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Community partnerships foster learning

Manchester schools love opportunities to partner with community organizations to enhance students' learning. Read about Henry Wilson Elementary School's planting project!

VISTA Volunteer Sought for Manchester High School West STEAM Ahead Program

Granite State College will place an AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer at Manchester High School West's STEAM Aheadprogram.

The VISTA volunteer will help students shape their college and career goals and plans, and will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative education and industry collaborative effort.  
AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers are passionate and committed to bringing communities out of poverty.  They serve a full-year term, receive a modest living allowance, and are eligible to receive health coverage, childcare if needed, and other benefits.  At the end of the service, a VISTA volunteer  can choose between an education award or post-service stipend. 
This is not a position for employment with the Manchester School District. Please look for application details at
Questions about AmeriCorps VISTA? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions:…

All Hands Up for CHaD!

The Central Runs Road Race is an annual event sponsored by the Central High School student council. Each year the student body votes to decide which organization shall receive the funds raised. This year's proceeds will benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.

Call for applications for Education Leadership 2014-15

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for next year's Education Leadership class! The program builds positive community relationships between Manchester schools and businesses.Educator Leadership is designed to recognize and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between educators and diverse sectors of the local business community. The program creates closer alignment between business and education so that educators walk away with practical applications and a stronger understanding of where industry sectors are going and the knowledge necessary to better prepare students for careers in high growth industries.  Directed by a Steering Committee, Educator Leadership begins in October with a total of 7 sessions held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in October, November, January, February, March, April and May. Each session focuses on a new industry with presentations by business leaders through lectures and discussions during on-site visits.
Who Should Appl…

Summer Reading and Activity Programs at City Libraries

Read books, come to programs, win prizes! 

Summer reading and activity programs for the Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Community Library will be taking place this summer!

Elementary Programs include Family Matinees, Story Time, Make & Take Crafts and much more.  Teen programs include Teen Movie Nights, Minecraft, Wii, and Craft Activities. Dates and times with program activity locations please view or download full program fliers at

Students mark end of the school year with art show

A free art exhibit will celebrate the work of students at Manchester High School West. Works will be on display on Wednesday, May 28 from 4-6pm. This event will feature music, refreshments and hundreds of original art pieces in several mediums to enjoy.  Support for the exhibit has been provided by West High School, the 104th chapter of the National Art Honor Society, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
WHAT: Student art show WHERE: Manchester High School West, second floor               9 Notre Dame Avenue, Manchester WHEN: Wednesday, May 28, 2014             4:00-6:00 p.m.
Contact: Aaron M. Czysz, art teacher (603) 624-6384

Call for entries in the city art show

Mayor Ted Gatsas has announced the City of Manchester’s 9th Annual Art Show put on in partnership with the National Arts Program. The program is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to enjoy the talents of one another. What’s even more exciting is this opportunity is open to the family members of city employees, retirees, volunteers, and elected officials.
We are fortunate that The National Arts Program provides award money giving us the ability to compete for cash prizes and the city also is securing fun prizes from local vendors including 2 Circus tickets, 2 tickets to Austin Mahone, 4 Fisher Cats tickets, 2 Palace Theatre tickets, $25 to E&R cleaners, restaurant gift cards, art classes and much more!! All participants are eligible to win prizes regardless of skill level!
Register online by Friday, June 6 – so don’t wait! For more information please contact Vicki Ferraro in the mayor's office: or 624-6500.

