MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

April 16, 2019

Hi All,

I hope that you're enjoying April Vacation.

Report cards were distributed to students this past Friday. Any student who received an incomplete grade for term 3 (INC) should return all work back to the teacher by May 3, 2019. For our seniors, all medically excused work (ME grade) is due to teachers by May 10, 2019 to allow time to close out grades prior to graduation.

Prior to the end of the school year, students and staff should expect another lockdown drill. While we do not plan to share the date and time in advance, the drill will be very clearly announced as a drill so that there is no confusion. Lockdown drills are short (under 10 minutes)- guests to the building who arrive during the drill will be greeted by a staff member and asked to wait by the Main Entrance until the drill is complete. Thank you for your understanding.

Many thanks to the twenty-five+ parents that attend the Principal's Roundtable on Class Rank this past Tuesday. We received outstanding feedback from our presentation and some excellent questions to consider. Our next step is to take the discussion directly to students so that we can gather feedback and input from our most important stake holders.

When we return from break you'll notice new clocks in the classrooms and new PA speakers installed throughout the building. We will cut over to the new system as soon as training on the new bell system is complete. In addition, air conditioning is being installed in the library.

See you next week!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

All Night Party- Class of 2019

All Night Party will be held from May 24 – May 25 at the Foxboro YMCA.

Please visit our website for information, fundraiser flyers and order forms as well as links to volunteer sign ups:

The ANP planning committee has some really cool ideas for entertainment and activities for the All Night Party, but we need to raise more funds in order to make them happen! The money is used to transform the YMCA into a party venue, as well as provide food and entertainment throughout the night. This of course costs money. All funds used to make the ANP happen come from donations and fundraisers. Please send in your parent donation, and participate in our fundraisers. Let’s make the All Night Party an event our graduating seniors will remember for years to come!

Please make a donation to the ANP fund to support this celebration! Mail or drop off your donation form (Parent donation form) and check, payable to “Mansfield High School” (please note “ANP” in the memo section) to: Mansfield High School ATTN: All Night Party 250 East St


**All fundraising information, flyers and order forms can be found on our website. Please use the following link and scroll to the bottom of the page:** Fundraising Info

Purchase a “HOME OF A 2019 MHS SENIOR” lawn sign.

Dine in or take out at Bertucci’s in Mansfield Crossing all day on April 17. Mention the MHS ANP to your server, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the All Night Party!

Roche Bros (Norton) will donate 5% of receipts collected from 4 – 7 PM on April 26, as well as from gift cards pre-ordered through the ANP. Please see the flyer on our website for more information and order from. **Gift card pre-order due date April 16**

Slide Show

We don’t want any senior to be left out of the slide show!! Please send jpg. attachments of up to 8 photos of your senior through the years to Photos are due by April 26.


We need underclassmen parents to chaperone, and senior parents to help with set up and clean up – especially clean up! You will find links to sign ups as well as a link to the MHS CORI form here: Sign ups and CORI form

Prom 2019

"Hollywood Red Carpet"

Roll out the red carpet and put on your Hollywood best..... time for Prom!!!! This year's Jr/Sr Prom will take place at Gillette Staidum (Putnam Club West) on Saturday, May 11 from 6-10:30PM.

Prom Tickets Update:

Due to the number of events that were taking place this week, we have extended the time to buy your prom tickets. You may purchase them after break on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after school in room 206.

If you have any questions you may email (junior class advisor).

Student Government Day

On Friday, April 5 Hannah Egan and Orion Hallowell had the pleasure of representing Mansfield High School at Massachusetts Student Government Day at the State House. The students we able to meet Representative Elizabeth Poirier and debate two current pieces of Massachusetts state legislation: the regulation of youth tackle football and the regulation of flavored tobacco products. Hannah and Orion both gained valuable first hand experience of civic involvement and engagement!

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A World of Difference

MHS’s A World of Difference Peer Leaders have brought impressive maturity, thoughtfulness, and energy to their discussion about the complexities of prejudice and the value of a diverse community - both in and out of school.

They are now gearing up for their first presentation in 9th grade history classes, which explore identity. Peer leaders are also excited about attending the Anti-Defamation League’s 25th Annual Youth Congress in Boston during which they will be working with students across the region to continue to examine prejudice as well as develop strategies for creating more inclusive and safe school communities.

AWOD Advisors, Ms. Beck and Ms. Fierro, would like to thank the MHS History Department for all of their support this year as well as all the teachers who have given their time and their classrooms in support of this new program.

By working together to implement AWOD, we as a team, are educating our students to confront racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry as well as empowering them with effective tools to address these issues in the classroom and community.

For students interested in joining, keep an eye out for applications after April Break.

