Monday, June 27, 2016

EL students stand out on scholarship night

Hamida Hassan
Several Central High School graduates who received scholarships this year were current or former English Learners whose first languages were something other than English when they arrived in Manchester schools. The students' achievements are a testament to their own hard-working efforts and the support provided by the faculty and staff in their education. Congratulations to all!

  • Beele Naomi Elinga won the Sam & Dora Dunn Memorial Scholarship ($750)
  • Hamida Hassan won the Richard & Irene Sanborn Scholarship  ($1500) and the Carolyn L. Chase Scholarship  ($1000) 
  • Cynthia Jearue won the Nate & Sadie Friedman Scholarship ($750)
  • Edgar Garcia Nolasco won the NH Higher Education " I Am College Bound - Applied" Scholarship  ($500)


     

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Full Schedule for Redistricting Plan Selection and Presentations

On June 30th and July 19th the Special Committee on Redistricting will present ten plans to the public. Throughout the summer additional meeting will take place to narrow down the top choices. After several round table discussions between the superintendents, principals, and transportation, a session will take place on September 8th to gather input from teachers and the public. Additional public forums will be scheduled in October:


Preliminary Redistricting Plan Presentations on June 30 and July 19, 2016

The Special Committee for Redistricting has set two dates  to present proposals that have been brought forward by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Livingston, Mayor Gatsas, and several members of the Board of School Committee.

On June 30 and July 19, 2016 plans will be presented to the public between 5:15 PM and 7:15 PM. The presentations will take place in the Community Room of the Manchester Police Department.

The order in which plans will be presented was determined via random selection:

Updated 6/28/2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CHAaD all-star football game features best high school players

The top football players in the state are meeting up for one more high school gridiron contest to raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).  The 2016 NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, powered by Bedford and Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers, is June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anselm College. In four years the game has generated over $1 million through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations, and fundraising by the game’s players.

Kick-off is 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at CHaDAllStarFootball.org.

Team West features four Manchester players – Central’s Kolten Slater, Jacob Stanko, and Nick Tyler, and Memorial’s Clay LeGault.  In all, more than 80 players represent 35 New Hampshire high schools, including at least one from every division in the state.

Proceeds from the event go directly to CHaD services and the Kristen’s Gift endowment, the pediatric oncology fund at CHaD.

WHAT:                 CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game
WHEN:                Saturday, June 25 – Kick-off, 5:30 p.m.; gates open at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE:              Grappone Stadium, Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive

Manchester, New Hampshire 03102        

Thursday, June 16, 2016

ISO: Southside Middle School history

Southside Middle School is turns 50 this year! The anniversary committee is looking for information and artifacts that will help bring the school's history to life. 

If you have Southside memorabilia (report cards, sports trophies, photos, yearbooks, student handbooks, shirts, etc.) or items from the late 1960s (toys, clothing, household objects, political souvenirs, etc) that the school may borrow for its 50th year celebration, please contact Anne Nichols (anichols@mansd.org) or call the school at 624-6359.

Extended School Year 2016 begins July 5

Extended School Year (ESY) runs July 5 - August 5, Mondays through Thursdays

All preschool students will be serviced at Smyth Road School
Grades K-5 at McDonough Elementary School
Grades 6-12 at Hillside Middle School
Please call Jen Freitas at the Office of Student Services with any questions at 624-6300 x197.

Community forums set for superintendent search

HYA Associates, the firm hired to by the Board of School Committee to conduct the search for the next superintendent, would like to hear input from community members regarding what they are looking for in a leader for the school district.


The public is invited to attend any of the open forums scheduled for next week:  Tuesday, June 21,  6:30 p.m.
WednesdayJune 22,  6:30 p.m.
ThursdayJune 23,  6:30 p.m.

All forums will be held in the conference room of the School Administration Office, 195 McGregor Street, Suite 201. 

Community members may also participate in this process by completing a survey, available online June 17-June 27, 2016www.ecrasurvey.com/Manchester. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Teachers show their commitment to learning at MIT

Our teachers are always learning! Manchester is proudly represented by 36 teachers who are participating in a two-day "Coding Across the Curriculum" training led by the Scheller Teacher Education Program at MIT.


Today, Dyn Inc. founder Jeremy Hitchcock addressed the teachers and stressed that students need to learn code as they prepare to meet the workforce needs of companies like his. 

NH Community College Chancellor Ross Gitell spoke about how this project meets one of the key recommendations of the Governor's STEM Taskforce and that this training could serve as a model that could be brought to the entire state.

