MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

November 30, 2018


Hi All,


We had a very strong turnout for Parent-Teacher Conferences yesterday. If you attended, I want to thank you for your patience in waiting to meet with teachers, and I welcome any feedback regarding how we might streamline or better facilitate the conference scheduling process.


If you were unable to attend conferences, please feel free to reach out to your child's teachers to schedule a phone conference or an alternate meeting. Your participation strengthens our school community and supports a culture of shared learning expectations.


On November 19th the MHS School Council - including parents, teachers, and students- convened for the second meeting of the academic year. At the meeting, the Council appointed a new representative to the District Health and Wellness Committee and agreed to organize a subcommittee of Council members to support home-school communication surrounding our NEASC 21st Century Learning Reports. In addition, the Council received information regarding key FY20 budget requests, and provided feedback regarding potential changes to the Program of Studies (including new courses under consideration and new features in the booklet).


I invite you to join the MHS community at the Girls Basketball Endowment Games held next Friday night, December 7 at 5:30 and 7PM! See below for more details.


Finally, if you're interested, a colleague shared a quick read with me yesterday regarding the benefits of sleep and how to support teenagers in getting more of it:


https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/11/29/our-brains-benefit-sleep-heres-why-how-parents-can-help-teens-get-plenty-it/?utm_term=.5dfc89d8a814


Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


Best regards,

Mary Watkins

PSAT Results

For student who participated in the October 2018 administration, PSAT results will be available through College Board accounts beginning December 13th.


Please look for an email from the College Board with login information. Emails will be sent to the address you provided on your test answer sheet.

Mansfield Choir and Drama- MHS Blanket Fundraiser

Are you looking for a fantastic gift for your family or yourself? If so, the Mansfield High School Choir and Drama Departments are selling cozy Sherpa blankets with the Mansfield "M" logo on them (pictured below).


These grey and white incredibly soft 60" X 72" deep piled Sherpa blankets with Micro Mink on top, are currently available for purchase for $40. To order, simply click on the following Ink'd Stores link:

http://shop.inkdstores.com/mansfieldarts


Get your order in by December 10th and you will be contacted via phone when your purchase is ready for pick up at the store at Mansfield Crossing. Blankets will be available for pick up by December 23rd.

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MHS Boys Soccer - Hat/Scarf Combo Fundraiser

Just in time for the HOLIDAYS!!!


MANSFIELD BOYS SOCCER is sponsoring a


HAT/SCARF COMBO FUNDRAISER

SHOW YOUR SPIRIT FOR ONLY $30.00 FOR THE PAIR (see photo below)


These make a great gift so stock up on your favorite Mansfield gear while helping out a great cause.


No need to preorder these are available NOW!!!!


Contact : betsy.savoie@mansfieldschools.com or

Steve.sheridan@mansfieldschools.com




MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MANSFIELD ALL-SPORTS BOOSTERS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

World Travel Club- Eastern Europe

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 5:30pm

MHS, Rm. 219

The World Travel Club will be holding an informational meeting for all sophomores and their parents in Mr. McGovern's classroom 219 on Thursday 12-6-18 at 5:30 PM.


We will be discussing the upcoming trip (Summer of 2020) to Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia, and brainstorming fundraising ideas for students.


Come learn more about this amazing travel opportunity!

Outreach Van Project

Do you have old books or clothes that you no longer need? Donate them to the Outreach Van Project (OVP), an organization associated with Boston University School of Medicine! OVP is an initiative that brings hot food, clothing, and groceries to the homeless population in East Boston. This year, OVP will start giving out books for the children. If you would like to donate books or clothing for any age, please drop them off in the box in the Main Lobby at MHS. Thank you!!

National Honor Society

NHS officers attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester for the annual Massachusetts National Honor Society Fall Conference. During the day our students took part in a variety of break-out sessions centered on promoting student service, leadership, and well being. The students collaborated with other NHS chapters to brainstorm many ways that they can work to engage their school communities in a greater commitment to serving others.


