MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

May 28, 2021


Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,


Biology MCAS for our Grade 9 students takes place on June 7th and 8th (not this coming week but the following one!). ALL students should report to school at 7:25AM; Grade 9 students will make their way to their assigned testing spaces upon arrival. We will email students and post testing room assignments in the Main Lobby next week.


Members of the Class of 2021 and Families:

Today I sent out an email with details for Graduation Rehearsal on Tuesday, June 1st at 8:30AM. This is a required rehearsal for all graduating Seniors. Seniors may return Chromebooks/Chargers immediately after the rehearsal.


Finally, just a reminder that we have no school on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. On this special day, let's all take a moment to remember with gratitude those who courageously gave their lives in service to our country.


Have a restful weekend.


Take care,


Mary Watkins

Principal

Senior Celebration- Thank you to our donors!!!

Senior Celebration Co-Chairs, Alexandra Piccirilli and Molly Volkey, would like to thank all the parents/guardians and sponsors for all your donations. We would like to thank all the volunteers on the committees for the Parade, Senior Picnic, Senior Spirit and Video. Lastly, we would like to thank Principal Watkins and the MHS staff that helped out. Your hard work has helped make this a spectacular Senior Week for the Class of 2021!


Thank you and we wish you and your families good luck next year!


Please see a full list of our sponsors here (attached the pdf below).

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.

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.

STEM Graduates from MHS

In the July of 2015 three of our Mansfield High School graduating seniors attended a five-day residential program at Bridgewater State University called Envision the Future with 45 other middle schoolers from 18 communities in southeastern Massachusetts. They spent the week fully immersed in STEM activities from building submarine ROVs to retrieve objects in the University pool to running DNA electrophoresis as guests in a Bio lab at Stonehill College.


Through this intensive introduction to STEM, Mairead Shannon, then a student at St. Mary’s school, Ravi Hettiarachchi and Julia Courtney, both students at Qualter’s middle school, were inspired to replicate the STEM experience for young students in the Mansfield schools. This project, spearheaded by Katherine Honey SE Mass STEM coordinator and co-chaired by parents and Mansfield science educators originated the first Mansfield STEM expo in 2017 for students in grades 5 and 6. Due to its success it was expanded in 2018 and 2019 to include students from grades 4 to 7. The three seniors each hosted hands-on STEM activity tables at these events for elementary and middle school students at the Jordan/Jackson school where they were joined by presenters from local and national STEM related businesses as well as educators to provide critical thinking activities and workshops. The girls participated in closing ceremonies involving math to music and chemistry. Through their high school years, each of the seniors also participated in a STEM program with other Envision the Future students from Easton and Norton through a partnership with Sensata in Attleboro that connected the girls with STEM professionals and engaged them in activities that fostered strategies for being successful in future careers.


We congratulate our three seniors as they move on to bring their talents and established sense of commitment to volunteerism to new educational environments: Mairead will be pursuing studies in Environmental Science at Loyola University at Chicago. Julia will spend a year volunteering at the National Marine Life Center in Bourne and will attend Bridgewater University, Fall of 2022 to major in Biology and Marine Veterinary studies and Rachel will be heading to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to major in Computer Science and Business.

COVID Vaccine Information

COVID Vaccine Information from the Mansfield Public Schools Health Services


Please click the link to find information for parents regarding the COVID vaccine for individuals ages 12+


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pXBSbE6MhYfpV7kxWebnNWUxjq7U63gqGRJp8exRkuY/edit?usp=sharing

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 2021, the MA Travel Order was replaced with a Travel Advisory and lower-risk states are no longer in effect.


Effective May 29, 2021, MPS will no longer require notification of travel plans or documentation of testing on return home. Please continue to check the Massachusetts Travel Advisory for state recommendations when planning travel.


The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and re-open the economy, and all visitors and returning residents have a responsibility to help keep transmission levels as low as possible

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