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Manchester School of Technology High School Report Card Notice

MST HS will be mailing home the 4th quarter report cards today along with a copy of your child's transcript and a letter from Principal White. There may be up to 8 pages in this envelope. If you do not get your 2nd or 3rd year child's report card by Friday, October 3rd, please call MST at 624-6490. Thank you for your patience!

Band Demo Night: October 1, rain or shine

All prospective fifth grade band students and their parents/guardians are invited to a special “Band Demo Night” held at West High School. The high school marching band will give a short performance, which will be followed by brief sessions on specific instruments.

This event will be held on the West High School football field on Wednesday, October 1 from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the demo will be moved to the West High School cafeteria.

School officials to review emergency incident

School administrators and first responders will formally review every aspect of last week’s lockdown emergency at West High School. They will discuss the facts of the incident, assess which procedures went well, and identify what didn’t go as planned. The analysis also will include ways to improve safety protocol and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

West High School was in lockdown for almost two hours on September 25 while police searched inside for a person who was reported to have a weapon. School administrators immediately put their emergency procedures in place, which includes locking down the building to keep students and staff in their classrooms and prevent anyone from entering or leaving. Police located the suspect in question, as well as the weapon, which was identified as a pellet gun.

Debriefing after an emergency is routine practice so that everyone involved can evaluate current emergency plans and procedures to improve safety. Superintendent Dr. De…

Student Spotlight: Manchester grads move their friendship to college and onto the soccer field

Samuel Binogono and Promise Kpee are featured in this week's edition of The Equinox, the student newspaper of Keene State College. Before they were freshmen at KSC, they were friends who met in Manchester after arriving here from Africa. We know you'll enjoy reading about their story.

Gas leak causes evacuation at West High School

A faulty valve in a science classroom is to blame for the early morning evacuation of students and staff at West High School today. Manchester Fire Department, the gas company and Manchester Health Department officials immediately responded to the call when the odor of gas was reported inside a second floor classroom.

One of the valves was found to be leaking, and the gas was shut off to the entire room. Other science classrooms in the school are not affected by the shutoff. Students and staff were allowed back into the building at around 8:30, and though an odor might linger for a short while, the health department says there is no cause for concern.

Student, staff safe after lockdown at West High School

West High School was in lockdown for almost two hours today while police searched inside for a person who was reported to have a weapon. School administrators immediately put their emergency safety procedures in place, which includes locking down the building. That means no one could enter or leave the school, and students and teachers remained in their classrooms.

“Staff and teachers followed the protocols they have practiced, stayed calm and kept everyone safe,” said Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston. “We are grateful for the assistance from the Manchester Police Department and are very happy that this incident was resolved quickly.”

Police located the suspect in question, as well as the weapon, which was identified as a pellet gun. The lockdown was lifted soon after.

Community newsletter shares MSD updates

There are many ways to communicate information to our schools' employees and families, as well as the Manchester community. Now Superintendent Debra Livingston is offering a monthly newsletter. The September edition is available.

As always, please send your news and photos related to school events and announcements to

Manchester High School West hosts homecoming community march

All West Side students, families and friends are invited to join the first-ever annual West High SchoolHomecoming Blue Knights March. 
Come and show your WEST SIDE PRIDE on Saturday, October 18!
Meet for the marchat the West Side Ice Arena on Electric St. (Follow Bremer St. to the end, thentakea left.) There is plenty of parking there. Located behind the ice arena is a beautiful pedestrianwalkwayperfectly safe for this event. The march will start at noon!
All participants in the march will have FREE admission to the West High homecoming footballgame at 1:00.Alsoappearing during the football game are the West High School marching band,color guard and cheerleaders.The WestHigh Boosterswill have fun activities, concessions andgiveaways.
We hope to see you there!

3rd Annual Luke Capistran 5k set for October 4

The Hillside Builders Club is gearing up to host the 3rd Annual Luke Capistran 5K, Fun Walk, and Kids Run in honor of former Manchester student Luke Capistran, who passed away in 2011 from cancer.  The Builders Club has created a scholarship fund that is used to send Hillside students to YMCA camps during the summer months. This past summer, six Hillside students attended YMCA summer camps, including Sports Fan Trip Camp, Camp Foss, and Teen Trip Camp, awarded by the LC Scholarship Fund!

This year's event will be held on Saturday October 4, beginning at 10:00 AM at Derryfield Park in Manchester.

Register online!

