Manchester School of Technology
student James Manning emceed
this morning's rally
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.
Central High School chamber choir
director Tom Seniow leads his singers
in a performance of the national anthem
Joanna Alley, a first-grader at
Green Acres Elementary School,
led the Pledge of Allegiance
Still, there is more work to be done. Dr. Livingston assured the teachers that the district is moving in the right direction, and she is confident in their abilities to keep the momentum going with students' best interest at heart.
The audience of teachers also heard from three Manchester students selected by their principals. They shared their educational experiences so far, offer words of inspiration, and even challenge the teachers to think about how they can best help their students succeed in learning.
West High School junior Karina Ithier implored the teachers to trust in their students' abilities and potential, to help them overcome the struggles.
|Karina Ithier challenged Manchester|
teachers to raise their expectations
and inspire students to believe in
"Every day, you are the ones who encourage us and make us realize that we are getting closer to our dreams, " Karina said. "This is why we need you to push and motivate us, to make us learn, write, analyze and read at greater complexities than we have ever done before."
Abdullah Mahdi, an eighth grader at McLaughlin Middle School, offered his perspective as a student who arrived in New Hampshire with his family from Iraq just 10 months ago. He praised his teachers for helping him adjust to his new life -- and a new language. Abdullah said he has big goals in mind, and he wants to make his parents proud.
Abdullah Mahdi, with his ELL
teacher, Mrs. Proulx, looking on,
spoke to the audience
"I want to learn everything there is to know, especially in math," he said in his address. "I want to be an architectural engineer, and it is going to take a lot of knowledge and hard work to get there."
Manchester's elementary students also have a valuable voice when it comes to ideas on what it takes to succeed in school. Webster School's Kathryn Craig, starting fifth grade, had opinions to share.
Kathryn Craig likes the feeling
of achievement she gets when
teachers challenge her
"Not every student tries as hard as he can to learn all the time, and some of us are more ready to learn than others," she said. "But if you get to know each of us, you will find that we want to be challenged. When we accomplish something, it gives us confidence."
Here's to a terrific school year ahead!