Principals' News & Notes 4/12/19
Principals' News & Notes 4/12/19
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

Spring vacation week is here.  Maynard High School will be closed for classes starting this afternoon, Friday April 12th, from the close of school until we reopen for student breakfast at 7:00am on Monday April 22nd.  Sports teams will continue to practice and compete based on individual team schedules.

The past week has seen several exciting developments at Maynard High School.

Over 100 students from band and chorus are in Washington, D.C. to perform at various sites around our nation’s capitol while also taking in the tremendous cultural opportunities that abound in the city. Follow the MPS Facebook page for pictures and updates.

This past Tuesday 38 sophomores and juniors attended college tours and informational visits to the Boston Architectural College and Emerson College in Boston to get a sense of college climates and expectations.

Greta the Therapy Dog also made her first visit to Maynard High School this week thanks to the efforts of Peer Leaders and their Advisor Rochelle Lerner.  Greta was greeted by dozens of Maynard High School students and staff members during lunch time and she should be with us two more times before the end of the school year.

Meanwhile, our own Jinnie Mannion won a Logo Competition sponsored by the Maynard Sesquicentennial Committee to help celebrate Maynard’s 150th anniversary coming up in April of 2021.  You’ll begin to see Jinnie’s logo around Maynard soon, and in a big way in the coming two years.

As you can see, great things are always happening at Maynard High on behalf of our students and created by our students!

In staff news, new Guidance Counsellor Ms. Amy Gallanter is settling in nicely at Maynard High School.  Ms. Gallanter will be working with our freshman students for the remainder of the school year and will be at Maynard High School on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings while assisting students at the Fowler School on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays.  Lisa MacLean and Dana MacPhee will continue their work with our Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors through the end of this school year. At the end of this school year we will be updating student distributions by guidance counselor for the 2019-2020 school year and will let the community know as soon as those details are set. Also, Mr. Larry Shultz will be back as one of our permanent building subs. Mr. Shultz is a well qualified, former college educator who had a great relationship with our students when he was the building sub in previous years. We look forward to seeing him at MHS after vacation.

Maynard Athletics:

The spring season is officially underway with regular season games and meets starting this week. Be sure to check the scheduling website to follow your favorite spring team.

Also, don’t forget about our boys representing Maynard in the Bromfield lacrosse program.

Check out the complete list of winter sports awards here.

AN ENCORE EDITION of The Student Produced Maynard High News!

It was a hit and here it is again...

It's the April Fool's Edition!

This year, students in broadcast journalism got the inside scoop, with hilarious jokes as a result, about what's really going on with students, teachers, and staff at Maynard High.

We hope you enjoy and have fun with this light-hearted episode.

Remember to tell the students how much you enjoy seeing them on the screen.


📽😃🎥   MHN APRIL FOOLS!   📷😃🎥

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Preview YouTube video MHN4 Episode 15 (April Fools!)

MHN4 Episode 15 (April Fools!)

Below are additional  items from our community that you may find of interest:.

2nd Annual Mattress Fundraiser!!

On Sunday May 5, 2019, Maynard HS Girls Track is pleased to host a one of a kind fundraising event.  Did you realize 1 in 10 people buy a new mattress every year?  This is the time to buy and save up to 50% off retail, all while supporting our Girls Track program.  There will be 20+ sets on display and a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.  

When:     Sunday, May 5, 2019

Where:    In the Maynard High School Gym

Time:       10am - 4pm


Stop in and take a look!  Layaway and delivery are available to make it easy on you.  We appreciate your support of our fundraiser and hope you spread the word to neighbors, family and friends.


Bus registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on May 6, 2019.

Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler

School from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration forms will be available on our

website to download and all school offices starting on May 3. No forms will be

accepted before May 6. There is no fee increase this year. $270.00 for the 1st

student; $220 for each additional student

Note: If you have a student entering 7 th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you

must now pay the fee. Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

News from Our Maynard SEPAC

On Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library, the Maynard SEPAC is hosting a presentation about Safety-Care, the ABA-based behavioral training that is given to staff in the Maynard Public Schools in a new initiative this year. Come learn and ask questions about this important program. The Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Training program emphasizes ways to effectively prevent, minimize, and manage behavioral challenges with dignity, safety, and the possibility of change.  Using the newest and most effective technologies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), the Safety-Care program provides staff with strategies not only for preventing and managing behavioral challenges, but also for effectively teaching replacement behaviors. (Please RSVP to Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183.)

Student Trooper Opportunity

For those interested in a career in law enforcement, the American Legion will sponsor 2 Maynard students.