Music can Make a Big Difference

After school program funded for five more years

The New Hampshire Department of Education will continue funding to provide a high-quality after school program for five more years in nine Manchester schools. Bakersville, Gossler Park, Hallsville, McDonough, and Parker-Varney elementary schools, along with Hillside, McLaughlin, Parkside, and Southside middle schools are included in the 21st  Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant award totaling about $3.2 million over five years, beginning July 1, 2014. 
“The 21st Century program is just one way our schools make sure Manchester students reach their full potential academically, personally and socially,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. “We are committed to giving as many students access to the opportunity as possible.”   
In the highly competitive grant-writing process, Manchester School District applied for renewal of funding for eight existing 21st CCLC sites, and for funds that will establish a new site at Parker-Varney Elementary School.
“We’re proud that the Department of Ed…

John Vaccarezza named CHS principal

The Board of School Committee has approved John Vaccarezza as the next principal of Manchester High School Central. Vaccarezza is currently an associate dean of students at Pinkerton Academy and will begin his new post on July 1. He will visit the school on several days before then to meet with various groups of staff and students to become more familiar with the culture and climate of the school community. 
Vaccarezza has been a member of the Pinkerton Academy administration since 2010.  As an associate dean of students, he assists with a wide variety of functions, including teacher evaluations, graduation exercises, intervention and instructional strategies, SAT coordination, and many other administrative responsibilities.  His educational philosophy is that student success is fostered through a variety of educational techniques and supported by a staff that values each and every student.  
Prior to entering into his role as an administrator, Vaccarezza was a social studies teacher…

Principal search for Henry Wilson and Highland-Goffe's Falls elementary schools

The search has begun to find new leaders to succeed the retiring principals of Henry Wilson School and Highland-Goffe's Falls Elementary School. Your opinion is valuable!

Please take a short survey about the qualities you would like to see in the next principals. We greatly appreciate your input. The surveys can be found on each school's home page: Henry Wilson: Highland-Goffe's Falls:

Free Summer Reading Resources

Through a partnership between the Digital Opportunity Consortium and myON, all educators, librarians, students and parents in the Granite State have free access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books from myON through September 30th. There is a wealth of fiction and non-fiction e-books and graphic novels for readers from kindergarten through grade 9. 
For more information and for the NH username and password please visit:
This information has been provided by the New Hampshire Department of Education. 

Video series offers tips for what kindergarten students can expect in school

A new series of videos produced by the Manchester School District and Manchester Public Television will help ensure the youngest students are prepared when the new school year starts in September. “Ready, Set…Kindergarten!” covers a variety of topics that parents can view for tips and advice on some of the expectations of children in a classroom.
“Every child coming to school should feel comfortable and already possess certain skills to ease the transition to a new classroom,” said superintendent of schools Debra Livingston. “It’s especially important for parents and children to know what to expect if they haven’t been in an educational environment before kindergarten.”
Each of the videos is narrated by kindergarten teachers from schools across the city. They cover academic subjects, such as reading and writing, as well as themes around fine motor skills, social behavior and independence.
“Encouraging self-help skills is a critical step to preparing children for kindergarten,” said J…

MSD unveils new, student-designed logo

The new logo for the Manchester School District evokes a sense of community support for education and learning opportunities in the city. That’s just one of the reasons why the senior Design Communication students at Manchester School of Technology developed the “All Hands Up!” image and tag line for schools in Manchester.
“We wanted the logo to engage everyone with an interest in our schools,” said Joseph Sample, 18. “It shouldn’t just emphasize academics, teachers and students.”
The image features hands reaching upward. The twelve student designers from Manchester, Londonderry and Goffstown prefer to leave it up to the viewer to decide what message the hands are communicating.
“Maybe it’s ‘I have the answer’ or ‘I’m reaching my aspirations,’” said Brady Kingsbury, 18. “The hands also could be a demonstration of participation or pride. The interpretation of ‘All Hands Up!’ is in the eye of the beholder, and that was our intention.”  
Under the direction of Design Communication teach…

Parker-Varney shows a lot of heart

The students at Parker-Varney jumped with all their heart to raise nearly $4,500 for the American Heart Association. Classes learned about heart health for several weeks leading up to the AHA's Jump for Heart event on April 22.  More than 450 students and staff in grades pre-k through five participated in various jump rope activities led by Parker-Varney's City Year volunteers. Students collected donations from family and friends in exchange for jumping during the hour-long event. In the end, the students raised $4,485! Each student took home a jump rope from the Parker-Varney PTG.