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Principals' News & Notes 8/29/19
Principals' News & Notes 8/29/19
Kevin Caruso
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Good Evening one and all,

Our new guidance team is doing a great job, and we’d like to start with some news and updates from our guidance counselors in this week’s edition of News & Notes.

From the Counseling Corner:  This week School Counselors (AKA Guidance Counselors) Mrs. Brangiforte, Ms. Fernald, and Mrs. Petroskey, met with all 9th grade students in a classroom lesson to teach the MHS graduation requirements, student success skills, and review some of the key differences between middle and high school We introduced ourselves and talked about what a School Counselor does and how to meet with us.  We discussed the next 4 years as their opportunity to develop the skills to take full responsibility for their education and get ready for the next stage of life: Adulthood! Ask your students about what they learned!


It’s post-secondary planning season for the Class of 2020 and meetings with students are already underway.  Please make sure your student has completed the Brag Sheet document and you have completed the Parent Brag Sheet (attached below).  With new school counselors, these 2 documents and an interview with each student will help us write excellent letters of recommendation.  We also ask for 12th graders to submit a copy of their resume to us as well. If you your student does not have a completed resume already it is something they are working on in Senior Project.  If your child has a plan other than college we are happy to write letters of reference for job applications and more. We look forward to working with your 12th grade students on their individual post-secondary plan.


Class of 2022 (10th grade students): We have a limited number of PSAT tests available for 10th grade students ($20 cost) to take on Wednesday Oct. 16th during school hours.  We offer all of the 11th grade students the PSAT test paid for by MPS. If you are interested in having your student sign up, please have them log into their school account and complete this form.  On a first come, first served basis 10th graders will be registered.  Students are not considered fully registered until they have completed the online registration (Google Form) and paid the $20 registration cost (check, money order, cash accepted) to the main office (Ms. Carter or Ms. Lucas).


Grades 11-12Grades 11-12:

We have many colleges coming for visits this fall, please check the list below the closing signature line at the end of News & Notes, and students can talk with their teacher to get a pass to attend.  Students can get their questions answered by the admission reps. Meetings take place in the Career Center (B117) space in the Guidance Office.


Many thanks go out to our guidance team for putting out this overview of the early school year.

In other news, our fall sports pep rally was held this afternoon with high spirits and fun the order of the day.  All of our fall teams, Boy’s & Girl’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Golf, Cross Country and football, are now entering game action with well over a third of our students representing Maynard High with Tiger Pride. The Friday night football game has been rescheduled to Saturday 9/14 at 3:30pm due to the EEE risk. Next week’s football game has been moved to Saturday 9/21 at 2pm. Night games will continue to be rescheduled until the first hard frost. You can check-out the latest schedules at this link:

If you are interested in buying some Maynard spirit gear, shop online at this link: Proceeds benefit the Athletic Booster Club. 

Meanwhile, clubs and extracurriculars are all getting off the ground as well.   In fact, when you tally up all the students involved in our clubs, musical and arts programs, WAVM, along with sports, over three quarters of our students are enjoying extracurricular activities at Maynard High School.

It’s never too late to sign up for student activities and we urge you to talk to your student about becoming involved in an extracurricular if they have not done so already.  School research continues to show that students involved in extracurricular activities affiliated with school tend to do better in school academically than their peers who are not involved while making broader friend circles and learning valuable life lessons and skills.

Reminder:  Remembering Maynard’s Own is an organization dedicated to helping every student participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, regardless of the ability to pay the $400 activities fee.  If there is a hardship that prevents a student’s family from being able to pay the fee Mr. Caruso has application forms that can be picked up, completed and returned confidentially.  Don’t let a fee keep your student from participating in one of our many great activities.

The start of the school day has gone exceptionally well thus far this year.  Attendance has been excellent and student tardiness has been rare. This makes for solid first period of instruction for all students every day. To everyone:  Keep up the good work!

This is a quick reminder that all drop offs should be in front of the building at the main office doors and that instruction begins at 7:45am.  Having all students to the building by 7:30 ensures that they will actually be in their classrooms for the 7:45 start and will not be tardy to class.  More than any other single factor, the single greatest predictor of student success is school attendance.

Below are Some Additional Events and Items you May Find of Interest:

Important News for 9th Grade Students:  The Egg Challenge 

Next week 9th grade students in the Intro to Capstone class will be participating in the Egg Challenge. They will be given an egg and will be asked to take care of it for a week as an exercise in responsibility. They will have to take it to all their classes, practices, etc.  If you have any questions or concerns about this activity, please email Ms. Doktorov or school nurse Ms. Lamy by noon on Monday 9/16.

