MPS This Week: Sept. 6-8
The summer passed quickly and we are excited to begin another school year. I hope students return rested, rejuvenated and ready to learn, as I can assure you that our teachers and other district employees are enthused and ready to go. Our goal continues to be to partner with families and community members to ensure that all students emerge from our school system as lifelong learners and contributing members of society. By working together we can make this happen.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
The Week Ahead
  • Wednesday: All schools open with Freshmen First Day at MHS and Seventh-Grade First Day at Illing.
  • Thursday: MHS and IMS at full strength as grades 8 and 10-12 report.
Also: On Wednesday there's an orientation and tour of MHS for grade 10-12 students new to MHS. Please spread the word.



Have a question about your bus route? We have all the information here.
Cheney Build Draws Raves
The Cheney Building was closed a decade ago but has been completely renovated. We have lots of photos on the district Facebook page and you can read all about it in the latest edition of Better Manchester Magazine, which also has a story about our new Office of Equity and Partnerships, which is staffed by those pictured below.
Visitor Protocol

We want family/community members to feel welcome when they visit our schools but also need to have proper security safeguards, so please review these guidelines.
Ready To Go
Speeches by Mayor Jay Moran and Teacher of the Year Lara Wallmark of Keeney were among the highlights from Convocation on Friday, when staff from throughout the district assembled at MHS. We have more pics on the district Facebook page.
Humans of Manchester (Public Schools)

The gallery was quiet most of the summer but we will start adding to it again this week. Please visit Instagram and/or Facebook to see our archives.
Calendar
Don't miss our third annual kickoff event -- this year at the high school on Sept. 15.  Lots of food and fun followed by a Big Mitch field dedication ceremony and then an MHS football game. Here's the flier.
Wednesday, Sept. 6 -- First day of school grades K-7 and grade 9
Thursday, Sept. 7 -- First day of school, grade 8, and  grades 10-12
Friday, Sept. 15 (4:30 p.m.) -- District-wide Back to School Bash at MHS (followed by Big Mitch dedication and football vs. New Britain)
Wednesday, Oct. 4 -- Early release for students
Monday, Oct. 9 -- No school (Columbus Day)
Thursday, Nov. 7 -- No school for students (PD for teachers)
Friday, Nov. 10 -- No school (Veterans's Day)
Wednesday, Nov. 22 -- Early release
Thurs/Fri, Nov. 23-24 -- No school (Thanksgiving break)
Wednesday, Dec. 6 -- Early release for students
Friday, Dec. 22 -- Early release followed by holiday break through Jan.1 with classes resuming Tuesday, Jan. 2)
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Monday, June 18, 2018 -- Last day of school
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 b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.
One More Thing
This newsletter is compiled by Jim Farrell, the district's director of communications. He can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.