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Up Day (Welcome class of 2021) and Seniors Last Day (As the Class of 2016 Prepares to Say Goodbye)

posted Jun 3, 2016, 7:46 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon--

Our Seniors are taking their last exams today and it is their last academic day at MHS; meanwhile, our 7th graders were experiencing Up Day as they prepare to enter Maynard High in the fall.  Today is one of those days that reminds us all of the cycle of the school year and, perhaps, of life in general, here at Maynard High School.  An exciting day for sure, and a day for reflection as well.

Track athlete Christy Teska soared to new heights this week as she placed 3rd in the State Championships in Pole Vault.  This outstanding performance will allow Christy to advance to the New England Championships as well!

A quick shout out goes to the Girls Softball Team and Coach O’Neal as they won their opening round State Tournament game yesterday 15-0 over Baypath.  They play again this Sunday in a second round game at Blackstone Valley at 2:00pm.

Best wishes also go out to the Boys Baseball Team as they prepare to play Leicester at Leicester starting at 4:00pm.

It remains a busy time of year at MHS and 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:

Senior Week and Graduation activities

Senior Obligations are now due.  To participate in the graduation ceremony of June 11th all seniors must make sure they have returned all school owned materials or paid to replace any items that are missing or damaged and paid all fees and balances owed to Maynard High School or the Maynard Public Schools.  Students and their families have been contacted with what they owe.  Students need to be aware that everything from music attire or sports uniforms, to books, to Activity Fees, to cafeteria balances are included.  Last year we started with nearly every senior owing something be it a book or fee with well over 300 items to be taken care of worth over $10,000.00.  By graduation every single item had been accounted for and not even the smallest cafeteria balance remain unpaid.  We hope to replicate that this year for three simple reasons:  First and foremost, we want to see every eligible student actually participate in their graduation ceremony.  Second, we want to conserve valuable school resources for future use and save the taxpayers of Maynard money.  Third, and finally, it’s only fair and right.

Monday, June 6 is Six Flags (for those students who signed up).  Seniors must be at the school and ready to leave by 8:45.  We should return to MHS by 5:30,

Wednesday, June 8 is rehearsal and cap and gowns.  If your student has any outstanding obligations they will not receive a cap and gown.  See guidance if you are unsure.

Wednesday night is the Harbor Cruise from 6:30-10:00 (for those students who have signed up).  Seniors will meet at MHS for pictures and attendance no later than 4:45.  We should return to MHS by 11:00.

Thursday, June 9 is Senior Awards Night from 7-9.  Seniors will meet at MHS at 6:15. This is a semi-formal event so dress appropriately (no jeans!)

Friday, June 10 is the Senior Walk, rehearsal and PTO lunch.  Seniors will meet at MHS at 10:45.  Bring your cap and gown.  We will head to Green Meadow at 11:00 and march up through each school.  Graduation rehearsal will be at noon and the PTO sponsored lunch is at 1:00.   

Saturday, June 11 is graduation.  Seniors will be lined up and heading up to Alumni by 3:45.  Please get to the school around 3:00 to get your cords and cap and gown set.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Please see Lisa MacLean or Renee Muise (class advisors) with any questions.     

Early Release Days for Underclassmen Final Exams

Final exams are now less than a month away and the end of the school year is coming up fast.  There were three school cancellations 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 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 being dismissed at 10:55am.  8th Grade students will be dismissed at 10:55am June 20-22 as well.

Relay For Life

On June 3-4, nearly 200 Maynard residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Maynard to help save more lives from cancer. The event will take place from 6pm to 9am at Alumni Field.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Our Relay For Life is a community gathering where teams and individuals camp out on Alumni Field overnight and take turns walking or running around the track. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event, as well as at the event itself, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to join us until 11pm!

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 184 registered participants at Relay For Life of Maynard raised over $62,000.

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, supporting education and risk reduction efforts, and providing free information and critical services for people with cancer who need them. Our survivor speaker this year will be a survivor who took advantage of an American Cancer Society program called Look Good Feel Better at Emerson Hospital, a program that helps women deal with the physical effects of cancer.

Take action this year and help make cancer a priority by participating in, donating to, or attending the Relay For Life of Maynard. Visit to learn more about the event, or contact Kayla Hindle at 508.270.4884 or

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.)

Emerson Hospital Run/Walk for Cancer Prevention

In little over a week Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4th.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more! to register, volunteer or donate today!

SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th

from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students

receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are

invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,

activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family

of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please

contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-897-0650.

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 wonderful first weekend of June—

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School