MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

January 31, 2020

Hi All,

This Monday, February 3rd, students will convene in home room at the start of the school day to receive their Quarter 2 report cards (please ask for them!).

Over the next two weeks, 9th grade students will receive "Signs Of Suicide" (SOS) screening in Biology classes. As a part of this important state mandate, students will watch a video, engage in discussion led by the school counselor, and be provided with a self-assessment inventory for depression. For any student "screened in" parents/guardians will be contacted. A mailing was sent home to all 9th grade parents/guardians earlier this school year with information.

Please note that as a result of the SOS initiative, the MHS School Counseling Department will have limited access to email/voicemail from February 3rd to the 13th. If you need immediate assistance please contact Mrs. MacKillop in the School Counseling Office, at

Finally, all parents and guardians are invited to hear Dr. Ruth Potee speak about teen substance abuse this coming Thursday, February 6th at 6:30PM in the MHS Auditorium. Dr. Potee is a family physician from western Massachusetts who is committed to educating parents and teenagers about the effects that substance abuse has on the developing teenage brain. She is a highly regarded speaker on this topic and is extremely engaging. Please see the flyer below for additional information.

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

College Planning Night

Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 6:30pm

MHS Auditorium

Attention Classes of 2021 & 2022

On Wednesday, February 5th the guidance office will host the annual College Planning Night at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium.

We will have representatives from local colleges and universities here to discuss the ins and outs of the college admissions process.

We hope to see you and your parents there!

NHS Peer Tutoring

The National Honor Society will be sponsoring peer tutoring in the MHS Library after school on Wednesdays. Stop by for help with your homework and studying for assessments. There is no need to sign up for an appointment, just stop by! Please see the flyer below.

Mock Trial

On Monday January 27, 2020, the MHS Mock Trial team traveled to Taunton District Court to compete against Atlantis Charter’s Mock Trial Team. MHS’s plaintiff held their own and did an excellent job presenting their case, winning verdict as well as the competition.

The opening statement was presented by Jack Mackiewicz with Bella Deberghes delivering the closing statement. The direct examinations were presented by Bella Deberghes, Brianna Bates, and Jack Mackiewicz with the cross examinations conducted by Nicholas DeLucia, Anwesa Sahu, and Kay Reynolds. Key witnesses in the plaintiff’s case were played by Lulu Cavicchi, Stella Kinney and Kai Schirmacher. Teddy Donnellan was the time keeper for both teams. Jack Mackiewicz received a perfect score for his delivery of the opening statement.

The Mock Trial Team is now 1-1 with a big match against Bishop Connolly on Tuesday, February 4th.

MHS Earns AP District Honor Roll

Mansfield High School is included among 250 schools across the USA and Canada to earn a place on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, sponsored by the College Board.

AP District Honor Roll recognizes school districts committed to increasing access to AP for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

Inclusion is based on the examination of three years of data (2017-2019). AP District Honor Roll recipients are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Winter Semi-Formal- Tickets on Sale!

Mansfield High School will be hosting its first All School Dance in many years! The Winter Semi-Formal will take place Thursday, February 13 from 6:45-9:45pm at the MHS Gym.

Tickets are on sale this coming week at all four lunches and after school in Rm 188, Monday through Thursday. Tickets are $10.00.

Please contact Jillian MacKinnon or Charlotte Boyd if you have any questions.


Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 6:30pm

JJ Multipurpose Room

Post-Secondary Transition: 18-22 and Beyond

As your child approaches age 18 and transition from high school, you might be wondering: "Where do we go from here and what opportunities are available for my child?"

Assistant Director of Special Education Zachary Abrams, DDS Transition Coordinator Rebecca Gibbons and MHS Next Steps Educator Heidi Cunio will provide an overview of timelines, opportunities and agencies available to Mansfield students. After their presentation, parents can visit agency stations to ask questions and collect materials. Agencies attending include: DDS, Mass Rehab, Next Steps Alumni, Attleboro Enterprises, House of Possibilities, Horace Mann Education Associates (HMEA), and Mass Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI).

Programs offered by these agencies include higher education opportunities, job placement and training, day hab, community living, SSI/SSDI benefits, social and recreational opportunities, residential services, and medical support. A brief SEPAC business meeting will precede the formal presentation.

Spring Sports Registration

Date: Monday, February 10th

Time: 6:00pm

Place: MHS Auditorium

Spring sports: Baseball, Boys and Girls Tennis, Softball, Boys and Girls Outdoor Track, Boys and Girls Lacrosse

Please remember that for this registration event we are collecting payments and physicals.

This evening is for both parents and players to attend so that everyone hears the same information. General information will be presented during the main program and then athletes will break down into individual team sports meetings with coaches who will be providing schedules, philosophies, and expectations.

Track will be holding their own meetings ... time and date to be announced

Girls Soccer

At the recent United Soccer Coaches convention in Baltimore, the MHS Girls Soccer program earned two national awards. The varsity team earned the National Team Academic Awards for a 3.66 team GPA and the highest level Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award (Platinum). In addition, Emily Vigeant (2019 graduate) was recognized as a "Scholar All American". Congratulation to Coach Kevin Smith and the Girls Soccer Program!

Swim Team

The Boys 200 Freestyle Relay team qualified for Sectionals. The team consists of Mike Peel, Aden Schwartz, Owen Lasbury-Casey and Rico Palanza. The Sectional Meet takes place Sunday, February 9th at MIT. Come out to support the team!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 10am

255 Hope Street

Mansfield, MA

This month we will be viewing and discussing a TED talk by Jarret Krosoczka, author of the books Lunch Lady and Hey Kiddo who was raised by his grandparents. We will also be experimenting with rock painting!

We will be holding two groups a month with the same topic to accommodate our grandparents who have younger children.

The Tuesday meeting will take place at 10-11:30AM, while the Wednesday meeting will take place from 6:30-8:00PM.

Both sessions will meet at the Council on Aging at the Mansfield Public Library. Please click on the pdf below for more information!

About Us

Mary Watkins, Principal

Zachary Abrams, Assistant Director, Special Education

Abigail Barlas, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

James Schliefke, Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 11

Timothy Tichacek, Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12