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Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 3:00:05 PM

MANCHESTER -- Candidates who are running for the board of education in Manchester have been invited to a candidates forum scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center.

The event is sponsored by the town-wide PTA council.

The nine-member board of education has staggered terms. Four candidates -- Republicans Raju Gomes and Susan Jacobsen, and Democrats Neal Leon and Melanie Stefanowicz -- are running for the three positions that will be held from 2015-18. Four other candidates -- Republicans Peter Conyers and Deborah Hagenow, and Democrats Chris Pattacini and Norm DeLauro -- are running for the three positions that will be held from 2016-19.

The three board members whose term ends in 2017 are not directly involved in this year's election. They are Republican Mary Jane Pazda and Democrats Darryl Thames and Jason Scappaticci.

Wednesday's forum is scheduled to be televised on Cox Cable public access.

Posted Monday, Oct 19, 2015 8:15:00 PM

We are always looking for ways to share school news with the entire Manchester community, and starting this week will be sending a weekly email to the parents/guardians of all of our students with updates and information. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive this weekly email, please click here.

-- Superintendent Matt Geary

On Our Website

There is a great deal on our district website, including coverage of:

  • This weekend's Homecoming parade and football game

  • The new STEM specialists in our elementary schools

  • Google’s launch of exciting new ‘virtual field trip’ technology in Manchester

  • A look at more than 60 MHS graduates now teaching in our district

And much more! Including ...

Humans Of Manchester Public Schools

Speaking of the district website, check out our gallery -- which is modeled after the immensely popular “Humans of New York” viral sensation. We add to our gallery every school day so please check back regularly.

Alumni Updates

Do you know of an MHS grad -- recent or otherwise -- who is off doing something interesting, exciting, important or otherwise newsworthy? Click here and we will post “Where Are They Now?” stories on the district website.

Fun/Fundraisers, Etc.

Here of some of the many upcoming fundraisers and other happenings in the district. To see ongoing fundraisers click here.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 -- Washington PTA Restaurant Night at Smoke Not Just BBQ, 4-9 p.m.

Friday, October 23rd--Robertson School PTA Fall Festival, 6:30-8:00

Friday, Oct. 30 -- Washington PTA Event at Trunk or Treat, 4-5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 9 -- Highland Park Dine out night at Dairy Queen, 6-9 pm

Saturday, Nov. 14 -- MPS International Conference, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MHS

Wednesday, Nov. 18 -- Highland Park Dine Out night at Bertucci’s, 5-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 -- Highland Park Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Candidates Forum

On Wednesday, the Town PTA Council will be hosting a BOE Candidates forum at Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. The event will also be televised on public access by Cox Cable.

Other Big-Deal Dates

Here are a few other key dates on the MPS horizon:

Saturday, Oct. 31 -- Community Halloween Party at MHS

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21 -- Sock ‘n’ Buskin Fall Show (“The Odd Couple”) at MHS

Tuesday, Nov. 24 -- National Honor Society induction at MHS

Thursday, June 9 -- Last day of school (for now anyway, obviously)

Feedback and Questions Welcomer

Anything on your mind? Send us questions/concerns/compliments/whatever and we will steer them to the appropriate people. Just click here.

Your Child’s School

Click on the links below to see news, notes and happenings at your child’s school. And note that each of our elementary schools now has a “data dashboard” with Smarter Balanced scores broken down by gender, ethnicity band special populations:

Manchester Preschool Center

Bowers Elementary

Buckley Elementary

Keeney Elementary

Highland Park Elementary

Martin Elementary

Verplanck Elementary

Robertson Elementary

Waddell Elementary

Washington Elementary

Illing Middle School

Manchester High School

Manchester Regional Academy

One More Thing

“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

-- Albert Einstein

Posted Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 2:34:00 PM
The Manchester Health Department is holding a family flu clinic on Dec. 8 at the Comminuty Y. Please see the attached flier for details. Click Here
Posted Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 2:32:33 PM
The school district is sponsoring an International Conference at MHS on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the accompanying flier for more information. Click Here
Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 6:17:35 PM

Manchester High School’s homecoming festivities on Friday will have an added dimension as a local restaurant will be serving dinner in between  the late afternoon parade and early evening football game.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill will be selling dinner here at MHS -- steak or chicken skewers or a vegetarian plate with rice and small dessert -- for $5 with proceeds going to the football booster club, said Lindsey Boutilier, the MHS athletic director.

