Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

April 21st, 2023

Good afternoon MHS families,

I hope everyone has had a great vacation and enjoyed the sunshine this week. As we head into the final stretch of the school year we have some important dates coming up in May.

We will be administering AP exams during the first two weeks of May; students should be aware of their testing dates based on communication with their teacher and the school counseling office. We are also administering the Math MCAS on the 16th and 17th of May. These days will be reverse half days for students in grades 9, 11, and 12. The schedule for these dates will be sent out in next week's newsletter, but students in grades 9,11, and 12 are expected to arrive at school by 10:20am for a 10:30am school start time.

We recently completed a Collaborative Conference visit from NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) where a visiting team met with various groups of parents, teachers, students, and staff over two days. The visiting team will submit a report that will be reviewed and sent to our school in the next 5-8 weeks. We will share the results of this report with the community and use it to support our school improvement plan for next year.

Be sure to take a look at the information below and utilize the links provided to access any forms or letters needed. I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of the break and I look forward to welcoming students back on Monday.

Senior Corner:

We are excited to announce the finalized list of Senior Week activities. Below you will find the dates and times of each activity. Senior families should have received a senior week mailing this past week with details of each event. Digital versions of the senior events letter and senior calendar are available by clicking the link to each.

Senior Week Activities!

Friday, May 26th-6:00pm: Junior/Senior Prom at Gillette

Tuesday, May 30th-8:30am: Senior Breakfast and Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 30th-7:00pm: Athletic Awards Night

Wednesday, May 31st-8:00am: Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 31st-10:30am: Senior Picnic

Wednesday, May 31st-7:00pm: Scholarship Night

Thursday, June 1st-8:00am: Senior Class Day

Friday, June 2nd-8:00am: Rehearsal and Senior Stroll

Friday, June 2nd-4:00pm: Senior Boat Cruise (leave from MHS)

Sunday, June 4th-1:00pm: Graduation at Xfinity Center!

Graduation is set for Sunday, June 4th at the Xfinity Center. We have also confirmed the time of the ceremony to begin at 1:00pm. There are no restrictions on the number of guests that can attend graduation.

Senior Celebration Parent Volunteers: The senior parent group is in need of volunteers for the senior celebration scheduled for May 31st. Please use this link for information on how to volunteer and details about the event.

2023 Lawn Sign Fundraiser:

Graduation season is almost here, and the Mansfield High School Class of 2023 deserves to be celebrated!

The MHS Senior Celebration Parents Committee, sponsored by the parents of Mansfield High School Seniors, are planning to celebrate the Senior Class of 2023 with a Senior Celebration Picnic on May 31st.

As in years past, one of our main fundraisers is selling lawn signs to parents of Seniors, relatives, friends, and community members. Please consider purchasing a sign to not only acknowledge your Senior but to also show your neighbors and friends that your family has something to celebrate! Your relatives and friends are encouraged to purchase a sign to support your Senior as well. Thank you for your consideration and support of the Class of 2023!

ORDER TODAY – Simply click on this link and place your order!!!!!

If you have any questions, please contact Dianna Feinberg – or send an email to

Senior Celebration Picnic Donation Information: Please use the link to access information regarding the picnic and donation information.

Prom Ticket Sales

Prom Tickets will go on sale April 24th - April 28th; during all 4 lunches and after school until 2:30. Tickets cost $ 100.00 each. NO CASH. Unipay & Checks Only!!

Unipay will be up to purchase tickets on April 24th; not before. Please print out the confirmation of payment to be attached with the permission slip.

To purchase a ticket you must have your permission slip filled out completely front and back.

Linked here is a Prom packet with the permission slip. ALL permission slips must be signed by a parent; even if you are 18 years old.

If you have any questions or concerns; please contact

College Planning Night: Junior Parents

The School Counseling Department will be hosting a College Planning Evening for parents and guardians of the Class of 2024 on Thursday, April 27th in the MHS Auditorium at 6:30. During this time we will discuss various aspects of the college admissions process and how our staff supports your child. This event is created for parents, most of the information shared during this presentation was already addressed with your child this year.

We hope that you are able to join us!

Communities That Care Survey

Students in grade 10 will be participating in the upcoming Communities That Care Survey starting the week of May 8th. The survey is designed to measure the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It also measures a comprehensive set of risk and protective factors that affect the adolescent population in a community.

It is important to note that all surveys are completed anonymously and individual student results are not reported to the school in any way.

Surveys will be administered in grade 10 English classes. Any families that does not want their child to participate in the survey should print out and submit the attached opt-out letter to the main office no later than Friday, May 5th. The letter can be found here.

MHS Theatre!

Members of the MHS theatre company recently attended a performance of Hadestown at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). A special thanks to PPAC and Paul Hiatt for providing this great opportunity to our students!
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Yearbook Information Update

Yearbook sales have closed. To put your name on the wait list please email Yearbooks will be distributed to seniors during senior activities. All other books will be given out on June 1st.

The Yearbook Staff is spring cleaning and have several copies of old yearbooks. If you're interested in purchasing a book from 2008-2021 send your request to

Healthy Decision Making Presentation:

On February 15th MHS hosted Mrs. Rebecca Fidler for a parent night centered on support for parents centered around vaping and having conversations with their child about the dangers of vaping. The presentation was taped and can be accessed by clicking this link.

For parents that are interested in specific points of emphasis from the presentation, each section is broken down below with the timing from the video noted:

  • Education about Vaping ( at 6 minutes, 28 seconds)

  • Health Risks

  • Impact of Marketing on Youth

  • Prevention vs. Intervention (at 47 minutes)

  • Peer Pressure vs. Peer Influence

  • Communication Strategies (at 59 minutes)

  • How Habits Form and Lead to Addiction (at 1hr, 17 seconds)

  • Quitting Resources (at 1hr, 22 seconds)

Below you will also find a screenshot from Rebecca's presentation with various resources to help students quit vaping.

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Various Vaping Resources

In an effort to combat the ongoing challenge of vaping within our school (and others), please take a look at and utilize the various resources provided below to learn more about vaping in order to start/continue the conversation with your child. Making progress in this area is a group effort, and we want to provide support for families at home with these resources.

General Info:

What parents need to know

Quick Facts about vaping

Vaping and the impact of Covid

Vaping can't harm teens?

Information on Quitting:

How to quit

This is quitting

Nicotine withdrawal and how to cope

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Inclement Weather Information

Link to District policy and procedure for inclement weather

About Us

Russ Booth - Principal

Abigail Barlas - Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

Matthew McGuire - Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12

Ellen Noto - Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 11

Timothy Tichacek - Assistant Director, Special Education

Tim Selmon - Athletic Director