MPS This Week: March 5-9

Parent-teacher conferences are being held at many schools throughout the district this week, and my hope is that parents and guardians will learn during these conversations more than just how their child is doing in school. Conferences are a great chance for a discussion about how by working together to strengthen the home-school partnership we can better support  the children that we all care so much about.

-- Superintendent Matt Geary

A Judge Holds Court
State Superior Court Judge David Sheridan visited Washington Elementary on Friday, which was 'Read Across America' Day. We have more photos here and other coverage on the district Twitter feed.
Above: Keeney staff and students dressed up in book character costumes. At left, Robertson book buddies. At Highland, even the hallways were home to avid readers while at Buckley, Principal Matt Daly was among those wearing the cat's trademark hat.
Make A

The district is offering three different classes starting March 12th. Space is limited to 15 participants each, first come first served. One class will be offered in Spanish. Check out this flyer or go straight to the registration form.
Science Fair Update
The latest edition of 'The Pulse' (MHS newsmagazine) includes coverage of last week's Martin science fair. The district-wide Science Fair is March 17 and you can click here for more information.
Take a Survey, Win an iPad (Maybe)
As part of our Equity-Informed School Climate Assessment, we are asking parents and guardians to take an anonymous family survey that will help us understand the educational, emotional, and social experiences of students in the district. At the end of the survey you will have the chance to enter a raffle with prizes including iPads, headphones and gift cards. Thanks in advance for participating and please click here for the survey.

Robertson teacher Regina Gatmaitan and Pierre Brillant of the Youth Service Bureau are the latest additions to our gallery. Check it out on Facebook or Instagram.
Our latest 'OneManchester' newsletter had coverage of a tour by town and school officials of the work at Waddell Elementary. See more photos here and click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
Events, Etc.
Tuesday, March 6 (5-7 p.m.) -- Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 'Business Showcase'
Wed-Thurs, March 7-8 -- Pasta Supper (takeout only) at Illing to benefit DC trip -- click here to place order or simply email
Saturday, March 10 (7 p.m.) -- Project Graduation fundraiser featuring magician Jim Spinnato 
Sunday, March 11 (1-4 p.m.) -- Weaving and Fiber Arts at Cheney Homestead
Monday, June 4 (7 p.m.) -- MHS Roundtable Singers 80th anniversary concert (spread the word to alumni!)

Big-Deal Dates 
Saturday, March 17 -- District-wide Science Fair at Illing
Friday March 30 -- No School (Good Friday)
Mon-Fri April 9-13 -- No School
Wednesday, May 9 -- Early release for students
Monday, May 28 -- No School (Memorial Day
Monday, June 25 -- Last day of school (adjusted after school cancellations on 10-30, 1-4, 1-5, 1-17 and 2-7)
Your Turn

Have a question? An item worth sharing? Need something but not sure who to ask? Contact Jim Farrell, the district's Communications Director, at or 860-268-6377.
Parting Shots
Verplanck scholars (left) grapple with concepts of reflection and refraction in STEM class. At Bowers, many fifth-graders dressed up for their cultural project presentations.
This newsletter is compiled by Jim Farrell, the district's director of communications. He can be reached at or 860-268-6377.