Principals' News & Notes 12/7/2018
Principals' News & Notes 12/7/2018
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

 The week closes with one of our signature events of the school year, the WAVM Beacon-Santa Telethon.  This year’s edition will be up and on the air starting tonight, Friday evening December 7th, and running through Sunday December 9th.  Last year the intrepid students of WAVM raised well over $30,000 to help needy families in the greater Maynard area. Over the history of this great event well over one million dollars has been brought in and distributed to those who can use a helping hand.

 This past week our new Theater Director, Mr. Elias Condakes, conducted auditions for this year’s play.  He reports that our students are, in his words, “AMAZING!” Be looking for more information in the weeks ahead as our students prepare for this winter’s production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare!

 Next Wednesday December 12th at 7:00pm there will be a combined Chorus Concert featuring Fowler grades 6-8 Chorus, MHS Chorus & Madrigals under the direction of mrs. Blanchard plus the student led Acapella group.

A big thank you to Jen Adams and other staff members who helped organize our Spanish exchange program once again this year. The Spanish students finished their visit to Maynard and the greater Boston area this week. They enjoyed many activities at school and in the area. We wish to thank the  many host families who made their stay so rewarding. Our students will be going to Spain over the February school vacation to enjoy Seville. 

 The following week on Wednesday December 19th there will be a full band concert starting at 7:00 pm with the high school band under the direction of Mr. Kozik to be followed by the high school Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band under the direction of Ms. Gately.

 This week our winter sports teams in Girls & Boys Basketball also swing into action with their initial games of the season.  Other MHS athletes will also be beginning their seasons as members of Co-Op teams in hockey and gymnastics. Schedules can be found on our athletics page and the pages of our host school.

 It will be a busy stretch ahead right up until the end of school on Friday December 21st when we pause for our winter school vacation.   The school vacation will run from the close of school on Friday December 21st until 7:00am on Wednesday January 2nd.

And now the latest edition of Maynard High News!

This Friday we have a special edition of MHN, highlighting all that Maynard High has to offer.


This production showcases the numerous facets of what Maynard is providing its students, and the entire story is told by the MHN crew.  There are so many fields that are covered, it is hard to list them all! Students from all of your favorite segments took the time to sit down and talk about different areas/fields within their school, while putting their own individualized flare into the production.


We hope you enjoy the show!


📷🎥🎬MHN Special Edition🎬🎥📷

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MHN Special Edition


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


An Important Health Notice from Our School Nurse

According to the Center for Disease Control's website, they report that Massachusetts is experiencing regional influenza activity. The good news is that there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already. Flu vaccine is available across the state at multiple locations, including health care provider offices, pharmacies, workplace vaccination clinics, and flu vaccine clinics sponsored by local boards of health.   


To learn more Flu Facts please review the following:

The Flu: A Guide for Parents:

(Cllick on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza)

For school attendance guidelines, click on the Maynard Public School's Health Services link below:


Please notify the school absentee line and/or your school nurse if your child is sick with a fever, pneumonia, strep throat, conjunctivitis, unusual rash or illness. Providing detailed information about your child’s absence allows for the school nurse to track and trend illness in the school and begin interventions should a pattern of illness develop.  


In order to be proactive, the nurses will be putting up hand washing and cough etiquette posters around the schools.


In the lower grades, we are encouraging teachers to have their students watch a hand-washing video.


High School PTO

The next MHS PTO meeting will be on Wed. Dec 12 at 2:15 in the MHS library.

Please join us to hear from Ms. LaBelle and Mr. Orzech about senior project!


From Our Maynard Booster Club

Maynard Apparel makes a great Holiday present.  The Maynard Booster Club has a large assortment of items to choose from.  To guarantee delivery by Christmas please have your orders in by December 7th.  Happy Holidays!!


National Honor Society News

The members of the Maynard High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be working on service projects throughout the year.  The current members service project kickoff is November 1st. Their first project will run from November to December.

The members have been thoughtful and creative in their service project planning.  We want to share with you the organizations the students have chosen to support. We are very excited about their plans.

