The week has flown by here at Maynard High School and Winter Vacation is just one week away with the New Year right behind that.
The midway point of the second marking quarter has arrived and all will want to take a look at our Tyler data system to see how the quarter is progressing academically.
A highlight of the year occurs this coming Friday December 20th with Alumni Day! Dozens of Maynard High School alumni will be with us to share their knowledge of college and life after Maynard High School with our current students. More information about this always exciting event can be found under the “Counseling Corner” section below.
Congratulations to our term 1 honor roll students. The complete list can be found here: https://www.maynard.k12.ma.us/o/maynard-high-school/browse/92836
The winter sports season is now underway. Any student who wishes to participate in winter sports who hasn’t signed up as of yet should contact Mr. Caruso right away. Schedules can be found at: https://www.mwlma.org/public/genie/382/school/38/
This Week’s Edition of the Student Produced MHN News
In This Week's Episode:
Stir The Pot asks students the tough questions about assisted death, Hype City reviews Grammy nominations, El Huipil is the featured restaurant on The Taste of Maynard, the Maynard Community has hilarious bloopers and outtakes featuring our principal Caragianes, and much much more!
Share, like and subscribe. Also remember to tell the students how much you enjoy seeing them on our highschool newscast.
And Now Some Additional News & Announcements You May Find Useful:
Positivity and Inclusive Campaign We would like to start a positivity and inclusive campaign. During this campaign we will encourage students and staff to submit their own reflections about positivity and inclusiveness. We are currently drafting a new message for December stay tuned. If you have any suggestions for future themes please let Mr. Caruso know.
Maynard SEPAC Save the Date! The SEPAC Winter Social (postponed due to last week's snow) will now be a New Year's celebration--come join us on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. Look for more information from us about the event in the new year!
Maynard Theatre People!!
(From new Theater Director Ryan DeFoe)
Here it is! The all-important audition scheduling poll. Click the link below and you will be taken to the poll. I'll be seeing eight of you every half hour, two at a time. Please choose ONE time slot (you shouldn't be able to choose more than one anyway), then write your name in the box. That's it!
On Monday, I'll be sending out the "sides" or dialogue I'd like you to look at for the auditions. On audition day, please try to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You'll have a form to fill out and will need to list any/all conflicts you may have over the next few months.
Also Techies!!--I could use one or two of you to help run the auditions smoothly. If you're interested email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about this email or anything else regarding the show, DO NOT REPLY to this email. Rather--email me directly: email@example.com
I can't wait to see what you all can do!
Make sure you act fast once the poll is sent out, so you have the best chance at getting your preferred audition times.
Monday, December 16th - 3pm-6pm
Tuesday, December 17th - 3pm-6pm
Thursday, December 18th - 3pm-6pm
30-Second Cutting of both a contemporary musical theatre song AND a classic musical theatre song. You will need to bring sheet music for your chosen songs with you, a pianist will be provided. If you have something you'd like to sing but don't own the music to it, DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL. Rather --email me at the address listed below. When choosing selections, try to emulate the styles of the music from the show finalists. If you don't come prepared with selections, you will be asked to sing Happy Birthday or some other simple song. However, if you don't want to sing at all, you should let me know at auditions, and that will be fine! Audition sides will be provided to you ahead of time, so you can be familiar as possible with the audition material. All you need to do is prepare your song(s)! If you need suggestions on choosing material, DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL, but email me at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org Keep this email address handy as it will be the direct link between me and all of you. However, please use this address only if necessary. If your question can wait until our next rehearsal/meeting, please wait until then. You may also sing something from any of the show finalists listed below.
As discussed, you'll be auditioning for (4) shows (which are listed below). After auditions and callbacks, I will send out another poll asking you to choose your first choice and second choice for the show we end up doing. You'll have only two to choose from but the final decision is up to you!
The following four musicals are what you'll be auditioning for:
BAT BOY (2001)
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (2005)
BELLS ARE RINGING (1956)
THE BAKER'S WIFE (1976)
As promised, I've uploaded all of the show materials for your perusal. This way you can prepare accordingly and think about which shows you may be interested in the most. I encourage you to learn as much about these four shows as you can. Wikipedia, YouTube, etc. I really want you all to be able to make an informed decision with your final vote. Read through the entire script, listen to all the music! These are all GREAT shows, I hope you agree!
SHOW MATERIALS FOR ALL SHOWS:
Get Your Gear!
If you are interested in buying some Maynard spirit gear, shop online at this link: https://maynardboosters.itemorder.com/sale. Proceeds benefit the Athletic Booster Club.
College Financial Aid Information
For any family who missed our Financial Aid Night, the recording of it is available to view on the WAVM YouTube channel. The link is - https://youtu.be/44w2bZOJk4g
A New Scholarship Opportunity!
Has your student made meaningful contributions to our community through volunteer service? If so, they should consider applying for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. To apply visit: spirit.prudential.com
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
If your student is 15+ make sure to encourage them to come by the Career Center to check out the job opportunities from Maynard businesses. Businesses often contact us because of the great reputation of our high school students.
Chapter 74 Radio and Television Broadcasting Certification - A few years ago MHS applied to be a school that awards Radio and Television Broadcasting Certification. We competed with other schools, including Assabet Valley to earn this designation. The state looked at the history of work that WAVM has done through the radio and TV, including the telethon, as well as the facilities that are available and broadcasting capabilities and chose us! This week we visited 9th Grade classrooms to speak with students about this certification opportunity and we will be visiting the WAVM classes next week. If your student would like to apply to earn this Chapter 74 Certification upon graduation please have them complete the application here.
This certification can:
-help students prepare for a career in communications/broadcasting/radio/tv
-help students learn important 21st century communication skills for any career they choose to pursue
-give students the opportunity to give back to the community
-helps students engage with school and meet friends that they will have for life-alumni come back for big events like the telethon!
*Please note if your student applies and is part of the program they can leave the program at any time if they change their mind, there is no penalty for not completing the program.*
Alumni Return Day
Who: Class of 2019
When: Friday December 20, 2019 9:15AM
Where: MHS Auditorium
What: Share stories of “life after Maynard High School” with MHS students, visit teachers and reconnect with your alma mater.
RSVP to Mrs. MacPhee at email@example.com
Hope to see you on Dec. 20th!
School Council: Parent Members Wanted! All Are Welcome!
The Maynard High School School Council is an important advisory group comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members who review school policy and make social, academic and budgetary recommendations to the building principals who chair the meetings. These recommendations are a key part of the process in forming school improvement plan, reviewing policies and procedures for the student handbook and in the formation of the school budget.
To be a parent member of the School Council a parent must have a child currently enrolled at Maynard High School. With several recent parental members having students graduate last June we currently have open seats. If you are interested in participating as a member of the council, please contact Kevin Caruso or Chuck Caragianes at MHS.
If you are interested in the process but are unable to commit to regular attendance as a council member, please know that all are welcome to attend any meeting.
The meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year (3rd Thursdays with Exceptions) is: 12/19, 1/16, 2/13 (2nd Thursday), 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/11 (2nd Thursday).
All meetings run from 2:30-4:00pm at the high school Media Center.
It is time to order your MHS 2020 Yearbook. Yearbook orders will be done online this year through Jostens. The cost is $70.
The website address is: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1065748/Maynard-High-School/
Make sure the page say Maynard High School, Maynard, MA. Choose 2020 Yearbook and then you can follow the prompts.
As always, if you have items you’d like to include in our weekly News & Notes please send them in to Kevin Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chuck Caragianes at email@example.com at Maynard High School.
That’s the news for this week.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the WAVM Telethon,
Principal of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Principal of Leadership & Operations