MPS This Week: Jan. 3-6, 2017
The new year is a time when people often set goals or make resolutions -- to exercise more, or to save money, or to get better grades. Personal goals like those are important but I also would encourage people to consider trying something that's harder to measure -- that is, to simply strive to be consistently kind to others. We see examples of kindness in our schools and community every day, but by being even more conscious of how we treat one another we can make 2017 that much better.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
A Last Look at Last Year
Clockwise from top left: Gingerbread houses at Washington, ugly sweaters at Buckley,  a clothing drive at Keeney, Keeney Principal Julie Martin and friend, PJ fun at Bowers, and a pep rally at Highland.
More Parting Pics
Grade 2 scientists at Waddell (above) were studying how states of matter change, while staff at Illing (below) gathered to wish retiring guidance secretary Joan Sholtz a worthy sendoff. Joanie is standing in the front row wearing a cream colored sweater and red polka dot pants.
It's a Tradition

These students were part of Mrs. Gatmaitan's Writers' Celebration and Tradition Fest at Robertson. See more pics on the district Facebook page.

Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)
Our gallery added some fascinating people during the break (including those pictured above), and today we add a man who distinguished himself at MHS as a student, teacher, coach and even driver education instructor. You'll find it on both Instagram and Facebook.
Snow Day Prediction Contest

Five people predicted there would be no school on Tuesday, Jan. 3 -- making the holiday break just a bit longer.
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Of Note:
  • The Girl Scouts are seeking adult leaders and have an info meeting Jan. 20.
  • Chuck E. Cheese's is opening its doors early to give kids with autism a sensory-sensitive experience. Read more here and here.

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Key Dates

Tuesday, Jan. 3 -- Classes resume
Monday, Jan. 16 -- MLK Day (no school)
Tuesday, Jan. 17 -- No school for students but PD for staff

Wednesday, Feb. 8 -- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Mon/Tues, Feb. 20-21 -- No school (winter break)
Wednesday, March 22 -- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Mon-Fri April 10-14 -- Spring vacation
Wednesday, May 17-- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Monday, May 29 -- No school (Memorial Day)
Tuesday, June 13 -- Last day of school (barring snow days etc.)

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

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."

-- Goran Persson