We are off to a great start coming out of the February vacation with many days having a feeling of spring in the air earlier this week (though we know winter will be back soon enough). Today we held student advisory sessions and once again students were engaged in myriad activities around MHS. Advisory periods have proven to be a great community building exercise for both students and staff. Working with students, Mr. Mollica and Mr. Flynn today was a highlight of the day and week for me as well. Ask your student what activity they participated in and how it went when you have a chance.
As our winter sports season winds down congratulations are most certainly in order with both our girls and boys basketball teams completing their regular seasons as qualifiers for the state tournament and each squad already posting impressive 1st round playoff wins earlier this week. The boys resume their playoff push tonight, Friday March 3rd, at home here at MHS with a game against Nashoba Tech starting at 7:00pm. The girls team will travel to Shirley Middle School tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, for a second round game against the Parker Charter School starting at 7:00pm. Go Tigers!
More MHS news follows thanks to Mr. Ogden and his terrific students:
In This Week’s Episode:
It’s an episode of firsts! Making their first appearance on MHN News, Green Meadow has an announcement from Ms. Mazeika and her little ones about an exciting opportunity for the community (produced by Georgia and Bella). An all new WAVM intro starts us off (graphics created by Brandon G.) and all new end-credits as well (graphics created by Eric R.). Our co-hosts Jordan and Emma tell us about important dates regarding school dances, scholarships, and AP classes (directed by Nicole). In sports, Sam D. has numerous announcements regarding playoff basketball, with a special shout out to Corey for scoring 1000 points in his Maynard High career (directed by Eugene). Adin and Thomas S. have new photos of the week, submitted by MHS students (coordinated by Megan L.). The Council on Aging has been working with WAVM (narrated by John E, featuring Jen B.). And special announcements from the Jazz and Wind Ensemble regarding future concerts and important achievements (narrated by Ludovico). Our technical director and editor Nick R. makes this all seem so easy, but trust me, he burns those midnight hours during and after school in the WAVM club to make sure it all comes together. You should be involved in WAVM after school too! All this and more, on this week’s episode of MHN News! A special thank you to Mr. Mollica for helping out with the green screen.
We are always looking to feature your club, class, students, field trips, projects, community events--whatever it may be!--on MHN news. Please reach out to us at WAVM so we can show the community, and the world, exactly what you have been doing for our students in Maynard. We are here to help you figure out how to be seen.
You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:
It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance at the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place tonight, Friday March 3rd, from 6pm -9pm. The tickets are $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring the flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.
AP Exam News
AP exams are fast approaching and for those students planning on taking them a $93 dollar fee per exam must be submitted right away for ordering purposes. Students or parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor should they have any questions.
5th ANNUAL "THE TASTE"
The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 15th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.
Every year, this is a “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation and raffle/silent auction prizes. Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.
The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators. Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."
Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza. Each year, it becomes more successful. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many food establishments in the Metrowest area, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation! Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.
Also, if you shop on Amazon.com, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), you may select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!
From our Maynard SEPAC
Film screening: Join members of the Maynard School Community as we screen the film "Life Animated" on Tuesday, March 7 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard. "From Academy Award®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence." Mr. Ron Suskind will join us for this evening. He will provide some context to the film and join in a community discussion after the film screening. Mr. Suskind's books will be available for purchase prior to the event. The book signing begins at 6:00 p.m.; the film screening and community discussion will run from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved at https://goo.gl/P3xyfX.
Peter and the Starcatcher
It’s getting close to the time for his year’s school play, Peter and the Starcatcher (A prequel to Peter Pan). This fantastic production has just 5 dates with 3 evening shows and 2 matinees. Tickets are sure to be in great demand with box office hours for the coming week listed below. Tickets are also available online at: www.mktix.com/mhsm Performances are on Saturday March 18th at 7:00pm, Sunday March 19th at 2:00pm, Friday March 24th at 7:00pm, Saturday March 25th at 7:00pm & Sunday March 26th at 2:00pm.
TICKET BOOTH HOURS
Friday March 3 – Friday March 10
(We accept cash and checks only. No credit cards.)
Friday, March 3: 6-8pm
Monday, March 6: 2-4pm & 6-8pm
Tuesday, March 7: 6-8pm
Wednesday, March 8: 6-8pm
Thursday, March 9: 6-8pm
Friday, March 10: 6-8 pm
A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student
Hello MHS Community!
My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.
After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link: https://storycorps.org/listen/don-michaels-and-his-daughter-jennifer/
If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!
MMA February Updates
Please click the links below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:
We Need YOU! MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall: Co Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at email@example.com.
Jazz Jams! A new performance opportunity for all! Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons starting on March 5th from 4-6 pm to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club. Contact Trish Gately for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz Cafe! Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert. Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining us again this year, making for a full evening of jazz performance. Tickets will go on sale in March! Mark your calendars!!
Banquet Volunteers Needed: This year's senior music banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at 5pm at Maynard Elks. Band and Chorus students participate in this event annually. Celebration of Seniors with their families is always a highlight. Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event. If you can help out please email MMA: email@example.com
An Open Letter From Our Food Service Provider
Dear Parents/Guardians of Maynard High School Students,
As your food service provider I wanted to update you on an exciting breakfast promotion the cafeteria will be hosting to help celebrate National School Breakfast week. In an effort to help promote the importance of eating breakfast the cafeteria at MHS will have an omelet bar set up this upcoming Monday March 6th. The students to will be able to have omelets made fresh to order with their choice of: peppers, onions, cheese, ham, broccoli, turkey bacon and tomatoes. Studies continuously show that children who start their day with a complete breakfast are more likely to:
· Concentrate better
· Be more alert
· Retain more of what they learn
· Participate in class
· Maintain a healthy weight
· Decrease tardiness and absenteeism
The time for the event will from 7:00-8:00, all students will be given the opportunity to let us know what they would like to see us offer for breakfast in the future!
Breakfast price is $1.50, reduced price is $.30, and free students receive one daily free breakfast meal. All meals include fruit option and milk or fruit juice choice.
Any questions regarding the food service program please feel free to contact me at 978-897-6100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Service Director
From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather
(Hopefully this information will not be needed again this year!)
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.
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".
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.
That’s the news for the week.
Enjoy the coming weekend, and take care,
Principal of Maynard High School