For Details:

MHS School-wide Community Service Afternoon

On May 31st, MHS will have a school-wide community service afternoon. Plans are in the works. If you have any ideas please contact Mr. Caruso at

A Special Note From The Fowler School Regarding Mrs. Wallace

Hello Mrs. Wallace’s Past and Present FFF Parents,

As most of you know, Mrs. Wallace has had to leave teaching early this year due to respiratory health issues.  She will be so missed and we wish her a speedy recovery.

In trying to decide what we could do to both thank Mrs. Wallace and also for her to see how many lives she has touched here in Maynard, we came up with the idea of a large photo of all the students she has taught.

We are asking that on Thursday, April 25 at 6pm that you bring your FFF past or present student(s) to Fowler Middle School.  Dan Costello has arranged for us to use the bleachers in the gym. Ann Stachowicz and Sheena McNamara, both FFF parents and wonderful photographers, have volunteered to take large group photos and individual class photos that we can have framed and give to Mrs. Wallace.

We will have frog notecards there so that your child can write a personal note to Mrs. Wallace.  Also, we will have gold milk jugs if you are able to make a monetary donation to this project.

We will continue to update you as we go and we so hope you can make it.  We realize evenings can be tough with practices, dinner, etc, but we would love for as many children as possible to participate in this special project.  If you need a hand in getting your FFF there, please reach out as we have many volunteers who want to help.

Please RSVP yes or no if you can join us for this special project to with your child’s name and current grade.

Linde Ghere and Kathy Cormier


PS. This is a surprise.  Please help us keep it a secret if you see or hear from Mrs. Wallace


The majority of our seniors take senior project and will be creating and implementing their “projects” over the next few months. This section will be reserved for senior project announcements and requests for support. The date for the show is not yet set, but more information will be coming about that.

List of Upcoming College Fairs and Events

Beyond the fairs we have received more detailed information listed above, the below list of fairs and useful links might also be of interest to you:

May 14, 2019: NEACAC College Fair, Assumption College

May 18, 2019: Colleges That Change Lives College Fair, Sheraton Boston Hotel


20 Questions to Ask College Reps.pdf

College Fair Checklist.pdf



School Council

The Maynard High School School Council is an advisory panel made up of parents, teachers, students, community members and administrators as a body that reviews school policies in all areas.  The council is a state mandated body designed to gain information regarding the school and district and lend advice to school principals. The elected and appointed members serve two year terms.   Due to laws governing confidentiality, concerns about individual students are not under the purview of the student council nor are individual personnel matters. Such concerns should be directed to the school administration directly.

The public is invited to attend and observe meetings.  Meetings are held in the high school Media Center from 2:30-4:00pm.  The remaining dates for this school year’s meetings are: 4/25, 5/16 & 6/13.


The Maynard Music Association

Summer Music:  Please visit Trish Gately's website for information regarding her summer music program for students entering grades 5-12.  Specifics about this year's program are posted along with electronic sign-up:

Banquet Volunteers:  Planning is underway for our annual banquet honoring our graduating band and chorus students.  This year's banquet is scheduled for the evening of May 27th at the Maynard Elks. We are seeking assistance from parents in grades 9-11 to assist us with the following jobs: Food Organizer, and Decorators.  Other volunteer opportunities will arise closer to the day. Please let us know if you are available to help on the day of the banquet. Planning meetings to start in April. Please email MMA with interest (

Scholarship Applications: MMA will award a number of scholarships to graduating band and chorus students.  Applications have been emailed to senior students. Please visit our website for a copy of the application and details:  Applications must be received by May 1st.

Open Positions: MMA is seeking officers for the 2019/20 school year. Open positions include chairperson, co-chair, secretary, and treasurer.  Email interest to MMA (

Save the Date: Casino Night 2019 Saturday, November 2nd, Maynard Elks.  Planning meetings to start in June.

Please visit the MMA website for minutes from our March meeting. Our next MMA meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 in the Fowler Library.  This is a joint meeting for Fowler & MHS music parents/guardians. All are welcome.

Youth in Philanthropy Sudbury

Priority Deadline to Apply: June 7, 2019

The Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. As participants of YIP, students learn about needs in our community, visit local nonprofits, and grant up to $10,000 to nonprofits benefiting youth.

This free, 17-week program is for high school students who live or learn in MetroWest. YIP will meet on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30pm, at Grange Hall in Sudbury. The program begins on September 4 and runs through January 30. For more information about YIP and to apply, visit


April Vacation Educational Camp Opportunity

Representatives from the Shooting Star Organization reached out to us with an exciting opportunity for students to take advantage of over April break.  The Shooting Star organization is a non-profit that offers grants to first generation college graduates in developing countries to help them break the cycle of generational poverty for more information please go to their website.


That’s the news for now.


Have a safe and enjoyable school vacation along with the holidays you ,


Chuck Caragianes

Principal for Leadership & Instruction                     

Kevin Caruso

Principal for Leadership Operations/Athletic Director