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Thoughts for Our Friends in France Even as We Move On

posted Nov 20, 2015, 12:16 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon—

Over this past week the world was once again shaken by the tragedy of the terrorist attacks in Paris.  Our hearts go out to the people of France.  Though such events can bring fear and anguish I am certain of one thing—The City of Light, and enlightenment, will recover and shine on.

With the recent events in Paris it is appropriate that an already scheduled presentation on school safety was given Thursday night at the school committee meeting.  All of our faculty members are in the process of being trained in the A.L.I.C.E. methods of student and staff safety.  Thus far training has been completed for staff at the Green Meadow, is being held today for staff at the Fowler and will be done at the high school in early December.  Student training will begin in the spring.

This week we were also fortunate to have Mr. Malcolm Astley lead a forum on teen dating violence and relationship issues.  The forum was attended by over 50 with a mix of students, parents and staff members attending.  High school staff members are working on next steps as we seek to keep our students safe.

The First Quarter has closed and student report cards are available for viewing on iPass.

As a reminder, we will be having conferences on Monday evening November 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and again on Tuesday afternoon November 24th from 2:15pm to 3:30pm.

Meetings are made by appointment to facilitate the smooth operation of each day.  Please limit requests to 3 teachers.  Should you feel the need to meet with more than 3 teachers that can be arranged through your student’s guidance counselor for another date and time.

To set up appointments for either day please email your requests by the end of the day on Sunday November 22nd at the latest.

In your request please specifically note your student's name & grade, the class or teacher’s name for each conference you would like to set up, and whether you prefer Monday evening or Tuesday afternoon.  All requests are taken in order of receipt.

Please email your requests to Maynard High School Secretary Pam Carter who will arrange for all Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Ms. Carter’s email address is:

Ms. Carter will email you a receipt with the specific time and room number for each conference that is set up.

Some noteworthy MHS events, announcements and dates follow:

From Mrs. Blanchard in the Music Department

It is my pleasure to announce that the following MHS musicians auditioned for and made Sr. Districts. Incredible!

Grace Wilson on trombone

Helen Gerondeau on french horn

Matt Schomacker on trumpet

Emma Bendall on bassoon

Sam Jones on tenor voice

Charlie Neuhauser on bass voice

We also had a few students miss it by only 1 or 2 points.

They competed against nearly 1,000 students from over 60 schools!

Grace, Helen, Sam and Charlie scored so highly, they will be auditioning for All-State in January.

Congratulations to all of these talented musicians and to all the students who auditioned for this competitive festival!

Also From Mrs. Blanchard:  Important News for All Music Group Members and Parents

The good news is that we have over 160 students in the music program!

The bad news is that we don't have near enough uniforms to suit everyone up. So for the winter concert (Wed, Dec, 9th at 7pm, arrival at6:15pm for choruses, 6:30 for band), the attire will be different than in the past.

Ladies may wear black pants or past the knee (tea length or floor length) black skirts on the bottom and white long sleeve tops. Please make sure these are covering on the top when you bow. You may wear band shoes with pants or black flats with skirts. Please do not wear heels. They can get stuck in the risers and you could trip. We def. want to avoid that! :)

Gentlemen please wear black pants (not black jeans, dress pants), white button down, long sleeve shirts, black socks and black tie up shoes (no sneakers please). It would be nice if you wore ties. Percussionists may roll their sleeves up to their elbows.

We will have not only our regular dress rehearsal the day of the concert in band, but this year we will have you all come in your concert dress clothes to certain rehearsals to make sure everyone is all set. 

Trebles-please change right after school (bring your concert clothes to school in a garment bag, labeled with your name so no one's gets mixed up) on Tues. Dec. 8th and be ready to run through your program at 2:15 on stage. 

SATB chorus-please change right after school (bring your concert clothes to school in a labeled garment bag) on Friday, Dec. 4th and be ready to walk on stage at 11:10 for your dress rehearsal. 

Band-your dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Dec. 3rd. You will be called down the last 10 min. of E block to change. Please do so very quickly. You will be expected on stage, in your concert dress clothes by 12:15. 

As you know, our rehearsal time is very limited between now and the concert due to a variety of factors and we need to do the very best we can to eke out every moment of singing and playing. We also want to make sure all our members look concert ready. Please do your very best to get to these rehearsals as quickly as possible so we don't lose any rehearsal time.

You all sound wonderful! Looking forward to your performance for your family and friends!

Radio Stars

Congratulations to Cole Puntoni and Kyle Morgan for being picked by Kiss 108 to be in their Annual Turkey Toss Competition next Wednesday. A special thanks to Jeanne Lappas for nominating the boys. Go Tigers! 

From the Athletic Director 

The fall season is coming to an end and there were great seasons by all the teams. The football team finishes off the fall with their Thanksgiving game vs. Clinton at Alumni, senior day activities at 10:00am, kick-off at 10:15am. 

Thanks to all the athletes who participated in the yard clean-up to benefit the Council on Aging. A special thanks to Thyme in the Garden for providing their technical assistance. I hope this community service project becomes an annual event. 

​The Winter season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving. The season opener is set for Dec. 14th. 

The fall awards ceremony will be on Dec. 2nd. Stay tuned in for award winners and a complete all-star list. ​

Powderpuff Football Back by Popular Demand (And Student Vote)
After an overwhelming student vote to officially name the girls flag football tournament was held—it is once again time for…Powderpuff Football!

The MHS Junior class is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Powderpuff Football Game on Tuesday the 24th of November at 6pm. Come out to Alumni Field to see the girls of MHS play some football and support the class of 2017! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.


Our 5th annual Thanksgiving Bonfire will also be held on Tuesday the 24th with ignition scheduled for 6:30pm.  This event has grown dramatically in popularity over the years.  Our snack shack will be open, Flag football will be out on the field and a great time will be had by all.  Please join us!

Maynard SEPAC Winter Social!

On Tuseday December 1st  from 6:30-8:00pm the Maynard SEPAC is hosting a Winter Social at the Green Meadow cafeteria.  There will be Cookie Decorating, Crafts, Music, Goodie Bags & snacks to enjoy.

All Maynard Special Education students, parents, and siblings are invited and each child will go home with a goodie bag!

This free event is open to the whole family of students receiving Special Education Services.  Please RSVP Rachel Levy at or 617-458-1294.

Calling all pianists!

The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. The choral groups meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. They perform a wide variety of literature requiring the accompanist to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys playing with young adults,  and our students are wonderful!

Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at if you are interested. Please feel free to pass this along to folks in town that you may know who might be interested. We hope to interview the 3rd week of October

That’s it for now.

Have a great weekend—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School