MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

September 6, 2019

Hi All,

We had a great first three days- the 2019-2020 academic year is launched!

Students were incredibly respectful at our class gatherings where they heard from administration and the Director of Guidance. I encouraged students to find an interest that really excites them and pursue it with passion; I addressed vaping directly by reminding students that it is not allowed at school, that it makes others uncomfortable, and that it may have a negative impact on their health; and, I challenged students to continue to set records, win awards, and pursue excellence in the true MHS tradition. Students heard from their APs regarding "rules of the road" for getting along together and for maintaining good attendance, and, finally, students received information from guidance regarding future planning.

I invite you to attend Curriculum Night on September 12th for a chance to tour the building and meet your child's teachers (see below for details). In addition, please consider volunteering to serve on the MHS School Council. We're looking for interested parents, staff, and community members who care to give input into programming and future planning here at MHS. If you have an interest, please send me a quick email- we will hold an election, only if needed, on Curriculum Night.

I hope to see you on Curriculum Night next Thursday! Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

MHS Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 12th starting at 6:20PM in the auditorium. This evening is a great opportunity to establish positive communication and collaboration with your child's teachers. For parents of Freshmen, there is an optional presentation by the Guidance Department starting at 5:45PM in the Auditorium.

5:45PM- Grade 9 Guidance Presentation

6:20PM- Principal's Welcome

6:35PM-8:15PM- Parents will follow student schedules - 10 minutes per class

Invitations were provided to all students in homeroom on the first day of school to bring home. Since you will be following your child's semester 1 schedule (A day rotation), please obtain a copy of the schedule from your child and bring it with you!

Student Leaders and Representatives

Students, you have a voice...

MHS Class Officers

Officers are elected by peers in their grades each May. They attend Class meetings and Student Council (STUCO) meetings and serve their peers in a vast capacity.

Class of 2020

President: Orion Hallowell

Vice President: Rebecca Segal

Secretary: Lohith Chundi

Treasurer: Matt Connelly

Class of 2021

President: Emmett Huiskamp

Vice President: Kelsey Hubler

Secretary: Lulu Cavicchi

Treasurer: Dheeraj Valluru

Class of 2022

President: Sagar Koul

Vice President: Gabriella Geminiani

Secretary: Jason Stokinger

Treasurer: Stephen Vovsko

Class of 2023

President: Logan Hallowell

Vice President: Emma Madden

Secretary: Savannah Carey

Treasurer: Troy Penney

Student Council Executive Board

E-board members are the primary leaders of the Student Council; they plan events, activities, meetings and fundraisers. They work on club initiatives and may collaborate with the SAC and SERSAC reps.

Your 2019-2020 E-board co-chairs are Farah Makram and Mary Muldoon.

Your 2019-2020 E-Board members are Ethan Bruce, Abby Greenberg, and Brinly Meelia.

Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council is comprised of five students elected by their classmates. The Council meets with the School Committee at least five times per school year. During these meetings, the students discuss current school topics and provide input to the School Committee from a student's perspective. The student chair of this group acts as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the school committee.

Your 2019-2020 SAC reps are Trevor Flint, Jack Moussette, Gabrielle Weinstein, Greta Hobbs, and Lily Barnes (member ex-officio).

Southeast Regional Student Advisory Council

The Southeast Regional Student Advisory Council is one of 11 statewide councils that together comprise the larger body of Regional Student Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. These councils meet several times during the school year to represent high school students from across the Commonwealth.

Your 2019-2020 SERSAC reps are Lulu Cavicchi and Kendall Seyboth.

Guidance Updates

Class of 2020

In the upcoming months there will be several opportunities for SENIORS to meet with a variety of colleges visiting MHS. Seniors can us NAVIANCE to access the list of colleges coming to visit and should sign up at least a week in advance. If students need their password, they should schedule an appointment with their school counselor since this information can not be provided over the phone or through email. Each week we will be sharing important information with students through NAVIANCE so it is important to check email and NAVIANCE regularly.

On Wednesday, September 11th guidance will host a senior assembly. During the assembly seniors will be informed about how to sign up for different guidance sessions covering the basics of college admissions, career searching, Common App or using NAVIANCE.

On September 18th at 6:30pm all Grade 12 parents are invited to attend an information session about the college admissions process and planning for life after high school. During the presentation we will cover the application process, standardized testing an all components of post secondary planning. We hope that you can join us.

You should also mark your calendars for Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30pm in that auditorium.

Finally, during the summer a packet of material was sent to you including your child’s transcript, a list of important dates for seniors and a Parent Brag Sheet. If your child is applying to college for a deadline of November 15th or earlier your Brad Sheet is due back to the Guidance Office by October 1st. If your child has a deadline after November 15th Brag Sheets are due by October 11th.

If you have misplaced your Brag Sheets you child may pick one up in the Guidance Office.

Classes of 2021 & 2022 - PSAT Sign-Ups are in the Guidance Office through Thursday, September 19th.

Mansfield High School will be offering the PSAT on Saturday, October 19th.

Sophomores and juniors are invited to participate in the practice SAT test. We strongly encourage all of our sophomores and juniors who are thinking about attending college to participate in the PSAT this year to familiarize themselves with the test.

The cost of the test is $30. Bring cash or a check made payable to Mansfield High School to Mrs. MacKillop at the front desk in guidance to register. Late registration will be accepted based on test availability; there is a $3 late fee.

For juniors this exam is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The exam is only given in October, so there will not be another opportunity to take this test during the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions about the PSAT please contact your child’s school counselor.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Wednesday, Sep. 11th, 6:30-8pm

255 Hope Street

Mansfield, MA

Come join a support group for adults parenting a second time around! We offer emotional support and provide guidance surrounding local support services and tools necessary to navigate raising children.

We meet at the Council on Aging at the Mansfield Public Library.

"Voice of Democracy" VFW Essay Contest

Students, consider writing and recording an audio essay for the VFW's "Voice of Democracy" audio essay competition.

Theme: "What Makes America Great"

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Record and submit your original 3 to 5 minute essay -enter to win Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize scholarship of $30,000!

Visit for more details!

Openings on Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is extending the deadline for submitting applications. The advisory council meets three or four times a year to advise DESE and the Board on topics related to family engagement including the development of information for families.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Kathy Rodriguez at or the Office of Adult and Community Learning Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 by September 16. The Department particularly encourages applications from individuals who represent diverse communities and who represent historically underserved students.

Update to Building Supervision Hours

In order to better ensure the safety of all students and staff by more closely regulating who accesses the building before and after school hours, school-wide building supervision for students will begin promptly at 7AM and end at 3PM.

Please provision for your child to arrive at school no earlier than 7AM since they will not have access to the building.

Thank you for observing these hours as we work to reduce risk and increase safety for all.

About Us

Mary Watkins, Principal

Zachary Abrams, Assistant Director, Special Education

Abigail Barlas, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

Timothy Tichacek, Assistant Principal