Friday, January 31, 2014

Governor Hassan highlights school safety improvements

Governor Maggie Hassan visited Beech Street Elementary School today, where she joined Superintendent of Dr. Debra Livingston, Mayor Ted Gatsas and local first responders for a briefing and demonstration of upgrades made to the school's intercom system. Beech Street, along with every other school in the district, installed new intercom and telephone equipment which enhance communication capabilities in the event of an emergency.

The upgraded systems are digital, are battery-protected in the event of power loss, and use voice-over-internet protocol. Among the featured enhancements:
o Classrooms within a building can communicate with each other.
o School office can visually see which classroom is calling.
o Classrooms can call 911 directly, and dispatch will know exactly where the call is coming from.
o Schools can implement the series of audio alerts which notify anyone in the building to the nature of an emergency based on the tone; similar to fire drills that are practiced on a regular basis, our students, faculty and staff will know proper procedures for varying situations.

During the demonstration at Beech Street School, students from a kindergarten class showed Governor Hassan what they have practiced in case of emergency, including how to call the school office for help with the push of a button, and how to dial 911 from the classroom phone on the wall.

The improvements, totaling about $148,000, were funded in part by a federal Emergency Management Performance Grant managed by the Department of Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with a matching technology bond from the city. Manchester School District works closely with local first responders on continually improving emergency preparedness.

Funded in part by a federal Emergency Management Performance Grant managed by the Department of Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), the safety improvements significantly enhanced the school’s emergency alerting capability by upgrading the intercom system.

Third Grade Reading Research Update

 Dr. Debra Livingston presented a research update on third grade reading to the Board of School Committee on Monday, January 27, 2014. Look for the presentation on the district web site at http://www.mansd.org/announcements/thirdgradereadingresearchupdate

Governor Hassan highlights school safety improvements

Governor Maggie Hassan visited Beech Street Elementary School today, where she joined superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston, Mayor Ted Gatsas and local first responders for a briefing and demonstration of upgrades made to the school's intercom system. Beech Street, along with every other school in the district, installed new intercom and telephone equipment which enhance communication capabilities in the event of an emergency.

The upgraded systems are digital, battery-protected in the event of power loss, and use voice-over-internet protocol. Among the featured enhancements:
o Classrooms within a building can communicate with each other.
o The school office can visually see which classroom is calling.
o Classrooms can call 911 directly, and dispatch will know exactly where the call is coming from.
o Schools can implement the series of audio alerts which notify anyone in the building to the nature of an emergency based on the tone; similar to fire drills that are practiced on a regular basis, our students, faculty and staff will know proper procedures for varying situations.

During the demonstration at Beech Street School, students from a kindergarten class showed Governor Hassan what they have practiced in case of emergency, including how to call the school office for help with the push of a button, and how to dial 911 from the classroom phone on the wall.

The improvements, totaling about $148,000, were funded in part by a federal Emergency Management Performance Grant managed by the Department of Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with a matching technology bond from the city. Manchester School District works closely with local first responders on continually improving emergency preparedness. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

National School Lunch Program Regulations


School Food Services director, Jim Connors, presented the National School Lunch Program Regulations to the Board of School Committee on January 27, 2014. Please visit the Manchester School District web site to view the slideshow: http://www.mansd.org/announcements/nationalschoollunchprogramregulations

Third Grade Reading Research Update

Dr. Debra Livingston presented a research update on third grade reading to the Board of School Committee on Monday, January 27, 2014.

View the presentation:
https://docs.google.com/a/mansd.org/presentation/d/193M5QYEgGwV9fukkVSUUaIMQDBO3Qfn4v3eoSr3uWmc/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.p14

National School Lunch Program Regulations

School Food Services director, Jim Connors,  presented the National School Lunch Program Regulations to the Board of School Committee on January 27, 2014.  

View the presentation:
https://docs.google.com/a/mansd.org/presentation/d/1DzEBdh2I-llCSwzyNza20Wwj9oaCxZlOaxh24fZ6lBw/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.p14

Monday, January 27, 2014

Help 500 Manchester Middle School Students see "The Civil War" at the Stockbridge Theater!

The Civil War

You can help 500 Manchester Middle School Students and Teacher/Chaperones see a performance of The Civil War, a Theatreworks show focused on the smaller stories of some of the soldiers who were caught up in the midst of the conflict. The performance takes place on Tuesday, February 4th at 10:00 AM at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. 500 free admissions have been generously donated to Expanding Students' Horizons for student distribution. But without the needed $1,200 for the twelve round trip buses we will not be able to accept all of the 500 free tickets. So, please:


Donate now, to reach the $1,200 needed for 500 students to attend The Civil War!


