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Turning for Home This Year & A New Home for Next Year

posted May 16, 2013, 2:16 PM by Chuck Caragianes
Ringing In The New Building & Ringing Out The Old Building (And Temporary Summer Quarters):

Our new high school building remains on time and on budget as of May 16th.

On June 21st at the close of school the current Maynard High School will cease to exist as the site of high school educational services in Maynard.  The building will be turned over to First Responders for training and drills through June 24th, and then movers will be emptying the building the week of June 24-28th placing all materials into storage at the Fowler School.  Demolition crews will then take possession of the building on the afternoon of June 28th.

On August 2nd our new building will be receiving final inspections for occupancy and materials, equipment and furnishings will begin to be delivered and installed starting on August 5th.

In a curious way there will be no Maynard High School building from the afternoon of June 21st (when students and staff leave) through August 2nd (when the final inspection for occupancy is done) even though two structures that certainly look like schools will be standing very close to one another during that time.  As a result for administrative and meeting purposes temporary headquarters for Maynard High School will be housed at the Green Meadow School from June 24th through August 2nd.

The main office area in the new building is scheduled to open on August 5th.

Events will be coming in a fast and furious manner:

Our prom was held this past Friday, May 10th, and our students were magnificent representatives of Maynard High School and of their parents and families.  The event was wonderfully done and much credit goes out to class advisers Shannon Gallant and Rochelle Lerner.  Staff chaperones Mike Waldron, and Junior Class Advisers Renee Muise and Erin Bradley were their usual positive presence and it all certainly allowed me to simply enjoy the event as the school principal.  The Prom is a great Kick-Off to "Busy Season".

Dates of Note Ahead:

Key dates are coming one after another.  They include:

The annual WAVM Banquet Sunday May 19th.

Senior Exams May 21-24.  (Last academic day for Seniors is May 24th).

Senior Day Trip to Fire & Ice and Blue Man Group May 28th at 10:30am.

Cap and Gown Day and Graduation Rehearsal May 29th starting at 9:15am followed by Boston Harbor Cruise Night Trip at 4:30pm that evening for Seniors.

Senior Awards Ceremony Thursday evening May 30th at 7:00pm.

Final Graduation Rehearsal and PTO Luncheon May 31st.

Graduation June 1st at 5:00pm.

SEPAC Annual Ice Cream Social (Details below)

Underclassmen Awards June 13th.

The Last Dance!  On June 15th a final fund raiser dance open to all will be held at the current Maynard High School.  For many this will be one last chance to see the existing building before it is demolished.  Come join in on what should be a wonderful evening of entertainment, fun and nostalgia.

Underclassmen Exams June 14-19.

The last day of school at Maynard High School is June 21st for underclassmen.

Mixed in among these dates are a variety of games and competitions by our spring sports teams.  Check out the athletics website for details.

Sports News from Mr. Caruso:
  • The boys' and girls' track teams both finished their season 5-1 and second in the league. Shannon Smith, Rosemary Cobb, Ashley  Chiasson, Mikaela Corbett, Anabelle Dentino qualified for the Central Mass MIAA tournament for the girls and Ryan Fowler, Colby Lesage, Sean Peterson, Jeff Gately, and Andrew Wilkins qualified for the boys. The Varsity baseball team also qualified for the MIAA tournament.  
  • The Booster Club sponsored Spring Sports Banquet will be May 22nd in the high school cafe/auditorium. 6:15 social and 6:45 ceremony.
  • The MIAA mandated sports information night is scheduled for Tuesday June 4th at 7:00 in the Fowler auditorium. At this meeting, I will be discussing the MIAA rules, the Student-Athlete Handbook, the 2013-2014 athletic offerings, the new scheduling website,  and the summer training program. Attendance is mandatory in order to be eligible for the 2013-2014 season.
  • Starting June 24th, the Maynard Athletic Department will be running a Strength and Conditioning Program at Fowler. The program will be run by Corianne Zerbey, a former MHS student-athlete and certified personal trainer. The morning conditioning session will be available for students in grades 6-12 and run from 10-11am (M,T, Th,F).The afternoon strength and conditioning program will be available for students in grades 9-12 and run for an hour and half starting at 4:00PM or 4:45PM(M,T, Th,F). The cost of the conditioning sessions will be $150 for the summer and the cost for the strength and conditioning sessions will be $200 for the summer. Scholarships and special pro-rated fees will apply. However, all current student activity fees must be paid in full to be eligible. Please email me for details or register online using the following link.
  • The Maynard Athletic Department is looking for new championship banner sponsors. The department will be purchasing new and improved banners for the gym next year, and to help defray the cost, the department is asking people to sponsor a banner. A plaque will be created and mounted in the gym to commemorate the banner sponsors. If you, or a local organization would like to sponsor a banner, please contact me. The banners are $225 per banner.
  • Food for thought: "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." Muhammad Ali

The Maynard Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) has a wonderful event coming up on June 3rd.  Their invitation follows:

The Maynard Special Education Parent Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend the Annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Monday June 3rd!  Families of students receiving special education are invited to attend this social.  We will have ice cream, crafts, coloring, light music, and books as well as some snacks and drinks.  The social will take place on June 3, 2013 at the Fowler Cafeteria, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Please RSVP to Jennifer O'Leary at or 978-897-2705.

Learn more about The Maynard Special Education advisory Council (SEPAC) at http;//


Student and staff schedules continue to be developed for next year.  Initial drafts have been completed and are now in an advanced, though not final, form.  With the support of guidance counselors, Lead Teachers, and especially our iPASS Guru JoEllen Baird we continue to anticipate release of schedules in early to mid-June some two months ahead of previous years and in time to allow for review and potential revision as needed by students and parents prior to the end of the school year.

Orientation & Tours of the New Building:

With our new building opening this summer we would like to welcome students and parents to join us over a series of days to get acquainted with the New Maynard High School.  Each event will be held at the new building and will include building tours, question and answer periods, and refreshments.  Thanks go out to the Maynard High School PTO, staff and students who will be assisting with these activities.

To help manage group sizes and the particular questions likely to arise for each grade, the following schedule has been developed:

On Tuesday August 20th Seniors and their families are welcome join us from 12:00 to 1:30pm, Juniors and their families from 2:00 to 3:30pm, and Sophomores and their families from 4:00 to 5:30pm.

On Wednesday August 21st our new Freshmen and their families are welcome to join us from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

On Thursday August 22nd our new 8th Graders and their families are welcome to join us from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

There certainly is a lot going on and I hope to see you at many events over the coming months.

Chuck Caragianes