MHS News and Notes

September 18th Edition

Off to a good start!

Good afternoon everyone,


The first week of the 2020-2021 school year is in the books and it has been a good one at Maynard High School!


After some understandable trepidation about how our electronic hardware and software systems would work, we were very pleased to see that as we went live with students this week only a small number of limited technical issues arose that were all quickly resolved.


This successful start is a testament to the planning that went into our opening by our staff and the responsiveness of our students and their families attending orientation sessions and google meets to help ensure the smoothest possible start. Thank you one and all!


Moving forward our teachers are looking to refine their approaches to total student screen time, the best use of various software platforms to present class lessons, and the right amount of homework. Your feedback is always helpful and we will work diligently to get this remote learning mix of activities and methods of presentation ever better.


We also understand that this is a new method of instruction for students and their families who lend them support.


Patience, communication and kindness by all are the keys to making our remote learning experience work well for all. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@maynard.k12.ma.us.

Get involved!

Activities and sports are starting and should a student wish to join any activity they can reach out to the club advisor, Mr. Caragianes or Mr. Caruso. Please check-out the virtual activity fair link below. This was put together by student council members Talia Caloggero, Kate Carlisle and Grace Wilde.

Fall Sports

Fall sports start today! Sports offered this fall are: Girls & Boys Soccer, Girls & Boys Cross Country, Field Hockey and Golf. If you have any questions, contact Athletic Director, Brian Beaulieu at bbeaulieu@maynard.k12.ma.us

Counselor's Corner

Drop ADD Period:

Thursday 9/17-Wednesday 9/30/2020


Process

  1. Fill out this form

  2. Make an appointment with your school counselor



Things to remember

*Try to pick an appointment with your school counselor that does not conflict with attending your Core classes

*There are limited options for classes that are available

*Please let your school counselor know right away if you are missing a class/you have a hole in your schedule



Appointments


For drop/add appointments or general appointments, please use the scheduling links:

Ms. Petroskey (A-La), Ms. Fernald (Lb-Z) and Ms. Macphee

(A-Z)



College Visits

11th and 12th grade students please check out your class' Google Classroom to see all of the colleges that are hosting virtual visits for MHS students. Meet with admissions officers to hear about schools and get your questions answered.


SAVE THE DATE! BYO Coffee with the Counselors

Coffee with the Counselors 9th Grade- Tuesday, October 6th - 8:30-9:30

Coffee with the Counselors 10th Grade - Thursday, October 15th - 8:30-9:30

Coffee with the Counselors 11th Grade - Friday, October 16th - 8:30-9:30

Coffee with the Counselors 12th Grade - Thursday, October 8th - 8:30-9:30

Google Meet links will be shared before the events, we hope to see you there!

Show Your Tiger Pride Fundraiser!

The Class of 2023 is running a fundraiser to raise some Tiger Pride!! If you live in Maynard (or even a closely neighboring town!) let us know if you are interested in a Tiger Pride paw print sprayed on your driveway. The cost is $20 and all proceeds benefit the Class of '23.


Please see the attached flyer or reach out to Jamie Sangiovanni @Jamie Boda or myself @Bethany Vavra for more information.

What happens when a teacher is absent?

Due to logistical concerns, when a teacher is not able to synchronously conduct class, the teacher, when possible, will notify the students in the AM. During the scheduled class, students will have asynchronous time to complete an assignment that is left by the teacher.

Remote Learning Reminder!

As the year progresses please keep in mind that students should continue to check into their classes on time, and that there is an expectation and requirement that students will attend their classes with their device cameras on so teachers can see them for attendance and to ensure that all students are prepared for class interactions in real time. Should this requirement present a difficulty, a parent or guardian needs to contact Mr. Caragianes or Mr. Caruso.


Announcements

There will be an "announcement link" posted on the MHS web-page which will contain recent announcements that would normally occur during the school day. It is also listed below.

Need some help figuring out the technology?

Our IT Director, Adam Steiner, has provided parent professional development on Google and how parents can help their child(ren) using Google Technology during remote and hybrid learning. See the recording here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SOAEQ_Mk7ixWzDF0QQvpl3fpTpPptMq2/view

Do you still have Questions?

The district is scheduling a parent Zoom meeting for Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7PM for an initial update regarding the beginning of the school year. Join by computer at: https://zoom.us/j/94858629612 Passcode: maynard Join by phone at: 1-646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 948 5862 9612, Passcode: 2182533

Photo of the Week! Two MHS Tigers With Two Real Tigers!

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Welcome Back From The PTO!

Welcome to our freshmen and new student parents! And welcome back to parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors from the MHS PTO!

We would like to thank teachers, parents and students for working together, and doing everything we all can to make this a great year, even under such unusual circumstances.

If you are not on the MHS PTO mailing list, please send an email to maynardhighpto@gmail.com to be added

Implicit Bias Workshop

Please see the attached flyer with registration link for an upcoming workshop on September 29th co-sponsored by the Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance and Maynard Public Schools.

IMPLICIT BIAS: WHY WE NEED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

ARTSPACE Event

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