MPS Today: Tuesday, Jan. 10
Three Kings Day at MHS

Saturday's celebration featured (from left) the regal Chris Pattaccini (the BoE chair), Jorge Vargas (a Verplanck parent) and Steve Lepack (a local businessman). Despite the snow a nice crowd turned out for food and fun. There are more pictures on the district Facebook page.
Meanwhile ...

Here's Ms. Mo teaching students @MPS_Robertson about Kwanzaa.
Superintendent Proposes 2017-18 Budget

Superintendent Matt Geary last night revealed his proposed 2017-18 school budget, which calls for an increase of about $3.2 million, or 2.9 percent, which would maintain current services, with no added staffing or programs. The Courant has more on the proposed $114,110,227 spending plan.
Concert Reminder: Wednesday at 7 at MHS

The MHS midwinter concert is Wednesday at 7 p.m. (It had originally been scheduled to start at 7:30).  Here's the flier.
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)
She tries to get her siblings together for a family dinner once a month -- which is nothing compared to how often she prepares family meals for the little ones. Meet the latest addition to our gallery -- it's on both Facebook and Instagram.

Nine more people (that includes you, Washington music teacher Katie Morin ... and Keeney LMS Jen Jalbert ... and MHS admin ass't Hillary MacLachlan) thought today would be a snow day. The drama builds ...
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Pull up a chair ... or don't! This is what's known as 'flexible seating' @MPS_Bowers. Meanwhile, @MPS_Verplanck, fourth-grade scholars are preparing to perform Shakespeare's "MacBeth."
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Another Victory

MHS routed Bristol Eastern last night and we have lots of pics on the high school's athletic department FB page.


  • 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.
  • Thursday, Feb. 2 (7 p.m.) -- Benefit concert for Barry Mitchell at MHS.
  • 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.)

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One More Thing

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."

-- Victor Hugo