Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

May 12th, 2023

Good afternoon MHS families,

This past week we celebrated our teachers during teacher appreciation week by serving coffee to them on our "mobile coffee carts" and held an ice cream social after school. One of the more impactful things the students did this week to recognize staff was to write quick thank you messages on a heart or star and post them outside the cafeteria. I was impressed to see the number of ways in which our staff make an impact outside the curriculum and it further emphasized what a great staff we have here at MHS.

Be sure to check out the information below regarding the MCAS schedule for next week and a couple of other events that were held this past week in celebration of some of our students.

Have a great weekend!

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.

Annual Perception Survey

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires all school districts to administer an annual self evaluation and school perception survey. The purpose of the evaluation is to document the district's efforts to create and maintain a school system that is non-discriminatory and accessible to all.

We invite you to complete this 10 minute survey as your voice is critical to inform this process and to understand the current state of equity within the district and your school. This survey is anonymous and will be used to surface trends so that we can continue to create a more equitable, inclusive, and accessible learning environment for each member of our community. Please this link to access the survey.

Please complete the survey by Monday, May 22nd.

If you have more than one student at different schools in the district, you will be given an opportunity to complete the same survey for each school.

Future Teacher Signing Day

This past Thursday we hosted our inagural Future Teacher Signing Day where we celebrated graduates who will be moving on to pursue a career in education when they enter college. It was a great night celebrating our students who plan to be teachers in the future!

Athletics Signing Day

This past Thursday, May 11th our athletic department hosted a signing day event to celebrate our graduating seniors who will compete in college athletics next year. We would like to congratulate our seniors who will continue to compete in college and thank all who attended the event!

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 to Finals!

Our High School Quiz Show team has made the finals! Be sure to tune in next weekend and watch the Mansfield High School Quiz Show Team battle the Knights of Buckingham Browne & Nichols. The Hornets have advanced to the Finals and the winner is state champion! The match will be televised on GBH at the following times:

Saturday May 20th -- 6:00 PM GBH2

Saturday May 20th -- 11:30 PM GBH44

Sunday May 21th -- 1:00 PM GBH44

Sunday May 21th -- 5:00 PM GBH2

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Mansfield Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)

The Mansfield Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is seeking new members to join its committee! We welcome anyone in Mansfield with a child on an IEP who would like to ensure our schools offer the educational, recreational, and social programs needed by our students with challenges. Open positions include Roland Green Representative, Program Coordinator as well as other school representatives. If you want to be part of SEPAC we will find you a role!

Mansfield SEPAC is a parent-led committee mandated by state law to advise the School Committee on all matters related to special education programming. Additionally, we offer six meetings each school year which serve as a safe space where parents can learn about SPED-related issues and ask questions of experts, other caregivers, and administrators. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about special education issues and to SEPAC members from area towns.

For more information on joining SEPAC, please email or reach out to us through social media @MansfieldSEPAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by May 30th. Elections will be held at our meeting on June 6th.

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