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Underclassman Awards and The Close of the 2015-2016 School Year

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:52 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Jun 17, 2016, 11:42 AM ]

Good afternoon--

Though some rain had us move graduation indoors to our gymnasium the class of 2016 has matriculated and are now alumnae of Maynard High School.  It was a wonderful ceremony full of well earned accolades, good cheer and tears of joy as well.  Graduation day is a testament to the entire Town of Maynard and our close knit school community.

Earlier today our Underclassman Awards Ceremony was held and over 200 individual awards were given out to well deserving students in the areas of academics, effort, leadership, fitness, music, and the arts.  We have an impressive group of students who will make up our new Freshman through Senior classes starting next September.  The future remains bright at Maynard High School.


Next week there will be exams in grades 9-12 right through Wednesday which is also the last day of school.  There is important academic work left to be done this school year so please be sure your students are here and on time.  (See more details below regarding exact exams and times for the 3 early release days.)

It still remains a busy time of year at MHS even though there are only 3 days to go next week.  There are several detailed announcements this week.  Please take a look at each heading and read those that pertain to you or your child in detail.

Announcements & Upcoming Activities and Events:

Early Release Days for Underclassmen Final Exams

Final exams for underclassmen are now upon us and the end of the school year is coming up fast.  There were three school cancelations due to snow this year and the end of the year calendar has been adjusted to account for these missed days.  Underclassmen Final Exams will begin on Friday June 17th in the afternoon and continue through Wednesday June 22nd.

Friday June 17th will be a full day of school with a single exam in the afternoon.  There will be two exams per day on Monday the 20th, Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd.  These last three days of school, June 20-22, will be Early Release Days with students arriving at their normal start time and being dismissed at 10:55am.  8th Grade students will be dismissed at 10:55am June 20-22 as well.

Gym Lockers

All gym lockers need to be emptied by the first exam Friday 6/17/2016.  Be prepared to take all items home with you by then.

All remaining items left in gym lockers will be placed on the lost and found area on the tables in the gym lobby.

The lost and found tables will have  LOST and FOUND  items displayed from noon Friday 6/17 toll noon Friday 6/24   Please make an effort to come by and claim your lost items.

All unclaimed items will be delivered to a Goodwill box at noon 6/24/2016

International Exchange Program

For almost two decades Maynard High School has had foreign exchange students attending our school to learn more about our culture while studying abroad.  A mutual benefit has been that ultimately they end up sharing their culture with us as well.

We are looking for host families.  Host families would welcome the student into their home and be given a stipend of $700 per month to cover expenses.  The students would need their own room with a bed, dresser, and desk.

Kevin Caruso has been supporting our international students and families in his role as our International Program Leader. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a host family please contact Kevin at (978) 897-8891.

A Special Request for a Host Family

Educatius International is seeking a host family for a female student from Brazil who will be here for the first semester only.  She is sixteen years old and is hoping to live with a Jewish family, however that is not mandatory, and we can make arrangements for her to attend a synagogue with another family.  She is very excited to be coming to Maynard so she can improve her English language skills and live in the “countryside” where there are farms and horse stables.  She is looking forward to experiencing a school that is very different from hers in Brazil.

Educatius reimburses host families $800 per month for their expenses, and because it is considered a reimbursement no taxes are taken out.  Please contact MaryEllen McCarthy at for more information.

Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher(s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form (available for download at: to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at:

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 10, 2016. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

Facilities Request Forms

Any group wishing to use the school buildings for meetings or activities are required to complete a Facilities Request Form.  Forms are available here at MHS and requests for use during the 2016-2017 school year are now coming in.  Requests from now through July will be processed in early August.

For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --

If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached.

In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!

Regards--2017 Disney Trip Committee

Food Services

The following letter from Food Services regarding accounts as the year approaches its end follows:


3R Tiger Drive • Maynard, Massachusetts 01754 • 978-897-2222 •

April 25, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Beginning in May 2016 it is necessary for the Food Service Department to begin to close the books on our year. This involves collecting payment for all outstanding cafeteria charges. Unpaid charges at the end of the year are a financial strain on Maynard Public School’s food service department.

If you are receiving this email, even if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child(ren) owe money to their School’s Cafeteria.

You will receive a separate email from our Food Service program which will include the amount owed.  Please be sure to add additional money to cover future lunch purchases.

·  Graduating Seniors must pay any outstanding balance in full by their last day of school, June 3rd; this is a Senior Obligation that must be done before Seniors can receive their cap and gown.

·  All other students must pay their balance in full by the last day of school, June 21st.

·  Any student leaving Maynard Public Schools, who has a positive balance, may send a written request for a refund or for the balance to be transferred to a siblings account.

Starting on Wednesday, May 4th the Food Service Program will be changing their “Meal Charge” policy.  The cafeteria cash registers will be programmed to prevent further charges if a student owes money on their account or if the purchase will cause them to owe money.  Weekly emails have gone out all year alerting families of negative or low balances.  If your student has a negative account balance regardless of free or reduced lunch status, the student will no longer be provided all the lunch options available. Instead they will be provided and charged for the alternative lunch option consisting of: Cheese Sandwich, Vegetable, fruit and milk.  All negative balances must be paid by the end of this school year.  

If your student owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill which is now due.

Please contact Chris Piercey (978-897-6100, to arrange a payment agreement, or to discuss how we can help in this matter.

Thank you.

Chris Piercey

Maynard Public Schools Food Services Manager

(978) 897 6100

Thank you for reading this week’s News & Notes and have a great final weekend of the 2015-2016 school year!

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School