MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

October 16, 2020


Dear MHS Students and Families,


I'm thrilled to report that our hybrid cohort students are officially back in the building! Our students were positive and cooperative, and feedback from staff indicates that everyone had a successful two days. We're all still learning the directional arrows in the hallways, but it's clear that students are making a strong effort, and it's appreciated.


I'd like to take a moment to address a few attendance and participation questions. Already, we're seeing unique situations and receiving requests for students to log on from home on days when they are supposed to be in the building. The expectation is that students attend school in-person on their assigned cohort days to receive the fullest educational experience.


For clarification:


  • Students who are in quarantine/isolation (extended absence), with proper documentation, should follow directions provided by the school nurses.


  • Students who are otherwise sick (short-term absence) should be resting at home, and not log on remotely.


  • Students who log on remotely when they are supposed to be in the building will be marked absent.


  • If a special circumstance presents, please reach out to an administrator for consideration in advance.


If a student misses school (in person or remote) for any reason, they should speak with their teacher regarding any make up work. Make up work, if required, should be completed within the guidelines of our current attendance policy.


Thank you for your cooperation regarding attendance as we move forward, and have a great weekend!


Best regards,



Mary Watkins

Principal

75th Anniversary of the Green Hornet Mascot

Happy Birthday to Sting, our Green Hornet!!


Sting is 75 today and still going strong! On October 16th, 1945 the Mansfield High School student body voted to make their mascot the Green Hornet. October 16th was recently designated by the Town of Mansfield Select Board as "Mansfield Green Hornet Day."


Please find pictures compiled by MHS Alumnus, Bill Breen (Class of '78)


Sting Through the Years


Please check out the Twitter feed of the Mansfield Historical Society for more pictures and a link to the "story" of our Green Hornet.


Mansfield Historical Society Highlights "Sting"


Go Hornet- Never Surrender!!

Flu Vaccination Reminder

Governor Baker has issued a new state mandate which requires all school aged students to be vaccinated against the Seasonal Flu before January 1.


If your student has received their vaccine please forward that document in any one of the following ways:


By email (a picture of the document or attachment is acceptable) :

christine.harrison@mansfieldschools.com


By regular mail:

250 East Street Attention : Nurses office


By Fax:

508-261-7416


Please call the Nurse's office at 508-261-7540 x 33111 with any questions.

From the Nurses

Illness Management


Please see the Daily Self Symptom Screening Checklist which needs to be reviewed every morning before sending your student to school. If your student does not feel well and stays home, please monitor their symptoms. If your student is having concerning symptoms, please contact your physician for guidance.


If your student is not feeling well:

  1. Stay home and call your physician for guidance regarding concerning symptoms

  2. Physician may diagnose an illness and may or may not refer student for a COVID-19 test

  3. Inform your school nurse of absence, diagnosis, and/or testing

  4. Student may return per our back to school guidelines(fever free for 24 hrs without use of medication and an improvement in symptoms) and a negative COVID-19 test if one was ordered by a physician

  5. If COVID-19 test is positive, please call your school nurse for individual instructions


Communication is key in making sure information is shared in a timely manner so contacts can be identified and informed. If at any time during this school year, your student is identified as a close contact to a positive case and is placed in quarantine, please call your school nurse for individual instructions. Please do not hesitate to call your school nurse with information or with any questions.


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-


Please see the MPS Return to School Flowchart for a quick reference guide.


SCHOOL NURSE CONTACT:

Roland Green Pre-School (508) 261-1561

Fax: (508) 261-7415

Debora.Wirth@mansfieldschools.com


Robinson Elementary School (508)261-7387

Fax: (508) 261-7389

Sue.McGinley@mansfieldschools.com or Tammy.Rozelle@mansfieldschools.com


Jordan/Jackson Elementary School (508) 261-7520

Fax: (508) 261-7522

Kristin.Haskell@mansfieldschools.com or Betsy.Johnston@mansfieldschools.com


Qualters Middle School (508) 261-7530

Fax: (508) 261-7374

Lisa.Anderson@mansfieldschools.com or Elayne.Brown@mansfieldschools.com


Mansfield High School (508) 261-7540

Fax: (508) 261-7416

Christine.Harrison@mansfieldschools.com or Betsy.Savoie@mansfieldschools.com

AP Exam Registration

IMPORTANT- AP Exam Registration


Friday, October 23rd: Deadline to register for exams for students currently enrolled in MHS AP courses


Friday, October 16th: Deadline to inform AP Coordinator of intent to take exams for students self-studying for AP exams


Friday, November 6th: Deadline for ALL students to pay for all exams


Based on research conducted by the College Board they have determined that students are more invested in their Advanced Placement classes and perform better on exams if they commit to taking the exam in the fall of the school year. The College Board has also enhanced their online platform with resources for students and faculty to help students prepare for AP exams in May.


