MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

May 7, 2021

Dear MHS Parents and Guardians,

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires all school districts to administer an annual self evaluation and school quality survey. The purpose of the evaluation is to document the district's efforts to create and maintain a school system that is non-discriminatory and accessible to all. We strongly encourage you to participate in this 10 minute survey to provide us your perspective.

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 14th.

If you have more than one student at different schools in the district, you will be given an opportunity to complete the same survey for each school.

Please see the schedule below for MCAS testing next week. If you are the parent/guardian of a sophomore, please remind them to bring their CHARGED CHROMEBOOK to school!

Thank you for your support- have a great weekend!


Mary Watkins


Schedule for the Week of May 10- May 14

May 10- Reverse half day with 10:30AM start for grades 9, 11, and, 12; Math MCAS for Grade 10 at 7:25AM

May 11- Reverse half day with 10:30AM start for grades 9 and 11; Grade 12 remain at home for postsecondary planning; Math MCAS for Grade 10 at 7:25AM

May 12- Regular day of full in-person

May 13- Regular day of full in-person

May 14- Regular day of full in-person

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Class of 2021 Senior Picnic

Junior Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed!!

Parents and guardians are needed in a variety of roles - including set up and break down, station supervision, check-in, and food distribution.

Please see the flyer above, and click on the link here to sign up.

All parent/guardian volunteers must submit a CORI form with a copy of their driver's license.

We appreciate your support for the Class of 2021!

Student Survey Opt Outs

Students in Grade 10 will be administered the "Communities that Care" survey in English classes mid-May. Details were emailed to families last week via Aspen X2. If you wish for your child to "opt out" of this survey, please email the Principal directly at by May 10th.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires all school districts to administer an annual self evaluation and school quality survey to students. This survey will be administered to all students in Science classes starting mid-May. If you wish for your child to "opt out" of this survey, please email the Principal directly at by May 10th.

Class of 2021- Post Secondary Plan Survey

Seniors, we need to know what you are doing next year and need you to update your NAVIANCE account no later than Friday, May 7th.

If you plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college after graduation, please make sure that you are updating your NAVIANCE account with the school you plan on attending. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AS IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW WHICH SCHOOL YOU PLAN TO ATTEND AND WHERE TO SEND YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPT!

Updating your NAVIANCE account is easy!

1. Log into your account

2. From the home screen select "Colleges I'm applying to"

3. Scroll to the bottom of your college list

4. Under "College that I am attending"

a. Select your school from the dropdown menu

5. Then click the update button!

Additionally we need to know about the decisions from the colleges you applied to so that it helps future MHS students as you were aided by the information of your predecessors. When you are in the "Colleges I'm Applying " please update the decisions from your school (accepted, denied, waitlist).

If you have different plans for after high school please let us know what you are doing even if you are still undecided by completing this survey Post Secondary Plan Survey

As always if you have specific questions or concerns regarding school or post high school plans your school counselor is always available to help out! Please contact your counselor and let them know how they can assist you.

Updated Travel Advisory

Effective Monday, March 22, the MA Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory which will be enforced in MPS.

After consultation with Mansfield’s COVID-19 Task Force, our board of health will require staff and students of MPS to produce documentation of post-travel testing to comply with guidelines from the Massachusetts Travel Advisory as stated below. Testing is required for all destinations. There are no longer specific high risk areas of travel. MPS will also follow these additional modifications:

  • We will continue to accept parent/guardian post-travel tests from an unvaccinated parent/guardian for students less than ten years of age. If all parents/guardians who have traveled with the students under ten years are vaccinated, the students need to have their own COVID-19 test before returning to school.

  • Mansfield Public Schools will accept FDA EUA-approved molecular SARS-CoV2 tests including the PCR and Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, and antigen tests for return from travel.

If your student is out of school while waiting for post-travel test results or are in a post travel-quarantine, please contact your school nurses who can initiate instructional delivery from classroom teachers.

Guidance is changing quickly but we need to adhere to standards that will provide the best protection for our entire school community. We understand the challenges associated with testing and we appreciate your compliance with the travel guidance. Consideration will be given to changing travel requirements for MPS as vaccination rates increase and our quarantine numbers stabilize.

MPS Returning & Learning Travel Information

From the Health Office

Contact to report any illness, COVID diagnosis or that your student was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID. We continue to put together the pieces of the puzzle and this information is essential in giving us a better handle on keeping our school community safe and healthy.

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