Revisions to Educator Leadership aim to make program more accessible

The format of the 2014-15 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Educator Leadership program are making it more accessible to MSD staff who wish to participate. 
Each session will take place after school, instead of during the school day as previously advertised. They focus on a new industry with presentations by business leaders through lectures and discussions during on-site visits. A total of seven sessions will be held from 3:30-5:45 p.m. in October, November, January, February, March, April and May.  The tuition for each participant is $250. Tuition is due from participants by October 10, 2014, payable to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Educator Leadership tuition is reimbursable by the Manchester School District upon completion of the program through professional development funds.
Learn more about Educator Leadership on the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce web site, apply online, or contact Tammy Boucher with questions at or 6…

Safety information from the state fire marshal

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal offers a newsletter that is intended to be shared with students and their families in grades preK-grade 4. As our lives become busier, it is important to think about what to do if your family has an emergency. Are you prepared to handle it? The fire Marshal encourages families to share with their children (and even neighbors without school children) this age-appropriate material and work together on the various topics that are presented. 
If you have not yet created your emergency preparedness kit, or haven’t inventoried it lately, take a moment to learn about what you may need in the event of an emergency. Create and discuss two ways out of every room in your home along with a meeting place and escape plan. 
Contact your local fire station should you need any assistance. Thank you, and be safe!

It's the Year of the Book at Beech Street School

Beech Street Elementary School is one of four schools in the state to be awarded a $25,000 grant to promote literacy. The Year of the Book grant is provided by the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF), which delivers the resources to inspire a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.
The founder of CLiF, Duncan McDougall, presented the Year of the Book award to Beech Street School today and announced some of the special programs that are planned. Each of Beech Street's nearly 600 students received one free book today and will get another to take home every month through June 2015. 

In addition to giving new books to students, the one-year partnership between CLiF and Beech Street will include author/illustrator visits, multi-day writing workshops, and storytelling presentations. Grant money also will provide custom-designed and professionally printed literacy posters, a color printer, and expenses related to a student author day reception lat…

Local school innovation plan to be recognized at national conference

Parker-Varney principal Amy Allen was chosen by the New Hampshire Department of Education to co-present her school's innovation plan to a national audience of education leaders.

Ms. Allen and her team developed the plan this summer to raise student achievement at Parker-Varney, which is a designated Priority School that receives federal money for improvement strategies.

Parker-Varney's innovation plan uses academic data to create individual instruction and personalized learning for every child.  A significant component of the plan calls for ways to use resources more effectively. One result of that goal is the school's new Innovation Learning Lab. Time in the school day is now dedicated to giving all students more learning opportunities on the lab computers, which were paid for with Priority School funds.

The "Building Systemic and Sustainable Turnaround Efforts" conference in San Francisco, hosted by the Center on School Turnaround, offers the chance for educat…

Parker-Varney names new assistant principal

The Board of School Committee this month approved the hiring of Michael Beaulac as assistant principal at Parker-Varney Elementary School. Mr. Beaulac is very familiar to Parker-Varney families; he has been a classroom teacher there since 2005.

Among Mr. Beaulac's professional accomplishments, he was a New Hampshire Teacher of the Year nominee in 2012. He's also very involved in school district athletics, currently the director of the Parker-Varney running club and assistant coach of varsity boys' basketball at West High School. Previously, he was coach of JV basketball at West and directed the boys' basketball league at Parker-Varney.

"Michael is dedicated to the students our community," said Parker-Varney principal Amy Allen. "I'm looking forward to having him be an even more involved member of our school's leadership."

Celebrating National Welcoming Week

Manchester School District is joining people and organizations across the country -- in communities small and large, rural and urban -- to celebrate the growing appreciation of diversity in the United States.

Sponsored by Welcoming America, a grassroots collaborative that promotes mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans, National Welcoming Week reflects the stories of how communities are thriving by working together to embrace immigrants.

Our schools are committed to creating supportive learning environments that maximize academic growth and cultural vitality.

Register to play in the Joe Sullivan Memorial Mini Golf Tournament

There is still time to sign up for the mini golf tournament to be held in memory of the late Joe Sullivan, creative writing teacher at West High School. Mr. Sullivan was the consummate family man, teacher, coach, and friend.  He loved life and he loved teaching his students at West High School.

In honor of his dedication to our community, a scholarship has been created to carry on Mr. Sullivan’s legacy  at West High School.  The Joe Sullivan Creative Writing Scholarship will be awarded to a  West High School senior annually who embodies passion and exuberance through his or her writing.