In order to be in compliance with College Board rules and regulations, students will be signing up for their AP exams online in their respective AP classes. Students will have until October 23rd to decide if they are taking the exam. By this deadline they will need to have input a "yes" or "no" in the College Board portal. Teachers in each AP class will review this process with their students. This is the first step of the process.


The second step is for students to pay for the exam. The cost per exam is $95 as set by the College Board. Students may either mail in their payment and identify what exams they are taking or bring their payment into the school counseling office to Mrs. MacKillop once we have transitioned to hybrid on October 13th on their appointed school attendance day. If you are mailing in your payment please send it to Mrs. MacKillop’s attention in the School Counseling Office at Mansfield High School 250 East Street, Mansfield MA 02048.


Different this year is the late/cancellation fee from the College Board. After November 13th if a student changes their mind and decides that they want to take the exam, the College Board will assess an additional $40 late registration fee per exam. However, the College Board decided to eliminate the $40 cancellation fee for this year given the unique circumstances that schools are faced with due to the pandemic. After March 12th students may no longer decide to enroll in an exam; however they may cancel the test as late as May.


For students who are preparing on their own for AP Exams not offered by Mansfield High School (except for AP Physics - Mechanics): Students are responsible for both the cost of the exam ($95 per exam) and the proctor fee ($90 per exam). Students must let Ms. Karidoyanes (in the School Counseling Office) know if they are planning to take an AP exam no later than Friday, October 16th. They will have until November 6th to pay for the exam. Any students who register after November 13th will be assessed a $40 late fee per exam by the College Board.


All students who are currently enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at MHS will receive a letter via email.

Financial Aid Information Sessions

Members of the Class of 2021 & Families


This year instead of hosting a Financial Aid Night at Mansfield High School, MEFA, the organization that we collaborate with to put on the event is hosting virtual events every Monday – Thursday until November 5th. Our regular presenter, Susan Beard from Wheaton College, will be presenting on October 26th, though you will benefit from any presenter and have a wide variety of dates to choose from that best meet your needs. Below please find the information from MEFA with the details of the event and how to sign up.


FROM MEFA:


Beginning Monday, September 28th through Thursday, November 5th, we will host a live College Financing webinar daily every Monday through Thursday, with daytime and evening hours. All webinars will be recorded and available online for families who are unable to attend a live event. Our webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the full financial aid application process. Presenters will include MEFA staff members as well as guests from financial aid offices across the Commonwealth, providing families the opportunity to hear from many of the most knowledgeable financial aid leaders in the industry.


Please go to mefa.org/events to register for a live webinar. If you have any questions please reach out to us at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) or collegeplanning@mefa.org.

Parent/Guardian Volunteer Group

Parents/Guardians, let's help make this a great year for our students! If you are interested in volunteering your time to support a variety of student and school-wide needs (materials distribution, holiday season decorations, fundraising support for grade levels, etc.) please sign up here https://forms.gle/t7VgdkSPsBcQTUTz5


Please contact Alexandra Piccirilli at mansfieldhsparents@gmail.com with any questions.

Mansfield SEPAC Mtg

Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Mansfield SEPAC Meeting


October 21 st @ 6:30pm

“Get Your Google On!”


The Mansfield Special Education PAC (SEPAC) invites all interested parents to our first meeting of the 2020-21 school year. Meet our SEPAC Board, our SPED Directors, and guest presenter Rayna Freedman, who will share how to “Get Your Google On!” Rayna is a 5 th grade teacher at Jordan Jackson Elementary and is President of MassCUE, the state’s leading organization for educators with a passion for digital teaching and learning. Additionally, Rayna is a Google Level 2 certified educator, a BrainPOP certified educator and an Ambassador for Flipgrid, Fablevision and Wakelet. For her SEPAC presentation, Rayna will share useful tips and helpful tools in the Google suite that can assist students of all abilities with remote learning. Bring your questions and discover how Google can meet your child’s unique educational needs!
Slides and links for this presentation can be found at: https://sites.google.com/view/freedmansepactraining/home?authuser=0

This meeting will be held via Google Meet. Please use the meeting ID below to join via computer or by phone:


Meeting ID


meet.google.com/kap-duth-yug

Phone Numbers


(‪US) ‪+1 240-544-6391

PIN: ‪342 312 026#

Yearbook

This is a very different year but the show will go on! Work on the 2021 Yearbook has started and we are looking forward to capturing this unique year. Order before Halloween and save $! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/general/homepage?portal=true


Senior Parents: Senior portraits and blurbs are due by October 31st. Please go to mansfieldhighschoolyearbook.com for more information and links for submitting.



We're also looking for photos! Sports practices, students working on projects at home, etc! Send them to yearbook@mansfieldschools.com

Substitute Teachers and Substitute Paraprofessionals Needed

Mansfield Public Schools is seeking responsible individuals to fill these positions immediately. Openings available in all schools. Flexible schedule.


Please see the PDF below for more information.

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