Friday, May 29, 2015

Make the Grade: The finalists are named

AutoFair Automotive Group​, NBT Bank​, New Hampshire Fisher Cats​ mascot Fungo, Mayor Gatsas and Dr. Livingston visited Central, Memorial and West high schools this morning to draw names of students who are finalists in the running to win a new car!


This is the fourth year “Make the Grade” will award a 2015 Hyundai Velostar donated by AutoFair to a junior or senior high school student who earns Honor Roll status the first, second and third quarters of the academic year.

Out of more than 500 eligible entries, today, four names were drawn at random at each school. Those 12 students will attend the New Hampshire Fisher Cats game on June 5, when they will each receive a key and hope the one they hold starts the car.

Good luck to:
Fernando Tovar-Marques, Memorial junior
Emily Bourque, Memorial senior
Amanda Ouellette, Memorial senior
Briana Drouin, Memorial junior
Sultan Akhter, Central junior
Anthony Kokoszka, Central junior
Lamienne Faverdieu, Central senior
Zachary Martin, Central junior
Rebecca Cormier, West senior
Elizabeth Wyman, West senior
Christopher Hernandez, West senior
Talia Cote, West junior

Thanks to Mix 94.1 for making the morning more fun at today's drawings!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Manchester art teachers sharpen skills


Manchester Memorial High School art teacher Lori Sweeney attended a National Art Education Association leadership conference in New Mexico and secured a grant from the internationally recognized education foundation, The Da Vinci Initiative, which works with art teachers from around the world to bring skill-based art education methods into K-12 classrooms.

Lori Sweeney
Jane Tentas
With support from principal Arthur Adamakos, two other Memorial High School art teachers -- Jane Tentas and Marcia Fanaras Zito -- joined Sweeny to help orchestrate a two-day professional development workshop led by the well-known Boston School-style artist, Paul Ingbretson. He taught 20 art teachers from New Hampshire and Maine realism skills they could take back to their students.
Marcia Fanaras Zito

The retreat was held at Maine College of Art which also provided instrumental support for this program.

2015-16 Educator Leadership applications available

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is planning its third class of Educator Leadership, and the 2015-16 application is now available! Teachers, guidance counselors, subject area specialists, and others from the elementary, middle and high schools in Manchester are invited to apply for Educator Leadership.

Graduates of the Educator Leadership inaugural class of 2015
The program creates closer alignment between business and education so that educators walk away with practical applications and a stronger understanding of where industry sectors are going and the knowledge necessary to better prepare students for careers in high growth industries.  Educator Leadership begins in October with a total of 8 sessions held from 3:30-5:45 p.m. in October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. Each session focuses on a new industry with presentations by business leaders through lectures and discussions during on-site visits.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Project PLAY featured on regional news network

Last month we told you about Project PLAY NH, a non-profit organization founded by Central High School senior Kate Aiken and two friends from Bedford High School and Trinity High School. Together, they created Project PLAY to sponsor kids in greater Manchester who don't have the financial resources to play team sports. Local recreational teams, such as soccer and Little League, require registration fees. There's also equipment that families are required to provide on their own. When they can't afford it, Project PLAY can lend a hand.

NECN took notice and featured Project PLAY in its "Making the Grade" segment. Take a look!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Manchester schools observe Memorial Day

Schools across the city observed Memorial Day in various ways -- from outdoor ceremonies and musical tributes, to inviting special guest speakers to share their stories and remind our students about why we remember. Scroll down for photos.

Smyth Road Elementary School





Middle School at Parkside




 Webster Elementary School

Hillside Middle School


Green Acres Elementary School



McLaughlin Middle School




Highland-Goffe's Falls Elementary School

Wilson Elementary School






McDonough Elementary School




Weston Elementary School




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Central Runs for Charity

Central High School's Student Council is looking for support for its 3rd annual Central Runs charity event! 

You can sponsor a student runner, donate to the event, or volunteer to work along the route. Just contact Jeff Howe by calling Central High School or emailing jhowe@mansd.org.


All proceeds from the run will benefit 
The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, which provides services to many Central students and their families.


Students can register to participate at school.

NHPR: A Day in the Kindergarten Life


New Hampshire Public Radio visited Ms. Barden's kindergarten class at Beech Street School and produced an "audio postcard" to give the community a small of sample of the day in the life of kindergarten. Take a listen!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beech Street Elementary School wins library funds

Beech Street Elementary School has received $7,000 from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to enhance its media center reading collection.  More than $875,000 is being distributed to 131 school libraries across the country this year; Beech Street is the only school in New Hampshire to receive one of the grants.

