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The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps -- an all-age professional marching band that competes in shows during the summer all around New England -- is coming to Manchester High School on Feb 20-21.
The visit was arranged by Greg Sember, a chemistry teacher at MHS and a member of the drum corps for the past seven years.
“I am extremely excited to bring to Manchester this extremely rewarding opportunity for our school system and the Town of Manchester,” he said.
The corps is partnering with the MHS Music Dept. and will hold its February Open Rehearsal weekend at at the high school.
There will be an “open clinic” for all Manchester Public School students (6th grade and up) on Sunday (Feb. 21) from 1-3 p.m. Anyone who plays a marching band instrument (brass, woodwinds, percussion) or is interested in Color Guard (flags, rifles, sabers) is welcome to attend.
There are also other “open rehearsal” times for members of the public (students or otherwise) to drop in. The brass section is rehearsing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and the full corps rehearsal is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
“If you or anyone you know is interested in marching this summer, or you would like to get the full experience, you are welcome to attend our rehearsals,” Sember said.
Posted Friday, Jan 29, 2016
Boys Championship: Illing 51, RHAM 41
MVP - From Illing Cory Williams
All tournament from Illing Matt Valentine and Joey D'Amora
GIRLS championship: Rham 36, Illing 29
All tournament from Illing-Madison Glasgow
MVP--From RHAM Julia Hancin
Compared to high school athletes, middle schoolers compete in relative anonymity but for almost 30 years that has changed for one weekend each winter.
The Buzz Wooldridge Invitational basketball tournament is under way at Illing Middle School, with players from five area schools getting a chance to compete in front of larger tthan normal crowds and in a tournament atmosphere.
“It’s a special event,” said Dan Bebyn, a social studies teacher at Illing who also serves as the school’s athletic director.
Originally the Bennet Invitational, the event was renamed in honor of Bill “Buzz” Wooldridge, a long time (but recently retired) science teacher, athletic director and coach at Bennet and later Illing.
The tournament started Thursday, with RHAM beating Suffield 65-62 in a boys semifinal, and Illing topping St. James 37-34 in a girls’ semi.
Today, there’s another girl’s semifinal -- Suffield vs RHAM at 3:15 p.m., followed by the Illing vs Tolland boys at 5:15 p.m.
Then on Saturday there’s all-day action:
10 a.m. -- boys consolation
Noon -- girls consolation
2 p.m. -- boys championship
4 p.m. -- girls championship
Some of the players who have competed over the years have gone on to play college ball, or beyond -- notably former Bennet standouts Will Solomon (Clemson) and Chaz Carr (BU), who both played professionally in Europe.
Among girls who have competed in the tournament are - and n the case of Leanne Crockett (the current MHS girls coach and a CCSU grad), Megan McPhee (Dartmouth) and Tanya Iwanski (Bryant).
Posted Friday, Jan 29, 2016
Students as young as third-grade are eligible to participate in a national drug-prevention awareness contest sponsored locally by the Manchester BPO Elks Lodge #1893.
Teri Norman, a special ed teacher at MHS, is chairing the event for the Elks, and says that new this year is a video clip category for students starting in grade 4.
Here’s the breakdown:
The Poster Contest is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students
The Essay Contest is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
The Video Contest is open to all 4th-8th graders, High School and Post grad students.
The entry deadline is Feb. 12. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 860-729-9770.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016
The Parker-Lopez Partners-in-positivity duo has ignited a Community Open Mic Series that will occur every last Friday of every month at the East Side Community Center on 153 Spruce Street right here in Manchester, CT.
The first one happens THIS FRIDAY Jan. 29th. Encourage your students to come on out to cheer on others or to be cheered on for their own performances. You are invited too. Come on out to connect with and support youth ages 13-19 as they spit poems, sing, rap, dance, tell stories, beat-box and more.
Bring your positives vibes and your dancing feet, as we get down to music provided by DJ Faro. Enjoy a feature performance by our Manchester! Youth Slam Team PaperVoicess!!
This event is Brought to you by the youth of Manchester and Host:Ryan Parker and DJ: Justis Lopez.
The first one happens THIS FRIDAY JAN. 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Come be a part of the OPEN MIC MOVEMENT! Be there or be...Silent.
Posted Monday, Jan 11, 2016
On behalf of History Day in Manchester, we would like to ask for your help by judging the 2016 History Day regional competition. In the past, History Day has relied on dedicated teachers and staff who have made the competition a success for the students. This year's History Day Contest is rapidly approaching, and we need some more judges!