““We are thrilled to have such support from a local business,” Boutilier said.

The homecoming parade starts at 4 p.m. on Purnell Place and proceeds up Main Street, onto Center Street and then down Brookfield Street, arriving at the high school about 4:30 p.m. Hundreds of students, staff, family and community members gather each year on the high school grounds to watch as marching groups perform dance numbers at the end of the parade route.

The football game, which this year is against Conard of West Hartford, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the football game is $5 for adults and  $3 for students. Seniors (and no, this does not refer to members of the class of 2016), Manchester Public School employees and children under 10 are admitted free.

Boutilier said Carraba’s would be selling food from 4:30 until about 8 p.m.

Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 6:15:00 PM

View Flier Here

We have lots of talented artists throughout our schools, and want to make sure that as many people as possible see their artwork.

So, here’s the deal:

Teachers (and this is not just directed to art teachers), please consider asking your students to draw a weather picture, and then send it to Central Office via inter-office mail.

We will scan one each day and then share it — posting it on the district website, as well as through social media, and even embedding it in your MPS Today email.

(Btw, we will soon be going ‘full-bore’ trying to build a robust social media presence throughout town, and think this feature — along with our Humans of MPS gallery as well as other newsy stuff  — will be a winning content formula.)

The drawings should be done horizontally on white 8x11 paper and kids can use crayons, markers, colored pencils — whatever. Include just the student’s first name, grade and teacher’s name, and school. And a single word that describes what category the picture belongs in. This can be written on the back or at the very bottom of the drawing.

Also — note that this is not an art contest. The quality of the drawing will have no bearing on whether it gets published.

These can be sent individually or in batches to CO marked ‘weather drawing.’ (The samples at right were ’borrowed’ from the Internet.)

We will choose one at random each day that reflects the weather report.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thanks — Jim


View Flier Here

Posted Monday, Oct 12, 2015 2:01:00 PM

Ford is bringing a free teen driver safety program to Manchester on Saturday Oct. 17 and Sunday Oct. 18. It is called Driving Skills for Life and is taught by professional race car drivers. It is open to anyone with a permit or a license, but they target teens and encourage parents to join in on the fun. Registration is free and open online now. Click here for registration information.

It all takes place at the Buckland Commuter Lot on Buckland Street off Exit 62 from Route I-84.

People who take the course actually get behind the wheel and drive in a controlled setting – learning advanced skills such as hazard recognition, vehicle handling, and speed and space management.

Remember, you need to sign up in advance. For more information check out these links:

Posted Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 9:38:49 PM

“Hi5” Program is Back

The district leadership team is pleased to begin our second year of the Hi5 faculty and staff recognition program.  As we continue our collective work in the areas of Creativity, Collaboration, Courage, and upholding Excellence for All, we invite you to take opportunities to salute your peers when they go above and beyond the norm in these four pillars and inspire you or the community.

Nominations need to have a direct connection to our four pillars.  Faculty and staff of MPS can earn points with each nomination and accumulated points can be redeemed on the Hi5 site for:

(a) a pre-paid gift card

(b) a donation to a charity of your choice from a list of partner charities

(c) a selection of over 5,000 different products and merchandise on the Hi5 site

The three levels of nominations are Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Each level represents the scope or impact of the reason the staff member has been nominated.

During the 2014 - 2015 SY, MPS employees redeemed 844,755 points, selected 92 gift cards, purchased 9 products from the site, and donated to 17 charities!

