MPS This Week: Jan. 2-5
I hope everyone enjoyed the vacation week and returns to school rested and rejuvenated. Many people use the start of a new year to set goals and strive to make positive changes. My hope is that as a district we will strengthen the sense of community in our schools and classrooms. By working together and caring for one another, everyone benefits.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Around And About
The days before the break were busy, as these photos will attest.

Fourth-graders at Keeney collected coats for MACC, a project coordinated by teachers (from left) Chelsea Gordon, Stephanie Borcea and Lara Wallmark.
Music was in the air at Martin (above) and throughout the district.



AP Calculus classes were caroling at MHS before the break.
Ms. Elsinger from Central Office is a frequent guest reader in Mrs. Wlochowski's Grade K room at Waddell. At right, those are kindergartners at Bowers decorating gingerbread houses.
At Highland Park (left), fifth-graders enjoyed their annual winter celebration,  making snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. Buckley students (right) also enjoyed pre-vacation activities.
Lessons Learned
An article about 'Continuous Improvement and School Redesign' examines work being done in Manchester. You can read it here.
Our seventh annual Science Fair with Invention Convention is coming up. School level events will be held in February through early March. For more info contact Nichole Greco at ngreco@mpspride.org or a STEM Specialist at your school.
Humans Of Manchester
Many of our student musicians benefit from instruction away from school -- and the latest addition to our gallery plays an important role. The gallery is on both Facebook and
Instagram.
MPS PLANNER
Of Note
 
Wednesday, Jan. 17 (6:30 p.m.) -- Recruiting Realities presentation at Manchester High School
Big-Deal Dates 
Monday, Jan. 15 -- No school (Martin Luther King Day)
Tuesday, Jan. 16 -- No classes for students (professional development for staff)
Wednesday, Feb. 7 -- Early release for students
Monday/Tuesday, Feb. 19-20 -- No School
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
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 -- Last day of school (adjusted after school cancelation on 10-30)
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.

Words of Wisdom

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."

-- Confucius
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.