MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

December 4, 2020


Dear MHS Students and Families,


It was wonderful to see parents and guardians during virtual conferences this Tuesday and Wednesday. Staff shared feedback with me that the numbers of parents/guardians in attendance went up, and that, on the whole, the booking system worked. Please don't hesitate to reach out to individual teachers to schedule meetings if you were unable to attend.


Next, I want to flag to your attention a few pandemic-related critical needs and requirements at MHS- we thank you so much for your support in attending to the following items:


  • We are required by the state to ensure that every student (notwithstanding legal exemptions) has a flu vaccine. To date, 33% of families have submitted documentation for their child. Please see below for further information.


  • We need substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, and monitors. We have far fewer substitutes available than in past years to support staff coverage when needed. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please direct them to the flyer below.


  • Please complete the following survey to help us to gauge perceptions related to the various learning plans for MHS. A similar survey will be sent out from each school so that you can provide feedback for each school your students attend. Please complete a survey for each student you have at MHS, and we thank you for your participation.


Family Perception Survey



Once again, you're invited to tune in tonight, Dec 4th, and tomorrow, Dec 5th at 6:45 PM to "Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors." Please check out the show website here: DRACULA: A COMEDY OF TERRORS for all of the details. Many thanks to Mrs. Newton and our drama students for coming up with a creative work-around this fall.


Finally, I'd like to express a big "Thank You!" to the parents and guardians who came into MHS and placed Post-It Notes with inspiring quotes on each and every locker throughout the building this Wednesday. Everyone loves it, and we appreciate your support!


Best regards,



Mary Watkins

Principal

Flu Vaccination Requirement

The Mansfield Public Schools adhere to Massachusetts Regulations, 105 CMR 200.000 & 220.000 which require a physical examination and up-to-date Immunizations prior to school entry.


Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. All students must receive seasonal influenza (Flu) vaccine by December 31, 2020.

Please send confirmation of your child’s flu vaccination to your school health office. Health


Office contact information can be found here.


Thank you for your adherence to this regulation. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive in order to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine is especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.


Mass.gov link for more information

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.

School Photos

Our school photographer Chestnut Hill Studios will be at MHS next week to take student photos, for grades 9, 10 and 11, as follows:


Monday, December 7th AM - Daily & Hybrid Cohort A students with last names A-K

Tuesday, December 8th AM - Daily & Hybrid Cohort B students with last names L-Z

Thursday, December 10th, 3-5pm - Virtual Remote Cohort students


Picture Order envelopes were distributed to students this week. If you would like to place an order, please have your student give the envelope, with payment, to the photographer when they are photographed. Extra envelopes are available in the Main Office, and may be mailed to Chestnut Hill Studios the week of 12/7 if they are forgotten on Picture Day.


To ensure the safety of all, we will be following social distancing guidelines and health protocols. Students will be distanced while waiting and face masks will remain on until the photographer is ready to take their picture.


For students not in school on their Photo Day, we will have Make-Up days the first week of February when Chestnut Hill Studios returns to MHS again.


MHS School Council

The MHS School Council is now in place! The School Council will convene regularly for the remainder of the school year, and is charged with providing feedback to the Principal regarding the educational needs of students, the budget, and school improvement planning (to name a few topics).


MHS School Council Members, 2020-2021


Mansfield Community Rep.

Aaron Roth


MHS Staff

Mark DeGirolamo

Tina Karidoyanes

Ellen Dumont

Gail Farrington

Nathaniel Turner


MHS Students

Christopher Leonard

Trevor Flint

Minuja Rajasinghe


MHS Parents/Guardians

Lalit Koul

Carolyn Deady

Karen and Dave Elsner

Mary Shannon

Daniel Guglielmi

Tracy Friedman

Stacey Mullert

SEPAC

Mansfield SEPAC Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30pm.


We will be holding our 2nd SEPAC meeting of the year.


Presentation: The Federation for Children with Special Needs:


The Federation for Children with Special Needs is one of the nation's first organizations dedicated to empowering families of children with special needs to advocate for access and equality in their schools and communities. FCSN coordinates a wide variety of programs to inform and assist families in MA including parent advocacy training, Family TIES of MA, MassCARE, Mass Family Voices and more.


Leslie Leslie, Project Director for FCSN, will discuss some of the programs offered and how parents can access these services.


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/.../tJMscOuvrDgsEtzi_Y6nhkgYd3L5QMZrrB0H


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Class of 2021 Fundraiser

Getting ready to start decorating for the holidays? The senior class is selling holiday wreaths and centerpieces to kick off the holiday season! Worcesterwreath.com has everything you need to brighten up the end of 2020. You can buy through December 31st and the products will ship directly to you. Just remember to enter code MHS2021. 25% of the proceeds will go to the senior class and you will get 10% off your order.

Cheerleading Fundraiser

Support MHS Cheer with your chance to win 30 prizes in 30 days!


Your donation of $20.00 will buy you 30 chances to win some great prizes from local businesses! Winners will be drawn daily throughout the month of December and posted to our Facebook (MHS Cheerleading Calendar Fundraiser) and Instagram (Mansfield_Cheerleading).


Payment can be made by PayPal to mansfield.hs.cheer@gmail.com or you may email the same address to make other arrangements for payment.

Toys for Tots

The Rotary Club of Mansfield is holding their annual Toys for Tots program collecting toys, books, crafts etc. for children in Mansfield and nearby communities. There are collection boxes throughout town, including one at Mansfield High School in our Lobby. If you wish to gift a new, unwrapped item you may send it in with your student to drop in the collection box in our Lobby through December 14th.

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.

Department of Digital Learning

Did you know there is a website that can help your student with basic questions about many of the digital resources used at MPS?


The MPS Student and Family Digital Resources Website is designed with students and families in mind. Here you will find How To Guides and Video Tutorials on digital products like Google Classroom and Screencastify, and helpful tips on using everyday tech like Gmail and Google Meet.


The website can be found under the Student or Parent tab of your school’s website. As we create additional resources throughout the year, we would love to hear from you! Is there a How to Guide or Video Tutorial for a digital resource you would like to see added to our site? Please let us know by clicking HERE.

Housing Help

The state Department of Housing and Community Development has centralized information about resources for families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. Please use this link for more information. www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp

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

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