National History Day

Ten MHS students attended the 2019 Massachusetts History Day Competition recently at Winchester High School (see several student participants pictured below). Six MHS students will now be traveling to Nationals!

Massachusetts History Day is the state program for the National History Day that strives to help students become better-prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.

Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year's theme, which is Triumph and Tragedy. These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the-spot interview questions about their products. Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to the theme, as well as the quality of their project.

Congrats to all of our NHD winners!

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Wilayna Putterman, one of our seniors, won third place in the Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House writing contest. Her work was judged by a panel that included two Pulitzer winners, and her story will be published online by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.

Congrats Wilayna!! Keep up the great work!



Here's another recap from Winter Sports.... the gymnastics team was undefeated this season right up to the State meet! They won the Hockomock Championship with a school record team score of 149.05, came in first at the South Sectional, and second at States (they have accomplished these feats 3 years in a row!).

They had five team members selected as 2019 Hockomock all stars: Jackie Costello, Julia Hill, Kira Goldman, Lily Goulding, and Erin Hurley; one honorable mention, Marissa Petrillo; and the league MVP, Lily Goulding.

They also have four Sun Chronicle All-Stars: Jackie Costello, Kira Goldman, Lily Goulding, and Erin Hurley; and two Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastics, Lily Goulding, and Erin Hurley. Additionally, both seniors, Jackie Costello and Julia Hill, were selected to participate in the Senior National Showcase in Fort Meyers, FL.

What a team!

Winter Guard

Last Saturday Winter Guard competed in the NESBA FINALS.

Mansfield White came in 1st place and were undefeated all season! Amanda Skiffington, Jenna Cavoli, Jordan Donovan, Emma Zimmerman, Hilary Cross, Molly McDonald, and Sammy Duarte competed.

Mansfield Green earned 2nd prize in a highly competitive division. Kareana Sylvain, Alyssa Bryant, Matt Pereira, Molly Priest, Kate Hickey, Angela O’Leary, Hannah Graf, Lindsay McDonald, Lindsey Perry, Jordalis Willis, Hailey McGuire, Isabel Davis, and Josie Ridlen competed.

What an awesome group of middle school and high school students!

Select and Concert Choir

The Mansfield High School Select and Concert Choirs performed at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor Association's Annual Festival at Westborough High School on Saturday, April 6th.

The concert choir earned a bronze medal and select choir earned silver. The students were evaluated by highly qualified judges and performed for a live audience.

Congrats to all of our choir students!

Matilda the Musical

The MHS MATILDA cast and forty enthusiastic fourth graders have partnered up to read Roald Dahl's famous book Matilda. As part of the collaboration, the students created kites to be used for the upcoming performances. Check out the photos below from our most recent meeting.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL will be performed on May 16-18 at 7pm and May 18 & 19th at 1pm. Tickets will be available at the door!

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Great Mansfield Clean Up

12th Annual Great Mansfield Cleanup Set for April 27

Spring is here and that means it is time for Keep Mansfield Beautiful’s 12th annual Great Mansfield Cleanup. This year’s cleanup takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., rain or shine, followed by a celebration lunch for volunteers at the Xfinity Center.

Join with your friends, family, and neighbors and show your pride in a cleaner, greener Mansfield. Students can earn community service hours by participating.

The deadline for registering for this year’s Great Mansfield Cleanup is April 22. The first 500 people to register will receive free tee shirts.

Volunteers can sign up at

Student Service Corps

SSC students volunteered Thursday 4/11/19 at the greater Boston food pantry! They helped by sorting produce and placing in boxes that will be distributed across the state to local food pantries including Mansfield food pantry!

Meet our New Assistance Dog

Sometime after April vacation, the schools will welcome a new "employee". School Resource Officer Kenny Wright has a new partner - a new community assistance dog (pictured below).

Our dog does already have a name - but we're not able to share it just yet (per training program regs).

This dog will be a graduate of the NEADS program (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) based in Princeton, Massachusetts. During April vacation, Detective Wright and our dog will receive training together at the NEADS campus. Their training together will ensure that our dog is always under control of Detective Wright and that each task and command is consistently and reliably performed. They will receive personalized, hands-on instruction so they can successfully use the commands most appropriate for their specific situation. Our assistance dog will be educated in specific tasks that can be incorporated into daily activities in the school system. For example, our dog will be trained to look at children in the eye when given the command, “Say Hello". This task can be used to help children begin and then sustain eye contact.

While we are excited for our students and staff to meet the new assistance dog, we will welcome our new friend into our community slowly. The dog will spend the next few months acclimating to our buildings and school day routine before entering into individual classrooms. We want this assistance dog to transition smoothly into the school community.

Please contact your school nurse if there any health concerns for your student.

Please see school committee policy IMGB Assistance Dogs for more information.

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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