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From the Principal's Desk...

January 15, 2020


Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,


Please find key information for the upcoming weeks:


  • 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.


  • Please read below regarding school photo and ID distribution, and photo retakes.


  • 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 (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. Please look for an email to all Juniors toward the end of next week with all of the details (what to bring, where to enter/exit, etc.).

Finally, no school for all this Monday, January 18th in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.



Best regards,


Mary Watkins

Principal

School Photos and IDs

School IDs and Photos

On Thursday and Friday of this week students who were photographed in December received a new student ID and their photo package, if they ordered pictures. Virtual Remote Cohort students photographed in December will have their new ID and photos mailed home (if purchased).


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



NHS Thanks Teachers of Influence

On Thursday evening, January 14th, the newest members of the National Honor Society were inducted. As part of their induction, many of the inductees would like to acknowledge and thank a teacher who has helped them, not only on their educational journey, but also as a mentor, coach, or role model.


"Thank you seems insufficient to mark all that our teachers have done, but we are very grateful for their support throughout the years!"


Thanks to the following outstanding teachers:


Mr. Geoffrey Beaulieu

Ms. Denise DeGraca

Mr. Matthew McGuire

Ms. Charlotte Boyd

Ms. Ellen Dumont

Mr. Kevin Miller

Ms. Dianne Breitenstein

Ms. Sarah Duporte

Mr. Sergio Morales

Ms. Elizabeth Cappuccilli

Ms. Karen Elofson

Ms. Nadine Mullins

Ms. Gail Colombo

Ms. Gail Farrington

Ms. Teresa Nyhan

Ms. Caroline Cooney

Mr. Keith Fisher

Ms. Elizabeth Parsons

Ms. Zelia Pinto

Ms. Kelly Crawford

Mr. Gerald Foley

Ms. Crystal Perkins

Mr. Michael Cripps

Ms. Deborah Franklin

Mr. John Pontes

Mr. Joshua Curry

Ms. Rayna Freedman

Ms. Liz Pruell

Ms. Amanda Dacyczyn

Mr. Timothy Frias

Ms. Katherine Struzziero

Ms. Alexandra Darcy

Ms. Melissa Heeden

Mr. Michael Sweet

Ms. Margaret DeAngelis

Ms. Kara Livingston

Mr. Thomas White

Mr. William Deasy

Mr. Robert MacDonald

Ms. Jillian Zielstra

Ms. Sue Zonghetti

Parent/Guardian Volunteer Group - Calling all Senior parents and guardians!!

Parents/Guardians, let's help make this a great year for our students, and especially our Seniors! If you are interested in volunteering your time to support a variety of student and school-wide needs (materials distribution, holiday season decorations, end-of-year plans for Seniors, etc.) please sign up here https://forms.gle/t7VgdkSPsBcQTUTz5.


The group is open to parents/guardians of students in ALL grade levels.


Please contact Alexandra Piccirilli at mansfieldhsparents@gmail.com with any questions.

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

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Tree-plenish

Calling all Mansfield residents! Several MHS students are involved in "Tree-plenish", a community tree-planting initiative, and are requesting your support. On April 24th, volunteers will be planting 230 trees in the yards of Mansfield residents. To sign up to volunteer or to request trees for your yard, please visit https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/mansfield.

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