MHS Newsletter

Your news source for Mansfield High School

From the Principal's Desk...

January 22, 2020


Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,


Please find key information for the upcoming week:


  • Tuesday, January 26th will be a remote learning day for all Grade 9, 10, and 12 students, while Grade 11 students (except for those who have opted out) will report to school for PSAT testing. On the 26th, buses will run in the AM for Juniors, per the usual schedule, with an additional run home at 11:30AM immediately after dismissal at 11:20 (unlike MCAS the PSAT is a timed test). Grab-and-go lunches will be available for all testing students as they exit the building. Juniors will then be expected to log in to the last class of the day remotely from home at 12:49PM. Cohorts will remain separate throughout the testing day. An email with additional details was sent to all Juniors and their families yesterday.


  • Parents/guardians, when dropping of your child in the morning you must now DROP OFF AND GO. Do not park in the fire lane, reserved parking spots, or student parking spots. Current practice is creating a dangerous situation by blocking fire lanes reserved for emergency vehicles. Thank you for prompt attention and cooperation in this safety matter.

  • The Senior Celebration Committee is requesting donations to the Class of 2021 Senior Celebration Fund! All monies will be used to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021 this spring. 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):

    • Go to the Mansfield Public Schools website, select the "Parents" tab, then "Online Payments" => Unipay Link. http://www.mansfieldschools.com/

    • Select: "Student Activity" transaction type (NOT the donation option), then => "High School Student Activity." PLEASE note for the activity "Senior Celebration."

    If you wish to join the Senior Celebration Committee please click on this link:https://forms.gle/t7VgdkSPsBcQTUTz5. Questions? Contact Alexandra Piccirilli at mansfieldhsparents@gmail.com. Thank you!


  • Picture retakes are coming - please see below for more information.


  • Q2 grades close next Friday, January 29th. We will begin 2nd Semester on Monday, February 1st. Students will receive the new lunch schedule as well as instructions for accessing their 2nd Semester schedule next Wednesday during the first block of the day.


Have a great weekend!


Best regards,


Mary Watkins

Principal

School Photos Retakes

Grade 9 - 11 students not yet photographed this year will have their picture taken on our Photo Retake Days below, with a new ID to follow a few weeks later. Picture order envelopes are available in the Main Office for student pick up if needed.


In addition, students who purchased pictures in December but would like to have them retaken may do so on the Retake Day. The original photo package must be returned to the photographer at that time.


Photo Retake Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 2nd AM - Daily & Hybrid Cohort B students with last names L-Z

  • Thursday, February 4th AM - Daily & Hybrid Cohort A students with last names A-K

  • Thursday, February 4th 3-4pm - Virtual Remote Cohort students

Flu Vaccination Update

Please see the statement below from the MA DPH, School Health Services, which was issued on Friday, January 15, 2021:


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.


DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

Big picture

Department of Digital Learning

If you haven't checked out our Student and Family Digital Resources website, please take a minute and visit! We've been hard at work creating resources to help families and students learn and use some of the many digital tools we have available throughout MPS.


There are instructional documents and videos about the digital tool, as well as resources to help you use digital tools in an efficient and productive way.


Some of our latest topics include:


  • How to create and use labels and filters to manage all the emails you receive from Google Classroom, etc.
  • How to turn off/on notifications in Google Classroom
  • What is the difference between Mark as Done and Turn In in Google Classroom and when do I use each option?
  • How do I split my viewing screen to see and use 2 applications at the same time?
  • Taking screenshots with my Chromebook
  • Creating and Using Google Forms
  • Managing your extensions in your Chrome browser
  • Using Equatio (grades 5-12) for digital inking in math


We are continuing to create and post new materials regularly, so bookmark the site and check back often!

Class of 2023 Fundraiser

The Class of 2023 has partnered with "Ink'd" to bring you trendy and comfy sherpas! Please support the Class of 2023 by sharing or purchasing one via this link:


http://shop.inkdstores.com/mansfield_class_of_2023/shop/home

Mental Health Resources

This document was put together by our school counselors and nurses, and to provide valuable information for families.


If you need support over the break and don't know where to start or look, please consult the following document:


Mental Health Resources

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

Substitute Teachers and Substitute Paraprofessionals Needed

Mansfield Public Schools is seeking responsible individuals to fill these positions immediately. Openings available in all schools. Flexible schedule.

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