Friday, November 22, 2013

Superintendent's Notes

Parent Workshop: The Secrets to Social Success: How to Support All Students in School

As part of our district-wide initiative to promote social success for all students, we are pleased to announce a free workshop for parents.  The objective of this initiative is to bring anti-bullying/social enrichment programs to students, school personnel and parents.
Dates:  Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (7:00 to 9:00 PM) OR Thursday, December 5, 2013 (9:00-11:00 AM)
Location: Fowler School Auditorium
Presenters: Nadine Briggs (Simply Social Kids) and Donna Shea (Peter Pan Center)
In this seminar for parents, the presenters will share language and steps to improve the social lives of children and adolescents, and how to teach them strategies to address issues of bullying in their school environment.  They will also address the key roles adults play in promoting positive social experiences for children and adolescents.
This workshop is open to the public. 

Maynard Music Association Casino Night Fundraiser Raised $11,700 This Year!

The MMA raises this money in support of the band and chorus programs of Maynard High School and Fowler School. 

We wish to thank our music parents past and present for their ongoing support and volunteerism in the form of planning the event, providing delicious appetizers and desserts, training as dealers and attending the event.

We also thank the music staff of MHS, Fowler, and Green Meadow for lending a hand before, during and after the fundraiser, and we thank the many staff members and teachers who helped as dealers and with logistics (office staff!).

In addition, we applaud the Maynard community and local businesses for their support of the event through table sponsorships, advertisements, and donation of prizes and by becoming dealers for the evening. An exciting evening was had by all! 

"Like" Maynard Music Association on Facebook to check out the photos of this event! (Photos - compliments of Bruce Lucier of Marquee Photoworks)

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe, but the fall season has almost come to an end with only the long awaited home Thanksgiving game vs. Clinton remaining. We will honor the seniors at 10:00am, and kick-off will be at 10:15am.  As I mentioned before, it has been a great start to the 2013-2014 athletic season. I am proud to announce that four teams qualified for the tournament and two individuals qualified for the golf tournament.

Here are some important dates coming up:  

  MAYNARD BONFIRE @ 5:00PM @ Alumni Basketball Courts. There will be building tours before the bonfire. ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us for some good music, good snacks, good times, and a great fire! 

 Thanksgiving Day social and tours before the big game! Come to the high school early to see the new school and to see old friends. More importantly, be at the Alumni basketball courts by 9:00am to see FIRE HAZARD play at 9:15am.  FIRE HAZARD is a MHS band and features Jae Mannion on vocals and guitar, Jeff Umbrell on guitar, Thomas Manning on base guitar, and Justin Duggan on drums. They have been practicing hard and are ready to rock Alumni Field before the game! 

Also at this game, the student government will honor local veterans during half-time. Contact Mrs. LaBelle at the high school for more details.

12/2: Winter sports start.  Boys and Girls Basketball; F, JV, V.  Co-op hockey with Assabet, Co-op wrestling with Nashoba and Winter Strength and Conditioning Club, M-Th, 2:15-3:30, meet by the weight-room. 

 Fall Awards Ceremony @ 6:30PM in the new luxurious auditorium.

Fall season records and all-stars: 

The boy’s soccer team finished 10-8. The following athletes were named league all-star: MVP-Ryan Fowler, Robbie Oliphant, Jeff Gately, and Matt Hickey. Robbie Oliphant and Ryan Fowler were named Central Mass. all-stars. The girls' soccer team finished 11-3-4, and for the second year, grabbed the Mid-WACH D league championship title. Izabella Gubala, Julia Long, Rachel Fitzgerald, Megan Aukstikalnis and Lauren Lappas were named league all-stars and Julia Long and Izabella Gubala were named Central Mass. all-stars. On the gridiron , Maynard football is now 6-4 and looking to have the best record in many years. Jack O'Callaghan, Brenden Dyer, Preston Wilkey, Stephen Peterson, Alex Martinec were named league all-stars and Bryan Kiley and Alex Martinec were named Central Mass all-stars. I would also like to thank the MHS band for showing their support and providing us with great musical entertainment during the football games. The field hockey team finished 4-12-2, clinched second place in their league and earned a playoff spot. Lindsay Eagan, Kimmie Lamoureax, Amalia Luciano and Erin Wesley were named league all-stars.  The golf team finished 3-9, which is a 2 match improvement from last year. Bailey Loughlin and Clayton Dahill  both qualified for the tournament. Bailey Loughlin was named league all-star. They will have the whole team returning next year so I expect an even better improvement.  Last, but certainly not least, the young Maynard cheerleaders have worked hard and improved their skills this year. We look forward to seeing them compete in the future.

Although, the Varsity teams get all the press, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the hard work of the JV teams and the 7th/8th grade soccer teams. All JV teams and 7th/8th grade teams worked hard this year and improved tremendously. The future of Maynard athletics is bright.

I am proud to be the Maynard Athletic Director. Thanks to all for your support and I am looking forward to a great winter season. 

Kevin Caruso

Important Events and Reminders:    
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will remind the Superintendent’s Notes readers of important upcoming events with a reference to the blog where more information can be found.

The New Maynard High School Community Tours and Annual Thanksgiving Bonfire

The new Maynard High School will be open for community tours on Monday afternoon November 25 before the Annual Thanksgiving Bonfire. The tours will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the Bonfire will start at 5:00 p.m. at the Alumni Field Basketball Courts. All are welcome. Rain Date Tuesday, November 26.

The New Maynard High School Community Tours on Thanksgiving Day Morning

On November 28, the new Maynard High School will be open for community tours before the Thanksgiving Day Football Game which starts at 10:00 a.m. Tours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Come see the new High School and watch a great football game!

The Official Maynard High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Maynard Community is cordially invited to attend the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Maynard High School on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  Reception and Tours will be from 12:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m. the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at         1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA  01754.

All Community Winter Concert! Wed. Dec. 18th

If you play a band instrument or sing and would like to be part of this special event, please e-mail Mrs. Blanchard at so that we can get the music to you. We welcome all alumni and anyone living in the town of Maynard or having a connection to the town, to come and perform with us!

More Details can be found on the October 11th blog

Remembering Maynard's Own (RMO) Fundraiser

An original Remembering Maynard's Own Quilt created by Pauline Mclaughlin will be raffled.  Tickets are $5 each.  Checks can be sent to Remembering Maynard's Own Quilt, P.O. Box 268, Maynard, MA 01754.

More Details can be found on the October 11th blog

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $35/ea until November 15th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailing  or edmully@msn.comThe board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale.  Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at to see the list of past years' inductees.
More Details can be found on the September 25th blog.

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