As a judge, you will have the opportunity to observe the work of various students of different age groups from across the region and help critique their projects by providing supportive feedback. Those students who advance to the state competition will truly rely on the feedback provided by the judges to enhance their work in hopes of making the national competition in Washington DC in June.
If you are worried that a conflict of interest may arise because you teach or work with competing students from Manchester High or any Middle Schools, we will make the necessary accommodations to avoid any such issues.
This event will take place from 7:30am-1:00pm on SATURDAY February 27th, 2016 at Manchester High School in Manchester, CT and includes a catered breakfast & lunch.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email. We appreciate all the hard work that the Manchester School District staff provides every day. We hope that working with ambitious students from all over the state (and many from Manchester) will interest you as educators.
To sign up for judging, please use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C79XGXJ
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email Ryan Jones at email@example.com.
Posted Friday, Jan 8, 2016
Students and staff who use public transportation might find this interesting.
The Capitol Region Council of Governments, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is conducting a Comprehensive Transit Service Analysis of the CTtransit Hartford Division.
Among other things, they are seeking ideas on potential CTtransit bus route improvementsThe attached flier has more, including a schedule of local meetings.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015
Posted Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015
The Professional Firefighters of Manchester Local 1579 led a fundraiser drive to provide winter coats for students and families at Title I schools in town.
With support from sponsors including Highland Park Market, Manchester Municipal Federal Credit Union and Trinks Brothers Oil, they raised approximately $10,000 -- which accounts for about 300 coats.
The drive was affiliated with Operation Warm. You can read more about there here.
Posted Sunday, Nov 22, 2015
Manchester SEPTA Committee (SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION)
Meeting November 30th, 2015 @ 6:30pm Keeney Elementary
Posted Friday, Nov 20, 2015
The Manchester Youth Commission's Philanthropy Committee is requesting proposals for Mini Grants of up to $1,000 per application to Manchester community groups which are either led by, or intended to benefit, youth in Manchester. Qualifying candidates must plan to facilitate a project or program which fulfills one of three categories: Out of School Time/After School Initiatives, Service Learning Initiatives, and Arts and Culture Initiatives. Grant money may not be used for religious instruction or materials, capital expenses, or donations to other organizations. Applications are available online at www.manchesterct.gov and must be completed and received no later than 4:00 p.m., December 2, 2015.
See the attached for more information
Posted Sunday, Nov 8, 2015
The Manchester Council PTA has started a new committee called SEPTA (Special Education PTA). This is a collaboration of parents, teachers, and community who have come together to form a voice for all children with special needs in the Manchester school system.
SETA had its first meeting October 26th at Keeney Street School. It was very well attended by parents, an FRC, and some community members. They focused on introductions, basic mission ideas, and opening it up to see what the members of SEPTA would like to see moving forward. It became clear from the meeting that there is a need for the SEPTA in the town, as there were many parents struggling to navigate the special education system in Manchester.The next meeting will be November 30th, 6:30 PM, at Keeney Street School. They will be focusing this meeting on building positive working relationships in special education and Manchester special education success stories.
Posted Friday, Oct 23, 2015
Martin School is welcoming its new makerspace in the library. The first arrivals were 12 sets of robots named Dash and Dot. Twenty-five students chosen for the Maker Space ECHO (Extra Curricular Hot Opportunities) took them out for the first trial. The students, grades 1-5, were tasked with building a car that could be towed down the hall by Dash without spilling its Lego Man passenger. They all succeeded in a variety of creative ways. Here is Dash making its way down the hall at Martin School.
Posted Friday, Oct 23, 2015
Halloween is on a Saturday this year, making a great day even greater for kids.
Local children are especially lucky because MHS will again be the scene of the annual Community Halloween Party, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. (Note -- no one is admitted after 12:30 p.m.)
There will be a cookie decorating booth, games, prizes, face painting, candy and crafts.
National Honor Society students and MHS Future Business Leaders of America students will be selling cotton candy, slushies and popcorn for $1 each, and they are also sponsoring a “moon bounce.”
All students age 10 and younger must be escorted by an adult.
The event is sponsored in part by the MHS activities planning board and the Mayor’s Program for Manchester’s Children.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
The school district is beginning its 2016 United Way campaign on Monday, Oct. 26 -- when pledge forms will be sent to employees.
Donations can be made by cash, check, credit card, or through payroll deductions. Payroll deductions will begin the first payroll in January, 2016, and continue through December, 2016, for a total of twenty deductions. Or, if you prefer, United Way will bill you for a one-time, monthly or quarterly donation.