MIT hopes that this program could spread across the country as they partner with the business community and school districts to teach these essential skills.

Teachers' participation in this project is funded by Dyn, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Granite United Way in partnership with STEAM Ahead NH.

Summer Food Service Program Available June 10 - Sept. 2

Manchester Summer Food Service Program Sites 
Open June 10 – September 2nd

Free Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner available to anyone 18 years and younger at the following
locations. The Summer Food Service Program is a community partnership between United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Education (D.O.E.) and Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS). We look forward to seeing you out and about this summer!

Breakfast Sites:

Elmwood Gardens Apartments 9:00 ‐ 10:00am

Lunch Sites:

Elmwood Gardens Apartments 12:00 – 12:30pm

Center Park Beech Hill Apartments 12:30 – 1:30pm

Hunts Pool 12:45 ‐ 1:45pm

Rock Rimmon / DuPont Pool 12:45 – 1:45pm

Harriman Park 12:15 – 12:45pm

Dinner Sites:

Sweeney Park 3:30 – 4:00pm

Maple St. Apartments 3:30 – 4:00pm

Adventure / Skateboard Park 4:30 – 5:15pm

Kelly Falls Apartments 4:30 – 5:15pm

Beech Hill Apartments 5:30 – 6:00pm

Beach Street School Park 5:30 – 6:00pm

USDA, D.O.E. & SNHS are equal opportunity Providers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bakersville Elementary School to welcome new principal

Kate Josef is the new principal of Bakersville Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. Board of School Committee members last night approved Superintendent Debra Livingston’s recommendation of Josef for the position.

Josef is not new to Manchester schools. She’s currently assistant principal at Jewett Street Elementary School, a position she’s held since January of this year after serving in the same post at McDonough Elementary School since 2013. Before that, Josef was a guidance counselor at Gossler Park Elementary School for nine years while also taking on some assistant principal duties during that time. She also has planned and directed Manchester’s extended school year program services the past two summers for all pre-k through grade 12 students.

 “Kate is a great match for the children and staff of Bakersville,” said Dr. Livingston. “Her experience and enthusiasm make me confident she will be an asset to every aspect of the school community.”

Josef succeeds Judy Adams, who retired at the end of this school year after 43 years of service in Manchester School District, 13 years as principal of Bakersville.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Manchester to launch citywide, cross-sector effort to help students seek college financial aid

The National College Access Network (NCAN) has announced that it will award Manchester a FAFSA Completion Challenge grant. Manchester is one of 22 cities across the U.S., and the only one in New England, selected to receive the award.

Co-principal investigators, school district superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston and Kathleen Mullin, vice provost for partnerships and strategic initiatives at the University of New Hampshire, said the $48,590 grant will be used to support efforts to raise the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates among the class of 2017 by at least 5% over the class of 2015.

FAFSA completion is strongly associated with postsecondary enrollment and successful postsecondary student outcomes — 90% of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA attend college directly from high school, compared to just 55% of FAFSA non-completers. Millions of students who are eligible for aid fail to file the FAFSA each year, leaving billions of unclaimed dollars that could support their postsecondary education. Fewer than 47% of Manchester’s 2014-15 seniors completed their FAFSA.

NCAN established the FAFSA Completion Challenge to leverage the two changes that President Obama announced last September, which makes applying for aid in the fall of 2016 easier and better timed for low-income students. 

The first change moves the FAFSA completion date up from January 1 to October 1. The earlier deadline will enable high school seniors to complete the FAFSA and receive their federal financial aid eligibility before college applications are due. This shift should encourage more low-income students to complete college applications, because they will know that a Pell Grant is available to help fund their education.

The second change is that FAFSA will begin accepting tax data from the most recently filed return, rather than the current requirement of tax forms from the calendar year of application. This will alleviate much of the confusion and the resulting delays that currently occur, as most families will have already completed their tax forms prior to starting the FAFSA and will not rely on estimated, and possibly inaccurate, information. 

The NCAN grant will allow Manchester to staff a UNH student access team at all four district high schools to support students with FAFSA and college applications, as well as conduct training for guidance counselors on FAFSA changes and tracking student data. A portion of the funds will pay for transportation to allow high school students to attend college access activities at UNH Manchester’s campus.

The city also will use the grant to establish a website for FAFSA information, and conduct a contest for Manchester School District middle and high school students to design a logo for the site. Manchester students who submit a completed FAFSA will have their college application fee waived at UNH Manchester and Manchester Community College.

