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Have a Safe and Joyous Memorial Day Weekend

posted May 26, 2017, 11:09 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated May 26, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

Good afternoon,


With the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend, summer is around the corner as is the end of the 2016-2017 school year.  Our seniors will be winding up their academic work next week and then it is on to Senior Awards night on Wednesday June 7th at 7:00pm and Graduation on Saturday June 10th at 4:00pm.


This past Wednesday May 24th was a banner date at Maynard High School that serves to highlight the great work that goes on every day at Maynard High School.


First, Maynard Fire Chief Anthony Stowers and Captain Sean Kiley stopped by to award student Adam Berry with a State Fire Marshall’s Certificate of Achievement for his work creating a video Public Service Announcement (PSA) regarding the dangers of scalding burns.  Adam’s video came in second in the statewide competition and was done through his work in John Ogden’s TV & Radio class.  Outstanding work Adam!


Later that afternoon our senior participants in the Senior Project class, led by teachers Paul Orzech and Jean LaBelle,  put on a showcase of their work in the gym here at Maynard High School.  Dozens of top quality presentations were viewed by scores of students, teachers, parents and community members on topics ranging from areas in the arts, recreation, politics, physical sciences, economics and medicine.


As the presentations were wrapping up at 6:00pm, members of the varsity baseball team came through the gym on the way to the locker room having just defeated arch-rival  Littleton 7-6 adding an exclamation point to the afternoon.


That night at 7:00pm, our Madrigal Singers, student run Acapella group, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band then rocked the house with a terrific concert featuring traditional, classical and contemporary pieces to wind up an incredible day at MHS.


On this past Wednesday well over a hundred students put on displays of work and talent in academics, sports and the arts viewed by well over two hundred adults including parents, staff members and community members.  In all of these varied areas of student endeavor the effort was strong and apparent, coaching and teaching played an essential role, and the results were first rate.  Well done everyone!


In other news of note, our freshmen are taking their MCAS Science tests on Monday June 5th & Tuesday June 6th.  By state law and regulation, to earn a high school diploma in Massachusetts every student must pass the Science, Math and English Language Arts portions of the MCAS tests.


Underclassmen final exams will be beginning the week of June 12th ending on Friday June 16th.


Of particular note:  During underclassmen exams there are early release days on Wednesday June 14th, Thursday June 15th & Friday June 16th.  Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:00am as is normal, students will be released at 10:55am and lunch will not be served.  Monday June 19th, the final day of the school year, is an early release day for all students in all three buildings in Maynard. Maynard High will again serve breakfast starting at 7:00am, students will be dismissed at 10:55am and lunch will not be served.


Please make sure to keep your student on track with rock solid attendance, effort and work completion right until the last day of school on June 19th.


 And now more MHS News from Mr. Ogden’s Radio & Television Production Class


A note from Mr. Ogden:  This was the SENIOR edition, meaning only seniors could produce and direct this week's newscast, while I took a backseat role.  They had to have segments on: art, sports, lead anchors, student involvement, entertainment, and more.  On this particular newscast Megan L., Emma S., and Eugene O steered the ship this time.





Let us know if you have something you would like to feature on the news.


Special Thank you to all the students who worked so hard to make this happen.


You may find the following information and description of upcoming events of use and interest in the days ahead:


Support Your Graduating Seniors!

Graduation of the class of 2017 is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the second annual graduation fundraiser! This year you can purchase not only balloons but customized yard signs as well.

There are 3 options available:

Black Package  $40: offers the yard sign with the name of the senior as well as the college they are planning to attend along with 3 graduation balloons!

Orange package $30:  offers a yard sign with just the name of the senior as well as 1 balloon.


Balloons only $5 per balloon:  offers a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2017” written on them for only $5.


Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4.


We will place the balloons and yard signs on the house of the designated senior on June 9th! Place your order by emailing or . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 12th.


Olga Doktorov, M.Ed.

Social Studies Department


From Football Coach Ogilvie

The annual football kickoff meeting will be held at Maynard High School on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM. This meeting is mandatory for all players and parents interested in playing for the 2017 Tigers. Please email Coach Ogilvie if you cannot attend the meeting. There is a lot of valuable information which will be given at this meeting as well as fundraising materials.



Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR: The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School.  Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registrations after June 30.

Note:  if you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.


Maynard Music Association Updates & Volunteer needs!


MMA Scholarships:  Thank you to all band/chorus seniors who applied by the May 1st deadline!


MMA Senior Band/Chorus Banquet:  This year's banquet is set for May 29th at the Maynard Elks at 5pm. Senior students receive complimentary tickets. Adults $15 each and Students grade 8-11 are $5 each. Tickets will be available at the MHS Band/Chorus Night on the 17th as well as Ensemble Night on the 24th. Emailed flyers will also be sent this week for pre-purchase/will-call tickets.


Photos for the Banquet:  If you haven't already, all graduating band and chorus students should send a maximum of 10 photos for this years video to Sandra Liu at asap.  The deadline has passed.


Upcoming Events:

May 29th, Memorial Day Parade

May 29th, MMA Music Award Banquet

Ongoiong:  Jazz Jams @ the Pleasant Cafe every Sunday Night, 4-6


Volunteers Needed:


1. Memorial Day Parade Chaperones: Volunteers are needed for the Memorial Day parade to meet students in the band room, walk the parade route and distribute water (5/29/17). Wagons are needed to transport water and collect empties along the route


2. Music Banquet Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed the day of the banquet to set up, serve food and beverages, and clean up after the event (5/29/17).


Please email MMA at if you can volunteer.


Summer Music Camp: Trish Gately is offering her annual Summer Music Camp renamed Assabet Valley Summer Music 2017.  Session 1: July 17th-21st  and session 2: July 24th-28th.  Both sessions will be held at the Fowler Middle School.  Click the link below for more details and an application: or contact Trish Gately at  


MMA Meeting Minutes: Please click the link below or visit out website at to view the minutes from our April meetings.


Next Meeting: June MMA meeting:  Date and location TBA due to 4th grade concert


The SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-394-6183.


The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren...

Invites you to attend The 6th Annual Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Community Providers and Supporters.


June 7, 2017 from 9:00am -3:00pm

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

181 Boston Post Road

Marlborough, MA 01752


This conference will provide you the opportunity to meet, collaborate, share, and learn from grandparents and other relative caregivers as well as social workers, community service providers, state leaders, and more from across the state.  We look forward to hearing from this year’s Keynote Speaker, local award winning children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka, who was raised by grandparents.


You will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of issues focusing on the children being raised by grandparents and other relative caregivers such as the impact of trauma on children and families, understanding internet safety, accessing educational resources from childhood through young adulthood, how to talk with children about addiction and substance abuse, and more.


The conference is free and lunch is included.  Light breakfast pastries will be provided from 9:00am-9:30am.


To register or get further information:

Please contact Colleen Pritoni by 6/2/2017 at: or (617) 748-2454

Please include your name, phone number and email address as well as any food allergies or special accommodations.


Memorial Day weekend fills many roles within our society.  On one hand it marks the traditional start of summer and is filled with trips to lakes and beaches as well as many gatherings and cookouts.  A great time...a fun time.  On the other hand it is also a time to reflect on loved ones no longer with us.  A time of reflection...a time of remembrance.


I hope this weekend brings you the best of both and an opportunity to be with people who matter to you the most.


Have a great Memorial Day weekend and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School