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Wanted: FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead mentors

Manchester School District is looking for mentors who can help bring FIRST® Junior STEAM Ahead into our fourth grade classrooms!
FIRST® Junior STEAM Ahead is a community partnership between Manchester School District and FIRST®, with the goal of sparking students’ interests in science, technology, engineering, art and math. During lessons that apply math and science concepts, teams of four students design, build, and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and other elements.
After a successful pilot year, FIRST® Junior STEAM Ahead will be in seven elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.
Parents, members of our business community, retirees, and anyone else interested in being part of innovative education in Manchester qualify to become mentors -- no technical or FIRST LEGO League experience necessary! 
If you can provide 90 minutes of your time once a week, we want to hear from you! To start, please fill out our mentor registration form, and we will contact you with more details, i…

Early Registration for Manchester Summer School

Parents and students can come early to register for Manchester Summer School at Central High School on Wednesday, 7/1/15 between 9-12. Central High School is located at 207 Lowell Street:
Classes begin July 6 - for more information please visit:

Manchester summer youth programs

Manchester has city-sponsored programs for kids this summer, and there's still time to register!

Fun In The Sun summer day camp for Manchester residents ages 6 - 12.

Registration Date and Requirements:

Registration Date:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Registration will take place at the site your child will be attending.
Program Locations: JFK Memorial Coliseum, Livingston Park (Dorr's Pond House), Piscataquog River Park

Must have birth certificate to register.MANCHESTER RESIDENTS ONLY, if there is a question you will have to prove residencyYoungsters MUST be 6 (Six) years of age to register.Registration will continue throughout the six weeks provided space is available at each site
Program Start Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Program Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Program End Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Participants enjoy:

playground activitiesarts & craftsswimminglocal field tripsspecial events days such as MTV day or Christmas in Julysports days
For more inform…

Why the pomp and circumstance really matters

All of Manchester’s graduating seniors have much to be proud of when they look back on their high school accomplishments. We want members of our community to meet some of the students who have faced challenges that threatened their success were it not for personal fortitude, ambition and strength. These are the stories they were willing to share that we hope will inspire others. They’re the reason the pomp and circumstance really matters. __________________________________________________________ Nathan Temple’s family will be watching proudly when he dons his cap and gown for Memorial High School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. His mother won’t be there, though. She died in October 2013, the beginning of Nate’s junior year.

“I loved her sense of humor and ability to always put a smile on my face,” Nathan said of his mom. “She always put me and my sister before herself, and I will always be grateful for that.”

About a month after his mom’s passing, Nate decided that living with hi…

Wilson Elementary School celebrates Leadership Day

Students at Henry Wilson Elementary School marked the end of a successful academic year with a celebration of learning and leadership.  
Wilson has implemented the internationally praised “Leader in Me” principles into its everyday culture. They are based on the more well-known “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Similarly, the Leader in Me program developed for educators by author Stephen Covey equips children with the confidence and skills they need to thrive:
1. Be proactive 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. Put first things first 4. Think win-win 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6. Synergize 7. Sharpen the Saw

A school assembly of music, speeches and recognitions began the Leadership Day program attended by parents and special guests, including superintendent Debra Livingston, Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry, and several members of the board of school committee.

Central High School Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Nominations for induction into the Central High School Hall of Fame are currently being accepted, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, chair of the committee that oversees the organization.

Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should send an e-mail to before September 15, 2015.  

The e-mail should set out in 500 words or fewer the nominee’s accomplishments and the reasons the writer believes the nominee should be inducted.  Any contact information for the nominee should also be included.

In order to be eligible for induction, nominees must have been graduated from Central before 2007.

A banquet celebrating the inductees will be held in the spring of 2016 at the Center of New Hampshire.

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1995.  Since its founding, more that 75 graduates have been inducted, including cartoonist Bob Montana, film star Adam Sandler, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, and Dartmouth College hoop standout Cindy Vaios.

MST High School inducts its first ever National Honor Society members

Eleven members of MST High School's Class of 2016 are the charter members of the school's National Honor Society chapter. 

NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. 