“No matter what you want to be when you grow up -- a doctor or a lawyer, a senator, an artist, or a teacher -- reading will help you reach your goal," said Laura Bush. "By providing more schools with better reading materials, the Laura Bush Foundation helps students understand more of the world around them, and its limitless possibilities.”

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants to schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning. Using the funds for shelving or furniture, computers, software, e-readers, or classroom book sets is prohibited.

Beech Street School librarian Kim Warren wrote and submitted the grant.

"Kim works all year long to ensure that every child loves to read," said Beech Street principal Christine Brennan. "Pursuing this grant opportunity was just one way she demonstrates her commitment to our students and families."

Since its inception in 2002, The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries has awarded more than $12.5 million to almost 2,500 schools across the country.  More information can be found at www.laurabushfoundation.org.

Monday, May 18, 2015

MCMS after school lesson program will continue

The Manchester Community Music School is proud to partner with the Manchester School District to
offer after school small group music lessons for middle and high school students.

Registration for the 2015-­‐2016 academic year is now open!

Lessons will run once a week in 10-week sessions. Each lesson is 30 minutes long and will be scheduled between 3:00 and 6:00 pm at a Manchester school.

Session 1: Week of September 14 - Week of November 16
Session 2: Week of November 30 - Week of February 15
Session 3: Week of February 29 - Week of May 9

Students may register for one session at a time or all three. Each session is $150.00.

Students must have their own instruments to participate.
Instrumental offerings include:
Oboe
Clarinet
Flute
Trumpet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Euphonium
Tuba
Trombone
Voice
Violin
Viola
Beginner cello
Percussion

Registration forms are available from middle and high school music teachers. For more information or to ask questions, contact Judy Teehan at the Manchester Community Music School: jteehan@mcmusicschool.org or 644-4548.

Restoration of Hallsville School clock and tower honored

MSD superintendent Debra Livingston,
Chief Facilities Manager Kevin O'Maley, Hallsville principal
Christi Michaud, former Hallsville principal Rachelle Otero, and
clock restorer Phil D'Avanza accepted the
2015 Preservation Alliance Award on May 12 
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance presented the City of Manchester and Manchester School District with a 2015 Preservation Achievement Award for last year's restoration of Hallsville School Clock and Tower.
     
The clock and bell atop Hallsville School were out of working order for 23 years before the school hosted a re-dedication of the building's clock tower in April 2014. 
The Preservation Alliance is the statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of New Hampshire’s historic buildings, landscapes and communities through leadership, education and advocacy. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

School locator makes finding your neighborhood schools easy!

A new tool that makes it easier than ever for families and community members to determine their neighborhood schools is now online.

No longer do our website visitors have to read maps and decipher district boundaries. Now they simply type in an address -- a street number is required -- and the results will provide the correct elementary, middle and high school designated to that location. 

The school locator is available in several places on the Manchester School District website -- including under quick links and the "Schools" tab in the main menu: http://www.mansd.org/schools

We'd like to thank Tony Schaffer in the City Information Systems Department and Kevin LaFramoise, Manchester's web services administrator, for their partnership in helping our district connect to the city website mapping system that makes this possible. Thanks also to Leah Belanger, Donna Crook, Jeff DeLangie and Liane St. Laurent in our office for collaborating with the city and implementing the tool on our website.

Governor Hassan and Dean Kamen visit FIRST Junior STEAM

Governor Maggie Hassan, inventor and FIRST  founder Dean Kamen, superintendent Debra Livingston, and other special guests visited the FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead fourth graders from Green Acres Elementary School on May 14. It was a chance for the children to show off what they've learned this year. During lessons that apply math, language arts and science concepts, students design, build, and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and other elements.

Thank you to all of the guests who attended the demonstration:
Board of School Committee members Kathy Staub, Nancy Tessier and Connie Van Houten
Alderman Joyce Craig
FIRST staff Nancy Boyer and Kristi Scarpone
Jack Olson of Texas Instruments, a FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead funder
Rich Presher of Bosch
FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead adviser "LEGO Dan" Hughes
Manchester School District Innovation Zone Director Pat Snow

Adam Brodeur and Kira Harrison give Governor Hassan
some background information about
FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead and what they're learning
through the program
Team "Fabulous Four" pose at their work table


Green Acres principal, Mr. Norton, with the students
"LEGO Dan" Hughes, Dean Kamen and Governor Hassan

The core values of FIRST Junior STEAM on
the classroom wall for all to remember




Teacher Mrs. Berube assists a team with their robot