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From the Principal's Desk...

February 1, 2019

Hi All,

The MHS School Council met on January 14. We discussed the NEADS Program, the possibility of eliminating class rank, and shifting NHS application timelines.

NEADS- We're getting a service dog. Det. Wright answered many questions from the Council regarding the purpose of service dogs in schools and how they would be allowed to interact with students (short answer- Det. Wright will be in charge of the dog, no one has to interact with the dog, and you can pet the dog with permission). We don't know yet when we will receive our NEADS assigned dog... more to come on that.

Class Rank- Director of Guidance, Ms. Karidoyanes, presented on class rank and how it is presently regarded by colleges. The Council discussed at length the implications of eliminating class rank should we decide to move that direction in the future.

NHS- Per a request for feedback from our NHS advisors, the Council debated the value of shifting NHS application timelines to allow for students to apply at either the end of sophomore year or the very start of junior year. Presently, students are invited to apply in the spring of Junior and Senior year. All feedback was shared with the advisors.

At our next meeting we'll be discussing technology in the classroom and answering the key questions, "What does effective use of technology in the classroom look like to you? What has worked for you/your child/your students? What has not worked for you/your child/your students?". I invite your feedback to these question as well- what do you think?

  • Finally, just a reminder that report cards went home to all students today.

  • Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

    Best regards,

    Mary Watkins

    College Planning Night

    Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 6:30pm

    MHS Auditorium

    Attention Classes of 2020 & 2021

    On Wednesday, February 6th the guidance office will host the annual College Planning Night at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium.

    We will have representatives from Roger Williams University, Quinnipiac University, Boston College, Bentley University and Wheaton College here to discuss the ins and outs of the college admissions process.

    We hope to see you and your parents there!

    Message from the Nurse's Office - Flu Season

    We are experiencing typical numbers for illness throughout the district but want to remain diligent in reminding families that while the cold and flu season is upon us, it is very important to prevent the spread of germs. There are several things you can do to help keep you and everyone around you healthy.

    1. It is NOT too late to get a flu shot. Flu activity can be expected out into the month of May so the CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as long as influenza viruses are circulating. If you have not already done it, GET YOUR FLU SHOT. You can contact your local primary care provider or go to any local pharmacy that provides them.

    2. Wash your hands often. This is the number one way to reduce the spread of germs. Wash your hands in warm water and soap for at least 15 - 20 seconds. If you are not near a sink then try to have a supply of hand sanitizer available.

    3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Keep your hands away from your mouth and your nose. This keeps the spread of germs down.

    4. Avoid close contact with others if they are ill.

    5. Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on how the immune system functions. Your immune system helps to destroy germs that get into your body. Boosting your immune system helps your body fight germs better.

    6. Eat healthy. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables supports your immune system and that's a lot easier than fighting off a cold or the flu.

    7. Get up and exercise. Besides helping to keep your stress down and your heart healthy, exercise is also felt to boost the immune system.

    Performing Arts

    Choir recently participated in the Tri-County Festival at Attleboro High School.
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    Band Fundraiser- Fresh Catch

    Wednesday, February 6th, swing by Fresh Catch in Mansfield and make a purchase to benefit MHS Band. This fundraiser will be good from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm. Fresh Catch will honor all take out, and dine in as well as the seafood store which sells fish and meat. Bill will give the band 20% of each purchase! Stock up on those purchases for your freezer and meet your friends for dinner on the 6th!! Just bring the flyer with you to get credit.

    Social Studies

    Attorney Jeff Sankey was a guest speaker in Mr. McGovern’s criminal Justice class recently. He shared his experiences with the students on a wide range of topics including his years at Mansfield High School as a student, service in the Marine Corps as an attorney and JAG Judge, to his current Law practice here in Massachusetts
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    Mock Trial

    On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the MHS Mock Trial team traveled to Norfolk Probate and Family Court to compete against the Foxboro High School Mock Trial Team. MHS’s prosecution held their own and did an excellent job presenting their case, winning the competition. The opening statement was presented by Matt Katz with Sethu Odayyapan delivering the closer, earning both team members a 9 out of 10 on the scoring matrix. The direct examinations were presented by Matt Katz, Sethu Odayyapan, and Brianna Bates with the cross-examinations conducted by Nicholas DeLucia, Alissa Cooke, and Aditi Junagade. Key witnesses in the prosecution’s case were played by Hannah Enzie, Kelsey Hubler and Aly Chase. Brandon Tsozik was the time keeper for both teams. Brianna Bates and Aly Chase received hear perfect scores for their performances.
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    Business and Technology

    Congratulations to the following Personal Finance students for achieving W!se Financial Literacy Certification: Kaelyn Archambault, Dylan Bosinger, Pablo Cruz, Ali Hachem, Jack Homsi, Paul Quinn, Joseph Riccio, Caden Riley, Jack Roberts, Jason See, and Samuel Stevens.