Pledge forms are to be returned to Central Office, to the attention of Heidi Turner, by November 13, 2015.
Employees are asked to please return blank form if you are not making a donation, United Way has asked that any unused forms be returned to them.
“Last year, employees of Manchester Public Schools contributed almost $4,000,” wrote Pat Brooks in a letter announcing the campaign. “Let’s make it to $5,000 this year.”
Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
MANCHESTER -- Candidates who are running for the board of education in Manchester have been invited to a candidates forum scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center.
The event is sponsored by the town-wide PTA council.
The nine-member board of education has staggered terms. Four candidates -- Republicans Raju Gomes and Susan Jacobsen, and Democrats Neal Leon and Melanie Stefanowicz -- are running for the three positions that will be held from 2015-18. Four other candidates -- Republicans Peter Conyers and Deborah Hagenow, and Democrats Chris Pattacini and Norm DeLauro -- are running for the three positions that will be held from 2016-19.
The three board members whose term ends in 2017 are not directly involved in this year's election. They are Republican Mary Jane Pazda and Democrats Darryl Thames and Jason Scappaticci.
Wednesday's forum is scheduled to be televised on Cox Cable public access.
Posted Monday, Oct 19, 2015
We are always looking for ways to share school news with the entire Manchester community, and starting this week will be sending a weekly email to the parents/guardians of all of our students with updates and information. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive this weekly email, please click here.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
On Our Website
There is a great deal on our district website, including coverage of:
This weekend's Homecoming parade and football game
The new STEM specialists in our elementary schools
Google’s launch of exciting new ‘virtual field trip’ technology in Manchester
A look at more than 60 MHS graduates now teaching in our district
And much more! Including ...
Humans Of Manchester Public Schools
Speaking of the district website, check out our gallery -- which is modeled after the immensely popular “Humans of New York” viral sensation. We add to our gallery every school day so please check back regularly.
Do you know of an MHS grad -- recent or otherwise -- who is off doing something interesting, exciting, important or otherwise newsworthy? Click here and we will post “Where Are They Now?” stories on the district website.
Here of some of the many upcoming fundraisers and other happenings in the district. To see ongoing fundraisers click here.
Tuesday, Oct. 20 -- Washington PTA Restaurant Night at Smoke Not Just BBQ, 4-9 p.m.
Friday, October 23rd--Robertson School PTA Fall Festival, 6:30-8:00
Friday, Oct. 30 -- Washington PTA Event at Trunk or Treat, 4-5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 9 -- Highland Park Dine out night at Dairy Queen, 6-9 pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 -- MPS International Conference, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MHS
Wednesday, Nov. 18 -- Highland Park Dine Out night at Bertucci’s, 5-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 -- Highland Park Barnes & Noble Book Fair
On Wednesday, the Town PTA Council will be hosting a BOE Candidates forum at Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. The event will also be televised on public access by Cox Cable.
Other Big-Deal Dates
Here are a few other key dates on the MPS horizon:
Saturday, Oct. 31 -- Community Halloween Party at MHS
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21 -- Sock ‘n’ Buskin Fall Show (“The Odd Couple”) at MHS
Tuesday, Nov. 24 -- National Honor Society induction at MHS
Thursday, June 9 -- Last day of school (for now anyway, obviously)
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Anything on your mind? Send us questions/concerns/compliments/whatever and we will steer them to the appropriate people. Just click here.
Your Child’s School
Click on the links below to see news, notes and happenings at your child’s school. And note that each of our elementary schools now has a “data dashboard” with Smarter Balanced scores broken down by gender, ethnicity band special populations:
Manchester Preschool Center
Highland Park Elementary
Illing Middle School
Manchester High School
Manchester Regional Academy
One More Thing
“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
-- Albert Einstein
Posted Thursday, Oct 15, 2015
The Manchester Health Department is holding a family flu clinic on Dec. 8 at the Comminuty Y. Please see the attached flier for details. Click Here
Posted Thursday, Oct 15, 2015
The school district is sponsoring an International Conference at MHS on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the accompanying flier for more information. Click Here
Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015
Manchester High School’s homecoming festivities on Friday will have an added dimension as a local restaurant will be serving dinner in between the late afternoon parade and early evening football game.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill will be selling dinner here at MHS -- steak or chicken skewers or a vegetarian plate with rice and small dessert -- for $5 with proceeds going to the football booster club, said Lindsey Boutilier, the MHS athletic director.
