MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

March 26, 2021


Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,


All parents and guardians are invited to attend an information session for MHS "Return to Full In-Person" via StreamYard/YouTube on Monday, March 29th, 2021 from 6:30-7:30PM. A link will be sent out to all parents and guardians on Monday morning. During the presentation, I will share out the most up-to-date information about our return to full in-person, plans for May standardized testing, and do my best to answer your questions!


With a return to full in-person, it is important for everyone to understand that we will continue to provide the Virtual Remote Cohort (VRC). All students currently enrolled in the VRC may remain there through the end of the school year following their current schedule.


In addition, any student may elect to migrate between cohorts at any time. Please understand that the transition between cohorts may take 10 or more days to process and that cohort changes may require significant course/schedule changes.


If you wish to request a cohort change in time for the April 28th transition, you must read this document, Cohort Transfer Information, and then complete this form, Cohort Transfer Request. The deadline for completing the form is next Friday, April 2nd. Cohort changes will also be addressed on Monday evening if you'd like to wait to hear more before making a decision. Only those who wish to change cohorts need to fill out the form.


In addition, our Virtual College Planning Night will take place on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30PM. Please look for an email from Ms. Karidoyanes that went out earlier this week for registration information.


Finally, on a somber note, I want to flag to your attention the statement below from the Mansfield School Committee. This statement was read at the School Committee meeting this past Tuesday in response to the tragedy in Atlanta targeting women of Asian descent. At MHS, we reject racism and xenophobia in all forms; I want to encourage all members of our school community to reach out to a trusted staff member to report any incidents of discrimination, or to seek assistance and support for any student or staff member who is experiencing fear or concern at this time.


Take care,


Mary Watkins

Principal

Statement From the Mansfield School Committee

As we prepare to return our students to in-person instruction and as
we reflect on the many challenges and changes faced by students,
staff, and families over the past year, we must also acknowledge the
increase in racist acts and violence against the Asian-American and
Pacific Islander communities across our country since the COVID-19
pandemic began. These acts of hatred build on a long-standing pattern
of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia in our nation going back more than
150 years.

As a community of learners, we stand opposed to the anti-Asian
rhetoric that has been allowed to grow during this pandemic. While we
are not aware of any direct actions against members of our school
community who are of Asian descent, we are mindful that students,
staff, and families may be processing the incidents of anti-Asian
racism occurring across the country in personal ways. We acknowledge
the fear and pain you may be feeling and encourage you to reach out to
a teacher or counselor, building principal, and for employees, the
Human Resources department, if you are in need of additional resources
or support. If you or anyone you know has experienced harassment or
discrimination within the Mansfield Public Schools, please contact the
District’s Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance Officer, Assistant
Superintendent Michael Connolly.

We affirm our district's commitment to providing support for one
another and to standing up and speaking out against acts of hatred,
racism, and harm. We ask each member of our school community –
teachers, staff, administrators, students, and families – to continue
to work together to create a safe and inclusive learning environment,
whether physical or virtual, that supports all of our students,
employees, and families.

The Mansfield School Committee

Updated Travel Advisory

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Class of 2021

Graduation Gowns

Senior parents and guardians- if your child has not yet entered their height for grad gown measurement, please enter it here. Thank you!


Local Scholarships

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. Seniors have received an email from the School Counseling Office reminding them of this important opportunity and instructions for accessing transcripts and recommendations if needed. If you have any questions please see reach out to your child's counselor.


Panera Bread Fundraiser, March 26th-4-8PM

The funds will benefit the Class of 2021 for an outdoor senior celebration and parade during senior week. Please enjoy a meal at Panera at 103 Taunton Street Plainville, MA only.

Please bring this flyer to the Panera or order online with the code enclosed in the flyer - see flyer at this link for details.


Senior Celebration Donations

Donations are requested for the Class of 2021 for the Senior Celebration Fund! The suggested donation per Senior student is $35.00.


If you wish to donate, you may do so online, or via check mailed to Mansfield High School, with "Senior Celebration" noted on the Memo line. Online donations can be made via the UniPay Link on the District website, for a fee (accepting electronic check and credit/debit card payments, except Visa):


  • Click here for the High School Student Activity Unipay link. Be sure to type "Senior Celebration" in the "Activity" field.


Thank you for your contributions!! Keep Updated with Senior Activities and Volunteering on Facebook at the group Mansfield Class 2021 Celebration our Seniors.


Lawn Signs

Please click on the PDF below to learn how to order a lawn sign for a graduating senior!

Class of 2022

Virtual College Planning Night


Students and parents/guardians of the Class of 2022 please check your email for an invitation and information from Ms. Karidoyanes about the Virtual College Planning for the junior class on Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30 pm. You must register for this event to receive an invitation - we hope to see you there!

Class of 2023

Attention Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Celebrate your achievements and capture memories with a class ring!


Class Rings are on sale through April 5th.


See the flyer in the Hornet Life or posted around the school for details and ordering information.


