MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

May 16, 2019

Hi All,

Today during homeroom Seniors cleaned out their lockers, underclass students received their Q4 progress reports (ask for them!), and underclass students voted on Class Officers and Student Advisory Committee representatives. Voting will remain open for all elections until tomorrow (Friday) at 2PM.

For your information, the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is charged with meeting every other month with the School Committee to provide input on policy development. The MHS student body votes from a list of student nominees (teachers are encouraged to nominate students to serve and students may also self-nominate); the five students receiving the most votes are seated on the committee.

In addition....

Parents/Guardians of Grade 10 students- Mathematics MCAS will take place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22. Grade 10 students should come to school on time and report directly to their testing locations (posted in the main lobby).

Parents/Guardians of Grade 12 students- Final exams for Seniors take place Monday through Thursday of next week as follows:

  • May 20- Exams 3 & 4
  • May 21- Exams 2 & 7
  • May 22- Exams 1 & 6
  • May 23- Exam 5 and make ups

Seniors leave at the end of their exams May 20-23 and should arrange for transportation. Make up exams may be scheduled for May 23. Please review the Senior Calendar below for information regarding all upcoming Senior events.

Parents/Guardians of Grade 9 students: Biology MCAS will take place on June 4 & 5. In addition, all Grade 9 students are required to participate in a Biology Field Test for the new Next Generation Biology MCAS set to be administered next year. This field test will provide helpful data to the state, and will take place on June 6.

Parents/Guardians of ALL students: 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 districts 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.

Complete the survey by clicking on this link:

Please complete the survey by next Friday, May 24th.

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

In addition, students (and staff) at MHS will be given an opportunity to complete a very similar version of the same survey (geared toward each group). If you do not wish for your child to participate, please send me a quick email at by May 22.

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

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Yearbook Distribution

The 2019 Yearbook is almost here! Books will be distributed to seniors at the All Night Party. Any senior not attending may pick it up on Tuesday May 28 during the senior breakfast and rehearsal. All underclassmen may pick it up during lunch on Tuesday and Thursday.

ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS: if your student did not pre-order a book we will have a few for sale. If you'd like your senior to receive a book at the All Night Party please email ASAP to reserve a copy. Books will be sold for $90 and checks can be made out to Mansfield High School. After the All Night Party extra book sales will be open to the school community, first come first serve.

All Night Party 2019

May 24 – May 25

Parents of Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors –

The Senior All Night Party Committee needs your help!

The ANP, which will be held on Friday May 24, is a fun and safe place for the graduating class to celebrate the culmination of their four years together with live entertainment, food and activities. The ANP is sponsored by the parents of the Senior class, but Senior parents are not allowed to chaperone the event.

That’s where you come in!

Please volunteer to chaperone part of the All Night Party. This job requires a small time commitment the night of the Party and is a fabulous opportunity to observe the workings of the Party and help at the same time. This is the perfect job to do with a friend or spouse and a wonderful introduction for parents of underclassmen to the All Night Party. During the 3 hour shift between 11 pm and 5 am you may be assigned to assist with the activities, monitor the doorways, help with yearbook distribution or put out food, while at the same time enjoying the environment and watching the graduates have fun. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Walsh (

Link to Sign Up Genius and CORI form:


Senior Parents –

If you have not already done so, please send in your parent donation. Mail or drop off your donation form (Parent donation form) and check, payable to “Mansfield High School” (please note “ANP” in the memo section) to: Mansfield High School ATTN: All Night Party 250 East St

We still need some volunteers to help with clean up once the party is over. We have one hour between the end of the party and the opening of the YMCA. During that time we need to make it look like we were never there! The more people helping, the faster we get done! Please use the above link for the Sign Up Genius.

Thank you!

Matilda the Musical

Mansfield High School will present the Tony Award-winning, MATILDA THE MUSICAL on Thursday, May 16th through Saturday, May 17th at 7pm. In addition, there will be two matinees at 1pm on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this family friendly show will captivate and inspire audiences of all ages with its energetic dance numbers and catchy tunes.

Matilda, (played by sophomore, Jessica Zenack) is a little girl with astonishing wit and magical powers. She is unloved by her cruel parents (Steph Michel and Matt Neary) but impresses her highly loveable school teacher, Miss Honey (Kyla Putterman). Unfortunately, for Miss Honey, Matilda, and her classmates, they have to deal with the school's cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (Zeke Solis). Miss Trunchbull abhors children and loves to think up new punishments for those who do not abide by her rules. Fortunately, Matilda has the courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace.

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Business and Technology Department

The Business and Tech Department recently sponsored a field trip to Deloitte in Boston so that MHS students could take part in a Junior Achievement workshop.

Volunteers from Deloitte, one of the top five largest account firms in the world, hosted an eventful day that exposed students to soft skills corporation are looking for from future employees.The three part workshop kept students busy doing mock interviews, team building and playing financial jeopardy.

MHS students (pictured below) worked hard all day learning valuable life skills!

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MHS Student to Compete in the Junior Olympics

Freshman Alok Joarder recently returned from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO where he qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics. He had the opportunity to shoot shoulder to shoulder with the top 171 junior air rifle shooters (ages 9-20) in the United States.

Alok is a member of the Junior Rifle Team at the Taunton Marksmanship Unit and trains 3 days a week with his teammates and dedicated coaches. His teammates are made up of girls and boys ranging in age from 10-18. He is about to wrap up his 2nd full season in the sport and is scheduled next month to compete at the Rifle National Championships at US Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. Alok hopes to shoot for a college rifle team after graduation.

Congrats and good luck, Alok!

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From the Nurses

Recently, there has been a lot of information in the news about cases of measles in the United States. At this time there has only been one confirmed case in Massachusetts and no suspected cases in our community.

We would like to share the attached information sheet which has been distributed by the CDC. To protect your family and yourself against the measles, the CDC recommends two doses of MMR vaccine for school-aged children and atleast one dose of MMR for adults. Adults born in the U.S. before 1957 are considered immune to measles from past exposure. For more information, please refer to the CDC website:

If you have questions about immunization or health status, please contact your physician or your student's pediatrician.

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