MPS This Week: Jan. 9-13
Last week was difficult, with the death Wednesday of a high school security guard (Barry Mitchell) on the same day as the funeral of Bennet teacher Cheryl Stevenson. Our thoughts are with their families as well as colleagues, students and others still mourning. Losing special people is always difficult but I was heartened to once again see how everyone pulls together during difficult times. This truly is a compassionate community. 
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Midwinter Concert is Wednesday at 7

The MHS midwinter concert -- always terrific -- is Wednesday at 7 p.m. (It had originally been scheduled to start at 7:30).  The event is free and features:
  • Percussion ensembles
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Roundtable Singers
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
Join us for what is sure to be a memorable night of music. Here's the flier.
So Sweet

This is what happened at Highland Park when Mrs. Kilgus' Kindergarten class turned their cozy cube into a gingerbread house.

An athlete while a student at MHS, she's back at the school as a PE/health teacher and making a positive difference. Meet the latest addition to our gallery (which is on both Facebook and Instagram) and check out those pictured below -- who were all added last week.
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)

Mazey (a dog who belongs to two unnamed students) predicted there would be no school Monday -- as did 15 others including Bowers' teacher Tracey Pietkevich and MHS freshman Natasha Barnett. Follow MPS Today (it's posted daily on  district FB and Twitter accounts) as we wait for our winner(s).
Star Power

These sculptures were created by Brenda LaTorre in an Adult Ed pottery class taught by Victoria Dominquez. Brenda (who signs her work "Brenda Star") graduated from MHS in 1980. Think a continuing ed class might be fun? Click here to learn more.
BoE News

Presentation of the superintendent's 2017-18 school budget will take place at Monday's board meeting, which is at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center. Here's the agenda and more.
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  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 (7 pm.) -- MHS mid-winter concert (NOTE: new start time; originally scheduled for 7:30)
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 (4-11 p.m.) -- Fundraiser for Barry "Mitch" Mitchell at Maggie McFly's (see flier)
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) -- SEPTA-sponsored Dep't of Development Services presentation at Washington Elementary. (Here's the flier in Spanish.)
  • Friday, Jan. 20 (6:30 p.m.) -- Buckley Game Night
  • Friday, Jan. 20 (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Family Fun Beach Party at Nathan Hale
  • Monday, Jan. 23 -- Dine-out night at Dairy Queen for HPS PTA
  • Thursday, Jan. 26 -- Illing Pasta Supper fundraiser to benefit DC trip.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 (9 a.m. to noon) -- Early Childhood Fair at MHS
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 -- HPS Variety Show at MHS
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

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

"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community."

-- Anthony J. D'Angelo