Tuesday, February 27, 2018

MSD recognized at YMCA's 2018 Community Partners Luncheon.

The YMCA of Downtown Manchester recently honored Manchester School District during its Community Partners Luncheon event, noting its partnership with our schools is key to several programs.

Summer of 2017, 131 students participated in Power Scholars at Parkside Middle School. During the school year, more than 120 students are served in YMCA START at Beech Street School and Henry Wilson Elementary School. In addition, there are 90 students in YMCA STAY program at the four Manchester Middle Schools.

Friday, February 23, 2018

New reading challenge underway

You've heard of Monopoly. Now it's time to play BOOKOPOLY!

Check out the reading challenge for all ages from preschool through high school. Complete your game board by March 23, turn it in, and receive a prize!

All the details, including the reading log pages, can be downloaded HERE. Have fun!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Office of Youth Services sponsors Winterfest events

The full schedule of 2018 Winterfest community activities and events is available, coordinated by Manchester's Office of Youth Services. Check out some of the highlights below!

The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, the Manchester City Library and West Branch Community Library are offering children, youth, and families dozens of opportunities to exercise their creativity and imaginations over the course of Winterfest 2018.

At the Currier, activities begin on Monday, Feb. 26 with a joint Currier and Library event geared to ages 3 to 5, reading Duck for President, and then creating campaign signs. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, family activities include Creative Studio for Build Your Own Sculpture Park and Monument Building on Wednesday and Friday, respectively and Drawing in the Galleries on Thursday. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.  Free Admission for ages 17 and under; adults $5.

The Millyard Museum will be open Saturday, February 24 through Saturday March 3 (closed Sunday 2/25 and Monday 2/26). Adult admission is $8, children up to 18 free.  Special programming Tuesday, February 27 through Friday, March 2 includes mini-tours and scavenger hunts at 11:30 a.m. and coloring and self-directed crafts throughout the day.

Both the main Manchester Library on Pine Street and the West Branch Community Library on North main Street have multiple activities Monday through Friday of vacation week, ranging from Toddler Storytime to a personal appearance by Josh Judge, meteorologist of WMUR, presenting his book, Be Nice to the Weatherguy. Among the activities are crafts, Legos play, a Minion party, dancing, movies, and art, along with family game sessions and reading out loud to Hazel, Cody, and Cookie, dog visitors to the Library. All Library events are free of charge, but some require reservations. Full details in the Winterfest 2018 schedule to be posted soon.

Favorite Camp Returns to Winterfest 2018
The Massabesic Audubon Center  bring NH Audubon’s February Fun Nature Camp to Winterfest 18, February 26 to March 2, for children ages 6 to 12. Children learn about nature in winter, with outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals, music, and conservation projects. Campers may attend one day, a few days, or the week. $43 per day for members, $53 per day for non-members and financial assistance is available. Details and links to registration at the NH Audubon website.

Sports During Winterfest
During Winterfest 18, children, youth and families can skate, swim, play basketball, enter a foul-shooting contest, and practice climbing.

Vertical Dreams Climbing Gym is offering special weekend and vacation hours during Winterfest 18 for climbers and beginners. Saturdays and Sundays it will open at 11 a.m.; Monday through Friday at noon, from Saturday February 24 through Sunday March 4. Full details of waivers and discounts can be found at www.verticaldreams.com.

Manchester Parks and Recreation hosts a Free Throw Contest for boys and girls grades 3 through 8 at the Beech Street School on Friday, March 2 and a 3 on 3 Tournament, also at the school, for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, February 27 & 28 and March 1.

JFK Coliseum, as in years past, will be open for public skating weekday afternoons, Feb 26 to March 2, 2 to 4 p.m., $5 for adults, $3 for children.

The pool at Southern NH University will be open for free swims from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Passes for swimmers will be distributed from the Office of Youth Services the day before the swim, Friday, Feb. 23 for Monday Feb. 26.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Community forums on redistricting proposal set

Members of the community will have several opportunities in the coming weeks to ask questions and make comments on the Manchester School District superintendent’s draft proposal for the next phases of redistricting. Nine forums have been scheduled across the city, beginning on February 21 and ending on March 28. All parents, guardians, school employees, students, and other interested community members are welcome to attend any and all sessions. The full list of dates, times and locations is below.

Dr. Bolgen Vargas introduced six draft recommendations to the Board of School Committee:
·         Replicate Parker-Varney personalized learning opportunities through an innovative network of the West Side schools
·         Establish grades 5-8 middle school model
·         Reduce class sizes
·         Adjust the school feeder pattern to send Beech Street and Wilson elementary students to McLaughlin and Central
·         Create preschool center at Memorial High School
·         Repurpose surplus space at high school level

The draftproposal is based on preliminary results from a comprehensive facilities study conducted by a local firm, CMK Architects. Among the early findings, there is enough space in the four middle schools to accommodate grades 5 through 8.

“A grades five to eight middle school education model has proven to work in other districts, including our neighbor, Goffstown,” said Dr. Vargas. “One of the benefits of establishing this in Manchester is that it will free up much needed classroom space our elementary school buildings.”  

The additional space created when the fifth grade moves to middle school will allow for smaller class sizes in kindergarten through fourth grades.

Another highlight of the superintendent’s draft plan is to create a preschool center at Memorial High School, which has surplus space. Currently, preschool students attend five elementary schools and the Bishop O’Neil Community Center. Centralizing the pre-k programs would help teachers collaborate more and allow therapists to use their time with students more efficiently. In addition, preschool transportation services could be streamlined and cost less. Under the draft proposal, the O’Neil Center would remain open for preschool.

Dr. Vargas will present detailed elements of his draft recommendations at every forum and take feedback.   

“Involving the community and addressing concerns during this process is critical for success of any plan,” said Dr. Vargas. “The feedback we receive will help shape the final recommendations.”

The superintendent will present his final proposal to the Board of School Committee by early April.

Community Forum Schedule
February 21, 6-7 pm – Middle School at Parkside

March 7, 7:30 am – Webster Elementary School

March 7, 6-7 pm – Northwest Elementary School

March 8, 4:30 pm – McLaughlin Middle School

March 14, 6-7 pm – Beech Street Elementary School

March 15, 6-7 pm – Memorial High School

March 20, 6-7 pm – Hillside Middle School

March 22, 6-7 pm – Wilson Elementary School

March 28, 6-7 pm – Parker-Varney Elementary School

Friday, February 9, 2018

Spring sports coaching openings

We're thinking spring!

Check out the available coaching positions we have, including:
  • Central High School boys & girls track and field
  • Central High School girls tennis 
  • Assistant coach for West High School boys track and field.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New athletic director named

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has named Christine Pariseau Telge director of athletics for the district.  In this part-time role, Telge will oversee the middle and high school athletic programs across the district. Responsibilities include hiring coaches, arranging game schedules, and supervising the high school athletic coordinators.

Telge currently works as program coordinator for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and will continue in that position. She also holds a law degree and has experience working in human resources.

Telge is a lifelong resident of Manchester and a product of the city’s schools. 

“My love for the student-athletes and the city of Manchester will drive me to strengthen our programs and represent our community in the best way possible,” said Telge.