Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

May 5th, 2023

Good afternoon MHS families,

It has been a busy week but we are through 1 week of AP exams with 1 to go. Math MCAS are coming up in 2 weeks and we will have reverse half-days just like we had in March for the ELA MCAS. We will also host our spring theatre production next weekend (details below).

There is a lot of new information below including pictures from last weekends town-wide cleanup effort, an informative webinar opportunity, and an announcement regarding the Valedictorian and Salutatorian so please be sure to check out the information!

I hope you all enjoy a great weekend with warmer weather!

High Honors Announcement

Mansfield High School is proud to announce this year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian!

This year's Valedictorian is Amelia Allen. Amelia is actively involved in community theatre, has run cross country for MHS, and is the captain of our high school math team. Amelia will be attending North Carolina State University next year, studying Biomedical Engineering.

This year's Salutatorian is Drew Sacco. Drew is a peer tutor in school, a member of the football team as well as captain of the lacrosse team, and was recently named MIAA student-athlete of the month. Drew will attend Penn State University next year, studying Geo Sciences.

Congratulations to both Amelia and Drew on this outstanding achievement!

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Senior Corner:

We are excited to announce the finalized list of Senior Week activities. Below you will find the dates and times of each activity. Senior families should have received a senior week mailing this past week with details of each event. Digital versions of the senior events letter and senior calendar are available by clicking the link to each.

Senior Week Activities!

Friday, May 26th-6:00pm: Junior/Senior Prom at Gillette

Tuesday, May 30th-8:30am: Senior Breakfast and Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 30th-7:00pm: Athletic Awards Night

Wednesday, May 31st-8:00am: Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 31st-10:30am: Senior Picnic

Wednesday, May 31st-7:00pm: Scholarship Night

Thursday, June 1st-8:00am: Senior Class Day

Friday, June 2nd-8:00am: Rehearsal and Senior Stroll

Friday, June 2nd-4:00pm: Senior Boat Cruise (leave from MHS)

Sunday, June 4th-1:00pm: Graduation at Xfinity Center!

Graduation is set for Sunday, June 4th at the Xfinity Center. We have also confirmed the time of the ceremony to begin at 1:00pm. There are no restrictions on the number of guests that can attend graduation.

Senior Celebration Parent Volunteers: The senior parent group is in need of volunteers for the senior celebration scheduled for May 31st. Please use this link for information on how to volunteer and details about the event.

2023 Lawn Sign Fundraiser:

Graduation season is almost here, and the Mansfield High School Class of 2023 deserves to be celebrated!

The MHS Senior Celebration Parents Committee, sponsored by the parents of Mansfield High School Seniors, are planning to celebrate the Senior Class of 2023 with a Senior Celebration Picnic on May 31st.

As in years past, one of our main fundraisers is selling lawn signs to parents of Seniors, relatives, friends, and community members. Please consider purchasing a sign to not only acknowledge your Senior but to also show your neighbors and friends that your family has something to celebrate! Your relatives and friends are encouraged to purchase a sign to support your Senior as well. Thank you for your consideration and support of the Class of 2023!

ORDER TODAY – Simply click on this link and place your order!!!!!

If you have any questions, please contact Dianna Feinberg – or send an email to

Senior Celebration Picnic Donation Information: Please use the link to access information regarding the picnic and donation information.

Leaders in Youth Mental Health Series

Title: “Taming the Perfectionistic Drive in Older Adolescents”

Presenter: Nathaniel Van Kirk, Ph.D.

Date: Monday, May 15th


LIVE webinar link:

Dr. Van Kirk will speak for 45 minutes and do a 15 minute question and answer. The recording will be distributed afterwards shortly for parents who cannot attend.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions,


The information in this e-mail is intended only for the person to whom it is addressed. If you believe this e-mail was sent to you in error and the e-mail contains patient information, please contact the Mass General Brigham Compliance HelpLine at .

Math MCAS: Reverse Half-Days

The Math MCAS will be conducted on Tuesday, May 16th and Wednesday, May 17th for all members of the sophomore class. Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 will report to school no later than 10:20am in order to be ready for the start of classes at 10:30am.

