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UNH Manchester and Comcast partner for STEM education in the district

Central and Memorial high schools are part of a new program for sophomore English Language Learners. Fifty students in Manchester have been named STEM Ambassadors as part of the UNH STEM Discovery Lab, which has partnered with Comcast's Internet Essentials program.The program builds and supports science, technology, engineering and math pathways for talent currently underrepresented in the STEM fields. Senator Jeanne Shaheen was at the program's kick-off.
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Educator Leadership open for additional participants

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is still accepting applications for this year's EducatorLeadershipprogram. Now in its second year, Educator Leadership seeks to create closer alignment between business and education by providing educators with personal access to business leaders, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Armed with a stronger understanding of business and workforce trends through this program, educators will be able to apply this knowledge in the classroom and help prepare and inform students for careers in high growth industries.
Sessions are held from 3:30-5:45 p.m. once a month (third Wednesday of each month) until May. Each session focuses on a new industry with presentations by business leaders through lectures and discussions at on-site visits at some of the most innovating and exciting businesses in Manchester. The 2014 curriculum includes the following learning modules:
·Creative Economy (marketing, arts, etc.) ·Construction, Infrastructure and Energy ·F…

Invitation to Participate: Speak Up 2014 Technology Survey

Invitation to Participate: Speak Up 2014
Calling all K-12 Students, Staff, Administrators & Parents to share their ideas about the use of technology for learning

Speak Up is facilitated by Project Tomorrow a national education non-profit organization.
Visit trc.mansd.org/speakup2014 to get started and preview student surveys
About Speak Up 2014: Online surveys are now open through December 19th, 2014. Surveys are available this year for: K-12 students, teachers, librarians, principals, district administrators, technology leaders, parents, business partners and community members.  The parent survey is also available in Spanish! Elementary teachers have the option of administering a group survey. All information is 100% confidential. Project Tomorrow annually shares the nationally aggregated data with Congress, the US Department of Education, research organizations and many state governments. Survey question topics include:   learning and teaching with technology, 21st century skills, scienc…

MyLunchMoney Back Online!

We are pleased to announce that MyLunchMoney, the on-line payment system to fund Food Service student accounts, will be accepting payments on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12 noon.  We thank you for your patience during its inoperative time.

Informational Meeting for Upcoming Request for Proposals for Delivered Fresh Cooked Pizza

The Manchester School District School Food & Nutrition Services Department will be holding an informational meeting to discuss the details and layout of the upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) for Delivered Fresh Cooked Pizza.

Vendors who are interested in responding to this RFP are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Manchester School District offices at 195 McGregor Street, Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03102.

Driver's Education session canceled

The second session of the Manchester School District Driver's Education program has been suspended and will not operate as originally scheduled. All students who registered and applied a deposit will be receiving a full refund during the week of October 20, 2014.
The district is very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused for students and their families and is working as hard as it can to offer a new session as quickly as possible. Information about when that will happen will appear here.

Assessment bulletin for Manchester's families

Information about Manchester School District's local assessment program The Manchester School District is working very hard to improve teaching and learning in our schools. To reach this goal we have implemented a robust district-wide assessment program that will assist us in helping all children succeed because it ties together standards, curriculum and student achievement. The 21st century educational system is a real-time learning cycle in which students are constantly practicing the 21st Century super skills - communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. School districts must have an effective assessment plan so that the cycle of teaching and learning, for both the teacher and the student, move in a positive direction. Assessment has evolved from the days of 50 multiple choice questions and those always tricky true/false statements, to real life connected applications of content and skills practiced daily in the classroom and beyond. When students participa…

REMINDER: Information for parents about Enterovirus-D68

Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that commonly cause illness, including upper respiratory infections. Symptoms can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. The vast majority of people infected with an enterovirus, however, will have only mild symptoms and recover quickly.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has provided some important information for parents to keep in mind.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer many resources with information for parents and families:


·Web Feature, “What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68”
·Fact sheet for parents, “What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68”
·General questions and answers for the public

Bakersville, MST honored by NH Department of Education

Congratulations to Bakersville Elementary School and Manchester School of Technology for receiving two of the New Hampshire Department of Education's awards for excellence.

Bakersville was included in education commissioner Virginia Barry's Circle of Excellence, which recognizes schools and districts that aspire to excellence by being bold and innovative in order to provide the best educational opportunities possible for our children.

MST High School is one of the state's six League of Innovative Schools. They were honored for working together to deliver the best possible learning experiences and graduate every student prepared for adult life.

The Department of Education recognized 24 schools and districts in New Hampshire.

Schools receive science and technology boost from one-of-a-kind collaboration

An international not-for-profit public charity that motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) has committed to help enhance those subjects for every fourth grade student in Manchester. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has been encouraging young people's interest and participation in science and technology for more than 25 years. The organization was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The city’s elementary schools now have a unique opportunity to bring the popular FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) program into their classrooms.