We are proud of the way our students represented Mansfield. They are very committed to their role of helping others and working to establish strong service projects in our community.


Pictured below are our 2018-2019 officers:
President: Dan LeBlanc

Vice President: Lily Tatusko
Treasurer: Sethu Odayappan

Secretary: Jackie Costello

Special Projects: Kerina Geminiani

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All Sports Boosters- Holiday Fundraising

Mansfield All Sports Boosters' Holiday Fundraising is underway!


Please visit mhs-athletics.com/boosters for more information. Game Day t-shirts are for sale in both short and long sleeve, and in white or black. Also available - Flannel Cow Creamery Homemade Ice Cream and Frozen Treats certificates!


More information is available on the All Sports Boosters page of the athletics website.

AFL-CIO Scholarship Program

The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship Program is in its 61st year. Through the scholarship program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is honored to continue a long tradition of helping students continue their education as they work toward creating bright futures.


The Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarship program awardees receive between $500 and $16,000 towards their education. Over 40 unions, central labor councils, area businesses and charitable trusts from across Massachusetts participate in awarding scholarships that total nearly half a million dollars. Unions in Massachusetts have given close to $10 million in scholarships since 2000. About 1,500 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship. Students with a union affiliation are eligible for both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO awards and those awards listed under their specific local union/central labor council. Massachusetts students that do not have union affiliation are eligible for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships only.


2018-2019 Scholarships

  • The scholarship application is available online at www.massaflcio.org/scholarships.This year all applications must be submitted online.
  • Scholarship Applications are due, Friday, December 14, 2018
  • The study guide will be online Monday, December 17, 2018. Please note, the study guide is being rewritten this year and students should not study the old guide.
  • This year's Labor History Exam will be given on Wednesday, February 6, 2018 at Mansfield High School. This is an excused absence for students participating in the exam.

Girls Basketball Endowment Games

Girls Basketball is holding endowment games next Friday night with proceeds going to a staff member and student who are affected by severe illness.


The first game is at 5:30 p.m. between Nashoba Valley and Notre Dame, of Hingham.


The second game at 7 p.m. is between our varsity team and East Bridgewater.


Ticket prices are $5.00 for everyone ~ again, this is a fundraiser to help out two of our school community members!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 5-6:30pm

Mansfield Public Library

If you are a grandparent parenting for the second time around, please come to a local support group sponsored by the Mansfield Public Schools and the Council on Aging. We hope to connect adults parenting later in life. Come make some supportive friends while you compare stories and resources.


There will be an informal meet and greet on Tuesday December 4 at the Council on Aging at the Mansfield Library. There will be information on Mass Health, Medicare/Medicaid, fuel assistance, daycare providers, and homework tips. Give yourself a night off from making dinner - bring children with you for pizza and crafts.

Yearbook

The 2019 Yearbook is on sale! Books are on sale for $73 until January. After January books will be $90. Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/general/homepage?portal=true


Celebrate your senior! Advertise your business! Be a part of Mansfield history! Buy an ad in the 2019 yearbook - Go to mansfieldhighschoolyearbook.com for information!


The Yearbook Staff is looking for photos of seniors from their younger years for our Flashbacks page!! Please share photos with us by emailing them to yearbook@mansfieldschools.com

New Drop Off Procedures

At the Mansfield Public Schools, student safety is top priority. At the present time, we recognize the need to improve the conditions during student drop off in the morning at MHS and QMS. Effective Monday, November 5, vehicles will not be aloud to enter the “bus loop” between 6:45 am and 7:25 am. Students at MHS should be dropped off either at the side entrance by the Athletic Wing or from the East Street parking spots which were created for this purpose. We thank you for your understanding!

About Us

Mary Watkins, Principal

Zachary Abrams, Assistant Director, Special Education

Abigail Barlas, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

Joshua Fogel, Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12

Timothy Tichacek, Assistant Principal, Grades 9 &11