For students who take the bus, you should arrive at your bus stop 3 hours after the normal pick-up time.

Quiz Show Team Moves On!

Our High School Quiz Show team has moved on to the semi-finals! Be sure to tune in next weekend and watch the Mansfield High School Quiz Show Team battle the Warriors of Brookline in what promises to be a spirited semi-final competition. The match will be televised on GBH at the following times:

Saturday May 6th -- 6:00 PM GBH2

Saturday May 6th -- 11:30 PM GBH44

Sunday May 7th -- 1:00 PM GBH44

Sunday May 7th -- 5:00 PM GBH2

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Town Election: Tuesday, May 9th

Mansfield's annual town elections will be conducted on Tuesday, May 9th at MHS. Similar to the elections to start the school year, we will be reserving parking spaces in the Senior parking lot for members of the community coming in to vote. The spaces in the back half of the parking lot (in the rectangles below) will be reserved for election officials and voters. Please see the map below for more details. Seniors that are impacted by the limited parking will need to park at Memorial Park for the day.
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GSA Pride Shirts

The GSA is excited to announce that Mansfield PRIDE shirts will be available to order again this year! Join us in supporting our LGBTQIA+ community by ordering a shirt just in time to celebrate PRIDE in June. The design is not just for PRIDE but will make a great addition to your Friday Mansfield attire. Shirts are available in black and white in 3 different styles. Orders are available for home delivery (for an additional charge) or delivered to the high school and distributed by GSA members. Don't miss out- the last day to order is May 10th!

To place your order click the link here.

MHS Spring Theatre Production

Next weekend the MHS Theatre Department will present its annual spring production. This year we are doing Mansfield High School Presents An Evening of Theatre, 2023, on May 12 & 13 at 7 pm in the MHS Barbara Trombley Auditorium. The show consists of eight entertaining ten-minute plays directed by MHS theatre students. The plays deal with love, loss, friendship, and family. TICKETS are currently available online through GoFan or can be purchased at the door (cash or check only).
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Yearbook Information Update

Yearbook sales have closed. To put your name on the wait list please email Yearbooks will be distributed to seniors during senior activities. All other books will be given out on June 1st.

The Yearbook Staff is spring cleaning and have several copies of old yearbooks. If you're interested in purchasing a book from 2008-2021 send your request to

Healthy Decision Making Presentation:

On February 15th MHS hosted Mrs. Rebecca Fidler for a parent night centered on support for parents centered around vaping and having conversations with their child about the dangers of vaping. The presentation was taped and can be accessed by clicking this link.

For parents that are interested in specific points of emphasis from the presentation, each section is broken down below with the timing from the video noted:

  • Education about Vaping ( at 6 minutes, 28 seconds)

  • Health Risks

  • Impact of Marketing on Youth

  • Prevention vs. Intervention (at 47 minutes)

  • Peer Pressure vs. Peer Influence

  • Communication Strategies (at 59 minutes)

  • How Habits Form and Lead to Addiction (at 1hr, 17 seconds)

  • Quitting Resources (at 1hr, 22 seconds)

Below you will also find a screenshot from Rebecca's presentation with various resources to help students quit vaping.

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Various Vaping Resources

In an effort to combat the ongoing challenge of vaping within our school (and others), please take a look at and utilize the various resources provided below to learn more about vaping in order to start/continue the conversation with your child. Making progress in this area is a group effort, and we want to provide support for families at home with these resources.

General Info:

What parents need to know

Quick Facts about vaping

Vaping and the impact of Covid

Vaping can't harm teens?

Information on Quitting:

How to quit

This is quitting

Nicotine withdrawal and how to cope

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Inclement Weather Information

Link to District policy and procedure for inclement weather

About Us

Russ Booth - Principal

Abigail Barlas - Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

Matthew McGuire - Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12

Ellen Noto - Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 11

Timothy Tichacek - Assistant Director, Special Education

Tim Selmon - Athletic Director