Manchester’s success in the challenge could result in additional funding to support this initiative. In September 2017, NCAN will make three to five awards totaling $300,000 to the grant-funded city that demonstrates the:
·         greatest percentage growth in high school FAFSA completions for the Class of 2017, compared to the Class of 2015.
·         highest high school FAFSA completion rate for the Class of 2017.
·         most innovative or collaborative FAFSA completion strategy and/or partnership with postsecondary institutions.

“We look forward to working with our community partners to increase the FAFSA completion rate in Manchester,” said Dr. Livingston. “It’s an exciting way to make sure all of our students have every opportunity for success in post-secondary education.”

As a result of this city-wide effort, educators also expect to see a rise in the district’s high school graduation rate, which ultimately helps to makes a positive impact on the community.

“When students choose to stay in school to reach their educational goals in any field or career, they become valuable citizens and members of our workforce,” said Mullin. “Manchester’s social and economic health will benefit.”

Community invited to meet finalists for Bakersville principal

Parents and teachers will have a chance to meet and hear from the finalists being considered for the top post at Bakersville Elementary School. The school district is hosting a community forum to introduce the two candidates and offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Both candidates currently work in the Manchester School District.

The invited candidates are Cynthia Courounis, an assistant principal at the Middle School at Parkside; and Kate Josef, assistant principal at Jewett Street Elementary School.

“When we have two strong candidates for a principal position, forums like this have proven to be a wonderful way to further involve our families and faculty in selecting the best leader for their school,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston. “It’s also a valuable part of the interview process for the candidates to meet members of the school community.”

The incoming principal will replace Judy Adams, who is retiring after 13 years as the head of Bakersville School, and many years prior to that as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in Manchester.


WHAT:
Principal finalists community forum
WHERE: Bakersville Elementary School
                  20 Elm Street, Manchester
WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 2016
               5:30-7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Meet a few of the graduates from the Class of 2016

On this, the day before Manchester's four high school graduation ceremonies, we are celebrating all that our students have accomplished. Every graduate has much to be proud of when they look back on their high school years and what it took to reach this important milestone. We want members of our community to meet some of the students who will cross the stage tomorrow to received their hard-earned diplomas. These are the stories that we hope will inspire others in the goals they set and the choices they make. It's our annual reminder of why the pomp and circumstance really matters.
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The Blackhawks flew so low, he could feel the wind from the chopper blades as they went by. Then he watched in awe as air assault trainees jumped into the Hudson River.

That was just part of Jarrod Broussard’s introduction to life at West Point that cemented his decision to complete the application.  The Summer Leaders Experience last year was a chance for prospective cadets like Jarrod to get a taste of what going to college at the U.S. Military Academy is like. He was one of 1,000 high school juniors selected for the opportunity out of 6,000 who applied.

During the experience, Jarrod stayed in a West Point dorm, met current cadets, took part in various military trainings, played intramural sports, and took sample classes with professors.

“I genuinely did not want to leave at the end of the week,” Jarrod said. “It was scary to walk away and think, ‘Gosh, I hope I get the chance to come back here.’”

Jarrod’s eagerness to attend West Point is surprising when one considers that the academy wouldn’t have crossed Jarrod’s radar in the college selection process if not for a survey he took as an 8th grader at Southside Middle School. The questions focused on students’ interests and strengths. West Point was on the list of colleges the survey results suggested he consider, but he really didn’t know much about it or what it had to offer.

It was only later, when Jarrod did some research and thought about it through his freshman and sophomore years at Memorial High School, that he figured applying to West Point could be a real possibility.

“I knew I liked sciences, engineering and math,” Jarrod said. “Those programs are really strong at West Point.”

But applying to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is no simple task. While there are traditional elements to the process – submitting SAT scores, writing an essay, gathering letters of recommendation – there are additional requirements, including securing a nomination from a member of the applicant’s Congressional delegation.

“Requesting a nomination to a military academy from your senators or U.S. representative essentially means submitting a mini application,” Jarrod said.

Staff from the offices of Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Representative Guinta interviewed Jarrod separately in the final step of the nomination process.  While only one congressional nomination is required, Jarrod received nominations from all three.

Another part of the West Point application for admission is a physical test, which was administered by Memorial’s phys ed teacher. Jarrod knew what he was in for because he took the test during his visit last summer.