The direct link: is https://www.balfour.com/massachusetts/mansfield/mansfield-high-school

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Yearbook Ads


Show your pride for a graduating senior with an ad in the yearbook! Make your senior’s yearbook more personalized with additional photos in the book! Give your senior a shout out! Click here to design and order your ad https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/product/yearbook_ads


You can also place an ad promoting your business and be part of Mansfield’s permanent history! The last day to order is March 24, 2021.


The Yearbook Staff is still looking for photos for the senior flashback section. Please email photos to yearbook@mansfieldschools.com

MHS Choir

Check out the new MHS Choir website- we can't sing together at MHS, but we can sing at home!!


https://sites.google.com/mansfieldschools.com/mhs2021choir/home

SATs at MHS

Mansfield High School will be offering a school-based SAT exam on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. This exam session will be available only to members of the Class of 2022 (juniors).


As announced in January 2021, the College Board has eliminated the essay portion of the SAT.


In order to participate in the April 27th test administration, students must register through the School Counseling Office at MHS (NOT through the College Board website) following these instructions:


  1. Registration is open from Monday, February 8th - Tuesday, March 30th.

  2. Secure a check or US money order made payable to Mansfield High School in the amount of $52.

  3. In the memo line of the check, please print the student’s full name.

  4. To submit payment, students may do one of the following:

    1. Bring payment to Mrs. MacKillop in the School Counseling Office on assigned in-person cohort day.

    2. Drop payment off in the MHS Main Lobby Drop Box between 8am-3pm Monday-Friday. Please mark “Attn: Mrs. MacKillop” on the envelope. The drop box is located just inside the door- please ring the bell and you will be buzzed in.

    3. Mail payment to the following address:

Attn: Denise MacKillop

Mansfield High School

250 East Street

Mansfield, MA 02048


Students on Free/Reduced lunch should bring a copy of the letter they received this past fall to Mrs. MacKillop on their in-person cohort day during the registration period, and exam fees will be reviewed at that time; students in the VRC who have a letter should email a copy or photo of the document to Mrs. MacKillop.


If you have any questions please contact Ms. Karidoyanes our Director of School Counseling.


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From the Health Office

Contact betsy.savoie@mansfieldschools.com to report any illness, COVID diagnosis or that your student was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID. We continue to put together the pieces of the puzzle and this information is essential in giving us a better handle on keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Student Mental Health Support

Worried about your child’s mental health? Not sure where to start or who can help? Visit HandholdMA.org, a new family friendly website for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts. COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. Many families are worried about their child’s mental health, but they aren’t sure where to turn or how to get started. HandholdMA.org is here to help.

Housing Help

The state Department of Housing and Community Development has centralized information about resources for families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. Please use this link for more information. www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp

Breakfast and Lunch at No Cost

Breakfast and lunch at no cost to families has been extended through June 2021. In addition, Grab and Go Meals are available for pick-up every Wednesday from 3-4pm at Mansfield High School. Please see the links below for additional information.


https://sites.google.com/mansfieldschools.com/covid-19/nutrition?authuser=0

From the Nurses

Illness Management


Please see the Daily Self Symptom Screening Checklist which needs to be reviewed every morning before sending your student to school. If your student does not feel well and stays home, please monitor their symptoms. If your student is having concerning symptoms, please contact your physician for guidance.


If your student is not feeling well:

  1. Stay home and call your physician for guidance regarding concerning symptoms

  2. Physician may diagnose an illness and may or may not refer student for a COVID-19 test

  3. Inform your school nurse of absence, diagnosis, and/or testing

  4. Student may return per our back to school guidelines(fever free for 24 hrs without use of medication and an improvement in symptoms) and a negative COVID-19 test if one was ordered by a physician

  5. If COVID-19 test is positive, please call your school nurse for individual instructions


Communication is key in making sure information is shared in a timely manner so contacts can be identified and informed. If at any time during this school year, your student is identified as a close contact to a positive case and is placed in quarantine, please call your school nurse for individual instructions. Please do not hesitate to call your school nurse with information or with any questions.


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-


Please see the MPS Return to School Flowchart for a quick reference guide.


SCHOOL NURSE CONTACT:

Roland Green Pre-School (508) 261-1561

Fax: (508) 261-7415

Debora.Wirth@mansfieldschools.com


Robinson Elementary School (508)261-7387

Fax: (508) 261-7389

Sue.McGinley@mansfieldschools.com or Tammy.Rozelle@mansfieldschools.com


Jordan/Jackson Elementary School (508) 261-7520

Fax: (508) 261-7522

Kristin.Haskell@mansfieldschools.com or Betsy.Johnston@mansfieldschools.com


Qualters Middle School (508) 261-7530

Fax: (508) 261-7374

Lisa.Anderson@mansfieldschools.com or Elayne.Brown@mansfieldschools.com


Mansfield High School (508) 261-7540

Fax: (508) 261-7416

Christine.Harrison@mansfieldschools.com or Betsy.Savoie@mansfieldschools.com

About Us

Mary Watkins, Principal

Zachary Abrams, Assistant Director, Special Education

Abigail Barlas, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

James Schliefke, Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12

Timothy Tichacek, Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 11