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The Snow Relents (A Little)

posted Feb 27, 2015, 10:33 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon, everyone—

As we contemplate leaving February 2015 behind us—the snowiest month encountered in Maynard since the dawn of record keeping—a host of school and community events are rapidly approaching and a number of events have recently transpired.  Of note:  This week we've even had a week with 5 full days of school!

Coffee with the Principal

Please join with Superintendent Gerardi and myself at a Coffee with the Principal evening on Tuesday night March 3rd from 7:00-8:00pm in the Maynard High Media Center.  Recent school developments will be shared including our experiences with the PARCC Test, and our results running a foreign exchange program for the first time this year.   An open discussion and question and answer session will be part of the evening’s program.

Recent Safety Drill

On Tuesday February 24th a safety drill was held at Maynard High School at approximately 12:30pm.  It was a simulation of a building “lock down” that would be put in place in the event of an intruder.  The students and staff responded flawlessly to the drill.  Maynard High School and the Maynard Public Schools continue to place safety as our highest priority and ongoing staff and student training is just one part of our overall safety and security strategy.

PARCC Test News

Today, Friday morning February 27th, we held an “Infrastructure Test” as required by the state with our 8th and 9th grade students in preparation for the new electronic PARCC Test that the state is rolling out as a potential future replacement for the MCAS Test.  Today’s test was to ensure that our internal electronic infrastructure was compatible with the electronic infrastructure in use by the state—in short, we were making sure everything works properly.  Today’s test was a test of the new system, not of the students.  Technological glitches were encountered and we are evaluating how well the testing hardware and software responded overall.  We will continue to work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as Pierson, the test manufacturer, to make sure we are ready when the full academic testing of our 8th and 9th grade students occurs during the weeks of March 16th and March 23rd.

Bye Bye Birdie is about to come to Maynard High School!! 

Maynard High School is proud to present “Bye Bye Birdie”, the popular ‘50s musical, next month. “Bye Bye Birdie” is the story of Albert, a songwriter and manager of Conrad Birdie, a famous rock star, who makes girls and women of any age swoon! Kim, a teen girl from Sweet Apple, OH, is chosen to be the lucky recipient of Conrad’s last, much-publicized kiss before he heads off to war.  Chaos ensues! Kim’s boyfriend is upset, her girlfriends are hysterical and Albert’s long-suffering fiancée Rose is at war with his overbearing mother!

The talented cast and crew consist of over 50 students from MHS and the Fowler School.  The students have poured hours of their time and effort into rehearsals in order to present this fabulous musical for the enjoyment of the Maynard community and are excited about their contribution to the performing arts in our town.

Performances will be as follows: Saturday, March 14 at 7:00PM; Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March  22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at and at scheduled times at the Maynard High School Box Office.  Next week’s scheduled hours are:  Mon 3/2  2-4pm, Tue 3/3,  Wed 3/4  2-4pm & 6-8pm, Thu 3/5 6-8pm, Fri 3/6  6-8p, and Sat 3/7 11:00am-1:00pm.

We will also be hosting a fundraiser-in costume, with singing, on March 3rd, 7-9pm at Johnny Rockets. Please come and bring your families for some great food and entertainment. A percentage of the night's food receipts will go to help pay for the show!

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them.  We suspect many odds and ends are probably in closets across Maynard as items are forgotten or inadvertently held.

Starting next week, March 3rd to March 6th you can turn in any band related item to the Main Office at Maynard High School.  (If you’d like to make a contribution to help with Washing and Dry Cleaning the uniforms that would be appreciated as well.  It takes $10.00 to dry clean one tux, for example.)  Please help us spread the word to past students so that we have the finest clothing array possible for our students.

As an additional note and clarification—if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee on FRIDAY 3/6 or MONDAY3/9 at band class in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.


The winter sports season has come to a close at Maynard High.  Our Girls & Boys basketball teams have concluded their regular seasons and the boys team lost a hard fought playoff game this past Tuesday night by a score of 57-50 to Douglass.  Individual Student athletes continue in state tournament play as members of co-op teams that Maynard partners with.  It has been a great winter and we are just a little over 2 weeks away from the opening of the spring sports season on March 16th.  Go Tigers!

Maynard’s Got Talent!

Yes it does!

The 2nd Annual "Maynard's Got Talent" hosted by the Class of 2017 is coming up quickly.  Come see our amazing student performers as they vie for prizes in this fun filled evening of acts of all kinds.

The Particulars:

Friday, March 27th at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium

$3 Students and seniors

$5 Non-students

Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket to win one of the many prizes set aside for audience members.

*There will be a Bake sale at intermission and extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase*

Come one, come all!

SEPAC Presentation on 3/2/15 "Social competence is more than you think"

The world of friendships is a socially-complex, ever-changing fluid environment that often eludes our children with special needs. In this presentation, Dot Lucci will present information on social and emotional development, social skills and social thinking and how if all of these are in-synch social competence is achieved.  Social competence allows children to initiate, maintain and sustain peer relationships that can develop into friendships.  Please join us on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 for this presentation to parents and educators of all students of all ages.   Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-2705 if you plan to attend.

Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who brings over 30 years of experience in special education and psychology.  She has an advanced degree from the University of Massachusetts and is certified as a school psychologist. She has extensive background in neuropsychology while at the Boston University Medical School. She holds teaching certificates in early childhood, elementary and special education. Ms. Lucci has numerous publications in the field and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Aspergers Association of New England (AANE). She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School at Lesley University and Antioch College.  Ms. Lucci is currently consulting in the Maynard Public Schools.

The MEF Brings you a “Taste of Maynard”

The Maynard Educational Foundation is hosting the 13th Annual Taste of Maynard this coming Sunday March 1st from 4:00-7:00pm at the Maynard Lodge of Elks located at 34 Powdermill Road in Maynard.  Live musical entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by the Transistor Kings and samples of delicacies from across the area will be served from 4:00-6:00pm.  A cash bar will be available and door prizes will be issued.  Don’t miss out on this evening of fun!  Proceeds benefit the MEF and its ongoing support of public education in Maynard.

Tickets purchased in advance are $30.00, Children ages 5-12 are $10.00, and children under age 4 are free.  Tickets at the door are $35.00 as available.

Go to for more information on purchasing tickets in advance and for a complete listing of restaurants and sponsors.

That’s it for now.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School