“The physical portion intimidated me the most,” he said. “I watched guys do 20 pull-ups while I struggled to do two or three. Other guys crushed the mile run when I was feeling sick to my stomach at the end.”

Still, Jarrod says the physical demands of being a cadet doesn’t keep him from wanting to attend West Point.

“It’s part of the experience. When you choose West Point, everything about you will be challenged. That will just my toughest challenge.”

Jarrod passed the physical test on the second try.

Once his full application had been submitted, like every other college applicant, Jarrod waited to hear if he would be accepted. Word came one evening in March.

“I got in the car after hockey practice and saw I had three missed calls,” he said.

One right after the other, voicemails from the offices of Shaheen, Ayotte and Guinta congratulated him on his admission to West Point.

“I couldn’t help tearing up,” Jarrod said. “It was a great moment, and you don’t get to feel that all the time.”

An important part of Jarrod’s life that shapes his perspective is martial arts, which he’s practiced for 11 years. He calls his instructor at Granite State Kenpo in Hudson the most consistently positive role model who has taught him so much as a person, including self-esteem, pride, self-control, and respect for others. Jarrod is a black belt.

“I can’t think of the person I’d be without it,” he said.

At Memorial, Jarrod plays the euphonium – “Think of it as a baby tuba” – for a fun, creative activity, but he admires his fellow student musicians with more serious talent.

“Kids who are top tier in music are amazing.”

He also plays hockey. This year he was the starting goalie, and while they didn’t get as far as they wanted in the playoffs, he’s proud of the Crusaders’ season.

Jarrod reports to West Point on June 27 where he’ll start basic training before the academic year begins.

“I teeter every day between ‘I can’t wait to get there’ and ‘What have I gotten into?’” Jarrod said. “But I know it’s the best place for me. It’s the right choice.”  
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Nermin Hasanovic will graduate from West High School with one of Manchester School District’s first-ever seals of multi-literacy. It’s a distinction that recognizes students’ proficiency in English and at least one other world language. For Nermin, those languages are Spanish and his first language, Bosnian.

Nermin came to New Hampshire from Bosnia as a young child in 2000 with a story familiar to so many in our city.

“Civil war eliminated economic opportunities for my family,” he said. “My uncle had moved here, so my parents followed.”

Sixteen years later, Nermin’s school transcript reads like any other well-rounded, scholastic and extra-curricular high achiever at an American high school.

“It’s hard to capture what a special student this young man is,” said Linda Thompson, Nermin’s Spanish teacher. “He is a truly unique and talented individual who is capable of great success.”

It was Senora Thompson who encouraged Nermin to apply for the school district’s multi-literacy award, which was designed to acknowledge the rich cultural and linguistic assets of Manchester’s students. He finished Spanish 5 at West and says he will continue with that language in college and also try German. Languages seem to come easily for Nermin, who sees their commonalities and recognizes the advantages being multi-lingual can have in the workforce. For students who receive a seal of multi-literacy award, it is an official verification of their fluency.

Nermin has challenged himself academically in other aspects during his four years at West. As a sophomore, he took honors chemistry, a course normally taken by juniors. He’s taken all three AP science classes (“I doubled up every year in science.”), and this year he was a lab assistant to chemistry teacher Cornelia Reisman, a teacher Nermin says helped influence his interest in science by balancing textbook information with engaging and innovative lab experiments.

Nermin didn’t stop when the school year ended, enrolling in various programs every summer, including UNH Project SMART and St. Paul's Advanced Studies Program.

“I like when I’m busy and productive,” he said. “I wanted more experience beyond the high school classes I was taking.”

There will be no summer school after graduation, however. Nermin is letting himself take a break and relax before heading to Harvard University, where he will study molecular and cellular biology.

“UNH gave me an inside look at what professors and scientists do,” Nermin said. “I love research. It’s fun to discover new things.”

His enjoyment for learning carried over into his role as president of West High School’s National Honor Society chapter. He developed the idea for SPRITZ, a day of free mini classes taught by NHS students on a Saturday in May. SPRITZ offered more than 40 fun courses in a variety of academic and creative subjects for students of all ages in the community to try out things they don’t experience in their classes at school every day.

The arts are just as important to Nermin as academics. He’s taken lessons at Manchester Community Music School for seven years, playing piano and violin. Nermin is a member of the West High School jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra, as well as the community music school’s NH Youth Symphony.

He also performed in eight productions over his four years with the West High School Theatre Knights, one of the most decorated youth theater troupes in New Hampshire.

