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                            MHS Parents Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 1                                                                                       September 2009



                                       Principally Speaking...
       Our Mission:
Our mission at Mansfield High
                                       Dear MHS Parents-                       common-sense questions like:
School is to promote the intellec-                                             What are your class expecta-
tual, aesthetic, emotional, physi-     Is the summer going by quicker
cal, and social development of                                                 tions? How may I contact you?
                                       and quicker every year or am I
our students through a broad-                                                  Do you use HomeLogic? How
based curriculum implemented           just getting older??
by a dedicated faculty and staff.                                              can I help my student with
We provide all of our students         Welcome to the 2009-10 school           homework and overall achieve-
opportunities to acquire the val-
ues, knowledge and skills that         year! I truly hope that this will       ment? These steps will go a
will enrich their lives, aid them in
achieving their full potential, and
                                       be the most successful year ever        long line in opening doors of
help them to become lifelong           for your student!                       communication.
learners who can contribute posi-
tively to our ever changing soci-      A key characteristic of the most        I consider myself blessed to be
ety.
                                       successful schools is the crea-         working at a school where staff
                                       tion of true partnerships among         members strive to go the extra
                                       the school, parents, and the            mile for students. It is not un-
                                       community. In my opinion, the           common to see teachers giving
                                       first step of such a partnership        multiple opportunities to dis-
                                       is to ensure active and ongoing         play their learning. Their fine
                                       communication.                          efforts can only be reinforced by
                                       National studies show that pa-          your active engagement in your
    Inside this issue:                 rental engagement in the                child’s education. We are all
                                       schools usually decreases as            working to the same end: the
Principally Speaking              1    students enter high school.             best for all of our kids!
                                       This is ironic, as this is the very
New Faces at MHS                  2    time when children need their           Thank you in advance for your
                                       parents’ guidance the most! I           support!
MHS School Council                3    invite all of you to actively en-
                                       gage with all of the members of
New Security System               3    our school community.                   Cordially,
                                       A nice start would be in attend-
New School Schedule               4    ing our annual “Curriculum
                                       Night” on September 23 at 6:15
Flu FAQs                        5-6    pm . Get to know the teachers
                                       whom your children are spend-           Dr. Joseph Maruszczak
MPS 2009-10                       7    ing six hours daily! Ask simple,
Calendar                                                                       Principal
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New Faces to Greet MHS Students

Several new faces will greet MHS
students beginning on September 9.
The new teachers have a variety of
educational backgrounds and work
experiences, however, they all will
offer a strong commitment to in-
creasing student achievement at
MHS. The new teachers are the
following:

Aline Cannon will serve as a spe-
cial education teacher for students
in grades 9 and 10. Mrs. Cannon
holds a bachelor’s degree in busi-
ness from UMass Amherst and a
M.Ed. from Salem State College.
She has previously served as a
paraprofessional at King Philip Re-
gional HS.

