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What's New So Far in the New Year

posted Jan 24, 2013, 5:39 AM by Chuck Caragianes


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Mr. Charles Caragianes, M.Ed.
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What's New so far in the New Year

posted Jan 22, 2013, 8:06 AM by Chuck Caragianes   [ updated Jan 22, 2013, 8:08 AM ]

January is not only a cold winter month, but a busy month as well.

First, a hearty congratulations to Boy's Basketball coach Paul Howes on his 200 career victory with Maynard High School.

The measure of any high school athletic program or individual team is not measured in wins and losses, but rather in the dedication, teamwork, coaching and character building that athletics brings to the student participants.  In coach Howes we have an individual who honors the meaning of high school athletics while simultaneously producing a highly competitive team.  That is a feat to be strongly commended.  Thank you Coach Howes and Go Tigers!

Exam Period

On the academic front our first semester is rapidly winding down as our students take their exams this week.  Grades will be closing on Friday January 25th, and the new semester will be starting on Monday January 28th.  As a reminder, Wednesday the 23rd, Thursday the 24th, and Friday the 25th are all early release days with students being dismissed at 11:00am.  Our transportation companies for all students have been notified and buses will be coming at the earlier time at the end of the day.

The Arts
Our arts program continues a robust month as students rehearse for our spring production of the play "Anne of Green Gables" and the Band and Chorus continue to get ready for the Disney Trip.

On a related note, from Mary Gately:  The Super Bowl sub fundraiser is fast approaching.  This year where all trips need to be paid prior to the fundraiser, instead of money off per sub sold we will be doing service hours.  For every five subs sold you will receive one service hour.  You need a seperate order form per household not per sub.  So if one house orders 10 subs they must all be on the same order form.  If you have 5 subs at 5 different address' you will need 5 different order forms. 
Feel free to print out as many order forms as you need.  All order forms must be turned into school by January 23rd so we can order the correct amount of supplies.  You can also earn service hours by assembling subs and delivering subs.  We will deliver subs to Maynard and surrounding towns like, Stow, Acton, Sudbury etc...  Sub assembly is lots of fun. Sub assembly and delivery all happen the day of Super Bowl Sunday on February 3rd prior to kickoff.

Any questions please email Mary Gately at
Thanks Mary!

Also in the realm of the arts, A big thank you goes out to Bruce Lucier for working with our own John Flynn and his Digital Photography class to help mount a photographic exhibition at Bruce's Marquee Photoworks studio at 63 Main Street.  I can personally attest that the student's  photographic work, associated written work, and the mounting of the exhibit itself, also done by students, was all of exceptional quality.  Everyone associated with this event should rightly take pride in a job truly well done.


The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 11th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 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 "Shoot the Cat" and raffle/silent auction prizes. Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $5/child 5 and under, $10 ages 6-12 by calling Jim McCann (978) 897.3148, Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public school offices. 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. Our goal is to create funds that will allow MEF to provide annual grants to teaching professionals. As we begin our 12th year, we have raised over $200,000 and have awarded grants totaling in excess of $140,000 to Maynard educators. These grants have been utilized for Innovation and Discovery endeavors that benefit Maynard children in the classroom. We specifically look for grants that will not only benefit the immediate children within a specific class but will become self-sustaining and benefit a much broader audience for years to come. It is crucial that our students be supported to increase their competitive advantage so they are prepared for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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 local food establishments, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation! Visit our website at

Opportunities for 21st century learning around Social and Cross Cultural Skills

I am pleased to report that Purnima Vadhera, the Maynard High School Assistant Principal, has been working with several organizations to create a menu of international experience options for our students at Maynard High School including touring trips, trips with a focus (e.g. studying literature, history, etc.), traditional exchange programs, as well as conference/summit opportunities for high school students.  These include:

Design for Change:

Design for Change is an organization that fosters service learning. Students are encouraged to attend the spring summit in March with key note speaker Kiran Sethi to obtain additional information in regards to service learning opportunities.

