MPS Today: Friday, Jan. 6

Yesterday afternoon, a video honoring Barry "Mitch" Mitchell -- deftly produced by MHS Senior Myles Hurley -- was posted on the Manchester HS Television Facebook page and it went viral. Some background:
  • Said broadcast journalism teacher Eric Larson: "This was all Myles. He asked me if he could record the vigil. We all cope in our own ways. This was Myles' way of doing his thing for not just Mitch, but for the MHS community."
  • MHS Principal Jill Krieger is interviewed while the other primary adult voice (speaking to students in the senior lot) is recently retired MHS/IMS assistant principal Keith Martin.
  • The students interviewed were PJ Buccheri and Danielle Mirek.
  • Fox 61 noticed.
  • Said Jill: "I'm proud of Myles for taking the initiative to so quickly and eloquently produce such a warm tribute to Mitch. As sad as this has been, we know by the way it has been received that Mitch's spirit affects people not just in Manchester, but everywhere."
Trophy Time

The Verplanck staff has a fantasy football league won this year by grade 2 teacher Catherine Patterson, who poses here with her class (and her trophy).
  • More than 500 students in K-8 registered for the district's 6th Annual Science Fair with Invention Convention and five of them were chosen to receive science-related prizes in a registration incentive contest. Congrats to Micaela (Bowers), Lordina (Illing), Aiyana (Washington), Lila (Buckley) and Ravyn (Verplanck).
Humans of MPS

Have you ever been 10,000 miles away only to find out that you've been named to fill a leadership position (that you never applied for) in your hometown Historical Society? No? Well this man (MHS '58) has. Meet today's addition to our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.

Martin teacher Julie Barbash, Waddell para Jeff Slogesky and parent Allison Peek (Waddell/Illing) were the three people who thought today would be the day. Nope -- but 15 people (and one dog) picked Monday. We can hope! 
A Friend In Need

Word reached us about Suzanne Agasi, a 1989 MHS grad, who is fighting cancer. You can read about and support Suzanne by clicking here.
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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

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.)

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One More Thing

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need."

-- Khalil Gibran