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A Busy but Good Week

posted Apr 10, 2015, 10:49 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 11:17 AM ]

Good afternoon—

Today marks the final day of the 3rd marking quarter at Maynard High School.  Teachers will be grading final assignments and inputting final grades over the coming days and we anticipate having final grades available for viewing by students, parents and guardians in approximately 10 days.  As you know, the April Spring vacation week is also on the immediate horizon and school will be closed from Saturday April 18th to Sunday April 26th with classes resuming at their normal times on Monday April 27th.

A Thank You to All who Participated in our Clothing Drive for  Cradles to Crayons!

Cradles to Crayons is a non profit that provides children, who are homeless or living in poverty in Massachusetts with clothing, books, and school supplies. Our recent clothing drive was organized by Emmeline Weeks, who was nominated by the 8th grade teaching team to be Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 teaches 8th graders to become leaders in their community focusing on community service and collaboration.  Hundreds of items were collected across the district and a major sorting and packaging of the donations was just held with Ms. Murphy’s assistance.

Emmeline is so thankful for the many dedicated students who helped sort clothes for Project 351 Children's Clothing Drive on Thursday. Clothes, shoes and books were sorted, bagged and boxed to go to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that helps children who are homeless or living in poverty. Maynard students also helped sort overflow of clothing that was gathered by Brielle Parse, Stow's representative to Project 351. Many hands made the work fun!

Special thanks go to students:

Liam Caldicott, Lucas Pepin, Max Ludwig, Dante Naylor, Sean Duddy, Elisa Faret-Machado, Adrien Roman, Emma Fitzsimmons, Sophie Copley, Gaby Rodrigues, Nina Insixiengmay, Megan Thompson, Aidan Mullaney, Alissa Ray, Vincent Chen, Ryan Monahan, Jordan Cedeno, Ben Shepardson, Anna Manning, Hannah Booth, David Davila- Hunter, Ben Denaro, Paul Keeffe, Charlie Neuhauser, Georgia Lawton, Joseph Corcoran, Tommy Smith, Diego Ramirez, Jose Duran & Victor Roman.

Theater—College—Theater about College

Are you thinking about college? Are you nervous about applying to college? Are you thinking about your college interview? Great! The Intro to Theatre class is putting on a play that will show you what NOT to do in your college interview. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" by Ian McWethy is a play about two college interviewers who have to find one more student to enroll in their school so that they won't be fired. To do this, they have to go through the wait list. Throughout the play, watch as the interviewers become more and more frustrated with their potential applicants. Watch as a practicing vampire, a perfectionist student turned evil, a guy who tries to do magic tricks and many more all compete for the last spot at the college. "13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview" will be performed on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each so come one, come all and see your friends screw up their college interview!

 Host Families Sought for International Students and A Year 1 Celebratory Cook Out

One of our partner agencies, Exchange Service International, is looking for families who would like to host an international student next September who will attend Maynard H.S. If you can provide a caring environment with room and board, in return you will receive a generous stipend. For more information please contact: Angela Merrett, Local Organizer at: or 978-210-5396.

As many of you know, this year was the first year Maynard hosted a large foreign exchange student contingent with 17 students joining us (some for a single semester and most for the whole year). The school, community and most importantly, the students at MHS benefited greatly from this experience. 

In an effort to celebrate this event, Maynard High School would like to have an end of the year cookout to celebrate the year. The cookout will be on May 28th at 6:00pm at the front of the building on the cafe patio.  We are inviting faculty, staff, host families, our foreign exchange students and two guests of the exchange students choosing.

MHS Celebrates Foreign Language Week April 6-10!

This will include activities from all around the world in foreign language classes such as films, crafts, research, and possibly some international treats in the cafeteria during lunch!

A highlight of the week is our annual International Dinner, which was held yesterday in the MHS cafeteria from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Upper level Spanish and French students put on an amazing dinner for our community.  Diners selected drinks, main courses, side dishes, and desserts from 3 different countries represented at the dinner.  There was food representing nations from all over the world including Italy, Japan, Russia, France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China, Poland and more.  Well over 100 people from around Maynard attended.  I am already looking forward to this event next year.  Proceeds from the dinner go towards foreign language department activities and scholarships. 

Maynard High Students are Getting Ready for a Musical Journey to Washington DC

This spring our band and chorus students will be travelling to our nation’s capitol for a week of competition, learning and fun.

To make sure every student is outfitted appropriately we are asking that every band uniform, tux, dress or regalia be turned in by students who will not be using them so if you have a currently enrolled band or chorus student who is not going on the DC trip, please have them return their uniforms, gowns, all tux parts, any parts from past years that linger with a $10 dry cleaning fee to Mrs. Blanchard in the band room in an effort to clean and then attire students who presently lack a uniform for the upcoming trip.

9th Grade PARCC Test Cancelled

After recent discussions by the district with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education it has been determined that the PARCC Test will not be administered to Maynard High School 9th graders this year.  Most 9th graders will be taking the MCAS Science Test in Physics in early June as scheduled.

As you can see, the students and staff at Maynard High School all contribute to a tremendously positive school environment that strives to be inclusive and respectful of all.  Our focus remains on student learning, community engagement and citizenship, and a healthy and productive array of extracurricular activities all designed to help our students grow and mature.

Take care—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School