Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New principal named for Hallsville Elementary School

Superintendent of Schools Bolgen Vargas has named Christopher MacDonald the next principal of Hallsville Elementary School. Manchester’s Board of School Committee approved MacDonald’s nomination at this week’s meeting.

MacDonald moves into his new position from Northwest Elementary School in Manchester, where he was assistant principal since 2008.  His career in education also includes eight years teaching third and fourth grades in Hooksett.

“While they differ in size, Northwest and Hallsville have many similarities as neighborhood schools committed to the success of all students,” said MacDonald. “I am excited to get to know Hallsville staff, students and families and lead them in their continued efforts toward high achievement.”

“Mr. MacDonald will be a terrific asset to the Hallsville community,” Dr. Vargas said. “His leadership experience and commitment to excellence will help students reach their highest potential.”

MacDonald succeeds Bonnie Skogsholm, who retired at the end of this past school year after four years at Hallsville. He will host an ice cream social to give staff and families the opportunity to meet him before the school year begins. It will be held at Hallsville on Wednesday, August 29, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Manchester Proud seeking strategy proposals

Manchester Proud (MP), a New Hampshire Voluntary Corporation, is seeking proposals from qualified consulting firms, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the Manchester School District (MSD) and its individual schools, and to provide recommendations based upon this assessment for strategies MSD should implement to improve student outcomes and opportunities.
MP will hold a webinar on August 20 at 10:00 a.m. EST to go over the Request for Proposals (RFP) and answer questions. Interested firms can register for the webinar at the following link:
Any and all questions regarding the RFP should be directed via email to

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

School accident insurance plans for students available

The Student Accident Insurance Plan brochure for 2018- 2019 can be found online.
Student insurance is essential for students who don't have their own coverage. For students who do have other insurance, student insurance can help fill gaps in coverage.

This brochure contains the enrollment form and instructions for completion and submission. 

A claim form in the event of injury also is available.

Please direct all inquiries in regard to insurance coverage directly to the insurance provider:
Lefebvre Insurance, LLC
850 Franklin Street
Wrentham, MA  02093

Monday, July 30, 2018

New principal named for Parker-Varney Elementary School

Bryan Belanger is the new principal of Parker-Varney Elementary School, effective next month. The Board of School Committee approved Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s recommendation of Belanger for the position.

Belanger comes to Manchester from Raymond, New Hampshire, where he was principal of Lamprey River Elementary School since 2015. Previous experience included other school- and district-level administrative roles. He was interim principal of Seabrook Elementary School, assistant principal of curriculum and integration at Seabrook Middle School for six years, and technology director for Hampton School District and School Administrative Unit 21, serving Hampton Falls, North Hampton, South Hampton, and Seabrook.

“I am excited and eager to work with Parker-Varney’s learners, teachers, parents, and community,” said Belanger. “Together we will continue our school’s legacy of quality educational experiences, innovation and personalized learning.”

“Mr. Belanger’s experience and enthusiasm make him the right choice to lead the children and staff of Parker-Varney,” said Dr. Vargas. “I am confident he will succeed in moving current initiatives forward as well as creating new ways to meet the educational needs of our students.”

Belanger succeeds Amy Allen, who became assistant superintendent last October. Parker-Varney’s assistant principal Mike Beaulac served as acting principal in the interim and will return to the role of assistant principal.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Registration open for Luke Capistran Memorial 5k

The Luke Capistran Memorial 5K Run, 3K Walk & Kids Fun Run
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Derryfield Park, Bridge Street, Manchester NH 03104

First 150 participants to register will receive a free t-shirt
Awards for the 5K top 3 overall winners and age group winners
All participants will be entered to win some of our great raffle prizes!

Course Description:  Scenic cross-country run through Derryfield Park on grass and gravel trails, featuring rolling terrain.

All proceeds go to the Luke Capistran Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for students to attend summer camp.
Adult Entry Fee: $25.00
Manchester Educator Entry Fee:  $20.00
Student Entry Fee:  $10.00
Kids Fun Run: Starts at 9:00 at Hillside Middle School, Donations welcome

Pre-race packet pickup on Friday, September 28th, HIllside Middle School Lobby, 5:00-8:00 PM.
Post entries will start at 8:00 AM the day of the race at Hillside Middle School.

For more information email the Race Directors:
Mary Hartigan-Demers at or Nancy Michaud at

Make check payable to: Hillside Middle School.  Mail Entry form to Hillside Middle School, Attn: Hillside Builders Club, 112 Reservoir Avenue, Manchester, NH 03104