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From the Principal's Desk...

November 4, 2018

Hi All,

Please be reminded that tomorrow Monday, November 5th, we will implement a new morning drop off policy at MHS and QMS. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter the bus loop between 6:45AM and 7:25AM. Please see the map/diagram below. The point here is to increase safety in the front loop. It has become increasingly dangerous in the front loop both for drivers and walkers due to the high volume of traffic and the erratic traffic flow. I thank you in advance for your flexibility and willingness to work within these new guidelines.

Next, parents/guardians of 9th and 11th grade students currently enrolled in Health will be receiving a letter in the mail this week sharing basic information related to the new human sexuality unit in 9 & 11 Health. Students taking Health this term may be opted out of the unit if parents/guardians desire. To exercise this option, parents should send a brief letter or email to me directly at 9th and 11th grade students who are scheduled to take Health starting 2nd semester will receive the same letter and option in February.

Also, World Language Induction Night is taking place this coming Thursday, November 8 at 7PM in the Auditorium. I invite parents/guardians, families, and friends to come support and celebrate our students who have committed to and excelled at the study of a World Language.

The Thanksgiving Day Football Game has been changed- the Mansfield Varsity Football Team will be playing their annual game against Foxboro at Fenway Park on Tuesday, November 20th at 7:30PM. Spectator buses will be provided- ticket information will be coming soon!

Finally, no school for students this Tuesday, November 6th for Election Day! Faculty will be engaged in all-day professional development focused on student mental health and how best to support the learning needs of all students.

Have a fabulous week!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

New Drop Off Procedures

At the Mansfield Public Schools, student safety is top priority. At the present time, we recognize the need to improve the conditions during student drop off in the morning at MHS and QMS. Effective Monday, November 5, vehicles will not be aloud to enter the “bus loop” between 6:45 am and 7:25 am. Students at MHS should be dropped off either at the side entrance by the Athletic Wing or from the East Street parking spots which were created for this purpose. We thank you for your understanding!

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School Clean Up Day with the Environmental Club

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 10am-12pm

Mansfield High School

The Environmental Club is partnering with Keep Mansfield Beautiful to hold a campus wide cleanup!

Teams of 4-5 can sign up outside Mrs. Nyhan's room (285) or through this google form: (

Please join us!

MHS Presents: "Mrs. California"

The year is 1955, the place a Los Angeles hotel, where a homemakers contest is in progress - the winner to embody the epitome (at the time) of the ideal woman: “a happy, good and beautiful homemaker.” Sewing machines are sabotaged, ovens are smoking, but the competition must continue!

Cast members include: Serena Dunlap, Rachel Cunniff, Kelsey Golden, Jackson Flaherty, Makenna Harnden, Gina Piro & Arturo Romero (pictured below).

Come join us for another amazing MHS production on November 16th and 17th at 7:00PM.

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Unified Volleyball Supports the Jamie Fund

The volleyball team ran its second annual Unified Volleyball event! The three volleyball teams participated in an inclusive volleyball skills and games clinic for our MHS students and raised over $450 for the Jamie Fund.

The Jamie Fund is an organization which is a non profit organization that believes it's important to teach typically developing kids about their special need peers, promoting awareness and acceptance of all differences. The iCARE disability awareness program, run in the Mansfield school system and other towns, is one of the main initiatives that the Jamie Fund supports. The Jamie Fund also supports Mansfield seniors who are interested in pursuing special education with 2 scholarships each year, the MHS Best Buddies program and the MHS Project Teammate class.

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Math Team, November 1st Meet

Congratulations to the Math Team for their outstanding performance at the first meet of the Southeastern Massachusetts Math League held Thursday.

Mansfield had a very strong academic performance and placed second in the competition. The following students were recognized as high scorers: Paxton Howard, Justin Miller, Sethu Odayappan, and Nikhil Lankipalle.

Special congratulations to Savidya Hetteriachchi, Nick Dumochel, Serena Li, Janani Elumalai, Steve Vovsko, Joe Bekampis and Teams Paraboloid, Mobius, and Octohedron for their significant contributions!

Congratulations Mathletes!

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AFL-CIO Scholarship Class of 2019

The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship Program is in its 61st year. Through the scholarship program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is honored to continue a long tradition of helping students continue their education as they work toward creating bright futures.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarship program awardees receive between $500 and $16,000 towards their education. Over 40 unions, central labor councils, area businesses and charitable trusts from across Massachusetts participate in awarding scholarships that total nearly half a million dollars. Unions in Massachusetts have given close to $10 million in scholarships since 2000. About 1,500 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship. Students with a union affiliation are eligible for both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO awards and those awards listed under their specific local union/central labor council. Massachusetts students that do not have union affiliation are eligible for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships only.

2018-2019 Scholarships

  • The scholarship application will be online at beginning Monday, November 5th, 2018. This year all applications must be submitted online.
  • Scholarship Applications are due, Friday, December 14, 2018
  • The study guide will be online Monday, December 17, 2018. Please note, the study guide is being rewritten this year and students should not study the old guide.
  • This year's Labor History Exam will be given on Wednesday, February 6, 2018 at Mansfield High School. This is an excused absence for students participating in the exam.
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SEPAC Free Workshop - "Basic Rights in Special Education"

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 6:30pm

Jordan Jackson Elementary, Multipurpose Room

Understanding your child's basic rights in special education is essential for ensuring they receive appropriate services and make effective progress.

A representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will review key points of IDEA, Massachusetts law, IEPs and 504 plans and more.

This workshop is open to parents and professionals in Mansfield, Foxboro and surrounding towns who wish to learn more about special education laws and procedures.

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