MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

June 14, 2019

Hi All,

Thanks for taking the time to read this last edition of the newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year. Students, staff, parents, and guardians- you've worked hard all year long, summer is here, and you should enjoy it- you've certainly earned it!

Before we take off next week, please keep a few items in mind...

As many of you know we are renovating the curtain wall at MHS (the back wall facing the turf) over the summer. Construction begins promptly on June 20th.

As a result, a large portion of the back parking lot behind the high school will be closed the entire summer and there will very limited interior access to the back half of the building (see image below). If you have business at the high school this summer we ask that you respect all signage ("Do not enter") both inside and outside in order to ensure everyone's safety.

If you do stop by, here's what you need to know:

  • the side parking lot and the front parking lot will remain open
  • please continue to buzz in at the Main Entrance and have your license ready to present in the Main Office for the new visitor ID system
  • athletes may continue to use the athletic wing doors
  • athletes will continue to have direct access to the turf from the back of the gym (you'll find a designated walkway that is located safely away from the construction)
  • summer school and summer institutes will be relocated to classrooms in the front half of the building

Thank you for bearing with us during this renovation project.

Also, please note that Q4 report cards will be dropped in the mail on or about June 24th. Please find Bus Transportation information regarding a new on-line Pay-N-Ride form below.

Finally, I'd like to take a moment to congratulate our MHS retirees for this school year: English Department Chair, Cindy Carli, Mathematics Department Chair, Chris Kalinowski, and ASW Teacher/ALC Co-Coordinator, Peg Kuplast. We wish Ms. Carli, Ms. Kalinowski, and Ms. Kuplast much happiness and health in their retirements, and I want to thank them personally for their dedication and commitment to MHS over the decades(!).

Enjoy the warm weather, relax, read a few good books- and I'll see you in September!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins


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Final Exam Schedule

Please find the schedule for exams, June 13- June 19, attached in the PDF below. Students are dismissed at 10:30AM on June 14, 17, and 18; on June 19, students only come to school if they have an exam to make up.

Bus Transportation for 2019-2020

The Mansfield Public Schools are pleased to announce the implementation of a new online form for Pay-N-Ride transportation applications for the 2019-2020 school year. This new online process is replacing the hard copy bus forms that have been handed out in the past and you will not receive paperwork home in your child's backpack.

Connolly Bus will begin the process of creating bus routes on August 1, 2019. Please make every effort to complete your registration by July 31, 2019 in order to ensure a spot on the bus.

Who needs to register for bus transportation?

If your student is in grade K - 6 and lives over 2 miles from the schools, they will be automatically added to a bus and you do not need to register them

If your student is in grade K - 6 and lives less than 2 miles from the school, you need to complete a Pay-N-Ride Transportation application to be assigned to a bus.

If your student is in grade 7 - 12, regardless of distance, you need to complete a Pay-N-Ride Transportation application to be assigned to a bus

How do I access the online form for bus transportation?

You can access the online registration form by visiting our website at and clicking on the school bus icon.

Can I pay my transportation fees online?

Yes, we have created an online payment form through Unipay that can be accessed by visiting and clicking on the Pay Online icon. (Please note that there is a $10 - $20 fee charged by UniPay if you pay by credit card and a $0.25 charged by UniPay if you pay by electronic check.)

An early incentive discount is available for Pay-N-Ride fees if you register and pay prior to July 5, 2019.

I don’t want to pay online, can I pay by check?

Yes, you can pay for your transportation fees by check or money order payable to Mansfield Public Schools, 2 Park Row, Mansfield MA, 02048.

If payment is left in the Town Hall drop box, please mark the envelope Attn: School Department - Transportation.

We do not accept cash.

Who should I contact if I have a question?

Please contact or call 508-261-7503

You may also visit our Frequently Asked Transportation Questions on our website at

Performing Arts

We are thrilled to announce that MHS freshman, Nia John won the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Lavender in Mansfield High School's recent production of MATILDA! In addition, junior Matt Neary won for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Mr. Wormwood. The awards were announced recently at the MET Award Ceremony at the Berklee Performing Arts Center in Boston. Congratulations to Nia and Matt!

In addition, the MHS Choir sang "I Choose Love" at the Mansfield Pride Flag Raising Ceremony.
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World Language

Ms. Murphy's class participated in "We Broke Out!" using their Spanish language skills to problem solve successfully together!

Ms. Pinto's Spanish 4 Honors students studied our World Language Week featured artist Pablo Picasso and recreated a few of his most popular paintings.
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Last week, Mrs. Elofson’s Engineering class & Dr. Carroll’s Anatomy class Skyped w/ Eleanor Glockner, a bioengineering student at Stanford, & Jim Cybulski, CEO & co-inventor of the Foldscope, the “origami microscope,” which is designed to be extremely portable and durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes.

As part of the company’s mission to produce low-cost scientific tools that globally expand access to science, the primary design constraints of the Foldscope microscope was that the materials to build it cost less than one dollar. Our students engaged with these members of the development team to learn about the design process as well as the use and applications of the Foldscope.

Business and Technology

Congratulations to Shreya Ahuja and Mrs. Prester for being honored at the annual National Center for Women and Information Technology award ceremony at the Boston Museum of Science. Shrreya received the Massachusetts Aspirations in Computing Award for high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology. She was chosen for her achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. Mrs. Prester was one of two Massachusetts educators honored for encouraging high school women’s technology pursuits.
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Best Buddies

Last night, Best Buddies hosted the Best Buddies Picnic to celebrate friendship and the close of our second official year as a Best Buddies Chapter. Friends gathered to hang out together, make crafts, dance, play games, and indulge in pizza, Del's lemonade and other treats.

The Mansfield Chapter of Best Buddies recently learned that we were runner-up for Best Buddies High School Chapter of the Year for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, having been one out of eighteen schools nominated by Best Buddies staff for the award.

Best Buddies of Mansfield is excited to facilitate new friendships and host exciting events during the 2019-2020 school year. Anyone with questions about how to participate in Best Buddies is encouraged to contact advisors Kelly Kenny ( or Christine Riley (

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From the Nurse's Office

Last week highlighted CPR/AED awareness. The campaign reinforced the importance of learning CPR but also placed importance on the willingness of bystanders to act in a cardiac arrest emergency. Learning CPR empowers participants to feel confident in their skills to react if needed. If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

During the week we recognized the efforts of our students and staff in becoming CPR/AED certified. CPR certification is valid for 2 years and many staff are already certified. This school year 80 additional staff members including teachers, paraprofessionals, Special Education bus drivers and coaches became American Heart Association CPR/AED certified. We are please to share that 9 students also earned their CPR/AED certification and several also received First Aid certification.

Congratulations to everyone who participated.... CPR saves lives.

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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