Maynard Youth Football Fundraiser

Come on down to the Maynard Elks this Saturday night September 14th from 6-11:00pm for an evening of fun to support Maynard Youth Football.  This 21 and older event features the Houston Bernard Band and great prizes. Have a great night out while you support Maynard youth. 

MHS Jazz Band & Wind Ensemble

Save the date and join us at the Pleasant Cafe on September 15th from 5-7pm for this year’s kickoff event for the MHS Jazz Band & Wind Ensemble. It will be a blast!

Back-to-school night will be September 18th at 6:00pm.  There will be an opportunity to meet with parent groups and go through your child’s schedule to meet his/her teachers. More information to come.


Support Our Junior Class while You Support Tiger Football!

Please consider supporting our Maynard High School Athletic Department by placing an ad in the football programs to be sold at the football games.  Sponsors will also gain exposure through the athletic website and the Maynard Athletics Facebook Page. Your sponsorship also helps the Junior Class raise money for their Prom and Senior Class trips.Ads for the Football Program Sponsorship are $100.00 for a full page, $50.00 for a half page and $25.00 for a business card size.  Checks must be received by Wednesday September 11 to be included in the first booklet.

Please make checks payable to Maynard Public School and mail the form to Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard MA 01754, attn:  Rochelle Lerner

Please include the following:

Name of Organization ________________

Address ___________________________

Phone No. _________________________

Sponsorship Level: __________________

Include what you would like to say or attach a business card.


The Repair Cafe is on its Way!

Don’t throw it away--fix it!  For free! With refreshments served as well!


On Saturday September 21st from 10:00am to 2:00pm the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley will host a Repair Cafe in the Maynard High School cafeteria.    Most items are welcome, but they do specialize in mendable clothing, small appliances, computers, and other electronics, toys, jewelry, outdoor power equipment and dull blades.  If you have a part on hand to fix the item you’re bringing just have it with you to speed the process further.


If you have any questions contact Chris Kline at 303-859-5502


The Massachusetts State Public College Fair and MEFA Financial Aid Seminar

will be held on Wednesday October 16th 6:00-8:00pm at the Nashoba Regional High School

The MEFA Financial Aid seminar will be held from 6-7:00pm in the Auditorium--ideal for parents & current seniors.

From 7:15-8:00 Current juniors & parents will want to attend the Early College Planning seminar also in the auditorium.

The Massachusetts State Public College Fair will be held simultaneously throughout the evening.

If you have items you’d like to include in our weekly News & Notes please send them in to Kevin Caruso at or Chuck Caragianes at at Maynard High School.

That’s the news for week 3 at Maynard High.

Have a great weekend,

Chuck Caragianes

Principal of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Kevin Caruso

Principal of Leadership & Operations

(College Visit List Referenced Above)

Roger Williams University 9/18/19 8:00 AM Sacred Heart University 9/18/19 10:45 AM Assumption College 9/19/19 8:30 AM Fisher College 9/19/19 10:30 AM Keene State 9/20/19 9:30 AM Dean College 9/24/19 12:15 PM Merrimack College 10/1/19 11:00 AM University of New Haven 10/2/19 9:00 AM Worcester Polytechnic Institute 10/3/19 10:00 AM Wheaton College 10/4/19 10:44 AM University of Southern Maine 10/7/19 9:30 AM Mass College of Liberal Arts 10/7/19 12:15 PM UMass Lowell 10/8/19 11:30 AM University of Rhode Island 10/9/19 8:00 AM Lasell College 10/11/19 9:30 AM University of Connecticut 10/11/19 10:45 AM UMass Amherst 10/16/19 12:15 PM Stonehill College 10/18/19 10:00 AM Suffolk University 10/18/19 11:00 AM University of New Hampshire 10/22/19 10:00 AM Brandeis University 10/22/19 11:00 AM Springfield College 10/23/19 1:00 PM University of New England 10/28/19 9:30 AM Western New England University 10/28/19 11:30 AM Bryant University 11/6/19 12:30 PM University of Maine 11/7/19 10:15 AM Framingham State University 11/8/19 12:30 PM Westfield State University 11/13/19 8:00 AM Universal Technical Institute 11/13/19 10:00 AM