Social Studies

The Mansfield High School Quiz Show Team
qualified for the televised tournament on WGBH.

Quiz Team
Quiz team

Get ready for an all-new episode of High School Quiz Show!
We're halfway through the qualifying round, with Lexington High School and Mansfield High School playing for a spot in the quarterfinals!
Saturday, March 7 at 6PM on WGBH2!
Video Link

Hornets Qualify for WGBH Quiz Bowl Tournament!
Did you know that the Battle of the Bulge was fought primarily in Belgium?  Or that the word nonplussed means to be perplexed?
Or that Mauna Kea in Hawaii, measured from its underwater base, is the tallest mountain in the world?
The Mansfield High School Quiz Show team knew these answers and many more!
The qualifying competition for 80 Massachusetts high schools took place at WGBH studios in Brighton on October 20th.
Mansfield was one of 17 schools to qualify for the televised WGBH Quiz Bowl Tournament hosted by Billy Costa.
Taping will take place in late January and the tournament will be televised on WGBH in the spring.
Congratulations to the entire Mansfield team for a superb effort!

May 15, 2019;
Janet Singer Applefield
“Hidden Child during the Holocaust.”

Returned to Mansfield High School for her annual visit.
Teaching children and young adults the power of courage and resilience in the face of bigotry and hate.

 When the Third Reich invaded Poland in September 1939, my family – like thousands of others – fled east.
We lived as refugees, waiting to return home, but by July 1942 my parents ran out of options.
On the night before a mandatory selection, I was given to a relative's nanny.
That morning, my mother was on a transport to the death camp at Belzec, my father was assigned to forced labor, and I, just seven years old, was about to witness incredible danger, unbelievable luck, and the love, courage and dedication of a few extraordinarily righteous citizens who saved my life.
This is my story.

Her website; Link

 Janet Janet 
 Janet Janet 

Massachusetts Student Government Day 2019

State House
 State House
 On Friday, April 5 Hannah Egan and Orion Hallowell had the pleasure of representing Mansfield High School at Massachusetts Student Government Day at the State House.
The students we able to meet Representative Elizabeth Poirier and debate two current pieces of Massachusetts state legislation: the regulation of youth tackle football and the regulation of flavored tobacco products.
Hannah and Orion both gained valuable first hand experience of civic involvement and engagement!

Massachusetts Superior Court judge Joseph Leighton


Massachusetts Superior Court judge Joseph Leighton spoke to students in Mr. Caisse's and Mr. McGovern's criminal justice courses. He spoke about the  importance of an impartial and independent judiciary governed by the Rule of Law and fielded a variety of questions from the students about his role as a judge.


Joseph Kennedy III visit
Joe Kennedy

Photos from the event

 Monday 4/23/2018, MHS was honored to receive a visit from Congressman Joseph Kennedy. Congressman Kennedy spoke to several social studies classes
in the auditorium, explaining his entry into politics and what he enjoys most about his job. He also allowed a Q & A session for students.
We're grateful that Congressman Kennedy took the time out of his schedule to stop by!

Many thanks also to student Paige Oliveira and Social Studies Department Chair Bill Hocking for organizing this event.
Paige Oliveira
Bill Hocking

Kennedy gets friendly grilling at Mansfield High

By Rick Foster for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle

MANSFIELD — Congressmen are regularly questioned by colleagues, members of the media and constituents on matters of interest in the political world.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Brookline, stood up to a friendly grilling by students at Mansfield High School, who wanted to know about issues such as health care, government paralysis and whether his family name has helped advance his career.
Kennedy was introduced by senior Paige Oliveira, who has worked as an  intern  in the congressman’s office.
The congressman said he’s grateful for the chance to serve fellow citizens and, while it may be hard to achieve compromise on key issues, remains confident in American democracy.
Congress, reflecting a divided nation, has a Republican majority fighting to deliver on its promises and a Democrat minority just as determined to question those promises, Kennedy said. In between, individual members work across the aisles to achieve what common victories they can.
“This was never supposed to be easy,” said Kennedy, explaining that government was designed so that no one person or group would control all the levers of power.
Student Peter Lally asked the congressman if being a Kennedy had helped or hurt his political career.
Kennedy replied that it unquestionably had helped, but added that his father, former congressman Joseph Kennedy Jr., warned him against running for office. The current congressman said his work as an assistant district attorney contributed to his decision to run and advocate for reform.
Kennedy, a father of two children, said the life of a congressman doesn’t make it easy to be a dad.
“You spend a lot of time on airplanes,” he said.
Student Audrey Martin wanted to know about Kennedy’s work on health care.
He said he has been an advocate for mental health care in particular, which he added has been “underfunded for decades.”
Kennedy said that as a former district attorney, he saw ample evidence of the need for improved drug addiction treatment.
“We had been locking those people up,” he said. By substituting warehousing for treatment, he said, “we were insuring those people were going to do the same thing again.”
In answer to a question by student Nicole Brown, Kennedy said there have been times when being a congressman has proved frustrating.
In particular, he said he believes there could be enough votes to resolve the controversy over DACA, which allows children of undocumented aliens to remain in the United States temporarily.
He said he has seen evidence of some movement on the Republican side, but there has yet to be a breakthrough.
The election of a GOP president, as well as Republican majorities in the House and Senate, has removed some incentives for compromise, he said.
Lilly Walsh asked Kennedy about the most gratifying part of his job.
“The best part of my job is the moment you are able to leverage the power of government to help someone,” he said.
He said he has also been privileged to make several close friends on both sides of the aisle and work with them on matters of importance.
Kennedy said the art of compromise in Congress wasn’t meant to be simple.
“As long as I’ve been in Congress we’ve had Republican control,” he said. “People see a problem and come to us to help solve it. To do that you need both Republican support and Democratic support. That’s a narrow eye of the needle.”

News from the National History Day competition 2018


Janet Singer Applefield

Janet Applefield​​

A holocaust survivor, who grew up during the Nazi occupation of Europe spoke to the students of Mansfield High School about her experiences and the need for understanding and tolerance.
Here is a link to her web site <Link> 

 Baby Janet  MHS students Slide show 

Edward Kennedy Institute

Edward Kennedy Institute

Students from Mr. Foley’s American Rights in Action class and Mr. Caisse’s American History II class participated in a simulation program at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. The Kennedy Institute is an interactive museum devoted to teaching students about the history and legislative functions of the United States Senate. Students were assigned the role of a current United States Senator and had to create a bill that protects American against terrorism while also protecting American civil liberties.


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