Friday, December 20, 2013

Please Vote Now for the New MSD Logo!

Vote now for the new MSD logo!

Please take a moment to vote!  Students were given the task of creating a new logo for the Manchester School District.  Two finalists were selected from the twenty-two entries that were received.  

VOTE NOW: Visit to submit your vote!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Message from the Superintendent

December 18, 2013

Dear Manchester Family,

Happy Holidays!   One of the most rewarding things about being a Superintendent is the opportunity to visit schools and attend special events. This time of year is always entertaining and exciting with presentations, special meals, and concerts.  If you have ever attended one these events, it is pure joy.  Gymnasiums and auditoriums are packed with family and friends abuzz with excitement.  Kids are nervous about being on stage and it’s easy to see that wearing a tie or special dress is just a little uncomfortable. Students who have cooked a special meal are so proud to share their culinary talents and soak in every compliment.  Every academic presentation by students is learning on display.  Students’ voices shake; there is an occasional nervous giggle.  And yet, their learning is so evident.  Let’s just say, the “cuteness factor is off the charts.” Who can help but smile?

Recently students from Weston and Hillside with their volunteer coaches gave a presentation to the school board as part of the Brickmaster First Lego League Competition. It was worthy of thousands of “likes” on YouTube! During their “Newscast on Channel 9” they shared their research about the preparedness of Manchester citizens during major emergency events like snowstorms and chemical spills.  They discovered that our citizens are not always aware of how to prepare and keep themselves safe when these events occur.  In working to solve the problem, they created a brochure and a public service announcement about emergency preparedness with information to educate each one of us.

Why has this team been so successful?  John Maxwell, who is well known for his study of teams, would probably cite the Law of Significance; one is too small a number to achieve greatness.  According to their coach, these students were successful because they invested time, energy, and high levels of communication. Over time they became a highly effective team and won the Judges Award for Community Outreach. This story and hundreds like it, happen in our district everyday.

Please know how important you are in improving the lives of the children in our schools.  We have enjoyed a very successful start to our school year.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication.  Because you are a part of our MSD Team, we are headed in the right direction.

I am proud and humbled to be your Superintendent.  May you and your family celebrate the holiday season with joy and peace.  From my family to yours, have a very restful and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.


Debra Livingston

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hillside Middle School Teacher Wins Samsung Technology Award for Innovative Teaching!

Sue Hannan
Hillside Language Arts Teacher, Mrs. Sue Hannan has been named a State Winner in the 2014 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Her entry was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among her students as well as making an impact in the Manchester community. In response to Samsung’s award notification, Mrs. Hannan, stated, “This is a unique opportunity for a Manchester school. We will be collaborating with students, colleagues, parents, community members and the media to create a project that spotlights the salmon release project, and will spotlight the health of the Merrimack River as well. While this will be a very involved project, it will assist students in concentrating their writing efforts into producing data analysis, integrating all subjects, and including many local and state standards for education. Students and community members will be involved in a service project that serves everyone.”

As a state winner, Ms. Hannan has already earned a minimum of $20,000 in Samsung technology for Hillside Middle School. Ms. Hannan will now go on to represent New Hampshire in the national competition where she will create a 2 – 3 minute video that brings her lesson plan to life, the opportunity to earn a 
larger technology package of $35,000 or $140,000 and a chance to come and present her story with other competing schools in March. If she is chosen as one of Samsung’s five National Winners, Mrs. Hannan will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. in April. Samsung’s award stated, “ Your commitment to your students and school, as well as to advancing STEM education, is evident through the great work that you are doing. Once again, congratulations on being named a State Winner!”

Brendan McCafferty, Hillside Principal added, “What an outstanding opportunity for our students! We are very proud of Mrs. Hannan's efforts to bring this prize and these opportunities to Hillside. We are very much looking forward to the project.”