    These students passed the nationally standardized certification exam by demonstrating mastery in Money, Budgeting, the Cost of Money, Banking, Credit, Insurance, Investing, Retirement Planning, and Financial Planning and Management.

    Spring Sports Registration

    Monday, Feb. 11th, 6pm

    MHS Auditorium

    Athletes, if you are interested in Boys or Girls Lacrosse, Boys or Girls Tennis, Baseball, or Softball, there will be a meeting February 11th at 6:00 pm in the auditorium!

    After the general meeting we will break down into individual sports to meet with the coaches. Please hand in UPDATED physicals and payment. Parents and athletes are both strongly encouraged to attend.

    For Girls or Boys Spring track, there will be a meeting at 2:00 pm after school in the cafeteria on Feb. 11th! Athletes are encouraged to attend and collect information about the spring season. Updated physicals and payment are also encouraged to be turned in at this meeting.

    MHS Educator Kevin Smith

    Mathematics teacher and Girls Soccer Coach Kevin Smith received two important awards recently: the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association Boys Competitive Coach of the Year and the US Youth Soccer Boys Competitive Coach of the Year for 2018. He also received a third award funding a professional development opportunity as a result of the successes of our MHS Girls Soccer Team; those successes include winning their 3rd straight league title, 13th straight United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, and ranking nationally for 4 of the 10 weeks of the fall season. Congrats Coach Smith!

    All Night Party

    Attention Senior Parents!

    The next volunteer meeting for All Night Party 2019 will be held on February 7th at 6:30 in room 135. All are welcome!

    Check out the ANP website:

    Please find the ANP donation form as a PDF below.

    10th Annual Hearts for Hope/Fallon P. Finegan Memorial Scholarship Gala

    The tenth annual Hearts for Hope/Fallon P. Finegan Memorial Scholarship Gala is being held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 6:30 pm to midnight at the Four Points Sheraton, Norwood.

    The Hearts for Hope foundation was created in 2009 to assist families who are battling cystic fibrosis. Fallon Finegan, a former MHS student, lost her battle with CF in August, 2010. She was an avid member of the MHS girls basketball and soccer team.

    The foundation has established a scholarship in Fallon's memory which will benefit from the gala. In total, since 2011, $57,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 40 Mansfield High School graduating students.

    Tickets for the Gala are $75 and are available by visiting the Hearts for Hope website at or emailing

    Donations of raffle and silent auction items are also appreciated.

    Donations to the Fallon P. Finegan Memorial Scholarship can be sent payable to the Hearts for Hope Foundations, c/o Jayne Davis, 18 Bragg Road, Foxboro, 02035.


    The 2019 Yearbook is only on sale for a few more days! Books will not be able for order after January 20. Don't miss out! Go to

    Celebrate your senior! Advertise your business! Be a part of Mansfield history! Buy an ad in the 2019 yearbook - Go to for information!

    Message Regarding Assistance from Central Office

    Mansfield Public Schools is committed to assisting students whose family may be in crisis due to a family or an employment-related situation. If your child is in need of financial support as related to school expenses, please contact your school principal. All conversations are confidential. (Examples of school expenses may include: lunch, field trips, fee-based exams, supplies for projects, etc.)

    In Memoriam -- Lauri Baptiste

    Last week, the MHS community lost an amazing person, Mrs. Lauri Baptiste, who spent her entire career of 30+ years serving the Mansfield Public Schools, with most of that time spent right here at Mansfield High School.

    As an administrative assistant in the Main Office, Mrs. Baptiste was a kind, positive and gentle person who never lost her temper or patience, who maintained the highest standards of confidentiality in her work, and who could be relied upon for an encouraging word and, of course, loads of candy and chocolate.

    She was and is loved, and will be dearly missed by all.

    About Us

    Mary Watkins, Principal

    Zachary Abrams, Assistant Director, Special Education

    Abigail Barlas, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

    Joshua Fogel, Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12

    Timothy Tichacek, Assistant Principal, Grades 9 &11