MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

December 13, 2019

Hi All,

A huge congratulations is due to the MHS Varsity Football Team and to their coaches for securing the State Championship Title last Friday! Current students, alumni, staff and loads of community members showed up en masse to support our team at Gillette. The cheerleaders and the band could be heard throughout the stadium and contributed to a fantastic vibe at the event.

We all acknowledge that competition isn't everything... but it sure feels good to win!

I would also like to take a moment and thank all of the students who performed in the Winter Concert this past Tuesday- your skill, talent and dedication is apparent and the show was wonderful (my own kids loved it)! I'm continually impressed by the range of talents that our students display. Many thanks to Mr. McGuire, Ms. Newton, Ms. Columbo, and Ms. Brophy for all of their efforts in producing the show.

We have a lot to be proud of this week- way to go Hornets!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

Q2 Progress Reports

Students will receive progress reports this coming Wednesday, December 18th during a brief homeroom. Parents and guardians, please ask for them!

Mock Trial

Wednesday, December 13, 2019, the MHS Mock Trial team traveled to Walpole to scrimmage against the Walpole High School Mock Team.

Both MHS’s plaintiff and defense team held their own and did an excellent job presenting their case. The direct examinations were presented by Bella Deberghes, Brianna Bates, Jack Mackiewicz, Jess Zenack, Owen Gibbons, and Andrew Katz with the cross-examinations conducted by Nick DeLucia, Mike Deasy, Kay Reynolds, Rishi Alturi, Alissa Cooke, and Varnikha Marthineni. Key witnesses in the case were played by Lulu Cavicchi, Faith Alves, Kai Schirmacher, Charlotte Haring, Hannah Enzie, and Kat Semple.

The MHS Mock Trial Team will scrimmage against Oliver Ames, Franklin, Foxboro Charter School, and Sharon in early January before competing against Bishop Feehan, Bishop Connolly, and Atlantis Charter in late January and February.

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Introduction to Programming

Students in Mrs. Elofson's Introduction to Programming class have completed their first round of interactive cards using Javascript. You can try them out on the MHS website or by clicking on the link below. They are currently learning how to create games using complex sprite movements and collision detection, and sound. Stay tuned for further developments!

Intro to Programming: Interactive Cards

Introduction to Engineering

Last week, Director of Facilities, Matt Jacques, treated the Introduction to Engineering class to a special tour of the Mansfield High School "inner workings" as the students' learn about the various systems involved in designing a "green" building. Students got to see furnaces, boilers, and parts of the electrical system. He showed the class pictures of our school building during the recent reconstruction of the curtain wall and answered many questions about structural framework, HVAC, plumbing, electricity and lighting systems. Mrs. Elofson and the class thank Mr. Jacques and Mrs. Hallgren for arranging and giving the tour which was, as one student put it, "way better than reading the book!"

World Language

On Friday December 6, Jessica-Lyn Sweet (Connecticut College '21) visited Spanish and French classes and gave a bilingual presentation on her study abroad experience at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Perú. Ms.Sweet is a History and Education double major with a minor in Spanish. She was able to share her knowledge, adventures, and photos. Throughout this presentation, she highlighted the vast opportunities available to people who commit themselves to studying foreign languages and experiencing other cultures. We thank Ms. Sweet for her time and insight!
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Business and Technology

The Business Club competed in the annual Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge at State Street Global Advisors in Boston. Our school's combined investment portfolio placed 3rd overall among the 17 schools in attendance. Our individual team portfolios ranked 6th (20% investment increase) and 11th (15% investment increase) of the 31 teams during the 60-day simulated investment period. Congratulations Shreya Ahuja, Anisha Arabhavi, Cornelius Dalpe, Drew Gulley, Rachel Thich, and Alex Wendland!
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Coach of the Week

Our very own Coach Mike Redding was honored by the New England Patriots as "Coach of the Week" at the Championship Breakfast last Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. Pictured below is Coach Redding with Andre Tippett and our Senior Captains. Congratulations, Coach Redding!
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MHS Student Competes at Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

MHS student Alok Joarder traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO to compete with top shooters in the USA. He had successful matches and his coaches were pleased with his performance. Though he was not in the running for the Olympic Trial piece of the competition, it was an exciting experience. Alok traveled with 8 of his teammates from the Taunton Marksmanship Unit. Their team has a notable position in the country and are they well recognized at the NCAA level. Great job, Alok!
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Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s Profiles in Courage Essay Contest asks high school students to submit an essay describing an elected official’s political courage. The first place winner receives $10,000 for college, and submissions are open until Friday, January 17, 2020. Check out the JFK Presidential Library homepage for more info.

AFL-CIO Scholarship

The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship Program is in its 62nd 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.

2019-2020 Scholarships

  • The scholarship application is available online at All applications must be submitted online; you do not register for the exam at MHS.

  • Scholarship Applications are due, Friday, December 20, 2019

  • The study guide will be online Monday, December 2, 2019. This is a new study guide and if you have one from a previous year it should be discarded.

  • This year's Labor History Exam will be given on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Mansfield High School. This is an excused absence for students participating in the exam.

Class of 2021

If hosting this holiday season is too much to handle, don't fret- just buy a Yankee Candle!

The Class of 2021 is excited to announce that we are holding a Yankee Candle Fundraiser from now until January 8th. You can order online and get it delivered directly to your home. Candles are a great gift during the holiday season and a special way to make your home smell festive.

Here is the link to the site: Please enter our class code: 999995606. If you spend $100, you will get free shipping! If you have any questions, please let us know.

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Yearbooks are still on sale but won't be for long! Order now to make sure your student receives one on delivery day! Go to to reserve your copy now!

Celebrate your senior! Promote your business! Be part of MHS history! Buy an ad in the yearbook now! Go to and choose the right size, artwork and message for you.

The yearbook staff is also looking for photo contributions. Photos of activities, special events and old photos of seniors can be emailed to or go to

Update to Building Supervision Hours- Cold Weather

In order to better ensure the safety of all students and staff by more closely regulating who accesses the building before and after school hours, school-wide building supervision for students will begin promptly at 7AM and end at 3PM.

Please provision for your child to arrive at school no earlier than 7AM since they will not have access to the building. Students walking to school or being dropped off who may need to wait a few minutes prior to the doors opening should dress appropriately for cold weather.

Thank you for observing these hours as we work to reduce risk and increase safety for all.

About Us

Mary Watkins, Principal

Zachary Abrams, Assistant Director, Special Education

Abigail Barlas, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services

James Schliefke, Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 11

Timothy Tichacek, Assistant Principal, Grades 10 & 12