Aria da Capo was a favorite one act play we did,” Nermin said. “It was very musical, and I got to do some recorded music for it.”

His interest in the arts won’t end with high school. He plans to check out the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and theatre opportunities when he gets to Cambridge.

As the first in his family to attend college, Nermin says he’s prepared to handle the rigor of higher education.

“I understand what my parents wanted for me. I’m always doing the best I can.”
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Ali Long was already focused on a career track when it came time to enter high school. With an interest in health sciences, she chose to attend Manchester School of Technology for the program that would help her learn skills related to health professions.

“Then I took a video production class and said, ‘I want to do that!’” Ali said.

Adjusting her focus was as simple as that. And when she took an elective photography class under the instruction of a professional photographer sophomore year, she knew she’d really found her niche.

“I love taking pictures,” she said. “I’ve actually done three weddings for people I know.”

Like the photography teacher, the majority of MST teachers are experts in their fields with career backgrounds in the areas they have come to teach. They become mentors and advisors to the students pursuing an education in that career.

“It’s really hard for me to choose which teacher has been the most positive influence,” Ali said, before naming digital media production teacher Melissa Brayall as a big part of her school experience at MST. “Working together in small groups makes all of us close, and the dynamic with our teachers here is a little different than in a traditional high school.”

Brayall calls Ali is one of the kindest, most creative students she's ever had the pleasure to work with.

"She is self-motivated and hard working, two traits necessary for long-term success," she said. "Every picture Ali takes is well framed and truly tells a story. I expect her to excel in college."

Ali had completed enough credits to graduate after her junior year, but she decided to stay one more year and stick with MST High School’s very first graduating class. Having the flexibility in her schedule as a senior meant she could take the academic classes she really wanted to, including two courses – honors expository writing and intro to psychology – at Nashua Community College. Ali will bring those seven credits with her to Southern New Hampshire University in the fall. She’ll major in graphic design and media arts.

As for making that choice to attend MST instead of her neighborhood high school? Ali wouldn’t change a thing.

“I came here for the opportunities to try new things, and I really like being part of a small class where I can get to know everyone,” she said.

Principal Karen Hannigan Machado says that what MST offers can be a great fit for students looking for different ways to express themselves.

“Kids like Ali who have artistic abilities can incorporate those talents into their learning every day,” she said. “The project-based learning that all of our classes focus on means kids can create and add something they love into what they’re doing.”

But don’t assume MST students don’t have a lot of the same experiences as their peers at the other city high schools. Ali served on the yearbook staff and designed this year's cover, was a class officer, and is a member of the National Honor Society. The Class of 2016 also hosted a prom.

“I would tell eighth graders who are even slightly interested in MST to give it a shot.”
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The car accident that severely injured Zainab Salih’s father was the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her. She was in third grade at the time, first at Smyth Road Elementary School, then Weston Elementary, after the family moved to a wheelchair-accessible house for her dad to heal. Immediately after the crash, her father was in a coma at a hospital more than an hour away from Manchester. For three months.

Life as Zainab knew it had changed dramatically. Understandably, her mother concentrated on caring for him in the hospital and at home on his long road to recovery. In some respects, Zainab felt like she was coping with everything on her own.

“I always enjoyed school,” said Zainab, a Central High School senior. “But during that time, I couldn’t focus on anything in class.”

Eventually, the stress became too much for a little girl to a bear, and Zainab describes the day months of emotions flooded out of her while she cried at her desk over a test she was unprepared to take.

“I told my teacher I didn’t know how to do it, and I couldn’t stop crying.”

Zainab met her school guidance counselor that day. After talking to her, Zainab says she felt relieved. It was the start of getting back on track in school and – as her father’s health continued to improve – at home.

Looking back on that experience, Zainab says it’s the reason she wants to be a psychologist.

“I want to be the person a kid or anyone can talk to for support.”

That’s why Zainab sees the silver lining in the trauma that nearly took her father’s life.

“It opened my eyes to knowing what I wanted at a young age. Now I’m setting my goals and pursuing it.”

Indeed, Zainab seems to have found her passion in connecting with people. She works part time at Mount Carmel Nursing Home as a dietary aide. But she doesn’t simply perform her duties and clock out.

“Not all of the patients have family who visit,” Zainab said. “So I had dinner with four ladies on Easter. I loved talking to them, and I discovered I had things in common with each one of them.”