Global Student Leader Summit on Environmental Sustainability:

This will be held in 2013 with Key note speakers Al Gore and Oscar Arias in Costa Rica and in 2014 on the New Global Economy in Shaghai, with key note speaker Jon Huntsman.  The students learn first hand from experts on global issues in regards to environmental sustainability and what each of them can do (Scholarships available). 

The Triangle Coalition:

There is a series of programs in Washington for high school students to promote innovative thinking and problem solving in regards to global issues.

The World Affairs Council: 

They believe that education is the U.S.’s top security issue, and offers programs in support of educational initiatives, including:

  • Academic World Quest for high school students which is an annual knowledge-based competition for high school students. There are nine rounds of questions that focus on a variety of international issues.
  • The Global Travel Scholarship is a program that provides funding for selected high school students to travel abroad to participate in experiential learning to France, China, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Italy.
  • International Student Summit and International Youth Forum which provides high school students with an opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively with their peers across the state and around the world.

Please contact Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera at for additional information on any of the above programs.

London Cultural Connections
we still have spaces left for the 2013 program! The program is highly experiential.  During the London Cultural Connections course we cover theatre, literature, history, art, architecture, social and political mores - from Henry VIII to the present day.

In theatre, we study and act out the Shakespeare play before we see it at the Globe Theatre; after watching Regeneration, we see War Horse in the West End, discuss World War I, visit the Imperial War Museum, and read War Poetry. We also see a couple of other shows with British connections - including The 39 Steps, with four actors playing one hundred and sixteen roles, most of them played by two men! We explore the Romantics and travel to read Wordsworth at Tintern Abbey, in Wales, followed by a trip down a Welsh coal mine to experience the Industrial Revolution. We visit The Victoria and Albert Museum, John Soane's House, The Tate Modern and The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery.

You will see from our website that we experience most of the important London attractions that have literary and historical input for our curriculum. These are all connected to seminars and discussions. Related DVD's are a daily feast. We go shopping!

The Venue:  We are based in a hotel near Kew Gardens

For Parents: The students often travel to London together, are met at the airport, and are supervised 24/7, so, for parents who might be anxious, it is a safe environment. We are in daily contact with home through e-mail and phone if needed. Regular e-mails are sent with updates of our activities.

Dates:  Saturday, July 6-20, 2013

Suitable For:
• students who are hungry for an experiential two weeks making British connections these help with high school courses in literature, history, social studies and art
• students who do not have summer plans yet
• students who want to add to the resume for college applications with rich experience and strong recommendations from us

Below is the link to the
London Cultural Connections website. This will be our nineteenth year! Please let me know if you can think of anyone who might want to participate in this inspiring program. It looks great on future applications and we can also give a strong letter of recommendation on completion of the course.

ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM: See website for fees and other details, please see the following website: or contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Vadhera at for additional details or Ms. Ros Thomas-Clark 617-512-0052

Maynard High School is Seeking Host Families

Maynard High School has forged a partnership with Educatius International to bring students from possibly 23 different countries to Maynard High School. Unlike traditional foreign exchange programs that are usually two weeks in duration, this program allows the students to go to Maynard High School for a full year. The benefits of foreign exchange programs are many.  Often times host families report the sharing of culture and values to be a major benefit.  Also, lifelong friendships that lead to international travel is another potential exciting benefit.

Since this is a big commitment there is a $700 per month, per student, compensation offered to the host families in an effort to defray the additional costs.  Host family are also encouraged to spend some time sharing our countries culture with the foreign exchange student living with them. In New England this can easily be accomplished by visiting museums and historical locations on a weekend day trip.

If you are interested in learning more about being a host family, please contact the Maynard High School Assistant Principal, Purnima Vadhera.  You can reach her by emailing or calling Maynard High School and asking for her extension.

That's it for now!

Take care & stay warm--

Chuck Caragianes, Principal