By making your check payable to:
Manchester School District
for: Expanding Students' Horizons
(MSD Tax #02-04-94977,)

and mail to:


Manchester School District, Finance Department
195 McGregor St., Suite 201
Manchester, NH 03102


Donate $2.40 - Fund one student transportation

Donate $100.00 - Fund one 42 passenger bus

Donate $1,200.00– Max organizational publicity

Contribute “Gift Certificates” to your goods or services, to be used as premiums for additional funds. Contact: Roy Shoults, Expanding Students' Horizons, 603-625-0077, rssr@comcast.net

Southside Middle School Library Book Fair: Feb 12 at Barnes & Noble

The Southside Middle School Library is having a Book Fair at the Barnes & Noble on South Willow St. on February 12 (snow date February 13). Shop at anytime on this date and mention that you are supporting the Southside Book Fair before you finalize your purchase at the register.  A schedule of events is being developed for after school on Feb. 12 so please come to the store with your children to enjoy. Online Ordering: Can't make it to the store on Book Fair day? Order online and purchases made from February 9 - 15 can be credited to the SMS Book Fair. On the payment page for your online purchases you will see the prompt to "Check if this is a Book Fair Order". Click to get a payment screen where you can enter the Southside Book Fair ID: 1127658.
Questions? Please contact Helen Brock, SMS Library Media Specialist: hbrock@mansd.org

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wellness Matters Snowshoe Event on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wellness Matters
Join us for a FREE day of snowshoeing, prizes and family fun at the Derryfield Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 25th 10am-2pm! Snowshoe equipment and instruction will be provided by staff from Eastern Mountain Sports. Kids ages 5 and up are also welcome to participate. Wear a sturdy winter boot, dress according to the weather and come enjoy some time outdoors!

The Derryfield Restaurant will provide discounted lunch specials! Manchester School District employees are asked to check-in at the event for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Hannaford.

Visit the Manchester School District Wellness matters web pages at http://hr.mansd.org/wellness-matters.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Airport Diner Supports Manchester School of Technology: Spaghetti Dinner on Jan. 21, 2014!


All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner for $10 on Tuesday, January 21, 2014!

The Common Man’s Airport Diner in Manchester is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper to assist the Manchester School of Technology (MST) in raising funds for student programs and activities.

On Tuesday, January 21 from 4 – 7 p.m., diners who order the spaghetti supper, which includes spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, a salad and a non-alcoholic beverage, will be assisting the school’s fundraising efforts. Five dollars of every $10 meal sold will benefit MST’s programs. Tax and gratuity are not included in the dinner price.

MST’s Culinary Program Director Mike Holfelder said the school has gone from offering vocational programs for juniors and seniors to being a full-time, four-year high school. This change has caused the need to build up reserves for student programs such as the yearbook committee, student council and other activities, said Holfelder. 


Tickets are not needed for this event. Diners who attend the benefit just need to order the spaghetti supper that evening and mention that they are at Airport Diner to support the MST fundraiser. Airport Diner is located at 2280 Brown Avenue in Manchester. 

For More Information Contact: Mike Holfelder, MST
(603) 624-6490 x 215

Monday, January 13, 2014

Save the Date: February 5 is Digital Learning Day


WHATDigital Learning Day is about engaging students and recognizing great teachers who use digital tools to enhance student learning.

WHEN: February 5, 2014

WHOYou and your students, anyone can participate! Beginners and experts alike are encouraged to plan an activity. Plan big or start small - add your "event" to the Digital Learning Day web site.

RESOURCES: Look for tools, ideas and lesson plans on the Digital Learning Day web site at http://www.digitallearningday.org/. Look for local NH resources on the NH Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology web site at http://www.nheon.org/digitallearningday/
Let us know if you plan on participating: 


Have a look at this slideshow for more information on great ideas for 
staff and students on how to participate including: 
  • OUTREACH - tech showcase, tours & workshops 
  • CONNECT - Try Skype or a Google Hangout. Connect with another classroom in your school, another school in the district...or a school in another state or country!
  • LET STUDENTS LEAD - student demonstrations, student created content, student created videos
  • TEACHERS - try something new, take an online course, host an "app party"
  • SHIFT LEARNING - Flip your classroom for a day, start a project-based challenge, start and after school tech club

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Board of School Committee Members Sworn In on January 7, 2014

Both new and re-elected Board of School Committee members were sworn in on January 7, 2014 during an inaugural ceremony held at Manchester's Palace Theater. In a first organizational meeting held at City Hall, committee assignments were made and chairpersons were elected. Mayor Ted Gatsas, now serving his third term as mayor, is the Chairman of the Board of School Committee. David Wihby, At-Large committee member, was chosen as Vice Chairman. Assignments for all committees can be found on the Board of School Committee web pages at bosc.mansd.org.

Back row, left to right: David Wihby, At-Large; Ted Rokas, Ward 5; Debra Gagnon Langton, Ward 2; Ross Terrio, Ward 7; Mayor Ted Gatsas; John Avard, Ward 10; Christopher Stewart, Ward 3; Arthur Beaudry, Ward 9; Kathy Staub, At-Large
Front row, left to right: Sarah Ambrogi, Ward 1;  Erika Connors, Ward 8;  Amy Bradley, Ward 4; Katie Desrochers, Ward 11; Robyn Dunphy, Ward 6; Connie Van Houten, Ward 12