INSIDE MHS: Oct. 2-6
A weekly newsletter for the Manchester High School community
Dear parents and guardians,

I am always impressed, but no longer surprised, by the thoughtfulness and generosity of students here at Manchester High School. Recent evidence: Students sold wristbands to raise money for hurricane relief in Houston and are now committed to raising money and more for those in Puerto Rico. Our school mission statement calls for students to "develop the mindset and character needed to be contributing members of our global society" and we see that happen year after year.
--  Principal Katelyn Miner
From left are: Khari Montague, Emily Gomez, Darwing Ortiz, Kasey Jurado, Alyssa Link -- and some of the more than 40 cases of water that were donated for help in Puerto Rico. Want to contribute? You can do so through a GoFundMe page.
Coming Oct. 11: PSAT Day at MHS

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, students in grades 9-11 will take a version of the PSAT appropriate for their grade level.  The tests measure students’ skills in evidenced based reading & writing and math.  Scores are not used for college admissions, but can lead to scholarships and the test is a good practice for the SATs.  We will have more info in next week's 'Inside MHS.'
Our UConn Connection
The partnership between MHS and the University of Connecticut is a strong one. Just last week, students in our UConn Maritime Studies class competed in the annual UConn Avery Point Cardboard Boat Race. Also, students Preshus Carter (far left) and Nina Griffin attended a diversity dinner for prospective educators at UConn, while another group went to a Women in Engineering conference in Storrs. 
Student Activities 

We've got a page on the school website devoted to Student Activity News and you can find it here.
  • Here's the link  parents/guardians use to give permission for students to use a variety of apps and websites (per state law).
  • Insurance due by October 31 ($40 cash / check payable to MHS.  Questions? Contact  Ms. Spellman (
  • Want to learn how your child can earn free college credits while taking courses here at MHS? We have info for you here (and here is the consent form that students use to sign up).


We send an electronic newsletter to students and staff every school day (actually, the night before) and keep 'back copies' in our MHS Redline Digest archives so feel free to check them out.


The football team played well but lost a close one to Glastonbury on Friday, despite encouragement from our cheerleaders. There are more photos on Facebook and to see the complete MHS sports schedule, just click here.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, Oct. 4 -- Early release for students (PD for staff)
Thursday, Oct. 5 -- Mid-point of quarter 1
Monday, Oct. 9 -- No school (Columbus Day)
Wednesday, Oct. 11 -- PSAT administered to all students in grades 9-11.
Oct. 12-17 -- Underclassmen Portraits during Social Studies in auditorium
Thursday, Oct. 26, (6:30 p.m.) -- College Funding and Financial Aid Night (for parents of juniors and seniors and their students) in the MHS auditorium
Thursday, Nov. 2 -- Homecoming parade
  • Click here for the district's 2017-18 school calendar
  • Click here for MPS This Week, which covers district-wide events

Social Media

MHSRedline has something for you on each of these platforms:
Flex Time Snapshots

Activity during last Friday's Flex time included (from top) Amanda Lister giving special attention to students (mostly juniors and seniors) seeking guidance on their college admissions essays, teacher James Tierrini helping freshmen make sense of algebra and a bevy of students reading and working quietly in the media center. To learn more about Flex time just click here.
MHS This Week is compiled by Jim Farrell, the district's communications director, based mostly on contributions from staff and students. He can be reached at or 860-268-6377.