Service Projects for November/December include:

AJ Noble & Charlie Neuhauser:  American Legion Auxiliary Unit 235 - Sending packages to the troops

Alyssa Ray - Open Table  Community Dinners - Making centerpieces for the dinner tables

Elizabeth Midey & Caitlyn O'Leary - Best Buddies- Starting a Best Buddies chapter at the Fowler Middle School and organizing activities

Brandon Sherman - Cradles to Crayons - Coat and sweater drive to support needy children in area

Hannah Booth & Megan Thompson - Save a Dog - Supply drive and fundraiser for local animal shelter

Lucas Koskinen - The Home for Little Wanderers - Personal item and school supply drive for needy children in area

Liam Caldicott & Tommy Smith - Feeding Frenzy - Food drive for needy families in area

Be sure to bookmark our new website for the latest updates and pictures of what is going on at Maynard High School:


Related to the tremendous projects listed above please take a moment to read Lucas Koskinen’s note below regarding his recently completed work.   It is an understatement to say, “Great job Lucas!”


Dear Friends, Family, and Community Members,

I would like to thank Maynard High School, Fowler Middle School, Maynard Town Hall, Centre Pediatrics of Brookline, and St. John Lutheran Church in Sudbury for supporting my National Honor Society project by allowing me to place clothing donation bins in their locations for the month of November. A special thanks to all the people who filled those bins with winter coats, hoodies, hats, and mittens for the Home for Little Wanderers. The support from the community was overwhelming and I can’t express how grateful I am for receiving such a large number of donations in just one month. The people working at the Home were shocked by the amount of clothing I collected during this drive and quite appreciative!

I am proud to say, I recently delivered 87 new coats, jackets, and sweatshirts, and 53 assorted new hats, gloves, and mittens. An additional 40 pieces of gently used warm weather clothing donated to my bins was also delivered. All new clothing items collected will be distributed to Massachusetts children in need during the month of December, so they will not have to endure the harsh winters without warm clothing. The used items will be sold in The Thrift Shop of Boston. All proceeds from the thrift shop help fund programs at the Home for Little Wanderers.


Lucas Koskinen


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: 12/20, 1/17, 2/14, 3/21, 4/25, 5/16 & 6/13.


The Maynard Music Association

Casino Game Night Fundraiser results are in!  Together, we raised $17,775 for our Fowler and high school music programs!  Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, and adult and student volunteers who helped to make our 10th annual Casino Game night a record success!  


Next MMA Meeting: Our next MMA meeting is Wednesday, December 5th from 7-8 pm in the Fowler library.  All are welcome. Please see our website for minutes from our October MMA meeting.


Send Kudos to your Musician:  Kudos are included in concert programs.  More information and order form can be found on the attached form & on our website:


Private lesson teachers: Looking for an instrumental or choral tutor for your child in grades 4-12? Check out our website for an up-to-date list. (Private instructors)


Parent Volunteers for 12/12 Choral Concert: Parent volunteers are needed for the Fowler/High School choral concert on Wednesday, December 12th.  Email interest to  


Student Volunteers for 12/16:  Community Band is performing their annual holiday concert on December 16th at Maynard High School at 7 pm.  They are looking for student volunteers to serve as ushers. This is a great opportunity to earn service points for DC.  Contact Mr. Kozik or Mrs. Blanchard if interested.


Parent Volunteers for 12/21: The Madrigals are going caroling on Friday 12/21.  Parent volunteers to transport students is needed for this event. If interested, email Mrs. Blanchard at


Artists & Designers:  Call for Submissions!

Maynard’s Sesquicentennial Steering Committee seeks a logo design for our town’s 150th birthday. The logo will be used before and during the yearlong celebration on published materials, online advertising, and memorabilia like t-shirts and buttons. The winning design will be highly visible in town for the next two years.


This contest is open to any student in Grades 9-12 who is a Maynard resident. The winning artist will receive, at a minimum: recognition at multiple events, the right to place the logo in our time capsule, and the first t-shirt off the production line.


  • All logo designs must include the name “Maynard” and the number “150” in some way.

  • The logo may include, or be inspired by, the celebration’s slogan: “Maynard: 150 Years of Community and Culture.”

  • The winning design may be in color, but it must be reproducible in black and white.

  • The logo will be used on items from buttons to banners, so the winning design will scale well to different sizes.

  • Logo must should be submitted on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.


All submissions should received by January 31, 2019 and can be submitted to Mr. Caragianes.

That’s the news for now, tune into the WAVM Telethon over the next three days and make a donation if you are able, and have a great weekend,


Chuck Caragianes

Principal for Leadership & Instruction                     

Kevin Caruso

Principal for Leadership Operations/Athletic Director