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From the Principal's Desk...

November 13, 2020


Dear MHS Students and Families,


Please find a few key updates:


  • Reminder that Q1 report cards will be made available in Aspen X2 on Monday, November 16th. We will notify you via email as soon as the portal is open on the 16th. The portal will remain open for report card access for two weeks.


  • Please click here for updates to the student attendance policy. Also, in light of new attendance scenarios brought about by the pandemic, we will retroactively excuse all student absences from first quarter. We are doing this to afford students the greatest latitude with our local credit requirements. This adjustment stands for first quarter only.


  • Mark your calendars for Teacher Conferences on December 1st and 2nd. Your child's teachers will send out emails to you on Wednesday, November 18th with links for booking individual 5-minute Google Meet appointments. Conferences will take place on December 1st from 12:00pm - 2:30pm, and on December 2nd from 12:00pm-2:30pm and from 6:30pm-8:30pm.


  • Also on November 18th, please look for an email from me with a link to a webinar hosted by McLean School Consultation Services regarding how best to support your high school student during COVID-19. The webinar is limited to MHS parents/guardians only.


Finally, as we quickly approach the holiday season, please consider donating to Toys for Tots sponsored by the Mansfield Rotary Club. see below for more details.


Have a great weekend!


Best regards,



Mary Watkins

Principal

Toys for Tots

The Rotary Club of Mansfield is holding their annual Toys for Tots program collecting toys, books, crafts etc. for children in Mansfield and nearby communities. There are collection boxes throughout town, including one at Mansfield High School in our Lobby. If you wish to gift a new, unwrapped item you may send it in with your student to drop in the collection box in our Lobby through December 14th.

Athletics

Registration for Winter Athletics at MHS is now open and should be completed by all student-athletes interested in participating in Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys and Girls Indoor Track, Boys Ice Hockey, Girls Ice Hockey, Winter Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Swim and Dive. Registration should be completed by Friday, Nov. 20th. We expect to have the official start date for winter sports next week but it will begin no earlier than Monday, Dec. 7th. If your sport gets moved to another season (Fall 2 or Spring), your registration will still be valid. Please remember to have a valid, in-person physical and this can be uploaded to Family ID site or dropped off in athletics (physicals are valid for 13 months). No user fees will be collected until team tryouts have ended and teams have been selected.


The link to the Family ID registration page can be found on our new athletics website:

http://athletics.mansfieldschools.com/

Supporting Your High Schooler During COVID-19

Looking for ways to better support your high schooler in these difficult and unprecedented times? Log on to the McLean School Consultation Service’s webinar on how to support high school students on 11/18/2020 from 6:30-8pm. After viewing this webinar, you will walk away with tangible skills for how to help your teen reconnect with their values as well as ways to help your teen calm down when they are having a difficult time. A link to the webinar will be sent to all MHS parents/guardians via email on November 18th.

Parent/Guardian Volunteer Group

Parents/Guardians, let's help make this a great year for our students! If you are interested in volunteering your time to support a variety of student and school-wide needs (materials distribution, holiday season decorations, fundraising support for grade levels, etc.) please sign up here https://forms.gle/t7VgdkSPsBcQTUTz5


Please contact Alexandra Piccirilli at mansfieldhsparents@gmail.com with any questions.

Department of Digital Learning

Did you know there is a website that can help your student with basic questions about many of the digital resources used at MPS?


The MPS Student and Family Digital Resources Website is designed with students and families in mind. Here you will find How To Guides and Video Tutorials on digital products like Google Classroom and Screencastify, and helpful tips on using everyday tech like Gmail and Google Meet.


The website can be found under the Student or Parent tab of your school’s website. As we create additional resources throughout the year, we would love to hear from you! Is there a How to Guide or Video Tutorial for a digital resource you would like to see added to our site? Please let us know by clicking HERE.

Flu Vaccination Reminder

Governor Baker has issued a new state mandate which requires all school aged students to be vaccinated against the Seasonal Flu before January 1.


If your student has received their vaccine please forward that document in any one of the following ways:


By email (a picture of the document or attachment is acceptable) :

christine.harrison@mansfieldschools.com


By regular mail:

250 East Street Attention : Nurses office


By Fax:

508-261-7416


Please call the Nurse's office at 508-261-7540 x 33111 with any questions.

Housing Help

The state Department of Housing and Community Development has centralized information about resources for families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. Please use this link for more information. www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp

From the Nurses

Illness Management


Please see the Daily Self Symptom Screening Checklist which needs to be reviewed every morning before sending your student to school. If your student does not feel well and stays home, please monitor their symptoms. If your student is having concerning symptoms, please contact your physician for guidance.


If your student is not feeling well:

  1. Stay home and call your physician for guidance regarding concerning symptoms

  2. Physician may diagnose an illness and may or may not refer student for a COVID-19 test

  3. Inform your school nurse of absence, diagnosis, and/or testing

  4. Student may return per our back to school guidelines(fever free for 24 hrs without use of medication and an improvement in symptoms) and a negative COVID-19 test if one was ordered by a physician

  5. If COVID-19 test is positive, please call your school nurse for individual instructions


Communication is key in making sure information is shared in a timely manner so contacts can be identified and informed. If at any time during this school year, your student is identified as a close contact to a positive case and is placed in quarantine, please call your school nurse for individual instructions. Please do not hesitate to call your school nurse with information or with any questions.


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-


Please see the MPS Return to School Flowchart for a quick reference guide.


SCHOOL NURSE CONTACT:

Roland Green Pre-School (508) 261-1561

Fax: (508) 261-7415

Debora.Wirth@mansfieldschools.com


Robinson Elementary School (508)261-7387

Fax: (508) 261-7389

Sue.McGinley@mansfieldschools.com or Tammy.Rozelle@mansfieldschools.com


Jordan/Jackson Elementary School (508) 261-7520

Fax: (508) 261-7522

Kristin.Haskell@mansfieldschools.com or Betsy.Johnston@mansfieldschools.com


Qualters Middle School (508) 261-7530

Fax: (508) 261-7374

Lisa.Anderson@mansfieldschools.com or Elayne.Brown@mansfieldschools.com


Mansfield High School (508) 261-7540

Fax: (508) 261-7416

Christine.Harrison@mansfieldschools.com or Betsy.Savoie@mansfieldschools.com

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Substitute Teachers and Substitute Paraprofessionals Needed

Mansfield Public Schools is seeking responsible individuals to fill these positions immediately. Openings available in all schools. Flexible schedule.


Please see the PDF below for more information.

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