MPS This Week: April 17-21
I hope that students, teachers and others who had the week off enjoyed themselves and return to school rejuvenated and excited for a productive final two months of the academic year. Although classes were not in session it was a busy week both inside and outside of our schools, as workers were busy with projects that included paving the front parking lot at MHS, relocating classrooms inside Waddell, installing carpeting at Robertson and more. We are committed to doing all we can to making sure our facilities are maintained properly and have more detail below on the recent work.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Monday's BoE Meeting Is At Washington

Principal Jim Collin and others from the Washington Elementary School community will give a presentation on work at their school at Monday's meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. We have the agenda and more here.
What A Difference A Week Makes
That's the high school parking lot on Saturday, April 8 (above) and Sunday, April 16 (below). For a detailed summary of what was done last week at MHS and elsewhere in the district, click here.
Immigration Resources

The state has produced and asked us to share these resources related to immigration enforcement:

Family Preparedness Plan (English)
Family Preparedness Plan (Spanish)
Fast Finish
The spring season is moving fast and we have plenty of pictures of MHS student-athletes on a Facebook page devoted to our high school sports teams.
Helping From Home: A Grade-By-Grade Guide
A reminder: we have lots of information online telling parents and guardians what students are expected to learn at each grade level. If you want to check it out you can do so here.
Back To Work
Young scholars @MPS_Verplanck are ready to get back to work as classes resume with just two months until summer vacation.
Alumni Update

Mark Dabrowski, a 2003 MHS grad now living and working as an R&D director near Ottowa, Canada, spoke recenty at a Tedx event
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)
She has an 'office job' as the district's benefits specialist but stepped outside for this photo, which is the latest added to our gallery. Visit us on Facebook or Instagram to learn more. 
Contact MPS
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What's for Lunch?

Click here for all the menus and more.
Calendar

Fun/Fundraisers/Etc. 

  • Tuesday, April 18 (6-8 p.m.) -- MHS-sponsored Barnes and Noble Book Fair with author Matthew Dicks there for a book signing. 
  • Thursday, April 20 (6:30 p.m.) -- Illing Drama Club presents "The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood." Tickets ($3 for students and $5 for adults) available at the door.
  • Friday, April 21, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) -- 'MacBeth' at Verplanck
  • Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. -- Bake Sale at Bennet Academy during the Student vs. Staff Basketball Game. All proceeds go to school-wide yearbooks, trips, etc.
  • Friday, April 28 -- Zumba Relay for Life fundraiser at Verplanck
  • Saturday, April 29 (8-11 a.m.) -- Pancake breakfast baseball fundraiser at Illing
  • Thursday, May 25 (5:30 p.m.) --  Manchester Education Association's Retirement Reception at Manchester Country Club
Please use this form if you have something to contribute.
Also:

Here's a flier for a summer girls' basketball camp at the Univ. of Hartford
Here's information about the Rotary Music Garden at Charter Oak Park and a brick order form
Interested in displaying art or otherwise getting involved with Imagine Main Street? Read more here
MPS staff: Here's information about spring wellness programming
Key Dates
 
Wednesday, May 17-- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Monday, May 29 -- No school (Memorial Day)
Thursday, June 15 (6:30 p.m.) -- Graduation at CT Convention Center.
Wednesday, June 21 -- Last day of school (adjusted after Jan. 24, Feb. 9, Feb. 10, March 10, March 14 and March 15 snow days)

Want to see the complete school calendar? Click here.
One More Thing

"No one keeps his enthusiasm automaticalty. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision."

-- Papyrus
MPS Today is published every scheduled school day and is compiled by Jim Farrell, the district's director of communication. He can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.