Saturday, November 23, 2013

One lucky junior or senior will win a Ford Focus: 2013-2014 "Make the Grade" Contest

Make the Grade

Make the Grade contest

One lucky junior or senior will receive a brand new 2013 Ford Focus, an iPad Mini, and a $250 NBT Bank Gift Card! All 11 remaining finalists will receive an iPad Mini and a $100 Gift Card.

Better grades mean better odds of winning! Visit for contest instructions and rules.

Friday, November 22, 2013

First Annual Beech Street School Winter Fun Fest

Please join the Beech Street School Community on Thursday December 5 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. A festival of crafts, games, music and fun activities will take place for the whole family in the Beech Street School cafeteria and gym.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Press Release: Educators, community leaders announce STEAM Ahead NH initiative to connect Manchester students with technical skills

Manchester, NH -- Community leaders in Manchester, NH tonight announced a new way of helping students learn the skills that will land them jobs after graduation, including an agreement that provides up to a year or more of college credit for participating high school students.

STEAM Ahead NH is a collaboration between higher education, the Manchester School District and the local business community that – pending formal approval of the city’s Board of School Committee – will launch in the fall of 2014 at Manchester High School West.

“We are very excited about the partnerships being formed through STEAM Ahead NH,” said Christopher Motika, Principal of West High School. “West is a great place with great kids and we are happy to see the Manchester business community, the higher education community, and the West side of Manchester working together to help our students succeed both in and beyond high school. Most importantly, the work that is being done focuses on finding different ways of helping kids and providing access to college and the workplace that some of our students have never seen as a reality. The positive impact of this work will be felt not only at West High School, but throughout the City of Manchester.”

The goal of STEAM Ahead NH is to build upon the strong partnerships between the school district and business community to provide the opportunity for students to graduate from high school with literacy in key technical areas. This will potentially save students and their parents one year of college tuition costs. The steering committee for the project is exploring pathways in allied health, computer technology, performing arts and other pathways to support the STEAM fields.
The laboratory/academy based program will include internship opportunities through local cultural institutions and businesses, while taking advantage of the technology research and development resources. Credits will be earned through a variety of opportunities including concurrent high school and college credit courses, college courses on the college campus and/or high school campus, online and internships in community-based businesses and cultural institutions.

“As a school district it is our responsibility to prepare our students for the future,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.“This program is an innovative way to do just that. It brings together our faculty, community and businesses to provide our students with both collaborative thinking, technical skills and real world experience. You win the future by preparing for it today. This is a good start.”

Founded by local technology businesses Dyn and SilverTech and former Manchester Mayor, educator and education administrator Robert Baines, STEAM Ahead NH is fueled by a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to address a skills gap that has many business leaders concerned.

“New Hampshire has a great tech ecosystem but a workforce with the right skill set is needed to keep it sustainable - especially with our in-state net migration now zero,” said Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn. “This program will showcase the local workplaces and will help develop our own students into the workforce of tomorrow. Maybe some of them will start a great company as well.”

Noticing a concerning trend in the emerging workforce over the past 17 years, Nick Soggu, CEO of SilverTech, committed himself to helping connect students with STEM-focused opportunities.

“New Hampshire – and Manchester specifically – is only starting to realize its potential as a technology leader,” said Soggu, who is also a Computer Science Professor, software engineer, and member of numerous arts-focused organizations. “By creating, funding and supporting programs such as STEAM Ahead that ignite the spark in students during their formative years, our business, political and education community can ensure future generations are prepared to innovate.”

Proposed key outcomes include literacy in core STEAM foci and participation in advanced courses through the University System of New Hampshire. The true benchmark of success will be the number of students who graduate from the program better prepared for technology jobs here in New Hampshire.

“There are few win-win situations in life,” said Dr. Debra Livingston, Superintendent of the Manchester School District. “This is one of them. Our students will have a first class education. Our teachers will collaborate with college professors. Our business community will have access to some of our brightest minds. And our parents will know their children have a bright future at a more affordable cost.”

For more information about STEAM Ahead NH visit

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Manchester School District Chosen as Recipient for 2013 Barnes and Noble Book Drive!

The Manchester Barnes and Noble book store at 1741 South Willow Street has chosen the Manchester School District to be the recipient of its 2013 Holiday Book Drive. Look for displays at the front of the store in the check out area for "wish list" books as well as suggested items for local schools. Making a donation is as easy as picking up a book and bringing it to the register and Barnes and Noble will deliver purchased books to schools. The holiday drive is taking place from now through December 24.

School Book Fairs at Barnes and Noble

Several schools are also holding Barnes and Nobles Book Fairs throughout the month of December. Barnes and Noble will donate a percentage of the day's cash register receipts to participating schools. Join your community schools for after school and evening events at the Barnes and Noble book store!

The Book Fair schedule:

 DATESchool(s) Bookfair ID  Notes
Thursday, December 5 Webster Elementary 11147394 Support the Webster PTO 
Friday, December 6  Highland-Goffe's Falls Elementary11147386 Don't miss the special storytime event at 7PM! Come in your pajamas and enjoy a reading of the holiday classic The Polar Express, along with fun activities and holiday treats. 
Saturday, December 7 Manchester High School West 11123312 West High School Music Supporters - Educator Shopping Day! Bring your school ID to receive 25% off classroom and personal purchases 
 Monday, December 9West Side Book Fair   11207479 All West Manchester schools: Gossler Park, Northwest, & Parker- Varney Elementary Schools, Middle School at Parkside and Manchester High School West. Join our principals for read-alouds throughout the evening!
Tuesday, December 10 Manchester Memorial High School 11207487 Support the MMHS library! Join us for tea and crumpets at the Downton Abbey Party starting at 7PM. 
Wednesday, December 11 Beech Street Elementary 
Support Beech Street School and Community Center

Tasty Cheesecake, too!

Looking to lighten your holiday workload? Let Barnes and Noble help with your baking! All orders for The Cheesecake Factory whole cheesecakes will count towards Book Fair receipts. Order and pay for a cheesecake during a Book Fair event and designate the date and time you would like to pick up your cheesecake. Orders placed by Friday are delivered to the store on Monday - pick up your freshly frozen cheesecake throughout the week at your convenience.