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posted Oct 14, 2016, 9:26 AM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

In an effort to improve communication across the district one of our faculty members, Jean LaBelle, is taking the lead on researching communications issues for the district and using the information she gathers to formulate next steps and plans for improvements.

Please click on the link below and help us by taking a survey to help us generate the information we need to be more effective.  We have tried getting this link out by other means through our central office, but thus far response has been very limited.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a minute or two to complete the survey to help us serve you better.  Many thanks in advance.

Though in some respects it feels like the school year has just started, it’s time to note that the end of the first marking quarter of the year is approaching.  The term will be ending on Friday November 4th with report cards due out by the end of the following week.  Have a chat with your student about finishing the quarter well.  Its an important topic and a good first quarter tends to greatly reduce a student’s stress level for the remainder of the year.

Some additional information about upcoming activities and information follows:

Picture Day

Individual student photos will be done at the high school on Wednesday October 26th.  Say, “Cheese!”

Maynard Public Schools 2nd Annual Book Discussion

“Smart is not something you are, but something you become.”~Carol Dweck

On October 27th from 7:30-9:00pm please join the Maynard School Committee, Maynard Public Schools Faculty and Staff and community members at the Fowler School as we discuss our summer reading, Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D..

So we can more effectively plan for the event please RSVP to:


WAVM and MHS are trying to increase our viewership of all high school sports.  If you are a parent or loved-one that enjoys taking video of high school sports (particularly fall sports: Field Hockey, Girls and Boys Soccer, Cross Country) please contact and we can work together to provide viewership for anybody who may want to watch a match they missed, or even to study some film.  Thank you for your assistance.

MMA's Casino Night Fundraiser: What's New?

Mark your calendars Saturday, November 19th at the Maynard Elks. Our single annual fundraiser is in its 8th year and raises over $10,000 each year toward supporting the music needs for band and chorus at Maynard High and Fowler School.

Want to make a donation? We are still in need of advertisements, gaming table sponsors, and prizes!

Contact: with subject: donation!

Class Basket donations are due Friday! Any monetary or theme donations to each music basket are welcome for grades 5-12! Donations can be sent to the main offices marked: MMA/Casino Night Basket grade ___.  8th grade: Decadent Delights, 9th Grade Italian Dinner Night, 10th grade: Dog Lovers, 11th grade: The Fire Pit and 12th grade: the ever popular Lottery Tower!

Vouchers: Vouchers will be for sale beginning October 1st. $40 each or @/$70. $45 the day of the event. Get yours early!! Contact Bonnie:

Auction Items: Plan ahead to bid on these fantastic items!

Resort Condo Incentives: A TWO bedroom SEVEN day condo stay chosen from several available options. Orlando just might be one of them Disney goers…value: $2000

Disney Park Hopper passes: Good for one day of park hopping at Disney! This might be great for April’s band Disney trip! Value: $620

Jillian’s Pool Hall of Boston: $200 Pool Party for 20! Consider this a night out with friends or co-workers!

Tom Hesbach Scenic Flight: 60+ minute flight around the Maynard and Boston Area in a Hanscom Air Force flying Club Piper Arrow for up to 3 people. Value: $250

*This just in! A verified auction item from the Boston Red Sox…more soon!!

NEW! Maynard High School Food Pantry

The following message (which can double as a form) Comes to us from the Maynard Food Pantry:

Dear parents,

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry have come together to offer a food pantry within the Maynard High School. The goal is to supplement weekend meals for high school students and their families throughout the school year.

After students sign up they may come to the pantry, located in a quieter section of the school, at anytime during the week while school is in session.

Food choices will be in four main categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.

Typical food choices are:

●     Hot and Cold Cereal & pancake mix

●     Soups & canned pasta meals

●     mac & cheese

●     Canned tuna

●     canned fruit

●     snack bars

●     personal care items

If you feel this program will benefit your high school student(s) please sign up in one of the following ways.

