MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

May 16, 2021

Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,

Please see the schedule below for 10th Grade ELA MCAS testing next week. We'll start with reverse half days on Monday and Tuesday for students in grades 9, 11, and 12.

If you are the parent/guardian of a sophomore, please remind them to bring their CHARGED CHROMEBOOK to school!

Thank you for your support.


Mary Watkins


Schedule for the Week of May 17- 21

May 17- Reverse half day with 10:30AM start for grades 9, 11, and 12; ELA MCAS for Grade 10 at 7:25AM

May 18- Reverse half day with 10:30AM start for grades 9, 11, and 12; ELA MCAS for Grade 10 at 7:25AM

May 19- Regular day of full in-person

May 20- Regular day of full in-person

May 21- Regular day of full in-person

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Class of 2021 Senior Picnic

Junior Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed!!

Parents and guardians are needed in a variety of roles - including set up and break down, station supervision, check-in, and food distribution.

Please see the flyer above, and click on the link here to sign up.

All parent/guardian volunteers must submit a CORI form with a copy of their driver's license.

We appreciate your support for the Class of 2021!

Class of 2021- Post Secondary Plan Survey

Seniors, we need to know what you are doing next year and need you to update your NAVIANCE account no later than Friday, May 7th.

If you plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college after graduation, please make sure that you are updating your NAVIANCE account with the school you plan on attending. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AS IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW WHICH SCHOOL YOU PLAN TO ATTEND AND WHERE TO SEND YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPT!

Updating your NAVIANCE account is easy!

1. Log into your account

2. From the home screen select "Colleges I'm applying to"

3. Scroll to the bottom of your college list

4. Under "College that I am attending"

a. Select your school from the dropdown menu

5. Then click the update button!

Additionally we need to know about the decisions from the colleges you applied to so that it helps future MHS students as you were aided by the information of your predecessors. When you are in the "Colleges I'm Applying " please update the decisions from your school (accepted, denied, waitlist).

If you have different plans for after high school please let us know what you are doing even if you are still undecided by completing this survey Post Secondary Plan Survey

As always if you have specific questions or concerns regarding school or post high school plans your school counselor is always available to help out! Please contact your counselor and let them know how they can assist you.

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

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 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