MPS This Week: April Break Edition
There are no classes this week and I hope that students and staff have a chance to rest and also get caught up on spring cleaning and other things that need to get done. With children at home, this is a good time to remind parents and guardians that we have lots of information available online explaining how you can support your child academically from home. It's part of the work of our Family and Community Partnership Office and there is more information below. Please check it out and I hope everyone enjoys the week and what looks like some beautiful weather.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Good News At MHS
MHS junior Matt Kropp was named a Governor's Scholar -- one of 30 such students in the state. At far right is MHS English teacher Kelly Shea, who received a prestigious grant from Fund For Teachers and will study in New Zealand this summer.
And A Good Deed, Too!
MHS History teacher (and wrestling coach) Gerry Navarra wrestled almost 50 challengers (who paid $1 each time) during Power Hour on Thursday with proceeds going to the CT Humane Society. If anyone had beaten him they would have won a $15 gift card -- but no one did.
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)
 
Helping From Home: A Grade-By-Grade Guide
This gives you a glimpse of the kind of information (in this case, for first-graders) we have online telling parents and guardians what students are expected to learn at each grade level. Vacation week is a great time to check it out and you can do so here.
Around and About
Above: Waddell running club and first-grade PTA presentation at Buckley.
Below (clockwise from top left): Future Problem Solvers at Bennet, track team car wash at MHS, GROW ceremony at Washington, pep rally at Highland Park, Breakout session at Bowers and multiplication egg hunt at Verplanck.
Looking For Something To Do?
The entry deadline for our Mother's Day Contest is Wednesday, April 12. 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.
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)
The photos above are from recent additions to our gallery (which is on both Facebook and Instagram). We have featured more than 400 people including someone new every day since early September but will be taking a few days off during the vacation week to focus on our 'recruiting' work. And you can help:
If you know of someone who lives in, works in, or has a reasonable connection to Manchester who you think would be a good addition to the gallery, please let us know using this form or by emailing b11jfarr@mpspride.org.
 
Contact MPS
Click on the blue box if you have something to share and we'll make sure it reaches the right person.
What's for Lunch?

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Calendar


Jessica Slogesky and Kyle Zingler have lead roles in "The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood." The Illing spring production will be Thursday, April 20.

Fun/Fundraisers/Etc. 

  • Wednesday, April 12 (5-9 p.m.) -- MHS art teacher Matt Atkins art show at the East Side Neighborhood Resource Center.
  • Thursday, April 6th, 5-8 pm - Keeney School PTA Fundraiser at Sweet Frog
  • 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
 
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

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."
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.