Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Russ Booth

March 25, 2023

Good afternoon MHS families,

This week's newsletter features some updated information regarding our efforts to address the teen vaping concerns that we have within our school. We hosted a parent night recently and are pleased to provide the taped presentation in this week's newsletter. We have also hung up various signs around the building that outline the dangers of vaping, and staff has been offered signs to hang up in their classrooms as well. We continue to try and do our part to educate our students on the dangers of vaping and provide support to those who want to quit vaping. If you have concerns about your child vaping or would like resources, please reach out to your child's school counselor, administration, or a school nurse for information or support on how to quit.

We are also approaching the season of celebration for our Senior class! We are currently finalizing the plans for Senior Week and will be mailing them out this upcoming week. Information regarding senior week activities will also be emailed to senior families and included in the "Senior Corner" section of the newsletter going forward.

Healthy Decision Making Presentation:

On February 15th MHS hosted Mrs. Rebecca Fidler for a parent night centered on support for parents centered around vaping and having conversations with their child about the dangers of vaping. The presentation was taped and can be accessed by clicking this link.

For parents that are interested in specific points of emphasis from the presentation, each section is broken down below with the timing from the video noted:

  • Education about Vaping ( at 6 minutes, 28 seconds)

  • Health Risks

  • Impact of Marketing on Youth

  • Prevention vs. Intervention (at 47 minutes)

  • Peer Pressure vs. Peer Influence

  • Communication Strategies (at 59 minutes)

  • How Habits Form and Lead to Addiction (at 1hr, 17 seconds)

  • Quitting Resources (at 1hr, 22 seconds)

Below you will also find a screenshot from Rebecca's presentation with various resources to help students quit vaping.

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Various Vaping Resources

In an effort to combat the ongoing challenge of vaping within our school (and others), please take a look at and utilize the various resources provided below to learn more about vaping in order to start/continue the conversation with your child. Making progress in this area is a group effort, and we want to provide support for families at home with these resources.

General Info:

What parents need to know

Quick Facts about vaping

Vaping and the impact of Covid

Vaping can't harm teens?

Information on Quitting:

How to quit

This is quitting

Nicotine withdrawal and how to cope

Senior Corner:

Graduation is set for Sunday, June 4th at the Xfinity Center. We have also confirmed the time of the ceremony to begin at 1:00pm. There are no restrictions on the number of guests that can attend graduation.

Senior Celebration Picnic Donation Information: Please use the link to access information regarding the picnic and donation information.

MCAS Reverse Half-Days Update

ELA MCAS will be administered this week on Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th. Students in grade 10 who are taking the MCAS should report to school for the exam (with their Chromebook charged) at the regular school start time of 7:25am.

Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 will have a late start and must report to school by 10:20am in order to begin classes at 10:30am. The schedule for each half-day can be found here.

Students who take the bus can expect to be picked up 3 hours after the original pickup time. For example, if the bus pickup is usually 6:55am, the bus will now pickup at the same location at 9:55am.

MHS Celebrates Youth Art Month!

March is Youth Art Month and Mansfield High School is celebrating with a display of student work at the Mansfield Public Library. Work from students in grades 9-12 will be on display at the entrance of the library during the month of March. Students included in the display are:

Sandra Hubler, Madison Morris, Wedsgina Moise, Elsie Roberts,

Rachel Dudley-Shipman, Chloe Dolan, Stella Portadin, Tess Rooney

Bailey Lancaster, Elizabeth Carey, Isabelle Cervasio-Dyer, Tommy Vallett

Michaela Ng, Hayden O’Connor, Marissa Medeiros, Leila Franco, Britney Quan, Clara Shreiber, Noelle Cooper, Olivia Welch, James Mirabile, Celia Botelho

Avery Lake, Lily Niosi, Kaleigh Rhenume, Jacob Gentili, Maeve Anatasia,

Brooke Butler, Briana Sweeney, Robyn Spada, Emily Walden, Rosalee McIntyre

Madison Morris, Genevieve Morreale, Kenzie Murray

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PowderPuff Football Game

Attention Junior & Senior Parents

The Student Council is hosting a PowderPuff Game on May 19th. While historically Powderpuff has had girls play football and boys cheer, this is not a gender exclusionary event. ANYONE is eligible to participate.

In order to play, students are required to complete a permission slip and return by Friday March 31st. Permission slips must be completed by both guardian/parent & the student. Please use this link to access the permission form.

Any questions about the event, please contact our Student Council Co-Advisor Charlotte Boyd, at

Entrepreneurship: Oreo Madness 2023

Ms. Collins' Entrepreneurship students recently learned all about creating products, then designed new Oreo flavors and packaging to celebrate National Oreo Day. Students voted to determine the top 16 flavors that became the seeds in our annual Oreo Madness Sweet 16 tournament. We'd love for you to weigh in with your votes! Voting takes place as follows:

  • Sweet 16: 3/21 (Tue) - 3/23 (Thu)
  • Elite 8: 3/24 (Fri) - 3/26 (Sun)
  • Final 4: 3/27 (Mon) - 3/29 (Wed)
  • Championship: 3/30 (Thu) - 4/2 (Sun)
  • The winner will be announced on 4/3 (Mon)

All flavor packaging information and voting links may be found here: Oreo Madness 2023

MHS Book Club

The MHS Book Club will hold a school-wide Book Drive from 3/13/23 - 3/31/23. Students (and staff if they would like to participate) are encouraged to donate new or gently used books. All proceeds will go to the Mansfield Public Library and other worthy organizations, as well as a few Little Free Libraries around our building. Drop-off boxes will be in the library and room 276. See Christina Sawyer, Aliyah Harris or any book club member for more information.

Save the Date: Mr. Mansfield

Save the Date for Mr. Mansfield 2023

Friday, March 31st at 6:30

Come support our seniors as they compete for the honor of this year's title.

  • Adults: $8

  • Students: $5

  • Children under 5: Free

Tickets will be on sale during all lunches 3.27 to 3.31. Remaining tickets available at the door. Doors open at 6:15

Great Mansfield Clean-Up

Register Now For The 16th Annual Great Mansfield Cleanup on April 29

Spring is here and that means it’s once again time for Keep Mansfield Beautiful’s annual Great Mansfield Cleanup. This year’s cleanup takes place on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., rain or shine, followed by a volunteer-appreciation pizza party for volunteers on the South Common in front of Town Hall.

Join with your classmates, friends, or family, and show your pride in a cleaner, greener Mansfield. Students can also earn community service hours by participating!

The deadline for pre-registering for this year’s Great Mansfield Cleanup is Friday April 14. Visit to volunteer and help keep Mansfield beautiful and litter-free.

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Support without Spending

Mansfield Choir is raising funds to lower field trip costs. HundredX Causes is a way for people to give without spending to a cause they care about - just by sharing their opinions. Members of the choir have attended the Tri-County Choral Festival, sang at the Providence Bruins and have organized a number of opportunities for singers in grades 4-12! As we grow we hope to offer more but we need your help!

Here’s how it works: This month, each time you share a quality brand opinion with HundredX, up to $2 goes towards fundraising for choir programming. You can personally create up to $150 of value (75 opinions).

Please click HERE or text “VOICE” to 90412 to sign up and learn more about the program.

We are so grateful for your support!

Mansfield Choir

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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