After taking the NHS pledge, these 11 students received their medals and signed the chapter register:

Mandhira Chhetri Angela Hamilton  Matthew Nguyen Ian Johnson  Ali Long  James Manning  Michael Mears  Lauren Michaud  Depika Tamang  Jayda Wentworth  Aidan West
Congratulations to all of them for their achievement!

MSD Faculty & Staff Walking Works - Summer 2015 Fitness Challenge

Grab your walking boots, Manchester Schools’ Faculty and Staff! Manchester School District is kicking off their Walking Works challenge on Monday, June 15!

Teams will compete to cover the greatest amount of steps in 8 weeks. Sign ups are available starting at 4:00 pm on June 4, so grab a spot and get moving! The first 50 registrants will receive a Fitbit Zip to help them track activity throughout the challenge (those who have received a Fitbit in the past are not eligible).

This year will work a little differently than last; teams will be split into 3 groups: elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Each team will receive a weekly average step score based on the amount of participants on their team. The team with the greatest step score by the end of the 8-week challenge will earn a spot on The Walking Works Plaque of Fame. This will be updated and passed between winning schools in future challenges. Participants will still be eligible for random prize drawings individu…

Donation of instruments will rev up music education in Manchester

Manchester schools have received 110 musical instruments worth more than $25,000 to enhance music education in the district. They are the gift of Music Drives Us and Manchester Subaru, which joined forces to provide the donation.
The Music Drives Us Foundation was established in 2006 to help support music programs for the underserved and to prevent music education in schools from being cut due to budget reductions and other obstacles.
“Music can be used as a tool to better the lives of people everywhere, especially children,” said Ernie Boch Jr., founder of Music Drives Us and president & CEO of Subaru of New England.  “I’m honored to be here today with the schoolchildren of Manchester and bring them so many wonderful instruments.”
Music Drives Us has made similar contributions to music programs in schools all over New England, but this one for Manchester is the organization’s largest single donation to date.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient of this generous gift,” said Mancheste…

NH School of Excellence Community Celebration

Parker-Varney Elementary School continues to celebrate its 2015 award as the state’s Elementary School of Excellence by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education committee. The “ED”ie Awards recognize New Hampshire public schools that meet high standards of excellence and can serve as representatives of the many excellent schools throughout the state.

On June 1, students and staff hosted a community event to showcase some of what makes Parker-Varney worthy of statewide recognition. Much of the school's success can be attributed to project-based learning, in which students are encouraged to design and manage hands-on community service and research projects. Other highlights of Parker-Varney are the Innovation Learning Lab, which provides students with daily individual instruction in literacy and math, and enhanced professional development opportunities for the teachers to learn from each other and try new things. Family and community involvement have been crucial components to the …

FREE professional development for high school teachers

With support from Google CS4HS, NH-CS4HS offers a six-week freeonline summer workshop for the Mobile CS Principles course, June 29 – August 7, with the option for scheduled face-to-face sessions. The program supports the creation of a community of practice with year-round peer-to-peer professional learning for participating teachers.  Teachers have the option to register for any of the following 4-day face-to-face sessions:June 29-July 2
July 13 - 16 August 3 – 6Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday (lunch included)
UNH STEM Discovery Lab, UNH Manchester at 88 Commercial Street

Application Deadline:  June 19, 2015Program description at Online application at Need more information? Email Mihaela Sabin at

Culinary students' excellence recognized by city health department

The Manchester School of Technology Intro to Culinary Arts class has earned a Public Health Excellence Award for Food Safety.  The award from the Manchester Health Department honors food establishments which achieve the highest sanitary standards when it comes to food preparation. Fewer than 10% of the Manchester’s commercial kitchens receive the award.

“MST’s Intro to Culinary Arts class deserves to be among this year’s award recipients,” said Tim Soucy, Manchester Public Health Director. “The instructors and students have demonstrated a commitment to training a highly skilled food service workforce and maintaining safe food handling practices to prevent food borne illnesses in the community.”

The Culinary Arts kitchen at MST is inspected twice a year, just like any other restaurant in the city. MST met the rigorous criteria for the award, which includes compliance with all applicable laws and regulations with no critical violations and average inspection scores of 90 or higher.