Zainab will attend Thomas College in the fall. In deciding which school to attend, she says she wanted a small school and was impressed by what she saw at the Waterville, Maine, campus when she visited.

“I love one-on-one learning, and the professors there can provide that.”

Zainab says she’s ready for college, and her parents support her decision to attend a school more than a couple hours’ drive away.

“My mom told me a story about how she decided on the college she went to. My grandfather asked her, ‘Where do you feel most at home?’ When we toured Thomas, my mom asked me if I felt at home. I remembered her story, and realized that I really did feel at home there.”

Small town Maine might seem an unlikely choice for a girl who was born in Egypt and arrived in Manchester in 2000 as a toddler. Arabic is the family’s first language. Zainab’s older sister was 15 back then and learned to speak English at Central High School. She’s now a registered nurse and a married mother of two.

“My sister inspires me,” Zainab said. “I’ve learned a lot from her struggles, and she gives great advice.”

Zainab also credits teachers and other mentors for helping her grow into the confident young woman she is today.


“Guidance counselors are my saviors,” she said. “I’ve learned ways to cope with stress and have fun. Life is easy if you want it to be easy.”

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer School 2016: Registration is Now Open!

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Summer School will begin July 1st and end on July 29th. Summer School will be held at Manchester High School West located at 9 Notre Dame Ave. in Manchester, 03102. Manchester School District Summer School runs Monday through Friday. There will be no school on Monday, July 4th.

Visit www.mansd.org/summer-school-2016 for complete details and to download a registration form.



Mail Registration forms to:

Manchester West High School
Attn: Alisha Hansen-Proulx, Summer School Director
9 Notre Dame Ave.
Manchester, NH 03102

Registration can also be done in person at West High School: Friday, 6/24  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  and Thursday, 6/30  9:00 am - 11:00 am.

West High School
9 Notre Dame Ave.
Manchester NH 03102

QUESTIONS? For more information or any questions, please call the director of summer school,
Ms. Hansen-Proulx at 603-624-6356, ext. 211 or at aproulx@mansd.org.

Suspected threat leads to emergency response

Several schools took safety precautions today while police investigated a report of a student displaying a gun near the Memorial High School campus. A teacher who witnessed a car passing by on Weston Road and a student inside the car holding a gun immediately told a school resource officer.
Memorial High School was placed in lockdown within moments of the incident being reported, and as a precaution, three nearby schools – Manchester School of Technology, Southside Middle School, and Jewett Street Elementary School – were put into secure campus status.
Police identified and located all of the vehicle’s occupants and were able to determine that the suspected weapon was an airsoft gun found in the trunk of the car in question. The airsoft gun never entered the school building.
“We are extremely pleased with the response of the Manchester Police Department, as well as the faculty and staff at all of the affected schools who made the safety of our students their first priority while handing this situation,” said superintendent Debra Livingston.
When police determined there was no danger, the secure campus advisory was lifted at the three other schools. Memorial remained in lockdown for a short time longer while police interviewed the students and concluded their investigation.

School board forms special committee for superintendent search

Board of School Committee vice chairman Arthur Beaudry has named members of the board to serve on a special committee to search for Manchester School District’s next superintendent.  They are:
·         Debra Langton, Ward 2, chair of the subcommittee
·         Mary Georges, Ward 3
·         Lisa Freeman, Ward 5
·         Arthur Beaudry, Ward 9
·         Richard Girard, at-large


The special committee will meet on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 pm at the school district office to select a search firm to help identify qualified candidates for the position. The special committee will manage candidate interviews and recommend a final superintendent candidate to the full board. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Your Opinion Counts - Redistricting Survey for Parents/Guardians is Open!

A message from the Superintendent of Schools:

As you may know, the Manchester School District is currently planning to redistrict at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. A special committee of the Board of School Committee has been appointed to alleviate overcrowding in some of our schools.

What does this mean for your family and child(ren)? The special committee’s goal is to finalize a redistricting plan by October 1, 2016. We don’t know yet how many students or schools will be affected. Right now the committee is gathering facts and community input.

The special committee is committed to keeping the public informed about the process and welcomes your input. Information is available at our website www.mansd.org under the Redistricting tab at the top of the page.

We also invite you to participate in a survey. It is available on our website. If you do not have access to a computer, you may ask for a paper survey from your child’s school office. The paper surveys must be returned to the school office by June 9 th . The results of the survey will help the committee make better decisions about redistricting and will be available on-line.

Debra Livingston, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools