MPS This Week: April 3-7
Last Thursday morning, I was pleased to watch as workers raised a bridge spanning School Street that connected the Cheney and Barnard buildings -- a key piece of our new Bennet Academy campus. As that was happening, five busloads of Illing students were heading south for the annual eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. while MHS students at a student journalism conference in California had learned that 'The Pulse' had won the Broadcast Excellence Award for the Northeast Region. Looking ahead, we this week have our town-wide orchestra, band and chorus concerts. Please read about all of this and more below and have a great week, everyone.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Townwide Concerts This Week

Tuesday: Orchestras -- combined 5th grade from every elementary school, 6th grade orchestra, 8th grade orchestra and MHS 11-12 orchestra
Wednesday: Band: combined 5th grade from every elementary school, 6th grade band, 8th grade band, MHS 11-12 concert band
Thursday chorus: All-district 5th grade honors chorus, 6th grade chorus, Illing Singers, MHS Jazz Choir.

All concerts at Bailey Auditorium begin at 7 pm and are just 1 hour long.
Bridge Over School Street
Next year, Waddell will use the Cheney Building (as Waddell is renovated) and after that it will be the home for all of the district's fifth-graders. They'll cross the bridge to get to the cafeteria and gym.
District-wide Science Fair with Invention Convention: The results are out and you can also see them here.
Mother's Day Contest: One student's artwork will be made into a real gold or silver pendant created by Sean's Jewelers (on Main Street). We have all the details here.
Illing's Annual Trip To Washington, DC
Monuments, museums and more -- and you will find lots more photographs on an Instagram acccount on the Illing web page.
of Manchester
(Public Schools)

The latest addition to our gallery is a secretary at the high school who loves helping college-bound seniors find scholarships. Read about her on either Facebook or Instagram.
Hey Neighbor ....
Joining the gallery over the weekend were business neighbors Mercy Addy and the Farr sisters. We've featured more than 400 people over the last 20 months.
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And stay connected!

Our Adult and Continuing Ed department publishes a weekly newsletter. (Here's the latest).
We have a newsletter serving the MHS Community that's displayed and archived on the high school website.
We also have a newsletter dedicated to MHS sports (here's the latest).

Eye Yi Yi!

Fifth graders @MPS_Verplanck "dissected" a model of the human eye in STEM class.
What's for Lunch?

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Problem Solvers
Congratulations to all of the Future Problem Solvers from MPS who competed this weekend at the State Competition. We had seven teams from Bennet and one from MHS who competed in both the written and the skit competition. Click here for the results.
Light It Up Blue!

On Tuesday (April 4) we are asking students and staff to show their support for Autism Awareness by wearing the color blue, an awareness ribbon, or a shirt with a puzzle piece on it for a suggested donation of $1 for National Light It Up Blue Day!


  • Tuesday, April 4 -- Wear blue for Autism Awareness
  • Thursday, April 6th, 5-8 pm - Keeney School PTA Fundraiser at Sweet Frog
  • Friday, April 28 -- Zumba Relay for Life fundraiser at Verplanck
  • 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.

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
Key Dates

Mon-Fri April 10-14 -- Spring vacation
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

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

Jim Rohn

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 or 860-268-6377.