Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

October 9, 2022

Good evening MHS families,

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend. There is information below about a few things coming up this week and into next weekend. Some of the information centers on our ActiveMinds chapter. ActiveMinds is a group that works to spread awareness surrounding mental health. They work closely with the KyleCares foundation and have done some great things in the past few years. We will continue to support our ActiveMinds chapter and the KyleCares foundation in future endeavors in order to ensure all of our students are supported and valued in our school community, so please check out the links below to learn more and to celebrate our own Abby Jean who was featured in the latest KyleCares newsletter.

Financial Aid Night

Our annual Financial Aid Night will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium. Our presenter, Susan Beard Director of Student Financial Services at Wheaton College, will provide an overview of the financial aid process, updates for the Class of 2023 and how to read and understand financial aid packages. This is always an informative night, and while geared towards students and parents of the Class of 2023 all grades are welcome to attend to learn more about the process. We hope to see you there!

Active Minds/Kyle Cares Update

The latest KyleCares newsletter came out this week and includes a feature article on our own Abby Jean! Please check out the link to the article here. The KyleCares foundation helps area schools create awareness surrounding mental health. The MHS chapter of ActiveMinds will continue to work with the KyleCares foundation to do great work in support of our MHS students. For more information on the KyleCares Foundation, check out their website at

Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: Easton

Next Saturday, October 15th the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will be hosting an Out of Darkness walk at Borderland State Park in Easton. The MHS chapter of Active Minds is putting together a team to walk. For more information about the organization please use the link provided. For those interested in supporting our ActiveMinds team, please check out this link.

Yearbook Update

The 2023 Yearbook is now on sale! Order now and save! Books are on sale for $65 until Halloween, October 31. Go to (school number 5468)

Senior portraits and blurbs are due by October 31st. Please go to the yearbook tab on the MHS website for more information and links for submitting.

We have several old yearbooks available for sale! If you're interested contact us at

Parent Conferences Update

While parent conferences are not scheduled until December, we want to update all families on the format this year for planning purposes. Parent conferences this year will be in person. More information on scheduling conferences will be in future newsletters, but we wanted all families to have the in-person information in advance.

Business Scholarship Competition Opportunity

Each year, Knowledge Matters runs the All-Access Virtual Business Scholarship Challenge. It's a competition based on a simulation in the family of products they offer. It runs for just 2 weeks and scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $500. You may play as many times as you'd like to earn higher and higher scores! Students do NOT need to be a senior to participate.

  • When: October 11th - 21st, 2022
  • What: students will log on and compete.
  • Why: Top winners of the competition will receive sizable scholarship awards from Knowledge Matters.
    • First place winner - $3,000
    • Second place winner - $2,000
    • Third place winner - $500

Registration is now open! To register, go to the Knowledge Matters site and login with your existing account or create a new one. ADD a new course with this course key: ZE6CV6

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Collins in 113 or send her an email (

Leaders in Youth Mental Health Series: Parent Options

As part of our partnership with McLean hospital, MPS is able to offer several parent webinars for anyone interested in signing up. All information for the parent webinars, including dates/times, Zoom links, presenter information and learning objectives can be found here on this website:

Please use the link above to access information on future webinars.

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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