Morgan Divona will serve as a           Above- New staff during Teacher Orientation Day, from l. to r.: Theresa Petty, Jenni-
special education teacher. Miss         fer Skowronek, Ellen Lea, Aline Cannon, Christine Harrison, and Kristy Littlehale .
Divona is a 2009 graduate of Provi-
dence College where she earned a
B.A. in special education.
                                         new English teacher. Miss Little-           lege, a M.Ed. from UMass Amherst
Jennifer Skowronek will also             hale holds a B.A. in English and            and a M.L.S. from Simmons Col-
serve as a special education teacher.    secondary education from Bridge-            lege.
Ms. Skowronek holds a B.S. in in-        water State College and served as a
ternational business from Quinnip-       long-term substitute at MHS last            Two teachers are new to MHS, but
iac University and is a candidate for    school year.                                have worked in the district, most
a M.Ed. In special education from                                                    recently at Qualters Middle School.
Bridgewater State College.               Theresa Petty comes to MHS as a             Heidi Egan and Tiffanie Emlin-
                                         new PE/wellness teacher. Mrs.               ger will be serving as teachers of
Christine Harrison will serve as         Petty holds a B.S. in education from        students with autism spectrum dis-
MHS’ new full-time school nurse.         The Ohio State University and a             orders and developmental disabili-
Mrs. Harrison earned a B.S. in           M.S. in physical education from             ties. Ms. Egan holds both a bache-
nursing from the University of           Bridgewater State College. For the          lor’s and master’s degree in special
Phoenix and has substituted in the       past five years Mrs. Petty has              education from Bridgewater State
district for the past three years.       worked as a physical education              College and has worked for the
                                         teacher and athletic trainer at             Mansfield Public Schools for five
Ellen Lea will serve as a new            Whitman Hanson Regional HS.                 years. Mrs. Emlinger has earned a
chemistry teacher. Mrs. Lea holds                                                    B.A. in special education from Lyn-
a B.S. in chemical engineering from      Anne Thie will serve as the new             don State College and a master’s in
Tufts University and a M.Ed. From        library media specialist for MHS.           the same area from Bridgewater
Harvard University. Mrs. Lea for-        Ms. Thie has worked as an English           state College. She has worked for
merly taught in the Clark County         teacher and a library media special-        the district for the past four years.
NV Public Schools.                       ist at both the middle school and
                                         high school levels, most recently ar
Kristy Littlehale will serve as a        Randolph HS. Ms. Thie holds a
                                         B.A. in English from Boston Col-
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Parents Needed for MHS School Council

The 2009-10 school year will mark          five students, and five parents to
the reintroduction of the MHS              allow for a diverse yet equal repre-
School Council. Mandated by Mas-           sentation of school stakeholders .
sachusetts General Law Chapter             The Council will meet once a
71, Section 59C, the purpose of the        month, for approximately 60-90
School Council is to assist the prin-      minutes.
cipal in school improvement plan-
ning, make recommendations with            If you are interested in serving on
regard to curriculum and instruc-          the School Council please contact
tion, and assist in the review of the      MHS Principal Joe Maruszczak at
annual school budget.                      (508) 261-7540 or via e-mail at Jo-
                                           seph.Maruszczak@mansfieldschools
The MHS School Council will con-           .com
sist of the principal, five teachers,