Please take a minute to register on the site at https://www.gohi5.com/mpsp

Once you click "register", an email will be sent to you with your password.

*Registration is only required for new staff members

To submit a nomination, please follow steps 1-4.

1.     Add a recipient by entering the name or email address

2.     Select a core value

3.     Select an award value (Bronze, Silver, Gold)

4.     In the first box, enter a note in which the recipient will see when they login to retrieve their award and in the 2nd box, this note will appear to the approver as to why the nomination is deserved.

If you need any assistance please reach out to hi5 Recognition, our new partner in employee recognition, at 888-919-7600

Posted Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 5:31:00 PM

No, this isn’t big news -- but who doesn’t like to see a picture of a rainbow? This was taken by a staff member visiting Central Office on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 7:57:00 PM

Channel' 3's Morning News on Tuesday had a segment on a "pinwheels for peace" project at Illing Middle School. Teacher Mike Pohl submitted photos that were taken by colleague Matt Montgomery that showed students who had constructed a large peace sign by sticking pinwheels in the ground. The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on September 21 -- and Illing has for the past seven years recognized the day with activities done in memory of the late Tim Lewis, a former Illing teacher.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 7:18:00 PM

Dante Mauriello, a senior at Manchester High School, has been named a commended student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, Sept. 22, by MHS Principal Jill Krieger.

Dante is among 34,000 students from throughout the country recognized for exceptional academic promise, as he scored among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“I'm very happy to have been recognized for this, and it brings me great pleasure to know that my hard work is paying off,” said Dante, who is hoping to go to Worcester Polytechnic Institute and major in mechanical engineering.

Posted Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 9:03:00 AM
The Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Department is offering English as a Second Language classes as well as GED Prep classes starting Oct. 5 at locations throughout town. Please see the attached flier for all the details.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 10:23:46 AM

MANCHESTER – A community barbecue sponsored by Manchester Public Schools is being held Thursday (Aug. 27) at 5:30 p.m. at the Squire Village housing complex at 48 Spencer St.

The event is free and open to the public but intended primarily for families with students in the district. Sponsors also include the Manchester Police Department and the Office of Neighborhood and Families.

“We are joining together to promote positive, healthy living for our young people,” said Scott Ratchford, director of the district’s Community and Family Partnership office. He said the event is designed “to show our children the strength that is possible when the community we call home works together.”

Superintendent Matt Geary will be among the speakers at the event, which will end at dark.

For more information please call the office of Family & Community Partnership at 860-645-6041.

Posted Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 8:22:25 AM

Linda Iacobellis has accepted an assistant principal position at Manchester High School and is expected to officially begin her appointment by Sept. 17.

Iacobellis replaces Jim Farrell, who is in a new grant-funded position as the district's Attendance Administrator and Communications Director.

Iacobellis began her career as a school counselor at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. For the past seven years, she has worked as an assistant principal at Bacon Academy in Colchester.

At MHS, she will be overseeing the new Liberal Arts Academy as well as school climate initiatives.

Posted Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 4:22:00 PM

Watermelon! The full story includes nutritional information, fun facts, selecting/storing, and recipes/ideas... read full story

Posted Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 4:13:00 PM

District teacher of the year is Lisa Griffen - Manchester Preschool Center! read full story

Posted Friday, May 15, 2015 12:44:00 PM
Please click here to view the attached update about the Lockdown which occurred on May 15, 2015 at Manchester High School.
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Posted Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 6:49:00 PM
The meetings scheduled for tonight at Bowers Elementary School have been cancelled for this evening and WILL take place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 as follows:
5:30 C&I Comm. - Bowers Conf. Room
6:00 Policy Comm. - Bowers Conf. Room
6:40 Executive Session - Bowers Conf. Room
7:00 BOE meeting - Bowers Media Center
Posted Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 7:37:00 AM
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