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'Tis The Season...For Music, Basketball & More at MHS!

posted Dec 16, 2016, 6:31 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good morning,

What a tremendous week at Maynard High School.  The WAVM/Beacon telethon wrapped up last Sunday and well over $33,000 has been raised this year to support area families, our winter sports team are up and running, and on Wednesday night our Winter Concert was attended by an absolutely full house  in our auditorium and was very warmly received.  Over the past week there have been several nights with well over 500 people in our building engaged at WAVM, in our music program, involved with club activities or at sports practices.  Maynard High has been rocking for 14 hours a day and more with regularity.

Speaking of activities both day and night at MHS, this is a quick reminder that it’s never too late for a student to join a non-sports club or activity.  If a student has curiosity about a club, get involved!  Nearly 80% of MHS students engage in at least one extracurricular activity each year.  It’s a great way to make new friends with similar, healthy interests.

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

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.

Musical Notes

Our Jazz and Wind Ensembles are having their Winter Concert on Thursday night December 22nd also at 7:00pm.  Check this great musical events if you have the chance.

Meanwhile, 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.


The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses its philanthropic contributions to enhance educational excellence in the Maynard Public Schools by funding ideas and projects which promote and celebrate academic rigor and achievement, excitement about learning, and innovation in instruction.

MEF is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer works closely with the MEF President and Clerk to oversee MEF’s annual operations and activities. The Treasurer’s primary responsibility is the financial management of the organization.

The ideal candidate is detail oriented, has experience or an interest in financial management, and is willing to actively participate on a fun and dynamic board!

Please contact MEF at or 978.938.4262 to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

MMA December Update

1. Casino Night:

This year's Casino Night was a remarkable success! over $13,000 was made to support the music programs of Fowler and MHS. Support from over 50 volunteers including students, parents, administration, MMA parent alum, community and local business volunteers made for a memorable evening at the Elks. Please consider joining us at our monthly meetings to determine how our fundraising dollars will be used over the year!

See or our facebook page at Maynard Music Association  for photos and info about the event!

2. January Meeting.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 1/4/17 at 7pm (Fowler), 7:30 (Fowler/MHS), MHS (8pm) at the Fowler Library! Please join us in planning for the spring!

3. Fowler MMA Co-chairs & Secretary needed. HS music banquet coordinator needed:

We are in need of a Secretary and two co-chairs for the Fowler to keep up support of music at this level. Please consider giving an hour or so once a month to advocate for the needs of this program if your child is in the band at Fowler!

Please contact Bonnie at  to learn more!

We need a handful of music parents from grades 9-11 to coordinate the annual music banquet held on Memorial Day at 5:30 pm. There are big and small jobs to be done but presently we have one volunteer. Many hands make light work and planning should begin in January!

Please contact Bonnie at  to learn more!

NEW! Maynard High School Food Pantry

The following message comes to us from the Maynard Food Pantry:

Dear parents,

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry have come together to offer a food pantry within the Maynard High School. The goal is to supplement weekend meals for high school students and their families throughout the school year.

After students sign up they may come to the pantry, located in a quieter section of the school, at anytime during the week while school is in session.

Food choices will be in four main categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.

Typical food choices are:

●     Hot and Cold Cereal & pancake mix

●     Soups & canned pasta meals

●     mac & cheese

●     Canned tuna

●     canned fruit

●     snack bars

●     personal care items

If you feel this program will benefit your high school student(s) please sign up in one of the following ways.

●      Contact a guidance counselor- Renee Muise

        or Dana MacPhee

●       Send this signed form via mail to 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard MA 01754 or drop off it off at the main office. One of the counselors will contact your child directly after receiving the signup form.

For further details and questions please contact the guidance counselors or the main office at 891-897-8891.

Thank you

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry

I would like my child to have access to the Maynard High School Food Pantry.

Child’s name _____________________________________________________________

Grade ________________________________ Teacher ____________________________

This new program can only serve to help some of our students and their families around the critical issues of health and nutrition.


That’s the news for now--have a great weekend!

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School