Incredibly, summer is coming to an end and an exciting new school year is upon us.
This past summer we have held activities to welcome our new 8th graders, saluted the summer work of our WAVM, music and sports participants, hosted a vigorous summer basketball and weight training program and housed a highly successful College Academy program. I’d like to salute the dozens of adults and students who made this all possible as organizers and workers and also the hundreds of students who enrolled and participated in these activities.
Now with fall around the corner, I can honestly say 2014-2015 promises to be a truly amazing year at Maynard High School. We are welcoming 17 foreign exchange students from around the world into our school community and the community of Maynard as a whole, we have an enhanced and strengthened partnership with MassBay Community College, have added a dynamic new software package to allow us an enhanced set of blended learning opportunities, and will do so within a campus that is now complete and past the immediate complications of moving in and construction completion that we navigated through last year.
Our teachers and staff have just completed three days of training and workshops around safety, student learning, the state evaluation system and technology. They are ready to get to work with our students to meet the challenges of education in the 21st century global environment.
Sports are underway starting August 27th with field hockey soccer and football leading the way. Please check our athletics website for exact dates, times and locations of this exciting sports action.
iPads are always of interest and distribution will occur this Thursday and Friday August 27th & 28th. There are requisite forms to fill out and insurance to allow students to use the iPads around the clock and take them home for $42 for the entire school year.
Accuplacer testing to allow students to place into college credit granting classes offered through MassBay Community College will be happening Thursday the 27th for Juniors at 9:30 am and Friday the 28th at 9:30am for Seniors. Interested students should see their guidance counselors immediately.
I’d also like to welcome several new staff members this year. We are pleased to welcome Pat Trahman as our new school nurse, Special Education Teachers Dana Haberman and Bethany Vavra, Math/Technology teacher Betty Makavoz, CASE classroom teacher Alyssa LaPane, 8th Grade Science teacher Nancy Griffin, full time guidance counselor Chris Devine, Custodian Anthony Savard, Part time Occupational Therapist Deborah Battaglia and part time ELL teacher Ann Gibson. This is a dynamic group of people with a wealth of experience and experiences that are sure to strengthen our MHS community.
Due to unforeseen circumstances I will personally be missing the opening of a school year for the first time in a quarter century. My personal opening day will be September 8th. Please contact Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera should you have any particular concerns. Guidance counselors are generally the best place to start with any immediate scheduling or behavioral questions. Classroom teachers are the best source of information around academic demands.
On behalf of Maynard High School—Welcome to a wonderful new year starting this Thursday August 27th at 7:40am—schedules will be distributed at the gym!