Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

December 18, 2022

Good morning MHS families,

Over the past few weeks, I have discussed and shared resources related to vaping, and I will continue to include links to these resources in the newsletter each week. The concern regarding the bathrooms is a shared concern and one that we at MHS are consistently discussing, in an effort to come up with ideas that will impact addressing the concern.

One idea that we will be moving forward with at the start of the second semester is a digital hall pass system. By sharing this information I anticipate many people will have questions regarding the system. When we return from break we will put together an FAQ document that will provide further details about how the system will work and what students and families can expect. While we will be sharing more information after break, one piece of information to know is that this system is not being used to prevent students from using the restroom. This pass system is an alternative to our current system and we will provide more information once we return from break.

Please take a look at other updates and information below and enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Winter Concert

Thank you to all of the families that attended our annual Winter Concert last night. It was an awesome night with great performances from each of our ensembles! Our guitar classes were joined on stage by Santa himself for their rendition of "Must Be Santa." It was truly a great night and every student who performed should be proud of their performances.

SCOIR Post Secondary Planning Platform

MHS is pleased to announce that we are introducing a new system called Scoir (pronounced score) to help you and your student navigate the post secondary planning process. The Class of 2023 will be the last class to use Naviance.

On Monday, December 12th MHS students in grades 9-11 will be given access to Scoir to set up their account. Students can decide to invite their parents/guardians to their account. As a parent or guardian, you would be able to view their profiles, interest inventory results, see their college list, conduct your own college searches, and suggest colleges for your student to consider. Scoir also provides parents with financial tools so that you can get a better sense of the cost of attendance at various colleges during the selection process.

We are excited to be able to provide Scoir to our students and families, and we feel confident that you will find it helpful and easy to use.

Hour of Code

This year over two hundred students from Mansfield High School celebrated Computer Science Education Week (12/5 - 12/9) with the Hour of Code. Students from the Business, Music, Science and Math departments participated in tutorials and activities that taught them about programming in various languages while playing fun games for an hour.

Thank you for your effort and support in providing students the opportunity to learn computer science!

School Spirit Week 12-19-12/23

Holiday Season is upon us and the Student Council is looking to increase spirit!

December 19th - 23rd, the Student Council will be hosting a Spirit Week and Canned Food Drive. Students may dress in spirited attire each day- as well as bring in items for the Mansfield Food Pantry. There is a bit of competition here as well, so participation is highly encouraged!

Spirit Days

12/19: PJ Day

12/20: Holiday Vacation

12/21: Flannel Day

12/22: Blizzard Day

12/23: Festive Friday

Food Pantry Accepted Donations

The pantry gratefully accepts donations of non-perishable, not yet expired, food items such as:

  • brand-name cereal, e.g., Kellogg's, Post, General Mills, etc.

  • Progresso Soup

  • Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta

  • Ramen Noodles

  • Brand-name snacks and cookies, some ideas: oreo's, fudge stripes, granola bars, breakfast bars, rice krispie treats, pb crackers

  • Canned proteins like Spam, Corned Beef Hash, Roast Beef Hash, Vienna Sausage

  • Side dishes and meal kits, such as Rice Pilaf, Hormel ComplEats, and tacos

  • Pancakes & Syrup

  • Canned corn

  • Canned fruit

  • Jarred pasta sauce

Additionally, Family Sized is prefered over small packs or Costco/BJ's sized packs for storage purposes.

Students may drop off items in the Main Lobby starting on 12/19.

Thank you for your support and Best Wishes during this Holiday Season!

-The Office of the Student Council

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

MHS Seal of Biliteracy

MHS is proud to announce that we will participate in the Seal of Biliteracy this year. This program is offered to any student who demonstrates proficiency in English and any other language. Please take a look at the letter attached for further information and reach out to Mrs. Carolina BiBiase, World Language Department Chair with any questions.

Seal of Biliteracy Letter

Prom Update

We recently received a call from Gillette Stadium regarding their updated event schedule. They informed us that our original prom date of May 6th has been bumped for event purposes, and we want to communicate the new date as quickly as possible in order for everyone to plan accordingly moving forward.

We have rescheduled the prom for juniors and seniors to Friday, May 26th 2023 from 6-10pm.

Yearbook On Sale Now

Yearbooks are on Sale NOW!
Go to (our school number is 5468) to order your book online. Yearbooks will only be available to order until the end of January. Books may not be available in June for sale, so order now!

Ads: Celebrate your senior! Advertise your business! Buy an ad in this year's book. Go to to order.

The yearbook staff is collecting senior flashbacks! Email your photos to

Old Yearbooks
The Yearbook staff is cleaning! We have several old yearbooks available for sale. Please contact Ms. Martinelli if you are interested at
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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