Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Manchester to celebrate Welcoming Week

Communities across the country -- including Manchester -- are organizing events that bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to promote cross-cultural awareness and unity. 
All events below are free and open to the public. Many of our English learners are participating in various ways, including poetry readings and art displays at Jupiter Hall next Tuesday.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A message to the Central High School community

Good evening to our students, families and staff at Central High School:

The entire Central High community is to be commended for its extraordinary cooperation and collaboration during the unfortunate incident on Friday, September 7, 2018.

It is important to acknowledge that our students’ character and resilience was tested during a prolonged difficult situation, and they more than exceeded expectations. For that, I thank them, their parents and the teachers who facilitated a safe and calm response to a challenging situation. 

I appreciate the exemplary dedication of our teachers, staff and the administrative team, lead by Principal Vaccarezza, in addition to the Manchester Police Department, lead by Police Chief Capano, the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA), Easter Seals Special Transit Services (STS), Manchester School District Food Services, and the administrators from across our district who contributed to the efforts needed during the secure campus at Central High School.  

Rest assured that our collective efforts to ensure the safety of our children and faculty take precedence above all else, and we will always do everything in our power to keep our students and staff safe. Our ongoing collaboration with the Manchester Police Department and the entire community is instrumental in achieving this objective.  

I wish you a great start to the school week, and I thank you again for your extraordinary effort and commitment for the well being of the Central High School community.

Dr. Bolgen Vargas
Superintendent of Schools

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New principal named for Hallsville Elementary School

Superintendent of Schools Bolgen Vargas has named Christopher MacDonald the next principal of Hallsville Elementary School. Manchester’s Board of School Committee approved MacDonald’s nomination at this week’s meeting.

MacDonald moves into his new position from Northwest Elementary School in Manchester, where he was assistant principal since 2008.  His career in education also includes eight years teaching third and fourth grades in Hooksett.

“While they differ in size, Northwest and Hallsville have many similarities as neighborhood schools committed to the success of all students,” said MacDonald. “I am excited to get to know Hallsville staff, students and families and lead them in their continued efforts toward high achievement.”

“Mr. MacDonald will be a terrific asset to the Hallsville community,” Dr. Vargas said. “His leadership experience and commitment to excellence will help students reach their highest potential.”

MacDonald succeeds Bonnie Skogsholm, who retired at the end of this past school year after four years at Hallsville. He will host an ice cream social to give staff and families the opportunity to meet him before the school year begins. It will be held at Hallsville on Wednesday, August 29, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Manchester Proud seeking strategy proposals

Manchester Proud (MP), a New Hampshire Voluntary Corporation, is seeking proposals from qualified consulting firms, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the Manchester School District (MSD) and its individual schools, and to provide recommendations based upon this assessment for strategies MSD should implement to improve student outcomes and opportunities.
MP will hold a webinar on August 20 at 10:00 a.m. EST to go over the Request for Proposals (RFP) and answer questions. Interested firms can register for the webinar at the following link:
Any and all questions regarding the RFP should be directed via email to