New Security System to be Installed at MHS

                                                                   The system also includes an electronic security
                                                                   enhancement to secure exterior doors and the
                                                                   main entrance to the high school. Under the
                                                                   new system all exterior doors will be locked and
                                                                   all visitors will have to be “buzzed” in by office
                                                                   personnel after being properly identified
                                                                   through a video monitoring system. Addition-
                                                                   ally, eight exterior doors will have Medeco Logic
                                                                   digital keyed entrances, and only those person-
                                                                   nel with the digital security key will be allowed
 Security cameras similar to the above are now being in-           access. The intent is to make access into the
 stalled outside of and around MHS.
                                                                   building for unwanted intruders as difficult as
                                                                   possible. The same digital security system in-
                                                                   volving a swipe card will also be installed for
 A new system to ensure even greater security at                   interior doors that permit access to separate
 Mansfield High School is presently being in-                      wings of the building, e.g., the main office area,
 stalled. The system entails a digital audio/video                 guidance, athletics, etc.
 security system throughout the school that can
 be monitored by school staff and remotely by the                  This security system is being funded by a
 Mansfield Police Department. As part of the sys-                  $76,000 federal grant by the US Department of
 tem, 13 digital cameras will be installed on the                  Justice COPS (Community Oriented Policing
 perimeter of the building focused on all areas in-                Services) program. The grant, jointly authored
 cluding the bus loop and all parking lots, at Me-                 by the Mansfield Public Schools and Police De-
 morial Park, and inside MHS in high traffic com-                  partment, fulfills one of the program’s chief ob-
 mon areas (e.g., the front foyer, the athletic de-                jectives, which is providing resources so schools
 partment corridor, etc.).                                         may be more secure.
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New Schedule at MHS for 2009-10
After much study and deliberation,      (English, math, social studies, sci-           54-minute periods daily with a
a new schedule will be launched for     ence, and foreign language) will be            seven-day rotation cycle, so seven
the coming school year. The sched-      two trimesters in length and elec-             periods could meet with one
ule will feature five 67-minute peri-   tive classes will be one trimester.            “dropping” daily. Thus, all students
ods each day. The schedule will         Some notable exceptions to this will           carried seven classes at any given
also have a simplified rotation on a    be all AP (Advanced Placement)                 time. This was in stark contrast to
weekly basis, as “Green Week” will      classes, band, orchestra, chorus,              the block schedule which MHS em-
feature a straight order of periods 1   and math and ELA classes prior to              ployed from 1996 to 2008, where
through 5 while “White Week” will       MCAS, which will remain with a                 most classes met daily for 84 min-
feature the periods in reverse order.   full-year delivery.                            utes on a semester basis and stu-
                                                                                       dents had no more than four classes
Perhaps the biggest shift will be in    A major intent of the new schedule             at any time.
adopting a trimester-based system       is to allow to students to focus on
for dividing the school year. No        less classes at any given time. A              The new schedule is a compromise
longer will MHS have four terms of      significant majority of students did           between the block and traditional
approximately 45 days each or two       not prefer last year’s schedule when           schedules, with class times that
semesters. Rather, the academic         the entire student body was sur-               offer students and teachers more
year will be divided into three tri-    veyed last February, as many                   time to delve deeper so critical
mesters of approximately 60 days        stated that the new schedule was               thinking skills may be effectively
each. Most core academic classes        stressful. The schedule offered six            developed.




         2009-10 MHS School Schedule                                                   Rotat ion
                                  Block Times                                      Green            White
         7:20 am - Warning Bell
         7:25 am - 8:32am (67 min.)                                               Period 1        Period 5
         8:37 am - 9:44 am (67 min.)                                              Period 2        Period 4
         9:53 am - 11:00 am (67 min.)                                             Period 3        Period 3


         11:05 am - 12:37 pm (68 min class, 20 min lunch)
         Lunch 1 (11:05 am - 11:25 am)
         Lunch 2 (11:29 am - 11:49 am)                                            Period 4        Period 2
         Lunch 3 (11:53 am - 12:13 pm)
         Lunch 4 (12:17 pm - 12:37 pm)


         12:42 pm - 1:49 pm (67 min.)                                             Period 5        Period 1


                   Trimester 1:           9/9/09 to 12/4/09
                   Trimester 2:           12/7/09 to 3/19/10
                   Trimester 3:           3/22/10 to 6/22/10
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Information About the Flu in Schools

Will H1N1 (swine) flu come back this fall?
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Public health experts expect that H1N1 flu will come back this fall and will spread in communities at the same time as the se -
sonal flu.

It seemed like H1N1 influenza was pretty mild in the spring. Should I be any more worried about it this fall
than regular seasonal flu?
Many people who had H1N1 flu were not seriously ill. While most people who were sick got better without needing medical
treatment, some people were hospitalized and some have died. Most of the people who became very sick were pregnant or had
health problems like diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, or suppressed immune systems.

Will the H1N1 flu virus be stronger than it was last spring and make people sicker?
We don’t know whether it will be stronger than in the spring, or stronger than seasonal influenza. We do know that more peo-
ple will get sick with the H1N1 virus because it’s a new virus, and most people have no immunity. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations will continue to monitor the virus to see if it changes.

What can I do to keep my child from getting sick?
It is important to teach your children how to reduce their risk of getting the flu and how to protect others from becoming in-
fected. If we all practice good hygiene, we can limit the spread of flu in our schools.

