Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nomination deadline extended: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The nomination deadline for outstanding elementary, grades K-6, mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers has been extended to April 15, 2014. The PAEMST are the nation's highest honors for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science.  Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.  Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. 
If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. The nomination form should be completed early enough to ensure that the nominated teacher is given enough time to thoroughly prepare an application that reflects exemplary teaching prior to the application deadline. Applications are due by May 15, 2014. For more information, visit or contact Jiffi Rainie at (603) 271-7450 or

School Boundaries Realignment Proposal

On March 24 Dr. Debra Livingston presented School Boundaries Realignment proposal to the Board of School Committee. This presentation can be found at:

Superintendent's proposed budget

On March 24 Dr. Debra Livingston presented the Manchester School District Superintendent's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 to the Board of School Committee. This presentation can  be found at under the Quick Links menu on the left under Reports & Documents.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Elementary students plunge into the STEM Discovery Lab

The UNH STEM Discovery Lab was created in response to the growing need for STEM educated graduates. The STEM Discovery Lab is a challenging, hands-on learning community where K-12 students and their teachers engage in the authentic integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and language arts through a research-based curriculum.

MST students prove they have "Skills"

Students from the Manchester School of Technology are celebrating their medal-worthy accomplishments at the SkillsUSA New Hampshire Leadership competition this month. MST received three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals in the categories of customer service, esthetics, job interview, job skills demonstration, and prepared speech.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students who are enrolled in vocational training programs. MST sent a team to the state contest on March 14 at the Seacoast School of Technology. The gold medal winners who earned the privilege of representing New Hampshire at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri are:

Lemsy Esquivel Memorial High School/MST         Manchester

Esthetics Team:
Kendra Gahara Central High School/MST Manchester
Katharine Zaremba Central High School/MST Candia

Customer Service:
Ashley Santiago Central High School/MST Candia

These students must raise $4,000 to make attending the national conference in June possible. Manchester School of Technology is accepting donations to support the students' participation: 

Manchester School of Technology
c/o MST-Cosmetology
530 South Porter St.
Manchester, NH 03103

Monday, March 24, 2014

BullyX in the record books

Bully X project
The world's largest anti-bullying sign was created and displayed in the Las Vegas desert this past weekend -- and Manchester was part of it! Thousands of our students proudly sent their messages of encouragement on pieces of red paper that were included in the giant X constructed by volunteers rallied by New Hampshire's own Justin Spencer and his Legacy X organization. Watch the video HERE.

Friday, March 21, 2014

FY2015 preliminary budget available

Manchester School District is presenting its preliminary FY2015 budget to the Board of School Committee on Monday, March 24. Also next week, the Board of School Committee will be hold a public hearing to hear comments from the community regarding the budget.  The hearing will be held in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall (3rd Floor) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blue and White Knight fundraiser set for April 24

Blue Knights fundraiser

Board of School Committee Public Hearing: FY15 Budget

The Board of School Committee will be having a public hearing to hear comments from the community regarding the fiscal year 2015 budget.  The meeting will be held in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall (3rd Floor) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Parker-Varney students inspired to "Be Somebody"

Rob Surette paints Abraham Lincoln
Parker-Varney Elementary School students were wowed by today's performance by Amazing Hero Art's Rob Surette. In under an hour, Rob painted a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, one of American history's greatest heroes, as he inspired the kids with the message that they can be great, too. Now the school has a beautiful painting to hang on the wall to remind them of it! 
Parker-Varney's School Improvement Grant funds made the show possible.
Learning to read
More children entering first grade and who need reading and writing support prior to the start of the new school year will have the opportunity to participate in the Manchester School District Ready for Success summer program, thanks to a grant awarded by the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation. Previously focused on students who attend Manchester’s Title I schools, which receive state and federal financial assistance to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students, Ready for Success is now available to incoming first graders from all 14 elementary schools.

“Children in Manchester come to school from a variety of early education or home settings, and bring with them different levels of skills and readiness,” said Beth Shea, Ready for Success program coordinator, who also is a veteran kindergarten teacher at Northwest Elementary School. “Since 2004, Ready for Success has worked to give a boost in literacy during the summer to the students who will benefit from it.” 

All kindergarten and first grade students registered to attend Manchester schools for the first time take the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) assessment. Results of the screening indicate whether those children have the skills necessary for success in learning to read. If their scores are below proficient, they are invited to join the summer program. Some English Language Learners also qualify to participate.

Ready for Success offers instruction Monday through Thursday, three hours a day, for four weeks. Teachers work with students on early language and literacy skills that will prevent difficulties when it comes time to learn how to read in school. The $25,000 grant from the Bean Foundation will fund four classrooms for incoming first grade students from the city’s six non-Title I schools.

“The Bean Foundation is pleased to be a resource for such a worthwhile program,” said Kathy Cook, grant manager. “Ready for Success has proven results over the past ten years. It makes sense to extend the program in Manchester as far as we can.”

Results of pre- and post-intervention assessments are collected and analyzed so that teachers can track Ready for Success students during the school year and determine outcomes from the program over time.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Middle School Innovation Survey

middle school survey
The district's Middle School Innovation Team is seeking input from students, teachers, parents and community members about the middle school education experience in Manchester. Please take the online survey for the opportunity to provide your thoughts and perspective on middle school priorities. Middle school students across the city will take the survey in school this month. The deadline for submitting your response is March 31. Thank you for your participation!

