done but someone’s name has to be on the bank account. If no one steps up we will have to turn our funds over to another non-profit and close the account.

Our main priorities have been

1. Staff Luncheon,

2. Senior Class luncheon

3. Working, on occasion, with the other PTOs to sponsor educational speakers or events

4. Communication with the administration

Please consider how valuable these events are to our high school community.  Thirteen years ago when the PTO was started at the high school none of these things existed.  Please don’t let these wonderful events die off.

With thanks and hopes to see you on April 11th,

Your PTO Leadership Team.

First Annual Maynard Earth Day

The First Annual Maynard Earth Day will be held on Sunday April 22nd from 1:00-3:00pm at the Mill Pond Parking Lot on Main Street.  Music will be provided by the Mill Town Rounders and Max and Dante Naylor. There will also be an art show and sale by adults and students.  There will also be creative collaborations with Maynard Rocks to create Earth Day themed rocks, Assabet Food Coop with decoration of reusable shopping bags, Face Painting, Earth Float and Puppet-on-stick craft tables and Yoga by Alchemy Yoga.

A Queen Bee Ceremony will be hosted by The Maynard Honeybee Meadow at ArtSpace from 10 to 11:00am.

There will be a Street Cleanup from 11am to 1:00pm

A  River Dedication will be held from 2:30-3:15pm.

The Mission of Maynard Earth Day is to re-establish and commemorate the connection of Maynard Community members of all ages to their environment by engaging in mindful, educational celebration to promote gratitude and respect for their natural surroundings, and to inspire individual and collective environmental action.

Health Fair Focused on Women’s Health and Alternative Medicine

From 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday April 27, 2018 Maynard High School is hosting a Health Fair Focused on Women’s Health and Alternative Medicine.  For more information please contact Ms. LaBelle, Lucy Thraen or Pamela Laurent at 978-897-8891.

Maynard High School Needs You!

A message from our Senior Project Teachers Jean LaBelle & Paul Orzech:

Dear Community Partners,

Please join Maynard High School Senior Project students as they present their findings and projects at the annual Spring Presentation event. The event includes a luncheon for teachers and community partners and concludes with panel presentations that you will help judge.

Each student presentation will summarize the student's experience in the program—their research, internship and project, as well as their assessment of how well they met the school competencies requirements.  You will be assigned to a panel that will include a Maynard High School teacher. Panelists will ask the seniors questions about their projects and placements. Panelists will provide feedback to the students about the strengths and areas for improvement in their presentations.  It promises to be a rewarding experience for you and for the students!

Thanks to the Maynard Education Foundation for approval of an administrator grant, this year the luncheon will include a brief presentation by Dr. Gerardi called Massachusetts and Maynard Leading the Nation: celebrating the 25th anniversary of education reform.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Luncheon: 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Panel Presentations: 12:30 PM-2:15 PM

Place: Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754

To reserve your spot at the luncheon and to serve on the panels, please email your name and contact phone number to:

A Wonderful New Scholarship Brought to MHS by The Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers of Southern New Hampshire has elected to establish a scholarship fund to benefit a Maynard High School graduating senior who is a young woman headed into an engineering or STEM related field.

The first annual Laura Schuler Cossette Scholarship Fundraiser will be held on Saturday April 21st at 6:00pm at the Maynard Elks at 34 Powdermill Road.  The scholarship has been established to honor the memory of 1980 Maynard High School graduate Laura Schuler Cossette. Admission is $25.00. There will be food, an auction, Cash Bar, and music provided by the Groove Street Band.

Please join us for this spring soiree with proceeds to benefit a worthy MHS graduate and in memory of a distinguished Maynard High School alumna.


Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4. No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year. $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.


The Spring Update From The Maynard Music Association

Jazz Cafe 2018: Featuring Fowler Stage Band & MHS Jazz Band as well as Blueprint Jazz Club on Friday, March 30th from 6-8 pm in the Fowler auditorium.  Purchase tickets at the door or in advance by emailing MMA:  Food and beverage donations graciously accepted.  Click the link to sign up to volunteer your time or baked goods!

2018-2019 Open Positions in MMA: MMA is seeking candidates for the following positions for the 2018/19 year. Please email interest to and attend our next meeting on April 4th.

  • High School Treasurer

  • High School Co-Chairperson

Music Banquet Volunteers needed: Each year we plan a music banquet celebrating our MHS band and chorus graduates and underclassmen.  Parent volunteers from grades 9-11 are needed to plan this event. If interested, email MMA: (subject banquet volunteer) or attend our meeting on April 4th to talk banquet planning!

Graduating Seniors:  Stay tuned for scholarship applications mailed to your homes.  This year we will offer 7 scholarships to distribute ranging from $500-$1000.

Jazz Jams: Please consider joining Trish Gately every Sunday night from 5-7 at the Pleasant Cafe for Jazz Jam, an impromptu gathering of local musicians of all ages.

Summer Music Camp for 5-12: Tricia Gately's summer music program, Assabet Valley Summer Music (AVSM) is back. Click the link for more information:  Summer Music Camp 2018

Casino Night 2018: Mark your calendars for our biggest music fundraiser supporting grades 4-12. Casino Night 2018 is set for November 3rd at the Elks. Parent volunteers are needed. Contact Bonnie Wilson if interested in supporting this event:

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 5th Spring Art Walk - Downtown!

  • May 16th high school concert 7 pm at MHS

  • May 18th high school Great East Festival

  • Mary 23rd  Solo and Ensemble Night  - 7 pm MHS

  • May 28th Memorial Day Parade

  • May 28th  MMA Banquet - Maynard Elks

  • June 8th  Graduation

Website: Our website has a new look.  Please check it out:

Next MMA Meeting:  April 4th 6:30 Fowler, 7:30 joint, 8:00 high school.


Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler

Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS

Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS

Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

Kurt Severance:  Webmaster

Like us on Facebook:  Maynard Music Association

Spring is beginning to emerge as March comes to an end.  For many people Easter, Palm Sunday and Passover help mark this season of the year through the sharing of cultural traditions, religious observances, and secular celebrations.

Whatever your own traditions may or may not hold, take care and have a great spring weekend,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School