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Vacation Week News

posted Feb 23, 2017, 10:25 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

The February winter vacation is here and is in full swing.

Winter sports continue through the vacation week.  Our Girls team finished as runner-up in the just completed, inaugural Togo Palazzi tournament. Congratulations go out to Hailey Malozzi for being named to the All Tournament team!  Meanwhile, our Boy’s team continues play in the Clark Tournament in Worcester this Friday night at 6:00pm with a semi-final game against Sutton.  If you have the opportunity, seeing either our Girl’s or Boy’s teams in action is a great way to spend an evening.  Schedules are available through the school and sports websites.

More MHS news follows thanks to Mr. Ogden and his terrific students:

Video News from Mr. Ogden’s Students

In This Week’s Episode: It’s a really lovely episode of MHN news with students reflecting on their Valentine’s wishes; produced by Nick W. and Hailey.   Jordan C. and Emma R. have announcements about course selections, SAGA contributions, and more; produced by Nicole.  Sam D. has important insight about the school basketball team; produced by Eugene.  Hype City returns, with new host Emma S. talking about the smash hit LaLa Land; camera by Siobhan, Juliano on lights.  Lastly, a new Photo of the Week segment, with photos submitted by Tommy S. and Adin R.  The segment was overseen and edited by Nick R.

As always we want to feature what you are doing in the community.  If you have something that you think is newsworthy, need some help with the editing your piece, or want to make an announcement, please contact WAVM and we will do our best to provide you coverage.  

Keep submitting those photos of the week, and we will do our best to feature them.



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

Neon Dance

It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance at the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 6pm -9pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring the flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.

AP Exam News

AP exams are fast approaching and for those students planning on taking them a $93 dollar fee per exam must be submitted right away for ordering purposes.  Students or parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor should they have any questions.

A Message from a MHS Senior Project Student

Hello MHS Community!

My name is Emma Bendall and for the past few months I have been learning about Alzheimer’s disease and research in senior project. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leaves its sufferers with no cognitive abilities and without the skills to survive. Alzheimer’s steals a person's recollection of the past and in turn, steals their identity.

After months of seeing just how important our memories are to the people we become, I have chosen to create a website where people can post videos of themselves talking about their favorite memories. I challenge every student and faculty member to think of a fond or prominent  memory to be posted on the site. I will be setting up a “memory booth” at the school in the near future where stories can be filmed, but you are also welcome to film them yourselves and email it to me. If you know a family member or member of the community that would have an interesting story to share, let them know! This project was inspired by Storycorps, a similar program, if you need inspiration here is a link:

If you have any questions please ask. Thanks!

  • Emma Bendall


MMA February Updates

Please click the links below or visit our website at to view the minutes from our January MMA meetings:

We Need YOU! MMA High School is seeking parents to fill the following positions for next fall: Co Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  If you're interested in a position, or would like to share a position with another parent, please email MMA at

Jazz Jams! A new performance opportunity for all! Calling all musicians (this means parents too) to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons starting in March 5th from 4-6 pm to participate in an impromptu Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club.  Contact Trish Gately for more information:

Jazz Cafe! Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students and Mr. Kozik's Fowler Stage Band students on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria for their Jazz Cafe concert.  Blueprint Jazz Club will be joining us again this year, making for a full evening of jazz performance. Tickets will go on sale in March!  Mark your calendars!!

Banquet Volunteers Needed:  This year's senior music banquet will be held in on Memorial Day, May 29th at 5pm at Maynard Elks.  Band and Chorus students participate in this event annually. Celebration of Seniors with their families is always a highlight. Volunteers are still needed to ensure the success of this event.  If you can help out please email MMA:

Next MMA high school meeting:  Wednesday March 1st.  Fowler Business 7pm, Joint business 7:30, high school business 8:15 in the Fowler library.


The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 15th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many food establishments in the Metrowest area, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (, you may select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!

From Superintendent Gerardi Regarding Inclement Weather

(Hopefully this information will not be needed again this year!)

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process for students and parents.

School Closing

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.

That’s the news for this school vacation week from a very quiet Maynard High School.

Enjoy the remarkably mild few days we are experiencing, the coming weekend, and take care,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School