Schools closed today Thursday March 13th

All schools are closed for the day and all after school activities including athletic activities, will be canceled.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Manchester School District is now on Facebook

Like us on Facebook

In addition to this Web site and those of our 22 schools, you can also find information and news about Manchester School District on Facebook. Please "like" us and tell you friends!

Middle schoolers hear a special restaurateur's recipe for success

Tim Harris's unique approach to customer service has earned him national attention. He can now add motivational speaker to his resume. He shared his story with students at McLaughlin Middle School on Tuesday.

Kindergarten and first grade registration dates announced

Manchester's elementary schools will be accepting new student registrations next month. The enrollment form and other documents required for registration are available to be downloaded online.  Children and parents may come in person on the dates below. No appointment necessary. The daytime hours for each school are 8:30-11:30 am and 12:00-3:00 pm. Parker-Varney Elementary School will host evening registration hours for the whole district on April 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm. 

Bakersville - April 8
Beech Street School - April 2
Gossler Park - April 9
Green Acres - April 4
Hallsville - April 11
Highland-Goffe's Falls - April 4
Jewett Street - April 10
McDonough - April 4
Northwest - April 11
Parker-Varney - April 3
Smyth Road - April 10
Webster - April 2
Weston - April 10
Wilson - April 3

Beech Street School names new principal

Congratulations to Christine Brennan, who was named principal of Beech Street School at last night's Board of School Committee meeting. She succeeds Pat Snow, the director of the district's Innovation Zone. Christine takes the leadership role at Beech Street after serving as assistant principal there. The school is now looking to fill that position.

2013-14 Snow days

This year's school calendar includes 10 potential snow days that would not have to be made up. There have been five snow days and one early release so far. That puts us on track to end on the school year on schedule on June 12, 2014!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Updated school registration forms now available

Registration forms for the 2014-15 school year are available to be downloaded. Dates and times for kindergarten and first grade registration at all of the city's elementary schools will be announced this week. Students must be 5 years old by SEPTEMBER 30 in order to register for kindergarten.Your child will also need to have a complete physical exam, or an appointment to have one, before starting school. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

5th Annual School Recycling Conference

In an effort to support our recycling efforts throughout the district the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) is offering the teachers, staff and students from the Manchester School District a reduced rate to attend this year's 33rd Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and 5th Annual School Recycling Conference.  The events will be held on June 9th and 10th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

The NRRA is looking for at least one champion, or more, from each school to help work toward increasing recycling throughout the district.  This conference provides 2 full days of educational workshops and activities specifically tailored to school issues in recycling and the solid waste industry.

Teachers and students may attend at discounted rates:
  • Teacher-1 Day Attendance-$30 w/NH the Beautiful Discount
  • Teacher-2 Day Attendance-$60 w/NH the Beautiful Discount
  • Students-1 Day Attendance-$20 w/NH the Beautiful Discount
  • Students-2 Day Attendance-$40 w/NH the Beautiful Discount
Teachers: please follow the procedure for Professional Leave and attach supporting documentation and submit to the Administration Office for approval. Once your principal or supervisor and the administration office has approved your request, you may register for the workshop/conference and receive the discounted price by contacting Caitlin Meaney at NRRA directly by either email or by phone at: #1-800-223-0150....or you can simply write on your registration form that you are with the Manchester School District and the discounted prices referenced above will be honored.

Visit to download/view the conference agenda and registration form.

Scholarship opportunity available for children of MSD employees

Members First Credit Union is currently accepting applications for several scholarships available to to graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled college students. The John S. Walsh Memorial Scholarship may be awarded to the child of a current or retired Manchester School District employee. The application is attached below, and you can also learn more the other scholarships available, online.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

West students learn about potential for AP success

West students learn about AP exams
Students at Manchester High School West gathered this morning to learn about the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and the opportunities that exist for their academic success. The 110 students from all four grades were invited to the breakfast event based on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) “AP Potential” tool that helps schools identify students who are likely to succeed in rigorous AP courses and exams.

“We are thrilled with the fact that this number of students, all of whom have not enrolled in AP courses before, are eager to learn more about the courses and embrace the challenge they present,” said West principal Chris Motika. “The AP Potential is a valuable tool, and I am willing to bet that if all of our sophomores took the PSAT, we would have even more students seated here today.”

The message for the morning was one of support, confidence and high expectations for learning. College Board senior education manager Dena Johnson was in attendance to tell students about how the AP Potential feature works to ensure that no student with the potential to succeed in AP classes is overlooked, and help schools make determinations about which AP courses to offer.

The AP Potential breakfast was timely as the Manchester School District begins the course selection process for the high schools in the next few days, and Manchester West typically sees lower enrollment in its AP classes compared to Central and Memorial. The short list of five AP classes -- while Memorial offers 10, and Central nine -- has been identified as one of the issues affecting enrollment because students are limited on choice. Over the next three years, however, the school district will be adding AP courses to all three high schools to ensure equity and access for all students regardless of where they attend.

“Every student should have the opportunity to experience the rigor and richness of an Advanced Placement course,” said assistant superintendent David Ryan. “No matter the academic demand of a course, it is up to us as professional educators to ensure the supports are in place to lift all students up to meet the same high expectations.”

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gossler Park Eco Club Expo on March 15

Gossler Park Eco Club Expo

MSD family in need of support

A member of the Manchester School District family needs support! Please consider donating to or attending a silent auction next month to benefit Thomas Stevenson's family. The son of a Parkside Middle School teacher, three-year-old Thomas is currently being treated for leukemia. Thomas' grandparents are the assistant principal at Bakersville & Smyth Road and a teacher at Central High School. Check out the information in this flyer and join the fight if you can. 

Team Thomas