MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

May 21, 2021


Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,


Congrats to all of our Grade 10 students who persevered through MCAS testing!! I am so proud of our students, and thankful for everyone involved in getting testing off the ground this year. I'm especially grateful for the support and flexibility of the community with the reverse half days and the many changes to the testing schedule. Sophomores, you can check that off the list!


Members of the Class of 2021 and Families

Please be on the lookout for on-going communication from me via email in the days to come. For next week, Wednesday is the last day of classes and also Chromebook/Charger collection day for Seniors. Some of you will need to keep your Chromebooks (APs, INCs, and MEs only) and we'll communicate to you separately regarding a later drop off. Please fill out the Graduation RSVP form that I sent earlier today... Graduation is on the horizon!


Enjoy the warm weather this weekend.


Best,


Mary Watkins

Principal

Schedule for the Week of May 24-28

May 24- Full In Person Grades 9-12


May 25- Full in Person Grades 9-12


May 26- Full in Person Grades 9-12; last day of classes for Seniors; Chromebook/Charger return for Seniors


May 27- Full in Person Grades 9-11; Chromebook/Charger return for Seniors in the VRC


May 28- Full in Person Grades 9-11

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Our students taking advantage of the green space on campus for learning. Thanks for sharing the photo Ms. Kenny!

MHS Choir and Drama

The MHS Drama Department presented a show this past weekend. Here is the LINK. The show was called MHS PRESENTS AN EVENING OF THEATRE.


The shows went really well. The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase their work. All of the plays (eight ten-minute plays) were student-directed. The dance team was also featured on Friday night. Also, seven students were inducted into the INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies had their first in-person chapter event last week! Buddies hung out by the track chatting and playing card games. The MHS chapter has met monthly via Google Classroom, but this was their first in-person event this year.
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Class of 2024 Bertucci's Fundraiser

Enjoy your Bertucci's favorites with family and friends while raising money for the Mansfield High School Class of 2024! Join us at Bertucci's in Mansfield on Thursday, May 27th from 11 AM - 10 PM. Make sure to show the flyer to your server or use the code 408-189-089 for online orders. Valid on takeout, catering, delivery, and when you dine in.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Eligible households can receive:
  • Up to a $50/month discount on their broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if their household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. Households can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on Wednesday, May 12. The program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Nutrition Assistance

Nutrition Assistance:


In addition to school meals and Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance, has helped many households get through this tough year. Here are some important messages to share with families returning to in-person learning who no longer qualify for P-EBT:
  • All students can get free meals at school (P-EBT was created to supplement the availability of school meals during remote learning due to the pandemic).
  • P-EBT will be available this summer, so families who qualified should keep their cards! (The Department of Transitional Assistance will share more information about this in the future.)
  • Families can still use their unspent P-EBT money from previous months.
  • Many families who were eligible for P-EBT are likely eligible for SNAP and are encouraged to apply. SNAP outreach materials are available in 11 languages.
For more information, visit www.map-ebt.org/snap.

Updated Travel Advisory


Effective Monday, March 22, the MA Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory which will be enforced in MPS.



After consultation with Mansfield’s COVID-19 Task Force, our board of health will require staff and students of MPS to produce documentation of post-travel testing to comply with guidelines from the Massachusetts Travel Advisory as stated below. Testing is required for all destinations. There are no longer specific high risk areas of travel. MPS will also follow these additional modifications:


  • We will continue to accept parent/guardian post-travel tests from an unvaccinated parent/guardian for students less than ten years of age. If all parents/guardians who have traveled with the students under ten years are vaccinated, the students need to have their own COVID-19 test before returning to school.


  • Mansfield Public Schools will accept FDA EUA-approved molecular SARS-CoV2 tests including the PCR and Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, and antigen tests for return from travel.


If your student is out of school while waiting for post-travel test results or are in a post travel-quarantine, please contact your school nurses who can initiate instructional delivery from classroom teachers.


Guidance is changing quickly but we need to adhere to standards that will provide the best protection for our entire school community. We understand the challenges associated with testing and we appreciate your compliance with the travel guidance. Consideration will be given to changing travel requirements for MPS as vaccination rates increase and our quarantine numbers stabilize.


MPS Returning & Learning Travel Information

From the Health Office

Contact betsy.savoie@mansfieldschools.com to report any illness, COVID diagnosis or that your student was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID. We continue to put together the pieces of the puzzle and this information is essential in giving us a better handle on keeping our school community safe and healthy.

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