To raise money for the scholarship fund, a mini golf tournament at Legend's Golf in Hooksett will be held on September 23, 2014, the first anniversary of Mr. Sullivan's passing.

Please print the form below and send it to West High School to register yourself or a team by Tuesday, September 16!

Golf Tournament Registration
Cost:  $20 per …

Elementary school orchestras and bands starting soon

Instrumental demonstrations are taking place this month at each elementary school. Orchestra (strings) is offered to all 4th & 5th graders, while band (brass, woodwinds, and percussion) are offered to 5th graders. Watch for notices from your school about the upcoming demos.
Lessons at school are provided free of charge, once a week, for thirty minute sessions. Lessons will start in October. 
To participate, your child is required to have his or her own instrument. They may be rented at any one of several music stores located in the Manchester area.

A Manchester middle schooler reflects on 9-11

The following speech was given by eighth grader Taylor Frenette at McLaughlin Middle School's 9-11 remembrance ceremony. Her thoughtful words are a great reminder of what makes America strong.

Thank you, Mr. Krantz.  Governor, Mayor, distinguished guests, staff, and fellow students… Good Morning.  I was only 10 months old on September 11, 2001.  I was too young to realize how much life in America had changed in a matter of minutes. But, I have come to understand the true meaning of service, and the value of sacrifice.

Years ago, my mom taught us to shake the hands of and to thank any soldier in uniform that we saw.  A first, it was a routine, something that I was supposed to do.  But, as I’ve gotten older, and have learned more about what happened on this day 13 years ago, and the events that followed in Iraq and Afghanistan, I now realize the importance of thanking the men and women in uniform for what they do for us on a daily basis. They live by the motto:  service over self.


Open to all: Opportunity Fair on September 23

Manchester Central High School will host its annual Post-Secondary Opportunity Fair on Tuesday, September 23 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Central High School Simon Gymnasium.

The fair is open to all students across the city for the chance to visit with admissions officers from colleges and universities from all over the country, meet with representatives from career schools, Military recruiters, or explore prep school and other gap year options.

For more information contact Shelli Cook at 603.624.6363 ext 1144

Teaching for the 21st Century

Manchester school kicked off its Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) program, which will provide teachers with a solid understanding of  21st century teaching skills. Cohort participants will serve as teacher leaders in their schools to promote the use of instructional technology. Teachers will receive professional development through face-to-face workshops, live webinars, and online learning modules over the course of year one, with continued facilitated support in year two. This program is provided in collaboration with EdTech Teacher.

T21 focuses on web-based tools for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, with a spotlight on Google Apps for Education and Google Chromebooks. 

21st Century isn't just about the technology - it's also about the thinking. A major cohort goal will be for teachers to develop projects that will help students learn key academic content while practicing 21st century skills and to begin the process of developing digital port…

A letter to parents from the City of Manchester Health Department

UPDATE: 2014 Open House Schedule

Bakersville School           Monday, September 15, 2014                 6:00-7:00pm
Beech Street School        Thursday,September 25, 2014                 6:00-7:30 pm
Gossler Park School        Tuesday, September 23, 2014                 6:00-7:30 pm
Green Acres School        Thursday, September 11, 2014                                                              grades k-2                                              6:00-7:00 pm     1                                         grades 3-5                                              6:30-7:30 pm Hallsville School              Tuesday,September 16, 2014                 6:00-7:00pm
Highland-Goffe's Falls        Thursday, September 4, 2014                                          Grades K-2                                          5:45-6:30pm                                          Grades 3-5                                           6:45-7:30 pm
Jewett Street School      Tuesday, September 23, 2014                 6:00-7:30pm

School year kicks off with district-wide rally

The first day back to school for teachers is a professional development day, traditionally spent entirely in their own buildings in workshops, staff meetings, and of course, in their classrooms to prepare for students' arrival the next day.

This year, superintendent Debra Livingston wanted to start things off a bit differently, as a whole district. That's how more than 1,500 Manchester teachers, administrators and staff found themselves at the Verizon Wireless Arena – the only location large enough to accommodate such a large group.

Dr. Livingston offered a back-to-school message to all, first acknowledging the dedication and service of those who have taught students for 20 years and longer. She talked about the successes and highlights of the previous year, including the establishment of STEAM Ahead NH for high school students at West, the addition of city-wide full-day kindergarten, and the development of the Manchester Academic Standards.

Still, there is more work to be do…