MPS Today: Wednesday: April 19
Star Power
June Archer (second from left) is a Grammy nominee,  executive producer and motivational speaker and Julian Alexander (second from right), a Grammy winning artist who has worked with JLo, 50 Cent, and Eminen, and they are posing here with Bennet staffers Mr. Mordhorst (far left), Miss O'Hara, Mrs. Silagi and Mr. Menefee (far right). Team Hughes teachers and students met and talked with these creative and inspirational visitors.
Just Married!
Lily Zappulla and Ben DiGregorio, who met while at Illing Middle School and who each graduated from MHS, were married last Thursday and performing the ceremony was Justice of the Peace Mike Pohl, a social studies teacher who knew Lily from chaperoning when she went on the Illing DC trip as an eighth-grader. Ben is headed to Okinawa with the Marine Corps.
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)
She is passionate about art and likes nothing more than seeing her students have epiphanies of their own. Meet the latest addition to our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram
A Joke

Q: What would you name a camel with no humps?
A: Humphrey.
Sweet Tweet
These photos of 'Girls on the Run' @MPS_Verplanck is a few days old but worth the wait.
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  • 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
  • Saturday, April 22 (11-3) -- Car Wash in the front of Bennet Academy to benefit all school -wide events, yearbooks, field trips, and other fun stuff!
  • 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
  • Saturday, May 6 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Wild Heart" Charter Oak Music Garden fundraiser at Cheney Hall.
  • 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
Here's registration information for Manchester Sentinels football
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

"Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

--Abraham Lincoln
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.