MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

March 5, 2019


Hi All,


It's March, and - per usual - we've got a lot going on! Thank you in advance for reading this rather long memo!


First, please remember that students have a half day this Thursday, March 7 for Teacher Conferences. Conferences will take place from 12noon-2:30PM and again from 6:30PM-8:30PM. Student will received their Q3 progress reports just before dismissal at 10:30 on Thursday- please ask for them! Also, Wednesday March 13 is another 1/2 day for district-wide professional development with student dismissal at 10:30AM.


Second, ELA MCAS is just around the corner for Grade 10. As we transition to our first round of computer-based testing at the high school, we will hold an MCAS infrastructure testing trial on March 15 (next Friday) in order to rehearse for the actual testing days. The infrastructure trial will take place during the first two periods of the day on the 15th and will impact all grade 10 students.


Additionally on March 15th, guest speaker Richard Guerry will present to all Grade 9 students about the responsible use of technology and the prevention of digital abuse. Mr. Guerry came to Mansfield two years ago and his presentation was very well received. We're excited to have Mr. Guerry back at MHS thanks to generous support from the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County.


Third, on or around March 25th all students currently enrolled in Grade 9 and Grade 11 Wellness classes will begin the Human Sexuality Unit. We are in the process of putting together a mailing to parents and guardians of all students currently enrolled. The letter outlines the topics and the sources for our curriculum- please look for it to arrive in the mail by this coming Monday. You may choose to opt your child out of the unit by emailing me or your child's teacher directly, and alternate curriculum will be provided. We received great feedback from students at the close of first semester and are using it to inform our delivery this time around.


Finally, a huge congratulations is in order to all of our Winter Sports teams! The level of competition and success we've achieved this season is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our student athletes and our coaches- you should all be very proud!


Best regards,


Mary Watkins

Grade 8 Parent Night

Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30pm

MHS Auditorium

On March 13 at 6:30PM, Grade 8 Parents and Guardians are invited to learn about the Mansfield High School schedule and course offering for the 2019-2020 school year.


There will be a meeting in the auditorium to review the schedule and overview of the high school along with instructions about to how to register for classes. This will be followed by Department Chair presentations in each content area.


We hope to see you there!

Guidance

Registration Updates


Students and parents will have access to the X2 registration portal to register for classes from February 27 - March 8. The X2 portal will close at 11:59PM on Friday, March 8. School counselors will meet with each student to review their course selections and finalize the registration process from March 11-April 12. For parents and guardians of rising 8th grade students, please attend Grade 8 Parent Night on March 13 (see event below).


Local Scholarships for the Class of 2019


The Mansfield Local Scholarships are now available through Naviance. Please do not miss out on this great opportunity to access scholarship funds to help support your college education. We are so fortunate to have so many generous sponsors across the Mansfield community that value the opportunity to support our students. If you have any questions please see your counselor.


Parent Coffee Hours for the Class of 2020


The Guidance Department will host two junior parent “Coffee Hours,” where counselors will meet with smaller groups of parents to answer questions they may have about the college process.


Included in these sessions will be a panel of students from the senior class who have recently completed the college admissions process to provide insight about their experiences.


Each session will run from 7:30 am to 8:45 am. If you are interested, please contact Denise MacKillop in the guidance office at 508-261-7540 ext. 33105 to reserve a seat. You may also contact her via email at Denise.MacKillop@mansfieldschools.com.


The sessions will take place in the Library and the dates and hours are as follows:


Thursday, March 21st 7:30-8:45am

Friday, March 22nd 7:30-8:45am


We hope that you are able to join us!

National History Day Competition

Over the weekend, Mansfield High School students attended the 2019 South Shore District History Day Competition at Foxboro High School.


A total of nine entries by MHS students received either first, second, or third place and will now advance to the Massachusetts State Finals on April 6, 2019, in Winchester, Massachusetts.


Students who are successful at the state competition will represent Massachusetts at the National History Day Finals, June 9 to 13, at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Congrats and good luck to all of our contestants!

MHS Dance Team

On Sunday March 3rd, the Mansfield High School Dance team participated in Drea's Dream in the MHS auditorium. Drea's Dream is a non-profit dance organization that provides dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs. Over 240 dancers from 6 dance studios (including Mansfield High School) came together to perform and raise nearly $5,000 dollars for this wonderful charity. Congratulations to all performers!
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Hockey Clothing Drive

The Mansfield Boys' varsity and JV Hockey Teams ran a clothing drive to support the Rhode Island Hospital Emergency room and its relationship with nearby shelters for the homeless. Two full pickup trucks of clothing were collected from February 11th through February 17th. The response was so overwhelming that clothing was distributed to additional locations in Fall River and North Attleboro. Thank you to all of the boys who volunteered their time for collecting clothes, and a special thanks to Nick and Ben Levine for their work in helping to organize the event.

Best Buddies Bowling Bonanza

The Mansfield High School Best Buddies Chapter is hosting a bowling fundraiser on March 24th from 4-6PM at North Bowl Lanes in North Attleboro. You do not have to be a part of Best Buddies to participate. The goal of our bowling fundraiser is to bring together students from Mansfield High School, along with their families and other community members, to come and join the fun, meet new people, and raise money for our Chapter.


You may purchase tickets at our table inside the cafeteria during all lunches. You can also purchase a ticket after school on March 13th in Rm 129 from 10:30-11:15 AM. One ticket, which is $15, will grant you two hours of bowling. This ticket also allows you to bowl in pairs, on a team of up to 6 bowlers or by yourself!


We also will be selling "Spread the word to end the word" bracelets to help end the use of inflammatory words used towards people with disabilities. The money from our ticket sales will help our Chapter grow and continue creating friendships.


You can pay the $15 in either cash or a check made out to Mansfield High School. Or sign up online using the link to purchase tickets and donate https://bestbuddiesmansfield.myevent.com/page.php?groupingID=online_payment


For more information please contact Isabelle Hanley(ihanley19@mansfieldschools.com) or Ms. Riley(christine.riley@mansfieldschools.com)


**Make sure to “B” on the lookout for more information! :)


Where: North Bowl Lanes in North Attleboro, MA
When: Sunday, March 24th from 4-6pm

Price: $15 per person (this includes bowling shoes)

Career Fair

Please join us on Thursday, March 14th from 6:30-8:00PM in the Gym!
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Tuesday, March 12th, 6-7:30pm

Mansfield Council on Aging at the Mansfield Public Library

The next "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" support group meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 12th at 6pm. We will welcome Colleen Pritoni from the Massachusetts Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. She will offer helpful guidance and information on state resources. Please join us for coffee and snacks!

In Memoriam- Edwin M. "Eddy" Robitaille

As you all know, two weeks ago Mansfield High School lost one of our own, sophomore Edwin M. "Eddy" Robitaille, after a long battle with illness.


Eddy’s warmth and positivity endeared him to many staff members during his time here at MHS; he leaves behind a strong group of friends and a tight family.


MHS, your cards, gift cards, and the signs created by Student Council were delivered to his home along with a class ring on behalf of MHS staff and administration; we all honored him with a moment of silence last Monday; and, many of us attended his wake and services Wednesday and Thursday of last week.


Eddy's passing is a terrible loss, but we should take comfort knowing that he was surrounded by family and friends throughout it all. Please keep all who are close to Eddy in your thoughts.


We'll keep Eddy's memory alive in our hearts.

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