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The Second Quarter is Drawing to a Close & A Great Loss to the Community

posted Jan 9, 2017, 9:32 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

This will be a busy week at Maynard High School, the Maynard Schools generally and in the Town of Maynard.

In school news, the first semester, and first half of the school year, is rapidly drawing to a close.  Next week will be exam week for students in grades 9-12.  Friday January 20th will be an early release day for all grades (8-12).  The third quarter of the year will begin on January 23rd.

In district and town news, on Monday January 9 (tonight) at 7 p.m. there is a Special Town Meeting.  The town will vote on an article to appropriate $245,000 for the construction phase of the Green Meadow playground. This funding will allow the town to:

  • Regrade the entire play area to make sure water drains well and so that slopes are an appropriate grade for accessibility;

  • Put in drainage structures so that the playground is usable year round, despite recent weather;

  • Put in new asphalt pathways that help both with water drainage and accessibility and replace the old, cracked asphalt currently there;

  • Put in rubberized pathways that enable ALL children to access the play equipment.

Construction costs are not cheap, but they are necessary. The warrant article proposed by the Board of Selectmen pulls funding for this work from the Capital Stabilization Fund, NOT from an increase in taxes or from borrowing money. The work accomplished with the funds will provide a solid playground foundation that drains well and allows access to the playground for ALL children.

Please consider attending the Special Town Meeting to be held at Fowler on Monday, January 9 starting at 7 p.m. MHS National Honor Society students will provide free on-site babysitting starting at 6:30 with crafts, stories, and games (children must be toilet trained to participate).  Please attend the town meeting and let your voice be heard on this and other important issues.

WAVM Weekly News

In this week's newscast: Caitlin has an announcement about midterms.  Adam B. has won an anti drug multi-media competition.  Akram has won a prestigious football honor, and coach Ogilvie has won coach of the year!  A new segment, Student Spotlight, highlights the hard work of Trevor M, produced by Nicholas W.  With advisory moving into its second session, Kate, Erin, Erin, and Shae have put a video together to highlight the hard work of Ms. Dowd, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Doktrov, and Ms. Labelle.  John E. has a Bruins update edited by Ludo and Morten.  And finally, our own Tony S. has won Photo of the Week!  Stay tuned for more installments in the future.

As always, if you would like to be featured on the newscast, or submit a photo for Photo of the Week, contact us up at WAVM.  Enjoy!

MHN Ep.12

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

A Great Community Loss

As many of you know we lost Katherine Lalli, a vibrant and joyous member of the class of 2012, in a tragic accident in late December.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine, the Class of 2012 and Best Buddies are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  She passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident.

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."

Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:

Maynard High School

Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

1 Tiger Drive

Maynard, MA 01754

Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family.

Musical Notes

Our madrigal group has been asked to sing at the Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears game on Friday night January 27th.  The puck drops at 7:05pm.  You may want to take your sleigh down to Providence and be in the building by 6:45pm or so to support our singers and have an enjoyable evening on a winter’s night.

From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.

School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.

Take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School