Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

May 26th, 2023

Good evening MHS families,

As we head into a long Memorial Day weekend, we are excited to celebrate our Seniors next week! It all starts with prom this evening at Gillette Stadium and culminates with our Graduation ceremony next Sunday at The Xfinity Center.

I also want to take a moment and congratulate our Quiz Show team and their coach Mr. Ken Barrett. The team finished in 2nd place in the annual PBS Quiz Show tournament, falling short to BB&N this past weekend. It has been exciting to watch each match in recent weeks, anxiously waiting to see what the outcome would be. Mr. Barrett does a great job getting our students ready for competition and I know they have a great time preparing with each other when they meet for practice or club. This was the best finish Mansfield has ever had, and we couldn't be more proud of them.

Here's to wishing everyone attending prom tonight a fun celebration and a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Senior Corner:

As we head into Senior Week it is important to note the start time of each event. Seniors are expected to arrive a few minutes early to ensure all events are able to start on time. This is critical to a few of the events we have planned, such as the senior picnic, class day, and the senior stroll.

Digital versions of the senior events letter and senior calendar are available by clicking the link to each.

Senior Week Activities!

Friday, May 26th-6:00pm: Junior/Senior Prom at Gillette

Tuesday, May 30th-8:30am: Senior Breakfast and Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 30th-7:00pm: Athletic Awards Night

Wednesday, May 31st-8:00am: Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 31st-10:30am: Senior Picnic

Wednesday, May 31st-7:00pm: Scholarship Night

Thursday, June 1st-8:00am: Senior Class Day

Friday, June 2nd-8:00am: Rehearsal and Senior Stroll

Friday, June 2nd-4:00pm: Senior Boat Cruise (leave from MHS)

Sunday, June 4th-1:00pm: Graduation at Xfinity Center!

Graduation is set for Sunday, June 4th at the Xfinity Center. We have also confirmed the time of the ceremony to begin at 1:00pm. There are no restrictions on the number of guests that can attend graduation.


PICNIC: Permission Slips

  • Located on your bulletin board & outside Ms. MacPherson's 113A door
  • All the food & fun are free (compliments of your awesome families!!) but you must return your permission slip to attend
  • Return signed permission slips to the Main Office/green box by Friday, 5.26

BOAT CRUISE- Join your classmates on June 2nd. See your Google Classroom or Ms. MacPherson if you have any questions.

Grade 9 Science MCAS

Science MCAS will be administered to all 9th-grade students on Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th during the first 3 periods of the day.

Families are reminded that the Science MCAS are still a regular day of school for students in grades 10 and 11, so all students should report to school at the regularly scheduled time of 7:25am.

High School Quiz Show: 2nd Place Finish

Congratulations to the High School Quiz Show Team. After making the semi-finals of the TV show last year, the Hornets advanced all the way to the final round this year before losing a close match. This was Mansfield's best finish ever on High School Quiz Show!
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KyleCares and MHS Active Minds

This past April we shared some photos from the inaugural KyleCares Conference where some of our ActiveMinds members presented at the conference. KyleCares recently released a video highlighting the event which includes interviews and clips of our students presenting. For those interested in seeing the highlights, the video is linked here.

Mansfield Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)

The Mansfield Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is seeking new members to join its committee! We welcome anyone in Mansfield with a child on an IEP who would like to ensure our schools offer the educational, recreational, and social programs needed by our students with challenges. Open positions include Roland Green Representative, Program Coordinator as well as other school representatives. If you want to be part of SEPAC we will find you a role!

Mansfield SEPAC is a parent-led committee mandated by state law to advise the School Committee on all matters related to special education programming. Additionally, we offer six meetings each school year which serve as a safe space where parents can learn about SPED-related issues and ask questions of experts, other caregivers, and administrators. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about special education issues and to SEPAC members from area towns.

For more information on joining SEPAC, please email or reach out to us through social media @MansfieldSEPAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by May 30th. Elections will be held at our meeting on June 6th.

Yearbook Information Update

Yearbook sales have closed. To put your name on the wait list please email Yearbooks will be distributed to seniors during senior activities. All other books will be given out on June 1st.

The Yearbook Staff is spring cleaning and have several copies of old yearbooks. If you're interested in purchasing a book from 2008-2021 send your request to

Healthy Decision Making Presentation:

On February 15th MHS hosted Mrs. Rebecca Fidler for a parent night centered on support for parents centered around vaping and having conversations with their child about the dangers of vaping. The presentation was taped and can be accessed by clicking this link.

For parents that are interested in specific points of emphasis from the presentation, each section is broken down below with the timing from the video noted:

  • Education about Vaping ( at 6 minutes, 28 seconds)

  • Health Risks

  • Impact of Marketing on Youth

  • Prevention vs. Intervention (at 47 minutes)

  • Peer Pressure vs. Peer Influence

  • Communication Strategies (at 59 minutes)

  • How Habits Form and Lead to Addiction (at 1hr, 17 seconds)

  • Quitting Resources (at 1hr, 22 seconds)

Below you will also find a screenshot from Rebecca's presentation with various resources to help students quit vaping.

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Various Vaping Resources

In an effort to combat the ongoing challenge of vaping within our school (and others), please take a look at and utilize the various resources provided below to learn more about vaping in order to start/continue the conversation with your child. Making progress in this area is a group effort, and we want to provide support for families at home with these resources.

General Info:

What parents need to know

Quick Facts about vaping

Vaping and the impact of Covid

Vaping can't harm teens?

Information on Quitting:

How to quit

This is quitting

Nicotine withdrawal and how to cope

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Inclement Weather Information

Link to District policy and procedure for inclement weather

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