FIRST is the expert in project-based learning, and it’s in our own backyard,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. “This collaboration will give all of our young fourth graders across the city the confidence to participate, learn and compete.”  
The school district is calling the …

High school students invited to "Make the Grade" -- and win a car!

A successful community partnership continues with the announcement of the 2014-15 “Make the Grade” program. Together, the Office of the Mayor, the Manchester School District and AutoFair unveiled at city high schools the initiative that recognizes academic achievements. “Make the Grade,” a public-private partnership between the City of Manchester, AutoFair, Manchester School District and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, also enhances the spirit of community commitment.

This is the fourth year “Make the Grade” will award a brand new car to a junior or senior high school student who earns Honor Roll status the first, second and third quarters of the academic year. Next spring, the winning student will receive a 2015 Hyundai Velostar. AutoFair brought it to each school today so that students could see for themselves the car that could be theirs.

“The Manchester School District and the City are excited to continue the partnership with Autofair to recognize the accomplishments of our local …

Seeking substitutes: You might qualify!

We are looking to enhance our pool of substitutes! People who have earned at least an associate degree OR 48 college credits may qualify to be substitute teachers in the Manchester School District.
Please call 624-6300 and dial 0 to talk to Pam for an application packet.  
We seek substitutes for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and administrative assistants. An interview is required.
We draw from our list of substitutes when there are unexpected teacher and staff absences.  Spread the word or call Pam today!

Support a Classroom Project at AdoptAClassroom.org

AdoptAClassroom.org pairs donors with teachers to provide resources and materials to meet the unique needs of their students. You can directly support a classroom in the Manchester School District! Visit AdoptAClassroom to search for a school in Manchester. 
When a classroom receives a donation, 100 percent of the funds are immediately made available to the teacher through an online credit. Teachers can use those funds to shop online for classroom supplies from a network of more than 40 vendors on AdoptAClassroom.org; the supplies they choose are delivered directly to the teacher’s school. Donors receive personal feedback from the teacher about the impact of their donation, including an impact report that details how their contributions were used, item-by-item, dollar-for-dollar.

MST High School Student Salon and Spa opening on October 23

The community is invited to support Manchester School of Technology's salon and spa. Make an appointment and be part of the cosmetology students' training while helping the economy grow!
The grand opening is on October 23.

Student Salon & Spa Appointments available: Thursdays, 8:15am, 10:15am & 1pm to 5pm.(close @ 6pm) Now offering the following services: Spa Plain Manicure                                    $5.00
Spa Manicure                                     $10.00 Gel Polish Manicure                           $10.00 Gel Polish removal                             $10.00 Pedicure

Important Announcement Regarding MyLunchMoney Payment System

Update as of October 8:MYLUNCHMONEY IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING PAYMENTS
A programming issue has been identified and is in the process of being resolved.  We appreciate your patience during this time.  In the meantime, deposits are always accepted in the form of cash or check at any of the District Schools.  We will update this message board as we move forward with progress.

Spotlight on Parkside

The Middle School at Parkside will be featured in a Spotlight Session at the 2014 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Principal Forrest Ransdell and teachers from Parkside will lead a panel discussion on how their school has focused on the use of technology as a tool to change both teacher and student experiences in the classroom.

Hear about what they discovered and how they made the transition from "device-based" planning with a focus on how to use specific devices in instruction to technology planning that is driven by learner and teacher needs to create efficiency, improve access to technology, and expand outcomes. They will also focus on Google Apps for Education and will share a variety of useful resources. Parkside Middle School is also a participating school in the Manchester School District T21 Teaching for the 21st Century program.




Beech Street School to host "Light On Afterschool!"

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Manchester School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) will join more than 2,500 other programs and a projected one million people nationwide by hosting their annual “Lights On Afterschool!” celebration. The event at Beech Street Elementary School, 333 Beech Street, is free and open to the public.

Children and their families are invited to participate in interactive enrichment activities that are engaging for all ages. There will be a variety of art projects, a photo booth, and face painting. Families also will have a chance to learn about some of our program offerings, and chat with the staff members and community partners that work with the 21st CCLC.

About one out of every four children in New Hampshire goes home alone after school. Join us in raising awareness for Manchester’s 21st CCLC afterschool program as it inspires over 2,000 students annually to reach their full potential academically, socially a…

Community Survey: Core Values of the Manchester School District

Staff, students, parents, and the greater Manchester community are invited to help define core values for the Manchester School District.Click here to add your voice!

In Case You Missed It: Last week's most talked about Facebook post

The story that went with the picture seen here has generated a reaction bigger than any of our other Facebook posts have, ever. It was a story about sportsmanship in Manchester, and proof that even among rivals, compassion and support mean more than being first.

So far, nearly 500 of our followers have "liked" the post, and more than 80 people have shared it. That means we've reached more than 16,500 people with a positive story they might otherwise have heard nothing about!

If you don't already follow Manchester School District's Facebook page, check it out.