Get your child both the H1N1 and seasonal flu shots. Vaccination is the best way to keep your child from getting the flu.
Teach your children to wash their hands often. Washing with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds is ideal (about as
    long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
Teach your children to use hand sanitizer. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes all work well, as long as they contain at least 60%
    alcohol. Watch small children using gels so they don’t swallow it.
Teach your children to cough or sneeze into their elbow—not their hands! Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by
    coughing into the inside of their elbow. They should wash their hands after blowing their nose or coughing into a tissue.
Teach your children to avoid touching their nose, mouth or eyes. They should keep their hands away from their face.

Should my child get the seasonal flu shot?
All children aged 6 months through 18 years should get a flu shot every year. This year it will be available earlier.
You should get your children vaccinated as soon the flu shot becomes available.

Should my child get the H1N1 flu shot?
H1N1 flu shot should be available in October. The H1N1 flu shot is recommended for everyone, especially:
• pregnant women
• household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months of age
• people aged 6 months to 24 years old
• people 25 to 64 years old who have certain health problems like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, weakened immune sys-
tems, and certain muscle or nerve conditions that can lead to breathing or swallowing problems.
healthcare providers and emergency medical services staff

Can the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 flu shot be given at the same time?
Experts believe that seasonal flu shots and H1N1 flu shots can be given at the same time. However, we expect the seasonal flu
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shot to be available earlier than the H1N1 flu shot. Because the seasonal flu will still make people sick, people are encour ged
to get their seasonal flu shot as soon as it is available.
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 Information About the Flu in Schools con’t

If I got sick this spring with flu-like symptoms, am I protected from getting it again this fall?
Unless you had a laboratory test that confirmed you had H1N1 influenza, it’s possible that you had something other than H1N1.
Even if you had H1N1 influenza, we don’t know how much immunity it will provide for the fall. The Massachusetts Department o  f
Public Health (DPH) and CDC recommend H1N1 vaccine for everyone.

If there if H1N1 flu in my community, is it safe for my child to go to school?
At this time, state and local public health officials recommend that students can--and should--continue to go to school, as
long as they are not sick and do not have flu symptoms. Flu-like symptoms include: fever (over 100.4 degrees F), with
cough and/or sore throat. Additional symptoms of H1N1 flu include: runny nose, stuffy nose, headache, body aches,
feeling very tired, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.

What should I do if my child is sick?
Flu spreads easily from person to person. If you think your child is getting the flu:

Keep your child home. It is very important that your child does not go to school or other places where they could spread
    the flu virus to other people, such as group childcare, after school programs, the mall, or sporting events.
Call your doctor’s office and let them know your child’s symptoms and history. Your doctor will advise you whether
    you should come to the office. It is best to call ahead so that you help prevent spreading illness to others.
Call your child’s school to notify them that they are sick, and tell the school nurse if your child has flu-like symptoms.
Keep your school nurse updated on your child’s medical condition.
Do not give your child or teenager (18 years of age or younger) aspirin or aspirin-containing products due to the rare but
    serious illness called Reye syndrome.




Will my child’s school be closed if there is a case of flu?
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School and public health officials will be focused on preventing the spread of the flu in schools so that schools can stay op These
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officials will be closely following the situation and will inform you in the unlikely event that your child’ school is closed. However,
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it is important to plan ahead. Talk to your family now to decide who would care for your child if their school is closed. f school is
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closed, it is important that students not gather together at another location, but rather stay home to avoid spreading the fl virus to
other people.

What precautions are being taken at schools?
    Careful hand washing is very important in preventing the spread of disease, including the flu. School nurses and teachers hav e
         been and will continue to remind and teach students about hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
    All school nurses, food services staff, principals and school faculty staff are working to prevent flu in a number of ways.
    School nurses will keep track of students sick with flu-like symptoms, so that potential outbreaks can be identified quickly.
    School nurses are working closely with local and state public health authorities as questions arise.

