MPS Today: Tuesday: April 18
MHS Students Visit Europe
Sixteen seniors were joined by teachers Jena Biondino and Isabella Jayawickrema on a trip to Paris, France and Madrid, Spain for 7 days over the April break -- the first MHS field trip to Europe in 17 years. Highlights included stops in Paris at Notre Dame, a medieval Catholic cathedral, and (below) The Louvre, the world's largest museum and home of the Mona Lisa.
A Marathon Effort!
Melissa Emmerich, who teaches fifth-grade at Bowers, was among the 30,074 official Boston Marathon entrants yesterday and here's a breakdown that includes her pace throughout the 26.2-mile race.
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)
The tattoo on his arm says it all: "Live the life you love, and love the life you live." Meet today's addition by visiting either Facebook or Instagram
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Down The Stretch
Yoga/Mindfulness Coach Patty Lavey and students at Washington showcased some of what they have doing at a GROW assembly right before vacation.
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Bubble Lessons
Thanks to the folks @CTScienceCenter for bringing their "suds assembly" to students @MPS_Martin.
A Memo Memo

To: Everyone
From: Memo Alejandro (Verplanck)
Re: Team 254 is my team with the Red Cross to raise money to support families in need. We have a challenge from our CEO to raise $1000 per team and I took it. Any donation is great. Thanks.
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Tweet Tweet
Author/movie producer/etc. Joe Young (in blue) visited some of our elementary schools on Monday to meet with students and discuss the creative process.  He is @MPS_Bowers above. Below: Fourth graders @MPS_Buckley are shown teaching third graders how to present information on Google slides.


  • 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
  • Friday, May 5 (7-9) p.m. -- HP fundraiser with pyschic medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero
  • Thursday, May 25 (5:30 p.m.) --  Manchester Education Association's Retirement Reception at Manchester Country Club
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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)

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One More Thing

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi
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.