““We are thrilled to have such support from a local business,” Boutilier said.
The homecoming parade starts at 4 p.m. on Purnell Place and proceeds up Main Street, onto Center Street and then down Brookfield Street, arriving at the high school about 4:30 p.m. Hundreds of students, staff, family and community members gather each year on the high school grounds to watch as marching groups perform dance numbers at the end of the parade route.
The football game, which this year is against Conard of West Hartford, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the football game is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Seniors (and no, this does not refer to members of the class of 2016), Manchester Public School employees and children under 10 are admitted free.
Boutilier said Carraba’s would be selling food from 4:30 until about 8 p.m.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015
View Flier Here
We have lots of talented artists throughout our schools, and want to make sure that as many people as possible see their artwork.
So, here’s the deal:
Teachers (and this is not just directed to art teachers), please consider asking your students to draw a weather picture, and then send it to Central Office via inter-office mail.
We will scan one each day and then share it — posting it on the district website, as well as through social media, and even embedding it in your MPS Today email.
(Btw, we will soon be going ‘full-bore’ trying to build a robust social media presence throughout town, and think this feature — along with our Humans of MPS gallery as well as other newsy stuff — will be a winning content formula.)
The drawings should be done horizontally on white 8x11 paper and kids can use crayons, markers, colored pencils — whatever. Include just the student’s first name, grade and teacher’s name, and school. And a single word that describes what category the picture belongs in. This can be written on the back or at the very bottom of the drawing.
Also — note that this is not an art contest. The quality of the drawing will have no bearing on whether it gets published.
These can be sent individually or in batches to CO marked ‘weather drawing.’ (The samples at right were ’borrowed’ from the Internet.)
We will choose one at random each day that reflects the weather report.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thanks — Jim
View Flier Here
Posted Monday, Oct 12, 2015
Ford is bringing a free teen driver safety program to Manchester on Saturday Oct. 17 and Sunday Oct. 18. It is called Driving Skills for Life and is taught by professional race car drivers. It is open to anyone with a permit or a license, but they target teens and encourage parents to join in on the fun. Registration is free and open online now. Click here for registration information.
It all takes place at the Buckland Commuter Lot on Buckland Street off Exit 62 from Route I-84.
People who take the course actually get behind the wheel and drive in a controlled setting – learning advanced skills such as hazard recognition, vehicle handling, and speed and space management.
Remember, you need to sign up in advance. For more information check out these links:
Posted Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015
“Hi5” Program is Back
The district leadership team is pleased to begin our second year of the Hi5 faculty and staff recognition program. As we continue our collective work in the areas of Creativity, Collaboration, Courage, and upholding Excellence for All, we invite you to take opportunities to salute your peers when they go above and beyond the norm in these four pillars and inspire you or the community.
Nominations need to have a direct connection to our four pillars. Faculty and staff of MPS can earn points with each nomination and accumulated points can be redeemed on the Hi5 site for:
(a) a pre-paid gift card
(b) a donation to a charity of your choice from a list of partner charities
(c) a selection of over 5,000 different products and merchandise on the Hi5 site
The three levels of nominations are Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level represents the scope or impact of the reason the staff member has been nominated.
During the 2014 - 2015 SY, MPS employees redeemed 844,755 points, selected 92 gift cards, purchased 9 products from the site, and donated to 17 charities!
Please take a minute to register on the site at https://www.gohi5.com/mpsp
Once you click "register", an email will be sent to you with your password.
*Registration is only required for new staff members
To submit a nomination, please follow steps 1-4.
1. Add a recipient by entering the name or email address
2. Select a core value
3. Select an award value (Bronze, Silver, Gold)
4. In the first box, enter a note in which the recipient will see when they login to retrieve their award and in the 2nd box, this note will appear to the approver as to why the nomination is deserved.
If you need any assistance please reach out to hi5 Recognition, our new partner in employee recognition, at 888-919-7600
Posted Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015
No, this isn’t big news -- but who doesn’t like to see a picture of a rainbow? This was taken by a staff member visiting Central Office on Tuesday afternoon.
Posted Friday, Sep 25, 2015
Posted Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015
Channel' 3's Morning News on Tuesday had a segment on a "pinwheels for peace" project at Illing Middle School. Teacher Mike Pohl submitted photos that were taken by colleague Matt Montgomery that showed students who had constructed a large peace sign by sticking pinwheels in the ground. The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on September 21 -- and Illing has for the past seven years recognized the day with activities done in memory of the late Tim Lewis, a former Illing teacher.