Where can I get more information?
Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at www.mass.gov/dph/swineflu
• Massachusetts Department of Public Health information line at 211


         Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our children and our schools healthy.
Mansfield High School
250 East Street
Mansfield, MA 02048                                                                           Mansfield High School
Phone: (508) 261-7540
Fax: (508) 339-0259


                              2009 – 2010 CALENDAR– MANSFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SEPTEMBER
3 DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE – K-12
7 LABOR DAY
8 TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
9 ******SCHOOL BEGINS - GRADES 1 – 12 ( FULL DAY ) **********
9 ORIENTATION - KINDERGARTEN & PRE K
10 ORIENTATION - KINDERGARTEN & PRE K
11 1ST DAY / PRE SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
17 QMS CURRICULUM NIGHT
23 MHS CURRICULUM NIGHT
24 ROBINSON - GR. 1 & 2 CURRICULUM NIGHT
28 NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur
29 ROLAND GREEN CURRICULUM NIGHT
30 JORDAN / JACKSON CURRICULUM NIGHT
( 15 )
OCTOBER
1 JORDAN / JACKSON CURRICULUM NIGHT
5 KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM NIGHT
9 SYSTEMWIDE - 1/2 Day PROF. DEVELOPMENT DAY - NO K
12 NO SCHOOL - COLUMBUS DAY
14 MHS - 1/2 DAY - PARENT CONFERENCES
22 MHS - PARENT CONFERENCES - Evening ( 21 )
( 36 )
NOVEMBER
11 NO SCHOOL - VETERANS DAY -
12 QMS 1/2DAY PARENT CONFERENCES
13 QMS 1/2DAY PARENT CONFERENCES
19 1/2 DAY - J /J PARENT CONFERENCES
20 1/2 DAY - J /J PARENT CONFERENCES
24 QMS – PARENT CONFERENCES - EVENING
25 1/2 DAY Thanksgiving Break
26 NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
27 NO SCHOOL ( 18 )
( 54 )
DECEMBER
1 & 2 ROLAND GREEN PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES – NO SCHOOL
3 ROBINSON - 1/2 DAY - PARENT CONFERENCES –– K - 2 EVENING - NO K
4 ROBINSON - 1/2 DAY - PARENT CONFERENCES – K - 2 – AFTERNOON - NO K
24 ******* WINTER VACATION BEGINS ******* 12/ 24/ 09 - 1 / 03/ 10 ******* (17)
(71)
JANUARY 2010
1 NEW YEARS DAY
4 BACK TO SCHOOL
15 SYSTEMWIDE - 1/2DAY - PROF. DEVELOPMENT DAY - NO K
18 NO SCHOOL - M.L.K. BIRTHDAY (19)
(90)
FEBRUARY
15 ** ****PRESIDENTS DAY ***** VACATION WEEK ***** ( 2 / 15 / 10 - 2/ 19 / 10 ) (15)
(105)
MARCH
11 1/2 DAY - MHS PARENT CONFERENCES
11 KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
12 SYSTEMWIDE – 1/2DAY - PROF. DEVELPOMENT - NO K
18 1/2 DAY - J / J PARENT CONFERENCE
19 1/2 DAY - J / J PARENT CONFERENC ( 23 )
31 ROBINSON – 1/2DAY – PARENT CONFERENCES – GR. K, 1 & 2 - NO KINDERGARTEN (128)
APRIL
1 ROBINSON - 1/2 DAY - - GRADES K, 1 & 2 CONFERENCES - NO K
2 NO SCHOOL -GOOD FRIDAY
6 & 7 NO SCHOOL - ROLAND GREEN – PARENT CONFERENCES
19 *****SPRING VACATION ****** ( 4 / 19 / 10 thru 4/ 23 / 10 ) (16)
(144)
MAY
5 Grade 2 Transition Night
27 QMS - 5TH GRADE TRANSITION MEETING - PARENTS ONLY (20)
31 NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY (164)
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JUNE
3 Grade 1 Orientation
6 GRADUATION DAY (16)
22 *******LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS **********( 180 )

								
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