●      Contact a guidance counselor- Renee Muise

           or Dana MacPhee

●       Send this signed form via mail to 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard MA 01754 or drop off it off at the main office. One of the counselors will contact your child directly after receiving the signup form.

For further details and questions please contact the guidance counselors or the main office at 891-897-8891.

Thank you

The Maynard High School and The Maynard Food Pantry

I would like my child to have access to the Maynard High School Food Pantry.

Child’s name _____________________________________________________________

Grade ________________________________ Teacher ____________________________

This new program can only serve to help some of our students and their families around the critical issues of health and nutrition.

School/Community Task Force

In an effort to improve collaboration between the school department and the larger community, the school department will annually establish a school/community task force to address critical issues in the Maynard Public School System.  Serving as an advisory branch of the Curriculum Sub Committee, these groups will meet regularly to work on defined projects and provide research and guidance to the Curriculum Committee and School Committee as a whole.  For the 2016-2017 school year we will be launching five such groups.  Those interested should sign up here.  Information about each group is below:

Strategic Initiative



Meeting Dates

Inclusive Practices that Support all Students

Social Emotional Learning

Explore a variety of Social Emotional curricula and educational strategies to establish an implementation plan for Maynard Public Schools

Aprox Start: December

Superior Academic Experience

Communications Committee

Develop a comprehensive communication plan to improve family & school partnerships.

Aprox Start: December

Superior Academic Experience


Begin the development of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) pathway by investigating STEAM integration PK-12

Aprox Start: January

Superior Academic Experience

Global Competency

Make recommendations to the School Committee about World Language programming PK/K-12

7:00-9:00 PM

October 19

October 26

November 2

November 16

Developing Global Citizens

Career Pathways

Establish a communications pathway that meets Dept of Ed. Chapter 74 Vocational Career and Technical Education requirements that will allow us to seek state approval for the program.

Aprox Start: January

SOS: Get Into the Act School Program

Maynard High School takes the well being of our students very seriously, and to that end we are pleased to be able to offer programming designed to help our students be proactive and aware of the signs and nature of depression and how to be effective partners in suicide prevention.

I would like to thank our School Nurse Pat Trahman for making this program possible.

The following letter explains the program in greater detail and provides information on an "Opt Out" provision should you not wish your student to participate.


October 12, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian,                                                        

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions-difficult for youths, their parents and educators.  It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age.  Depression-which is treatable-is a leading risk factor for suicide.

To proactively address this issue, Maynard High School is offering a depression and suicide awareness training for eighth and eleventh grade students.  This program is supported by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) a highly regarded non-profit organization and has been used by thousands of schools nationwide since 2000. It is the 2nd year that MHS is using this program with our students. We are implementing the program early in the school year so that students may benefit from additional support during this transitional year if needed.

The program addresses youth depression in an age appropriate manner encouraging students to Get Into the ACT by Acknowledging a person’s feelings and Caring enough to Tell an adult about their concern. On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 eighth and eleventh grade students will be presented with this program. Students will watch a DVD, have group discussions and then each student will complete a screening questionnaire. If any student is found to be at high risk, parents/guardians will be contacted, the student will meet with a counselor and follow up recommendations will be made.

If you DO NOT wish your child to participate in the SOS: Get Into the Act School Program, please return the slip below to the school nurse. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that your child has permission to participate in this program.

If you have any further questions and/or would like to view the video in advance please contact:  Pat Trahman at  


Chuck Caragianes, Principal       Pat Trahman, School Nurse

Lisa MacLean, Guidance           Dana MacPhee, Guidance

Renee Muise, Guidance


Maynard High School SOS: Get Into the Act Program

My child ______________________________________________ DOES NOT have my permission to participate in the SOS program on Wednesday, October 26, 2016


                 Parent/Guardian Signature

I hope you have found this week’s information both interesting and useful.

Have a great fall weekend as our New England foliage and colors are fast becoming magical.

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Maynard High School