MHS Newsletter

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From the Principal's Desk...

November 24, 2019

Hi All,

Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday after we return from Thanksgiving Break. If you haven't already, please sign up to visit teachers on December 4th (12-2:30) and December 5th (12-2:30; 6:30-8:30). Be sure to stop by the Lost and Found Table during conferences for any items that your student may have misplaced. The table will be located outside the Main Office.

If your student needs academic support, National Honor Society will be hosting peer tutoring on Tuesday’s in the MHS library starting December 3rd. All students are encouraged to drop in as needed.

Best wishes to our Varsity Football Team as they take on Foxboro this Thanksgiving. Kick-off is at 10AM at the Ahern Middle School. Additionally, the State Championship Game will take place on Friday, December 6th at 7:30PM at Gillette Stadium. Please check out the athletics home page for more details about both games- GO HORNETS!!

In honor of the holiday, all offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday this week and will reopen with the return to school on Monday.

I wish you all a wonderful, happy, and restful Thanksgiving!

Best regards,

Mary Watkins

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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Social Studies

AP Psychology

On Monday, 11/18 Detective Wright and Bentley visited Ms. MacKinnon's AP Psychology classes. Bentley was able to show off his skills as a service dog (like turning out the lights!), Detective Wright was able to talk about the NEADS program and how Bentley was trained, and the students were able to make real life connections to operant conditioning and the other learning principles they were discussing in class. Thank you Bentley and Detective Wright!
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Making History

On Thursday November 14th, Mrs. Atwood’s Making History class and members of the National History Day Club took a field trip to the Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University. After getting an informative and helpful overview of the resources at Bridgewater State University by the Head of Reference Services, Ms. Mehta, the students were able to use the resources at BSU to enhance their research and get a taste of what a college library is like. Accessing databases, pursuing books, and looking through resources, the students worked to expand their knowledge on a broad array of topics ranging from modern to ancient history and local to world. Students will then use this newly gained knowledge to create a project for National History Day and compete at the school contest on February 14, 2020.

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Business and Technology

The MHS Entrepreneurship students are selling their handmade products this semester to benefit the Mansfield Animal Shelter and NEADS World Class Service Dogs! Products include a Bentley ornament with his real paw print, scented candles, dog toys, scrunchies, and more! Products will be sold at upcoming parent-teacher conferences, during all lunches next week, and by students. For more information, please visit or email
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National Honor Society

NHS Pizza Fundraiser

National Honor Society is hosting a fundraiser at the new restaurant, NY Pizza, in downtown Mansfield on December 4th. Proceeds will support upcoming charitable events. December 4th is a half-day, so stop by after school for lunch with your student, or as a treat after Parent-Teacher conferences.

Simply present the form below to ensure they know your there to show some Mansfield pride!

NY Pizza Flyer

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