Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

October 28, 2022

Good evening MHS families,

This past week our performing arts department hosted its annual Haunted Hallways event. The event was wildly successful with what felt like more than 1000 kids passing through the halls of the first floor, eager to trick or treat at a variety of classrooms. Many of our high school students took time to decorate classroom doors and get into costumes themselves, representing a variety of clubs and activities at MHS. Once the trick or treating was completed, our performing arts department put on an outstanding concert for families to enjoy, with our band, orchestra, and choir all putting on great performances. As a parent with young kids in the district, it was exciting for our young students in the district to see what great experiences they have to look forward to when they get to MHS. I am incredibly proud of the students and staff for representing MHS and putting on such a great event! Take a look at a few of the photos from the event below.

NEASC Family Survey Link

Families, please use the link provided to fill out the Family survey for our NEASC accreditation process. The information submitted through this survey will be used to support decisions about where MHS can make improvements. If you have not taken the time to fill out the survey yet, please take the time to fill it out, as it is an important part of our accreditation process and we need a strong level of response to help steer our work.

Family Survey Link

MHS Job Fair Update

The Career Office hosted a Job Fair this week, which was held during lunch block each day. Students had the opportunity to speak with local employers who are actively hiring. We would like to thank the following employers for attending. Primrose School, Best Buy, Mass Premier Courts, Kohl's, Saphire Event Group, Showcase Cinemas, Shaws, Cibo Matto, Five Below, The Paper Store, Extreme Craze, and The Hockomock YMCA. Many students participated and received information about current job offerings. Employers enjoyed the experience during their time here and many made comments on what great students we have at MHS!

Please contact Ms. Sandman or Mrs. Redding if you need additional information.

Dresses, Dresses, Dresses!

Homecoming was a huge success! So what do you do with those dresses now?

Did You know that we have a boutique here at MHS?

Why buy one when you can get one for free?

Please consider donating to the MHS Boutique.

Accepting NOW: Gently Used Dry Cleaned

Homecoming dresses and Prom Dresses

Shoes and jewelry are also accepted

Please bring them to Natalie Johnson, room 144, or email

Professional Development and Veterans Day

Please note there will be no school on Tuesday, November 8th and Friday, November 11th. The 8th will be a professional development day for the district, and the 11th will be an observance of Veteran's Day.

Graduation Update

We are working with LiveNation and the Xfinity Center again this year to host our graduation ceremony. While we have not been able to confirm a date at this time, we have requested a block of dates for consideration. At this time MHS has requested a date from Wednesday 5/31 to Tuesday 6/6. While there is no confirmed date, I hope this information is helpful.

AFL-CIO Scholarship Opportunity Class of 2023

The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship Program is in its 65th year. Through the scholarship program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is honored to continue a long tradition of helping students continue their education as they work toward creating bright futures.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarship program awardees receive between $500 and $16,000 towards their education. Over 40 unions, central labor councils, area businesses and charitable trusts from across Massachusetts participate in awarding scholarships that total nearly half a million dollars. Unions in Massachusetts have given close to $10 million in scholarships since 2000. About 1,500 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship. Students with a union affiliation are eligible for both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO awards and those awards listed under their specific local union/central labor council. Massachusetts students that do not have union affiliation are eligible for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships only.

2022-2023 Scholarships

  • The scholarship application is available online at All applications must be submitted online; you do not register for the exam at MHS.

  • Scholarship Applications are due Friday, December 16, 2022; late applications will not be accepted.

  • The study guide is available online and is updated annually with new information. They have updated their website to make it more interactive for students to review material. The study guide can be found at Scholarship Study Guide

  • This year's Labor History Exam will be given electronically in school on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 first thing in the morning. More information to follow.

Yearbook Update

The 2023 Yearbook is now on sale! Order now and save! Books are on sale for $65 until Halloween, October 31. Go to (school number 5468)

Senior portraits and blurbs are due by October 31st. Please go to the yearbook tab on the MHS website for more information and links for submitting.

We have several old yearbooks available for sale! If you're interested contact us at

McLean Parent Talk Series Link

On October 7th McLean Hospital put on a virtual parent discussion centered on anxiety in adolesence. They provided a link to the presentation for any parent who were unable to attend the event. Please use the link and password provided below to view.


Password: McLean2022

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