Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

October 1, 2022

Good evening MHS families,

As we move into October, I continue to be excited about the great things going on at MHS. We had our first Unified basketball game of the season on Friday. Our kids played great and we had a great student section in the stands cheering on their classmates. The football team won again, with player of the game honors going to Colin McCarthy. Our band also enjoyed a busy week taking home 1st place honors at their competition last weekend and performing at the Big E this weekend. Our students continue to exhibit great support for their classmates throughout the building and in their extracurricular activities. I'm proud of our students for the way they are bringing the idea of R.S.V.C into their day-to-day activities and look forward to sharing more great examples in the future.

Please read through the newsletter for important information and opportunities.

Financial Aid Night

Our annual Financial Aid Night will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium. Our presenter, Susan Beard Director of Student Financial Services at Wheaton College, will provide an overview of the financial aid process, updates for the Class of 2023 and how to read and understand financial aid packages. This is always an informative night, and while geared towards students and parents of the Class of 2023 all grades are welcome to attend to learn more about the process. We hope to see you there!

McLean Hospital Webinar

McLean Hospital will be sponsoring a parent session centered on helping your teen manage their anxiety. The session is scheduled for October 7th at noon and is being offered online. Anyone interested should access this link for information, including the access link to the session.

Mansfield SEPAC

The Mansfield Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) will be holding its first meeting this week on October 4th at 6:30pm in the Jordan Jackson multi-purpose room. Please use this link to see the flier for details on the meeting.

Freshmen Class of 2026 Signs of Suicide (SOS) Curriculum

The School Counseling staff will continue the implementation of the Signs of Suicide curriculum through 9th grade English classes this week and will conclude on Friday, October 7th.

A letter was mailed home in August to parents/guardians about the initiative and provided families an opportunity to opt out if they have concerns. The presentation includes an overview of the the connection between mental health issues, depression and suicide, a video presentation, discussion and the screening. Students will be introduced to the ACT acronym (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) and know that the staff are also familiar with the program and available to help.

This is an important part of our curriculum and helps to provide students with a common language and avenues for support for themselves or to help a friend in need.

Parent Conferences Update

While parent conferences are not scheduled until December, we want to update all families on the format this year for planning purposes. Parent conferences this year will be in person. More information on scheduling conferences will be in future newsletters, but we wanted all families to have the in-person information in advance.

Yearbook Update

The 2023 Yearbook is now on sale! Order now and save! Books are on sale for $65 until Halloween, October 31. Go to (school number 5468)

Senior portraits and blurbs are due by October 31st. Please go to the yearbook tab on the MHS website for more information and links for submitting.

We have several old yearbooks available for sale! If you're interested contact us at

Leaders in Youth Mental Health Series: Parent Options

As part of our partnership with McLean hospital, MPS is able to offer several parent webinars for anyone interested in signing up. All information for the parent webinars, including dates/times, Zoom links, presenter information and learning objectives can be found here on this website:

Please use the link above to access information on future webinars.

Business Scholarship Competition Opportunity

Each year, Knowledge Matters runs the All-Access Virtual Business Scholarship Challenge. It's a competition based on a simulation in the family of products they offer. It runs for just 2 weeks and scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $500. You may play as many times as you'd like to earn higher and higher scores! Students do NOT need to be a senior to participate.

  • When: October 11th - 21st, 2022
  • What: students will log on and compete.
  • Why: Top winners of the competition will receive sizable scholarship awards from Knowledge Matters.
    • First place winner - $3,000
    • Second place winner - $2,000
    • Third place winner - $500

Registration is now open! To register, go to the Knowledge Matters site and login with your existing account or create a new one. ADD a new course with this course key: ZE6CV6

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Collins in 113 or send her an email (

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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