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‘Better Manchester Magazine’ Focuses on Schools

A special education edition of “Better Manchester Magazine’ is being sent to every household in town this month. Regularly published by the town’s Office of Neighborhoods and Families, this special edition was produced in collaboration with the school district’s Office of Family and Community Partnership. It features photographs from schools throughout town and includes stories on how collaboration and creativity have become points of instructional emphasis, while also revealing how our students benefit from remarkable exposure to 21st Century tools and Global Learning opportunities. There are almost 50 pictures in the magazine and more in this gallery, which also includes a breakdown of the number of students in the district whose primary language is something other than English. - World Language Chart


Martin Elementary second-grader Sharwan D. is shown here in art class collaborating and building free form sculptures using "Shapescapes."

Kindergarten Students at Robertson

Anthony L. and Divisha M. working on a project in their kindergarten classroom at Robertson Elementary School.

Common Core EnVision Math at Bennet

Mrs. Silagi, a math teacher at  Bennet Academy, is teaching one of her sixth grade math students how to effectively utilize the Common Core computerized enVision Math Program.  All math students have access to the computerized math program by use of their own chrome books. The math students have eagerly adapted to the use of computers within the class, and enjoy working from an “e-text book,” as opposed to traditional text books.

Quiet Reading at Highland Park

Student Milka A. reads intently during class at Highland Park Elementary.

Robotics Demonstration at Keeney

Jude P. waits to be called on during a robotics demonstration at Keeney Elementary School.

MHS Power Hour

MHS student Tyson Murphy (left) is shown here playing chess against Rico Scott during Power Hour. Tyson, who is a member of the chess club and Truth Academy-Liberal Arts Academy student, plays frequently and is steadily improving his chess game this year.  Power Hour in Mr. Joshi's room, besides chess, is a hotbed of high-octane debate and discussion about hot-topic political, economic, and social issues of the day.  Tyson is one of perhaps a dozen regular participants in these informal discussions.  Mr. Joshi acts as facilitator and sometimes as a provocateur in these discussions by offering a counter-narrative to whatever point of view that is being offered.  Mr. Joshi's aim is to moderate student viewpoints so that they can at least see that those who disagree can disagree with reason.  These questions typically arise organically in casual conversation over the sounds of lunch being eaten, music being played, and keyboards being typed.  A sampling of debated questions include "Has the Atlantic Ocean been more significant historically than the Pacific Ocean?", "Is rap music a positive or negative force in society?", "Can a person be a creationist and a scientist at the same time?", "Is it reasonable to call any society a meritocracy if children have very unequal starts in life?"  Student often carry these conversations out of the room as the warning bell rings for the start of the next period.
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